Map Making – the100dayproject – the first week

I am so glad I decided to commit to #the100dayproject and decided on the theme of illustrated maps. My decision was a bit spur of the moment, but I’m having so much fun. Since I usually paint for at least 15 minutes every morning, it hasn’t been hard to work on the elements for myContinue reading “Map Making – the100dayproject – the first week”

Anniversary Map – the100dayproject

Last month I created a map of our important landmarks – our first apt., the church where we got married, the reception, favorite beaches, pizza, where the kids were born. I’ve always aspired to create illustrated maps so for #the100dayproject I am going to work on creating map illustrations. I’m so hesitant to say I’mContinue reading “Anniversary Map – the100dayproject”

Finished feels so good!

I’m thankful for today’s snow day and the break from everyday life. That and a few days of sketching figures gave me the push to finally finish this beach scene with the three girls playing in the surf. I’ve been afraid to finish this one – afraid of ruining it. As I sat down toContinue reading “Finished feels so good!”

Tips and tools that prove invaluable

When I think about the progress I’ve made in the past two months, there are a few things that standout out to me. First watching videos of other artists painting waves gave me some great tips (which I wrote about here.) Second, one of the artists was using a flat brush so I bought aContinue reading “Tips and tools that prove invaluable”

Process for Painting the Beach in Watercolor

There is a real benefit to painting the same subject over and over. You get better at it, you get faster. I noticed this the other day when I painted a complete beach scene from start to finish in one sitting. I had such a sense of accomplishment! Before this, I was still figuring thingsContinue reading “Process for Painting the Beach in Watercolor”

Beach Heart

Painting this beach heart was as peaceful and relaxing as sitting on the beach itself. Before I sat down to paint I was looking through my work for something to post on Valentine’s Day. I usually don’t post things from my archives – not that there is anything wrong with that. It just sometimes feels disjointedContinue reading “Beach Heart”

Adding beach bodies to my paintings

I’m proud of the progress I’ve made since starting to paint the beach on January 1st. I feel as if I’m finally capturing the movement of the waves. But something has been missing. Around here on a beautiful summer day the beaches are packed with people. Sometimes we struggle to find a good spot downContinue reading “Adding beach bodies to my paintings”

Painting within a theme for 31 days

This month I worked almost daily painting the beach. It’s a place that is very close to my heart. I grew up just a few blocks away from it. My mom referred to it as our backyard. I played there, I worked there, and eventually brought my own kids there. I learned a lot thisContinue reading “Painting within a theme for 31 days”