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Part 2 oil painting Iris

I started this painting over a week ago. I had some time before work to paint another layer. It became darker than I wanted it to. But I kinda like the bold colors.

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A Little Update

I have been taking my time with this blanket. I am using a single crochet stitch in three colors. I chose these colors because they will blend in with my decor in my bedroom.

I haven’t been writing much on this blog because I have been busy balancing work and exercising and just trying to take care of myself.

I’ve been diagnosed with lymphedema and lipedema and heaven trying to incorporate more exercises for my lymphatic system. So my exercise usually takes 30 minutes to 40 minutes in the morning as well in the evening. So I have not had much time to be creative in my art journal. But I have been able to finish an oil painting that I posted on my YouTube channel. But it did take me longer to paint it than I expected.


Here’s the latest YouTube video please like and subscribe as it helps me to continue showing my art process and anything creative that I’ve been doing.

I have every intention to blog more often but I lose track of time with work and exercising and other things I need to do. But that’s a little update on what’s going on in my life and an update on my artwork and my stitching.


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Expressive Art Therapy Technique

This is an art therapy technique that helps with calmness and relaxation for those with anxiety and stress. I have started an online counseling and art therapy practice and I have been developing YouTube videos to show different types of art therapy tasks


  • Watercolor
  • Watercolor paper
  • Brushes
  • Container for water
  • Paper towel
  • Ink pens

Start by painting with watercolors shapes symbols and anything that you would like it could be realistic trying it could be abstract. The idea is for this painting to be calming and relaxing.

Using a hair dryer can speed up the process of drying time for you to use the ink pens. But this art task can be divided into two days if you want to spend time painting for one day let it dry and then return back the next day to add the details with the ink pen

Once you are finished then you could add details using the ink pens. The ink pens can be black or it could be color ink pens.

You could find a demonstration on this on my YouTube channel Zen Art and Wellness.


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Oil Painting Peonies

I have had this painting sitting on my easel for well over a month unfinished. Today I took time to work on its and finalize the painting.

I use water soluble oil paints which I absolutely love because they are non-toxic and are safe around my pets.

Although I’m not entirely thrilled about this painting I do feel it has a sense of calmness to it. I feel like if I continue working on it I will only make it unsuccessful and I won’t be happy with it. I think I will let this one dry and I will hang it on the wall so I could take a look at it and see if I want to add more details


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The Artist Life

It’s been another few weeks, or has it been months, since I posted. I have been taking care of myself, doing some thinking and making changes. Actually big changes.

I have not enjoyed my career for a long time. I am now making a decision to open my own art as therapy business. I am a registered art therapist and want to try online art as therapy sessions. I named my business Zen Art and Wellness. You can find me under that name on Instagram and Youtube. I am really excited to get my first few clients.

This tulip painting has been sitting on my easel for some time. I wanted this to be a quick painting, turns out the only way for anything to be quick is to actually work on it!!! But I have been side tracked with developing my business. I am now done with most of the “boring” business stuff and can now be creative. I am still working my other job as a counselor, until I can live off of my business.

I am going to really try to focus on making more art and getting it on Etsy, I have not shown my best art, so there will be a clean up on it and I might be making a change to where I sell my art. Not sure yet….

The tulip painting will be for sale, both in print and the real painting on canvas!!!!

Here is me in my studio. I bought some new lights, but I need a few hooks to put it up, so maybe off to the store later today for that. Might be my evening adventure.

Enjoy your day and take a look at my art on Etsy! And check out my business as well on Instagram and Youtube.

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Gouache Sketch Painting

In The Studio

It’s been awhile since I have been in the studio. Life gets busy, my job takes up a lot of my time. And honestly I have not had much inspiration to want to paint.

So today I thought about painting a very quick sketch using gouache paint. I want to get back to my abstract and flower paintings. I feel the most creative and free when I paint that way.

I also decided to film it. (My video work is not perfect) but it shows how quick this sketch is.

I will be painting this sketch in oil. Not sure if I will make it a bigger size, most likely I will.

YouTube Video Link


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Painting in a Journal

I have cardstock of various colors. Each was cut in various sizes and taped onto a board. Then I painted using colors that compliment the paper. After it dried I took acrylic markers and drew in details.

Later, they will be glued into the art journal.

Finished Paintings

I plan to paint more in my art journal for 2023.

Etsy Shop

My Etsy shop is open and has some amazing pen and ink drawings and acrylic paintings that are sold in prints. Check it out

Happy New Year


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Oil Painting

When I went to college, oil painting was the choice of medium. It’s been many years since I used oil painting as my life took a different turn and I was not making art during those years.

I heard about the water soluble oil paints. These paints are nice, the tubes are small, but just enough for what I need. It might help me get back to oil painting.

Flower Art

I mostly paint flowers, mostly in abstract. But this painting I wanted to paint an iris for my bedroom.

The Inspiration Photos

Here’s the First Layer

The Second Day in the Studio


Waiting for it to dry and I’ll add in more highlights.

Hope you enjoyed this blog.

Etsy Shop

Check out my Etsy shop. I have pen and ink drawings and acrylic paintings sold in prints for sale.


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Here’s what I have been up to

I have been busy with my job, so there was a delay to post on this blog and to post new art for my Etsy shop… I also have been fighting my chronic fatigue.

Cross stitch

I have a little update on Rue Paris… I still have to finish this row, one more page left.


I have been watercoloring in my journal. Some art is up for sale on Etsy. These are close up images.

Pen and ink drawing

I only did one pen and ink. It is up for sale on Etsy.

Color pencil drawing

I have not decided if I want to put this up for sale. I normally don’t draw figures.


Finished a scarf using searsucker knit stitch. Not for sale.

That is what I have been up to. Also I have blanket I am stitching using crochet. I ordered a book to learn more crochet stitches. I self-taught knitting so I can self-teach crochet.

Coming next year

I have been working on an adult coloring book, I have designed the pages and waiting for more visions. Once it is completed I will decide how to publish it. My goal is this time next year to have it published.

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