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Do you ever feel like you want to produce a beautiful watercolor on your first try? I like painting different versions of the same subject to relax and detach from feeling that I have to get it perfect the first time around. All my siblings, my parents, and I have a cat living in our… Read more

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What do you recall when you see the image of a hen? I always picture Ana, my maternal grandmother, crowing to gather her chicks. She fed them corn, throwing it from a basket into the garden at her kitchen door. Hens, chickens, and eggs all symbolize prosperity, fertility, abundance, the feminine force, maternity, and the… Read more

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In another post, I shared a small experiment on painting a rose. In this post, you can see a step-by-step description and photos on painting a new rose. Any time we paint we are practicing and increasing our potential for making beautiful art. When you paint a rose, whether you are satisfied with the results… Read more

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June is one of the most lovely months in Vermont, and John and I happen to celebrate our wedding anniversary this month. This is the third year we celebrate this special time throughout the month by doing something significative to us or just paying attention to those moments that can become significative and worthy of… Read more

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Close your eyes and think of a quality you admire most about your mother. Perhaps you would describe her as calm, energetic, persevering, organized, friendly, or fierce! Visualize what action could represent that quality. One of the qualities I most admire about my mother is her willingness to listen and help people work out and… Read more

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Here are steps to paint this pear in watercolor. Step #1Left: Wet the area of the pear shape, except for white highlight. Let red and yellow blend on the paper. Let it dryRight: Wet the area of the pear shape. Let a diluted wash of yellow and green blend on the paper. Let dry. Step… Read more

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