Looking back and looking forward on my creative resolution

When I first made “my creative resolution” just before the start of 2014, my mission statement was: “Hoping to draw, paint, and create my way through 2014.” I just wanted to be creative. I didn’t even know what I’d be working on. My interests were a varied list of painting, working with recycled materials, refinishing furniture,Continue reading “Looking back and looking forward on my creative resolution”

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”

Focusing and following through

My last post was about “Coming up with Ideas.” A few of you commented that you have no shortage of ideas. This makes sense as Maya Angelou famously said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” The “ideas” post was from the early days of my creative resolution. While reading through myContinue reading “Focusing and following through”

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”

I was asked to be a guest blogger :)

Hi everyone! A little over a week ago, I received a really sweet email from someone in Germany (I’m in NY isn’t it amazing how WordPress connects us?), asking if I would like to be a guest blogger. I have to share with you a part of the email. I was beyond flattered! “You areContinue reading “I was asked to be a guest blogger :)”

Writing a checklist to help you achieve your Creative Goals

I’ve learned so much since starting my creative resolution in 2014. About how important setting a goal is. But, not only do we have to set a goal, we need to outline the tasks that will get us there. My 2014 creative resolution, or goal, was very simply to “be creative.” Early on I wrote (and adapted asContinue reading “Writing a checklist to help you achieve your Creative Goals”

Drawing what your drawn to. {feathers}

I didn’t even realize I loved trees until they kept popping up in my paintings and illustrations. Drawing feathers was more of an accident. I was painting a sunflower when the watercolors bled beyond the shape of the sunflower. I moved on to another version, putting this accident to the side. Over the next couple of weeksContinue reading “Drawing what your drawn to. {feathers}”