Coming up with ideas and finding inspiration for art projects

Although the other day, my breakfast – a sliced apple, inspired a new art project, ideas are not always so easy to come by. I sometimes get frustrated, when I want to work on a project, but don’t know what to do, or where to start. Here are some things that help me, when IContinue reading “Coming up with ideas and finding inspiration for art projects”

Starting an Acrylic Painting

Before I start a project, I usually have a spark of inspiration. For my new painting, the “spark” came from my breakfast! I cut an apple in half and thought, “That would make a cool painting!” I’ve painted fruit before. One of my favorites is of oranges. The inspiration came from a painting I sawContinue reading “Starting an Acrylic Painting”

Mixing Colors – acrylic painting

I decided to dedicate a few hours today to painting in acrylics. But, I wasn’t necessarily going to focus on my current painting, bike on the boardwalk. I came up with the idea of setting up a couple of canvases on my table and moving from one to another. This way when I inevitabley gotContinue reading “Mixing Colors – acrylic painting”

Dedicating Time to Painting

I didn’t have much time this past week to work on any of my projects, so I decided I would dedicate Sunday to painting. I don’t often have large chunks of time to be creative, between work, family and home. I don’t think the term “starving artist” came about because there wasn’t time to foodContinue reading “Dedicating Time to Painting”

Vote on how I finish this abstract painting!

In home décor stores I often see abstract paintings. They aren’t originals, but prints on canvas. When one catches my eye, I pick it up and after a minute say to myself, “I could do this. How hard could it be? And, I would be able to pick the canvas size and colors that workContinue reading “Vote on how I finish this abstract painting!”

Irish Blessing pdf download and Citrasolv transfer info.

Download the Irish blessing pdf here: maytheroad and the mirror image here: maytheroadmirror. Visit my Etsy shop for printable coloring pages: downloadable clipart: and invitation borders: Order St. Patrick’s Day flair in my Zazzle shop! When I read about Citrasolv on a blog, I was very excited. The idea that I could design anything I wanted on the computerContinue reading “Irish Blessing pdf download and Citrasolv transfer info.”

Painting Sand

What color is sand? This is something I’ve been trying to figure out, since I first started painting the beach. I’ve had some successes and some failures. I’ve sat at the beach and wondered, what color is that? I think the challenge is, that sand is different colors, even on the same beach. The dryContinue reading “Painting Sand”

Revisiting Unfinished Projects

I came across several unfinished projects, while cleaning my office. I have a really hard time getting back into a project that I’ve abandoned. I think I’m afraid of ruining it. I forget where I was, and don’t even know where to start. One such project, is an acrylic version of a bike on the boardwalk.Continue reading “Revisiting Unfinished Projects”

A Bike on the Boardwalk

For a while, I kept meaning to paint a bike leaning on the railing of the boardwalk, with the beach in the background. Then Sandy hit and the boardwalk was destroyed. It is really strange for something that was always there to be gone. Obviously, my painting was of no priority amongst the Sandy damage.Continue reading “A Bike on the Boardwalk”

Filling the Sketch book

I plan on filling this sketch book. Although it is a bit daunting! I like saving all my old sketch books and looking through them. I even keep drawings that I am embarrassed by. They show me how far I’ve come. I look at old sketches with a fresh perspective and know what is “off.”Continue reading “Filling the Sketch book”