Be Kind to Your Art, Be Kind to Yourself

Personal Art is stuff you make for yourself, be it an altered book, art journal, a quilt, a knitted sweater, collaging a treasure box, or anything else. You are making yourself a gift and you can practice compassion throughout the process. Here’s how to practice self-compassion while making personal art: Practice laying down your thoughtsContinue reading “Be Kind to Your Art, Be Kind to Yourself”

Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!

  If I had a dime each time someone has told me, “I’m not creative” I would be a billionaire!! When I hear this it sounds like a challenge to me. I would love to help everyone who says they aren’t creative, see that they are. It is my greatest joy to lead a groupContinue reading “Not Creative? Think Personal Art not Fine Art!”

The Unexpected Bumps Along the Creative Path

So this morning I found myself scraping off the water color painting I had glued onto my acrylic background painting. This is not fun but it is one of the unexpected bumps along the creative path. You never know just how your creative “baby” is going to act or respond to your style or materials.Continue reading “The Unexpected Bumps Along the Creative Path”

Playing with the mood in your colors

We’re going to be playing with color and mood in this post. There are warm colors and cool colors on the color wheel. When you were experimenting with your color palette did you lean more toward warm or cool?Start thinking about the mood you are in and the colors you use. We’ll be exploring thisContinue reading “Playing with the mood in your colors”

The meaning of color in the paint section

The emotional side of color just hit the Gidden paint company and the meanings of colors are now in the paint section. These are new paint chips I found in the paint section and I quickly grabbed them all. Of course the information on the back relates more to how to coordinate the paint colorContinue reading “The meaning of color in the paint section”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Artful Experiements that helped me grow

Today is the last day of the create every day challenge. Time has flown by and I have a lot of artful experiments that helped me to grow as an artist. I have not considered myself too good at drawing, but I forced myself past my own mental blocks to explore. The mental blocks IContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Artful Experiements that helped me grow”

30 Day Create Every Day Challange – Making My Sketchbook Friendly

I’ve decided to use my sketchbook instead of just keeping for those “special” times I want to draw. In the last few days of the challenge I have decided to make my sketchbook friendly. It’s so easy to save our supplies for that “special” project or the sketchbook for the time we’re better at drawing.Continue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challange – Making My Sketchbook Friendly”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Is It Really a Mistake?

This is the watercolor painting I started playing with on Saturday. This cut out piece is what I have now. I wanted to make the rocks more textured and laid several more layers of paint on them. They were looking pretty good but I wasn’t satisfied so I thought I’d add some black lines. ThisContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Is It Really a Mistake?”

30 Day Create Everyday Challenge – Fast Art for Those Who Don’t Have Time

This week has been busier for me than usual and I didn’t have as much time to create every day so I grabbed the watercolors I did last Saturday and just doodled on them. I get my creative fix in the evening when I need to do something but relax and it’s easy to pickContinue reading “30 Day Create Everyday Challenge – Fast Art for Those Who Don’t Have Time”

30 Day Create Every Day Challange – Water Color Learning Curve.

I’m in the middle of the process with this water color painting. This is the base for subtracting some paint and adding some more paint. I took time away from the computer this weekend and spread out my paints. I’m going to be spending time alone on the weekends now as the hunting season hasContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challange – Water Color Learning Curve.”