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A Very Blakely Christmas: Holiday Release!

A Very Blakely Christmas: Holiday Release!

Originals Available November 24 at 10am EST Marsh Commissions I'll be offering custom marsh paintings in a variety of sizes. I wanted to gift the opportunity to you to choose the colors you like, the size and I'll make it especially for you! The good news, the prices will be of regular marsh paintings, not the usual commission price.  2 Acrylic Marsh Works on Paper,  24x60 24 9x12 Oil Paintings on white paper - option to frame in natural wood 24 3.5x5.5 Oil Paintings on cream paper - option to frame in gold  Prints + Products Available December 1 at 10am EST 3 New 24x30 Large...

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The Greek Isles - Coming Soon

The Greek Isles - Coming Soon

The back of the ferry dropped, and we caught our first glimpse of the Greek Islands. Pure magic!   Rocky islands jetting out of the vast ocean, buzzing with life. The dried golden fields separating towns built on top of one another in smooth white were unlike anything I’d ever seen. It was easy to get lost in the maze of alleys but they all seem to end up at the sea, so I never really felt lost at all. Curtis and I made our home base for the month in Paros. The island was incredible, from a busy town...

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Sun, Moon + Sea - Coming Soon

Sun, Moon + Sea - Coming Soon

Summer on the coast is a recipe of bright sun, hot humid beach days, evening thunderstorms, and walks under the moon with locusts humming in the background. From morning all the way to evening, colors change as the light moves. Through photos and sketching, I've captured some of my favorite coastal moments in my ideabook and translated them into paintings for this collection: Sun, Moon + Sea. This year's collection was a bit different, as I made fourteen pieces on raw canvas. Working on raw canvas allows the paint to soak into the surface and create smooth washes of color....

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Our Month in Greece

Our Month in Greece

In February, I pitched to Curtis the idea of going to Greece for the month of June. Slowly but surely, the trip came to fruition. We partnered with hotels on different islands every weekend and while that was so magical, it wasn't sustainable for a month long trip. So, during the week we stayed in a great little Airbnb in Nauosa, a small seaside town on the island of Paros. Curtis kept East Coast hours for work so we were adventuring during the day, and working from 4pm to midnight.  Here is a little glimpse into the our daily life in...

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Greece - Packing your paints!

Greece - Packing your paints!

I got a lot of questions about traveling with painting supplies, and I am going to try and explain my whole process here.  #1 Rule of Traveling with Paint... Don't call it paint! Your paints are now 'Artist Colors' and they are allowed to travel with you. According to the FAA watercolors, acrylic and oils are all allowed, but solvents, brush cleaner, paint thinners are not. You can find more info here by searching paint.  I always include paperwork stating on the FAA website that these 'Artist Colors' are allowed, with my name and phone number incase they need me to explain...

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