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Happy Fourth

Freedom is a beautiful verb.

Sometimes it’s hard for grown-ups to stay in the life’s awesome phase. I keep thinking about my past summers ( swimming in the pool, drinking Kool- Aid, endless school free days) as a kid . I probably learned more with all the books I read and getting creative with games and toys.  That’s a different topic. Freedom is a verb. It’s an action. Yet, most don’t take full advantage of freedom. Where am I going with this popsiscle idea and the freedom idea?

Staying in the life’s awesome phase is a choice-a verb.

Freedom is what you do everyday to have your American Dream. Everyone has a purpose and I sure know what mine is. Sometimes it can be scary to think okay I know what I want BUT now what? What direction should I go in? What’s the best way to get there. Just go and make it happen! Live!

I went to the store and saw these… the good old days:


I love when this happens. I’m thinking and then there it is – the coolest way that I can express what I’m feeling-to say what I want to say and most importantly excercise the freedom do it my way! That’s freedom and it’s an exciting scary! More on this whole idea and just wait… I painted an awesome quote to express this! I’m adding that to my journal next week or so.

Watercolor Popsicles

This is a little before and after to show my progress.

Watercolor Bomb Pop

The one on the right is the old one. The yellow and pink popsicle is a new idea I’m working on. I love the new bomb pop I painted. I’m going to paint more popsicles to work on my basic skills. What happened with the stick?

My goals for this summer are:

  • Read up on art history.
  • Wrap up my side projects (3 more)
  • Go back to the basics

I’ll put away all of my projects and focus on pulse precision and color mixing. I recently discovered that I need this practice. Okay I’ve known it all along BUT makes smarter sense to focus on one task, master it and move on to drawing. I’ve got the freedom to do my best and do the tons of practice.

  • finish editing my book

I’m almost done with editing.  Then I’ll move on to the illustrations.

Gosh no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to narrow the focus down. This is a good list.

Happy Fourth!

Everything Is Possible


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OOPS Something went wrong!

I thought I had written a post and it turns out I didn’t. It turns out….I’ll be back next week. The take away from this little mishap is to STOP wasting time on what isn’t important. I mean sure I’ve got dreams-goals but I need to focus on one goal and put my heart into this 110%. That’s it! NO excuses!

I’m focusing on this blog. That means tons of side projects. More on this in a special surprise post for July 4th. A BIG thanks to all of you. Thanks for reading!

For now I’ll leave you with an awesome quote:



We are soul sister’s Georgia. That’s why I paint. I love this acrylic wash I painted. I’m obsessed with it!

Everything is Possible

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Balloon Sketch and Watercolor Painting

I’ll never forget my 5th grade hot air balloon project. Maybe it was the process of using a balloon and gluing tissue paper all around it, letting it dry and then POP! You have a have a tissue paper balloon.  I can still see my balloon hanging from the ceiling.  Okay not exactly but I like to think about it. I can see see the decorated strawberry green basket. Yes that was – AMAZING!  Now I paint them!  I do love this.

Memories like this help you focus on practice and come up with great ideas.



Here’s a recent sketch. Oh MY practice helps so much!


Practice helps you improve your craft.


I’m going to keep working on the painting and the layout.

Everything is Possible

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Paul Klee Inspired Watercolor Practice

Ever have an art piece start out amazing and…then all of a sudden… take a dramatic turn for the worst. Well that’s what happened here-happens often actually.


If at first you don’t succeed with watercolor, try again.

For some reason the words save this for another time rang in my ear. Kept this for a while and wasn’t sure why.  I remember this fabulous tip from a class.

The instructor said,”Never give up on on a piece IF you make a mistake.

Instead try to fix the painting and get creative with your tools. Another artist who creates with acrylic paint and wood said the same words. He said something like,” You  never know if the mistake can actually turn out to be something amazing. ”

I LOVE this advice. Come to think of it, it’s been the very something that makes all the difference.

I’ve been practicing color. Color is my favorite element to play with.  Add a new layer of  color that represents how I feel about this process and myself sounds good.


Layering created such a lovely texture. I tried to fix the forehead. Sometimes you can’t fix it all. But wait, I created this with all the emotions I was feeling. Not bad at all!

Everything is possible




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A surprise post …YEAH




New Blog nameMy new address is myrainwonderland.blog.

I feel this name makes more sense. My art is a voice for my love and curiosity.

I’m working on easy navigation, easy read, a header and I’m just going to have fun with this idea as it’s a great representation of who I am.

….much more amazing art to come.

Everything is possible.



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Pattern and Watercolor

LOVE the idea of using patterns and collage art to express emotion.

This project is inspired by works of Eric Carl and Paul Klee. I learn about artists and their techniques out of curiosity and to WAKE-UP the wow factor that kids have. I’m  inspired to do what I want with my art. Art can be everything you want it to be. Open you eyes the proof is here.

I’m using color and shape to express the meaning I want to convey.  Love is all of these emotions…like a puzzle all these pieces represent emotions-memories and people. I’ve painted many of hearts with this collage type idea. Each color or shape represents a section or emotion of the heart.


Here’s another one.


I will definitely use this in my lettering and painting quotes. I have this idea to create letters using vibrant paint and the shape of my thumbprint.  YES I will play around with this idea.

To think all of this started with a 5 minute sketch.


Wait I love the way the squares and rectangles are overlapping. Maybe I can borrow the collage process that Eric Carl used to create his wonderful caterpillar.

Everything is Possible