I was recently given the awesome opportunity to try out some new paints.  After being contacted by a company known for their acrylic line, Golden Artist Colors, who have just launched a brand new line of modern watercolor paints, they wondered if I might like a sample of some colors to try, ...heck yeah!  

If you're a watercolor painter at any level, you've probably seen the cost of a tube of professional grade paints, thank goodness they are super concentrated and go a very long way when mixed with water!  Anyway, I've never been offered free paint before so I jumped right over to their website to check it out and was very impressed with the color charts and choices!  QoR (I believe pronounced core) had some very interesting color combinations and names for colors, like French Cerulean, and Bohemian Green Earth, well ok they had me at free paint but for a color geek like me, yes please!

I chose some colors, which was a tough decision to make, and they arrived a short time later in beautiful new tubes of brilliant pigments.  My paint box and pallet have slowly grown and evolved over the years and have maybe 4-5 different brands of watercolor paints, some I like better than others, some I prefer for certain colors more then others.  After playing with these paints for a couple of weeks now, I have to say the unique colors did not disappoint and the granulating qualities (which is the way the paint moves and separates into it's own lovely layers of texture, sometimes creating those little "happy accidents") are superb! That's something that has always fueled my love for colors and for watercolors in particular.  

So I'm going to continue to play with my colors in my happy place, and I hope you'll check out the QoR line if you're a painter too, I do think they're quite fabulous!



I have always loved going to markets, farmer's markets, flea markets, antique markets, European markets, you name it, I'm there.  Lately though there seems to be a new interest in these sweet gatherings of vendors and shoppers, wandering through little white tents or tables, gathering hand made and homegrown goodness, maybe like people used to do before there were 'supermarkets'.  Now you'll also find artist markets, makers markets, vintage markets, garden markets, etc. in the upcoming event promotions of things to do with your weekend...I LOVE IT!

If I'm not vending or selling my wares at some sort of art/garden related marketplace, I'm probably attending one, because it's still fun to be on the other side of the table sometimes.  And if I am vending at one, I so enjoy all of the people you meet and connections you make.  The shoppers out enjoying their day, and the other vendors and artisans as passionate about their work as I am.  They're always willing to share their stories on why they do what they do and how blessed we are to get to do what we love!  So in addition to the 'advertising marketing' part of this awesome, crazy business adventure, there's also this 'to market we go' part.  Yes, it's a lot of work to make it, take it, haul it all out there, pray for nice weather and nice crowds, and sell yourself shamelessly...but I still love it, from either side of the table.

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