Thursday, July 31, 2014

5 Ways To Get In The Creative Zone - #3

10x15 watercolor on rice paper

I find it helps me creatively to constantly fill my head with inspiration from art books, magazines and my own photos. Take a trip to the art store and see what new supplies and materials are available to play with. Go to an art show or museum and see what other artists are doing. Look at art, think about art and you will want to create art!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

5 Ways To Get In The Creative Zone - #2

8x15 Watercolor

I find it helpful to keep several creative projects going at once in different stages. As I am finishing up one painting I can be thinking about the next step for another one and maybe how I want to begin a new watercolor. It helps to keep the creative juices flowing and takes the pressure off of having all your eggs in one basket!

Monday, July 28, 2014

5 Ways To Get In The Creative Zone - #1


A common complaint among artists is that it is sometimes hard to get 'In the creative zone.' I would like to share 5 ways that often help me get and stay in that artistic place we all love to be.
The first, is to trick yourself into getting started working on something creative. We often think we need a lot of open time in our schedule to sit down and paint but if you tell yourself you have 5 minutes to fool around you will soon be hooked and realize that you actually do have time to be creative. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Roses and Watercolor

 Watercolor - 11x15

Roses can be intimidating to paint because they are such a perfect looking flower. I always begin any floral painting with wet paper, applying the paint quickly and loosely for a soft background.
While the paint is still wet, I begin to use thicker, darker paint with little water to begin defining some of the roses and petals. I let that dry and then come back in on dry paper and start adding definition to the roses and leaves.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An Elephant, Funky Colors and Spatter

Watercolor 11x14

Years ago, my grandpa spent time in India and brought my brother back a small, wood carving of an elephant and he has collected them every since. I had so much fun using off beat colors for this painting - you don't really think purple, orange and turquoise when talking about elephants. Add a vignette and some spatters and you have a fun, colorful and unique painting.
Elephant Walk now has a new home in Minnesota with Tanya - thanks

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunflower, Old Metal and Instant Coffee

Watercolor - 15x21

I have to admit that I am not a coffee drinker - at all. And no, I don't like tea either. It kind of puts me out of step with most people since it has become so popular for everyone to drink all kinds of fancy coffees but I do like using it in my paintings. Yes, coffee and watercolor.
If you sprinkle instant coffee grounds on wet paint it will dissolve somewhat and create great color and texture. It works great for rusty metal, old wood and backgrounds.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Walk By Art and BIRD IN TREE

Watercolor 11x15

I have taught watercolor classes for over fifteen years now and one of the most common things I hear from students is that they have a hard time getting any painting done at home. My advice is that it really helps to have a place where you can set up your paints, water and paper and leave them out. If you are always having to set things up and then put them away you will never get any painting done. If everything is already out, you can stop and paint anytime you walk by - even if it is for five minutes. Do you have your own place set up to paint at home?