Forgotten Projects

I love starting a new project, but inevitably my enthusiasm wanes and it’s hard to stick with and finish the project . As I look back on my creative projects this year, I’m surprised there aren’t more abandoned projects. I know the reason why. It’s because of you! If I was working privately and not fillingContinue reading “Forgotten Projects”

Painting Wooden Signs

Finally, I’m tackling a wood project! I’ve been interested in painting on wood, and creating handmade signs. It was surprisingly easy to walk in to Ace, pick out wood and ask them to cut it. And cheap! I pulled out the hand sander, which made me feel like a pro, and gave the wood a lightContinue reading “Painting Wooden Signs”

Back to School – Back to Acrylics

I’m looking forward to the kids going back to school (lol!) and having more time to paint – especially with acrylics! This week I got a jump start and worked on my painting “Little Girl Digging.” It’s been almost 2 months since I worked on this! If I let too much time pass I lose momentum and then it’sContinue reading “Back to School – Back to Acrylics”

What I’ve learned about art (and myself)

In the last six months, I’ve been on a creative journey. Here are the things I have learned through my creative resolution: Every time I sit down to paint, draw or create – whether it’s a success or failure – I learn something. Looking back at my lists of project ideas, helps me stay focused and completeContinue reading “What I’ve learned about art (and myself)”

6 months of my creative resolution!

…and still going strong. In the past 6 months I have accomplished 52 watercolor paintings, 8 acrylics on canvas and 64 sketches! It is amazing to me what writing a goal down can do. When I first typed the words, “I hope to draw, paint and create my way through 2014!” – I didn’t know whatContinue reading “6 months of my creative resolution!”

Painting a Figure (Little Girl Digging – Part 2)

It’s hard getting back into a painting when a week or more has past! I’m so glad I made notes on how I mixed the colors and saved some of each color. It reminds me of a bread starter – not that I’ve ever used one! I added a little bit of my saved color to my new mixes toContinue reading “Painting a Figure (Little Girl Digging – Part 2)”

Creating stencils for lettering a canvas

I finished adding the lettering to my cabana stripes canvas! I played with the layout on the computer: Then I figured out the sizing of the letters and printed them on cover stock. Using an exacto knife, I cut out the letters. When there was a shape inside a letter I left a thin connectingContinue reading “Creating stencils for lettering a canvas”

Painting a Figure (Little Girl Digging – Part I)

I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I’m excited about this painting! I started by mixing a grey base color for my sand. I mixed thalo blue, cadmium red, and cad. yellow (as opposed to using black and white) because I wanted the sand to have color in it. I’ve struggledContinue reading “Painting a Figure (Little Girl Digging – Part I)”

Cabana stripes on canvas

I painted these stripes and plan on adding the words “by the sea.” The stripes make me think bleached/weathered wood, beach, cabana. I was inspired by a small sign I have. I’m going to experiment with layouts and transparency on the computer. Once I have a layout, my plan is to print out the letters and make aContinue reading “Cabana stripes on canvas”

Easy steps to paint a sunset sky and a tree in acrylic paints

Start your creative journey with: Creative Exploration: A Six Week Process for Introducing Regular Creativity into your Life – Develop a regular practice of creating, explore mediums and subjects in search of your thing, and experience the joy that creativity brings. Creativity is for EVERYONE! Talent is just a starting point. Easy steps to paintContinue reading “Easy steps to paint a sunset sky and a tree in acrylic paints”