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Solitude Lake Romance – Available Now

My novel Solitude Lake (written under my pen name – Adele Darcy – is available on Amazon and for special order through your local bookstore!

Set in Montana’s Glacier Country, Solitude Lake follows the journey of Susan Dixon. After the tragic death of her husband, Susan uncovers he left her with a legacy of betrayal. Forced to move to her family cabin on the shores of Solitude Lake, Susan works to rebuild her life, but struggles to heal from her broken heart.

Taking a summer job at the nearby Solitude Lake Lodge, Susan reconnects with her high school sweetheart, Jake Arnett.

Can Susan trust a second chance at love?

This novel was inspired by my time in living in Montana and the gorgeous scenery of the craggy snowcapped mountains, hidden creeks and tranquil clear mountain lakes.

Solitude Lake is a story about healing from grief, finding faith and being open to second chances.

On sale now – on Kindle and special order (local book stores) 979-8218004699 (ISBN)

All profits (through July 1st) will be given to Yellowstone Flood relief. You can donate directly here as well.

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Novel release: Adele’s new book Solitude Lake is on Amazon

I’m excited to announce that my cozy romance is now available for purchase on Amazon!

Solitude Lake is set in the shadow of Montana’s Glacier Country.

Following the tragic death of her husband, Susan Dixon struggles with the realization that the love they shared was crippled by his legacy of secrets and betrayal.  Hoping to rebuild her life, Susan moves back to her hometown of Hidden Creek Montana.  Settling into her family’s cabin on the peaceful shores of Solitude Lake, Susan searches for healing in the rugged scenery.

Taking a summer job at the neighboring Solitude Lake Lodge, Susan rekindles a romance with her old flame, Jake Arnett. As the couple fall in love under the Montana skies, a past of heartache and missed opportunities haunts them.  Susan needs to heal from her husband’s betrayal, while Jake is afraid of repeating past mistakes. Can these star-crossed lovers let go of regrets and fall into a happily ever after?  

The novel is inspired by my time living in Montana. I fell in love with the state’s countless backcountry lakes, canyons and majestic waterfalls. One a weekend trip my mom and I discovered The Holland Lake Lodge, which is located south of Glacier National Park.

As I toured the rustic lodge, an idea was born…

Solitude Lake takes the reader on a journey as Susan deals with anger, hurt and reconciliation in the aftermath of her husband’s death. She finds healing in the scenery of Montana’s jagged peaks.

The setting of Hidden Creek is modeled from charming real-life Montana communities like Condon, Seeley Lake and Bigfork.

Published by Firehole Press, ‘Solitude Lake; is NOW available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

I’m grateful to my editor Leah (of Reedsy) and fans who encouraged me to follow this dream!

10% of all profits will be split between Save the Children (Ukraine Relief) and The National Park Foundation.

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May Flowers

This month I am enjoying playing with color. I haven’t had time for large art projects but have carved out time for painting several times per week – focusing on flowers.

Flowers are sometime I struggle with – they are mch more detailed than you’d realize and demand both energy and precision.

I enjoyed partaking in The Art Sherpa’s Acrylic April – she offers free tutorials on YouTube. The Acrylic April Challenge included daily painting videos with a floral theme. I highly recommend doing this program (Even if it’s not April).

This got me inspired to play with my own floral paintings as well.

Each of these was done on flat canvas paper.

Help support my art by purchasing orignal prints and paintings on my Etsy page.

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National Park Week! Yellowstone

This week we are celebrating our National Parks and I wanted to share a few of my favorite photographs and paintings of America’s National Parks.

Today I’m showcasing Yellowstone!

I was blessed to live and work in Yellowstone area for years and it still owns a piece of my heart.

You can learn more about Yellowstone on the NPS park website and also follow my travel blog: adelelassiter.com as we do a virtual tour of the park’s unique natural beauty.

Yellowstone Falls
Harlequin Lake
My version of Tower Fall

Art available on Etsy

Faith and Art

Happy Easter

Yosemite Chapel

God is an artist – a creator and I love the gifts of creative HE has given us to spread colors of light and hope into the world.

History always has had dark times – but God has overcome the darkness through Jesus Christ and Easter Sunday.

The path wasn’t easy – God walked through all the difficulties and continues to walk with us on our journey.

While I am a Christian – God loves all of us and is calling you to Himself.

I love spending time with God while creating – I talk to God about story ideas and enjoy the quiet solitude of a hike in the mountains or by the beach.

God comes to use in the stillness and calls us to be HIS hands and feet in the world.

I love to create art and to write stories – so I hope that my art and my stories – even if they are imperfect bring you joy and remind you that there is LIGHT and good in this world.

When you look at a painting – even the masterpieces – they have an ‘ugly phase’ – where the colors look like mud or you wonder ‘should I keep going’ and yet layer after layer and stroke after brushstroke it comes together.

You are God’s masterwork and he sees the perspective – even when life feels like it is muddy and dark.

You are also called to shine light through kindess to others – sometimes it is saying hello to a stranger or a simple smile; othertimes it is sharing a meal with someone in need – or giving your talents to better the world.

Easter reminds us that failure is not fatal and God’s success in overcoming the cross and death has the final word.

Prayers for you all and keep creating!

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April in Art

April is one of my favorite times of the year. North Carolina bursts to life with gorgeous flowers and relaxing sunny weather.

I’ve added some new art to my Etsy page and wanted to share a few of the pieces I’ve worked on in the past week!

Old Well at UNC-CH

Please support my art journey by purchasing my work on Etsy – I keep my prices at cost (just covering supplies) because I want to spread hope through art.

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Spring Impressions – Playing with color

Spring is blooming in North Carolina and I have enjoyed playing with color in a series of impressionist paintings.

I love color and taking time mix colors and build layers upon layer of color.

If you take time to study nature – you’ll notice how the subtle colors of grass against clay and rock is real life impressionism.

As an artist I encourage you to not be boxed in by one style – you can find a style you love and lean into it – but don’t be afraid to try something new or paint in multiple styles depending on your painting mood. I love impressionism and the spring colors have me playing homage to Monet and fauvism (Matisse) – but I also enjoy taking time to learn how to build deep realistic paintings.

Whether I’m focusing on creating a realistic interpretation or impressionism/abstract style – I always lean into value.

Value defines how light or dark a given color or hue can be. Values are best understood when visualized as a scale or gradient, from dark to light. The more tonal variants in an image, the lower the contrast. When shades of similar value are used together, they also create a low contrast image

Value is all around us – and I encourage you to observe and take notice of different contrasts of light and dark and how colors appear in nature. Sometimes I paint something that seems counterintuitive to what I would assume because the reference photo has a different value. ex: I know the mountains are grey and green – but they appear blue so I paint a cool blue based on the value and representation of color in the photo.

Once you start studying value – you are also able to ‘auto-correct’ as needed based on the science of value. Ex: establishing where your light source is helps you to identify hw to build shadow and contrast in the image.

Ricky Allman does a great job explaining value and painting to value in his Great Courses class. You can sign up for a trial and He is AMAZING.

I always try to paint to the value – whether I’m being ‘wonky’ and colorful with impressionism or painting realistically because it helps to establish cohesive and attractive paintings/art.

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Art Talk: Brushes and Paints

Whether you are a seasoned artist or getting into painting for the first time – making sure you have the best supplies to empower your art is important.

I’ve been actively painting with acrylics for about five years – and painting regularly (3 times a week) since the pandemic hit. I wanted to share lessons I’ve learned along the way.

It is important to recognize that art is a journey and while you can master certain techniques – artists are always learning and growing. We can develop unique styles and master regimens, but the best artists are always open to growth. Masters like Monet, Van Gogh and beyond – learned from making mistakes and developing their craft.

The most unique artists I’ve studied (including modern masters and YouTube experts) studied other artists and practiced techniques from past ‘masters’ to learn technique and open their vision from paint to palette.

The point – don’t be afraid to try different styles of art and take a tutorial on how ‘Van Gogh’ painted – creativity is part orignality and part collaboration. You can learn a lot through online tutorials or putting your own spin on historical paintings (just reference the original artist when you are done). Ginger Cook (YouTube Acrylic Teacher ) has a great series of how to paint the masters on her channel.

Also don’t be afraid to test out different styles of art. I personally love to paint landscapes, but recently I’ve tackled abstracts. Within my landscape portfolio I try different views on the same landscape – from impressionism to abstract to expressionism. Sometimes I fail and it’s okay – it is only paint! You can paint over a canvas if you mess up! I always learn more from mistakes than successes in painting. Work with the process.

  • I work fulltime in software sales – but art is my passion. I try to block out time to paint daily – but let’s face it – life happens. So what I recommend is blocking off your calendar for daily ‘art’ time – even if it is watch a tutorial or combing through an art book.
  • Notice your surroundings – how light touches trees at different times of the day…how shadows and light play together in regular daily settings. Observing light and values in day to day life will help you become a better artist
  • Invest in materials

The biggest advice I can give from my experience in art is it is worth investing in quality supplies – especially if you are a beginner. While the buy one = get ten free sales at Michael’s on student paint seems tempting – in the end you will waste time and money by ‘saving’ cost upfront on student paints.

Why? I used to buy fifty paintbrushes for $10 on sale -but they were impossible to paint with. I had to use tons of extra paint to get it to stick to the canvas – not to mention tons of paint hairs would wind up on the canvas stuck in the paint.

Cheap canvas? They can be redeemed with gesso but a cheap and ineffective canvas can be like sandpaper on your brushes…unable to keep paint on the canvas and leaving blotchy spots.

  • Gesso can help with this to provide better binding – but if possible invest in quality affordable canvas.

Paints – while there are some decent student grade paints -most are watered down and have less pigment so you end up using a tube of paint just to finish a painting. The mixing quality isn’t as good.

I’ve tried lots of different paints, brushes and supplies over my art journey and continue to test new products. The standbys I always invest in are listed below – they provide the best value for the investment and help me to provide the best art to my clients and continue to improve as a painter.

Acrylic Paints:

I recommend investing in your primary colors first and then adding on specific specialized colors that are harder to mix (magenta, dioxinade purple, etc…)

Invest in a color wheel and mixing guide so you can make more colors from less tubes of paint.

  • Golden: I love Golden Paints – their heavy body paint is thick and easy to blend and spread. Golden is my go to for specific colors like ‘Light Phthalo Blue.’ I love this color because it provides an ideal sky blue or is a good blending blue. I spend $20.00 a month on this color – but it is worth it!
  • Liquitex: Liquitex Basics is an awesome quality starter paint that I continue to use 90% of the time. Liquitex also has professional series from soft body and heavy body paints. The heavy body is great for thicker landscape/strokes and the softbody is good when you want a more flowing stroke (from my use anyway 🙂 Liquitex also has great glazing and acrylic additives.
  • Soho – Jerry’s Artarama brand – I use it for primary colors – quality affordable paint
  • Windsor and Newton – I love their Naples Yellow and Mixing White
  • Lukas – I like their blues and yellows – good price and quality paint
  • Sennelier – this is a favorite of paintings – Van Gogh and Monet used Sennelier paints for oils. Their Abstract paint is great for mixed media!

Brushes:

I spend a lot on brushes and have also saved a ton of money and time by doing so. A quality brush is essential to painting – from beginners to professionals.

I recommend Silver Brushes – they are my absolute favorite – especially Ruby Satin.

However, I also supplement with Soho (Jerry’s Artarama), Princeton and Raphael

I order from Jerry’s or The Brush Guys

Canvas:

  • I like Creative Mark for affordable quality canvas
  • Jerry’s and Blick both carry lots of quality options with great sale prices.

I’d love to get you feedback on what products you love

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Spring into Painting

March is one of my favorite months of the year – changing of the seasons, gorgeous blooms (or winter freezes depending on your location) – college basketball…(Go Heels)

I’ve been spending March digging into painting – I’ve been painting daily and working on building my art business.

I am also working on some creative writing that will launch on Adele Lassiter Creative soon (Icing on the Cupcake series)

I wanted to take some time to update the blog with pieces from my latest collection.

I appreciate the support as I continue to build my creative business.

To thank you I am offering Adele Lassiter Creative fans a 20% discount to my Etsy shop. Redeem here

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Flowers for Ukraine

Sunflowers Rising –

The night is darkest before the dawn

And yet the sun rises to the fight

The light of hope doesn’t extinguish in the dark

The light of resilience is a peace that sustains its spark

Hope does not fade it ignites an uncharted faith

Freedom to dance amid the sunflowers without fear

Today we cry but the seeds of hope – the sunflowers in the field will sow the sunlight

Prayer for Ukraine

Please consider donating to Save the Children, CRS or UNICEF

All profits from my Etsy Page will go to the above charities through the end of March!