Let’s Paint Paris in Watercolor!

Let’s Paint Paris in Watercolor! Join me in February for The “Let’s Paint Paris in Watercolor” Email Series – an inspirational program for February 2020 (4 weeks) aimed at inspiring regular watercolor painting through virtual immersion into the city of Paris – the food, the architecture (no straight lines required), the Masters and more! AtContinue reading “Let’s Paint Paris in Watercolor!”

It’s hard to commit to a daily painting challenge

It’s hard to commit to a daily painting challenge but every time I do, and stick with it, I’m always happy with the results. The first few times I did my Christmas countdown (daily watercolor illustrations counting down to Christmas) I followed prompts. Last year and this year, I’ve allowed myself the freedom to paintContinue reading “It’s hard to commit to a daily painting challenge”

Online Video Lesson: Easy Birch Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Two years ago I created a blog post called “Easy Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners.” The post outlined the steps I took to create this birch forest painting. I created this image to go with it and pinned it on Pinterest. The post became my most viewed post. Currently it has over 47,000 views! ForContinue reading “Online Video Lesson: Easy Birch Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners”

Routine and Regular Creativity

It’s important to be creative on a regular basis. It’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to the start of the school year. There is more of a routine, which helps me stick to regular creativity. Once the kids leave for school, I sit and play in my sketchbook, work on a painting inContinue reading “Routine and Regular Creativity”

Avoidance

It’s ironic that the project that started with such excitement and enthusiasm, is the same project that had me avoiding my paints last week. Every time I walked by my painting table and saw the work in progress I thought, “ugh.” I was getting frustrated that I wasn’t being creative, when I realized this projectContinue reading “Avoidance”

Creative Excitement

This is the best feeling. It’s creative excitement. I’ve spent a little bit of time organizing my supplies, and now I’m sitting in front of a new creative project – a watercolor painting. I’ve done some prep work – I have my reference photo picked out, I’ve taped down my watercolor paper, I’ve measured andContinue reading “Creative Excitement”

Adding Watercolor Figures

It’s World Watercolor Month and I’ve been working outside of my comfort zone by adding people to my watercolor sketches. I’ve been experimenting with first sketching in pencil, and also with going straight to paint – painting the shape of the body and then adding the clothes. It’s great practice for me, trying to captureContinue reading “Adding Watercolor Figures”

I’m behind but it’s okay #the100dayproject

I’m on day 67 of #the100dayproject, while most people are on day 75. Thankfully every email they send says, “Wherever you are is a great place to be. Truly. You’re on your own path and your own timeline.” This is great, because otherwise being “behind” might cause me to give up. I’m more than halfway there,Continue reading “I’m behind but it’s okay #the100dayproject”

Easy Starfish Watercolor Art Lesson for Beginners PDF Tutorial

The “Easy Starfish Watercolor Painting for Beginners Step by Step Printable PDF Project Instructions” is a fun project to help you learn watercolor. This two page pdf contains: Supply list Step by step instructions with color photos Techniques Taping your paper Wet on Wet painting Bleed and blend background Different ways to apply paint BuildingContinue reading “Easy Starfish Watercolor Art Lesson for Beginners PDF Tutorial”

Illustrated Map Making

I’m over a third of the way through my #the100dayproject – illustrated map making. If you are thinking about making a map, here are some of the things I’ve learned: Decide ahead of time the theme or point of view of the map. For example, is it a map of food destinations, tourist spots, localContinue reading “Illustrated Map Making”