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AAV Equipment Piece

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AAV Equipment Piece

  So after months of 'putting it off' I finally DOVE IN to start the next piece in my equipment series on December 7th... The entire time I worked on this piece, I was distracted... it was being done in a foreign country in a 2 bedroom hotel suite on an 'extended holiday' that pushed me to "go with the flow" WAY more than I typically do!! But I was so glad it was there to settle my nerves throughout our visit. It was completed in 6.5ish hours over 8 sittings that spanned 5 weeks. In the middle I completed a...

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It is SUCH an honor!

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It is SUCH an honor!

I am SO honored to have been chosen as the artist for the program cover for the 2017 Navy-Marine Corps Ball which takes place on February 4, 2017 at the Washington Hilton in Washington DC. I shared my selection on social media a while ago, but can now share the PIECE as it's almost time for the Ball! It is heartwarming and so motivating to have been found by another Marine spouse through my book We Call Them Home: A Collection of Marine Corps Watercolors and have been submitted into the running, and then to be selected! I was (and still am) estatic! The Navy-Marine Corps...

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MARFOREUR/AF. Yep. I know how to say that.

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MARFOREUR/AF. Yep. I know how to say that.

    mar-for-your-"A"-"F".   That's how you say it, by the way. And it stands for Marine Corps Forces Europe/Africa, which makes more sense than MCAGCC (Mic-agg-see-see) which stands for Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center... otherwise known as "Twentynine Palms" or more affectionately "Twentynine Stumps" or my favorite... the "Deuce Niner"). But I digress.I've done two commissions for a family in MARFOREUR/AF and I pretend not to be SUPER jealous of their time in Germany while I do them. Since I'm working on blogging my commissions as they come and THEN back-blogging all the ones I've missed, we'll start with the second...

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It's time to celebrate!

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It's time to celebrate!

It's time to celebrate! September 28, 2016     (Photo Credit: Marisa McDonald Photography)    Six-ish months ago, I received my copies of We Call Them Home: A Collection of Marine Corps Watercolors and I was SO. EXCITED. 500 copies of a book made ENTIRELY by me were sitting in my garage and I was overjoyed to pack them up and ship them off to those who trusted me enough to pre-order. After that, neighbors ordered, friends of friends from around the country (and globe!) ordered... I started getting requests for commissions and am so humbled by my resume. I still don't...

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Welcome!

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Welcome!

Hello there!!I'd like to welcome you to my brand-new blog! I've been thinking about blogging about my pieces, because I am so very proud of each of them, and realize that *you* don't get to see what they start as and what they become, and that's part of my favorite part of this gig! I plan to "back-blog" some of my older pieces, and then write a post every time I finish a new one!  To start us off, I'll show you the 'before' and 'after' images from my first professional house portraits... this are literally the first pieces I did in watercolor and...

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