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  1. Leslie Abel Waite
    October 24, 2017 @ 11:04 am

    A Work in Progress sounds perfect for both of you!!

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  2. Anne-Marie
    October 24, 2017 @ 11:14 am

    Thank you, Angela! You are always so inspiring.

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  3. Sarah Nunnelly
    October 24, 2017 @ 11:16 am

    Hi Angela,
    I love your words today…work in progress. I started painting about two years ago by watching online videos, reading tips online and buying books. I love watercolors because of the beauty of the pure colors. It wasn’t until I found you that I realized it’s okay to mess up. Thank you for passing along that wonderful message and for your beautiful paintings. You’re a natural TEACHER.
    Sarah Nunnelly
    Little Rock Arkansas

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    • Angela Fehr
      October 24, 2017 @ 4:39 pm

      I’m starting to think we learn more by messing up than we do when we never make mistakes! So there’s that, too. I’m glad we can claim “work in progress” for ourselves and keep growing even after we mess up; in painting and in life!

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  4. Matt Philleo
    October 24, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

    Hi Angela,

    I’m glad to see you addressed this topic. I paint realistic portraits, and find my paintings can often look bad during the in-between stages. My wife walked in on me while I was painting a portrait of my pastor and his wife for his 80th birthday, and she said, “I don’t think you’ll be able to pull this one off.” (Umm, thanks?)

    They didn’t look hardly anything like the people in the picture, and a portrait is judged most on whether or not you have captured the likeness.

    But I knew if I prayed, hung in there (like you said, with faith) it would all turn out. It did, and became one of my best portraits ever! Great to know other artists deal with this too and yet when we persevere we can “strengthen our artistic muscle!”

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    • Angela Fehr
      October 24, 2017 @ 4:38 pm

      I’ve been following a sketch artist on Instagram; his early sketches look nothing like the person he’s portraying and it’s amazing to see it all come together. My paintings don’t always turn out as expected, and sometimes that ugly stage does end up with me starting a new painting, but I learn so much in not giving up and putting out my best effort! Glad you are seeing that in your work as well!

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  5. Dede Fitzpatrick
    October 24, 2017 @ 1:17 pm

    I love the name you have chosen. It refers to so much in life and is forgiving….perfect!

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    • Angela Fehr
      October 24, 2017 @ 4:35 pm

      Yes! I’m realizing as my kids become teenagers how hard it is to learn to have that kind of forgiving attitude, not just to our dealings with others, but how we look at ourselves, too.

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  6. KRIS KRUMANAKER
    October 24, 2017 @ 3:04 pm

    I LOVE THAT. Work In Progress is a great name for your studio!

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  7. Laura
    October 24, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

    How true Angela! Being a work in progress leaves much more room for grace. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Angela Fehr
      October 24, 2017 @ 4:34 pm

      So true! I love being able to expand my ability to extend grace to myself and others; I think it’s something we are all hungry for without always realizing it.

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