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Painting #37 – White Peacock

Painting #37 – White Peacock

I did not charge nearly enough for this painting.  After I started painting “for real”, a friend commissioned me for a large painting.  This was the largest painting I had ever done, 24″x48″.  She wanted a stylized white peacock, to match some decor in her home. I wasn’t used to charging for my work, and it felt uncomfortable to name a price, as though I was asking a friend for money.  I gave a ridiculously low price, less than half of…

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Paintings 4-36: Starting a Paint and Sip Business

Paintings 4-36: Starting a Paint and Sip Business

  Some years ago, I began a “paint and sip” business.  For those who don’t know what that is, a “paint and sip” is a type of beginner’s paint class that’s less about learning technique and more about relaxing and having a good time, while exercising your creative side.  The “sip” part refers to…well, any sort of beverage that might help you feel more relaxed and creative.  It can also be called “paint nite,” “paint party,” or any other variation that…

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Painting #3 – Drunktopus

Painting #3 – Drunktopus

This is where I learned that painting is more natural and fun if you can let go of your inhibitions.  I had a friend over one day, and we were looking for something fun to do.  So we had this brilliant idea.  We put the kids to bed, had a couple drinks, and sat down to simmer in our creative juices.  And it was fantastic. I still have Drunktopus up on my wall.  He’s a little wonky, but he’s mine, and…

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Painting #2

Painting #2

This is (probably) my second painting I ever did, and I did it on a tiny guitar.  My husband bought a left-handed “travel guitar” for his uncle as a birthday present, and I painted a picture of his sweet dog who passed away earlier that year. I was still getting used to the idea of working in “layers”.  You can build up values in drawing, but it’s generally straight-forward as opposed to painting.  This caused my early paintings to be…

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Don’t be a slave

Don’t be a slave

I recently came across a disturbing study: 45% of Americans Carry at least $25,000 in debt, excluding mortgages.  And most of that is consumer debt; i.e., junk.  If you have a solid job that pays $50,000 a year, that’s half your yearly salary.  Which means you have to work for a solid six months just to pay for your stuff, not even taking taxes or any of the things you actually need into consideration.  Are you really okay with being…

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Painting #1

Painting #1

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu I didn’t start out wanting to do all these paintings right away.  I always loved to draw ever since I can remember, but painting was one of those things only “real artists” did.  And real artists were people who went to art school and learned to make statements and show their work in galleries.  That wasn’t me.  But over the past several years, I’ve been starting…

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What the heck are you doing?

What the heck are you doing?

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson   I want to get “good” at painting, and be a “real” artist.  How good?  I don’t know, but I figure if I make 1,000 paintings, I’ll be pretty close.  Join me and share in my triumphs, failures, and other exciting experiences.  I’ll be posting all the paintings I’ve done so…

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Ally Hill – Aspiring Artist Extraordinaire

Ally Hill – Aspiring Artist Extraordinaire

I guess you could say I was born into art.  When I was a child, my mother was an art teacher.  I remember visiting her classroom, staring in awe at the students’ work, savoring the smell of paint.  I drew constantly.  As I grew up, I began to neglect the art part of my life for a “safer” path.  I choose a “safe” university, even though it had next to zero art classes. I met my husband at that school,…

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