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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.

Watercolor

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.

Knitting

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.

Here’s my Etsy shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/4pawsartstudio

Thank you for supporting me.

Caroline

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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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Watercolor Flowers

Dahlia flower meaning:

wealth and elegance, and also a symbol for love.

This is dahlias that I have on my patio. Today I had a few minutes and got my watercolor paints and sat outside for awhile to capture it in real life.

I ended up taking a photo, because the bugs were biting and the sun was too hot.

Painting Outside

This is what I captured when painting outside.

Finishing Inside

Final Painting

YouTube Video

Happy Day

Caroline

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Color Pencil Drawing

Today was a relaxing day, I did not have to go into the office to work. I spent the morning drawing a few sketches. I might make these into larger drawings.

I have been interested to draw lately. There are some changes happening in my life and drawing is peaceful and helps me to slow down.

Tools Used:

  • Faber-Castell color pencils
  • Strathmore colored pencil paper
  • Gamsol mineral spirits
  • Paint brushes

Solvent

Gamsol-mineral spirits for color pencils

Color Pencil Drawings

New YouTube Video

Happy Day

Caroline

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Painting with Gouache

In my studio today. I’m starting to adapt to working from home. This is the last stretch of going into an office! I’m excited. This is something I wanted to do since last summer.

Today I had a few clients to talk with. I also had to do some cleaning in the house. The last few days my dog has been sick and I found out today nothing serious is happening it must have been a stomach bug.

I made a new YouTube video I’m getting a hang of videoing my art. I admit it is challenging I am not technology savvy but I am willing to learn. So I know only growth could happen from this and I also can learn that it might not be something I want to do long-term then again I might learn it would be something I want to do permanently. This new phase of my life is just opening up doors that I thought I would never have time to explore.

So here’s the video that I made I still need to learn how to edit and shorten the videos that will be my next step.

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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Portobello Mushroom Pizza

This afternoon, lunch was planned. Lately, my stomach has been picky. I have to eat gluten free dairy free and soy free. Having digestive issues, rheumatoid arthritis and lipedema, this is the best diet to keep inflammation under control.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Ingredients

  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Tomato sauce
  • Vegan parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Toaster oven

Set toaster oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the stems and scrap out the black veins of the mushroom. Use a spoon or something blunt.

Put some olive oil on the mushroom where the stem was.

Bake in toaster oven for 3 minutes.

Flip the mushrooms over.

Add tomato sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it, mine was done in 15 minutes.

I served it with potatoes fried in olive oil. You can make a salad or have it with spaghetti. I was craving potatoes!

Happy Day

Caroline