How to Choose Paint Colors for a Basic Spring Palette

One of the reasons I love using a seasonal palette for art work is the way the colors naturally sing when they’re placed together.  I love, love, love when the colors harmonize in a happy, light hearted way, fully of playfulness and inviting energy. Take cues from nature when you create your palette.  It’s easier to see what colors work well together- the yellow greens, the bright flowers, the crisp blue sky. You don’t have to know why they go well together, although knowing the reason why is very helpful as you grow. I use a large palette, place the … Read More

How to Create Spring Color Palette

Okay,  let’s talk color today. Specifically, spring color. Why have seasonal palettes? Because if you put together a group of colors before you start painting,  you’ll know automatically what colors work and go together…and what colors don’t. There’s nothing like being really happy with how a lovely watercolor sketch is coming along and in the middle of thinking about how your mum will really enjoy this one, you get stuck on what kind of yellow to use. It’s a spring palette (so all the colors should be primary, bright, exuberant), but you choose a opaque yellow ochre and all of … Read More

How to Make Almost-Perfect Stripes with Masking Tape

There’s been so many cute striped patterns on journals and images. It’s all so fun. I thought the trend might go well as a background to some floral designs I’ve been playing with. I was struggling to create a background I really loved with some floral watercolors. For whatever reason (it was probably an Instagram inspiration!), I decided to create some stripes. It can be easy to put too much into the background of an image. I like to add stripes as a way to show off the design or image. The stripes can give it a bit of more … Read More

Reverse the Resistance to Spring Projects with 5 Actions

On a recent run/walk, I chided myself on the lack of progress I was making on my new start. I ran across the bridge and turned down a rocky path, jumping out of the way to avoid a muddy puddle, leftover from recent rain. The mud reminded me of a Parker Palmer observation in his excellent essay on the seasons of life in his book, Let Your Life Speak. He states that before spring is beautiful and fragrant and full, it’s “plug ugly.” Ha! I love the visual his words provide as he talks about the “mud and muck” of … Read More

Turning Drab & Old into Fun & New!

It’s time for another 15 Minute Creative Project. I love these fun creative bursts that don’t take too much time, yet still leave that wonderful sensation of creating something lovely. One of the “secrets” of infusing more creativity in the day is having a spot set aside for creative work. It doesn’t have to be a big spot or even an entire table, just a designated spot to continue to work said project. This mixed media notebook box was one of those block projects, it was about three episodes of 15 minute creativity. I started this project last night. My … Read More