Amanda Spence @allthingsnewartanddesign

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Amanda Spence @allthingsnewartanddesign Media

Do you ever look at stuff and think, “I should paint on that.” 😂 Maybe I’m the only crazy one, but I paint on something other than a traditional canvas 95% of the time. Found these little pouches super cheap a while back and decided to paint on a few of them today. What do you think? The first is softer and done with a paint brush, and the second is messier and done with a palette knife. I like them both. They are almost like painting fun little study pieces.

Do you ever look at stuff and think, “I should paint on that.” 😂 Maybe I’m the only crazy one, but I paint on something other than a traditional canvas 95% of the time. Found these little pouches super cheap a while back and decided to paint on a few of them today. What do you think? The first is softer and done with a paint brush, and the second is messier and done with a palette knife. I like them both. They are almost like painting fun little study pieces.

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I grew up in a magical place. It was a land of large fields, quiet coastlines, and deserted beaches. Like most magical places, it was discovered by the rest of the world and now barely resembles what I remember. There are congested subdivisions, major highways, and people...lots and lots of people. 
Fortunately, there are a few places left where cars can’t go. With so many tiny islands dotting the Currituck Sound, there are still secret spots, hideaways. Today, we beached the boat in one of these uninhabited, magical places and spent the day playing and exploring. I brought my journal and jotted down a few memories, and some hopes and prayers that these places will remain the same for many more years to come.

I grew up in a magical place. It was a land of large fields, quiet coastlines, and deserted beaches. Like most magical places, it was discovered by the rest of the world and now barely resembles what I remember. There are congested subdivisions, major highways, and people...lots and lots of people. Fortunately, there are a few places left where cars can’t go. With so many tiny islands dotting the Currituck Sound, there are still secret spots, hideaways. Today, we beached the boat in one of these uninhabited, magical places and spent the day playing and exploring. I brought my journal and jotted down a few memories, and some hopes and prayers that these places will remain the same for many more years to come.

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WIP: experimenting...here’s layer one. Let’s see where this goes.

WIP: experimenting...here’s layer one. Let’s see where this goes.

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These two pieces are driving me bananas. 🤪 I don’t like them, but I don’t know why. 😂 I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump lately, and I’m determined to get out of it this week. Starting (again) with these two today and seeing what happens. 
How do you get out of a creative slump? Leave me some suggestions in the comments.

These two pieces are driving me bananas. 🤪 I don’t like them, but I don’t know why. 😂 I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump lately, and I’m determined to get out of it this week. Starting (again) with these two today and seeing what happens. How do you get out of a creative slump? Leave me some suggestions in the comments.

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I only have a few painted book covers left @corollavillagemarket 😱. Time to go treasure hunting for more vintage books!

I only have a few painted book covers left @corollavillagemarket 😱. Time to go treasure hunting for more vintage books!

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A charcoal pencil, a small paint brush, a pocket sketchbook, and a day I will never forget.

A charcoal pencil, a small paint brush, a pocket sketchbook, and a day I will never forget.

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This little distraction is making it really hard to get anything done in the studio today. #studiodog #indiethewondergroodle

This little distraction is making it really hard to get anything done in the studio today. #studiodog #indiethewondergroodle

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The boat is loaded with art and I’m coming at you @corollavillagemarket #artferry #fasterbyboat #islandproblems #islandart

The boat is loaded with art and I’m coming at you @corollavillagemarket #artferry #fasterbyboat #islandproblems #islandart

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Three different pieces, three different stages. Working on multiple pieces at once is my favorite.

Three different pieces, three different stages. Working on multiple pieces at once is my favorite.

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Added this beauty to the studio today. It belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother and works like a dream. It has me contemplating selling the smith-corona. Or maybe I need two typewriters. 😂 What do you think?

Added this beauty to the studio today. It belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother and works like a dream. It has me contemplating selling the smith-corona. Or maybe I need two typewriters. 😂 What do you think?

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“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6

It’s taken me 32 years to admit to myself that I’m not a naturally content person. I’m not a pessimist, but I am a worrier and an over analyzer. I’ve spent hours thinking about all the things. Should we sell the house and move? Should I go back to teaching? Should I pursue art full time? Am I even qualified to pursue art full time? Should I go back to school?... and the list goes on. 
Before I drown in the sea of worry and doubt, I’ve had to step back and really ground myself in the truth. 
The truth is I live in an amazing place that people pay money to come to on vacation. The truth is teaching isn’t my passion anymore, and that’s ok. The truth is I’m happy with my home studio and with the art I create. The truth is being self-taught has given me the freedom that I crave when I create. 
Just like the art on the easel, contentment is something I have to create daily with the words I speak and the posture of my heart. My life isn’t perfection, but it is perfect. It’s mine, and it’s a gift.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6 It’s taken me 32 years to admit to myself that I’m not a naturally content person. I’m not a pessimist, but I am a worrier and an over analyzer. I’ve spent hours thinking about all the things. Should we sell the house and move? Should I go back to teaching? Should I pursue art full time? Am I even qualified to pursue art full time? Should I go back to school?... and the list goes on. Before I drown in the sea of worry and doubt, I’ve had to step back and really ground myself in the truth. The truth is I live in an amazing place that people pay money to come to on vacation. The truth is teaching isn’t my passion anymore, and that’s ok. The truth is I’m happy with my home studio and with the art I create. The truth is being self-taught has given me the freedom that I crave when I create. Just like the art on the easel, contentment is something I have to create daily with the words I speak and the posture of my heart. My life isn’t perfection, but it is perfect. It’s mine, and it’s a gift.

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Do any of my artist friends on Instagram have their own studio space? I’ve been contemplating whether or not to take the leap of creating outside of my home studio. When did you know that it was time to venture out? Decisions, decisions...

Do any of my artist friends on Instagram have their own studio space? I’ve been contemplating whether or not to take the leap of creating outside of my home studio. When did you know that it was time to venture out? Decisions, decisions...

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