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Artsy Craftsy

Artsy Craftsy & The Battle with Childhood What do you think of when I say, “artsy, craftsy?” (I know “craftsy” is not a word, but we’ve been saying it forever, so play along) Perhaps you conjure up images of your great aunt’s spare bedroom that is covered in tchotchkes, scrap cloth, thread, patterns, miles of yarn, and thousands of pins …

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Conscious Creator

As I immerse myself in different art cultures I’m struck by different groups of artists. I’m amazed at how there are so many different artists with different techniques, subjects, and purposes for painting. As I forge my own artistic career, I’m trying to be mindful of the different groups. I see some artists who paint purely as a hobby, for …

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7 Tips for Styling a Mantel

On today’s Wednesday Blog Day! I’ve enlisted the help of interior designer Joanna Carden’s professional interior design skill. Today she taught me 7 tips for styling a mantel! Read on for her expert styling tips below! – Christine A fireplace tends to be the focal point of a living room, but too often it’s left untouched or is simply underwhelming …

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Appreciating Abstract Art

Do you appreciate abstract art?Abstract art tends to be a polarizing art from. Either you like it and “get it” or you don’t and have no interest in even discussing it. I have received overwhelming support, encouragement, and interest in my work since I launched my art career. Every now and then, I’ll come across someone who doesn’t want to …

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What’s Your Favorite Color?

How many times in your life have you been asked your favorite color? Probably an innumerable number of times. As a child you may have been asked that question more frequently than any other. It seems like such an insignificant question, doesn’t it? (I feel really stupid when I ask little kids what their favorite color is, as if the …

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5 Things I’ve Learned from my Husband

  My husband and I have been married for a tender three months. But in the years that I’ve known him, he has changed my life and my thought process. I have always been a believer in choosing your life, choosing whom you want to be and actively striving to be that person. Being a victim of your circumstance and …

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What is Romanticism? and why does it matter?

*Disclaimer* I paint with broad strokes in this post. Romanticism is a thought movement that emerged in the late 18th Century and early 19th Century. It is marked by an increased focus on the individual, tension and resolution, and optimism in literature, music, and the arts. In art, the focus on the individual perspective was drastic compared to the Dutch …