• Project #366daysofstitches – 2020

    In 2019, I made a decision to paint a 3×3 painting per day. You can find that post here. For 2020, I am doing 366 days of stitches. The bonus this year is that it’s a Leap Year — so an extra day of stitching. My plan is to try a different stitch each month because practice makes perfect! I started with a 14″ hoop, divided into 12 pie pieces. After January, I decided to take it down to a 10″ hoop. That’s keeping it tighter and just looks better. If you’re looking to get started with embroidery, you can check out my post about my favorite embroidery tools.

  • It’s Holiday Card Time!

    Are you in the market for Holiday Cards this year? This year, I’m offering 3.5 x 4.8″ cards (with envelopes). They are folding Strathmore watercolor cards and can have additional wording added to the inside, because unless noted, the inside is blank. Each card will be painted by hand with watercolor, to order, and arrive in a cellophane wrap for protection (or gift-giving if they’re not for you). Every one is one-of-a-kind! Don’t see something you like, but have an idea in your head? Let’s talk and maybe I can help you out. Contact me via messenger on Facebook or by email at janasthinkingplace@me.com. Below are the selections and the…

  • I’m Adding Art-o-mat Artist to My Resume

    Yep. I’ve got a new line item for my resume. Art-o-mat® Artist. A few months ago, I had two friends in the same week tell me about this cool art dispensing projects called Art-o-mat. I looked it up and fell in love. Y’all. They take old cigarette machines, refurbish them in all kinds of snazzy ways, and send them off to cool venues around the world. Over 400 artists submit unique and fresh art, which is then distributed to machines in art galleries, casinos, restaurants, museums, and other fabulous places like the Smithsonian! When you see an Art-o-mat machine, for $5 you can start your fresh art habit by choosing…

  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    I’ve had many people ask why type of supplies I use when painting. I’ve built up an array of goods, but these are some of my favorites. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you buy from any of the links, you won’t pay anything extra, but I might make a commission. Art Supplies Watercolor Paper Pads: Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad (9×12, 140 lb cold press) Strathmore Watercolor Cards with Envelopes: Announcement size, full size, or slim size. Watercolors: I love the Watercolor Confections Palettes from Prima Marketing/Art Philosophy. They’re my go-to because of their high quality and ease of carrying them around. Classics Complexion Vintage…

  • My Art. On Things.

    Alternate title: What the hell, my art is on things. I’ve been doing many Skillshare classes over the last few months. If you’re not familiar with Skillshare, it’s a site where you can watch classes on nearly anything. Art, technology, crafts, photography, business, leadership, productivity… shall I go on? I’ve been watching everything from how to paint leaves and cacti to how to digitize my work and use Photoshop. You can receive 2 months of Premium Skillshare by using this referral link. Along with classes, they offer Workshops. The best one I’ve watched so far, is the one called Make and Sell Watercolor Art: From Painting to Products by Cat…

  • Project #3x3x365 – 2019

    At the beginning of 2019, I decided to embark on a daily painting or sketching practice. Each page has 12 3×3 inch squares, and for the most part, has a theme. There are days when it just doesn’t work out — it’s called practice for a reason — and you’ll find some cries for help in there! Enjoy!

  • Contorted.

    It twists and turns, going up and down, around and around. Never a straight line, always contorted. Always changing directions. The contorted filbert branches– they’re a lot like life.

  • What Does It Mean?

    I took this picture the other day, meaning to simply take a picture of the beautiful sky that was the backdrop of even more gorgeous fall color on the nursery. I got it home and looked at it on my computer. This is what I had. Surely it means something. Or it’s just a picture that got wonky? I know it’s calming and gorgeous and strangely comforting. What do you think?