Time to Paint

It feels really good to have time to paint and draw after vacation (and the time before it – shopping, prepping, and packing). I spent time Sunday starting several paintings. For me, it’s the starting that’s hard, once I have a painting “in the works” it’s easy to pull it out and work on it (unless I let tooContinue reading “Time to Paint”

“Can I sell this?” can squash creativity

I used to start creating something, not even finish, and jump to “Can I sell this?” I think I was in this mindset because at the time my creative outlet was my custom invitation/announcement business. This type of thinking was stifling my creativity, and was getting annoying. It prevented me from following through on ideas. I startedContinue reading ““Can I sell this?” can squash creativity”

New Year, New Banner

I thought it would be appropriate to design a banner that better represented what I do. So, why not a sketch of my painting setup? I’ve kept my bear in there, on the can holding the brushes. If you are wondering what’s with the bear – read my about page. The New Year, has given me aContinue reading “New Year, New Banner”

Painting Winter with Gouache

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reaching for the gouache paints. It started somewhat unintentionally when I decided to paint a nighttime snowy sky. At first I thought, I thought I had to keep the snow areas white (paper), so I was leaving white circles as I painted the black sky. Which was tedious! IContinue reading “Painting Winter with Gouache”

10 ways to find inspiration for your creative projects

I originally wrote a version of this post just one month into my creative resolution. Almost two years later, many of these ideas still work for me! The biggest change since then? The inspiration I get from others through social media. Ten ways to find inspiration for your creative projects: Scroll through your feed or doContinue reading “10 ways to find inspiration for your creative projects”

My Art Supply Closet

 One of the ways I’ve been able to incorporate creating into my daily life, is by having my supplies close by. I use a closet close to the kitchen table for storing my paints, brushes, paper, sketchbooks, inspiration magazines, and more. It makes it so easy to pull stuff out and work. Clean up isContinue reading “My Art Supply Closet”

Be creative! It will super charge your senses

One of the side effects of living a creative life is your senses become super charged. Plainly stated you notice things. On a recent walk with a friend, I stopped her a few times to say, “Look at that!” Her response, “I forgot I was with an artist.” I was finding beauty in things she didn’tContinue reading “Be creative! It will super charge your senses”

Watercolor Leaf {A how to craft project}

This is one of my favorite Fall projects! Give it a try and share your results, either in the comments below or on Instagram – tag me: @eileenmckenna. Supplies: heavyweight watercolor paper – I used Fluid Easy Block watercolor paints (3 colors – light, medium, dark. I used yellow, orange (or red), and brown.) water paintbrushes (1 thick, 1 thin)Continue reading “Watercolor Leaf {A how to craft project}”

Assembly Line Painting {an experiment}

I recently had some success with a fairly quick beach landscape. The blooms that unintentionally formed and looked like crashing waves was a large part of the success. I was curious if I could recreate this and decided to set up several boards (watercolor paper taped to cardboard) to paint all at once. My plan wasContinue reading “Assembly Line Painting {an experiment}”

A Sunset and Gouache Paints

I’ve wanted to try gouache paints for a long time. Since reading about Illustrators who used them, and having no idea what they were. [Gouache paints are opaque watercolors.*] Two months ago I bought a little box of paints to try, but still hadn’t opened them! The other day on a whim, I decided to give themContinue reading “A Sunset and Gouache Paints”