How to Pick a Creative Project

I’ve been thinking I need a creative project to help motivate me during self quarantine, especially since things don’t seem to be opening up any time soon. If this is going to continue – for 2 weeks, a month, more? – it would be nice to have something to do, practice a skill, and workContinue reading “How to Pick a Creative Project”

Finding creative inspiration during self quarantine

These days I can’t blame lack of time for a lack of painting. Being stuck at home, I’ve got nothing but time. What I am struggling with is what to paint. Sometimes it seems easier to go on my iPad than to figure out an idea. Coincidentally my son asked me the other day, “DoContinue reading “Finding creative inspiration during self quarantine”

Soaking up Inspiration

It’s hard to know what I enjoy more, a visit to the beach or time spent painting. Recently I did both in the same day. Obviously it was a good day. The beach visit was an early morning one with my husband and coffee. Love those. The painting session – which took place at homeContinue reading “Soaking up Inspiration”

Inspiration for painting flowers in watercolor

I don’t always have an idea or inspiration when I sit down to paint. Once I’m there at the table it’s rare I spend more than a minute or two coming up with an idea. I usually start with doodles in my sketchbook and then move on to paintings that are in progress. I’m inContinue reading “Inspiration for painting flowers in watercolor”

Inspiration at the Bird Feeder

This week I only had to glance out my window for inspiration. There are always birds at the feeder and unfortunately squirrels too. I’ve been in a good routine since the start of the year. Monday through Friday I sit and paint after I get back from bringing my son to school. I try notContinue reading “Inspiration at the Bird Feeder”

Dogwoods my next print pattern design?

Just like I knew it would, working every day in my sketchbook has really opened me up creatively. That and working beyond the beach theme. It’s been 12 consecutive days! This week the dogwoods right outside our windows have been calling to me! I’m thinking about using my dogwood illustrations to create a repeating pattern.Continue reading “Dogwoods my next print pattern design?”

A trip to New Orleans

There’s nothing like a vacation to recharge your batteries. We took a trip to New Orleans. I have always wanted to go but didn’t know what to expect. Highlights included: Delicious beniots An adventurous swamp tour searching for alligators and enjoying the beauty of the swamp. Love that Spanish moss! Delicious dinners of catfish, gumbo,Continue reading “A trip to New Orleans”

All About Portraits

The fourth issue of my newsletter comes out tomorrow and it’s all about portraits. Sign up here so you don’t miss it! I started “My Creative Collection” to share all the things that inspire me, in hopes of inspiring you! It contains artists and makers, places, crafts and art mediums, tutorials, podcasts, interesting articles, and more. You can view pastContinue reading “All About Portraits”

InkTober recap

Participating in InkTober was a great motivator. I got into the habit of working daily which was great. I didn’t follow the prompts but worked on what inspired me. I held off on adding Watercolor to my ink sketches, but towards the end I gave in. And purely by chance I got to meet theContinue reading “InkTober recap”