Painting Fall

Since the start of my blog “My Creative Resolution” and my regular creative practice, I’ve been hugely inspired by the seasons. Creativity literally opened my eyes to the changing landscape. That first fall, I was in awe of the fall foliage. It was like I’d never seen it before!  With fall in mind, I just developed a newContinue reading “Painting Fall”

Watercolor Basics ~ other important things you need!

In my previous Watercolor Basics posts I covered paper, brushes and paint but there are a few other items that are also important to have on hand. Water – With watercolor paint, you need water to dilute your paint and to clean your brushes. I like to have two containers of water on hand soContinue reading “Watercolor Basics ~ other important things you need!”

Watercolor Basics ~ Paint – What type of paint should you use?

There are several types of watercolor color paint including – pans (or cakes), tubes, and liquid. Many paints are available in student and artists grades. Student grades are a more affordable option, but usually have less pigment. Pans (or cakes) – When I was starting out I associated watercolor pan sets with the paints IContinue reading “Watercolor Basics ~ Paint – What type of paint should you use?”

Watercolor Basics ~ Brushes: What types of brushes should you use

If you have ever stood in an art store paintbrush aisle, you know how overwhelming selecting brushes can be. There are brushes for every medium, synthetic and natural brushes, and brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes. I have a variety of brushes but in truth I only use a few. Here are some tipsContinue reading “Watercolor Basics ~ Brushes: What types of brushes should you use”

Painting on the road – travel watercolor set

Whenever I travel I bring my watercolors with me. I have a compact travel set that is the perfect amount of colors. Painting while on vacation is a great way to experience a place. I take photos while I’m out with my family and paint during downtime at the hotel. You notice so much moreContinue reading “Painting on the road – travel watercolor set”

Watercolor Basics ~ Paper (5 Tips)

It’s Back to School time, so I thought it would be a great time to go back to basics, Watercolor Basics. Let’s talk about paper. When I first started out in watercolor I was using the wrong paper. Watercolor paper is specially designed for watercolor paint – it has texture, absorbs the paint, and canContinue reading “Watercolor Basics ~ Paper (5 Tips)”

Watercolor Sunsets

It’s been a summer of sunsets. I’ve been teaching the kids at the art center how to paint watercolor sunsets – showing them some of the color possibilities, and how to blend the colors. I encourage them to choose their own color combinations and I love seeing how different their skies are from one another.  I’ve alsoContinue reading “Watercolor Sunsets”

Just 10 Minutes

Sometimes life gets in the way of creativity and we are running around doing other things. Between teaching art and finalizing my new Beginner Watercolor Exploration Guide, I haven’t had time to paint. Well maybe I’ve had time, but not the motivation. Every time I walk past my paints – set up at the family room tableContinue reading “Just 10 Minutes”

For the Love of Watercolor

Over a decade ago as a young mom, I took a drawing class followed by a watercolor class. A few years later, I got serious about creating everyday and started my blog. I set out to explore every medium in search of my thing. The early days of my blog involved pencil sketches and working with acrylics.Continue reading “For the Love of Watercolor”

Monet inspired watercolors

Last week I wrote about how I needed a “project” to inspire and motivate me. I was sitting down to paint less and less. I thought a two week project would be good – not too long, but long enough that there might be some progress in this pandemic situation. Last week’s post includes theContinue reading “Monet inspired watercolors”