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I love color. Even more, I love the impact of blending pops of color with neutral surroundings. The first time I interacted with Susanna @shnordic, it was to tell her I admire her ability to do just that. If you scroll through her feed, you will see the most amazing black and white home. Swipe right to see this piece framed and the original photo of Susanna's that inspired it. You'll notice her colors are more subdued, and that's another design trick I love: pairing brights in the same family as pastels in the same room! Thanks for sharing your talents, Susanna! --------- "Florals for Every Home" = I am creating pieces inspired by different spaces I've seen on home and decor accounts here on IG. A perfect way for me to challenge myself while introducing you to some marvelously talented people!

This piece is 12x12" on canvas board. It can be purchased unframed for $36, framed for $82, plus shipping.

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A little piece from last week. I am buckling down to some more acrylic this week, which should be great fun! I am trying to hone down to a few products to offer, and watercolor is on the fence. Do you think I could charge $10 for original 5x7 watercolors like I've been giving away for my 100 day project? It's so hard to decide on pricing for me, because I want people to be able to afford them, but I want to also be able to do more than cover my supplies, because my photography income is gone.

Thoughts?

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The daffodils are past blooming in my yard, so I drew some to give away. Comment "Mine, please!" if you'd like to have them mailed to you.

Day 52.

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It's here! Day One (but March 2) of our challenge. Can't wait to see everyone's crocuses.

It's one of the first flowers of spring (though I don't know if I've ever seen on in MN), and the first half of my business name.

I didn't an interview with @mysahomestyling for her blog a month or two ago, and one of the questions she asked was how I chose my name.

Oddly enough, I chose it 8 years ago when I sold a few photographic prints on Etsy. I hadn’t thought of it for ages, but when I started painting flowers, it kept popping into my mind. Part of the reason I began painting was for a creative outlet; I had to give up my photography business because of health issues, and my right brain was starving. I kept thinking of crocuses, one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, coming right through the snow, shining brightly in the cold. And thistles, a plant known for its barbs, its prickliness, yet it produces a flower that is food for bees (making honey!) and has medical uses. Another good thing coming from seemingly bad. My art is like that: a hobby/business borne of a very hard time in my life.

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Happy to announce my shop is officially open! Link in profile! 😁
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#tbt to this peony I painted a couple weeks ago and gave away yesterday and vacation last week. It's hot and humid here today, but I'm still out getting my Vitamin D and listening to the squirrels be crazy-go-nuts. How do they have the energy to bounce around in fur coats when it's so warm?

How's your Thursday shaping up? Doing anything fun for the weekend?

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I love green. But I don't often make art that highlights green. When @colorcrushcreative came out with this week's #cccpalette13, I decided I would probably just ignore this one. Yesterday I was doing some quick watercolor sketches, and this plant just plopped off my brush! So here we have it, an entry for this week's palette. 🌿

Do you like green? Wearing it, decorating with it, making art with it? I feel like it's a challenging color to use successfully. Except in house plants. One can hardly have too many, and it doesn't matter what shade they are. All are welcome here!

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Happy Sunday! We didn't make it to church today due to my rough night's sleep. So rather than knocking anything off the to-do list today, I'll be bumming around, taking it easy.

Here's a piece I painted and gave away a couple days ago. I had fun with those leaves...may do some more like them. What are you up to today?

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A quiet night playing games with the kids.
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I love color. Even more, I love the impact of blending pops of color with neutral surroundings. The first time I interacted with Susanna @shnordic, it was to tell her I admire her ability to do just that. If you scroll through her feed, you will see the most amazing black and white home. Swipe right to see this piece framed and the original photo of Susanna's that inspired it. You'll notice her colors are more subdued, and that's another design trick I love: pairing brights in the same family as pastels in the same room! Thanks for sharing your talents, Susanna! --------- "Florals for Every Home" = I am creating pieces inspired by different spaces I've seen on home and decor accounts here on IG. A perfect way for me to challenge myself while introducing you to some marvelously talented people!

This piece is 12x12" on canvas board. It can be purchased unframed for $36, framed for $82, plus shipping.

#floralsforeveryhome

#crocusandthistle

I love green. But I don't often make art that highlights green. When @colorcrushcreative came out with this week's #cccpalette13, I decided I would probably just ignore this one. Yesterday I was doing some quick watercolor sketches, and this plant just plopped off my brush! So here we have it, an entry for this week's palette. 🌿

Do you like green? Wearing it, decorating with it, making art with it? I feel like it's a challenging color to use successfully. Except in house plants. One can hardly have too many, and it doesn't matter what shade they are. All are welcome here!

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I had a "mindworm" a few weeks ago (like an earworm, but won't be out of your head until you do it) of lettered hymns, so I sat down one night and made these. I think they'd be pretty in a little mat and frame as part of a gallery wall, but maybe I'm crazy. Are they too simple? Should I try a watercolor wash behind them instead? I am usually a very confident decision maker (I just have strong opinions!), but with my own art that all goes out the window! 😬

Thanks for your feedback, Friends!

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I had plans to leave this for the guy we rent our cabin from, but I had self-doubt. While I sell my art, I still feel weird gifting it, just because art is such a matter of personal taste, and I never want a friend to feel they have to display something I've given them. Even my mom, when I asked her if she'd like a piece as a gift, said, "Well...it depends on what it looks like." My own mother! 😂

Do you gift your art? Should I have left this? Gah!

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@crocusandthistle gorgeous!! 😍😍 Love the different blues. 💗
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Day 74 of #100daysoffloralplay! And #friday! What are your weekend plans? I hope to do a lot of painting and resting. And I'm re-doing my dining room wall...might ask for some feedback in Stories from you all on that! So many options... If you'd like this abstract floral painting, be first to comment, "Mine, please!" #the100dayproject
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The very end. It's been a journey, people! Thank you for giving my art new homes and for introducing yourselves! Thank you for the constant encouragement and kindness. I was saying to a friend that my favorite thing I've gained from this project isn't the new skills, but the new relationships.

Coincidentally, I scheduled a family vacation for this very last day of my #100daysoffloralplay project. So I painted this post in the car today, haha! Claim it if you'd like; just comment, "Mine, please!" and I'll snail mail it to you.

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Tried outlining a la @theprintedpie for hers and @xkimcreatesx challenge. It was fun, something I'll definitely try again.

What new techniques have you tried lately?

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Starting the week off with the latest in my #floralsforeveryhome series. I was going to save these pieces for a show this fall, but I decided to offer them for sale exclusively here on Instagram. So hit the hashtag, and if one in the series jumps out at you, inquire! There's nothing over $60 + shipping.

This one is inspired by @shadesofblueinteriors (swipe to see the beautiful DIY tray she made and all the colors inspiring this piece). Rachel is a DIY master, tackling indoor and outdoor projects with gusto. Please check out her stellar feed today! -------- "Florals for Every Home" = I am creating pieces inspired by different spaces I've seen on home and decor accounts here on IG. A perfect way for me to challenge myself while introducing you to some marvelously talented people!

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Today's sermon was on James 4 and how the key to healthy community is humility. Admitting we can't save ourselves and humbly drawing near to God will bring all sorts of good fruit in our lives and in our spiritual community. Coming from a tendency toward legalism, I need these reminders all the time. I am thankful for a church who regularly preaches our inability to be good enough and that the free gift of grace is ours for the taking. And for family and friends who have grace with me daily.

More #cccpalette11 for Day 97 of #100daysoffloralplay. What are you up to this Sunday? We are spending some of it relaxing. I am reading, the kids are having quiet time, and I think my husband's down playing video games (what he does to unwind). This is, as usual, up for grabs! Simply comment, "Mine, please!" This was inspired by something I saw months ago with different colored petals. If you know who, lmk! ❤ #the100dayproject
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I had an amazing time last night with #cccpalette11! It is so good sometimes to limit your palette so creativity can bubble forth.

This is also my entry for #100daysoffloralplay Day 95! Only 5 days left! Nab this piece for free by commenting, "Mine, please!" Or tag a friend who would like it!

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Hey friends! I just realized I never posted this yesterday, so here's Day 92 of #100daysoffloralplay up for grabs. Comment "Mine, please!" if you'd like to have it snail mailed to you free.

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I found this fabulous challenge of '50s mucic by @whatsharonemade via @thecreativelaura. Anyone who knows me knows I love some old-timey music!

Today's prompt was "Love Me Tender." Any Elvis songs always make me think of my Aunt Pam; she's a huge fan!

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Stage one. Not yet dry. This one's bigger than my series paintings, and I'm hoping she'll turn out as expected!

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We're dining on the deck (burgers and amazing strawberry-macademia nut salad), so I decided to take a pic of today's #100daysoffloralplay piece out here. Hard to get the right color tone with all that sunshine in the background, but I'm definitely not complaining! It's been gorgeous here! 🍓🥗🍔 If you want it, comment "Mine please!" or tag a friend who would like it.

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Something a little different for this 89h day of #100daysoffloralplay. I did a little floral border, and if you comment, "Mine, please!" you can tell me if you'd like something lettered inside it. And I'll snail mail it to you, of course. 😊

I didn't get as much done as planned today, but I did paint some and clean some, so in my book that's a win!

Hope you're all enjoying your holiday weekend!

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Day 88 of #100daysoffloralplay! Some more blues and greens and a little lavender.

What are you up to this #friyay? Or the rest of the weekend for that matter? We've had VBS all week...so fun for the kids, lots of driving and sitting in the car waiting for Mom. I got some reading done, and this weekend, if I have energy, hoping to get some cleaning done. Or painting, if no energy. 😀

If you'd like this piece, comment, "Mine, please!" #the100dayproject
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Our book club picked out books for the next year a couple nights ago...so fun to know what we're planning to read! My friend Lisa @myartsituation asked this the other day and got some great responses: Do you have one favorite book that you go back to, one that you recommend to people when they ask? My childhood favorites were "Baby Island" and "Matilda." As an adult....much harder to narrow down. 😁

Today's #100daysoffloralplay piece is a little less abstract than my norm. If you're new around here, I'm giving away each of my works from this project. If you haven't won one yet, comment, "Mine, please!" and I'll send it to you.

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Recipe for a perfectly distressed coffee table: 1) Buy a painted white coffee table prior to having children. 2) Have children and allow them to play in your living room. 3) Also allow their friends to play in your living room. 4) Voila! Done. 😂

In other news, it's day 86 of #100daysoffloralplay. If you haven't won one of my pieces yet and would like to have this, comment, "Mine, please!" and I'll mail it to you. If you've already won, feel free to tag a friend who might like it!

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Kelsey @jazzybydesign posted a technique for doing floral letters earlier that I loved, so I gave it a shot for each of my kids. So fun! Check out her tutorial to see how to do it.

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