So many of us are over-busy, stressed and fully occupied with just getting a few more things crossed off our to-do lists. Deep down, we know we need a way to keep our thinking creative and flexible. We need a way to recharge and get back in touch with our dreams. But we get stuck on the “not enough time/space/skill” stumbling blocks. Creative Energy Journaling is a collection of the activities and practices I use and share with my students to keep my creative energy flowing even when life is biting me in the butt!
A simple dragonfly postcard, suitable for all experience levels.
In this video, look over my shoulder and watch as one of my paintings evolves from initial concept sketch to the final version.
Learn a more free form approach to planning as we complete the lighthouse painting we designed in the latest series of videos.
Some things to watch out for that make it easier or harder to reserve lights and whites in watercolor.
A “default” strategy for deciding on the painting sequence for a watercolor. We’ll see how it was used for two earlier examples and then apply it to the designs from our last video.
3 simple strategies you can use to start designing simple paintings of your own, even if you just picked up a brush for the first time today.
A watercolor postcard of lighted Christmas trees at night on a snowy slope.
One approach to designing and planning a painting of your own, using a holiday postcard as an example. Come plan along with me!
Expand your sketchbook practice beyond just making sketches. Your studio notebook is a place to brainstorm, explore, learn and develop your own creative style. Here are some ideas for getting started using a studio notebook to support all aspects of your creative development.
A simple and nondestructive way to stop paint from beading up on a plastic watercolor palette.
In planning an artwork, you often need to conduct related exercises, explorations and experiments. But it’s usually a bad idea to let them slowly morph into unplanned attempts at the artwork.
once you start painting quarter-sheet or larger, or getting the paper really saturated, stretching your paper makes your life sooooo much easier! This video shows my preferred method, stretching on the same stretcher bars used for canvas, and an alternate method for those who have difficulty operating a staple gun.