Painting Cats in Clothes Inspired by Literature

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Messy paint palette and acrylic tubes

What I Need to Create Art

For several years, I told myself that in order to be "successful", I had to have a dedicated art space and tons of supplies. Now, I'm evolving and discovering what works for me and what doesn't. I prefer to work on the go with a portable studio.
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Pre-order 78 Tarot Deck on Etsy!

King Henry VIII Cat, and 78Tarot Update

I've finished His Majesty at last! King Henry is an acrylic painting on a 16"x20" stretched canvas. I've decided to list the Tudor Wives original paintings on eBay; Catherine of Aragon is already up for auction! A limited number of 78Tarot Decks are still available for pre-order!
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Plantain, Plantago lanceolata

The Beauty and Benefit of Garden Weeds

While impatiently waiting for my seedlings to emerge, in the meantime, I have let the weeds bloom and grow... and have embraced the philosophy that weeds are just unappreciated plants that deserve a chance to "live and let live".
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Betsy Ross Cat

"Betsy Ross Cat" ©TaraFly, 2014. An acrylic painting on canvas panel, measuring 8"x10" (25.4cm x 20.3cm). Her eBay auction ends tomorrow night; don't miss this amazing deal on an original painting! The 78Tarot project is 85% funded, with 8 days left in its Kickstarter campaign! Hurray!
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Puddle of rain in clover

My Cottage Rainforest Garden

With Baltimore County under a tornado warning, here in western Maryland, we have been receiving heavy rainstorms every few hours. My poor little garden now resembles a wetland swamp. All that I need are a few alligators!
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TaraFly 78 Tarot Deck, 5 of Pentacles

78 Tarot Deck Kickstarter is Live!

The 78 Tarot Project is now LIVE on KickStarter! I painted "Five of Pentacles" specifically for this project. I am so thrilled to be participating alongside established and well-respected working artists whom I've admired for years, and many others whom I have recently met through this project. The whole experience has been, and continues to be, a great pleasure! :)
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Bringing the Forest Home to my Garden

This cottage garden has changed our lives and the way we view our home. So, naturally, my mind wanders to the possibility of transforming our backyard into a woodland retreat.
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Pink roses blooming

Growing a Cottage Garden: First Year

Last month, I shared a few spring images of my Cottage Garden Project ~ an on-going work in progress to transform our tiny front lawn into a garden overflowing with …

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wildflower nature photography, purple heather, TaraFly Photography

Beginnings of a Cottage Garden: First Spring

I've been having so much fun this year, watching my plants grow and bloom, stepping outside to the welcoming scent of spring flowers. I want a cottage garden to greet me throughout the year, with an invitation to leave my door wide open. I want an excuse to linger on my lawn.
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vintage books on a shelf

Treasures in a Second Hand Bookstore Continued….

One of the books that I purchased for myself, a first edition 1911 hardcover of George Bernard Shaw: His Life and Works by Archibald Henderson, caught my attention because it included dozens of vintage clippings and images from turn-of-the-20th-century plays and actors.
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