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Calligraphers’ Guild, “Wit and Wisdom”

Art Presence Art Center will feature the Calligraphers’ Guild as the Guest Artists for February.  The exhibit opens on January 30th and runs through March 1st.  The gallery is open from 11 to 5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Don’t miss sayings that are beautifully calligraphed and meet the writers in person.  The exhibit in […]

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XO Stationery Stash

It might be less than two weeks into the new year but in the retail world…guess what is virtually tomorrow??? That’s right, Valentine’s Day! Just in case you’re the stash-that-perfect-card-away-for-the-right-occasion variety (you’re in good company), let me introduce you to a few new designs in the XO category. I’m headed off into the season of […]

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How to Paint a Landscape in Three Different Mediums

How to Paint a Landscape in Three Different Mediums by Anita HartCarroll

Painting the same scene three different times using a different medium on each painting can be very enlightening and a lot of fun! In our article at VeryCreate.com, I explore using pastel, acrylic and watercolor to paint a distinctive landscape of Vantage, Washington on the Columbia River. I share what I learned and what I would do differently the next time I paint the scene.

The goal of the experiment was to see how different each medium handled the same subject and if the final results were unique enough for me to pick a favorite standout. The knowledge I gained by completing the three paintings really surprised me!

In the acrylic painting, I blew up the scale and went for high drama on canvas. Using thin layers of paint and glazes, I was able to adjust the value

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Shipping in time for Christmas!

Hello and happy holidays from the studio! Are you painting? Holiday cookie baking? Shopping? Making your own Christmas decorations? Yes to all of it. I’m a big fan of things or experiences made by hand or small businesses and love the personal details that often accompany it. I have a small and sweet collection of […]

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Loss to Legacy Book Event this Friday!

A word from the author: I’m looking forward to sharing stories and discussing my recently published book with you at Art Presence in Jacksonville this Friday evening, December 13. It’s a meaningful time of year to share this path, as the holiday season brings bittersweet memories of loved ones who are no longer here. I […]

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Seventh Annual Angels Show

The Seventh Annual Angels Show opens Friday, December 6, and continues through Sunday, December 29, 2019. Join us for an angelic reception on Saturday, December 7 from 1–3pm!

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A Room of Your Own

I’ve written a fair bit about my funny fancy parlors. Are they real? Are they figments of my imagination? A combination? All of the above. I would like to jump into a room filled with leopard lounge chairs and a pink velvet settee. Art clustered on the wall, vintage charts mixed with contemporary treasures and […]

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Fancy Envelopes

This afternoon in sweet Ashland, Oregon, it’s pouring icy fog rain, dark by 3pm, wind howling around the house and I am recovering from part one of some dental work. Before you turn green with envy, there is an upside. I’m home for the afternoon doing “nothing”. “Nothing” is a requirement when I’m supposed to […]

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Angel Show

Art Presence Art Center will present its annual Angel Show opening on December 6th, Friday, with a Reception of December 7th from 1 to 3 P.M.  At least 40 artists will share their artistic version of angels.  What a wonderful way to start the Christmas Season.  The gallery is open from 11 to 5 every […]

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Paris in April: An Artist Life Workshop

I’m not sure what is more exciting, painting in Paris, sitting in a café in Paris, roaming the gorgeous streets with no other purpose than experiencing beauty and architecture, sitting in a park absorbing life and culture, visiting world renowned galleries, shops and museums or….visually documenting all this in the beauty and comfort of a […]

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