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Patterns and Butterflies

Patterns and butterflies. Not necessarily butterflies in a pattern, but the butterflies I’ve felt in my stomach as I continue making art and know I’m going in the right direction. Since my last post I’ve been consistently trading off between watercolor art and more modern, graphic art with saturated color. I’m leaning toward one vs. […]

Pouring Out and Filling Up

Every artist experiences bountiful seasons of creativity and dry seasons when good ideas seem elusive. Sometimes in the desert, your heart tells you it’s time to create but instead, you find an excuse to do anything but make art. I didn’t use to believe in this concept called “artist’s block”, but I’ve experienced it enough […]

An Unexpected Gift: Part 2

A few weeks ago I shared with you the charcoal drawing we were given, made by Mom Steward, that we didn’t even know existed. Since then, we’ve received more of her art possessions that are equally as special: an old box of charcoal sticks and a charming wooden box of Talens colored pastels. Again, we […]


The first day of spring is four days away and this season always makes me want to draw and paint. It’s one of the few constants in my creative journey. So, I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of my artwork. Since making the decision to work entirely online, it’s given me the freedom […]

An Unexpected Gift

Recently a special gift was given to Chad and me: a charcoal drawing made by his Mom when she was young. Receiving it was completely unexpected because we didn’t know that Mom ever drew anything, especially with charcoal, and we’ve never seen the drawing until now.

A Life Lesson Learned via USPS

It was the Spring of 2012, just a few months after I began selling jewelry. Up to that point, all of my jewelry orders had been from friends and family members. They were (are) so supportive that way. I was thrilled when I received an order from someone I didn’t know, someone who found me […]

When You Give Others Permission

Chad called me from the office today. He doesn’t typically call during work hours so I knew it was important. “Can you please do me a favor and pull some information off my passport?” Those were the words I heard after a brief greeting.

Orchid Art – Exotic in Black and White

Today’s post is a “Wayback Wednesday” to charcoal orchid art I finished quite a few years ago, but haven’t had available online in awhile. It was inspired by a trip to the Atlanta Botanical Garden here in Georgia, where they host the Fuqua Orchid Center. The center is filled with exotic, beautiful orchids that are […]