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Beautifully Broken | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Beautifully Broken | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Beautifully Broken | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

princess painting | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art
I was listening to Pandora like I often do as I work in my studio, and the song from Plumb “Beautifully Broken” began to play.  The words just resonated in my heart, and I found myself replaying the song over and over while soaking it all in.
Life is full of hardships... unexplainable, unimaginable hardships, and it isn’t my intention to discuss the why’s behind the tragic storms that we face...

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5 Reasons why you should take time to play | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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5 Reasons why you should take time to play | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

5 Reasons why you should take time to play | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Rae Dunn mug | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Playtime isn't just for kids, adults can benefit from play, and I'm sharing 5 reasons why you should incorporate play into your life.

Play can look differently for each of us...it could be experimenting with a new recipe, a family outing, going to your favorite store and trying on clothes with your besties, hitting the basketball court with the guys, etc...  As a creative/artist, play is giving myself permission to paint whatever and however I want without any expectations of the outcome.  It has been a long time since I allowed myself to paint without a plan, and it felt so good and free.  I feel like the painting testifies to that freedom.

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Painting With Gold Leaf | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Painting With Gold Leaf | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

A King Is Born | Gold leaf painting | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art
I painted with metal leaf and I liked it!  I think you will too because gold leaf adds a touch of elegance to paintings that is not only beautiful, but eye catching.  I love painting my Princess, Prince, and Crown paintings, but I was wanting to push the paintings further.  Isn't that what us creatives do?  I strive to always push myself towards growth by experimenting with new ideas as well as keep myself from getting bored with the same processes.  So when I saw that you can use metal leaf in paintings, I knew I had to try it.

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What's next?

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What's next?

The 30 in 30 challenge is over so what now?

When I heard that artist Leslie Saeta was hosting a September 30 in 30 challenge, I hopped on board.  I love how this challenge gives that little extra boost to get into the studio, put paint to the canvas, and just play around with no pressure.  I usually have an expected outcome in mind when I'm painting, but for these challenges I allow myself grace and flexibility to experiment.

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Week 4 of the 30 in 30 challenge + some real life events

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Week 4 of the 30 in 30 challenge + some real life events

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I can't believe we are nearing the end of the 30in30 challenge.  These past two weeks have been crazy around here juggling exciting family events and tune in the studio.  I had to prioritize where to spend my time and of coarse family comes first.  I'm rounding up both week 3 and week 4 in this post.

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