Best Grand Opening Ever How Good Friends Can Make Your Day

Posted February 14th, 2017 by Julia Vanover

My Grand Opening was this Friday for my gallery, Kind Design Fine Art. We had a blast. Over 100 people packed into my little gallery and studio. My good friends met lots of other good friends with art lovers from all over. The chocolate martinis were a definite hit. We even got a little dancing […]


Sky Horses, Utilizing Creative Art Boredom, Fear and Creativity

Posted December 24th, 2016 by Julia Vanover

Sky Horses Just finished a pen and ink, “Sky Horses”, while visiting my mom who lives in Naples, Florida. This view is near her home and it’s pretty amazing…a lone palm tree overlooking the Marco Pass and the Gulf of Mexico, with a little island in between. I was happy to have time to begin this […]


Would I Be In the Art Business If John Travolta Never Danced? How Travolta's dancing kept me determined to share what I love to do

Posted November 13th, 2016 by Julia Vanover

What If John Travolta Never Danced? When first starting my art business, Kind Design Fine Art, I would ask myself this question when doubting my decision to leave my previous career as a therapist. When I couldn’t see my next step, I would sound like this in my head: “You could be making steady money […]


Trees, Friends and Homesickness Drawing trees and time with friends heals homesickness

Posted September 30th, 2016 by Julia Vanover

Trees, Friends and Homesickness My show that’s currently hanging at the Foster Gallery is really about how homesick I am. I miss the trees back home and use them as symbols to express what hurts the most – not having that feeling of belonging I felt in my hometown. The trees lean into one another, […]


My “Dark Matter” Revelation Art and Blog by Julia Vanover, review of Blake Crouch's book

Posted August 29th, 2016 by Julia Vanover

My “Dark Matter” Revelation I recently read the novel “Dark Matter” by Blake Couch. It’s Science Fiction and a good read. This book hit me at a perfect time. I’d been driving myself nuts about a big decision and couldn’t commit in any one direction. In my eyes, every option seemed to have its own threat and […]


Garden Inspired Art: Lessons from my Garden Club

Posted May 27th, 2016 by Julia Vanover

Every time I go to a Garden Club meeting  with the Valparaiso, FL Garden Club I get crazy inspired. This phenomenon always surprises me. After all, I joined so I could get some gardening tips and wasn’t expecting a series of continuous garden inspired art revelations. As soon as the meetings start, ideas for my paintings and sculptures start […]