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”

Add a notebook to your painting setup

I find it useful to have a small notebook opened next to my palette. This way if I have a thought for a blog post, want to remember which blue I’m using, or whatever, I can just scribble a note to myself. I also write down the date and time of the photo I’m paintingContinue reading “Add a notebook to your painting setup”

Watercolor Skies

Prints available at shop.eileenmckenna.com. When I first started painting my seascapes, the skies were simple blue gradations, with the lightest blue closest to the horizon. With each seascape painting I started playing a bit more with the sky – trying to achieve the perfect sky blue, adding other colors as a glow on the horizon, addingContinue reading “Watercolor Skies”

Watercolor Painting “Must Haves”

I’ve joined in on the fun with Mollie Makes magazine, a lifestyle and craft magazine for those who live creatively, and followed the prompts for #molliemakersweek. Today’s prompt was “must haves.” I recommend these products to anyone starting out in watercolor. My “must haves” Fluid watercolor paper Canson multimedia sketchbook Painters tape Windsor Newton paints – ultramarine, cadmiumContinue reading “Watercolor Painting “Must Haves””

Filming Your Art Process

I’m really excited about the gift I recently received. It’s a stand to hold my phone above my work area so I can make a video of my painting process. The stand is called an Akron Kitchen Desk Table Stand. Previously I would try to hold my phone or iPad in front of me so IContinue reading “Filming Your Art Process”

Pick a picture, pick a subject…

…and start drawing and painting. Sitting with my coffee this morning, I was beating myself up for not painting this week. But when I looked back on the week and all I did – work, back to school stuff including orientations, meetings, haircuts, doctors’ appointments, and birthday preparations – it makes sense. Okay I forgiveContinue reading “Pick a picture, pick a subject…”

Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor

I’ve aspired to capture the ocean in watercolor for years. In December I made “painting the beach” my New Year’s project. The snow was falling outside, but I was inside painting waves. With each painting I learned and improved. Some of my firsts in early January. I watched a few YouTube videos and learned fromContinue reading “Capturing the Ocean in Watercolor”