Welcome to Joy's Garden!

My Pond, Really! 

It's been my dream for a long time, to have this pond of my own where we can share ideas, inspiration about art, life, and creative projects. So here it is! Welcome to my pond.

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Peek in my Watercolor Sketchbook

By DorothyFagan | February 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

A few small watercolors from my Italy sketchbook feel laid back ~ Italian style.

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7 Skies to WOW! you Inner Color Genie [Photos] Inspiration for Color Lovers

By DorothyFagan | February 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Oh my WOW! Colors ~ Life is too short for drab colors. Here are 7 of my favorites

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Creative Spirits

Peek in my Watercolor Sketchbook

By DorothyFagan | February 19, 2019

A few small watercolors from my Italy sketchbook feel laid back ~ Italian style.

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Backyard Gardens

On a Sparkly Day | Oh My! Vibrant Color

By Dorothy Fagan | February 11, 2019

On this gray winter day, the pond within sparkles with vibrant colors. I just finished this painting of my imaginary Monet pond. My dream of creating a Monet garden begins on canvas. The pond beyond my windows still shrouded in winter color.

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Chesapeake Style

7 Skies to WOW! you Inner Color Genie [Photos] Inspiration for Color Lovers

By DorothyFagan | February 18, 2019

Oh my WOW! Colors ~ Life is too short for drab colors. Here are 7 of my favorites

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Design & Decor

Pinch me! My Paintings are now Designer Fabrics!

By DorothyFagan | February 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

My Silver Lining painting goes beautifully with On a Morning Pond duvet cover and matching pillows.

Bedroom Makeover for Women Who Love Color [Photos, Patterns, Fabrics]

By DorothyFagan | February 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s called Unfettered Desires! Color, COLOR, Vibrant Beautiful Color! I can’t wait to make this duvet cover with my Unfettered Desires fabrics! Get my patterns and everything you need to customize your own.

When the World gets Wacky ~ Create Serenity with a Beautiful Marsh Landscape

By Dorothy Fagan | February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Painting plein air on the coastal marsh near my home, soothes and restores me. Especially when the world gets so wacky, just looking at the painting brings me back to center.

Books & Journals

expand your creativity

By Dorothy Fagan

Top 3 Easiest Ways to Expand Your Creativity Journaling for Women (and sensitive men!) My journal is my sanctuary, a…

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Come in and join me!

~ Dorothy Fagan

Dorothy Fagan's Watercolor Sketchbook

Dorothy carries a watercolor sketchbook everywhere! In this series, you'll see Tuscany, Lucca, Venice, Cortona, Assisi, Sorrento, Positano, Cinque Terre, Florence, Siena, Volterra and VIRGINIA!

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Where Does Inspiration Come From?

By Dorothy Fagan | February 4, 2019

So many people ask me ‘Where Does Inspiration Come From?’ Today inspiration came from a blank sheet of paper! But there’s more. 3 ingredients contribute to inspiration every time

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Tuscan Colors ~ Not What You Think!

By Dorothy Fagan | January 30, 2019

I had this idea that “Tuscan Colors” ~ were Yellow and Orange, Terra Cotta. I was not at all expecting the blues and violets, or the sky. These 5 paintings show the vibrant range of Tuscan colors.

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The Only Thing You Need to Know about Tuscan Cooking

By Dorothy Fagan | January 23, 2019

La Dolce Vita
My dream was to absorb the Tuscan lifestyle into my art and life. When we arrived, Danilo’s son Lorenzo asked if we would like an American Mr. Coffee maker for our apartment. “Oh, no! We wish to absorb the Italian way!”

And thus we began learning to brew Italian coffee with the Biggeletto pot.

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Italian Watercolors Exhibition

By Dorothy Fagan | January 21, 2019

See Italy with an artist’s eye. Dorothy Fagan’s first exhibition of Italian watercolors opens in Virginia. Plein air paintings of Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Lucca, Sorrento, Flornece and more.

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on the Easel

A Bit of Mesmerizing Whimsy

By Dorothy Fagan | January 31, 2019

Last fall we visited an arboretum in Philadelphia with my brother and sister in law. I became fascinated with the sunken garden. One quadrant was filled with magical, six feet tall blooms.

Swaying in the light autumn breeze, they arched their long necks to and fro. Pale pink flowers and long arching fronds spilled everywhere!

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Designer Fabrics

Pinch me! My Paintings are now Designer Fabrics!

By DorothyFagan | February 15, 2019

My Silver Lining painting goes beautifully with On a Morning Pond duvet cover and matching pillows.

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Oh My! COLOR!

Cure the Winter Blahs with Sunflower Watercolors Fabulous Colors

By Dorothy Fagan | January 25, 2019

I love these colors!

These 5 watercolors take me right back to that precious afternoon with my friend Sally.

We sat out on the riverfront in Tappahannock and painted watercolors.

Such a sweet memory to warm me on this cold January afternoon!

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