It's A Dome Life

A blog about art and family.


I painted pink hydrangea. This is day 20 of my 30 in 30 painting challenge and as you have (possibly) noticed I have been missing for almost a week. I am not sure I will ever catch up on the paintings at this point.

Pink Hydrangea

Pink Hydrangea 8×10 watercolor painting.

I’ve been sick and we had to travel for four days this week. I’d brought my watercolors with me thinking I’d paint in the car and at the…

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Get Off That Electronic Device, Young Lady!

Get Off That Electronic Device, Young Lady!

The other day when I was at the VA clinic waiting for Jim to have his hand examined (it turned out to not be broken, by the way) I was sitting in the waiting room with several people. Most of them were at least 30 years older than me. I made some small talk with the lady sitting next to me. As the people picked up their magazines and started reading I took out my cell phone and started working.


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I Paint An Iris But Dislike My Composition

I Paint An Iris But Dislike My Composition

When you paint every single day there are bound to be some bad paintings. This painting of an Iris just didn’t hit the mark with composition. It’s pretty boring. I think it’s too big for the paper and too centered too. It’s like a flower mug shot! Maybe I should put it on a mug?

Because I knew early on I wasn’t loving this painting I decided to just  mess around and add glazes of paint on the…

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Kale! Glorious Kale!

I painted Kale. Why not? I am always eating it these days so I can be extra healthy and super trendy. It’s the one fad I discovered in a timely manner and managed to grasp onto. Trust me, I am clinging to it like only my inner unpopular girl knows how. Eating kale is the only proof I have of being a little bit cool. I mean, I could be the poster child for crunchy, homesteading moms everywhere if…

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Mommy Death March

For the past two weeks I have taken Tiny-Small on what I like to refer to as the “Mommy Death March.” After dinner we go straight up the side of our backyard mountain and walk until we are gasping for breath and begging for water. Which, for Tiny-Small, is about 3 feet. Five minutes more and she is begging for a snack. Ten minutes further and she is wondering why we didn’t pack a tent and the…

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Jebediah In His Salad Garden

Jebediah In His Salad Garden

I painted Jebediah in the garden and then his owner told me that Jebediah likes to eat flowers so being surrounded by them would be a lot like walking through a salad garden. As a result of his appetite for foliage, he is actually not allowed anywhere near the garden. This is mainly a fantasy portrait both for his owner who wishes she could bring him into the garden and for Jebediah who most…

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Lily of The Valley Fairy

Lily of The Valley Fairy

Lily of the Valley is one of those plants I often overlook until they flower. When they flower I think they are gorgeous. The rest of the time they make a nice green backdrop for something else. Not that I can grow them here in New Mexico, but back East they grew pretty well. I probably should have appreciated them more when I had the chance!

I really wanted to start painting some fairies into…

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Sunflower Painting In Watercolor

Sunflower Painting In Watercolor

Sunflowers are fun to paint. I really need to get some more sunflower reference photos. We have all of these wild sunflowers growing on the side of the road here. Every time I drive past them I think about stopping to photograph them, but I am usually in a hurry or too tired. I hope I get a chance to stop before they begin to fade.

Sunflower In Watercolor

This original, 8×10, watercolor Sunflower painting can be…

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Need Help Branding Your Blog?

Need Help Branding Your Blog?

Do you need help branding your blog? I did. I needed a lot of help. I barely understood the concept of branding when I started blogging, never mind trying to become an actual brand. People kept saying I needed to brand myself. I just kept scrunching up my face like they were speaking a foreign language and shrugging my shoulders thinking I’d get around to all of that one day…in the very distant…

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Watercolor Marigold Blossom In Size Small

Watercolor Marigold Blossom In Size Small

I painted this marigold blossom in a really small size. I thought it was a challenge. I’m not super skilled at painting on such tiny paper. It was fun. I’ll probably do a few more of these little paintings. It was also quicker than painting something larger so on those days when I am really pressed for time this miniature painting will come in handy. After painting a few of these I’ll probably…

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