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My Wacom Intuos Pro: one of my favorite tools in the studio

My Wacom Intuos Pro: one of my favorite tools in the studio

My Wacom Intuos Pro is a graphics tablet that lets me draw on the computer in the same way that I would draw on a paper. As a leftie, I can use my dominant hand to interact with my graphics software - which I think makes me faster and more creative. I draw and paint on the computer.  I use it to create layouts in design software and to browse the internet as if I am drawing a sketch. I am fast, intuitive, and efficient on my graphics tablet.
November 08, 2018
Using Kolner Miniatum: techniques I use in my pieces

Using Kolner Miniatum: techniques I use in my pieces

As an artist, I feel that it is important to use archival and time-tested materials in my work. I have a responsibility to sell a work that is not only beautiful but also designed to last. I was delighted to find a line of products by Kolner made specifically for gilding on paper.
November 04, 2018
Eight Reasons I love working in watercolors

Eight Reasons I love working in watercolors

Eleven years ago, I remember the resignation that I felt when I found that I was pregnant and the doctor told me that I needed to reconsider my oil paints.  I remember converting my art studio to a nursery, and the final oil painting that I created there.  I remember struggling with difficult and confusing watercolors that could not be corrected.  I made the switch to exclusively watercolor about eleven years ago. I finally gave away the last of my oil paints and I don’t regret it. Here are some of the reasons I love watercolor:
October 24, 2018
The meanings behind the artworks: where do they come from?

The meanings behind the artworks: where do they come from?

Sometimes we do the work but we don’t know the entire story, or exactly why we hope to do what we do.  Sometimes there are plans and meanings and stories much larger than ourselves, and we see only a tiny piece of the larger plan.
October 18, 2018
How I Eliminated expensive glass and framing on my Watercolors

How I Eliminated expensive glass and framing on my Watercolors

Some of the old masters painted on wood panels, and their work has survived for hundreds of years.  Here's how I learned to make wood panels work for my watercolors. These are the specific materials that I use to display my watercolor art without a frame.
October 12, 2018
Live Painting at Anderson Mall's first Annual BBQ and Bluegrass

Live Painting at Anderson Mall's first Annual BBQ and Bluegrass

I painted a 24" x 36" double bass while listening to the bluegrass band on stage in front of me.  The afternoon sun was warm and my paints dried quickly.  I started and finished the painting during the event, and talked to lots of people as I worked.
September 24, 2018
Free Download: Central Presbyterian Church

Free Download: Central Presbyterian Church

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Central Presbyterian Church has been an anchor for me and my family since we arrived in Anderson last year. I'm celebrating this beautiful building and the inspiring mission inside its walls with this watercolor and ink on yupo paper.

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Use this art for anything you like: cards, prints, totes, mugs, or gifts. Look for more freebees in future email updates!

Central Presbyterian

September 17, 2018
Giving Back at the Anderson Area YMCA

Giving Back at the Anderson Area YMCA

I am showing selected original art and prints at the Anderson Area YMCA. I'm so delighted to donate thirty percent of the sales of the art to fund scholarships for kids at the YMCA. I work out there regularly, and my son attends programs there. I am inspired to help other families enjoy the wonderful services at the Y.
September 14, 2018
Final Week of my show at the Anderson Arts Center

Final Week of my show at the Anderson Arts Center

What is it that you want? Where do you want to go? Create a plan, make a map, dream big, and go there. Set your intentions high. Be kind, be patient, be giving, and be in love. But also be daring, be disciplined, and be driven. I took a chance when I walked in the arts center and asked to show my art there. I was so delighted that my daring resulted in my first art show in Anderson, SC.

What an amazing opportunity it has been to show at the Anderson Arts Center!  Many of the works there will be returning to my studio next week.  A few of the largest pieces have been purchased and will be hanging around Anderson.

There are no maps to follow as I go; I am drawing my own. On my map, there is not an “x-marks-the-spot” - no ultimate destination. There is only a series of amazing discoveries and treasures to find as I journey.  Thank you for following along on my journey!

jamie hansen displayat the Anderson Arts Center

August 27, 2018
I am a greyscale version of myself when I cannot create.

I am a greyscale version of myself when I cannot create.

Why do I create?

I am a greyscale version of myself when I cannot create. I am called to create because when I do not, I feel less whole.

I can create images to describe the dreams of my friends, family, and myself.  I create bright images to lift the darkness of grief. Sometimes I create images because I can't find words that would detail the darkest places in my mind.

I create to see the joy in my community; I create because it delights me. Creating is my expression of hope: I want to make images and ideas that will outlive me.  I want to take a tiny piece of my soul - a prayer whispered without words - and I want to send it out into the world to speak for me. 

August 14, 2018