Art Crumbs {New Paintings, Projects, & Other Recent Doodles}

Hello, my friends!

It’s time for another semi-recent art post! Today’s collection includes a bunch of pieces from exciting projects and products I can’t wait to tell you guys about! I also added in some “art crumbs” – small sketches and random doodles that didn’t fill their own page but still deserve to be shared.

Alright, this is going to get long so I’ll stop introduction-ing now. Enjoy some art inspiration!

We’ll start with some portrait practice. I like including the practice sketches in my notebooks along with the finished piece. Next time I think I won’t use graphite on watercolor paper, though… 

I started the page to the left to use up some leftover acrylic painting and then finished it ages later with more paint and some colored pencil. Nothing special, but it was fun. I painted the wildflowers for my sister’s wildflower stationery set which you can see here!

Ah, I love this one! My friend Aria commissioned me to paint these next two pieces as custom thank-you card designs for her photography business. Click here to see the finished card design.

I love the colors on this one, ah. Click here to see the finished design for this card.

A bunch of eye sketches (more to come) and some cute plant drawings for a friend.

Some random, colorful colored pencil doodles because I felt like drawing something cute and happy.

I wonder how many galaxy paintings I’ve created by now… It’s a LOT. But I still love making them. โค I painted galaxies with two of my art students a little while ago and we had so much fun!

Another complete-the-picture painting! It’s a fun exercise to cut out half of a symmetrical picture (food works well) and try and paint the other half to match.

A cute logo design for my mom’s flower truck business! Again, this changed a bit by the time I converted it to a digital file. Visit the Instagram page here to see the finished result.

I was looking through old Magnolia Journal magazines and just had to paint this aesthetic picture! I taped the inspiration in, made some color swatches, and created my own version on the right.

Another art lesson for my students – practicing perspective.

Art lesson again. A bunch of these are from art lessons I’ve taught. This spread got filled over the course of several weeks as we learned how to draw portraits and different features. 

Here are the eyes from the other page, plus an irrelevant but adorable fluffy owl from another page of the sketchbook.

More graphite sketches! Drawing hair is not my forte, so this was good practice.

I love the sunlit feeling of these painting. I don’t use acrylic that much but it’s always quite fun when I do.

Character designing… I think I named her Emily.

I really like the way this little piece turned out even though it’s pretty simple and sketchy. 

Another art lesson – the little sister of two of my students “helped” me color the top left girl. ๐Ÿ˜›

Galaxies are one of my favorite things to paint and eyes are one of my favorite things to draw. I love the color(s) of the iris in this one.

I have a bunch of double drawings in my sketchbooks from making the first for an example and drawing the second along with my students during the lesson. I kinda like it that way.

This is one of the illustrations I made for an exciting senior project my cousin is working on which I’ll have to tell you guys about when it’s finished!

You won’t have to wait long until I tell you what project this is from – you’ll be seeing this pretty sunflower in my next post, which is gonna be super exciting, so stick around. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m realizing that most of the art in this post has been for some purpose or some project… This is part of the handlettering/typography online course which I’m (very slowly) working on releasing.

A vibrant sunset city silhouette. I almost always paint sunsets instead of drawing them, so this was a fun challenge. Colored pencils can look like paint if you blend them right.

Now for a few “art crumbs.” The sketchbook above is my “everything” sketchbook. Occasionally I’ll make a finished piece in there, but I also use it for brainstorming, planning, sketching, and doodling. Here are a few doodles I found among the pages: a cute, scribbly character sketch, a flower and bee for a small graphic design commission, random guys sketched from a magazine, and a neat foggy person which I totally copied from Pinterest, hehe.

 Next we have another small logo/graphic design project, Bob & Larry (obviously), some art for Megan’s coffee stationery, and a random but pretty flower drawing.

Now for some Etsy art! You can check out The Color Box Studio store here to see more of my art products, but here’s a peek at what I’ve been creating recently. First up, some galaxy envelopes! Does the top design look familiar? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check them out here.

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Next… I’ve been making a TON of tiny paintings over the past few months. I realized it’s really, really fun to paint 2″X2″ landscapes, so I decided to sell them on my shop. This is the first collection I released:

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After those sold out, I started offering a few of the landscapes as made-to-order mini masterpieces. If you’d like to buy one, check them out here!


Here’s the newest release: a set of aesthetic, green-and-brown toned landscapes which I absolutely love. Find them here.

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Here’s a cute set of tiny botanicals. I can picture these hung up in a dollhouse like a miniature gallery wall. 


Both the botanicals above and illustrations below are extremely small – just one inch square. I think they’re adorable. See them here

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I was commissioned to make some fun custom tiny paintings too, like these cute Harry Potter watercolors.

Harry Potter tiny paintings

One customer wanted me to turn two of her travel photos into tiny paintings! 

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I love how these two birds turned out – another custom order.

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Last but not least, a couple of custom pet paintings! This was the biggest one yet and took quite a long time, phew.

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Here’s the most recent example of my classic pet portrait style which you can purchase with this link. I’m actually having a giveaway (open through October 3) for one of these on my Instagram! Enter to win a free custom pet portrait here.

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Phew, I think that about covers it! I hope you enjoyed that pile of art inspiration plus all those links to different products, and accounts, and friends of mine. It occurs to me that I often put a LOT of links in my posts, don’t I? Oops. Well, if one particular piece caught your eye, I probably had a link to it above the picture. If not, click the button below to visit my shop and see if it’s there!

Which piece(s) did you like best? Big paintings or tiny paintings? What have you been creating recently?

Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!



46 thoughts on “Art Crumbs {New Paintings, Projects, & Other Recent Doodles}

  1. Ahh! I absolutely love posts like this! I really enjoy seeing all of your photography but art posts are definitely my favorite. Great job Allison! What a beautiful painting you did of Aria and Andrew. And I love all the mini paintings as well! Keep up the great work.

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  2. Wow, you are so talented! I would absolutely LOVE to see you do a drawing or painting of a ballet dancer! Iโ€™m a self taught aspiring watercolor artist lol, and I love seeing all a of youโ€™re beautiful artwork!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    Wow! Allison you never cease to amaze me! Not only are you showing creative ingenuity in your photography skills and eye for composing but now I see how you are so talented in creating many fine artistically conceptualized images to be photographed!

    This is all beautiful creative work and very impressive to me, in not only being interesting to check out and enjoy, but seeing that you are a very creative lady that has a lot of heart! Good for you; and you just keep doing like you are making use of the gifts that God blessed you with!
    Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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      1. Hey no problem Allison! It was a delight to see this latest work of yours!

        Even a special timing as I’m actually getting over the worst case of food poisoning in my life! Gut wrenching pain and nausea so bad I couldn’t even pass out for 24 hours straight to catch a wink!

        But then to see this delightful cheery and lovingly created work touched my heart and soul enough to help inspire me to climb up out of this hole I fell into sooner rather than later! You never know how something created from a genuine inner heart that was โ€œinspiredโ€ is going to affect someone else and just might make a big difference in their day; or who knows maybe their life!

        Keep doing these good creative works and have faith in yourself and most of all God!
        Thank you!

        Brother in Christ Jesus,

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        1. Yay!
          Oh goodness, that sounds awful. I’m so happy my post could brighten your day and help you feel better! That’s so special. And thanks for the encouraging words as always! Blessings.

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          1. Hi Allison! Yes it was and my systems are not all go yet! I’m only fighting with natural immunity and good old fashioned techniques! But thank you for the sweet comment and thoughts! You did do a fine job so I’m thankful for the nice offering you made of it here, at a special time it turned out!
            God bless you and yours!
            Brother in Christ Jesus,

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              1. Hey Allison… real sorry to hear about the colds and such going around there and I was thinking you’re all happy campers as being very healthy good ole country folks! Well we are going into the cold season and that applies all over! Just do those good things you know how to do to stay healthy and you all will be fine I’m sure! I’ll say a prayer tonight for you guys as well!
                Thanks for the thoughts!
                Take good care!
                God bless you and yours!

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                1. Haha sadly we are not immune to sickness, but it’s true that we seem to get sick less often than most families, which is a real blessing.
                  Thanks, Lawrence, and have a wonderful day!

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                  1. Yes that is true, but all of that healthy living can only produce more of the same! Like how planting all those good seeds along with the right components will yield a wonderful bounty! I’m thinking about, that having such a natural proper balance; how that is such a beautiful thing! Huge blessings for sure!
                    And you’re welcome Allison; you have a lovely and wonderful day too!

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  4. You are so incredibly talented! I recently got a flower pressing kit and new painting supplies. Twenty four tubes of new colour, brushes, canvases and a palette all for $100 that was covered with a voucher I had. Will have to start getting creative with it! x

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  5. Hi Allison ~ gosh, I totally lovedโ˜บ going through this posting….SO many different ideas you pump out…WOW! Those ‘eyes’…very neat!๐Ÿ‘ Super hard to pick out my favourite of your pictures..but…probably the 2 doggies๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ near the end of this post….(please do more blog posts of your assorted works….your talent inspires me…..) I myself love scrapbooking…(actually since a little girl)… Cheers ~ Valerie from Vancouver Island.๐ŸŒ„

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    1. Ah, YAY! I’m so happy you liked the post, dear! I’ll definitely do more posts like this in the future. And how neat that you do scrapbooking! Scrapbooks are so fun and special to look back through.


  6. What a gorgeous post!! And I agree with Laurel, your art never gets old! Its fresh and beautiful every time! Which brings me to my compliment-followed-by-a-question … I adore your galaxy paintings, and I have never been able to do one realistically. I think it would be awesome if you made a post explaining how you do galaxy paintings, maybe with step by step for beginner artists. I’d love to know HOW it appears on the page! ๐Ÿ˜… Just a thought!

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    1. Aw, that’s sweet. And I’d love to do a galaxy tutorial sometime! I’m thinking of doing a watercolor online course in the future and would definitely include that in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. You are so talented, Allison! Your artwork always blows me away. It’s funny you named the red-headed character design Emily, one of my best friends is named Emily and looks just like that! I’m pretty sure she has that exact same outfit, too! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Looking forward to reading your upcoming posts!

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  8. Oh wow, you are so talented!๐Ÿคฉ I just discovered your art today, through Mia Harden, and it is just wonderful!!! I love your tiny watercolors, and the way you paint the night sky is absolutely stunning. And the term โ€œArt Crumbsโ€??? Absolutely LOVE THAT. Best wishes!โœจ

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    1. Agh, THANK YOU! That was such a sweet comment, Bea! I’m glad to hear Mia referred you here – she’s great and I’m happy to meet you too! Hehe, I’m glad you liked the “art crumbs.” Thanks again!

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  9. Oh my goodness, the style of your art is so lovely and unique, Allison. Do you by any chance do custom art commissions? I found out about your blog from Mia Harden as well, and I’m so glad I did! ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Aww, that makes me happy! Yes, I do in fact accept commissions – I love making custom art for people! I’m so happy you’re here from Mia’s blog – welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚


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