Don’t Compare Yourself to Others. Be Competitive…with Yourself

When I was a kid I compared myself to other people. Was I faster, smarter, a better artist than so and so? Part of this had to do with the insecurities of being young. I thought my “abilities” were set in stone. I never thought about how I could improve in an area. As aContinue reading “Don’t Compare Yourself to Others. Be Competitive…with Yourself”

Is the key to watercolor – layers or patience or both?

Recently I was talking to a friend who paints in acrylics. When I said I painted in watercolor she said, “You must be very patient.” I was so surprised by her comment, because actually I’m not patient at all! As I teach and share more and more of my watercolor process I continually come backContinue reading “Is the key to watercolor – layers or patience or both?”

Gifts to Inspire Creativity

If you have creativity in your life – regular creativity – you already know what a gift it is. It’s a relaxing time, almost like meditation, and it can ease the anxiety associated with busy lives. What better gift this holiday season, than the gift of creativity? Here are a variety of gifts that willContinue reading “Gifts to Inspire Creativity”

How to Find a Hobby

There are transitions in our lives where we suddenly have more time for ourselves – the youngest starts kindergarten, the kids go off to college, or move out on their own, retirement. With many of these transitions there is a mix emotions, yearning for the time before, coupled with excitement for the possibilities of nextContinue reading “How to Find a Hobby”

NOW is the time for YOUR Creative Exploration to begin!

Creative Exploration: A Six Week Process for Introducing Regular Creativity into your Life is a 62 page pdf ebook with: Over 30 Creative Tips Step by Step Process for Introducing Regular Creativity for Six Weeks and beyond! Worksheets for taking stock of your creative goals, history, past hurdles Worksheet for organizing and prioritizing all of yourContinue reading “NOW is the time for YOUR Creative Exploration to begin!”

Art Books

I bought myself 2 early birthday presents: Danielle Krysa’s book “A Big Important Art Book: Now with Women!” Danielle is the author of the wildly popular blog The Jealous Curator, creator of, one of my favorite podcasts, Art for your Ear, and author of several other books including a favorite of mine “Your Inner CriticContinue reading “Art Books”

Practice makes Progress

Above my most recent acrylic seascape. When I was younger and had less confidence in my artistic abilities I was hung up on talent. Nowadays I think of talent as just a starting point. It is almost irrelevant because if you work at drawing or painting, or whatever medium suits you, you will get better.Continue reading “Practice makes Progress”

Want to be Creative? Start here.

Want to be creative but don’t know how/where to start? Try these 3 steps! Open your eyes to inspiration – “stop and smell the roses.” Take off your blinders and notice things – The flowers on your walk, the fruit in the fridge, everyday objects. Ever look at how interesting the shape of scissors is?Continue reading “Want to be Creative? Start here.”

Creativity and Procrastination

I’ve been frustrated this summer about not finishing my creative projects. I have a bunch of ideas I want to pursue but can’t seem to get anywhere. I knew that one problem was the fact that I had so many things that I was dabbling in. You can’t move very far forward if you keepContinue reading “Creativity and Procrastination”

Filming Your Art Process

I’m really excited about the gift I recently received. It’s a stand to hold my phone above my work area so I can make a video of my painting process. The stand is called an Akron Kitchen Desk Table Stand. Previously I would try to hold my phone or iPad in front of me so IContinue reading “Filming Your Art Process”