My Original Artwork

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Today I’m sharing a very scary, exciting announcement with you guys about my original artwork!

My original artwork with acrylics

I won’t keep you guessing. I’m going to start selling my my original artwork!! My paintings are now available as downloadable prints. Whew, that wasn’t too hard! So why is it scary for me??

When this crazy quarantine began, I have to be honest…I was anxious. I am not prone to anxiety. In fact before all of this happened, I really don’t think I ever truly understood what anxiety was. I am usually the one that’s filled with faith and hope. I tell my husband all the time that “God’s got this!” 

DIY painting landscapes with acrylics in my sunroom studio at my desk with natural light

But three months ago, I felt burdened and nervous and even a little scared. I knew God was in control and I trusted Him. I knew He was going to take care of us and I knew He had a plan. I knew all the right things, but somehow I still felt uneasy. Butterflies in my stomach, shaky hands…my heart would race and I didn’t even know why. 

I prayed that God would help me with it, that He would lift the burden and help me to have peace. Not long after, my oldest son Ethan asked me if we could paint. I sat down with him and we started painting together, and I enjoyed it so much. There was no pressure, no expectations. Just me playing with paint and having fun. 

I'm going to start selling my paintings!

I told my husband how much I really loved painting, and how much it really helped to ease my mind and just focus on the Lord. He encouraged me to continue, so I made it a habit to try and paint at least once a week.

Well, I started sharing my paintings in my Instagram stories and even in blog posts, and after a while I had messages from people asking if I would ever sell my art. I laughed so hard because I have NEVER taken a painting class. I literally have no idea what I’m doing. This was just a hobby of mine and I enjoyed sharing it with my audience. 

My own painting for sale

But the more I painted and shared, the more messages I had from people asking if I would sell. I don’t consider myself an artist, and I know in my heart that my paintings are not perfect. They are flawed, there are probably so many problems with each of them. But if my art could bring someone joy? If something I painted could be a part of someone else’s home? What was I waiting for?

My original Artwork

So here I am today…telling you that my paintings are now available as downloads on my blog. Maybe not that big of a deal to you…but pretty scary for me. It feels vulnerable and rejection is my greatest fear. But I know this is just the beginning, and my prayer is that I will continue to learn and grow and get better as I continue to paint. 

My original artwork

I don’t have a lot of extra time right now. As a young mom of three with a home decor blog, I really only paint once a week. My dream is to one day take classes and learn the right way, but for now I’ll just keep playing and sharing. 

If you have any questions about my paintings, please let me know! I find that the best way to print them is through a printing site such as Mpix. They offer beautiful, high quality prints that look so professional!

So there it is. My scary, exciting announcement about my original artwork. Have you ever done anything really scary like this? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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49 Comments

  1. You are such an inspiration. I feel blessed that I found your channel. Your paintings are so beautiful and I would love to have an original someday.I also live in a rural area and love the landscape around me.

    1. Aww Joyce thank you!! Yes, one day I might sell the originals!! Still thinking all that through 🙂 I appreciate your love and support so very much!! 🙂

  2. You do know what you are doing!!!!! Your art work is beautiful!! I am retired from an interior design business and I would use your art in many homes. Your work is stunning! You are a very talented lady. I just want you to know, many people will love your art. Watch and see my dear. Good luck and God bless you.

  3. There is such peace in your paintings! Thank you for sharing your home, your family, and your talents. God Bless you~

  4. These are beautiful paintings! Thank you for sharing your heart, your fears and your faith! Praying you continue to be encouraged to use this beautiful gift.

  5. Someone once told me that I was a “God-made teacher.” You, my friend, are a “God-made artist.” He has definitely blessed you with artistry and creativity. “Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do with all thy might as unto the Lord. “ He will reward you for your love of family and others. Never underestimate your gift or why He gave it. Your work, artistry, and creativity is beautiful!

  6. Are you kidding me,Andrea? I love your paintings. When I saw them I thought you were a pro. I love your cows! Best fortune to you. Cecilia

  7. Are you kidding me,Andrea? I love your paintings. When I saw them I thought you were a pro. I love your cows! Best fortune to you. I too am a retired interior designer. I have worked all over the country and I would use your art work! Cecilia

  8. Andrea, I noticed one of your paintings in your previous blog & almost wrote to see if you would ever consider selling your paintings. Imagine how surprised I was to see your Vlog tonight in which you announced your downloads. I’m so happy you made that decision. Your art is a blessing & I love it. My dream is to purchase a beautiful patch of country after I retire in 6 months & your art will be the perfect addition. I bought 3 tonight & will be looking forward to future prints. Thank you again for sharing your God given talent. Much love & best wishes on your exciting venture – Laurie

    1. Oh my goodness Laurie, you have NO idea what that means to me!!! Thank you so so much for taking the time to tell me all that 🙂 I hope your dream comes true one day!!! Thank you so much for supporting me, your comment made me smile so so big!! 🙂

  9. Thank you for your testimony! You are such an inspiration as a wife, mom, homemaker, and artist. I can totally relate to the struggles you shared…thanks for being vulnerable and real. Just bought a print and can’t wait to add it to my home!

    1. Aww Nichole thank you so much for supporting me, you have no idea how much that means!!! And thank you for the kind words…it’s good to know I’m not the only one that struggles 🙂 Thanks again Nichole! 🙂

  10. Yay!! I am so excited to hear this great news!!! I am sure there were many followers that asked the same question I did, would you ever consider selling your art! You are a talented artist and the best art in my opinion is art where there are flaws. The Lord truly has blessed you with such a gift..💙 ..and THANK U for sharing!

    1. Ohh Anita that means so much, thank you!! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my post and comment. It means the world!! 🙂 Thank you for supporting me!! 🙂

    2. Yes! Gods gift to us through your hands! God uses us in ways we never thought possible! But He knows our heart and our fears! But always remember in His Word He tells us 365 times “ Fear Not” so when you get scared always remember He is with you!

  11. So so beautiful!! You have a natural talent that’s for sure! Can’t wait to purchase! Congratulations! 🤗

  12. You are a natural! You have this God given talent to paint. Your paintings are wonderful, and they draw you in. I love paintings like that, they engage you. Please be encouraged, but I do love your humbleness. Lord bless you in this new venture.

    1. Ohh Maria thank you so so much. 🙂 That is so very kind of you to say. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! It means so much 🙂

  13. I’m so glad you’re making these lovely pieces of art available! You have a natural God given talent. Using it for His glory will bless so many!great job Andrea

  14. 2 Timothy 1:7
    7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. You are fearfully and wonderfully made created in the image of God. The enemy would try and make you believe you were not, but God’s word is true and the enemy is a liar. I’m praying for you my friend, you are a beautiful person inside and out and you are loved. God bless you on your new journey. 🙏

    1. Thank you Cindy for that reminder!! You are so right 🙂 Your prayers mean the world and it was so sweet of you to stop by and take the time to write all that. 🙂 I appreciate it so very much!

  15. Go for it! God gave you a gift and now He is allowing you to share it with many others. I just recently opened a shop on my remodeled blog in the last month. I haven’t made any announcements, most likely because of fear. I’ve been telling myself, I’m just trying to get more items in my shop, but that might just be an excuse for fear of rejection. You have given me the courage to push on and just go for it. Thank you!

    1. Awww Cindy that is SO awesome!! I was so scared as well, but I’m glad my story helped you and encouraged you!! Let me know when your shop is up and running, I would love to check it out!! 🙂

      1. It is up and running now, it’s just me that’s afraid to announce it. I lost a great many followers when my blog was redesigned and transitioned over, so I’m really not expecting much. But maybe over time. I’m just trying to keep trying right now, and hanging onto any encouragement I read. Thanks again.

  16. I totally understand you wanting to share your paintings but please don’t stop posting pics of the cottage. I cannot get enough of the home improvements and decor. That is why I check your blog everyday! Lol

    1. Aww Jayne of course!!! I was worried people might think that…but I would never! My first passion is my home and I will never tire of playing with it and making it cozy! I just love sharing it with you guys. 🙂

  17. Hi Andrea, thank you so much for sharing your talent, you are amazing! God has opened a door for you, walk through it and enjoy the journey. I’m looking forward to watching you grow as an artist. Keeping you and your family in my thought and prayers. Take care.

  18. I love your blog and your YouTube videos! Your home is beautiful and so inviting! My grown daughters are young mothers who follow you and they told me I would love your style! My girls and I have antiqued and thriffted since they were little! I also paint and I must say that you most definitely know what you’re doing! Your paintings are so beautiful and you have a natural talent! May Gods bless your new endeavor and keep inspiring us with the beauty you see in everything!

  19. Andrea,

    Thank you for sharing your story about painting. You truly have a gift for it along with the gift of making your home so charming and beautiful. You have such a sweet & humble spirit. You are a blessing to so many and I’m so thankful that I found your channel. Like you, I absolutely love to grow by studying how others decorate by watching their videos or reading their blogs. I appreciate that you take the time to blog and make your videos.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with me Sandi, I am so happy that you enjoy my blog and YouTube channel.

  20. I don’t know if you go back and read comments on old posts, but I wanted to tell you something. I have never, ever painted a thing in my life. I watched your video from this year demonstrating your painting. I am a former homeschool mom whose children have left the nest and was in desperate needed some kind of hobby. I’ve tried several things. When I saw your video on Youtube, I immediately ordered the things you recommended. That was four months ago, and I have fallen in love with painting! It was rough starting out because I was very bad at it. haha But very slowly I have improved enough to hand one in my house. Thank you for the inspiration! It has helped me so much.

    1. I loved to read this, that is so amazing, and I am so happy you enjoy it as much as you do! We are always our own worst critics too, but I am sure your paintings are beautiful.

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