Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Randolph Telephone sponsors an event for the North Carolina Zoo to help raise funds so that the zoo can continue to be one of the best in the nation.  Ryan, my husband works for Randolph Telephone and secured us tickets to this year's event and I was invited to participate in their silent auction.

Heart Shine Studios was listed as one of the art donors!

 "Unforgettable" 15x22 watercolor and ink

Ryan and I at the fancy dinner, it was hot and everyone was sweaty.  The set up was beautiful and they had a swell dessert bar.  I am not the best at social events, especially where I might be asked questions about my "talent."  I did have a very nice time though and I was overwhelmed at the response my piece received.

He was in the top 5 best sellers of the evening, I do feel validated I suppose.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vida Pour Tea

Greensboro is becoming more and more my home, and I love that I am able to take pride in the city and the efforts going into making it a diverse and creative place.  With my work at the Burger Bar on South Elm I have been able to meet new people and get my name passed around.  Through the Burger Bar I met Sarah who had a soft opening planned on Saturday (7/19) for her tea business "Vida Pour Tea."  I loved working with her and helping get her shop together, she is a wonderful person with a love for people and supporting local artists, and charities.  
Herbal tea shelf lettering

Honey and pure amber tea sugar shelf

partial shot of the tea menu

She also provides chai, hot chocolate, and coffee freshly roasted from Beans Boro.

Vida Pour Tea is located on State Street just off of South Elm.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First Friday in Downtown Greensboro

First off I'm the WORST blogger in the history of blogging (that was an exaggeration but I'm pretty bad.) Strep throat has me relegated to my couch on bed rest so I figured I would try and catch up.

Every month downtown Greensboro celebrates First Friday, I was invited to do a live demonstration at the new ice cream parlor in downtown.  The Creamery and I have developed a wonderful relationship and with each new request I am eager to get to work.  The Creamery is located on South Elm directly across from Crafted, they serve Blue Bell ice cream and make their waffle cones in house.  First Friday is where everyone gets out into downtown the shops stay open later, live music, an indie market for local crafters to sell their wares.  Also local businesses pair up with local artists to help promote each other. This is where The Creamery and I come in.
I happily sat in the window drawing triple scoop ice cream cone to celebrate First Friday.

We call this the mediterranean artist. 

My favorite visitor, his name was Ben.

Reaching new heights and living the dream.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

100 for 100

I am participating in my first gallery fundraiser, the 100 for 100 presented by the Center for Visual Artists (CVA).  The event is a one night only fundraiser event on May 2 from 6-9.  Each 10x10 original piece will be sold for $100 and every dollar of the proceeds will go to the center.  To learn more you can visit Center for Visual Artists.

Here is my finished piece that I am submitting.
"Carolina Glory"
watercolor, metallic ink, ink on watercolor paper (to be mounted on canvas with archival glue)

Also excitedly, I have discovered "Books on Tape" so now I can read and get my make on!  I am currently reading "Eragon" while prepping for the art festival coming up next month! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Back Online

So good ol' NC decided that it wanted to give us all four seasons in a week, I woke up at 3:30 am on Friday to a leaking roof and no power.  A full blown ice storm took down a lot of trees and power lines all while dumping 4 inches of slush on Greensboro.  Luckily my mom was able to put us up for the five days we were without power, I realize how blessed I am that I had a place to go that didn't cost me any money but not being in my studio put a major damper on my maker mojo.  I tried to get my make on but nothing doing so I twiddled my thumbs and watched a lot of tv while surfing pinterest. Tuesday we were finally back in our home and that night I got back to work.  I'm working on a theme right now and I'm having a lot of fun with it trying out some techniques I've never used before.  I was able to get my layout setup for a new product I'm hoping to have on the shelves for tomorrow night's "First Friday" redo, all while getting sketches together for a book illustration commission.  I'm trying to keep my head about me and focus on the tasks at hand instead of fretting over future details, "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?" Luke 12:25
Watercolor, Gouache, Liquid Gold Leaf

I played around with gold leaf for the first time, I love it.  I used "Liquid Leaf" classic gold purchased from Hobby Lobby. I also tried something new that I have been wanting to experiment with, sprinkle rock salt over the wet watercolor let it dry then rub off the salt (as seen in the background of the bear and fox.) 

Watercolor, Gouache, Liquid Gold Leaf

Monday, February 24, 2014

Go Big or Go Home

Some changes have taken place and I should have written a blog last week but I was busy getting my make on.  I quit my full-time job and today is my first day at my part-time job this way I can spend more time focusing on my art.  It is exciting and intimidating.  I have quite a few things coming up that I'm busy prepping for that I will go into detail about later on.  For now my work is doing pretty well at Design Archives, and I have a possible venue to display my work for a while. 

"The Dreams Inside Us"
Watercolor, color pencil, and ink


The original "Peacock Glory" was damaged last year and I finally got around to redoing it.  I love using colors, shapes, and metallic pens.  

"Peacock Glory"
watercolor, color pencil, and ink


Monday, February 3, 2014

One Uneasy Step at a Time

Big things have been going down for Heart Shine Studios, it is very exciting and very intimidating.  My mantra use to be "go big or go home," and sometimes it still is but it is not as relevant as it use to be.  My mantra these days is more along the lines of "one step at a time" and "you don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great."  I tried to get my husband to text me every 30 seconds to tell me "everything is going to be fine," but I think he thinks I was joking, I kind of was (not.)  As someone who struggles with high anxiety and self esteem issues socializing can be quite difficult for me, and as it turns out one of the skills that would be helpful to me is networking.  I'm trying and I'm making great strides I think, but it is terrifying to come out from the anonymity of the internet and interact face to face in the community, but it is important and necessary.  I want this opportunity so badly I will not let my insecurities stand in my way.  With that being said here are the strides that I have made recently:

Design Archives:
This is the one that excites me the most currently, I worked up the nerve to contact Kit the owner of Design Archives in downtown Greensboro.  I love this shop and all it does for local artisans, and business owners.  She invited me to try out a consignment set up and if I felt comfortable I could invest in a booth at her shop.  So I have a few of my pillows and a lot of my art set up in the store waiting to be sold, and at the end of the month if business is profitable I'll go for a full booth.  If you are ever in the downtown Greensboro area check out Design Archives they also have a website:
Design Archives
Also first Friday is happening this Friday the 7th, perfect opportunity to check out the shop.

I'm entering into as fundraiser event for the Center for Visual Artists, this will be my first event of this kind. I'm excited and afraid of failure but you can't be great if you don't start, so I signed up.  I need to create a fantastic piece of art worth someone's money on a 10" x 10" canvas, that's the scary part what if it isn't worth their money? (these are questions I struggle with non-stop.)  I'm going to do it though, I have plenty of time to get my canvas together, the fundraiser is Friday, May 2nd 6-9.  I'll try and post progress updates.    
CVA 100 for 100

I don't have any art to show yet, a lot of stuff in progress and some stuff that is top secret for now.  This is a happy picture though, this is what my dreams taste like and they are delicious. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


I've been busy working on promoting Heart Shine Studios, which means big things in the upcoming year as long as I don't chicken out.  It is overwhelming knowing the possibilities, but I'm thankful for each new day and the sunshine it brings.

"Mr. Sunshine"
8x8 Watercolor and Ink

Friday, January 10, 2014

Hand Lettering and the Cold

I've contracted a cold, and here in NC it is cold and wet out so I have been spending my day drinking plenty of fluids, watching reruns of "Parks and Recreation", and of course getting my make on.  I had this sketch in my sketchbook for a while so I finally inked it and gave it some color.
"High Seas"
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Ink and Watercolor
$20 (SOLD)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Details

"Catch of the Day"
14x17 Ink and Watercolor

I apologize for the poor quality of the photo, but this is too big to scan.

Materials used:
Bristol paper
0.7 Sakura Lead Pencil
Copic multiliners
Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolor (11H Carbon Black)

Friday, January 3, 2014


"Treading the Dawn" 
10x15 Watercolor 
$30 (SOLD)

"Rise and Shine"
10x15 Watercolor

Materials Used:
Watercolor Paper
0.7 Sakura Lead Pencil
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens
Gold Metallic Pen
Koi Watercolors

If you wish to purchase either of these original watercolor pieces email me at elizabeth@heartshinestudios.com.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Let's Brave the Ocean

I have not made a New Year's resolution for myself in many years, mostly because I know myself and I know that I won't bother about a month in.  But I decided this year I should attempt to take myself and my art seriously, because if I don't who will?  So I tried to keep my goals simple and honest:

Anyone have any suggestions on where I should show my art in the triad?

New art for the new year!


My first piece of art for the new year.  A watercolor piece called "Smooth Sailing" measuring at 18x22.  The quote is "A smooth sea never made for a skillful sailor" words to live by when the tides get rough. So be on the look out for upcoming shows and the much anticipated Etsy shop.  Happy New Year everyone and may we all be salty sea dogs in the years to come.

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