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Welcome to the Field Notes Blog!

Bringing in the new year with reflection and a brief salute to the OG, Bob Ross.

As the start of a new year begins, I'm thrilled to share a new chapter of Alexandra Reed Fine Art & Design: the Field Notes Blog! This season brings a natural reflection and as I've made my plans for the new year, I've thought a lot about where this all started...

I found painting later in life and, funny enough, I have Bob Ross to thank for lighting the spark. During the COVID-19 lockdown, my husband introduced me to his videos because he found them to be calming during such an uncertain time. I, on the other hand, found them to be fascinating for completely different reasons. I didn't know the first thing about painting, and I was mesmerized by his ability to bring a composition to life. Shortly after, my husband bought me a painting kit and I was hooked.

When I sat down to start my first canvas, I had no plan and no idea of what to paint. I was so excited to try, so with very little thought, I just started. My first painting was something I saw every day and knew well: the marsh. To this day, the marsh remains my muse and most beloved subject.

In case you are curious, here's a peek at one of those first paintings:
In looking ahead to the new year and all the hope and possibility it brings, I'm reminded of this quote from Bob:

“Go out on limb. That’s where the fruit is.” -Bob Ross

Starting the Field Notes Blog is my first step out on that limb. It's my greatest hope that you'll find joy and inspiration here as I share notes, reflections, and musings on art, love of home and interior design, and reverence for the Lowcountry and her landscapes.

Thank you for being here and cheers to a wonderful year ahead!

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