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Free workbook: What’s your next step?

If you’ve got decisions to make, your own words might offer the best advice. Your words are a source of power, insight and confidence for your badass self. My free, nine-page writing workbook can help you see yourself in a fresh, creative light. Even reading through the pages might spark new ideas. For sure, you can avoid the mistakes that wrecked me — until writing saved my life. 

 

Join me: painting in France!

betty ming liu Art, Travel 21 Comments

If you’re reading this, then you’ve just eyeballed the first phase of my blog’s new look. I’m going for a life makeover too… For starters, I’m off to my dream vacation: painting in Claude Monet’s garden. Yes, yes, yes! I am indeed talking about Giverny, the setting for his breathtaking water lilly murals. The 10-day adventure also includes a few …

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Painting trip in France: moving on from Giverny

betty ming liu Art, Travel 6 Comments

After three memorable days of painting plants and gardens in Giverny, we’re packing up and moving on. Just in time too. This 10-day artist’s vacation has turned into a creative boot camp that has me greened out. Time for a change of scenery and color palette… Our next stop is a Honfleur, a quaint, historic port town along the Seine. …

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The truth about painting landscapes in France

betty ming liu Art, Travel 9 Comments

So I had my first full day of painting in Giverny. It was an experiment in letting go. No judgement, no fear, no pressure. At least, that was the goal… The weather and scenery were both absolutely gorgeous today. The colors are magic. Plus, the sun shines this time of year from six in the morning until nearly 10 at …

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What I’ve learned about abstract painting & life

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration, Travel 4 Comments

The sun is setting on my 10-day dream vacation in France. When I fly back to JFK tomorrow, I will be packing a ton of new experiences, insights and concrete skills. Learning to paint abstract is all about simplifying what I see down to the elements that matter most — to me. Doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I just …

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Shopping for memories from my French painting vacation

betty ming liu Art, Food, Travel 5 Comments

Oh, this French vacation is zooming by, making me feel nostalgic. So I went shopping for souvenirs — memories to take home as I explored Honfleur during a very rainy day. Weather-wise, we’ve been lucky during this 10-day painting trip in northern France. It’s been sunny until now. The downpour started last night and it was crazy noisy. This morning, …

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Last minute madness before the trip to France

betty ming liu Art, Travel 11 Comments

I spent the morning packing, which means I am currently in full-bloom panic. I have about 40 pounds of art supplies; doesn’t leave much room for nice clothes. Oh, well! Can hardly believe that the 10-day painting trip to France is about to begin. Monet’s garden is calling to me… Going into pre-departure mom mode has me especially frantic. I …

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