A New Year

Watercolor Experiments

It’s a new year, and I’ve been busy painting. Painting the bedroom. Painting with watercolors and gouache. Painting goals and plans with big, loose brush strokes. We’re in this big new house, and my dreams have been scaled to match.

I want that book deal I’m chasing. I want to make our home beautiful and personal. I want our family to grow, and along with it, the amount of love in this house. I want to grow as an artist, even if it just means drawing and painting with the kids.

I’m not one for resolutions, but I am excited for the new year, and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you. Let’s do this, 2014!

17 Responses to “A New Year”

  1. brandie January 1, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    absolute perfection. I feel the same way. I am so excited to see what 2014 brings.

  2. Gilit @ Shoes Off Please January 1, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Love the goals, can’t wait to see you reach them!

  3. Ceci Bean January 1, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

    That’s a wonderful goal for the new year. I love painting too and don’t make enough time to do it. Will you be sharing more of your art?

  4. Ilaria January 2, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    Let’s do it! Happy 2014!!

  5. Patricia Rosas January 2, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing these goals with us. Wishing you a 2014 full of happiness, love, success, and art!

  6. Me & Wee January 2, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Sounds great to me! Let’s get crackin’!

  7. julia-tagandtibby January 2, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    sounds good :) Happy New Year!

  8. Sheila F January 2, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Hi,
    I found your blog from….. Well…. from GOMI. (hangs head in shame). I was guided there from a remark written by someone on YHL. It makes me sad that the people on THAT site have nothing better to do than hate on people who make a living blogging! (I have to wonder if they have jobs, because as far as I can see they spend the day searching the internet for blogs to make fun of.) Anyway, I am thrilled that they led me to your blog. You see I live in a 1900 Victorian. Complete with original kitchen and Butlers Pantry. Very similar to yours. I love YHL! But I have been searching for someone who has original wood trim and isn’t painting it! (Mine is Walnut even upstairs!). I so wonder about good paint choices and making my home vintage but a little modern as well My husband and I have traveled a lot and have things from around the world that I want to use in decorating. And as well I love repurposing old things. (such as old shoe lasts and brown Clorox bottles). I think I have found my inspiration. I look forward to checking in often and getting ideas and inspiration. So anyway gotta go
    I work as a nurse on night shift and I gotta get sleep. Thanks again!
    Sheila F.

  9. Laura @ Rather Square January 2, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    What a year (and what a year to come)! Looking forward to seeing more of your painting and other creative endeavors.

  10. Kimberly (Manifest Yourself) January 2, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Cheers to the new year! & a whole bunch of wonderful happenings to go along with it for you and the family!

  11. Leslie January 2, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    I think you are on to a fabulous idea, by individualizing the painting in your beautiful home. You are a talented artist and I think you will come up with really wonderful designs. Good luck to you in the new year!

  12. Charity January 2, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    Looks like your a natural! I am excited to see your work.

  13. Kim R January 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Love your painting! Much prettier than Brandon’s favorite in the next post. :)

  14. Stephanie January 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    I like this.

  15. 11studio January 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Hi Nicole, Your new house is beautiful! I just wanted to share a book with you that I thought you would like, especially since you seem to like painting flowers. It is called A-Z of Botanical Flowers in Watercolour by Michael Lakin, first published in the UK in 2012. Not only are his paintings gorgeous, but he shows you step by step how he paints his flowers. He takes you through the process in stages. first drawing the flower, selecting the proper colors for leaves and flower petals, how he layers the different pigments on top of one another to give the perception of depth, and basically how to make your painting look like a botanically accurate one. It is really the most detailed and helpful book I have found on this topic, I think you would like it too. Happy painting!

  16. Simone January 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Hi Nicole. I just want to appreciate ur hard work on this blog and thanks for sharing ur unique ideas and making it lovely just like the title of ur blog. Wishing u and ur family a HAPPY NEW YEAR …

  17. Charlotte January 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Watercolours always look so pretty, painting was one skill I never mastered…might give it another go this year though after seeing this pic! xx

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