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The mama snail I added to my aquarium recently had a few babies. I've watched these little tiny lives grow from the size of a pencil eraser to now the size of a dime. They're so, so sweet.  For those of you who are unaware Little Duck is my nickname, which means the little duck in the picture is me following them around watching them grow.

The original sketch is in my sketchbook and was done in ink and tea stains. The picture published has coloring corrections and a few tiny other details added.

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. .Focus and grow against all odds. These two pieces from my art therapy sketchbook shown two figures with a central eye directing them through life. Both have one large flower included in the painting and a very still background. "Version Two" shows much more activity with the sun on her shoulder and pools of water on her breasts. She, unlike "Version One" has a scar under breast and is holding a single red flower. She also has flowers above her head and blades of grass at her feet. I'd describe the two pieces as figurative and surreal.

."Snakes Scorpions and Mothers" is also an oil painting from my private art journal. It shows a mother holding her newborn as well as a snake around the mother's neck.  With an out stretched hand she holds a golden egg. You'll also see wheat, small and large flowers, a churning sky in the background and detailed home life in the wings of the mother.

"Mother of the World" also shows a mother holding her newborn. She's standing in a field of fantasy flowers, swirls and colors that run into one another. Some of the colors were made to drip, run and bleed into one another for a raw yet strikingly chaotic atmosphere. You will notice that in addition to holding the child up right she has balanced growth and life in the other. Included in this painting are black flowers and a red crown above the mother's head.

The art work above can be seen in my Etsy shop along side other original works of art. Please see my sidebar for the Etsy link.

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F. Magdalene Austin


In this mixed media painting a little black girl flies through the night in her orange gown and holds the moon while dreaming.

The original painting is on cardboard and includes oil paints and oil pastels. The background swirls were created with puff paint to make them 3D and her dress was made with pieces of coffee filters died with orange and red watercolors. The coffee filters were allowed to dry then they were glued to the surface after which I painted a thin layer of clear finishing glaze. The digital version shows a change in her dress. Instead of a solid orange textured dress the digital version shows flowers with various shades of yellow, orange and red.

Art Details: A bright orange dress, flowing black hair, long eye lashing, black child holding the moon, pink, blue and white swirls, sleeping child under bright stars.

In both versions of this painting the little one dreams peacefully.


The Birds 1These are the first little clay sculptures I've done in years. I started working with clay as physical therapy for my hands and found that I thoroughly enjoy it.

The three bird candle holders shown were all done completely differently. The first bird starting from the far left is  clay with a porcelain overlay. The middle bird is only clay and the blue bird to the far right of the screen was sculpted from paper clay. All were air dried and hand painted then sealed with a high gloss acrylic seal. Also included in the photo is the sign that hangs on my fish tank hospital which says, "Fish Care Center: Where Fins Get Fixin' "  I have a separate little tank for little sick fishes and that's the sign that hangs on that tank. It's too cute.

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They're made of acrylic oil and saw dust on square wooden boxes. The "hiders" can also be arranged on the wall vertically or diagonally, matching edges as you want. I like to make large earth like wall collages out of them by matching up the browns to look like an island and the blues to appear as water. There's no set way to place these squares.

To get a better idea of what the texture is please see the pieces called Rolling Hills, Out West and Three Oceans.

To create an abstract painting with sawdust follow these simple steps:

Items you'll need:

...continue reading "Square Box Junk Hiders"

"Home" is a simple oil and acrylic painting with a childlike feel.  The idealistic setting of a white house and white picket fence is painted on textured cardstock. Instead of brightening the rainbow I used darker blues and a darker red then added a dark frame. This adds a nice "grown up" feel to a timeless setting.


"Home" is now available in my Etsy shop.

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Faith Magdalene Austin


sisters on vacation

The little sister to the big sister says,
“I’m mom’s favorite.”
Big sister: “What? No you’re not.”
Little sister: “Sure I am, she told me just yesterday.”
Big sister: “She can’t like you too much, she made you come out here in the middle of nowhere in this blazing heat.”
Little sister: “I can’t argue with that.”


Playful, colorful and fun is two sisters laying around on a lazy day in the sun. The big sister looks so annoyed by her sibling's so-called family status and strikes to burst her bubble with a bit of reality. Family vacations, they're only fun when you cartoon them.

Painting details: High texture, high color, solid black faces, exaggerated features such as ears and eyes, large eye lashes, floral buttons, polka dots and swirling water.

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Three Oceans Three Pearlspurple blue
I purchased polymer clay for $1.79 and liquid adobe clay for 90 cents. I then formed the clay, baked it for 20 min at 250 degrees, let it dry, painted it, sealed it and added hooks. These quarter size pearls were created specifically to match the three paintings I called Three Oceans which are shown in the above photograph. The paintings and the medallions have an earthy feel which is exactly what I was going for.

...continue reading "Three Oceans, Three Pearls"

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