Creative Energy Journaling

Line and Wash – Watercolor Painting Anyone Can Do

Line and Wash – Watercolor Painting Anyone Can Do

Line and wash is a combination of line drawing with watercolor washes to suggest a scene. It’s a great way to get started with watercolor, or with travel sketching, even if you “can’t draw” and have never tried watercolor before!

read more
New Watercolor Mandala Template

New Watercolor Mandala Template

I know some of you enjoy using the templates I create for my Watercolor Prayer/Meditation Mandala Mini-Retreats. I created a new one that was very popular at the last mini-retreat, so I decided to share it with you here. This one has some larger open areas for you to...

read more
“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 a page out...

read more
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, or cost only...

read more
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 your appreciation for...

read more
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. Since I've been on a spiral kick myself lately, I invite you to create a...

read more

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 traveling or...

read more
New Year’s Permissions

New Year’s Permissions

What would you do, if only . . .  ? New Year's resolutions . . . we love to hate them, but we make them. Even when we resolve not to make resolutions, there's still that feeling that now that the holidays are over, we'll get our lives in hand again, and this year do...

read more
Celebrate Light!

Celebrate Light!

Isn't it a wonderful quirk of nature that just as the coldest months are about to begin, the days also begin to lengthen? The winter solstice is this Sunday night. After that, the days start lengthening toward spring. Why not take a little time from the rush and...

read more