Thursday, May 31, 2012


Today I plan to graduate from my one-letter pieces to one sentence. I did a watercolor of poppies and I plan to journal on it tonight. In the meantime, I wanted to share my 'bloom' watercolor. I did it first using a smooth paper (Carson Acrylic 185lb), then a hand-made paper. I thought I would fall in love with the hand-made paper but I have to confess that I loved the way the colors floated on the smooth finish better. Here are both pieces for comparison.

Cold-Press Watercolor Paper

Hand-Made Watercolor Paper

Friday, May 25, 2012


Simple is always harder for me. I overwork acrylic paintings or add too many details to sketches. Not surprisingly, after all the hard work I do not want to add a word or words to a piece for fear of detracting from it or messing it up. It was a friend of mine's birthday this week and I need to quickly create a card for her. A simple card, I told myself. So, I combined a watercolor background with a simple sketch and added one word in honor of the class Letter Love 101 that I am currently taking. I was very happy with the results and my friend loved it. Most importantly, I think, the word adds to, rather than detracts from the piece!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Take me out to the ball game

One of the greatest gifts Junelle gave all of us in the Art of Wild Abandonment workshop is to see the mundane and every day moments as opportunities to create art. She taught us how simple it is to capture those memories with a simple little sketch. This weekend my son's baseball team had their end of season party at the ball park and I went with sketchbook in tow. I was not sure what I would sketch, thinking that I would probably sketch one of the umpires since they seem to sit the most still :-). After a while, I realized that the perfect sketch opportunity was right in front of me. My son and his buddy, with their backs to me, completely immersed in the game. I normally would have taken a photo, but this time I sketched the  moment and I am so glad!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Watercolor & Doodle Hearts

I am currently taking a watercolor class along with a lettering class. I have done many watercolors (not much lettering at all) and have never combined one with the other. Trying to step outside my box, I decided to use one of my watercolor backgrounds and practice some doodle lettering on it. I could not get myself to do it!! I decided instead to doodle a couple of hearts - this was so much fun! - and add one of my birdies. I am not sure this piece is finished - maybe I will get the nerve to add some journaling, maybe not! For those of you interested in lettering, especially if you are a beginner, I highly recommend Joanne Sharpe's Letter Love 101. You can find the badge on the right side of my blog.

While I am at it, I also wanted to mention another workshop that I am currently enrolled in (will start May 21st!). It is called "Your Living Canvas" and it is taught by Christy Tomlinson and Art McCracken. This workshop is a 6 week course and is intended to help define us as artists; to help us, through our art, celebrate our relationships, heartaches, joys, and insecurities in addition to help us learn a ton of new techniques for both canvas art and art journaling. I am so excited to start it! If this sounds like something you've been looking for, you should check it out now. Do not worry if you don't have time to take it now. You can register and then will have access to it for a full year! Christy even offers a payment plan. You can check out the website by clicking on the Your Living Canvas badge on the right column of my blog.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Our garden after a rain shower

We had a series of strong thunderstorms go through yesterday. There is not much I like better than our garden after a good shower. The flowers are refreshed, the overcast sky intensifies their color, and the droplets add that little extra something to the photographs. So, I grabbed my camera in between showers and snapped a few shots of my favorite 'girls'. These are not all of them, I will share the rest as I have time. I think I will use these photos for inspiration for an art project this weekend!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

As I mentioned in other posts, I have never been comfortable with my lettering. A couple of days ago, I came across the work of Joanne Sharpe and was immediately drawn to it. The colors she uses are amazing and her lettering, WOW...her lettering is all that mine is not. Although I am at the moment taking 3 workshops simultaneously, and really did not need to commit my time to any more, I could not help but check out her website. It took me only a few moments to decide to sign up for the Letter Love 101 workshop. I have watched a couple of the videos already and I can't wait to start working on my lettering - I just need to buy the supplies. To make it more exciting, some of my friends from The Art of Wild Abandonment workshop will be joining me. I am posting a little sketch of a bird I made this week here. I can't wait to see what the lettering on my sketches will look like after I take all 29 lessons included in Joanne's workshop!

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Monday, May 7, 2012


Today I am sharing a little sketch that I made a few weeks ago. It was inspired by The Art of Wild Abandonment class as well as my garden. I took the picture below when our radish seedlings had just started braking the earth and having just taken the workshop, I decided to add a sketch to my journal inspired by the photo.

If you are here because of the  bloghop, welcome! Details of The Art of Wild Abandonment bloghop are in my previous post. Thank you for coming by!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Lose the fear

My journal page
Inspiration photo

I am a perfectionist, always have been. But if there is anything I have learned in the last few weeks while taking The Art of Wild Abandonment workshop (more about this here) is that trying to be one, while making art, will not get me anywhere. To make art, REAL art that speaks to me and other people, I must try new things, step outside my box and not be afraid to mess up.

I signed up for this workshop because I needed something that would push me.  I never before kept an art journal and even while taking this class, instead of writing freely on my art journal, I  would paint on it, then stop and only days later, sometimes, I would add words. The fear is paralyzing. So, when I was invited to participate on this bloghop, I decided that for this post, I would push myself, create a page in my journal, and write on my piece regardless of how afraid I was to do it. My inspiration was a picture of poppies I had taken with my iPhone while on one of my walks (above). After I finished painting my page,  I added words that reflect my fear of 'tainting' my art with my writing. I have to admit, it was fun and it came out well enough that I want to try this again. It might not be my most wonderful, but it is at least a step in the right direction. I hope you like the final page and get inspired, maybe even take the workshop yourself if you have not already done so. Enjoy browsing! Oh, and don't forget, continue on this bloghop by visiting Julia Monroe's blog. Happy blog hopping!

Birds and nest with acrylics on canvas - Another project I made while taking this workshop

Thursday, May 3, 2012

I am very excited to have connected with many talented artists during the pasts couple of months through the workshop 'The Art of Wild Abandonment'. Many of us are participating in a bloghop this coming Saturday. What this means is people visiting our blogs on that day will be able to hop easily from one blog to the other. There are more than 50 artists participating and everyone is so talented! The event promises to be so much fun, full of eye candy and creativity. So, if you are visiting my blog, come back Saturday and join the fun!