Kick up your Creativity with Color!

Want to be creative but don’t know how/where to start? If you haven’t already, click here and start with these 3 steps! If you have started with the beginning 3 steps, then you’ve accomplished a lot! Your eyes are open to inspiration. You take photos and make lists of things to sketch. You’ve been sketching regularlyContinue reading “Kick up your Creativity with Color!”

Add a notebook to your painting setup

I find it useful to have a small notebook opened next to my palette. This way if I have a thought for a blog post, want to remember which blue I’m using, or whatever, I can just scribble a note to myself. I also write down the date and time of the photo I’m paintingContinue reading “Add a notebook to your painting setup”

Having the time to experiment

Almost a month focusing on one theme has given me time to try new techniques and tools, including: Using a white gel pen to add the foam of the ocean Mixing different color combinations for the ocean and sand Adding white gouache to my skin tone mixture for a creamier look Using painter’s tape to achieve aContinue reading “Having the time to experiment”

Taking stock of my watercolor tubes

I thought it would be helpful to take an inventory of my paints using the color wheel. I’m not surprised that I’m lacking in blues after all the beach painting I’ve been doing this month. Looking forward to stocking up and continuing to paint the beach. 😎

11 art supplies I can’t paint without!

Painting Essentials: Canson Multimedia sketchbook. Love the thicker paper in this sketchbook. I can add watercolor without the pages buckling. Fluid Cold Press watercolor paper. I especially love the square shape of this high quality thick watercolor paper! Uniball signo 207 bold gel pen. I love how smooth these pens are when I want toContinue reading “11 art supplies I can’t paint without!”

My 12 Surface Designs – one a month this year!

I’m really proud, and happy, that I followed through on my goal to start creating surface designs. I designed the first one in January, and decided to commit to “1 Surface Design a Month.” That goal, and the end of the month deadline, really pushed me to put in the work. 12 Surface Designs January –Continue reading “My 12 Surface Designs – one a month this year!”

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”

My 8 inch square paintings

What size, shape do you like to work in? When I finally started using watercolor paper (I know what was I waiting for?) I came across Fluid Watercolor Paper 8″ square pad or “Easy Block” as they call it. I love working with this size and shape! As you can tell by the image above, I doContinue reading “My 8 inch square paintings”

Artist’s Setup

Very quickly into my creative resolution, without really thinking about it, I started setting up my paints and supplies a certain way. A few brushes on a paper towel to the right (I’m right handed), water and cup of brushes above that. Paper or sketchbook in front of me. Above the paper is my watercolor palette.Continue reading “Artist’s Setup”

April = Art Supply Shopping

Wow, April is flying by! The first couple of days I spent preparing to host Easter. The following day we took the kids to Washington, D.C. The last couple of days I’ve been busy celebrating my birthday! Okay I don’t love that I’m 45, but I love my Birthday! Yesterday I took my Birthday money (IContinue reading “April = Art Supply Shopping”