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”

More Confidence with Acrylics on Canvas

I’m back to painting with acrylics on canvas (instead of my usual watercolor). It was last May that I bought a stack of small canvases and painted seascapes on them – learning with each set. Since then, I’ve dabbled here and there with acrylics. This time around, I feel more confident and freer. I wasContinue reading “More Confidence with Acrylics on Canvas”

10 “How to” Posts on Painting, Graphic Design, Creativity and more!

It’s still amazing to me that I made a commitment to be creative, created this blog to hold myself accountable, have continued with it for over five years, and have published over 600 posts! This from someone who previously couldn’t finish a creative project. Here’s a round up of my best “How to” posts. HowContinue reading “10 “How to” Posts on Painting, Graphic Design, Creativity and more!”

Learning Acrylics

In May I switched from painting in watercolor to painting acrylic seascapes. I painted ten 12” x 12” canvases – intent on getting comfortable with the different medium. It was so frustrating in the beginning, but with each painting I learned something. I’ve pulled out the acrylics again – this time with bigger canvases, andContinue reading “Learning Acrylics”

Know your Subject

I often think about an online class I took by Val Webb called “Drawing Children.” At the time, I was amazed at how well Val knows the nuances of the faces and figures of children. Now as I paint the ocean – almost exclusively, mostly in watercolor, but recently in acrylics – I think aboutContinue reading “Know your Subject”

Making the Transition from Watercolor to Acrylic – Week 1

Final acrylic work for week 1. I’m happy with the results and learned a lot this week as I try painting in acrylic after working for so long in watercolor. Admittedly, the first day in my acrylic challenge was frustrating. I’m so used to working in watercolor where: A little paint goes a long wayContinue reading “Making the Transition from Watercolor to Acrylic – Week 1”

May Acrylic Canvas Project

I’m so excited about my May project! After painting watercolor seascapes for over a year, I’m adding acrylic and canvas to my routine. I’ve purchased 10 canvases and plan on completing them by the end of the month. I’ve painted in acrylics on and off over the years, but never enough to feel completely comfortable.Continue reading “May Acrylic Canvas Project”

Revisiting an unfinished painting.

I’ve been playing around with what I’m calling a “practice canvas” (see below) – a painting I never finished, didn’t like where it was going, and recently started mindlessly dabbling with (on). I’ve enjoyed this. While I’m comfortable with watercolor, acrylics still feel new to me. Playing around with this “practice canvas” has pulled me back to acrylics and toContinue reading “Revisiting an unfinished painting.”

Easy Acrylic Beach Painting

I needed something to hang on the bare wall over the couch. I had the idea to create an aerial view of the beach on two canvases. I wanted it to be very simple – 2 areas of solid color. The area where they meet would have a little more detail to hint that it is aContinue reading “Easy Acrylic Beach Painting”

What I’ve learned in the 2nd half of 2014 (about myself and art)

At the 6 month mark of My Creative Resolution I wrote a post entitled “What I’ve learned about art (and myself).” As I sat down to write this, I reread that post, and I realized a lot of those items are still the important things I’ve learned this year. But I do have a few itemsContinue reading “What I’ve learned in the 2nd half of 2014 (about myself and art)”