Draw Paint Craft 15 Minutes a Day

The path to regular creativity is to simply draw, paint, craft, or whatever interests you, for 15 minutes almost every day. If you schedule the time, and plan for it – even if you are busy – you should be able to manage 15 minutes of creative time most days. These brief creative periods reinforceContinue reading “Draw Paint Craft 15 Minutes a Day”

The First Few Creative Days of 2019

2019 is off to a good start! I’m making drawing and painting a priority and try to work in the mornings, even if it’s just for a little bit. It’s fun to sit down with no real thought as to where it will lead and let things unfold. With painting holiday themed things throughout December,Continue reading “The First Few Creative Days of 2019”

Practice makes Progress

Above my most recent acrylic seascape. When I was younger and had less confidence in my artistic abilities I was hung up on talent. Nowadays I think of talent as just a starting point. It is almost irrelevant because if you work at drawing or painting, or whatever medium suits you, you will get better.Continue reading “Practice makes Progress”

Learning Acrylics

In May I switched from painting in watercolor to painting acrylic seascapes. I painted ten 12” x 12” canvases – intent on getting comfortable with the different medium. It was so frustrating in the beginning, but with each painting I learned something. I’ve pulled out the acrylics again – this time with bigger canvases, andContinue reading “Learning Acrylics”

How to Paint the Ocean with Watercolor and Gouache

The beach has been the backdrop of my life. It’s where I was born and raised, played, worked as a lifeguard…and now enjoy summer days with my family. I spend a lot of time learning and practicing capturing the ocean in watercolor. Download the full  “Waterscape Seascape Painting Tutorial,” in my Etsy shop. How to PaintContinue reading “How to Paint the Ocean with Watercolor and Gouache”

Several paintings at once takes the pressure off

I always have a few paintings in progress at once. With watercolor it’s about having to wait for the layers to dry. With acrylics it’s convenient to have a few going on, when you have the paint mixed up and ready. Having more than one, takes the pressure off one particular painting. During my drawingContinue reading “Several paintings at once takes the pressure off”

Confidence in painting

The other morning I sat down to paint in an effort to turn my bad mood around. As I was painting, and not feeling great about myself, I was thinking how much confidence plays a part in painting. When you are feeling good, you are hopeful about the outcome of a painting as you work.Continue reading “Confidence in painting”

Know your Subject

I often think about an online class I took by Val Webb called “Drawing Children.” At the time, I was amazed at how well Val knows the nuances of the faces and figures of children. Now as I paint the ocean – almost exclusively, mostly in watercolor, but recently in acrylics – I think aboutContinue reading “Know your Subject”

May Acrylic Canvas Project

I’m so excited about my May project! After painting watercolor seascapes for over a year, I’m adding acrylic and canvas to my routine. I’ve purchased 10 canvases and plan on completing them by the end of the month. I’ve painted in acrylics on and off over the years, but never enough to feel completely comfortable.Continue reading “May Acrylic Canvas Project”

No Expectations, No Pressure

I’ve learned that creating regularly makes me happy and starting the day by painting sets a great tone for the day. Sometimes I need to create without worrying about the outcome. It’s not always relaxing to sit and create something that you plan on posting or selling. Sometimes I pick something that’s a challenge forContinue reading “No Expectations, No Pressure”