Baby in a Sweater

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Faces fascinate me, and baby faces, well, I just can’t resist them. Babies have such wonderful expressions that are yet untainted by societal norms. Check out my other child watercolor portraits or my watercolor tutorial if you’d like.

I painted this portrait for our friends on the arrival of their little boy. Their son didn’t have the easiest of arrivals either, but you can read more about that here on his mom’s blog.

 

 

A Few Great Blog Posts

 

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Painting by Emily Jeffords

 

It can be quite a challenge to sort through the internet to find some useful and inspiring information. To make that easier for you, here are a few of my favorite blog posts of late.

How to Improve at Live Painting in 52 Steps. This post by Howard Lyon was inspiring to me as a portrait artist. Scroll to the bottom of the post to see more detailed portraits.

Sotheby’s European Art Auction Highlights. If you are inspired by the old masters, this blog post is for you. I particularly love the first painting.

Carving out Time for Art (An Interview)  This is a great blog post for those who are artist and mothers, like me!

“The Abstract Dancer” Collection, 31 New Paintings. I love abstracts and these are just beautiful.

Enjoy!

 

Seven Tips for a Successful Work day at home

 

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Whether I’m blogging, painting, making soap, or cooking dinner, most of my work is done at home. It’s been a process learning how to be my own boss and not getting sidetracked with the many distractions at home. Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of work hours at home or help you transition from your day job.

  1. Find your productive hours. I’ve always been a morning person but I don’t judge the night owls. No one time of the day is better than the other but there may be a better time for you.  Determine when you work best, either at night, in the morning, or in the middle of the day and focus your work hours then.
  2. Set work hours for yourself. I know how hard it can be to stick to regular hours when you have a toddler in the house, so, I work when my little guy is happiest or when he is taking a nap. You may not always be able to work these hours every day, but if you don’t set any goals you hit them every time.
  3. Make a list of what you need to get done every day. More about making those goals! It always helps me to see on paper what I need to get done and when. A day planner is great for organizing your list.
  4. Dress for the job. Wear something that will make you feel productive and confident. It’s tempting to stay in your pajamas all day if no one is going to see you but getting dressed will make you feel more like working. Have old or protective clothing designated for those messy jobs!
  5. Create a productive work environment. It’s great to have a designated work space in your home but if that isn’t possible, at least keep your materials neat and organized. I personally can’t concentrate in a messy house, so, I must clean before I can work.
  6. Get in the zone. Background noise is a great way to get to get your mind in the zone. Play something that isn’t too distracting like a book on tape or some music without emotional lyrics.
  7. Take a break. The breaks you take are just as important as the time you spend working. When you start to feel frustrated with your work or too tired to keep going take a break to drink some tea or do anything unrelated to work. When you feel refreshed, get back in there and finish the job!

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

Vincent Van Gogh