The Simple Zinnia - A free painting lesson with Ali Kay

"The world always seems brighter when you just made something that wasn't there before"

- Neil Gaiman



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I’m a painter of all things, but I really enjoy creating natural scenes and capturing the beauty in people. I have had a paint brush in my hand since I was a toddler. I know that artists find their creative voice at all different stages in life. For me, I knew from the very beginning that this is what I was made to do. It took a bit longer to come to the realization that I was also created to share this gift by teaching others. It's a blessing to encourage other artists and give them the tools they need to paint work that they are proud of.

- Ali

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Whites aren’t White!

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Paint what you see, not what you think you see.

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