Finding creative inspiration during self quarantine

These days I can’t blame lack of time for a lack of painting. Being stuck at home, I’ve got nothing but time. What I am struggling with is what to paint. Sometimes it seems easier to go on my iPad than to figure out an idea. Coincidentally my son asked me the other day, “DoContinue reading “Finding creative inspiration during self quarantine”

How to create an interesting Watercolor Background

In a recent post, Watercolor Wisdom, I mentioned showing my watercolor teacher my first watercolor painting and her saying, “No, no, no, you’re drawing.” At the time, I was quite proud of my painting and didn’t understand what she meant. But as my familiarity with watercolor grew, I began to understand. She was telling meContinue reading “How to create an interesting Watercolor Background”

Explore! We’ve got nothing but time

In the second year of my blog and my creative resolution, I was so inspired! I wanted to try everything. So many of the things I saw online interested me – designing repeating patterns, block printing, etc. That second year, I set out to try it all. As I struggled with cutting my first linoleumContinue reading “Explore! We’ve got nothing but time”

Watercolor Wisdom

I started painting in watercolor about twelve years ago when I enrolled in a class. A few years later – during the early days of my blog – I gave myself the freedom to explore everything and anything. I came back to watercolor to make working in my sketchbook more fun, and remembered how muchContinue reading “Watercolor Wisdom”

A Project to Motivate and Inspire

I need a project to motivate and inspire me. Something to break up the routine and dull-drums of the week. Without a project I’m bored. For me, a project doesn’t need to come from someone else. I’m just as motivated by my own projects and challenges. A deadline certainly helps, even if it’s self imposed.Continue reading “A Project to Motivate and Inspire”

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others. Be Competitive…with Yourself

When I was a kid I compared myself to other people. Was I faster, smarter, a better artist than so and so? Part of this had to do with the insecurities of being young. I thought my “abilities” were set in stone. I never thought about how I could improve in an area. As aContinue reading “Don’t Compare Yourself to Others. Be Competitive…with Yourself”

Painting Watercolor Seascapes

Three years ago I started painting watercolor seascapes. I wanted to find the answer to, “How do you capture the ocean in paint?” I had just finished participating in three back to back month long challenges and I saw how focusing on a single theme or medium leads to real progress in ideas and skills.Continue reading “Painting Watercolor Seascapes”

Is the key to watercolor – layers or patience or both?

Recently I was talking to a friend who paints in acrylics. When I said I painted in watercolor she said, “You must be very patient.” I was so surprised by her comment, because actually I’m not patient at all! As I teach and share more and more of my watercolor process I continually come backContinue reading “Is the key to watercolor – layers or patience or both?”