When the Heart Must Bend, Featuring Paintings by Acrylic Artist Elya Filler

My daughter's recent paintings reflect her desire to travel the world again, and I know my heart must bend. Not break, mind you, but bend to the will of my precious girl who lights up the room with a smile. I must bend to her passion to travel and teach English abroad, again. Bend to …

How to Make a Vintage Masquerade Mask

Soft and feminine yet brazen and bold; Hardly descriptors seeming to go together, except when you’re making a vintage, mixed media masquerade mask. I’d envisioned a vintage mask for weeks. In fact, the concept captivated me because I love all things vintage—aged colors of yellow ochre and burnt sienna with a splash of aqua green; …

The Acrylic Painting of Artist Elya Filler

Today I celebrate an artist's recent success. An artist I've had the privilege of watching emerge since she was just a wee thing, my daughter Elya Filler. Elya began creating as far back as I can remember. She would escape into her room and get lost in making tiny books and writing stories about horses. …

Save the World One Painting at a Time

This post features my daughter's idea for merging her passion for painting with her desire to change the world: What is your passion? What is your dream? When I was a little girl, I wanted to save the world. I didn’t know what that even meant at the time, but somehow I knew that it …

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