Learning from Others

I love watercolor – how you can add more and more water, how easily it spreads on the paper. I occasionally paint with acrylics but find myself struggling with them. They don’t spread as easily and you can’t add too much water because it breaks down the paint. Last weekend I took an online acrylic class “AcrylicContinue reading “Learning from Others”

Time and learning new things during quarantine

I remember a saying when I was a kid, “You can be anything you set your mind to.” During self quarantine I’ve been thinking a lot about time. I think the saying really should be “You can be anything (or do anything) you set your TIME to.” As I pursue new things – some outContinue reading “Time and learning new things during quarantine”

How to Pick a Creative Project

I’ve been thinking I need a creative project to help motivate me during self quarantine, especially since things don’t seem to be opening up any time soon. If this is going to continue – for 2 weeks, a month, more? – it would be nice to have something to do, practice a skill, and workContinue reading “How to Pick a Creative Project”

Improvement Every Day – Sewing Masks and Designing Fabric

For weeks I’ve wanted to try sewing a mask, but I don’t really know how to sew. From time to time I try, but then so much time passes I forget everything. It’s like starting over every time. I dusted off the machine and prayed it would work and that I wouldn’t have to do anything complicated withContinue reading “Improvement Every Day – Sewing Masks and Designing Fabric”

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”

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”

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”

Soaking up Inspiration

It’s hard to know what I enjoy more, a visit to the beach or time spent painting. Recently I did both in the same day. Obviously it was a good day. The beach visit was an early morning one with my husband and coffee. Love those. The painting session – which took place at homeContinue reading “Soaking up Inspiration”

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”