Every teacher EVER will tell you to practice practice PRACTICE! The same goes for artists- we can’t just pop out great masterpieces every day. With my first art festival looming in the not so distant future, I decided to work on small pieces that would be fun for people, originals that were attainable. I didn’t know when I started a basic apple painting on a watercolor canvas board that I would find so much joy in the way the colors bend around the shape, the crooked bit of branch still attached, and the challenge of finding the right “green” for the leaves. It took me back to growing up on the farm- wandering through an apple orchard every day. With this new feeling of calm, I decided I would just continue to “practice” my apples… and found a theme for my art moving forward.