A.R.T. and A.D.D.

It’s a little known fact that I have A.D.D.  Just for funzies lets throw in a little depression and O.C.D. while we’re at it.  I’m an alphabet soup of clinical terms – tasty!   Don’t worry, this isn’t anything new for me and I have a lifetime of experience learning how to live with these little brain-minions […]

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Inspiration is No Joke

Sometimes inspiration hits when you least expect it. I know how I operate:  I am deadline driven.  When I take on a commission I want to know when I need to deliver it by.  Of course, there is always the circumstance when I ask, “When would you like this?” and the answer is “Oh, whenever…” […]

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The Magic Wand

It was just like any other day, wake up, coffee, e-mails, head off to work and right after I clocked in it hit me… “Jaya, your favorite brush has been discontinued.” Before we insert-volcano-eruption-emoji-here lets back up a few years. Once upon a time I bought a new brush.  It wasn’t just any brush, her name was […]

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Back in Black (and White)

I am a color nerd.  I am fascinated with color relationships and how they interact with one another.  I am a huge advocate using a limited color palette (if you’ve been in any of my classes you’ve heard me emphatically preach this concept).  I can spend hours painting swatches, color studies, deciphering pigments on the back of paint […]

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Living the Dream (part 2)

This post is part 2 from last month’s “Wishful Thinking”. If you’re new to The Fearless Painter you might want to check out last month’s post before reading…enjoy! Dream big.   Dreams form ideas.   Write the ideas down.   Turn it into a step-by-step plan.   Do the steps.   Simple huh?  Sure, it […]

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Wishful Thinking (part 1)

My dad kept asking me, “What’s your vision?”  I found that it was hard to articulate my answer in specifics.  I mean, I had an idea of what it looked like.  But that was it – an idea, a feeling, a daydream, or in other words “wishful thinking”. Over the past few months he kept pushing me […]

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Animal Magnetism

  Animals have always been a part of my life ever since I was a small child.  Growing up I had dogs, a cat, an assortment of mice, zebra finches, parakeets, cockatiels, a rat named Sneakers, and two newts if I remember correctly.  My Cockatoo, Angel, is still with me today and will surely outlive […]

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Beyond Red & Green

‘Tis the season and I can’t help but notice the dynamic duo everywhere I go:  Red and Green.  When you see the two together it’s usually a garish in-your-face-buy-me-now red paired with a holly-jolly-where’s-my-credit-card-green.  These two colors are the harbingers of Christmas and begin to appear in your local Walgreens just after Halloween.  After Thanksgiving they make […]

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The “Holy Grail”

I would like to think of myself bravely standing on top of a carved stone lion’s head.  The updraft emanating from below causes my hat to flutter.  I dust off my jacket and extend my leg into the air.  As I lean forward into the limitless abyss I think to myself, “There’s no turning back now…” Well […]

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Who Am I to Judge?

Recently I was asked by a local art club to judge their annual group show.  I was so honored and thrilled that I read the e-mail aloud.  My husband is all too familiar with the ensuing few minutes which immediately follows good news of this sort.  I can’t speak for everybody but I usually play it […]

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