They don’t always turn out pretty…

Hi Friends! It is a snowy Sketchbook Sunday here in Maine! I just got back from walking the beast (aka Penny puppy) and I have to say that one of the benefits to having a very high energy dog is that you must get outside everyday whether you want to or not LOL! Winters are hard on me. I am someone who tends to feel cold a lot of the time and the short days can do a number on anyone’s state of mind. Also the lack of sun gives most of us in this neck of the woods a vitamin D deficiency. I tend to fall into the “Everything I create is garbage” spiral this time of year. Last year was really bad and I am trying my best to redirect and stay out of the dark and icy grip of winter artist block. In today’s video you will see the first attempt (the bad pancake art I like to call it) and how I redirected to create a better painting. I might go back and try to save the bad pancake but I know when I am in a certain frame of mind I need to change tack completely and start something new or I will just end up sad and frustrated. How do you cope with creative block? Do you find it harder to create during certain seasons?

Probably many of you are thinking “why don’t you take a break and come back when you feel inspired?” That’s probably very good advice for some people. I did take a week off from filming from Christmas Day to New Years Eve and 2 out of the 3 things I filmed on New Years Day were absolute junk. So many bad pancakes haha! I think, with me, art is like excersize. You don’t go from working out every day to being a couch potato and expect to hit the ground running a week later. Even when I take a proper vacation I sketch and watercolor for my enjoyment. During this week off at home I cleaned, read and organized (organizing is probably my biggest hobby after crafty stuff) but any time I sat down to paint for fun I felt like the well was empty and instead of pushing through or just drawing anything I decided to procrasticlean…boy, you’d think my house would be gleaming wouldn’t you? LOL! I don’t know if my tale of woe will be a help to anyone reading this but if it does then I’m glad. I don’t know of any creative person who doesn’t suffer from an unmotivated apathy from time to time. You just need to figure out the best way for you to deal with it. For me, the only way out is through as you will see in today’s video.

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Supplies:

  • Watercolors (Art Creations by Royal Talens) *Let me know if you would like a review on these!
  • Accordion sketchbook (Hahnemuehle)
  • Brushes & Carry Case (Royal & Langnickle) Watercolor Pencils (Bruynzeel)
  • White wax crayon added from stash
  • Rose Palette (a Christmas gift from hubby)
  • Reference photos: Rainbow Cabanas (failed painting) and Stream

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Thanks for spending a bit of your weekend with me and til next time happy painting!

Mount Fuji in the Springtime!

Hi friends! This pretty pastel landscape is so relaxing to paint. I’ll share lots of tips and techniques along the way too. This tutorial is a bit on the long side so feel free to speed it it up or take breaks as you paint along!

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Now, onto today’s video!

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Yes Virginia, There IS a Live Show Today!!!

Edit 10pm 10/27/17: If you are experiencing problems with the video quality please try again in the morning. I am having issues with YouTube processing but it should be fixed soon. When it reverts back to the original stream you may have to scroll in about 5 minutes to the tutorial but the picture will be clear. Thank you for your patience:)

Howdy friends! I am so happy to let you know we will paint live on YouTube at 12:30pm today! Here is the sample I whipped up this morning!

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EDIT: Here is the live show painting:

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This is a beginner friendly tutorial so don’t be shy, hey why not call a friend and paint along together! Let’s spread the love of painting!! I love that you can begin painting at ANY age, you can progress at 60 just as quickly as you can at 18 and learning new skills keeps your mind quick and supple. Heck, even if it didn’t keep your brain sharp at least you’ll know how to paint:)  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live with other painters or ask questions to me or the moderators then you want to watch the broadcast at 12:30pm ET on the YouTube watch page.

I decided to use Sennelier watercolors today, but you can use any brand you like. I recommend if you are trying a new brand of paints to start with a small set (the 12-14 sets are the most affordable per color) or a couple of tubes in colors you need anyway as you can intermix brands with no trouble. The benefit of Sennelier, for me, is the ability to layer without mud. They are my favorite plein air colors (and my palette is very beat up and has sand embedded in some of the pans to prove it!) because I can splash the paint around quickly, but also build up layers of translucent paint without making mud. This painting is done pretty much in one layer so it really doesn’t matter what watercolor you use though, just have fun! Also, about the paper, I did my sample on Aquabee #140 100% cotton 6″x9″ watercolor paper. This is my “practise” paper and it is much cheaper than Arches, you get 50 sheets for under $14. If you are starting out or on a budget give it a try! It is acid free so if you make a masterpeice on the Aquabee it will last too! 😀 I will do my live painting on the Arches paper so if you want I can show them side by side at the end of the live stream and you can see the comparison. Use whatever watercolor paper you have. You can do this!

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We will sketch and paint together today so there is no pattern available. I will also talk about composition and adapting a painting to suit your style, you are the king or queen of your painted scene!

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Oh, I almost forgot! The winners of the Jerry’s Artarama gift cards are:

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