Hello all,

We recently went out of town to relax, but it is so hard to get motivated to work hard after a vacation. And the weather has been a little dreary – making me want to read and drink tea instead of paint. I just decided to look for some inspiration, and what better artist than Portland artist Amanda Blake. I adore her paintings and hope to one day own one. She has an etsy site and a blog where you can see more. I really love her oil paintings – all the people and images she uses are so beautiful I could look at them all day.