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A Watercolor Journal - Winter 2018
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” - Theodore Roethke
From the Studio
Resilience (new)
Throughout December the pansies in our window boxes remained in full bloom. Each morning I expected to see drooping little heads that had yielded to the bite of winter, but they defiantly kept blossoming. Now the pansies have finally settled into a deep and well-earned winter’s rest. This watercolor was inspired by their beauty and resilience.
Resilience watercolor of poppies
10" x 10" / 300 lb. Arches cold press / unframed original
$275 (free shipping)
Waiting for Spring (new)
Pansies aren’t the only ones counting the days until spring…
Waiting for Spring watercolor gold finch
Waiting for Spring
5½" x 7” / 300 lb. Arches cold press / unframed original
$125 (free shipping)
Friends of a Feather
“Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear, old friends.” - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Where would we be without our friends?  I’m so very thankful for the ones who have graced my life.
Friends of a Feather
6" x 9" Limited Edition Giclee

Tender Mercies Notecards
There’s just something about receiving a handwritten note in the mail.  Tender Mercies Notecards are perfect for sending a birthday wish, a heartfelt thanks, or an encouraging word.  Each set is $14.95 and contains 8 blank note cards with 4 designs (2 of each). A small scripture verse is printed on the inside along bottom of card. To see the entire Tender Mercies Notecards collection click here

Painting in Living Color - Art instruction in the comfort of your home
Painting in Living Color takes you through the process I used to create the watercolor Carolina Morning – from  planning to completion. In addition to this demo, there are several bonus segments:
- some of my favorite tips
- how to create your own color journal
- painting supplies 
- photographing birds  
- an easy method for mixing greens
- how to select the colors for your painting
This 100 minute DVD is jam-packed with tips, techniques, and includes a full-sized demo sketch to help get you started.   I hope you enjoy it and happy painting!      

“Don’t look where you don’t want to go…”
In December during a visit to Colorado, our sons wanted to take Clay and me on a hike. They described the trail as short, steep and exposed in spots but with beautiful views at the top. Already I’m planning how to opt out of this. No thanks. Nope. But really? Deep down I want to. Want to be with my boys and share this experience together. They’re grown and gone and times like this don’t come around often. Stupid fear. So okay. Hiking boots on.  
The trail was exactly as described and I’m not feeling this at all. At the sketchiest, most exposed part I freeze - can’t go forward or backward. I knew this was a bad idea. My son is ahead of me and reaches back for my hand. “Mom,” he says, “don’t look where you don’t want to go. Keep your eyes on me.”  I do. My eyes lock onto his boots as we continue up the trail to the very top. With beautiful views all around, I pick up three small rocks to take home. I also take home my son's words, because I think this might be wisdom that will apply to more than just steep trails.  
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.   Psalm 16:8
Wishing you happy trails in 2018,