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Eve Kritler  One day, I'll live by the ocean, and all of this will make a bit more sense.

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For those of you who have been asking, the cactus print I promised is finally here! This painting quickly became one of my favorites, and I'm excited to share it with you all. 🌡✨ Link in bio.

My friends, thank you so much for the kind welcome back! It warms my heart to see your excitement for these new works.
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Here's the process video of the butterfly in my last post. Initially, I only painted half of it, but after a two month break, I went back in and gave it a full set of wings.

It's been a while.
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The time I've had to paint in the last couple of months has been slim to say the least. Between adjusting to a new full-time job and living life, the times I do have to paint have become scarce and sacred.
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These butterflies are something of a new journey for me, and I'm learning to find their significance as I paint them. This one in particular has proved to wake up some new creative ventures, and I'm excited to share them with you all in the days to come.

Turning my room into a butterfly garden. πŸ¦‹

A little cactus painted live at #calligrafair2017 for @anintran.
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So fun to meet and spend time with so many creative individuals in LA a couple weeks back. Now, it's back to life in Portland where the sun is shining (finally), and I'm about to start a new job. All these changes in the last few weeks seem to have drained me a bit of inspiration, but I'm hoping that this new direction will encourage me to be more productive and driven in the down time I have to work with my paints.

Working on a menagerie of cactuses for the rest of this evening. @masgrimes and I are so excited to be coming to LA later this week, but for now that means lots of hard work. πŸ’ͺ🏻
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Come see us at Smitten on Paper in Monrovia next Saturday and Sunday! 🌡

New prints in the Etsy shop!
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Although these abstracts are different from a lot of the work I post on here, they’ve been instrumental in my journey as an artist over the last few months. These works taught me what it looks like to take memories, filled with all kinds of senses, and turn them into visual works. I am so grateful for their influence on my work.
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A big thank you goes out to @pearlprinting for working with me to get these prints just right, and my @masgrimes for always knowing how to best capture a moment.

A little prickly pear practice in the changing light this morning before I left for work.
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A big thank you to all of you who replied to my story! With your help, I finally figured out how to open the darn bottle of masking fluid, and am looking forward to experimenting with its magic!

Spent last week proofing some new prints to have out to you all very soon!
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A huge thank you to @pearlprinting for making all of the print magic come to life! ✨

G I V E A W A Y / These little desert scenes have been taking me back to some sweet memories. And today, I'm giving this one away! To enter, tag a few friends in the comments, and make sure you're following along with this account. Winner will be announced on Friday. 🌡
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For an extra entry, read on...
I used to take pictures of everything. I thought that by taking a picture, I would remember the place, the moment, the feeling, better. But then I realized that I didn't actually remember the moment in the picture at all; the picture was simply a distraction from the experience. So instead, I tried to focus on taking a mental snapshot of moments I wanted to remember, taking note of the colors around me, how the ground felt beneath my feet, listening to the sounds around me. And as I've practiced this, I've started to collect much more vivid memories. And on days like today, I replay them in my mind, and it's almost as if I'm right there again, watching a pink haze come down over the towering cactuses, freezing my toes off as the sun sets behind the hills.
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For an extra entry, share a moment, a memory, a time that you remember vividly. It could be anything from how you felt when you took your first plane ride, to the colors in the most vivid sunset you ever saw. Share away! I can't wait to read what you all have to say. 🌡

Three amigos on a Monday.
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These last few weeks have me feeling a little crazed and a bit prickly. But in the midst of it all, @masgrimes told me today to just stop and paint a cactus. So happy Friday everyone! Here's a cactus that lives in Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona. πŸŒ΅πŸ˜‰
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In some good news though, last week we were down in California, and @carlinigraphy and @ginnybobinny took us to a magical art store where I bought a bunch of new brushes. (Thanks guys ☺). I'm hoping to work on some larger scale projects, including a few more of these...🌡🌡🌡

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