New 2019 5x7 Desk Calendars Now Available

I can’t believe it’s November already! This year has zoomed by so quickly and 2019 will be here before you know it. Now is the perfect time to pick up my new 2019 desk calendars for your office, for your kitchen, your coworkers, or for stocking stuffers. These calendars will certainly make you smile and make your work or home space a little bit brighter.

My favorite new calendar this year is my super cute garden gnomes calendar.

This 5”x7” 2019 desk calendar features 13 original photos of my mischievous and adventurous garden gnomes.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:
13 loose 5”x7" pages (1 for each month and a cover) that feature a 5”x5” photo that you can trim and frame after the month is over. The images are professionally printed on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive photograph paper which provides excellent resistance to light fade.

You can display this calendar in a 5x7 frame, on your desk at work, hang on your refrigerator, pin to your inspiration board, use as a bookmark, or hang from a clipboard-- the possibilities are really endless!

Once the month is over, you can trim off the bottom calendar portion and hang or frame each remaining 5”x5” photo. This is a super affordable way to get 13 mini prints!

In addition to the adorable gnome calendar, I have three more new 2019 desk calendars:

2019 5x7 Desk Calendar Collection

Each of these calendars will certainly bring a bit of nature and calming beauty into your space and life.

 

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WIP - Pink Peony Oil Painting

Hey there! Long time no see! After the #the100dayproject concluded, I took a small break from painting and focused on creating 2019 calendar templates and 2019 photo calendars for my shops. I wanted to make sure I finished those by end of September. I have good news- I finished and they turned out really great. And do you know what that means? I’m painting again! WOOOO!

Pink Peony Oil Painting - Work in progress

After painting 100 tiny 3”x3” canvas, I decided it was time to go big. I picked up a sweet 20”x20”x2” canvas and began my peony painting by lightly sketching out the shape. I’ve wanted to paint this peony for so long! The layers and shape of the petals are so luscious and drew me in.

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I can’t wait to show you the finished painting!

Happy creating!

-a

 

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Indie Art & Craft Market tomorrow!

Guess what! It’s art & craft show season!!! I will be at the HoneyCraft Indie Craft Market tomorrow, September 15th (2018) at the Mixin Mingle shop located in beautiful downtown McHenry. HoneyCraft Market will be a wine stop at McHenry Chamber of Commerce's unique tasting and shopping experience in downtown McHenry. Guests will stroll through area shops while sipping specially selected wines, appetizers, and sweets at participating shops.

I can’t wait to see you there!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mixin Mingle-McHenry

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100/100 - The 100 Day Project Challenge Complete!

Here it is! My last little painting for #the100dayproject!

 100/100. Saguaro. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

100/100. Saguaro. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

I love how this turned out! I'm a big fan of using the finger painting technique I used during last years 100 Day Project. I think it makes the backgrounds look so interesting and gives it a depth that I struggle to recreate with a brush.

This years 100 Day Project was great. There was far less blood, sweat, and tears this time around. I cared about the outcome (of course) but I learned that not every piece has to be a rock star. I feel like I experimented a lot more this year and I found a few things that set my soul on fire that I cannot wait to try on a larger canvas!

Here's a look at all 100 tiny paintings:

2018 100DayProject COMPLETE!

It's a little impressive to see all 100 tiny paintings all in one place!

If you're in a funk with your art, be it painting, photography, baking, etc., I wholly recommend participating in some sort of challenge like this. Creating 100 pieces of anything will help spark new creative ideas!

Have you finished your challenge yet? How did it go? What are some of your thoughts/feelings about how it went? Let me know in the comments section below! Let's compare notes!

 

happy creating!

-a

 

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96/100 through 99/100

I'm so close! I feel like I have to make my last painting something spectacular and amazing. I mean, no pressure or anything, right? In the meantime, here are the final few before the big 1-0-0.

 96/100. Agave. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

96/100. Agave. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 97/100.. Bucket List. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas

97/100.. Bucket List. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas

 98/100. Morning Sunrise. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas

98/100. Morning Sunrise. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas

 99/100. Current Mood. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

99/100. Current Mood. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

My favorite out of all of them  is day 97/100. I LOVE the night sky, I love how I painted the galaxy, I love the arch...

Which painting has been your favorite? You can see all of them in one place here: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/100teenypaintings/

Let me know in the comment section below!

 

 

happy creating!

-a

 

 

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91/10 through 95/100

I can't believe that I only have five days left for my #the100DayProject! In five days I will have completed 100 tiny 3"x3" canvas paintings in oil and acrylic. How cool is that? Now I have to plan how I'm going to take a photo of ALL of them! Check out how I displayed and photographed last years project.

Here are a few of my recent paintings:

 91/100. 3"x3" acrylic landscape painting

91/100. 3"x3" acrylic landscape painting

 92/100. Mt. Rainer, Washington State. 3"x3" acrylic painting on canvas.

92/100. Mt. Rainer, Washington State. 3"x3" acrylic painting on canvas.

 93/100. Milky Way. 3"x3" acrylic painting on canvas

93/100. Milky Way. 3"x3" acrylic painting on canvas

 94/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

94/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 95/100. Echeveria chihuahuensis. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

95/100. Echeveria chihuahuensis. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 

How's your project coming along? Are you finished already? Nearly? Let me know in the comments below and drop in a link where we can check it out and congratulate or cheer you on!

 

happy creating!

-a

 

 

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WIP - Brand New Succulent Painting

I'm so excited to show you what I've been working on in between my recent #the100DayProject paintings. I started sketching my idea for this painting last year, but put it on the side in order to take part in two indie art & craft shows. This year I spent a ton of time painting and prepping tons of tiny cacti paintings for two art shows/markets and a consignment shop in Chicago. Then the 100 Day Project started and I’ve been holed up in my studio working on these tiny paintings every night. Whew! So, I've been painting, just nothing larger than 3"x3" inches. Until this past week.


This painting has been calling me. For months. Every time I saw her in the studio, half drawn out, I felt such a pang to paint. I finally succumbed last week and I’m so glad I did!

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Yes, I did number the leaves on the painting and on my reference photo. It helps to keep track of the leaves as I draw.

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I'm in love with this painting! I realize I probably say this about every painting I work on, but really, it's true. You know that feeling when you have a brand new boyfriend/girlfriend and you cannot stop thinking about them? And when you're with them, time goes by so fast and all of a sudden you look up it's 2am and you are way past curfew? You muddle through the next day and the thought of seeing them keeps you going? This is exactly how I feel about this painting.

I hope you have a project that makes you feel like this!

 

Happy creating!

-a

 

 

 

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86/100 through 90/100 - The 100 Day Project

I hope you're having a fabulous week! I started a new painting last week that I'm so in love with. So almost every day I've been working on my #the100dayproject painting, and this new LARGE one. It's so nice to be painting on a large scale again! I cannot wait to show you. If you want a sneak peek, join me on Instagram. I've been posting process and progress shots all week.

In the meantime, here are the last few days of my project.

 86/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

86/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 87/100. "The Grass is Greener." Acrylic on 3"x3" canvas.

87/100. "The Grass is Greener." Acrylic on 3"x3" canvas.

 88/100. Sunset. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

88/100. Sunset. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 89/100. Washington Beach. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

89/100. Washington Beach. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

 90/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

90/100. 3"x3" acrylic on canvas.

Happy creating!

-a

 

 

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