Watercolor Mandala Templates for You to Use

Watercolor Mandala Templates for You to Use

Looking for templates so you can try it yourself? Templates are at the bottom of the Mandala Mini-Retreat class page. Last weekend’s mini-retreat on Mandalas for Prayer and Meditation at Wet Paint was a wonderfully relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon! If...
“No Mistakes” Art-Making

“No Mistakes” Art-Making

Do you ever make mistakes when you’re working in your journal? Or doodling? Ever put down a wobbly line? Smear some ink? Drip watercolor where you didn’t mean to? How does it make you feel? Perhaps a bit aggravated or disappointed? Do you ever want to tear...
Digital Doodles

Digital Doodles

I know many of you have iPads (or other tablets) or smartphones. Have you ever thought of using them to make art? There are many, many fun apps that allow you to draw, doodle, “paint” and modify your photos—and a lot of them are free, have free versions,...
Get Out of the Moment

Get Out of the Moment

Huh? Everything you read these days seems to extol the virtues of being “in the present moment”. I’m not questioning the value of being attentive, appreciative and aware. In fact, a few weeks ago, I suggested some ways to use art-making to deepen...
Spiral In, Spiral Out

Spiral In, Spiral Out

The 30-Doodles-in-30-Days Challenge is drawing to a close, but one thing I have discovered is that everyone has enjoyed having a daily  doodling suggestion (a “prompt”) as a creative springboard. And seeing each other’s responses to the prompt sparks...

The Sound (and Look) of Music

Last week, I talked about the power of “doodling” or art-making to focus your full attention on a sensation or experience. This is one of the main reasons I make art. Not to hang something on the wall, but to enhance my experience of life. Sketches while...
Another Big Project Coming Up!

Another Big Project Coming Up!

Did you enjoy following along on the “giant” painting? I’m in the planning stages of another large multi-panel piece like that. We’re still working out the details, but I’m very excited to have been asked to do another one! I’ll...
What’s a Cradled Board?

What’s a Cradled Board?

This must be one of the questions I get asked the most often! I used to mat and frame my watercolors. From time to time someone would ask if I could frame them without glass. I knew of some watercolorists who were painting on canvas or boards that were specially...