Summer Reading List!

Hi sweet friends! 

Hopefully everyone is having such a great summer so far! I've been busy balancing my art business with my art teacher life as the Art Director at our local Boys and Girls Club. We've been doing some fun projects and going on some fun field trips, that's for sure! 

While I've most definitely still been making time for painting (lots of fun new things to come!), I've also made some time this summer for reading as well. I love going outside with a good book and enjoying some relaxation, learning, and win if you ask me! 

For those of you who love to read as well, I've put together a little list of recommendations on my new Amazon influencer page! Each of the books on my list are books that I've read personally and thought you all might enjoy as well (especially fellow artists and creatives). 

The books on this list have inspired or helped me in some way, particularly pertaining to my art and business! If you decide to check any of these books out, let me know what you think! I sure hope you enjoy! I'll be sure to add more as I continue to find more inspirational and helpful books for y'all. Here's the link: Amazon Book Recommendations


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*Amazon Influencer is a fun new way that I'll be able to recommend products to you all. I do make a small percentage of sales at no extra cost to you, but my main hopes are that I'll be able to share things that I love to use, etc. and that those products will be helpful to you as well!

Michaels Stores Feature!

Serious happy dance moments happened this week as Michaels Stores featured a couple of my photos (from my Spring Floral Collection) on their Instagram account AND in an email newsletter too! Talk about a true honor and surprise! 

I’ve been shopping at Michaels for as long as I can remember. In fact, I used to know the layout of where everything was pretty much by heart (they’ve since rearranged which has thrown my game off but I still know the majority of it haha). When Michaels Stores reached out to me and asked if they could feature my photos I literally screamed! Such an exciting opportunity that I wanted to share with you all as well. Here’s a link to the email that went out featuring lots of other fabulous makers and artists as well!

I’m dreaming big for the future of Bethany Joy Art and always so very thankful for everyone’s support! 


Decorating with flowers- 4 ways to add florals into your home decor!

This post comes just in time for the beginning of spring AND my new floral collection launch! I don’t know about you, but I’m totally welcoming this beautiful new season, more sunshine and lots of flowers! 


I happen to be obsessed with flowers. Painting them, growing them in our garden, arranging them, visiting flower farms and so much more. Who’s with me?! Flowers have different special meanings for all of us (I love being reminded of sweet memories gardening with my grandfather when I was a little girl) and it’s always lovely to surround ourselves with that beauty in our homes. 


My new floral painting collection launches this Friday, March 30 and will consist of 16 original paintings on paper, 6 original paintings on canvas, 5 limited edition prints, and 1 inspirational print. Not to mention the freebie art download you can receive when you sign up for my newsletter! That’s a whole lot of opportunities to add flowers to your home decor, y’all!


So...4 ways to add florals to your decor? Paper originals, canvas originals, art prints, and a downloadable print. So fun, right?


Now you may be wondering just how to display original paintings on paper or prints...well, I have the perfect solution! I found this oh so fabulous floating frame at Michaels stores.  (and no, this is not a sponsored post...I just really love this frame)! Since it is a floating frame, no mat is required for the artwork and it adds some unique flair to the art as well! A great addition to any gallery wall or stand-alone statement piece, don’t you think? 


Whether you prefer paintings on canvas or paper, originals or prints, there’s something for you in this new collection! Stay tuned for the release this Friday,  March 30




So thankful for my oh so talented photographer, Carla Joy Photography! 


"How to Share your Joy as a Maker" Preview from the Hook Nook Life Blog Feature!

What a true honor it is to have my blog article featured on the Hook Nook Life Blog! If you've never heard of it, this blog revolves around the maker community and is full of inspiration for creative living, etc.

Jessica, founder, creator and owner of the Hook Nook, has made it her mission for this blog "to be a haven for Makers to solely be uplifted and supported while gaining inspiration to build their confidence in themselves as well as within their chosen craft." When she asked me to write a guest blog post I was just too excited! It took me a while to finally decide what to write, but I think "How to Share your Joy as a Maker" is pretty fitting. :) 

Here's a little excerpt for y'all to enjoy, and be sure to click the link to check out the rest of the post on THNL Blog! 

"“Joy: a feeling of great happiness; a success in doing, finding, or getting something; a source or cause of delight.” I talk about joy a lot. My creative business revolves around joy. Not just because my middle name happens to be Joy, but because I believe in creating joy and sharing that joy with others.

Let’s start with a little backstory. My mom was adopted as a baby by two wonderful parents who wanted her life to be full of joy! Adoption is oh so beautiful, bringing happiness, a sense of wonder and new beginnings to a family. My mom brought my grandparents so much joy, and they set out to fill my mom’s life with the same joy by naming her just that, Carla Joy. Later in life, my mom decided to continue that gift of joy by naming me, Bethany Joy, and I will be forever grateful! Now, it is my mission to extend and pursue this gift through my creative gifts, and I believe you can do the same. How, you may ask? Well, your middle name certainly doesn’t have to be Joy to do this. My personal, joy-filled philosophy is to Gather, Share, and Connect. That’s not to make it sound easy by any means. Creating and sharing joy is a tough yet rewarding job. As makers, artists, and creatives, we have the unique opportunity to express our journey through this process."

Want to learn more specifics on how to gather, share, and connect with your joy? Click this link to read the whole post! Hope y'all enjoy and have a beautiful day! 

‍P.S. to celebrate your joys and this fun blog post, a new art print, "Create Joy" is now available in my etsy shop! Be sure to check it out via the link :) It'd be the perfect inspiration to add to your office space or studio to remind you to always create joy! xo!

Travel Inspired Collection Launch!

My newest collection of mixed media original paintings launches tomorrow and I am beyond excited to share these with you all!


This collection was inspired by our recent travels to the Bahamas. During the summer of 2017 my husband and I booked a cruise for February 2018. We even convinced my parents to come along (for their first cruise and tenth anniversary!) and we all counted down the months until we would finally get to go on vacation.

January 2018 came along and proved to be full of challenges. We seriously considered cancelling the cruise. We had no idea when we booked the vacation that it would come along in what we thought was terrible timing. We went back and forth for a week on whether or not we should really go on this trip or not, and thankfully ended up going (leaving a few stressful situations up in the air at home). 

I also decided to pack up a few art supplies and a sketchbook to take with us. Again, I started to second guess this decision because my bags were getting too full and I wasn't sure if I'd even want to paint while on vacation. Maybe I needed a break from that too? I decided to shove everything into my bags anyways, even if all it did was take up more space. At least I had the option! 


Something about being surrounded by ocean really does help to let go of worries AND get even more inspired to create. Painting outdoors, sunshine beaming down, bright colors everywhere, stress pushed aside for a while...the recipe for bringing these paintings to life!  I ended up painting 10 sketches while on the trip which then inspired these 12 original paintings that will be available for y'all tomorrow! 


Created with love, watercolor paints, shimmery pastels, crayon, white ink, and black ink on 5x7 inch watercolor paper. Each painting will also come with a white mat to fit an 8x10 inch frame. You can then choose which way you'd like to display your vibrant new art! 


February is turning out to be a whole lot better than January, that's for sure. My heart is filled with gratitude for God's beauty, answered prayers, opportunity to travel, and opportunity to share my art with the world! Hope you all enjoy and stay tuned! 


In the Studio Blog Feature with Alisa Burke!

I'm so honored today to be featured on one of my favorite artist's blog! Alisa Burke is an incredibly inspiring artist who loves color, encouraging creativity and so much more. I've taken one of her online courses (and would absolutely recommend it!) and also love gathering inspiration from her blog and Instagram.

Alisa is easy to relate to and is just an all around fabulous artist and teacher. When she asked me to do an interview feature on her blog of course I said yes! I wanted to give you all a little preview here, but you'll have to go to her blog to finish up and read the rest :) We discuss what my typical day is like, how I organize my creative schedule, my studio space, and more. Hope you enjoy! 

Alisa Burke Blog Feature
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New Year, New Art...a Joyful 2018!

Happy 2018, sweet friends! 

I am so thrilled to start a new year and am praying that 2018 is wonderful for all of us. Though we are only one week into the year, it has already been full of challenges for my little family. However, I've got so many big dreams & goals that I just know its going to be a great year ahead! 

I'm happy to announce my first big news of the year and that is my new partnership with Wheatpaste Art Collective and Oopsy Daisy Art.  They will be offering some of my art as large canvas prints, poster decals and more! Such a blessing!

I'm excited to continue seeing what God has planned for my art. This company also supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which has a special place in my heart, too. Makes this partnership that much sweeter. 

Feel free to click the link to see what all is available:

As for the rest of this month of January, several new original abstract paintings are available in my etsy shop! These are the first paintings available for 2018, which makes them pretty special! 

You can also expect to see some new Valentine themed art, semi-customizable mini painted signs, heart garlands, and more.

As always, I am so thankful for everyone's support. You all helped make 2017 so fabulous and my heart is so full of gratitude. Now let's make 2018 a joyful year, too! 

November Calendar

November already?! I just can't believe that the holiday season is already here, but I know it's going to be great! 

I wanted to let you all know my calendar of events for November so that you can know what's coming to the shop, etc. I'll release a December calendar soon, too. Both months are full of fun things for you all! 

As you can see, November is full of exciting things, starting with Autumn Fest for local friends! This event will be Thursday, November 2 from 3-6 pm at the Highland Lake Inn (details below).

You won't want to miss all the new items coming to my etsy shop either! I'm so excited to reveal all the colorful new paintings and gifts so stay tuned! It's the most wonderful time of the year! :) 




Bold Life Magazine Feature

Hi friends! Hope everyone is having a fabulous October so favorite month! Our anniversary month and my birthday month (and Kiwi's birthday month too!) so it's busy and full of celebrations!

This October is extra fun because my art and work with the Boys and Girls Club is featured in the local magazine, Bold Life. Such an honor and exciting opportunity, so I wanted to share here too for those of you who aren't local! 

Here's the article below and a link to their website as well! 

True to her middle name, Bethany Joy uses a playful process to make art a happy experience for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County. Bethany, who also engages in community art shows and service projects outside work, describes her vision as “expressing joy through painting vibrant abstracts, flowers, and inspirational quotes.” Armed not only with a will-do attitude but also with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a teaching licensure from Brevard College, she’s celebrating her second anniversary this month as the Boys and Girls Club’s Art Director. Bethany notes that her painting process “involves several layers” — she doesn’t consider her canvas complete until the piece is “harmonious and bursting with joy.” She understands that the kids she encounters at the nonprofit’s after-school program come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and home experiences, and, as with all children, may be “outgoing or shy, athletic or artistic, happy or sad.” Through a fun, spontaneous approach, she hopes to make art relatable to all of her students. “Sometimes they may not be able to see a lot of joy in their personal environment … many of them experience challenging situations,” she explains. “They deserve to have a safe environment in which to express themselves.”

Grateful to share my work with the community! Also, mark your calendars for October 20, I've got something really fun planned and you won't want to miss out! 

As always, thank you all SO much for the continued support! 




Custom Painting Openings!

Hi there friends! 

It's only September, however, that leaves us with only about three months til Christmas! (anyone else getting just a little excited?!) I sat down this morning at my paint covered desk to map out my calendar of events, product launches, painting releases, sales, and more for the rest of 2017. Definitely hard to believe! (don't worry...I'll share all upcoming events with you all so soon) 

But the most wonderful time of the year is upon us, indeed. And it's a perfect time to think about gifting custom art for your loved ones (or yourself too, of course). 


Here's all the info you need to know for ordering custom art this season: 

  • There are two listings in my etsy shop for custom art. One for 8x10 inch canvases and one is for 16x20 inch canvases (if you happen to need another size canvas, please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll see what we can work out. These listings will give you a size/pricing reference).  
  • Collectors choosing to have a custom painting made will correspond with me throughout the process as we work together to create your perfect painting!
  • **Please message me before purchasing the listings so that we can make sure it's a great partnership for creating your custom art. I do my best to listen to your hopes during the process, but the painting process will be done within my personal artistic style.**
  • Feel free to share any images, inspiration, pictures of your space, or paint and fabric swatches with me before I begin so that I can create something that best matches your vision. 
  • Custom paintings will take approximately 3-5 weeks to complete, unless otherwise discussed.
  • I will send pictures of your painting half way through the process and ask for your feedback. This is the time to communicate any changes you want to have made. I will also send pictures of your painting before the finished piece is shipped or delivered but minimal changes will be made at this point in the process. 
  • **Please note that I, Bethany Joy, retain all rights to the commissioned artwork. The commissioner has the rights to display their painting in their home or business but may NOT resell or reproduce the artwork without my permission.** 

If you have any further questions about ordering your custom art in time for the holidays, please feel free to contact me! I want to make sure you can have the art of your dreams for your homes!


Looking forward to working with you! 


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July Workshops / A Recap

Last month was an absolute joy as I taught my first three local painting workshops! Each workshop was a unique experience, so I wanted to give a quick recap:

The lovely owner of Wine Sage and Gourmet hosted my first workshop where we painted abstract backgrounds and added a daisy to our canvases as well. One of the attendees was named Daisy, so that made these paintings even more meaningful! It is always wonderful to have such connections to the process of making art and the completed painting as well. Missed out? Good news! Another painting workshop at Wine Sage and Gourmet is scheduled for September 28! Be sure to check out this link to sign up and join us, it's going to be a great time! 

On Saturday, we had a fabulous time at Nest Boutique and DIY Studio painting abstract canvases with inspirational quotes. Full of fun textures and bright colors, the ladies who attended this workshop were fabulous and so were their works of art!  Stay tuned for another workshop here as well! 

The following week, I had the privilege of collaborating and teaching with Leelee from Leelee's Garden. She has been on tour this summer teaching floral workshops all across the country, so cool right? We met with 8 ladies at Blue Ghost Brewing and taught two fun sessions, abstract painting and mason jar floral design. Painting and Floral Design were a perfect match to create such a unique experience and class.


I couldn't be more thankful for the turnout and experience of teaching these first three workshops and can't wait to offer more in September! 



Blooms & Brews / Upcoming Summer Workshop!

Sweet friends! Guess what?? Remember how I told you that there would be two workshops in July? Well...just kidding! There will be three, yippee! 

Here's all the info you need in order to sign up for our collaborative Blooms and Brews workshop on July 26: 

Leelee's Garden is coming to Asheville and partnering with local artist Bethany Joy and craft brewer Blue Ghost Brewing Company to host a unique night of blooms and brews!

Join us to learn the basics of floral design, create an abstract floral painting AND taste local beer while you're at it! We can't wait!

What you can expect in this workshop:

  • Paint a foundation abstract painting with Bethany Joy and while your painting dries...
  • Get a floral design basics lesson from Leelee and create your own mason jar arrangement
  • Inspired by your blooms, add florals to finish your painting!

At the end of the night, you'll walk away with your own bright beautiful painting and floral design to decorate your home or give to a loved one. Perfect for a ladies night out! 

No experience necessary. All instruction, flowers and painting materials included. Beer and and food available for purchase.


Here's a link where you can purchase tickets.  

And feel free to check out our Facebook Event Page.

We'd love for you to join us for this fabulous night of creating, learning, and community!

Summer Workshops!

I sure hope all of you are having the best summer! So far, my summer has consisted of teaching art at the Boys and Girls Club, a trip to Michigan to visit family, going to the lake, gardening, and of course painting. The summer is about to get a little sweeter, though, because there's two workshops coming so soon!

Here's the details: 

The first painting workshop will be on July 18 from 6:30-8 pm at Wine Sage and Gourmet on Main Street, Hendersonville. This workshop will kick off Art Week for Wine Sage and Gourmet, with a week of art classes and a fun little fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club at the end of the week (my students will be so excited for y'all to see their art!)

During this class, you will learn the basics of how to create a colorful, abstract background using the colors of your choice along with a simple daisy to add a sweet touch of summer to your painting as well! Using acrylic paints, you will learn three of Bethany's favorite techniques for creating unique pops of color, and you'll leave with a completed 8x10 inch canvas to add to your home decor! One glass of wine is included with the cost. Additional wine can also be purchased during the evening. Click the link to sign up, it's going to be a great time! 

If you can't make it to that class, however, another exciting workshop is scheduled at the new Nest Boutique and DIY Studio in Biltmore Village on July 22 at 6 pm. Play with modern techniques and splash brilliant color onto your very own one-of-a-kind canvas. We will be trying out different abstract painting techniques and also sketching quotes (of your choice) into our colorful works of art. All materials will be provided for this workshop. Bring your favorite bubbly or wine to complement our non-alcoholic beverage bar. Seats are limited. 

I hope you all will be able to join, I can't wait to meet y'all and teach some fabulous painting skills! Comment below with any questions you may have and I look forward to seeing you soon!

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"Fullness of Joy" Abstract Painting Collection Launch

Hi sweet friends! I hope everyone is having a great start to the month of June. It's finally my favorite season (yay, summertime!) and I think that this brand new collection of paintings is a great reflection of all things summer and JOY! 

This series includes 14 original abstract paintings and one limited edition fine art print, and they're all based on the theme "Fullness of Joy." 

The “Fullness of Joy” Collection was created out of my love for encouraging others and sharing joy through painting. I wanted these abstract paintings to be cheerful, yet layered and complex due to the challenges in the paths that some take to find their joy. Beautiful moments peeking through the journey to find joy are represented by bright colors layered beneath the shades of white. I believe that joy is a continual journey throughout life and it can be found even within the quietest of moments.  

These paintings were created with love and acrylic paint, chalk pastels, oil pastels, pencil, texture tools, and even some watercolor. Using a variety of different materials to create these original works represents how joy can be found through varying circumstances. The paintings in this collection are all abstract because I believe that abstract paintings tell a different story to each viewer, and each person may be drawn to different elements within the pieces.

I have chosen a different joyful saying to compliment each painting. These sentiments are meaningful to me, not only because my middle name is Joy, but also because of my personal journey, my faith, and my mission to share joy through my art.

You can now shop this collection via my Etsy shop and choose the perfect piece of original art to dwell in your homes.

I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on this "Fullness of Joy" series, so be sure to comment below or contact me if you'd like to chat! View more images and join in on the fun over on Instagram as well. Ya'll are awesome, and I hope your day is filled with lots of joy! 

Giveaway! March 28-30!

Hi everyone, today is an exciting day because we're starting it off with a fun giveaway! Yay! Keep reading below to find out details on how to enter:

I began sending out a newsletter about 6 months ago and have really enjoyed sending out extra announcements and offerings through emails. I haven't used it as often as I should, however, and want to make 2017 a better year for making newsletters an extra special way of connecting with you all! 

So...beginning today (through March 30), signing up for my newsletter will enter you for a chance to win an art print of your choice from my shop

This will allow for me to give my newsletter subscribers extra coupon codes, special announcements, behind the scenes info, freebies, and more! Doesn't that sound fun? I hope so! 

Once you've signed up for my newsletter, comment on this post or send me a message saying that you are now a newsletter subscriber and that's it! You've entered the giveaway! 

AND if you'd like a bonus entry then click this link to learn more!

Winner will be announced on Friday, March 31, so stay tuned! I look forward to having you join my email list! Thanks so much y'all :)

Difference Makes Us Etsy Contest!

Hi sweet friends! I know it's been a while since I've posted to my blog, but I promise to start blogging more often. (We just moved into our first house so life has been super busy, but oh so fabulous- more about that soon!)

I wanted to post today about a contest that Etsy is hosting that I'm really excited to enter! I'd love it if you all could take a quick moment and VOTE for my etsy shop for the #differencemakesus contest through this link:…/149924577

This contest would be an amazing chance to grow my business in many new ways. It required me to really think about the focus of my business which was a much needed process for the beginning of 2017. Writing about what makes my business set apart from the others for this contest was a great way to reflect on why I create! This is an awesome opportunity to grow my art business and I will be forever grateful for your votes!

Here's the overview (below) of my reflections and responses to this contest but please be sure to click the link to VOTE! Voting only requires the click of a button, your email address, and a verification that you're not a robot. :) And you have until April 6 to VOTE and SHARE with your friends!!! It truly means the world to me.

"Briefly tell us about your business and what makes it different. Details could include how you got started, what makes your business stand out, or how difference has helped your business and others."

The focus of my business Bethany Joy Art is encouraging others. I began my business venture right after graduating from college with Bachelor of Arts and K-12 Teacher Licensure in 2015. I am the Art Director of our local Boys and Girls Club working with children in grades K-7. Art is quickly disappearing from the standards of classrooms, but working with children has shown me the huge need for art in every facet of a developing minds and hearts. Through art at the club, I have been able to encourage kids in tough situations giving them tools to succeed in making their dreams come true! My life goal and primary business goal is to share love and positivity through each paint stroke and to fill homes and lives with fun color, sweet encouragement, and unique florals with the backdrop of paper, canvas, wood, jewelry, etc.

"How would you use the Etsy Small Business Contest money to scale your business in a big way this year?"

Etsy Small Business Contest money would enlarge my platform of sharing positivity and making my dream come true of starting an encouraging online community for creatives. These funds would allow me to invest in the latest technology (photoshop, high-quality printer, etc.), to teach workshops (online and in-person), propelling my business forward to expand my product line (t-shirts, journals, etc.) and opening my art to more markets.

Thank you all so very much! 

Paint with Me!

I am so excited to announce that I'll be teaching my very first workshop this January! Of course, I spend my days teaching art to 1st-7th graders at the Boys and Girls Club, however, this is the first class (hopefully of many) that I'll be teaching that is open to you all! 


Here's some details for you to know: 

Date: January 21, 2017

Time: 5:00- 7:00 PM EST

Place: Vino and Van Gogh in Greenville, SC

Description: A two hour workshop observing and learning from my demonstration of a 16x20 inch abstract canvas. You will learn some of my favorite techniques and tips on painting using mixed media and create your own abstract piece to take home!

Cost: $45 (includes materials) 

Sign up here: Workshop with Bethany Joy Art 

And here's an image of the painting I'll be demonstrating and helping you paint as well!

I can't wait to teach and hope to see you there! Feel free to contact me with any questions, etc! I look forward to helping you create your own masterpiece! 

Tis the season!

Hi sweet friends! 

It's still a little early, but it's about to be the most wonderful time of the year! Yay Christmas! I just wanted to update you all on a few upcoming products, sales, and events leading up to Christmas this year.

When you choose to shop small, it truly helps support a dream and means the world to me (and all the other artists and makers you may know!) 

Here's a calendar of events for the rest of November, with more fun to come in December as well: 

Another custom necklace sale, Christmas card sets, and a shop small Saturday surprise! Also, for those of you who'd like to shop in person, I'll be at a wonderful pop up shop at Vino and Van Gogh in Greenville, SC on November 19! Click the link for more info.

In addition, yesterday, three new art prints made their way into my etsy shop and I couldn't be more excited about these painting designs!

The first design, "Gratitude Changes Everything" is full of color and thankfulness, just in time for Thanksgiving but perfect for year round decor as well. 

Two new Christmas art prints are now available in my shop as well! These just make my heart happy, and oh so excited for Christmas! Who's with me? :) 

I sure hope you all enjoy this fun holiday art and I can't wait for the upcoming events!

Live in Color Blog Feature

Hey guys! I just wanted to share a little snippet from a recent interview I had over on the beautiful and passionate Live in Color Blog. This blog is all about celebrating beauty, possibilities, and faith in God so when I was asked to be featured of course I was so thrilled. Such an honor! 

This feature was in interview format, so it was a fun challenge to thoughtfully answer these questions about my creative journey and art. 

I'll share a bit here on my blog, but in order to finish reading and learning more, you'll have to follow the link to the full post over on!

I hope you all enjoy the interview and the colorful moments that is all about. Let me know your feedback in the comments below and thank you so much for reading! 

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"I absolutely love that your middle name is Joy! How fitting! Your sweet presence shines through social media. How do you cultivate and maintain peace & joy in your life?" 

I seriously love that my middle name is Joy. I have always been so thankful to have it as a constant reminder that there is always joy to be found in every circumstance. My mom’s middle name is also Joy, so it is an honor to carry on the name and all it stands for!
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When I set out to start my art business in January 2015, one of the first things I did after re-opening my etsy shop (I had tried etsy before in college with photography prints when I thought I was going to be a photographer) was creating an Instagram page.
I’m usually quite the introvert, so sharing and selling my art on social media scared me just a tad. I never wanted to sound too “sale-sy.” So I made it my goal (in addition to selling artwork) to share positivity and encouragement through my social media presence also-shining God’s light into the world in my own way. 
I think that the encouragement and joy that I seek to share really plays well with the bright colors that I love to use in my art…the perfect pair!

"If you could chose one quote or verse of scripture which summarizes your biz, what would it be? Why?" 

“God will yet fill your mouths with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21

This verse is probably my all time favorite verse and has been ever since I remember first discovering it in high school. This verse is not only a reminder that God gives us joy, but also a reminder to me that good things take time.
Becoming a successful artist doesn’t happen over night and takes lots of perseverance and patience. This verse helps remind me to keep working towards my goals and chasing my dreams and that joy is always around the corner even during the times when it doesn’t seem like it.

There's lots more of this sweet interview to enjoy over on the Live in Color Blog, so be sure to go check it out! Thanks bunches, friends! 

5 Tips for Busy Artists

Hey guys!  It's summertime, my favorite!  Summer means life is even busier for me than other seasons usually, however, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share my top 5 tips for busy artists. 

As many of you know, in addition to my art business, I work as the art director for our local Boys and Girls Club.  Teaching art and helping my students find inspiration daily is definitely a huge passion of mine!  My work schedule during summer, however, is quite a bit busier than it is during other seasons as I'm out on field trips, teaching classes, etc. more often.  Finding the time for my art becomes more of a challenge, but remains a priority. 

If you're a busy artist like me (or simply wanting to create space for art in your life), I challenge you to make time for your art daily (or close to it, if possible) by setting yourself up for success using these five tips! 


Tip #1:

Make space.

I've been known to completely take over dining room tables, coffee tables, floor space, etc. (you name it really) in order to create (more) space for my art.  I seriously take up so much room (without even thinking twice about it) in order to paint or craft, and I even have my own work desk and easel set up already!  My actual workspace/studio that I have permanently set up is about half a bedroom with a desk, paint table, and an easel set up along with lots of drop cloths to cover the carpet. (See my studio tour blog post here!)  I can't express how important space is to a busy artist.  No matter the size of the space, it is such a convenience to be able to leave your supplies out so that it is ready to use as soon as you have time to create.  Making space for your art also helps out because you don't have to clean up your mess after each painting session.  Just leave it out, then clean once a week or so rather than each night.  Definitely a time saver!


Tip #2:

Set aside time.

This tip may seem obvious, but what I mean by "setting time aside" is to actually plan this time out.  Start with 30 minutes a day (set an alarm on your phone if you must) and promise yourself that you'll create during this time.  Work your evening chores, workout, etc. (or whatever you may do after work) around this time so that you can fit everything in.  Once you get used to that schedule, you can gradually begin adding more time to your given amount.  Win, win. 


Tip #3:

Carry a sketchbook.

I have to admit, I'm not very good at keeping up with my sketchbooks. I start them out with the best intentions, then forget I have one and end up buying a new one whenever I decide to start sketching again. This summer, however, I have decided that a sketchbook is a very important aspect of being a busy artist, as it is more portable and easy to squeeze into your spare moments. Have a moment of inspiration that you don't want to forget? Jot it down in the margins of your sketchbook. Although drawing might not be your choice of mediums, it still allows you to fit creative moments into your busy days. Here's a link to the sketchbook I bought for myself this summer (portable so that it can fit into my purse!) and I'll be sure to post some pictures one day when it's more full of life.


Tip #4:

Don't feel guilty.

Taking time for yourself to create shouldn't make you feel guilty. You may think you have more important things you should be doing, however, creativity is always important.  Art brings more life to your days and brings your heart out for the world to see.  That's pretty imperative if you ask me!

 Click the photo to view this print in my etsy shop!

Click the photo to view this print in my etsy shop!


Tip #5:

Stock up on supplies.

Nothing is worse than walking into your creative space with the greatest idea ever for a drawing, painting, etc. and not having the supplies that you intended on using.  Granted, that scenario could lead to some fun experimentation, however, I find it especially necessary to stock up on surfaces for your art. This could be paper, canvases, wood panels...whatever you love to create on, so that you don't have to waste time going to the store or building more canvases each time you want to sit down to paint. I usually keep at least two months worth of canvases and wood panels (or I simply buy/build whenever supplies is on sale) and I'd say I have a years worth of paper supply which allows for plenty of my ideas to come to life anytime I have a spare moment! 

 A stash of shipping supplies and canvases/wood panels in my studio!

A stash of shipping supplies and canvases/wood panels in my studio!


What are your best tips for squeezing art into your busy schedules? Comment below and join me in filling your life with more time for art! 

I hope you all are enjoying this sweet summertime season, happy creating!