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Red Barn in the Autumn Light

I live on an old farmstead out in the rolling hills. One of my favorite things — and biggest inspiration — is our old red barn. Built between 1907 and 1911, it has stood the test of time. As has our old truck, although not quite as old.[…]

Watercolor Butterflies Spoonflower Fabric Close-Up by Janet Crosby.com

A couple of months ago, I created some mushroom watercolor artwork for Spoonflower — a site that does on-demand printing. They focus on fabrics (huge selection), but also offer wallpaper and gift wrap. And now, butterflies! I do not sew, but I do love the quality of color[…]

Kitty Jewel Plant Stake by Janet Crosby

If you scan my Instagram feed, you will find all sorts of plants and trees. That is instant inspiration for me. I have always loved plants, trees, flowers, mushrooms(!), but didn’t do much actual gardening. This spring though, I am all about sprouting and planting stuff! I am also[…]

Purple Haze Wave by Janet Crosby

I am excited about a new color interaction. Now it will remain to be seen if I can make another one. 🤣 The purple-blue color haze is not an artifact — It floats around the bead, flowing between layers of clear glass. I created this bead using ivory[…]

Enameled Hearts by Janet Crosby

I posted some steps I take to create hand-cut copper enameled hearts on Instagram over the last few weeks. Here are the photos, along with more detailed explanations, to show what is involved when making these heart charms. I started making hearts this way for two reasons: 1) I like[…]

Pink Watercolor Bird Feather Friday - janetcrosby.com

I don’t post every Feather Friday on the blog, but I usually do on my Instagram and my Facebook page. Today is a first: a Feather Friday Freebie! I painted this watercolor bird then scanned it and saved it as a transparent png. This bird graphic is for[…]

Kiln Load - janetcrosby.com

To maintain some semblance of sanity while working on speeding up my website, I did lots of torching and fusing! Here is what is in the kiln right now. These pieces are undergoing their second (and for the flower, third) firing. In 8 hours, I will be able[…]

Watercolor Flowers and Butterflies - Janet Crosby

I have been working hard fine-tuning my site. This is definitely not as fun as time in the studio, but necessary just the same. First up: SPEED! My site has been slow since moving to a new host a couple of years ago. I tried to quicken up the code[…]

Spoonflower Shrooms - Janet Crosby

As many of you know, I love to paint and photograph mushrooms. I have always been ‘aware’ of mushrooms, growing up in the Pacific Northwest, but this renewed interest was surprising, even to me. It started in my own backyard and then continued with my love of hiking and[…]

Feathers by Janet Crosby

I regularly post something related to birds on Fridays — you can find them on my Instagram and Facebook pages. I use the hashtag #FeatherFriday for these posts. Here’s this week’s photo. A wild and windy spring #FeatherFriday! ? . . #feathers #birds #prisma #birdfeathers #barn #swirly A post[…]