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It’s Okay to Quit!

It’s Okay to Quit!

If you are an artist or writer, you have probably quit plenty of projects. What started out as a world changing idea might have dwindled away into nothingness before your very eyes. Next thing you know, you are flinging that canvas in the dumpster or […]

8 Health Benefits of Art

8 Health Benefits of Art

I am a big believer in self help through art. Actually, I prefer to call it self care rather than help because it just sounds better to me. To me, the word “help” implies that you have something about yourself that you need to fix. […]

Drawing from Photos or Life

Drawing from Photos or Life

While I was first learning to draw as a kid, I spent a lot of time using both photographs and life. Just naturally, I chose a lot of subjects from life and I tried drawing just about anything. I remember once being trapped in the car […]

Art Gratitude Journal

Art Gratitude Journal

Having a gratitude journal has been a welcome addition to my peace of mind. Adding art into it makes it even better. But sometimes, when life is being really annoying and in your face, it’s hard to remember to be grateful. Instead, your mind usually […]

Drawing From Imagination

Drawing From Imagination

Lately, I have been trying to challenge myself to draw more from imagination. And let me tell you, it uses a whole other set of artistic muscles that are not exercised when you are simply drawing from reality. At least, this has been my experience. […]

Abstract 88 – 10, 11, 12

Abstract 88 – 10, 11, 12

#10 I’m still on watercolor here. I took an abstract break for awhile as my inspiration had that dried up feeling. I couldn’t think of anything to paint to save my life. As this series is simply a casual exploration, I decided not to be […]

Rock Painting Instructions

Rock Painting Instructions

Would you believe that I have never painted a rock before? Most people who know me would think, “Wait, she’s an artist who appears to love nature related subjects and she’s never done a rock painting???” Well, I haven’t! Not even as a kid. I […]

What Kind of Artist Are You?

What Kind of Artist Are You?

What Kind of Artist Are You? Some people know exactly what medium they want to use to create from the very beginning. Others need to experiment…possibly endlessly. I switched back and forth between many different mediums before I found one that felt like my “home […]

Drawing Flowers With Colored Pencil

Drawing Flowers With Colored Pencil

Whenever I show people one of my colored pencil drawings, they never seem to believe that it really and truly is colored pencil. After that, they want to know how I did it. I tell them, first of all, I wasn’t using the colored pencils […]

Art Composition Tips

Art Composition Tips

When sitting down to write this article on art composition tips, something suddenly occurred to me. Out of all of the years I have studied art, both self taught and art school, which one would you think I learned the most about art composition? Most […]