InkTober … so far

InkTober has begun. Here’s today’s sketch inspired by a beautiful front porch design by Ginny of @maplecreekmarket. Here’s a recent sketch of montauk daisies. Want a dose of creative inspiration? Sign up for my newsletter “My Creative Collection” by clicking here. Learn more here. Click here to view my collection of watercolor and acrylic seascapes.

I Recall Central Park in Fall

Flipping through a magazine looking for something to draw, I came across a couple strolling with their dog. I drew them, added a tree, and had to pull out my watercolors and add some leaves. That illustration reminded me of walking with my husband through Central Park in New York City. Having just watched “FerrisContinue reading “I Recall Central Park in Fall”

Waiting for the leaves to change

Here in New York the leaves are beginning to change. Only a few have fallen. I am so looking forward to the bright colors and to walking through the leaves – that “swish swish” and the beautiful reds, purples, and yellows everywhere. Cleaning up the leaves I am not looking forward to! In years past, the leaves haveContinue reading “Waiting for the leaves to change”

Comparing last Fall’s work to this Fall

As I added branches to my latest illustration project, I wondered, “What was I working on last year?” I asked myself the same question at the end of the Summer and the answer was interesting. When I looked back to Summer 2014, I saw the start of my watercolor and ink style. I could pinpointContinue reading “Comparing last Fall’s work to this Fall”

Digital Intervention with Photoshop

For the most part, I like to keep my art hand drawn or painted. The exception is when I’m working on designing a repeating pattern. But sometimes, my 20 years of experience with Photoshop, comes in handy with my artwork. I painted this tree a couple of weeks ago and thought, “It really needs aContinue reading “Digital Intervention with Photoshop”

Self imposed deadlines {and a leaf pattern}

I remember, way back in elementary school, staring a project early, but never finishing it until the night before it was due. I needed the deadline to motivate me to finish. All these years later I know the power deadlines have to motivate me. Now, I’m using this to my advantage. If I want to accomplish something I set a deadline. In myContinue reading “Self imposed deadlines {and a leaf pattern}”

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”

Be creative! It will super charge your senses

One of the side effects of living a creative life is your senses become super charged. Plainly stated you notice things. On a recent walk with a friend, I stopped her a few times to say, “Look at that!” Her response, “I forgot I was with an artist.” I was finding beauty in things she didn’tContinue reading “Be creative! It will super charge your senses”