What to Paint in February

  In January, I started off the month with Paris and quotes. Quotes are fun and fairly quick to create. Sometimes I need that juice, the energy that comes from quickly creating something bright and colorful and fun without too much effort. This month my heart is still in Paris. My next collection has a strong Parisian theme and I’m so excited to share it later this month! In the meantime, I’m working through quick, watercolor sketches of Paris, the Eiffel Tower and sunsets. What about you? Is there a place, subject matter or person who lingers in your mind? … Read More

Painting Ideas & Inspiration for January

January is a great month to paint words to inspire our new year, comfort foods for the cold days and memories of the special places we visited in the past year. This January, let’s paint: Inspirational quotes Cups of coffee (because it’s freezing out and I need to warm up) Paris! January is a good time of year to dream a bit on where you’d like to go with art this year. Do you want to paint weekly or seasonally, by yourself or with a group. (or maybe a little of everything?) Check out ideas for a painting plan on this … Read More

New Christmas Watercolor Workshop

It’s getting to be the most wonderful time of the year. Also, the busiest, craziest, quickest time of the year, right? Insert the sobbing emoticon right here! One activity that brings some calm to my life each year is continuing the practice of creativity and play. I’m thrilled to invite you to ‘Enter In: Creating a Season of Comfort & Joy.’ It’s a watercolor course where we will be painting homes and spending time playing with watercolor, festive ideas and letting ourselves enjoy the sweetness of the season. There are 4+ hours of content. You can go through all the … Read More

How to Use a Spring Palette in Your Art Work

I was walking by a kitchen store recently, one of my favorites to browse in- Sur La Table. They had the loveliest spring dish set that with a blue hydrangea floral pattern. The pattern was a little on the large size- too big for elegant summer or a formal winteresque meal- but it was perfect for spontaneous spring. The flowers seemed almost as if they might float off the plates. I felt happy just looking at these dishes. Suddenly I was standing in the walkway of the store, mentally laying out the menu for a spring brunch and thinking,  “what … 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