Coping with Anxiety & Depression as an Artist and Mom

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“Victory” and “Taste Your Reward” by Adriana Vawdrey

“…’You can have it all, but not all at the same time.’ How important it is to take very good care of yourself, of your mental and physical and spiritual wellbeing; it’s hard to do. It’s easier to be a workaholic than to have a truly balanced life.”

-Dame Quentin Bryce

I need to tell you about the year I completely sacrificed my health for a passion project.

It is common for dedicated people to refer to themselves as “workaholics. ” The term is sometimes used in a silly way, but there is a difference between working with ambition and immersing yourself in impulsive project after project to escape other anxieties. From 2013 to 2016, I invented, and obsessed over never-ending piles of work in order to escape the fears and frustrations that came with a big life change. The problems which followed, and solutions that eventually pulled me out of that pattern, taught me a lot about the purpose of passion, the importance of balance, and the real possibility of feeling good again after a mental health scare.  Continue reading “Coping with Anxiety & Depression as an Artist and Mom”


22 Perfectly Modern Art Prints for the Kitchen


Above illustration and photo by Louise Lockhart. Find her shop here.

Did you know that colorful kitchens can promote a better appetite? Even if you are striving for that super sleek minimalist look that many love these days, you can add a charming pop of color by hanging art prints in the areas where you cook and eat.

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DIY: How to Draw & Color a Tree with Personality

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Trunk of an Old Yew Tree (1888) by Vincent van Gogh

All trees grow in unique directions, so if you want to draw a certain tree accurately, it is helpful to look closely at the way branches split, where the leaves or needles grow, the shape and movement of the branches, etc. Today I’m going to teach you how to draw an oak tree like the one you see below. This lesson is basic but definitely not age specific. The project can be simplified or made more complex to match any skill level.

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Why are artistic experiences so important?


^ The above illustration is by NYC artist Ping Zhu. Ping made this image for Nostalgics Studio in Hong Kong. She is one of my absolute favorite painter illustrators. Check her out on instagram

I thought a great way to explain why I started Paint Lemonade would be to write a manifesto. Here are 3 beliefs that stand behind every article on this site:

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DIY: (Part 2) Paint a Graphic Design on the Floor


If you have not yet seen part 1 of this tutorial, you should check it out! If you’ve already created a design you love, let’s prepare to paint your custom floor!

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DIY: (Part 1) How to Draw the Face of Michelangelo’s David


This is my first ever tutorial video! I am so excited to share this drawing lesson, which I created and have taught to students of several ages. If you don’t think you could possibly learn to draw a human face and make it look really good, I challenge you to follow along with this video and give yourself a chance.

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DIY: (Part 1) Paint a Graphic Design on the Floor


I have wanted to post about this for quite a while. This project is a great example of how paint can personalize and improve just about anything in your house. This post is an introduction to the design process, and you can also read part 2 to learn how we painted it.

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