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Perfect Pairing: Enduring Roots Mugs & Panther Pride Naturals Tea!

Perfect Pairing: Enduring Roots Mugs & Panther Pride Naturals Tea!

I’m so excited to partner with my friend Michelle from Panther Pride Pharmacy to bring you a special offer this holiday season!! We’ve thought for a while that my ENDURING ROOTS mugs and her wonderful handcrafted, loose-leaf teas are the perfect pairing.  This year…

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Selected to CPSA International Exhibition

Selected to CPSA International Exhibition

I am so honored, humbled and excited to share with you that my purple iris artwork, titled “Magnificent Wisdom,” is among 120 colored pencil paintings from across the globe to have been juried into the 29th Annual Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) International Exhibition!!!

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Swirling Shades of Blue and Other Updates

Swirling Shades of Blue and Other Updates

Apologies to you, my friends, for being woefully behind in updating the blog so that you can share the progress of my latest ENDURING ROOTS drawing with me!  I’ve posted several videos below in an effort to help you catch up if you’d like. I’ve finalized the design for the Celtic cross…

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Your Favorites Drawing Challenge

Your Favorites Drawing Challenge

I really enjoy thinking about my favorite things. (Anybody else have Julie Andrew’s voice singing “Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music” running through your head?)  It’s always a great distraction to think about my favorite place to go on vacation,…

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Fantasy Drawing Challenge

Fantasy Drawing Challenge

I love that art is such a great tool in lowering stress for us and that it provides such an accessible creative outlet.  So, I’m excited to relieve some more stress and block out the realities of life at the moment as we take our second Creative Escape together with a Fantasy Drawing Challenge!

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Iris #1 is DONE!!

Iris #1 is DONE!!

Eeeek! It’s finished!! The first beautiful purple iris for my colored pencil drawing titled “God’s Magnificent Wisdom” is done! I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this stunning flower come to life on paper. I’m so blown away by the wide variety of…

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Popping Off The Paper

Popping Off The Paper

ENDURING ROOTS BLOGDiscover the love-notes God sends You through flowers!Thursday, February 14th, 2019 Popping Off The Paper! I'm so excited to have finished the top of the first iris for "God's Magnificent Wisdom" as well as the first petal on the bottom half!  It's...

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Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board

Yes!  I’m finally back to work!  I’m still trying to find a balance between creating the artwork I’m so passionate about and all of life’s other demands.  It’s an ongoing process, but I’m so glad to be working in my studio on “God’s Magnificent Wisdom” again.  I am loving these stunning purple iris and all of the many shades of purple each petal contains!

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Gorgeous Gardens of Garnish Island and Breathtaking Bantry House

Gorgeous Gardens of Garnish Island and Breathtaking Bantry House

On Day 13, we were off for County Cork.  Our original plan was to drive the Ring of Beara which is a driving route around the Beara Peninsula, similar to the Ring of Kerry but less touristy.  However, driving on narrow, curvy roads…

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Spectacular Scenes on the Ring of Kerry

Spectacular Scenes on the Ring of Kerry

We had an early start on Day 11 as we drove to Killarney to meet our small bus tour for the Ring of Kerry drive.  The Ring of Kerry is a driving route that tours the Iveragh Peninsula.  It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland.

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Marvelous Muckross and Inviting Inverary

Marvelous Muckross and Inviting Inverary

We said a slow and reluctant “goodbye” to Pax House on the morning of Day 10 of our Ireland Adventure and set out for Killarney National Park in Co. Kerry next to the town of Killarney.  Our first stop was Muckross House and Gardens. 

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Clifden and a Country House with a View

Clifden and a Country House with a View

Still feeling a bit under-the-weather, we opted for breakfast in our room at Ballynahinch this morning, and took our time checking out.  After check-out, we spent a bit more time walking the grounds and slowly made our way to the town of Clifden. . .

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Traveling Back In Time: Bunratty Castle

Traveling Back In Time: Bunratty Castle

On Day 2 of our Ireland Adventure, Mom and I both woke with unsettled stomachs and major jet-lag.  So, we adjusted our plans and spent the morning and early afternoon resting at Cahergal Farmhouse.  Around 3:30, we arrived at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.  Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house situated in the middle of the village of Bunratty.  It is considered to be the best example of an authentically restored castle in Ireland.

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Fulfilling a Life-Long Dream: An Ireland Adventure!

Fulfilling a Life-Long Dream: An Ireland Adventure!

Oh. My. Goodness!  What a dream come true!!  Beautiful beyond description!!!  Ireland does NOT disappoint!!

On May, 29th, after precious little sleep, Mom and I embarked on a life-long dream to visit the land of our ancestors – Ireland.  It was an AMAZING 14-day adventure (16 counting travel days) and I’m so excited to share it with you over the next several days & posts!

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Sketching the Iris for “God’s Magnificent Wisdom”- Part 2 & 3

Sketching the Iris for “God’s Magnificent Wisdom”- Part 2 & 3

It’s been great to get back to work on my latest “Enduring Roots” drawing titled “Gods’ Magnificent Wisdom”. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been able to finish drawing the iris using a grid technique to help me enlarge them accurately. It’s quite a challenge for me to get the ruffles drawn correctly, and I found myself …

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Drawing a Circular Maze Pattern

Drawing a Circular Maze Pattern

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 Drawing a Circular Maze Pattern Hi Guys! Here’s another short speed-drawing video of the circular Celtic maze pattern I’m using for the center of the Celtic cross for “God’s Magnificent Wisdom” (the purple iris drawing I’m...

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What Do Purple Iris Symbolize Anyway??

What Do Purple Iris Symbolize Anyway??

I’ve spent a few days searching for the answer to that question so that I could come up with a focus or message to communicate with my next Enduring Roots colored pencil drawing. It turns out that purple iris are often associated with royalty.

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Where Did All That Color Come From?

Where Did All That Color Come From?

It’s here!!! The start of a new drawing adventure and I am sooooo excited!! I’ve spent the last several months organizing stained glass and colored pencil workshops, refreshing and updating my website, and catching up on the multitude of things around the house that got pushed to the side as I finished my Master’s degree. With those items checked off of my to-do list, I’m so ready to get back to my Enduring Roots colored pencil series.

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Thoughts On: “Perseverance Produces Character; Character, Hope”

Thoughts On: “Perseverance Produces Character; Character, Hope”

As I was browsing through Wal-Mart’s craft section one day, I ran across some giant imitation white magnolia flowers and I got inspired. So, in the cart the magnolias went and I raced home to begin…

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Thoughts on: “Forever Thine”

Thoughts on: “Forever Thine”

“Forever Thine” is the second colored pencil drawing that I produced for the “Enduring Roots” series. As I began this piece, I was really excited to explore Celtic designs and crosses. I started planning the composition by …

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