How I Create a Painting From Start To Finish

How I Create a Painting From Start To Finish

Whether you are a beginner or professional, watching other artists paint can be inspiring. It doesn't matter if you prefer a different medium or method ... acrylic or oil, if you like to paint on canvas or wood, if you prefer abstract, expressionism, or realism... or if you are just learning to paint or have been painting for years.

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How Grief Can Inspire You to Create

How Grief Can Inspire You to Create

Art can mean whatever the viewer see's in it, but for me as the artist, there is always an inspiration for why you see what you do on the canvas.

"He knows my name" sold this past week so I thought I would let you in on the meaning behind the painting for me and how art helped me heal after loss and during a time of depression.

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3 of My Favorite Things You Will Love

3 of My Favorite Things You Will Love

This week I have had so much fun discovering some of my new favorite things that I know you will love and become obsessed with too. What kind of friend would I be if I kept them to myself?  I'm not that kinda girl so I'm sharing them with you here.

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You are here to be light and Free Download for you

You are here to be light and Free Download for you

Happy Monday sweet friend. As I throw myself back into writing here on the blog I want it to be something of value for you. 

After all, I'm a wife and a mom and more than likely you are one of those or both as well. I know how busy we all are and time is a hot commodity we just can't afford to waste. We're probably too dang tired to even want to.

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How we do dinner during busy weeks

It's one of those weeks around the Lewis house where we just have a lot going on.

I've really been busy with the Art side of my business and I have a huge sale going on tomorrow night over on my Facebook Page.

Jaime and I also have two different interior faux painting projects we are working on for clients.  I've been driving out to work from her studio a lot this week and because of that just haven't really been able to put a lot of effort into cooking dinner.

I mean, not that I even can put that much effort into it, we do have 2 toddlers and 1 eight year old and all 3 have a limited menu that we have to choose from.

I recently jumped on the pressure cooker bandwagon ( thank you for converting me Jaime) and it is a life-saver for weeks like this.  And there are so many recipes I can use it for that include my picky boy's.

I found this recipe by The Vanilla Tulip just a few weeks ago for Mexican Beans.  Surely you know me enough by now that you are aware of my deep deep love for Mexican food.  It's legit.  These beans by The Vanilla Tulip are Ah- maze - ing!  All of my boys ate them and loved them.  And there was enough left-over for me to freeze.  This is what we'll be having for dinner tomorrow night.  I like to throw a bunch of cilantro on mine.  So yum!

Melissa Lewis Art

Another no fail easy go-to recipe on a week like this is macaroni and cheese.  I like to make it from scratch verses the box or the microwave because True has a wheat and soy allergy.  I can easily substitute gluten free elbow noodles in this recipe and you would never know. 

Side note for my Gluten Free friends... I think I may have tried almost all the GF pasta's and I have found The One.  In our house we use Ronzoni pasta only now. I get ours here.  Even my two big guys don't even know that it's Gluten Free.

You can cut this recipe in half if you want just enough for one night or are eating it as a side but I like to make the whole amount so my little's can eat it for lunch during the rest of the week.

I have this pressure cooker, my affiliate link to buy one is here.  They do make a smaller and larger size but I can tell you that as a family of five this size is perfect for me.

Are you in the Pressure Cooker fan club too?  What are some of your go-to recipes? 

These are just a couple of mine that are perfect for those busy nights.  I have a ton more recipes saved on my Pinterest board that are just for pressure cooking.

How God Took My Depression and Made It A Blessing

How God Took My Depression and Made It A Blessing

You know those moments when you can see the reason for the why of things so clearly looking backwards?

The moments you can see so clearly God's goodness and faithfulness in a story that only felt bad at the time?  

I believe we're all meant to share our stories.

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