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Painting of the Week: Cute Mushroom Man

This is my final “pizza box painting,” and I’m so sad this one is on a pizza box and not on a canvas. I want to hang him on my wall. (My husband calls him “creepy,” but one man’s creepy is another woman’s adorable, right?)

I’ve decided I’m going to save up to upgrade my paints from student paints to professional quality paints once I use up what I have. When I finally make the upgrade, I plan to repaint this little guy on a canvas.

Feel free to cast your vote in the comments about whether you think he’s creepy or cute.

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Tutorial Source: Cinnamon Cooney (The Art Sherpa)

Why I Chose This Painting:

It’s a mushroom with feet and eyes! There’s a large part of me that loves the whimsical and that loves fantasy. This little guy appealed to that part of me and made me think about The Smurfs.

Plus, I found it funny to paint a mushroom given that I’m allergic to mushrooms. (The paint color on our living room walls is also called creamy mushroom, which gave my mom and I a good giggle at the time we picked it out.)

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Painting of the Week: Sunset Lotus on Water

This is the third painting in my “pizza box series.”

In this painting, I learned how challenging blending can be. Oil paints stay wet a long time, but acrylic paint dries fast, so part of what I’ll need to practice is working a little faster and mastering the right pressure at the seam between the colors. (I know there are also slow-dry blending mediums. I might try one of those as well.)

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Tutorial Source: Cinnamon Cooney (The Art Sherpa)

Why I Chose This Painting:

A lotus plant can survive for hundreds of years, and their seeds can still germinate after a long hibernation. They bloom even when the water around them is dark and dirty.

They’re a reminder to me of the value of determination and resilience. When things in my life are going wrong, the belief that I can survive them and grow stronger from them helps me stay positive and keep from giving up. We can find beauty even in the darkest times.

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Bushwhacked Now Available!

Bushwhacked, the second book in my amateur sleuth cozy mystery series, releases today!

Here’s the description:

2016-567-ebook-emily-james-bush-whacked-b02Sometimes the most beautiful places hide the darkest secrets…

Former lawyer Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes has packed up her life in Washington, DC, to move to the tourist town of Fair Haven, Michigan, and take over the maple syrup business she inherited from her uncle.

But trouble seems to find Nicole wherever she goes.

Caught in a snowstorm on her way into town, she hits what she thinks is a deer. It turns out to be the manager of the local animal shelter, and the collision isn’t the primary cause of death.

Feeling guilty anyway, Nicole convinces the interim police chief to allow her to help with the case, even though she’s also busy trying to settle in to her new role as owner of Sugarwood and figure out her unusual friendship with the county medical examiner.

As Nicole closes in on being able to put the killer behind bars, will she manage to find the evidence she needs before the murderer puts her in a cage—or a body bag—instead?

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