Sketchbook Sunday: Apple Blossoms

Hi friends! I was so taken by the beautiful apply blossoms I saw on my walk the other day I decided to paint them in my sketchbook!

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The ordinary can be so beautiful!Here is a time-lapse video of the process. I really like the way these turned out!

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What are you sketching today? Happy crafting!

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Student Spotlight: Linda Foster {and a sale!}

Hi friends! I am so lucky that I get to do what I love for a living. I enjoy sharing my passion for art here on my blog, on YouTube and in my classes. I find myself constantly inspired by my students and the excitement they feel when they create is infectious! Today I want to share a couple of projects from my student Linda Foster. She is in my drawing course Learn to Draw with Lindsay and she is doing an amazing job! BTW I am offering 30% off the one time purchase price of this course through May 9th, use the coupon code BLOGFRIENDS if the discount doesn’t show up:)

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Portraits are probably the most intimidating thing for students to draw and I was delighted to see the elegant way she drew the portrait of a girl and the skillful way she shaded her. Isn’t she lovely?

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Portrait of a girl by Linda Foster

One of the more challenging lessons in the course was drawing the texture of a birch bark log. The marks, peeled bark and shading is almost abstract and can be confusing but Linda took it one step at a time and created this textural delight in graphite!

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Birch bark by Linda Foster.

We also branch out into other media in the class, here is Linda’s deer in Conte crayon. Doesn’t he look peaceful? I just love her work!

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Deer in Conte Crayon by Linda Foster.

I would like to thank Linda Foster for allowing me to share a few of her drawings from the class. I love to see the student work posted in the classroom. I give individual critiques on all of the artwork that is uploaded so the student as well as other students can learn more. Not everyone want’s to share their artwork and that is totally fine so I want to send a special thanks to all of the students who do share because it helps students who are a bit shy about uploading their work too. I want to welcome anyone who would like to learn to draw to have a look at my course Learn to Draw with Lindsay. Here is what some other students had to say about it:

Thanks for the tips. Gee, the way you’ve arranged all of this is just wonderful, Lindsay — never a problem viewing what you’re doing, your voice is crystal clear, the lesson projects are challenging because they teach new skills yet are simple enough for beginners, plus the Q&A and comments section is so helpful. It’s obvious you’ve worked hard on this setup and it’s absolutely perfect! LOVE your classes!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Oh, and another thing I like about your class is that you not only provide a list of suggested supplies for the lessons but also give students ideas for substitutes if it’s not possible for them to purchase all of these items, i.e., just use a number 2 pencil if you don’t have drawing pencils;  you can buy white erasers at the Dollar Store; if you already own another brand of watercolor pencils, just go ahead and use those; if you have no drawing paper, just use a sheet of typing paper. Your whole goal is to allow others to enjoy art like you do and that doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  The challenge of your lessons provides a learning experience while the simplicity allows even beginners to be able to finish the projects and produce a drawing they can be proud to show to family and friends. You hand us all a big dose of confidence, Lindsay! Plus your classes are very reasonably priced.  In fact, when I’m finished with your drawing class, I plan to sign up for your watercolor class. Under your guidance, I can go back and learn the important basics I didn’t get in a class I took previously.~Kathleen L. mechanic

Hi Lindsay! I’ve been enjoying your tutorials on YouTube for a couple of years and I just joined this art class today! Thank you so much for offering it to us! I have spent over 50 years telling myself that I can’t make art due to my lack of talent, but you have helped me to realize that I CAN make art that I enjoy viewing! All I have to do is follow your instructions! You are so fun to watch, and your instructions are easy to follow! I love your enthusiasm! You’re the best! Thanks for all you do for those of us who are aspiring to be better artists! ~Nancy Whitmore

Hi Lindsay, Great exercise! I am happily covered in graphite from head to toe but somehow that makes me feel more like a real artist! lol 🙂 I am grateful for this lesson as I have much to learn with values. Seeing things through your eyes and hearing how you explain things helps me learn new perspectives in art 🙂 I truly appreciate all your instruction 🙂 ~A happy pupil, Pam Karasy 🙂

If your goal is to learn how to draw or improve your drawing skills I would love for you to enroll in my course Learn to Draw with Lindsay. You can take as long as you like with the lessons and return to them as often as you like. You get lifetime access! That’s one of the thing I love about online classes,you can study whenever you want and take as long as you like and it is much more affordable than my in person classes. This series of classes would cost over $150 to take in person at my studio and you would have to be there at a set time (not to mention potentially paying a babysitter and parking.) But with online classes they are on YOUR time and through May 9th 2018 you can save 30% (Regular $79, sale $55.30) just use the coupon code BLOGFRIENDS if the discount doesn’t already appear.  I want to thank my student Linda Foster for letting me share her artwork from class with you and thank YOU for visiting today and til next time happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday Fruity Mason Jar Drink in Gouache

Hi friends!  It’s sketchbook Sunday, a time to draw or paint just for the fun of it in your sketchbook!

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Today I am painting a fruity drink in gouache.

Need drawing help? Check out my class Learn to Draw with Lindsay! *Save 20% with coupon code TRYME

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What are you working on today? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

 

Pen & Ink with Watercolor Wash LIVE Today @ 12:30pm ET

Hi friends!  I really think you are going to enjoys today’s free live tutorial! Here is the practise piece I worked up this morning:

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All you need is a waterproof pen, watercolors and any watercolor paper that is not too rough. Since the pen drawing takes care of most of the detail we can simply splash on some paint using non aggressive techniques so cheap paper will be fine. You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the video player below but if you want to chat live be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm eastern time (New York time.) I recommend if you want to paint along that you download the pattern below and have it drawing in ink on your paper prior to the live stream. I spent an hour drawing the final sketch on my “good” watercolor paper last night so plan on taking that long to draw or about 20 minutes to trace before painting.

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BTW my friend and fellow YouTuber Angela Fehr is hosting a 6 week course called Watercolor Mastery for intermediate to advanced painters and she is offering $50 off with coupon code FIRSTIN  *this is an affiliate link, if you purchase through this link I earn a commission at no additional cost to you:) Class runs 6 weeks and starts on April 16. The coupon code FIRSTIN is only good through 4/16/18 when class begins. The class runs 6 weeks but you will have lifetime access to the class materials. Angela is a wonderful teacher and a kind and encouraging person and I hope you check her out!

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That’s all for right now! I hope to see you live at 12:30 for a fun watercolor lesson! Till then happy crafting!

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Sketchbook Sunday: The Eyes Have It! & April Artwork

Howdy friends & Happy Easter! We are about to head out to my sister’s for Easter dinner but before I go I wanted to share today’s Sketchbook Sunday project.

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I had planned to paint some Easter candy but I wasn’t feeling it and the first (and only) rule about sketchbook Sunday is “Paint what you want to!” So I did:) I do have a real-time tutorial for painting an eye in watercolor here if you would like to see it. As always my sketchbook sunday paintings are time-lapse. This sketch took me about 45 minutes in real-time.

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NEW Art for April is in the Shop!

We just refreshed the shop on my website with new artwork! These are all original paintings and available on a first come, first served basis for the month of April. I believe that everyone should be able to afford original art so my prices start at $45 and include free USA shipping. Thanks for taking a look!

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I want to wish everyone who celebrates a happy Easter and please have safe travels if you are visiting family and friends today. Til next time happy crafting!

 

Sketchbook Sunday: Rainbow Roses!

Hello friends! Today in my sketchbook I decided to paint a rainbow rose!

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This was a fun loose watercolor that I enhanced with Prismacolor colored pencils. Watch how it all came together in this weeks Sketchbook Sunday timelapse:

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I also wanted to share this lesson I added in my Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Class. If you purchased this class in the past you have access to it in now in the classroom. If you would like to enroll you can use coupon code DRAWME to save 50% on the class (Regular price $79, sale price $39.50 with coupon code DRAWME through 3/31/18)

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The Hydrangea lesson is focusing on the skill of negative painting and I think it rounds out the Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor course very well. If you are new please make sure to do the lessons in order so you get the most from the class as the hydrangea lesson assumes you have already completed the previous lessons in the course. I can’t wait to see your work in the classroom!

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You can also save 50% on my new Learn to Draw with Lindsay Class or Texture Toolbox Feathers & Fowl (and I am working on an extra goodie for students of that course too!)  but don’t wait if you want to save 50% as that deal is only good through 3/31/18. *Enter coupon code DRAWME if the discount isn’t shown.

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks Sketchbook Sunday video, tell me, what are you working on in your sketchbook today? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Smart Art February Box Marker Play!

Hi friends! Today we are going to have a peek into the February Smart Art Box.

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I am never sure what will come in these boxes but it is always a fun surprise to see what’s inside. I was pleased to see that they has some Chameleon Color Tops because I have the original set of 22 Chameleon pens (think alcohol based blendy-pens for grown-ups) and I struggled with them because they blend light to dark and I tend to work dark to light. I couldn’t resist grabbing my older markers to try with the new tops and I used the combination to make this fun sketch perfect for Easter.

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Watch the video to learn more about the supplies in this months box and to see how I sketched a cute Easter chick!

 

This tutorial was sponsored by Smart Art! Find out more about their art subscription box here. They ship to many countries too! Currently I don’t see any leftover February boxes for sale at Smart Art but if any become available you can find them in the “past projects” section of the website.

I was pleased to see that there were Chameleon Color Tops and a Chameleon Pen in this months box as I had the original set of 22 which I reviewed here.

Below you will find links to the individual products I showcased. Affiliate links used at no extra cost to you. Thank you.

  • I like Chameleon Color Tones, they have an innovative product and the people who work there are lovely. There is a bit of a learning curve to these markers and color tops but they are fun to play with! The Color Tops add a fun new dimension.
  • I really liked the Strathmore marker paper that came in the kit, it is more like a cardstock then the typical thin marker paper most companies sell. If you are also a rubber stamper or mixed media artist I encourage you to try this as it is sturdy enough to go ona card and layer other media on. I also liked that I could use water based markers (and spread the ink with a wet brush) as well as alcohol markers (and lift the color with a blending marker) both equally as well. Most cardstocks are one or the other, this is fabulous! It comes in larger size pads too if you want to make bigger art.
  • Art Alternatives fineliners: These are really inexpensive pens but they write very smoothly and react with water.

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I had fun playing with these supplies, I encourage you to try the techniques I shared with the supplies you have at home and if you think a monthly box of surprise art supplies would suit you check out Smart Art Box. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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