Let’s Paint Paris in Watercolor!

Let’s Paint Paris in Watercolor! Join me in February for The “Let’s Paint Paris in Watercolor” Email Series – an inspirational program for February 2020 (4 weeks) aimed at inspiring regular watercolor painting through virtual immersion into the city of Paris – the food, the architecture (no straight lines required), the Masters and more! AtContinue reading “Let’s Paint Paris in Watercolor!”

10 “How to” Posts on Painting, Graphic Design, Creativity and more!

It’s still amazing to me that I made a commitment to be creative, created this blog to hold myself accountable, have continued with it for over five years, and have published over 600 posts! This from someone who previously couldn’t finish a creative project. Here’s a round up of my best “How to” posts. HowContinue reading “10 “How to” Posts on Painting, Graphic Design, Creativity and more!”

Assembly Line Painting {an experiment}

I recently had some success with a fairly quick beach landscape. The blooms that unintentionally formed and looked like crashing waves was a large part of the success. I was curious if I could recreate this and decided to set up several boards (watercolor paper taped to cardboard) to paint all at once. My plan wasContinue reading “Assembly Line Painting {an experiment}”

Practicing on scrap paper before diving in

After the debacle of the sunflower. I decided to practice on a scrap piece of paper before starting a painting of an Echinacea flower. This way I would have a plan on how to paint it. The scrap paper coneflower came out pretty good, so I started my painting. I loved the start of this painting.Continue reading “Practicing on scrap paper before diving in”

Forcing myself to finish.

One thing I’ve learned about myself as an artist, is that I dive into a project with enthusiasm. I think it’s the Aries in me [read more about that here]. It’s great for starting a project, but for me, a couple of things can get in the way of finishing a project. I lose enthusiasm.Continue reading “Forcing myself to finish.”

Comparing last year’s work to this year

When I look back on what I was working on last year and compare it to this year – I’m amazed. I feel like I have developed and progressed so much as an artist. Last year at this time – I was still not using watercolor paper! I just started adding details in ink last August.Continue reading “Comparing last year’s work to this year”

A pattern for July – Seashells

I really enjoyed creating this pattern. It brought me back to collecting shells as a kid and marveling at the patterns and colors. Oh wait, I still do that! This pattern started with doodles in my sketchbook. I drew a lot of shells! I have jarfuls on hand for reference. Then on watercolor paper I paintedContinue reading “A pattern for July – Seashells”

Some paintings are easy…and then there is this one.

When I say that some paintings are easy, I don’t mean that there aren’t layers and layers to add, and details to fill in. They just feel easy. Each layer and detail added makes the painting better and better. And you know it, as you’re working. But this sunflower felt like childbirth – ha ha. It was theContinue reading “Some paintings are easy…and then there is this one.”