Who’s Making Art? This Girl.

It has been COLD here this week! When it’s this cold I brew more coffee and burrow myself in my studio. The sunlight up there helps me a lot these days! Here are a few things I have to share this week.




Another attempt at figure work…


I have been so focused on drawing these past 2 months. Ahhh! I love it, but I am itching to get back into paints. I feel like I have grown so much as a result of the portrait work and the tonal work from charcoals. I don’t want to lose that, but I don’t want to lose working with acrylics, either. Sooooo wish me luck!

I have a big crush on these 2 oils right now. I’ve been using them (together) for a lil over a week now, layered, on my wrists. Soooo lovely. I wish my blog had smellovision!


Okay, off to paint! Again, wish me luck!

Never Say Never

More dust and ashes to share! This first portrait is in my sketchbook. She makes me smile big time!


I’ve stepped into the world of figure sketching. It’s dangerous here. I am quite a rookie but it is still fun to learn. I can’t say that I feel like staying in the figure world long…but then again never say never…right?


This is another attempt. Just sketching mind you. And still enjoying charcoal ever so much.


A couple months ago…I was pretty anti-charcoal. It was sooooo messy and very frustrating. Fast forward to now tho…and I’ve used it almost every day. It’s very natural to use at this point. In fact I crave it. I still miss painting tho. Soon! These fundamentals are so important to me.

A Variety of Art and a Really Good Thing

A few more portraits to share. That One Hundred Portraits journey is humming right along. These two charcoal portraits are in my art journal.


This one is charcoal and pastels.


I haven’t painted in a while…ahhhh…that is bothering me. I’m getting back to it soon, but I have been really digging the control and freedom that somes from using charcoal and pencil. Mess but also finesse…which is life, too, I suppose!

The newlywed heads…on my ipad.


This one is 99% dry so I framed it. Not a portrait…heehee! It’s a Jim Dine inspired piece.


Lastly, I just gotta share because I am so excited about this! My daughter and her dear new hubby have completely moved to our town now!!! This past weekend we moved them into their apartment. SO EXCITED to have them close by! They both have such fantastic new jobs and they are doing the happy dance…big time.

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Our God is so good! I’m thanking Him every day for answered prayers.


We Got Slammed With Snow!

Holy cow, it’s cold here! We are now in clean up mode and on the back side of a blizzard here in our town. Luckily it was over the weeknd, so we didn’t have to be out in it very much.


I think we got 8 inches of snow. Something like that. It’s been snowless here for the past couple of months, so we were due for some of the white stuff!

These three went out and built a snowman…even though it was still brutally cold, windy and still snowing.


They named him Jerry.

I took those most of my photos from the window, but stepped out to take the last one. Allie and I also did some journaling and playing with colored pencils.


these are hers…mine are much more used and abused. Haha. Ah waxy colored goodness….love me some colored pencils.


We enjoyed some very tasty barbeque and watched the Super Bowl…which was extra fun knowing that today would be a snow day. For the school folks anyway. And this one? Well, Lilly just snuggled in and stayed close by my side. At all times.


As always.

My Oil Anniversary Continues

Today is THE day! My official oil anniversary.:)Woot! To do this day proud, I thought I would write about the first oil I used the day my Premier Starter Kit arrived.


I had a cold and a cough the day my merry box of oils came. I remember it well because two days earlier, I was shopping with my daughter and her friends for wedding dresses. I was the coughing-sniffling mom at the bridal salon. Awkward. So I sat beside the diffuser that day and had Thieves Essential Oil in it. It was heaven!

Thieves is a combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata and Rosemary. Smells like awesome! Legend has it that back in the 15th Century, there were thieves who put oils in themselves so they wouldn’t get sick when they were robbing the dead and dying. When they were caught, they received a lighter sentence if they revealed their secret recipe that kept them from getting sick.

Anyhoo, I have a funny story to share. The other night my hubby and I were out to dinner in one of our fav restaurants. Just him and I…date night! Woot! The place was packed so we chose to just sit at the bar. I had a corner seat. Well. there was another couple eating at the bar, too. The gal across from me clearly should have stayed home. She was coughing and sneezing up a storm. All over the bar and food and ….ughhhhhh. After her first sneeze, I thought to myself…that lady needs some Thieves…stat! Poor thing. When I couldn’t take it anymore, I took out my Thieves spray bottle from my purse and put it on my hands. Loudly…with great expression! I hope she got the hint. Call me a germaphobe,  but that stuff works.

Studies done at Weber State University showed that the killing power of this blend against airborne microorganisms. One study showed a 90% reduction in the number of gram positive Micrococcus luteus organisms after diffusing for 12 minutes.  After diffusing for 20 minutes, the kill rate increased to 99.3%. Another study against gram negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa showed a kill rate of 99.96% after just 12 minutes of diffusion.

It’s all natural, and that’s probably my next favorite thing about that oil. Especially since hand sanitizers are getting more and more questionable these days.

When I researched about Young Living, I was so impressed with their Seed to Seal process. They are the leader in the oil industry. They own all of their farms and can therefore the entire process from seed to seal. No other oil company in the world can say that.

Here is a funny video for my fellow germaphobe friends. I’m sure you can totally relate. A friend of mine shared it…I loved it and I’m sharing it with you!

To celebrate my oil anniversary, I’ve made a couple batches of my favorite things to share with folks who get a Premier Starter Kit!


You can see the celebration treats on my post from Monday, here: http://www.teresamcfayden.com/2015/01/26/its-kind-of-a-big-deal/

I’m wearing the Joy Solid Perfume I made right now. :)I have a couple more treats left!