Dec 7, 2022

Tips and Tricks! 

Watercolor Sketching Tools:  Sketchbook focus and more
One of the things I love about watercolor sketchbooks is the potential.  I can fill them with little notes, small details, or full sized paintings.  When full they become a visual reminder of where I was as a person and an artist.

Finding the right tools for your art makes a difference though.  Here are some thoughts that may help you choose what works best for you:

  • type of paper:…
Dec 7, 2022

Creativity prompt  
Research is showing that making art (any art) benefits your physical and mental health at any time, but it is especially important during times of extended stress (sound familiar?).  With this in mind I created my workshop series (in person and on-line options are both available). However I encourage all of us to sit back and creatively play regularly on our own.  This can be part of a regular routine (morning cuppa and a sketch) or something that…

Dec 7, 2022

I love my sketchbooks.  Filling them with ideas, notes and designs allows me to work out ideas toward finished paintings.  But sometimes it is nice to have access to something that feel even more informal.  This week I made a "doodle sketchbook" just for messing about in.  I used a few larger sheets of drawing paper cut horizontally then folded accordion-style and glued into cardboard covers (cut down backs from empty WC paper pads).  My first page gives the advice of "Be brave enough to…

Dec 7, 2022

I have recently been needing to clean out things that have been in storage for far too long.  Among them old school notebooks which were frequently filled with complex doodles around my class notes.  Little did I know then that my scribbles were good for my health. 

Science has proven that doing anything that is creative helps "reset" your physical, neurological and mental systems because it uses the side of your brain that not dealing with day-to-day decision making.  Even something…