ABOUT THE FAM…
Hi there, I’m Carrie Luc. The artist behind Watercolor Misfit. I’m a proud working mama of two fur babies (Teddie our Golden/Lab mix and Pepper our Hound Mix) & married to my best friend in the whole wide world and soulmate – Stephen.
We live in South Carolina and enjoy spending time in our backyard as well as catching up on some of our fav tv shows and movies. We are mainly home bodies – but that is okay because we always have lots of projects to keep us busy.
MY HEALTH BATTLES…
I've always found myself draw to art! It's more of a therapy for me – to process my jumbled up emotions. Watercolor Misfit first started shortly after my husband and I had gotten married in 2012. During that period of time – I was struggling with several health issues that put me in a deep state of depression plus a constant state of pain and exhaustion. This was supposed to be the happiest time of my life – but instead I felt defeated and completely isolated. My only rock during this period of time – was my husband who walked with me every step of the way.
After pursing many different doctors (some of which labeled me as crazy) – we soon stumbled upon several great doctors who gave us a label for my health issues. I apparently had an extremely bad case of PCOS (or poly cystic ovarian syndrome). Apparently – my whole abdomen was covered in small little cysts – more than the doctors could count. And once a month several of these cysts would burst – leading to extremely and debilitating pain. This was further complicated by constant problem of kidney stones. After putting a name to my health issue – Stephen and I began to research more and found that diet could help ease my symptoms. That's when we cut dairy from our diet as well as many hormone induced food products. Sadly, during this time we also learned that our plans of having our own children wouldn't come to pass.
BEGINNING WATERCOLOR MISFIT…
As all of this was going on – I found watercolor a wonderful distraction for me and connected with people online in a way that I'd never had before. It was so encouraging to see others like me – pursuing art through difficult time. And honestly that's how Watercolor Misfit began – through me exploring art and sharing my journey with others. Alot has changed since starting this journey – but I can honestly say I've changed for the better in the long run. Watercolor Misfit helped ground me as well as push me to new heights in my art journey as well as self discovery. And I think that's kind of what art is all about – learning more about yourself as well as reaching for new heights. I hope you enjoyed hearing a bit of my life and will continue to follow me in this journey.
WHAT IS WATERCOLOR MISFIT…
Here on my blog/ as well as my YouTube channel you can find posts on my life, art hacks, supply reviews, as well as take a workshop sharing how I approach painting specific subjects. Watercolor Misfit – isn't your typically watercolor experience. Think of it more as a Modern Watercolor approach – breaking rules and testing out supplies in new and really strange ways. The point of Watercolor Misfit is to never be afraid to make mistakes but rather to embrace them and work through them. Similar to life – sometimes things happen and you can't hit the undo button. So – be creative and use your ingenuity to tackle the problem. That's how I try to approach my art! So I hope you enjoy your time here and get perhaps a spark to start creating! Lots of Love! –Carrie
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David RichardDecember 10, 2016 at 5:42 am
Carrie, first off thank you for sharing. It is always so nice to get a glimpse into the person behind the paintings. (even though youtube puts your face out there) Secondly, I always look forward to your videos (also Steve Mitchell’s and Angela Fehr’s) it tells me to not take my art so seriously and to add whimsy to my paintings. Last (but certainly not least), it makes me happy that an artist that I admire is a Christian. I pray that this new direction of the concentration of making your art a career will blossom. Thanks again. .
Mignom PriderDecember 10, 2016 at 7:19 am
Just wanted to tell you I ‘LOVE’ your new banner – the line of animals are so adorable, & I love how you have arranged them with your ‘Watercolor Misfit’ name – well done – you are sooo clever.
Love your work :D
MisfitDecember 12, 2016 at 11:44 pm
Thanks! :D It really happened by chance. I stumbled upon the new type while trying to update a Facebook header. Weird how things work out ;)
PaulaDecember 13, 2016 at 7:16 pm
I really appreciate your spunk and that you always look for another way when things don’t work out…Psalm 139 teaches us how God made each and every one of us and therefore we are one of a kind! He really threw in a little extra when he made you! You are so special…
MisfitFebruary 12, 2017 at 11:43 pm
Thanks Paula :D This made my day! I’m just now starting to get back into the groove of things. Took longer than expected to get back on my feet :D Hoping for a better 2017! :D
GeslinaFebruary 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm
Life sometimes leads us down mysterious paths, but you are very lucky, because who wouldn’t want to do what you are doing? I was able to make a living as an artist when I was younger, but it wasn’t a very stable life financially – more like feast or famine. Back then I didn’t concern myself with things like health benefits, or investing/saving money. I decided to go back to college and pursue REAL career. Now I have health benefits. I have some money saved. I’ve got job security, even a 401k plan and some other modest investments. But, I’m worn out from the stress of my job, a 40hr plus work week. I’ve got very little energy for art, and that makes me really sad.
Daniel AnkeleMay 2, 2017 at 5:08 am
I really enjoyed your bio and how your faith grew stronger through the trials. As David said above, I admire that you are a fellow Christian and not ashamed to proclaim Jesus Christ. God bless you!
Myra ArnoldJune 16, 2017 at 9:43 am
Hi Carrie , thanks for your bio. I’ve been enjoying your videos for a while now and it’s good to get to know you better. I’m a Montessori preschool teacher and am just learning to watercolor. Do you have any ideas for teaching wAtercor to little kids? Also I like your “Beautiful ” piece. Could you put that on etsy?
Liz Marks-EddySeptember 6, 2017 at 8:32 am
I just want to thank you for sharing your story, you are a true inspiration! I too struggle with health issues on a daily basis ( 2 neck surgeries, a lot of arthritis, and now having my thyroid removed within the next month or two) and cannot work. Both my boys are grown, and I’m finding myself in a funk and feeling kind of empty. So I’m thinking about going back to some of my all-time favorites… Painting, jewelry making and possibly some woodworking ( if I actually have it in me )!! Lol So i’ve been watching tons of YouTube videos on “top paints to use” beginning wayercolor videos, and so on. I came across one of your videos yesterday and really loved you! After watching a bunch of different artists, listening to them and seeing their art, I went back to looking for you again! Just like you say about everybody having their own specific needs with art supplies etc., you were the person that fit my personality! You’re very upbeat, give just the perfect amount of information and when I saw your own artwork (when you were demonstrating different inks), I just knew I would need to keep following you! Thank you so much for sharing, I am truly amazed that you are a self-taught painter! You have such an incredible gift and heart! I can’t wait to see more of your videos and receive your newsletters! I will definitely share your site, everything about you is fun, easy, and pretty much laid back! Some artists are dry, very picky about “their” personal preferences, and can be intimidating! You’re perfect for beginners and advanced painters! I hope and pray that This journey you’re on with sharing and teaching art turns into everything you’ve dreamed about! God has definitely blessed you with so many gifts, and like I’ve always told my sons, “sharing is always better!” Again thank you so much for sharing and truly inspiring me! Liz ?????????
MisfitSeptember 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm
Aw thanks Liz! So sorry for your health struggles. But I’ve been learning these struggles make me stronger and more relatable. I mean who likes a plastic person that has everything together anyway ;) Lots of love to you Carrie
Monica CusterMarch 25, 2018 at 6:28 am
Hi Carrie, I discovered you on You Tube tonight and then found other locations where you are on the internet. I am not a painter, but have always had a love for watercolors. I have a question and I hope what I am asking will make sense. I have seen people paint a circle, for example, and then fill it in with paint. The paint never seems to run outside the barrier of the circle — is that unique to the water color paints, water color paper, or something else? Thank you.