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Art by Carol Dabney

Watercolor illustration of Christmas story 'Twas the Mouse Before Christmas by author & illustrator Carol Dabney

Watercolor illustration of Christmas story ‘Twas the Mouse Before Christmas by author & illustrator Carol Dabney

Creation of Harold, my Christmas Mouse 
watercolor 2012

Creation of Harold, my Christmas Mouse
watercolor 2012

Waimea painting by Carol Dabney

Waimea painting by Carol Dabney

Fishing watercolor by Carol Dabney

Fishing watercolor by Carol Dabney

Fishing watercolor by Carol Dabney

Fishing watercolor by Carol Dabney

I enjoyed learning how to paint with oil a couple years ago watching Bob Ross and with the help of a wonderful woman, Elodie Bingham as my inspiration. She says to allow God to show us whatever it was we didn’t know or Bob couldn’t explain. I was the choir director at the time at the First United Methodist Church and she was a part of that as well. We are just a couple of creative people having fun in this world with music and paint brushes what can I say. I don’t think I have an inborn gift for it, but I find it so restful and therapeutic that I continue to draw, paint and even have started illustrating my own children’s books with watercolor. It fasinates me and its fun. Besides after finding out it would cost me upward of $4,000 a book to hire an illustrator, I thought I should give it a try. Well here are four of my very first oil paintings and a couple watercolor paintings done last year. Today I showed some children my new Christmas book ‘Twas The Mouse Before Christmas watercolor artwork and they said they really liked it. I read my story to them at Noah’s school and showed the kids my illustrations. I love reading at the schools, I love singing with the kids, doing some art together and I really love Christmas!!! So we had a great deal of fun and I’m off and running and feeling very blessed indeed. My Christmas book will be published this fall or pre-order it at my online shop Carol Dabney at Esty.com

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