This 2020 year has been a rollercoaster of emotions for me, especially as a United States citizen. How are you holding up? From Covid-19 to our current state (that has been a long time coming). However you are feeling, I just want you to know that you matter. Your voice is important in this world and you are needed. I hope you are able to find peace, love and understanding.
“Having a mixed world is what its all about. Certainly it makes it a lot more beautiful and more interesting.” – Meghan Markle
I know it’s been awhile since you heard from me so I thought that I would give you an update……
In January, I moved with my family to Southern California! You are most likely thinking, “Why did you move to California from Alabama right before a pandemic?” Well it seemed like a good idea at the time, although maybe the timing was not so great. California has so many wonderful parks, beaches, art museums etc. and it was a good raise for my husband. Since the stay at home order, plans have been put on hold and all of our belongings are still in storage. I am in the thick of homeschooling and trying to figure out how to entertain a 4 and 6 year old. Big boxes and bubble wrap are good substitutes for rockets and slip and slides, apparently. We learn something new every day, the weather is beautiful, the birds are singing and you can still get out and walk the neighborhood for some fresh air. Plus, it looks like things are starting to open back up this weekend including some beaches. Yay!
Speaking of opening back up (did you like that subtle transition?) my Etsy shop is open! I gave the shop a slight makeover including digital downloads, adding a more affordable option for home decor. The majority of my previous inventory is in storage but I decided to make new prints and am working on a new collection that I will be adding next month! For now, you can take a look at what I have available by clicking on the link. As always, thank you for your support and kind comments on social media. You all keep me going with your positive energy! If you don’t follow me via social media and would like to, you can find the links on my web site. I’m on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter!
The Tufted Titmouse (with the cutest name ever) is a small songbird from North America. We have these cute little guys visiting our bird feeder all year long. They like to take one sunflower seed at a time and then fly back into the oak trees with the prize.
Some believe that a Tufted Titmouse appearing to you in your dreams or waking life is a message that your life is about to change. The Tufted Titmouse is a reminder that blessings are forthcoming.
This is an original watercolor dry mounted on archival mat board, in this beautiful weathered turquoise frame. The holidays are fast approaching! An original work of art would be something unique to give to your special person.
Its that time of year again! During the month of October, illustrators from all over will be participating in something known as Inktober. What is Inktober? It is an illustration initiative started by Jake Parker in 2009. This is a great way to improve upon your technique or try out new pens and brushes. Drawing every day also helps you to develop good drawing habits. https://www.mrjakeparker.com/inktober-1/ Parker says that “Anyone can do Inktober, just pick up a pen and start drawing.” You do not have to be an illustrator and you do not have to post on social media. Do it for yourself! However, if you do post on social media make sure to use the hashtag inktober or inktober2018. You just might get a feature!
My newest work “Marsh Rabbit” will be a part of the Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society (of Mobile) Fall Show at the Mobile Arts Council in Mobile, AL. The opening reception will be during the Art Walk on October 12 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. It will be available for purchase with 20% of the sale going to help support the Mobile Arts Council’s mission. Hope to see you there!
This Fall & Winter, I will be teaching a 4 week session of Watercolor Techniques (beginning & intermediate) at Marnee’s Studio in Mobile, AL. Enjoy a morning of fun while learning the fundamentals of watercolor in a relaxing environment. We will cover the basic techniques including wet into wet, wet on dry, dry brush, masking, using mixed materials such as sea salt, paper towels and more. Consider taking if you are local and have ever considered experimenting with this medium. This class is also for those who have taken watercolor or would like to improve upon their skill level. We also have a drop in rate if you are interested in coming for 1 class.
The class will run on Wednesdays, October 17, 24, 31 & November 7.
I am offering a summer special! Any 5″ x 7″ custom watercolor or pen and ink for $75 (unframed). Framing can be purchased for an additional fee. The balance must be paid by August 31 to secure your price. No additional fee for shipping in the U.S.
Here is a recent 5″ x 7″ custom work (just finished last night 😉 Thank you for your patronage!
Hello everyone! I am teaching a watercolor workshop this weekend at Marnee’s Studio located in midtown Mobile, Alabama. This is a sample of what we will be exploring in the class. Visit www.marneestudio.com for more information. Thanks for watching!
I recently finished this very special custom work. Did you know that some people believe that a red cardinal is a representation of a loved one who has passed? When you see one it means that the loved one is visiting you and they usually show up when you most need them, to let you know that they will always be with you.
“Find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest.” – Dalai Lama
Here is the full video of me playing around with my Sketch & Wash pencil, watercolor brush and waterproof ink pen. I’m working on some new characters and trying to figure out how I want to portray these pesky sea gulls.