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Paintings #39 & #40 – Mermaids

Paintings #39 & #40 – Mermaids

I have to admit, it’s hard to look at old work.  It’s like watching yourself on a video from 2002.  Is that what I used to look like?  How did I think that looked good?  A hard pill to swallow, but swallow we must.  Especially if we want to improve quickly. These are two paintings that I did almost exactly year ago, for last year’s Strawberry Faire.  The first one was one of my largest paintings I had on offer that…

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Ashland Strawberry Faire

Ashland Strawberry Faire

  Big news: I’m taking my show on the road!  Sort of.  Really it’s just the next town over.  But still – exciting!  I’ve been accepted as a vendor at the Ashland Strawberry Faire on Saturday, June 3rd!  This is my second time at this festival, and I’ll be making a few changes this time around. This was me, last year.  I made enough money that day to cover my booth fee and pay for a new canopy, plus about…

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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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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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