A New Year’s Resolution – Heading into Year 5!

It’s hard for me to believe that 4 years ago – at the start of 2014 – I made a New Year’s Resolution to be creative. Before that I was creative off and on, often while taking a class, but never consistently. I wanted to be creative on a regular basis and find what interestedContinue reading “A New Year’s Resolution – Heading into Year 5!”

The Feelings of a Beginner

I realized this weekend how discouraging it can be to be a beginner. I worked on two very different projects for me. One was a paper diorama. The other was painting two canvases with acrylics. In both cases I was an unorganized mess. Materials all over. I had the wrong tools. I was literally uncomfortable.Continue reading “The Feelings of a Beginner”

Finally a quiet house :)

The kids are back at school and the house is quiet. It’s the perfect time to get back to painting. Once I set up, I accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. I took a unfinished painting – a wash of colors – and added a lighthouse. And I started a painting ofContinue reading “Finally a quiet house :)”

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”

Today is a special day

Today is my birthday! My husband said this morning, “I’ve never meet anyone who loves their birthday as much as you.” It’s true. Even though I don’t necessarily want to get older, I feel like my birthday is a special day. Maybe growing up the youngest of four, I loved when the focus was all on me!Continue reading “Today is a special day”

“Create to share” vs. “Share what you create”

After posting everyday from Feb. 1-14, in the Valentine’s Day theme, I was relieved when Valentine’s Day was over. Last year I found so much inspiration in the challenge to post everyday, to delve deeper into the theme. This year…not so much. Once it was over, I realized I wanted to work on whatever inspired me. IContinue reading ““Create to share” vs. “Share what you create””

14 Days of Valentine’s Day Art

Last year I got into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and created art every day, for 14 days, within that theme. I posted my creations on Instagram. It was a great learning experience, as I learned to dig deeper into a theme – once the obvious ideas were out of the way. I really fellContinue reading “14 Days of Valentine’s Day Art”

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”

Starting the year off right with a painting.

It felt so good, to set up yesterday – take my paints out, tape down the paper, fill the water – just go through the process. I’ve missed it. I’ve painted only sporadically during the holiday season. Setting up is kind of a calming. I had no idea what I wanted to paint, I just knew I wanted to getContinue reading “Starting the year off right with a painting.”