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Friday, October 16, 2015

New Video & Thoughts on Blessings

It's been awhile since I last posted a video, or wrote on this blog for that matter. I have been busy lately with my family and home, getting back into a school year routine, finishing some commissioned paintings, and working on building up a body of work to potentially sell. My goal is to open an online shop by the end of the year. This prospect scares me and excites me all at once. My art has been well received by friends and family (who are pretty much biased) and I have done about 10 commissioned paintings and have been asked to do more. I have also had a wonderful response to my work and videos on YouTube. However, this does not necessarily mean my work will be well received out in the world to the general public. I want to be realistic and not naive, but at the same time, I will not know unless I try. This is all part of taking those brave steps, about doing what you love and have been given a gift for, and then sharing it with the world.

I feel incredibly blessed in my life. That is the spirit of this painting. I am blessed to have a roof over my head, clean water to drink, food on my table, a loving family, a wonderful husband, wonderful children, an awesome church family, incredible friends, and most of all my faith in Jesus and His love and provision for me...even in the trials I have had to face. One of the reasons I paint birds is because they remind of a Scripture verse that says, "Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Jesus was speaking about not being worried and anxious. He takes care of the little birds, and yet I am so much more valuable to Him than they are. So when I see birds in a bush or on a tree branch or flying around, I think about this verse and I am comforted. Life is hard and filled with pain and trial and hardship, but I know I have a Hope that is with me through all of that. This is blessing to me. May we count our blessings and be filled with gratitude always.

Much love,

Saturday, September 5, 2015

New process video and tutorial

I have been working on a new painting called "Girl In Field" and it is finally done! I recorded myself working on this one and have a video to share with you. This was a fun painting to create. I started with collage of some origami and went from there. At one point I even make a huge mistake, but I show you how I pressed on and corrected it. Hope you enjoy and thanks for watching!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Juliette Crane "Painting From the Heart" online course

Hello out there!
I am super excited for the an art class I am signed up for this month! It's Juliette Crane's class called Painting From the Heart. I have always admired Juliette's work. It's colorful, bright, whimsical, and full of gorgeous texture. I just adore her characters and creatures. I look forward to growing more in my own artistry and seeing what other creatives are creating.

I have taken online classes through Community Thrive (an awesomely wonderful art community I am part of:, but Juliette's class is the first online course I am taking part of outside of Community Thrive. There are some spots left, so if you are interested in taking this course, go to to sign up. I am posting a link below.

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mixed media tutorial "Bird in Flight"

Here it is! My full length tutorial of a painting from start to finish. I hope you enjoy hearing about my process. I certainly had fun recording this video. Feel free to comment or ask me any questions about the process. Thanks for watching!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Coming soon

Hello to anyone reading this! I have been so distracted and busy with my kiddos and summer activities that I have not had time to write. We just got back from a fun weekend getaway to the Indiana Dunes with the Niemi side of the family. It was wonderful for my boys to hang out with their Niemi cousins and for my husband and I to see his brothers and their wives, as well as my in-laws. I am proud to say that we braved the "3 Dune Challenge" and conquered it! The 3 Dune Challenge is a hike up and down three giant sand dunes (I think the tallest one was 192 feet!) with trails and big wooden stair steps through the woods. It was exhausting but fun! We also spent that day lounging on the beach and swimming in Lake Michigan.

It is hard to believe that summer vacation is coming to an end and school will be starting in just 17 days! The time really has gone by fast. I wanted to let you know that I will be posting my first ever tutorial video this week on my YouTube channel. It will be a long video that will include a combination of me talking/instructing as well as footage in fast forward mode. I wanted to try my hand at actually talking through what I do rather than just instruct through words on the screen. So stay tuned for this video sometime this week!

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

And the winner is...

Everyone who commented on my blog and Facebook pages was entered into a drawing to win some free art supplies from me. All the names were thrown into a hat, and I had my son pick a name without looking. The winner is... SARAH JENSEN!! I will contact you Sarah to get these supplies to you.

Thank you to all who participated! I surely appreciate your support. I plan to do another drawing in the future when I reach another milestone. I hope you will follow me here and on Facebook and YouTube!


Monday, July 20, 2015

Giveaway time!

I have reached 251 subscribers on my YouTube channel! I am celebrating by giving away a few of my favorite art supplies. To enter to win, just make a comment below on this post, or go to my Facebook page ( and make a comment there. Your name will be then put into my drawing. I will give 24 hours to do this. Tomorrow at this time, I will randomly draw a name out of the entries to be the lucky winner. Good luck! And thank you all again for subscribing and supporting my artful journey!