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Green Velvet, acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

I promised bread in my last post… and that’s this weekend’s mission – but in the meantime, I couldn’t help but share a new painting in honor of the first official day of spring!

Lots of cool minty greens in this piece.  Painted in super thin layers on a lightly textured wood panel, giving it an amazing velvet like finish that makes you want to reach out and touch it in the biggest way.  Can’t wait to have prints made.

Green Velvet, acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

Happy Friday!


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Spring Thaw, watercolor painting by Heather M. Roberts

The cold weather has me dreaming of spring today… which translated into a floral watercolor painting.  Watercolors are still really new to me, but I like how this turned out and (with a few touch-ups) am thinking it would make a fun notecard design.

And… congrats to the painting giveaway winner, @graphixgrrl!  Thanks to all who entered. :)

Happy Monday! 

Up next, a delicious bread recipe.

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minted collage

I promise to take a break from the art bombardment after January is over!  Today though, I want to tell you about an Art Challenge I recently entered on minted.com (a really cool site, check it out if you haven’t!).  Here’s where you come in – anyone can vote in the challenges – and winners will have their work available to purchase on the site.

So, if you are a fan of any or all of my submissions, I’d be super grateful if you’d take a moment to rate my designs (you’ll need to set-up a free account, if you don’t already have one).  I’ve posted photos of my entries below (a click on each photo will take you to the voting page), but have a look around and vote on others while you’re there – tons of great entries.  Voting ends on January 21st.


Smoke and Lace, photograph by Heather M. Roberts

Midsummer Majesty - acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts

'On the brink', acrylic painting by Heather M. Roberts


Thanks and Happy Tuesday! 


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'Slow Growth', 6x6 acrylic botanical painting by Heather M. Roberts

For some reason, WordPress is not letting me re-blog this entry from my art site (heathermroberts.com).  I won’t be posting each painting on this blog (aside from a few favorites), so please visit the other page if you’d like to see them each day.

Where’d painting number 3 go?  Hmmm, let’s not talk about that. :)  It may make a reappearance at a later date if I can salvage it.

Today’s painting is botanical and a bit more abstract than the others… a colorful take on a hosta bud.  It’s a reminder: take time to enjoy the simple things – beauty can be found everywhere if you look closely.

'Slow Growth', 6x6 acrylic botanical painting by Heather M. Roberts

Slow Growth, 6×6 acrylic painting – available for purchase on Etsy

Happy Thursday!

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Highway 55, 11x14 oil painting by Heather M. Roberts

First – there’s a SALE going on in my Etsy Shop!  All mini-ornaments/gift wrap accessories and cards are 10% off if you use coupon code HAPPY at checkout.  I also have a few corn heating bags all made up and ready to go – just need to sew the outer cases for them (I have a ton of flannel choices) – if that’s something you’re looking for, drop me a note on Etsy to light a fire under my bum.


Next, this new painting.  My mom asked me to do a painting based on a photo I took in Montana.  The goal for this one was a cool-toned vintage feel.  I officially dislike painting clouds, and am therefore making it my mission to improve in this area.  Staring at clouds seems like the best place to start.  Other suggestions, anyone?  This was painted in water-miscible oils, and the jury is still out about whether or not I like them.  They dried faster than expected, halting my ability to blend.  Despite the annoying stench and my lack of patience when it comes to dry time, I think I just might be a traditional oil paint kind of girl.  Now, if only I could afford some Williamsburg paints…

Highway 55 Painting by Heather M. Roberts

Happy Wednesday!

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All of my recent paintings have been quite tedious with their attention to detail.  This past Saturday was a fantastic morning to be outside, so I ventured to our local farmer’s market.  I woke up knowing I was going to ignore the scraggly yard that needed mowing to instead paint something carefree and colorful – so splurging on a handpicked bouquet provided just the inspiration I needed for a calming, windows-open, no-pressure kind of afternoon… the oil painting below resulted:

floral painting


Bright hues of orange, magenta, red, yellow and turquoise make for a whimsical ‘Saturday Bouquet’.

farmer's market flowers

8X10 gallery-wrapped oil painting.  Available for purchase ($80) via Etsy.

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Tiny (5x7) Mountain Road Trip Painting

Painter’s block no more!  The last several months, I’ve started a few paintings and just couldn’t quite bring myself to finish them.  They were all very true-to-life detailed pieces… perhaps that was the problem.  So, this morning the sun was shining brightly in my work room and I pulled out a palette knife and a tiny (5×7) less-daunting canvas and got to work.  These thoughts were my inspiration:

It’s a sunshine-filled day and you’re on the open road.  You find it hard focus on driving as your gaze strays to the distant snowcapped mountain range.  Minutes later, it’s all a blur in your rear-view mirror and you’re wishing for a pause button.  So, I paused the sunny-skied view stuck in my thoughts and focused less on details, more on the broad scope.  This was the result.

Tiny (5x7) Mountain Road Trip Painting

Where do you escape to in your thoughts?

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