Beach Heart

Painting this beach heart was as peaceful and relaxing as sitting on the beach itself. Before I sat down to paint I was looking through my work for something to post on Valentine’s Day. I usually don’t post things from my archives – not that there is anything wrong with that. It just sometimes feels disjointedContinue reading “Beach Heart”

Drawing “cute” illustrations

A while back, I worked hard to learn about illustrating in a “children’s book style.” I really studied up on it. (See below for the links to the posts I wrote on my progress.) This week I wanted to do a cutesy illustration of a boy with a box of chocolates and a little girl. I firstContinue reading “Drawing “cute” illustrations”

A home for my cupcake painting

 The one negative to painting and drawing a lot, is that those paintings and drawings pile up. I do hang some of them up, but most end up in a drawer. Good thing I don’t work on canvas that much.  So when a friend said “I want it!” in response to my cupcake post onContinue reading “A home for my cupcake painting”

Try String Art! A heart shaped tutorial.

I’ve been wanting to try string art for months. When I saw my Valentine’s Day pattern printed – I knew it would make the perfect background. Have you been wanting to try string art? If so, gather these materials and read on. 8″ x 10″ frame with the glass removed 8″ x 10″ piece of corkContinue reading “Try String Art! A heart shaped tutorial.”

A Valentine’s Day Card and a past career

When my daughter was born fifteen years ago, I left my Art Director job to stay home. I did a little freelance work, but focused on starting a custom invitation and announcement business. Since I didn’t draw and paint the way I do now, the business was part work and part creative outlet. For a whileContinue reading “A Valentine’s Day Card and a past career”

14 Days of Valentine’s Day Art

Last year I got into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and created art every day, for 14 days, within that theme. I posted my creations on Instagram. It was a great learning experience, as I learned to dig deeper into a theme – once the obvious ideas were out of the way. I really fellContinue reading “14 Days of Valentine’s Day Art”

Valentine’s Day Patterns

Last February I designed my second pattern, ever, in the Valentine’s Day theme. As I continued throughout the year, designing more patterns, my style evolved and my techniques changed. I wanted to design another pattern, this year, in the same theme, to see how I would approach it differently. Even though last year’s design was created with handContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Patterns”

Learning the keys to successful surface design

At the end of last year, I had just started ordering my pattern designs in wrapping paper and fabric. It’s totally different, to not only see the pattern printed, but then work with the gift wrap and fabric. As I wrapped presents in my designs and other designs, I became aware of things that I neverContinue reading “Learning the keys to successful surface design”

Valentine’s Day Mantle

I’ve been having fun the last couple of weeks creating art with Valentine’s Day in mind. I challenged myself to post my creations on Instagram for 14 days in a row. If you’ve been following, let me know which one you liked the best. It’s been great, working within the same theme – coming upContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Mantle”

“Valentine’s Day Love” Pattern

I’m in the heart/love frame of mind this week, as I am posting a new Valentine’s Day inspired photo to Instagram, every day from February 1st – the 14th! (@mycreativeresolution) So, it’s no surprise that my digital pattern of the month is also Valentine’s Day inspired. I’m getting into creating art in Photoshop, especially with doodles thatContinue reading ““Valentine’s Day Love” Pattern”