Mary Harvel

whimsical fine art

Welcome to My World!

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I have to admit that I am a bit nervous starting a blog. Why? Because I haven’t ever been very strong at writing but I can usually paint or create whatever I need or think I want to create (I can’t knit thought-don’t have the patience I suppose). So, you may wonder what I have to blog about… anything creative. I believe that this will put my butt on the burner to create if I know that I have an audience that may actually read it.

As you explore my website, you will see I have created quite a bit in the past few years. Now, I am on an adventure to try and create something by myself or with my special friends at an elementary school where I teach art. I love it. As Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.”

Today, I want to introduce you to an amazing book that I read that truly gave me a true kick in the butt. It is called “Big Magic: Creative Living without Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I loved it. So much, that I read it twice. The Author, Ms. Gilbert, says it best…

“You're not required to save the world with your creativity. Your art not only doesn't have to be original, in other words, it also doesn't have to be important. For example, whenever anyone tells me that they want to write a book in order to help other people I always think 'Oh, please don't. Please don't try to help me.' I mean it's very kind of you to help people, but please don't make it your sole creative motive because we will feel the weight of your heavy intention, and it will put a strain upon our souls.” 
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

After reading this tidbit… or actually listening to audible because Audible helps me to learn while I am cleaning or going for a run.

I am showing you my little bumblebee painting that I did a few weeks ago because I had to paint and create something… anything. It didn’t take long because I make sure to gesso my board before hand. I always gesso my board about three times (drying before each coat) and usually have a gesso day so I will have a few boards or canvases ready to paint on so all i have to do is get my paints out and begin a painting. I am an alone painter. This means I do not like painting around my family. They are not objective and don’t see the magic before the magic is done. They just see a mess.

This is a small painting, only 6x6 inches, this made it easy to be loose and free. I need sound around me to paint, also. Whether it is music or a television show going in the background.

So, this week I challenge you to paint or draw one thing. There are so many awesome youtube videos to teach you how to paint or draw. I also learn quite a bit on

Thank you for reading and have a great week!