Earlier this month I got to visit Zanesville Ohio for a painting workshop with my dear friends Debi Beard of Debi’s Design Diary, Kelly Wiler of Girl Upcycled, and Canice Blair of Canice Chic! 

Y’all, I had SO MUCH FUN in Ohio; it was probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a painting workshop. We had dance parties, we put on a skit, we made new friends and, in between all that fun, we painted a few things!

This was one of the most rewarding workshops I’ve ever been a part of. Honestly, it felt so much more like an experience than a class of any kind. There were 50 attendees there with Debi, Canice, and I. We shared laughter, hugs, and tears, and when it was time to go home I really felt like I was sending them home with more than just some painting tips; I feel like I shared a piece of me.

One of the best things about hosting workshops is not just the live painting, it’s what happens next. When I do live paintings, I like to raffle the finished piece off to one of the attendees. My heart just overflows knowing that the joy I captured in the piece gets to live on forever in someone’s home. 

The piece I created for this workshop is (of course) called Zanesville’s Garden! While it’s at home with its owner now, I did manage to sneak a few pictures in before I left.

It started out a flat green and I had a wonderful time turning it into this lush garden.

Zanesville’s Garden Color Recipe

  • Old 57
  • Blue Iris
  • Mint Chip
  • Monet’s Garden
  • Bohemian Blue
  • Cowgirl Coral
  • Kissing Booth
  • Queen Bee
  • Clear Wax
  • Golden Ticket


What a beautiful way to wrap up 2019! I am so grateful for all the joy and challenges this year has brought me and I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store!

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