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Do You Love Instagram too? Take a peek at my Instagram life.

I love sharing everyday tidbits about what I'm up to over on Instagram! Follow along with me: @stephaniemartel

Lately I’ve been playing more on Instagram and I really love the simplicity of it!  It’s a micro-blogging platform that takes the pressure off of having to post something huge + meaningful, but rather I can post little snippets of my day.  And isn’t that a little more interesting for everyone?  I feel like the beauty of everyday life is in the small details, not the lightning bolts that happen once in a while.

I’m posting a few of the latest happenings over there, here on the blog so you can check it out.  If you are inspired, please follow me!  My instagram is: @stephaniemartel.  Let’s be friends 🙂

A snippet of my painting, you are my very favorite

Here’s a peek of something I’m putting in the shop soon. Who is your very favorite?  Tell them today.

Working on a small canvas is harder than it looks!

Playing on a small canvas is a lot harder than it looks! It’s good practice to get into the details though.

In class progress, before and after shots of the same painting

I love how every painting goes through phases. Acrylic paint is so forgiving, there’s always the option to cover up what I don’t like! This one is still in progress, but I like where it’s going.

Flower doodle practice, which is your favorite?

My morning doodles… Still working on flowers. ???????????? Sometimes I like them better plain and not colored in. Which one is your favorite?

New postcards in the shop

These new 4×6 postcards are going into the shop tomorrow.  They are made from heavy 16pt stock with a matte finish and rounded corners (love that). Use for a special little note to someone or frame as a sweet gift to yourself!

Getting ready for an art fair and getting the 8x10 prints ready for sale.

I’m getting my inventory ready for a craft show next weekend! ???? It’s fun to talk to others about how we all have so many different ways to express ourselves through art. I’m looking forward to connecting with people in person about living a creative life.






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To Live a Creative Life


You don’t have to be an ‘artist’ to be creative–we’re all living a creative life in our own way.  Through our expression, communication + what we do for a living, there are so many wonderfully creative people out there: chefs, landscape designers, architects, teachers, the list goes on and on.

Being creative is when we tap into our unique, special skills and share that with the rest of the world.  No one’s creativity is exactly the same!  That’s why it’s so important to figure out where each of our own special gifts lie.

I love creating art and putting my inspirational messages out into the world, but there are plenty of times when I’m thinking, “Does this make sense?” or “Will this speak to someone other than me?”  Self-doubt is all a part of the creativity process.  It gets us to the next part.

And when I’m creating, I always try to remind myself that there are so many means of expression and one isn’t necessarily better than the other.  There’s no right or wrong in expression, it just is.

Gently letting go of that fear of being ‘wrong’ is the way I let myself off the hook.  I tap into my inner voice, knowing that no one else can create exactly the way I do.  That gives me the courage to keep moving forward.






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