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"Morning Mist on the Avon" pastel painting just completed. (20"x24") I love early morning walks in our beautiful city.  Spectacular scenery right here in Stratford, Ontario!
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#unisoncolour 
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"Morning Mist on the Avon" pastel painting just completed. (20"x24") I love early morning walks in our beautiful city. Spectacular scenery right here in Stratford, Ontario!  #stratfordartist  #stratfordontario  #stratforddowntown  #stratfordtourism  #pastelartistsofcanada  #pastelpainting  #lookcloselyattheworld  #localartist  #unisoncolour  #uart  #stratfordartinthepark

I realized that this one had been painted and framed, but never blogged!

Story of the Painting

Sandy picked me up from the airport and we had planned to do some sight seeing, but my knee had gone out a few days before, so instead she took me on a driving tour of ABQ.

One stop we made was at her church, which not only has a fantastic view of the city and the mountains, but these cactus were blooming gloriously orange all around it--so of course I hobbled out of the car and snapped some photos.

Once I got home, they were almost the first thing I painted.

I imagined that the cactus dreams... And when it dreams, the dreams bloom into these gorgeous flowers; and that's how I decided on a title!

Read more about this painting and it's process on my blog, www.estherljones.com.

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I realized that this one had been painted and framed, but never blogged! Story of the Painting Sandy picked me up from the airport and we had planned to do some sight seeing, but my knee had gone out a few days before, so instead she took me on a driving tour of ABQ. One stop we made was at her church, which not only has a fantastic view of the city and the mountains, but these cactus were blooming gloriously orange all around it--so of course I hobbled out of the car and snapped some photos. Once I got home, they were almost the first thing I painted. I imagined that the cactus dreams... And when it dreams, the dreams bloom into these gorgeous flowers; and that's how I decided on a title! Read more about this painting and it's process on my blog, www.estherljones.com.  #cactusflower  #cactus  #albuquerque  #iaps2019  #friends  #pastelpaintings  #floralpaintings  #floral  #desert  #desertbeauty  #artadventure  #artistroadtrip  #orange  #iloveorange  #lookcloselyattheworld  #estherljonesdotcom  #themerryheartist

My second demo at IAPS for the Schmincke booth. There's something about Iceland poppies.... ⁣
Loved doing it while meeting so many HowToPastel followers!! I show the progress of this piece in my latest blog. To see it, just click the link in my profile 😁⁣⁣
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#artblog #artblogger #gailsibley #contemporaryartist #contemporarypainter ⁣⁣
#embracetheprocess⁣⁣
#pastelpainting #softpastel #howtopastel #pastelinstructor⁣⁣
#discoversomethingnew⁣⁣
#lookcloselyattheworld ⁣⁣
#nothingisordinary⁣⁣
#progressnotperfection ⁣⁣
#iloveteaching #icelandpoppies⁣⁣
#canadianartist⁣⁣
#paintwhatyoulove #uartpaper #artistlife #pasteldemo #schminckepastels #iaps2019 #iaps

My second demo at IAPS for the Schmincke booth. There's something about Iceland poppies.... ⁣ Loved doing it while meeting so many HowToPastel followers!! I show the progress of this piece in my latest blog. To see it, just click the link in my profile 😁⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣  #artblog  #artblogger  #gailsibley  #contemporaryartist  #contemporarypainter ⁣⁣  #embracetheprocess⁣⁣  #pastelpainting  #softpastel  #howtopastel  #pastelinstructor⁣⁣  #discoversomethingnew⁣⁣  #lookcloselyattheworld ⁣⁣  #nothingisordinary⁣⁣  #progressnotperfection ⁣⁣  #iloveteaching  #icelandpoppies⁣⁣  #canadianartist⁣⁣  #paintwhatyoulove  #uartpaper  #artistlife  #pasteldemo  #schminckepastels  #iaps2019  #iaps

My first demo at IAPS for the Schmincke booth. Loved doing it while meeting so many HowToPastel followers!! I show the progress of this piece in my latest blog. To see it, just click the link in my profile 😁⁣
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#artblog #artblogger #gailsibley #contemporaryartist #contemporarypainter ⁣
#embracetheprocess⁣
#pastelpainting #softpastel #howtopastel #pastelinstructor⁣
#discoversomethingnew⁣
#lookcloselyattheworld ⁣
#nothingisordinary⁣
#progressnotperfection ⁣
#iloveteaching #icelandpoppies⁣
#canadianartist⁣
#paintwhatyoulove #pastelbord  #uartpaper #artistlife #pasteldemo #schminckepastels #iaps2019 #iaps

My first demo at IAPS for the Schmincke booth. Loved doing it while meeting so many HowToPastel followers!! I show the progress of this piece in my latest blog. To see it, just click the link in my profile 😁⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣  #artblog  #artblogger  #gailsibley  #contemporaryartist  #contemporarypainter ⁣  #embracetheprocess⁣  #pastelpainting  #softpastel  #howtopastel  #pastelinstructor⁣  #discoversomethingnew⁣  #lookcloselyattheworld ⁣  #nothingisordinary⁣  #progressnotperfection ⁣  #iloveteaching  #icelandpoppies⁣  #canadianartist⁣  #paintwhatyoulove  #pastelbord  #uartpaper  #artistlife  #pasteldemo  #schminckepastels  #iaps2019  #iaps

LOOK CLOSELY
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Caterpillar magic nearby...
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“I was sitting near a planter totally out of my body lost in my thoughts, my brain chattering on and on, when a 5 year old girl stops near me with her mom tugging on her arm.

She is fascinated by something right next to me, so I focus in on what has captured her attention, and see a caterpillar.

On closer inspection, I see the plants right next to me covered in these brilliant creatures. 
I had been sitting there for probably 10 minutes and didn’t even notice! 
It was a beautiful reminder to step into the present moment, practice my seeing skills, and take in the gifts around me. 
I took some full absorbent breaths, drank in the beauty of the flowers and the expansiveness of the clear blue sky.  In an instant I felt connected and alive 🐛”
-Heba Saab @heba.a.saab 
Studio Owner, Lead Team Mentor

Immerse yourself in the beauty that is all around you always! 
Where is your focus?  What are you not seeing? What gifts might a change in perspective bring? 
Take 10 full deep absorbent breaths RIGHT NOW, and comment below to tell us what happens to your perspective 💓
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@chronicles_of_a_cure @keg303 @yogawithadriana @loveandlight_c @shelbymarieyoga @yoginiangelina @misses_wilson89 @dani_inaction @lindaylewis @don.vacca @birdpal5 @angiedahlem @lunamusedmedia

LOOK CLOSELY 👀 Caterpillar magic nearby... . . “I was sitting near a planter totally out of my body lost in my thoughts, my brain chattering on and on, when a 5 year old girl stops near me with her mom tugging on her arm. She is fascinated by something right next to me, so I focus in on what has captured her attention, and see a caterpillar. On closer inspection, I see the plants right next to me covered in these brilliant creatures. I had been sitting there for probably 10 minutes and didn’t even notice! It was a beautiful reminder to step into the present moment, practice my seeing skills, and take in the gifts around me. I took some full absorbent breaths, drank in the beauty of the flowers and the expansiveness of the clear blue sky. In an instant I felt connected and alive 🐛” -Heba Saab @heba.a.saab Studio Owner, Lead Team Mentor Immerse yourself in the beauty that is all around you always! Where is your focus? What are you not seeing? What gifts might a change in perspective bring? Take 10 full deep absorbent breaths RIGHT NOW, and comment below to tell us what happens to your perspective 💓 . . . . . @chronicles_of_a_cure @keg303 @yogawithadriana @loveandlight_c @shelbymarieyoga @yoginiangelina @misses_wilson89 @dani_inaction @lindaylewis @don.vacca @birdpal5 @angiedahlem @lunamusedmedia

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