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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Soon to be announced... a WINNER of this little mini painting!

And it could be YOU!!  

That's right - I'll be giving this little original oil painting to one of my friends in just a few weeks.  You can get all the details about how to enter your name into the drawing when you get my newsletter in a couple days! 

Click the button below to get the link and when my note comes out on June 2nd, you can enter to win!  Super easy, right!?  

Over the last few years, these little mini paintings have flown all over the US... and I can't think of a better place to send this one than to your house!  
Then once a month I'll send you a little note so we can stay in touch!  My notes always have something fun just for you - free downloads, contests, new work, and surprises!! 

Yes, Please! Sign me up!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos,  30x22" watercolor/acrylic on paper 
©2020 Helen Read 

Ah... the early moments of spring ... just as the first blooms begin to appear - it looks as if the chaos of dried leaves, twigs, branches will never yield life.  
Then... the first buds and blooms appear - as if by magic! 
And once again the triumph of life emerges from what looked like hopeless debris. 

This painting is composed of circles upon circles... thousands of them.
Symbolizing to me, the exuberance of colors of growth.

More Information on Availability of This and Others Here!


Monday, May 25, 2020

Freebie Coming in June!

Did you know?   I create a  free watercolor download every month as a gift to those who receive my newsletter!  
This next month, this is the little painting that you'll be able to download, print, and frame.    Just because giving gifts to my friends is, well... fun!!  

If you haven't signed up for my monthly newsletter - you can do it right now! 
You'll get a colorful, friendly visit in your inbox each month
with news, and other fun things!  Some times I have a drawing for a free mini oil painting, discounts, downloads and invitations. 

The next newsletter comes out in early June ~
Sign up right here and watch your inbox!

Please sign me up!

Monday, May 18, 2020

TWO. Months. In..... to this pandemic shut down!

We've been shut in...and the pandemic continues. 
For some of us, it's been very difficult.  For others we've done OK. 

you could use this time to learn a new skill? 
What if, you could try something new without any negative self-talk -  just try something new for fun... and watch yourself get better?  

What if - you could do something you've always wanted to do - but didn't have the time or a friendly plan of action to help you!? 

If you've always wanted to learn to draw - you CAN!!   
 I'll send you Five FREE lessons - right into your inbox; 1 a day for 5 days!  
 You'll find the instruction fun, easy to follow, encouraging, and you won't have to have any special materials!  

I've taught hundreds (probably thousands) of students to draw, and I'd love to 
help you with your drawing skills too!   

Use this link and you'll get your first lesson right away!!

There's no better time than NOW and you have Nothing to lose!!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Marsh Grasses

Marsh Grasses, 16x20" oil on canvas
©2020 Helen Read 
Ready to frame
Domestic Shipping included,  IL residents please add 8% sales tax. 

Not far from where I live is a large green area; much of it is marshland. Just along the edges of the marsh grasses are lovely stands of trees, tall rustling grasses, and a symphony of birdsong. Within all of it is the beauty of bright sunshine and the depth of cool shadows. There's a lovely beauty to it's wildness.

This just finished painting, Marsh Grasses, captures just a moment in time when the glow of sunlight casts its magic! It measures 16x20" is painted in an impressionistic style. It is painted with oil paints and painted around the sides.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Harbinger of Spring

Spring Hyacinth, 6x6" oil on gesso board

Spring takes a long while to finally arrive in the midwest... however, there are a few early arrivals and beautiful hyacinths are one of them. 
Hope that blooms in blues and purples!

6x6" oil on gessoboard©2020 Helen Read
Ready to ship! 
Includes domestic shipping, IL residents please add 8% sales tax

Enjoy spring year round!  Hyacinth beauty in lovely cool shades will brighten up a shelf or small space!  Ready to find it's new home!  

See more at my website

Monday, April 20, 2020

Beginning a New Painting

Toned canvas

Adding some structure - in a purple wash

Some background & middle ground added in

Adding more into the middle ground and foreground

Adjusting and adding cool colors into a basically warm color scheme 

This painting is taking shape.  What isn't so visible in these photos is the toned canvas still having its presence seen in a number of places. 
Especially with the warmer tones showing through, it gives an interesting contrast in a variety of places.  

Lots of painting has to do with "listening" as I work and making adjustments and choices that I didn't see coming.  That's what makes it exciting and mysterious!  


Friday, March 27, 2020

A New Website and a Free Painting Lesson!!

In this time of national pause, let's let

Let's take time to renew our minds and hearts. 
For me, time to be in prayer - time to let the words of Holy Scripture 
soak into my heart is so vital. 
And, I also think the act of creating is a way we can 
fight back against those doubts and fears that can creep in.  

The painting you see above is a free step by step lesson I'm offering through my new
website.  You supply the materials - and I'll supply everything else you need! 
So, I invite you to click on the link, follow the menu at the top to gain access to the free lesson, put on some restful music, give your heart a rest from the headlines of the day ~ and create! 

As you create remember this, which gives me hope
and reminds me that we are never alone! 
"Do not fear anything, for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured - I will help you; 
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand." 
Isaiah 41:10
my new website:

Friday, March 20, 2020

Teaching Drawing from Home - social distancing

Distance,  12x9" graphite on paper 

In this era of social distancing, I'm learning a whole new way of conducting a high school drawing class!  


It's not ideal, because my students did not have enough notice of our school closing in the advancing pandemic of COVID-19 
to gather all their supplies to take home.  

So, we are making do with whatever we have on hand. 
Over the next few days in the coming week, my students will be watching a graphite drawing in it various steps to take shape.  They (hopefully) will be picking a photo and creating their own value drawing  too. 

Each day I comment on what I've done and the steps they will need to do too. 
It's a grand experiment to see how it goes.  

We keep trying and hopefully there will be progress!  

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

PEACE in crazy times!

We are currently living in such unprecedented, unsettling times....
I invite you to 4 1/2 minutes of calming art in the video below to
give you a little peace...

And - fix your mind and heart on goodness rather than getting caught up in the panic of COVID-19.
Let's remember that we are loved, we are cared for and supported,  that God is good and is for us with good intentions.  We can come together (in a social distancing kind of way) and be caring, supportive, and helpful.
I also think making art is a great therapy for our hearts and minds!!  

If you would like weekly encouragements in your creative work, I'd love to include you in my list of artist friends! 
You'll get weekly tips, techniques, & inspiration!  I'll also send you a free interactive worksheet with 5 small steps you can take today to live a more artistic life! 

Sunday, March 8, 2020

As artists... we need to be intentional

I know how much I need to be intentional.... 
day by day. 
week by week. 

In the busy world of our lives it's hard to stay connected with our own creative spirits, to be committed to follow the path we were designed to live. 
So many things arise...
get in the way... 

Just this week, things completely beyond my normal routine
Great things... 
have demanded my time and attention. 
Things I wouldn't trade away - but, now I need to get back into the pace of my artistic calling. I need to get back to the things I've been created to do.

Maybe you have wrestled with the same things. 
Here's a link to an interactive work sheet with 5 small steps you can start today. 
You'll also get a little shot of encouragement from me every week in your inbox! 
Click here!  Download the worksheet. We are on this journey together!!   

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Just a few days left of the Fab Feb Flowers!!!

February and Flowers go together like ice cream and cones!   Visit my Etsy Shop filled with beautiful floral one-of-a-kind paintings. Take 15% off the usual price!  And, guess what - FREE domestic shipping, too!  This painting and more await you, but only through the end of Feb.   The 15% will come off at purchase, or use this code at purchase FLOWER15. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

And MORE February Florals! (the Sale goes on!)

February and Flowers go together like ice cream and cones!   Visit my Etsy Shop filled with beautiful floral one-of-a-kind paintings. Take
15% off the usual price!  And, guess what - FREE domestic shipping, too!  This painting and more await you, but only through the end of Feb.   The 15% will come off at purchase, or use this code at purchase FLOWER15. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

More February Flowers! 15% off

February and Flowers go together like ice cream and cones!
Visit my Etsy Shop filled with beautiful floral one-of-a-kind paintings. Take 15% off the usual price! And, guess what - FREE domestic shipping, too! This painting and more await you, but only through the end of Feb. The 15% will come off at purchase, or use this code at purchase FLOWER15.
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