Category Archives: Mixed Media Art

My New Etsy Shop!!

I’m doing a little happy dance over here! It’s a shaky, slightly scared happy dance, but a happy dance nonetheless. You see…I just opened my Etsy shop!

This is something that’s been on my list for a while now. I’ve hemmed and hawed. I’ve gone back and forth. Should I? Shouldn’t I? Will anyone want to buy what I’m offering? Mostly, I questioned opening the shop because I wondered if there was too much competition out there and if my shop would simply get lost among the sea of other artists selling their work online. But then I thought about it, and I realized a couple things. First, who cares? Who cares if there are lots of other artists selling their work online? Good for them. I think I have something unique to offer. I think that my art will bring joy to people. That thought makes me smile. And it makes the effort worth it. Second, I’m going to work hard to get my art in front of the right people, people that enjoy my work. I truly believe that if I keep working and I don’t give up, I will be successful. As I always say, I may not be successful in the way I originally planned, but I will be successful. And so…I got my act together, and I made that Etsy shop!

Please visit my shop and have a look: HeatherRaeMurphyArt. I’ve also added a “shop” button to the menu at the top of my website. If you’re ever interested in seeing what’s new in the shop, I invite you to stop by!

I shopped around a bit and found a professional printing service that I adore. They make high quality, beautiful prints of my original paintings. Currently, I am offering 8 x 10 prints, matted and signed by me. They come with a sweet certificate of authenticity, and they are ready to frame (that’s my favorite part – I’m kind of the worst when it comes to hanging things on the wall – the easier it is, the better). They fit in a standard 11 x 14 frame.

I may bring a larger selection of items to the shop in the future, but this is where I’ve decided to start — with a high quality product I can be proud of.

As a way of saying “thank you!” for visiting my shop, I’m offering a 20% discount code to use on prints for a limited time. Click here to sign up for my upcoming newsletter, Artful Musings, and I’ll send the discount code straight to your inbox.

Artful Musings will be sent out 1 – 2 times each month. I’m kicking it off in February! I’m excited to share behind the scenes information about how I make my art. I’ll be focusing on sending exclusive videos of my art-making process (short little videos that give you insight into my process or perhaps even inspire you to create your own art). And I’ll throw in a few little tidbits about my world. I’m creating a newsletter that I think is fun and useful, and I hope you enjoy it!

As always, thank you so much for joining this journey of mine! I feel like this is the beginning of something special, and I love that you’re here.



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Making of a Painting | Let Love Heal

This next painting is one of  my favorites and also one that, as I painted it, I sort of hated. I mean, I didn’t hate it the whole time. It went through what I would consider my stereotypical phases of…wow, I made this?! I love it so much! To…OMG, I hate this – it’s so ugly! To…maybe I can save it. To…oh thank goodness I didn’t give up on it. 

Yeah, that’s pretty much how I roll. I so often start out liking a background I’m working on only to decide later I’ve overworked it and should have stopped early. But then I keep working until I like it again, and everything works out okay. In this case, it worked out great because the final outcome just makes me smile so big.

I love sharing my painting process (when I remember to take pictures), so I’m sharing the process of creating the background with you. The background was the part of this painting that was my nemesis, the part I battled and eventually won over. The final painting is at the bottom of this post.

I hope you enjoy seeing my process!

After the background, I added the girl, the words, and the final touch, the roses.

As always, please let me know if you have questions. I’m happy to share supplies and/or any techniques I used!



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Making of a Painting | True North

It’s a rare occasion I make a painting specifically for another person. I normally work almost entirely intuitively. I pull out a canvas or some watercolor paper, grab the paint that catches my eye, perhaps a few pieces of collage paper, and start working. I don’t know what the painting will look like or the theme ahead of time. I enjoy seeing what life wants to unfold on the surface of my art. It’s like the universe speaking through me, and I simply let it flow.

But this painting was different.

This painting came to my imagination. I saw it in my mind before paint ever hit the paper. I knew who it was for. I knew its meaning.

It also happened to be the first time I EVER painted something with the intention to give it as a gift. That idea makes me nervous, and it made me a little nervous that time too. But I knew it was just the right gift, and I knew I needed to paint it for this particular person. This one was special, perhaps more so than any I’d painted before.

I painted True North as a reminder. A reminder to trust your journey. Lean on the one’s you love. Have gentle courage along the way. A reminder that our connections aren’t so random. That we don’t have to do it all alone. A reminder to always follow your truth in order to know where you truly belong. 

Below is a photo walk, taking you through my process in creating this painting. I hope you enjoy it!

(If you have questions, please ask! I’m always happy to share.)


And the final artwork:


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Creativity Sparks | Mixed Media Painting | Be Limitless

I’m in the mood for sharing more art! I really do love making these girls. And coming up with their messages. Often times, they’re super personal messages — messages I need to hear. But they’re also messages I hope will resonate with someone else, someone that needs to hear them too.

This particular girl came out of a canvas board I made a complete mess of at an art party. I love to have friends over on occasion just to paint and create things. It’s pretty awesome to get a group of women together to drink sangria and make pretty stuff (or attempt to make pretty stuff while actually making ridiculously non-pretty stuff). I collaged some paper and threw some paint on a canvas board in hopes of making something surprisingly beautiful, when in fact, I made something surprisingly bad and mud-like. We laughed hysterically at my mess, and I bet all the girls that some day I would make something awesome out of that mess.


So one night, after a great dinner with friends, I came home and started working on a new art piece. I took out my muddy mess, and I started layering. And before I knew it, it was 2AM, and she emerged.

And I love her. For reals. I hope you enjoy her too!



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Creativity Sparks | Mixed Media Painting Love


The last time I drew a portrait, I had a breakdown. A complete and total crying fit. Granted, I was in the second grade. But still.

I remember it well. There was a project that involved the whole school. Each teacher chose a student in their class to draw their portrait. My teacher chose me. I loved art. I mean, I LOVED it. So I did sort of seem the natural choice. But I didn’t have much, if any, experience drawing people. (Though who does in the second grade? This obvious point didn’t occur to me back then.) I struggled. But I came up with a portrait that I thought was okay. Not great. But okay.

A family friend of mine was also chosen to do his teacher’s portrait. Chris was in the fourth grade. He was also quite the artist. And, apparently, he was amazing at drawing portraits. Chris’s mom was at my house one day visiting with my mom, and they admired Chris’s drawing. My mom showed it to me. “Look at what a great job Chris did!” I saw Chris’s portrait and was mortified. It was SO GOOD. I smiled and acted happy for him.

That night, my second grade, perfectionist self got the best of me. My mom came to tuck me in, and I full out started bawling. “Chris’s picture is so good! Mine isn’t good enough. My teacher’s going to hate me. She’s going to think I hate her because her portrait doesn’t look pretty!” And then my mother spent the remainder of the evening convincing me that I was talented and worthy and my teacher loved me and she would love my portrait.

And that was the end of my attempts at drawing people. (Yeah, I was a little Type A back in the day. Or maybe A LOT.)

Over the years, I continued making art. I still loved it. I loved everything about it. But I never tried to draw people again. Never wanted to draw a face.

Yet, I still always admired art with faces.

Fast forward to the present. For the past few years, I’ve been loving whimsical mixed media portrait paintings. It started with my love affair with Kelly Rae Roberts work. And then I was noticing this type of work all over the place. I had this yearning to learn how to do that. I wanted to create my own mixed media paintings. I wanted to learn all those awesome techniques. Layered backgrounds. Painted faces. Messages. I loved all of it.

But I was busy. And I would need a million art supplies. And I didn’t even know where to start. So I let it go and kept thinking…some day.

Well, some day is now.

I started taking a class with Kelly Rae at the beginning of October. It’s online, and we do one portrait a month. She’s phenomenal. Such a great teacher. I am learning SO much. And I’m now obsessed. I’ve made several paintings since that first. I’ve taken what I’ve learned so far, and I’ve run with it. I don’t even cry when I paint a face these days! Haha!! Kidding. Type A girl is gone. I’m pretty laid back, and I would NOT cry over an art piece. As Kelly says, “There are no mistakes.” And I take that to heart. There are no mistakes. If you don’t like something, paint over it.

The painting above was my first with the class. Simple. Personal. Perfect.

And now I’m in love with painting faces. And sketching faces. And perfecting my ability to create whimsical faces. I just simply love them. I love that hours pass while I work on my paintings, and I don’t realize it. I love that my mind thinks of nothing other than my art when I’m making it. I love the meditative aspect of it all. I love the art supplies. I love all the pretty things.

So yeah, I think we can permanently add painting to my list of favorite things.


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