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January 1, 2019

With a full shopping cart, I wheel my way to the check-out line at my favorite small-town grocery store. I can't say why I do this, but I unload all my healthy items first. Maybe it's because I want the clerk to have a good first impression of me, and surely she'll think I make good choices when she sees broccoli slowly making its way to her. And if the broccoli is followed by celery, fresh garlic cloves, asparagus, and a big pineapple, she's bound to form a good opinion of me and not notice the Golden Crisp...

August 8, 2018

The letter caught me by surprise. 

It arrived in a very ordinary, legal-sized envelope with my name and address neatly scribed on the front of it. These days, there's rarely mail in my mailbox that has actual handwriting on it. Around a birthday, perhaps, I might find an envelope with my name handwritten. Or maybe the chiropractor, financial consultant, or new hair stylist will send me a "thank you for your business" card.

But this looked personal. It looked like care and effort was put into the addre...

December 31, 2017

Everyone who's had a lengthy conversation with me knows that I don't do New Year's Resolutions.  I guess I figure why wait until a certain day to start a positive trend when, in fact, any day is a good day to do that. I also don't like doing what everyone else is doing. Hyped up things lose my interest. Differences interest me. 

But, because I feel rather lame not doing something for January 1, I choose a word of the year.

Lengthy conversations with me will also reveal that I love words. I like to rea...

October 19, 2017

It was Tuesday. 

Nothing special happens on Tuesdays. Not usually.

But this past Tuesday, on my way home from teaching a couple of watercolor classes at a nearby college community outreach center, I got a phone call that made this past Tuesday a special day.

The caller ID displayed a rather lengthy-looking number that I didn't recognize at first glance. Telemarketers call at the most random times, don't they? A closer look revealed the caller was from Hawaii. I happily answered, knowing it was my (favorite) cous...

August 20, 2017

You don't need a formal education in art in order to be an artist. My watercolor paintings depict the love I have for people and farm life and the outdoors. I was a stay-at-home-mom and now I'm a successful artist because I'm doing what I love all over again.

June 29, 2017

When I paint, I don't look with my eyes. I feel with my emotions. Emotions are transferable from one person to the next. It's about exchanging energy. That's how I paint.

May 19, 2017

It's so rewarding to have people buy the art I create.

March 2, 2017

I hate snow. I dislike the coldness of it and how it erases the lush greenery that I love so much. Yet, for some reason, while in the comfort of my warm studio, I rather enjoy creating snow with watercolor. 

There's something unique about painting snow because it really doesn't need to be painted at all. When it comes to painting with watercolors, white isn't painted; it's simply paper left untouched. 

Let's use my latest painting as an example. All of the pure white on this painting is an area where...

February 20, 2017

Please have courage in your ability to paint out of your comfort zone!

January 16, 2017

counting sheep with watercolor paintings by artist S. Larson. Includes a lesson on the importance of bad and good

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