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A Painting in Progress

Over the weekend, I painted a smaller version of a painting that I did a few months back.  It ended up being one of the most popular pieces of my work, so I decided to make another on similar. My friend and art colleague, Hal Yeager, was working the gallery this day and captured some images of my progress.  Here’s the progress start to finish.

Acrylic on canvas 24x30x1.5″  I used Quinacridone Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Mars Black, Titanium White, and Irredescent White heavy body acrylics.  Tools are various and I have included most of them here in the pictures.

Let me know if you have any questions about the process.  I hope you enjoy.




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Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Art, Uncategorized


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16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here

Greats thoughts from outsiders and or immigrants to America. Many times I’ve thought that Americans just don’t have a clue-about any number of things. Such an interesting read and opportunity for reflection.

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Posted by on December 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


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How do you gain knowledge? Where do you learn things that get you through your years and through your day to day? We learn by experiencing, reading, absorbing through our senses, or plainly, being told.  Whether it is at home, in school, in the workplace, or on the playground, we learn skills for life all the time.

After teaching middle school Life Skills in NC, it became evident that a lot of people want to know more about how to do things in everyday life.  I watched children go from helpless to hopeful.  Teaching them the skills to be independent was a wonderful experience.  They learned  how to cook dinner for their families, how to understand and deal with relationships and friendships, how to do laundry.  They learned to like vegetables and how to recognize principles of design and art, and how to repair clothing among so many other things.

I majored in Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Ec) and just so happened to have followed in the footsteps of my mother, a Home Economics major and former Home Ec teacher.  This is what I know; this is what I do.  As I’ve been making changes in my life recently, I thought to myself “Why can’t I teach everyone else what I taught my middle schoolers?”  People ask me questions all the time about everyday living.  So, I decided to kill two birds with one stone- share what I know and fulfill a love for writing.  I will share with anyone that wants to know.

Based on questions that I am asked all the time, I am going to post to this blog and share basic life skills.  Many of these posts will be based primarily on my experience and knowledge. Please read and enjoy.  I hope that you will gain something here.  Please do not hesitate to ask of me further.

Warmest regards, Olivia


Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Uncategorized


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