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Happy D. ๐ŸŽจ  ๐ŸŒฒ oil painter, seattle ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป @insatiablerecluse ๐ŸŽจ TUTORIALS: patreon.com/happydartist ๐Ÿ› 20% OFF PRINTS

GUESS which painting took longer to complete? ๐Ÿ˜‰ (continue reading for the answer & story...)
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Answer is the 2014 piece, even though it looks a lot simpler than the 2018 piece ๐Ÿ˜… And here's why...
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๐ŸŽจ The first piece was created when I was just beginning to learn oil painting. I remember being extremely frustrated with the process because couldnโ€™t master the technical skills, and I ended up repainting the piece several times because I kept messing up. Back then, I also started each painting with no solid vision of the story I wanted to tell or what I wanted the finish product to look like, so I wasted a lot of time feeling stuck or blocked.
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๐ŸŽจ The second painting was created just a few months ago, and the progress from beginning to end was so much more seamless (though it did still take several weeks & countless hours). I had a concept sketch that planned out the pose and composition. I knew exactly what colors I planned on using, how to mix them, and how to use them to bring out the subject. Though there were small hiccups along the way, I finished this piece with a relieved assurance that maybe I finally know what I'm doing now... ๐Ÿ˜†
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So I guess the point of this long story (thank you reading it lol), is that you should always keep PRACTICING! I know artists always say that, but practice is the most valuable advice for any artist. The results won't be instantly noticeable, and there will be ups and downs along the way, but sometimes you won't notice how far you've come until you look back at where you started. ๐Ÿ˜Š The last four years of practice have definitely helped me find my voice as an artist and breathe more life into my subjects. ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ Here's to the next four years and all the mermaids that have yet to be created! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
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HIII LONG TIME NO SEE!!! Thank you all again for being patient with me as I struggle to keep my pace up with social media and work during the most chaotic and stressful summer of my life. ๐Ÿ˜ญ I don't know what's wrong with me lately... I think the stress of moving and house selling/buying and weddings just all collapsed on me at once. It has really been tough to feel inspired to create when I know that I will have to pack up and move or leave town every single weekend, and that by the time I get back, I would be punished by social media algorithms for not being active enough... BUT I am happy to announce that I am FINALLY moving into my new house and studio today! I cannot wait to just settle down in my new nest, finally have the time to create new art instead of always running errands and paperwork, and just give myself and my social media a fresh start. I really miss you guys and look forward to sharing this new chapter of my life with you all! โค๏ธ
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This drawing is titled "Dance of the Narwhals" ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโœ๏ธ Original has been adopted (โค๏ธ thank you!)
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WOAH! Difference between the first and last layer is like nigh and day ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ When your painting is looking rough in the early stages, donโ€™t get discouraged! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is the last painting available from my solo show last month ๐Ÿ’– For purchasing inquiries, please contact @sallycentigrade โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ Do you guys like these progress shots? Should I post them more often? ๐Ÿ˜˜
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Tried a little something new and incorporated actual makeup into my drawing!๐Ÿ’„โœ๏ธ I am so honored that this drawing is part of a new campaign by @rhymecosmetics titled #SelfMadeWonder, which celebrates strong and inspirational women! Their mission statement aligns perfectly with my mission statement as an artist, which is to inspire creative people to vanquish self-doubt and instead harness their dedication and talent to realize their dreams. ๐Ÿ’– Plus, these makeup brushes are actually quite handy for blending drawings! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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๐ŸŽตLucas King
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Haven't done a varnish video in awhile ๐Ÿ˜€ This piece is for the upcoming group show at @coreyhelfordgallery, "New Romantics" ๐Ÿ’– More closeups and pics of this painting coming soon!
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Hi loves - I can't believe I haven't posted anything in two weeks! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ It was much-needed break from social media to clear my mind and reset, but I really missed you guys! โค๏ธ I also just wanted to sincerely thank you all for your encouraging comments on my last post. You guys are seriously the kindest and most supportive online family a girl could ever ask for ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’– I know life can get challenging at times, and no road worth taking is ever easy, but it's so nice to know that we don't have to go through it alone! ๐Ÿ˜˜ Anyway here are some new drawings I haven't shared yet from my solo show with @sallycentigrade last month ๐Ÿงœ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธโœ๏ธ Even though it's been a month since the show, I am still suffering from mermaid fever! So look out for a few more mermaid pieces to come ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ 
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REAL TALK: I feel like I keep dropping the ball with social media lately... Even though I really do crave to connect with you guys, I end up only having energy to post around once a week (and for that I am truly sorry). And it really sucks because Instagram relies on freshness for survival, so the less often I post, the more my social media weakens. I've definitely seen a significant drop in my followers and engagement, but I just simply don't have the energy or time to post more often ๐Ÿ˜ž It actually takes a lot of effort to prepare the perfect photos, videos, captions, hashtags, etc. to make each post... While I do miss being able to be more candid/casual on social media, I also try to invest the time to give you guys quality content. To be honest, I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately with moving to a new city, selling and buying a house, wedding season, taking care of all the animals, and making sure I don't fall behind on art deadlines... These past few months have really tested my endurance, focus, and most of all taught me how important it is to take care of your physical + mental health. Recently I heard a quote that said "Young people often make the mistake of sacrificing their health for money. But when you're old, you end up sacrificing your money for health." It spoke to me so deeply because I keep pushing myself too hard. I work 12 hour days, I skip lunch, I end up collapsing at 2am from exhaustion, and then I go through slumps where I am too drained to do anything besides lie around on the couch all day. I don't go to the gym anymore, I don't cook, I can't even authentically enjoy my down time because I'm mentally burdened with the stress of all the work I have left to do. It's just been GO GO GO nonstop for so long... Man I need a vacation ๐Ÿ˜… Anyway, thank you all so much for listeningโค๏ธ .
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๐ŸŽตLucas King
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So excited to be back on social media again after a crazy chaotic past few months ๐Ÿ˜… This piece is titled "Cerulean Secrets" and features an adorable cuttlefish whispering secrets to his mermaid friend. ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ I also experimented with adding more dramatic makeup to the subject... which turned out to be super fun! Would you guys like to see more colorful makeup in my oil paintings? ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’œ
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PS - Thank you all so much for coming to my solo show opening in Denver last week! Pics & vlog coming soon ๐Ÿ˜˜
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A new sneak peek of this sparkly-eyed mermaid doll-face โค๏ธ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ Can anyone guess what type of mermaid she will be? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ
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Hello loves! โค๏ธ Sorry I've been a little MIA from social media lately - it's been crazy chaotic at home as we prepare to move! ๐Ÿ˜† Hope you guys enjoy this painting timelapse video of "Forbidden Cove" ๐ŸŽจ It will be on view at @sallycentigrade for my solo show, "Lure", opening night June 14th at 5:00pm! โ˜บ๏ธ Hope to see you all there! .
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Another mermaid oil painting finished! ๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒน Really trying to make the most of the final sprint before my solo show hehe. ๐ŸŽจ This one is titled "Breathe" to highlight her gills under the water. ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ The original is on view with my solo show "Lure" on June 14th at @sallycentigrade. Hope to meet you all there! ๐Ÿ˜˜
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Wooooot I am finally ready to share this finished oil painting with you guys! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽจ I've decided to name her "Hymnes Des Anthias" (aka "hymns of the anthias", which are the fish featured in this piece) ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ Her hair took me WAY longer than anticipated, as I kind of got carried away/lost in the process of painting it haha. But I am kind of digging the messy/tangled look! It would be so tough to brush/comb though, but I guess she won't really have to worry about that being a mermaid and all ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿงœโ€โ™€๏ธ Original available through @sallycentigrade, and will be on view with my solo show "Lure" on June 14th ๐Ÿ˜˜ .
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