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Art in Progress: Bloom

Art In Progress: See how I create Inspirational art for kids + the kid in you. To learn about art technique + my motivation for creating this piece, click through for a peek. See how paintings evolve from start to finish! Original artwork by Stephanie Martel.

I was inspired by a color palate I had seen online and wanted to create something that felt light + hopeful.  I can sometimes get carried away with intense colors and forget to leave light space in for a place for the eye to rest and chill out. (It’s a good metaphor for life, too.)  I gave myself the challenge to stay light with this one and it was a fun task to remember along the way.  The first layer or two was fast + easy and included some tissue paper.

Bloom 1

I added some objects early on, which I don’t normally do because it limits what I end up doing for the final product.  I usually turn the canvas around a lot and try different viewpoints, but when I put an object in, it anchors the piece a specific way.  Oh well!  The colors were calling out for some flowers.

Bloom 2

I couldn’t resist my nagging urge (ha!) to darken it up a little with that purple.  So I added in a little white stencil on the side to balance it out and added more light objects in the bottom left corner.  I’m starting to like it at this point because it feels light, but like my individual style, too. (I feel like I’m always finding my style and changing it up.)

Bloom 3

Here’s a close up of that bottom corner before the purple, I love the colors together!

Bloom 4

And the flowers.

Bloom 5

I added a few more small accents and I’m done.  That space in the middle bothered me at first, but then I remembered my challenge was to stay light and there it was!  It was a perfect place for my sentiment–we all need space to BLOOM.


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Independence and Fireworks

The fourth of July makes me feel like the summer is half over, even though it feels like it just began.  My holiday weekend was full of lazy days and good food~ what more could you ask for?

I just loved the colors of these flowers!  There’s a little honeybee in the bottom right corner–can you see him? I was so happy to see this since learning about beemageddon.

single flower

C and his cousin out for a ride in Asbury, John is in town from Turino, Italy. Ciao!


The culinary delights of C.  Thank god the man loves to cook! (Because I love to eat)



I had to give him some extra lovin’ for that delicious meal.


We watched the fireworks from the rooftop!  I love the color of the sky in this picture.

night sky 2

Hope you had a relaxing 4th, too.  Happy Independence to you 🙂


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Fun in the summertime

Started off the weekend with this nice souvenir.


Having fun at the Watermark with C.


Heard some jazz that had nice mood lighting at Moonstruck.


With all of the rain, the flowers are just amazing!

lily 2  flowers

With all of the GMO news happening, I was so so psyched to find these organic eggs that use non-gmo feed too. Have you ever seen that?  Me either. And I bought these at A&P–times are a changin’.  Hooray!



Happy almost Independence Day!  Do you have any exciting plans?


How was your weekend?




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