Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Solar Eclipse Day!

Watercolor - 11x15

In celebration of the Solar Eclipse today I have posted the only painting I have of a moon. Not quite like what we will see today but you get the idea. The lake we live on is actually in the path of totality so people are flocking to this area like crazy. A group of us will be on the water in boats to witness the event so it should be an exciting day. We even have our special glasses so that we can look directly at the sun. I am really curious to see what it will be like.

Whatever today brings in your neck of the woods I hope you have a happy Solar Eclipse Day!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Don't Make Art Harder Than It Needs To Be!

Watercolor - 15x22

I think we are all guilty of making art or creativity more difficult than it needs to be. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all of the art supplies available, beautiful images on Pinterest, painting blogs and websites that promote their way of being artistic. It is hard not to feel like we are competing with all of the other creative people around us but I have learned that sometimes it is helpful to take a step back and remember a few simple things.

Keep It Simple - You don't need to paint a masterpiece everytime you sit down to create. Just play.     Choose a few colors. Jump right in. Enjoy the process.

Stick With Your Passion - You don't have to be a master at everything. If you love painting sunflowers (like I do), then paint sunflowers. You don't need to make yourself paint something you have no interest in.

Let Your Style Develop - The more you paint, the more your own personal style will develop. Just like your handwriting is unique to you, so is your artistic style. Don't feel like you need to paint like everyone else.

Don't Over Commit - Don't set yourself up for failure by over committing yourself in terms of expectations or time. You don't have to spend hours in the studio or create on a large canvas. Allow yourself to paint small or to use 15 minute segments of your day to be in the studio.

And above all else, don't forget to just relax and have fun!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Watercolor & Words Wednesday - Beach Memories

Digital Watercolor Print - 8x10

Memories made at the beach stay 
in our Hearts forever!

I love the beach and have SO many wonderful memories of childhood vacations off the coast of Texas. We always went at the end of summer, right before school started and stayed in a small motel right on the beach. We collected shells, rode the waves and played board games at night. Simple times!

Using an image of one of my original watercolor paintings I added a quote to design a piece that is ready for instant printing. You can print, trim and frame it for yourself or to give as a gift. My watercolor printables are a great way to make a creative connection with someone special in your life. I invite you to view all of my instant digital prints in my Etsy Shop!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Art With Heart Monday - FREE Painting Checklist!

Watercolor - 15x22

I often hear my students say that they are not sure when their painting is finished. I tell them that it is important to step back and view it from a distance with a fresh eye and to ask yourself some key questions. 

I decided to put together a list of helpful questions for evaluating your artwork and grouped them using the four C's - Composition, Color, Character and Craftsmanship. I used a soft focus print of part of my original watercolor Impressionistic Daisies above for the background and as my gift you can download and print it here. Enjoy!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Watercolor on Rice Paper - SPRING BEAUTY

Watercolor on rice paper - 10x18

'Creativity is intelligence having fun'
~ Albert Einstein ~