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Sunday Expressive Painting

The Process

Place the acrylic paint colors into my pallet. Then played relaxing instrumental music. I used deep breathing and focus on the intention of painting. I used sketch book paper for the mini expressive paintings. Then I started to paint on canvas using the Expressive art techniques.

Before I closed up the studio, I drew out a scribble of my next painting.

Acrylic paint on sketchbook paper

I used modeling paste medium on this mini expressive painting. I wanted to make it textured and learn how to incorporate it in my painting.

Acrylic on canvas…in progress painting

What’s On My Mind

I have been working on being in my art studio daily, either drawing, watching art videos, or painting.

I have not decided what I want to do as far as if I want to set up a shop, do more vlogging, or just make art with no intention of doing anything other than this blog.

I think I can’t decide because there’s so much going on. I started my new job which has taken off in such a successful way. And I’ll be taking on a new part time job soon. I am consumed by health issues. So do I want the stress of an art business along with working my jobs? I need to work as the medical expenses has been getting expensive.

I have an urge to concentrate on my knitted blanket and cross stitch and embroidery projects. I find those relaxing. The fine arts tend to bring more anxiety provoking because I never know if it would be good enough to invest in my time to sell it.

So what to do? That is a question to answer.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Sunday Painting in the Studio

Today was a day of a little work in the morning. Then cleaning the house to buying flowers. And a nap. Then exercise which consisted of a walk and arm exercises. (I need to get toned)!

Then I decided to paint a little would be a nice break from all of the color pencil drawings.

The New Paintings

It’s the first layer ..I have no idea what this will look like. It started as a scribble.

I want these to be a pair. And most likely will sell them as a pair.

I have 3 more weeks of my office job and then I will be starting a new job later this summer and get to work from home. I am excited to have more time to paint and draw. It’s the best decision I have made.

Happy Day

Caroline

I’ll be posting more in the near future.

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I See A Seahorse

It’s been awhile since I’ve been serious about posting on this blog. Lately, it’s been exhaustion, health issues and making big life transition decisions.

What’s Ahead

  • Last day of working in an office is approaching at the end of this month
  • Start a new job later this summer
  • Taking a break for awhile to recharge, visit museums and just sit in art making supplies
  • Organize my thoughts of where I want to take my art
  • Just be happy

What am I Still Doing?

  • Baking and cooking
  • Healthy eating
  • Living simple
  • Cross stitching
  • Knitting that blanket
  • Taking walks with my dog
  • Doing yoga
  • Making art
  • Working my job
  • Sleeping

Let’s Be Honest

  • I can do more yoga
  • Set a better morning routine
  • Be happier
  • Focus more on Art
  • Eat healthier
  • Come on, now just wake up and take your vitamins and get the day going!

Latest Art

A drawing in color pencils

What am I Considering

  • Starting an art vlog
  • Opening an art shop webpage
  • Making art into prints
  • Making stickers
  • Starting drawings for an adult coloring book
  • Learn adobe illustrator

I better be getting up early and starting my day. No more lazy sleeping

What, you mentioned a surprise?

I am now an owner of three more cats. I have 6 cats and one dog in my small house. Loving it.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Impressionist Inspired

Lately, I have been watching many YouTube videos of other artists painting. It relaxing to watch. And inspiring.

And I have been listening to The Artists Way. Wow, this is reshaping my mind. When I listen to this, I’m either cooking or drawing.

New Painting

I went to art school but I never felt that I learned the techniques the Masters used. Watching the YouTube videos has helped me to see the areas I want to work on. The videos have also inspired me to paint or draw daily.

I received some sad news about a friend who passed away she was ill for a while. I will miss her. I found myself in front of a canvas and I started painting. I wanted to use small brush strokes, with the impressionism as my inspiration.

https://youtu.be/Twyq8LoeqPA

Happy Day

Caroline

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Wednesday in the Studio

I had a few hours of personal time in-between client appointments. It was time to paint again.

The Paintings

I might reopen the Etsy shop, but under a different name. It might be open by the fall. I want to keep painting and have a larger collection.

I have the bottom colors finished. Next will be more detail using acrylic markers..

Maybe I can spend more time in the studio later this week.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Gluten Free Spaghetti with Veggies

This is a gluten free and dairy free spaghetti dish. Great for lunch and dinner.

Ingredients

  • Gluten free spaghetti
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Nutritional yeast

Boil water and cook spaghetti until it is to your liking. While it is boiling saute the mushrooms and garlic. Add tomatoes until the skin peels off. Set aside and pour olive oil in another pan and saute the spinach.

When spaghetti it done. Mix all ingredients together and add some nutritional yeast.

Place basil on top as a decoration.

Serve with a salad and gluten free bread.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Diagonal Knit Stitch

This knit stitch is great for scarves, blankets, dish towels. It’s easy. It takes two types of stitches knit and purl.

Pattern

Cast on multiple of 4 plus 2.

* repeat, pattern begins each row with knit 1, and ends with knit 1.

  • Row 1- k1, (*p2, k2), k1
  • Row 2- k1, (*p1,k2,p1), k1
  • Row 3- k1, (*k2, p2), k1
  • Row 4- k1, (*k1,p2,k1), k1

I am stitching squares of different stitches and will be stitching them together for a blanket. I am hoping it will be a blanket that can go on my bed for the summer. It will be a long wait for this to be finished. But it will be worth it.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Second Page Stitching

Rue Paris is coming along. First page has been completed.

Setting up for another page. I’m working the center out.

I’m eager to get more stitching time. My work schedule has been busy. I feel like it’s going to get busier in a few weeks with the stress of the world. I’m still keeping my Saturday and Sunday as my stitching days.

Pray for Ukraine.

Happy Day

Caroline

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Friday Painting

Lately it’s been difficult to sit and paint. Mostly because of fatigue and chronic pain. But tonight I felt some energy to paint.

First I did a 10 min yoga evening stretch. Then I painted using water color. And decided to get a canvas out and painted in acrylic.

Paintings

Of course I will be working on the acrylic painting when I have a chance. Hopefully tomorrow after work I’ll have some energy.

Happy Day

Caroline