Sketchbook Tuesday?

Howdy friends! I was off visiting my parents on sunday for Father’s day and although I managed to get my YouTube video posted for sketchbook Sunday I completely forgot to blog it. Oops!


This project was a collab with Anne-Laure from Following the White Rabbit, an urban sketcher, and with warmer weather making it possible for more of us to go out and paint I thought it would be fun! You can see her painting of the same scene here. If you want to paint along you can share your work with the hashtag #sketchwithLandAL

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If you want more tips for watercolor be sure to check out yesterday’s blog post: 15 Watercolor Hacks to lean how to get more for you money when watercolor painting including free stuff you can use from around your house. You can also use the coupon code 15HACKS to get 30% off any of my classes on Teachable. I recommend the Essential Tools and Techniques for Watercolor Painting if you want to learn to basics and get painting fast!

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Tune in tomorrow for a fun card making tutorial, til then happy crafting!


Sketchbook Sunday: Lupines!

Hi friends! Today I thought we would paint a flower in abundance in my neck of the woods: Lupines! If you drive around Maine this time of year these flowers spring forth from fields, near ponds and lakes and even on the side of the road.


I love the look of these flowers so much I decided they would be a great sketchbook practice, enjoy!

If you liked this flower demonstration please consider checking out my new online class Watercolor Flower Workshop. This course teaches you how to paint freehand flowers with little or no drawing required. I’ll teach you useful flower painting techniques so you can grab your paint, a brush and paper and create free-flowing floral arrangements with ease! Save 50% through June 30th with coupon code FLOWERPOWER or by clicking this special discount link.

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I hope you have a chance to play in your sketchbook today! Happy crafting!

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!


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


What are you sketching today? Happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Orchids!

Hi friends! It’s time for the latest installment of Sketchbook Sunday!


I hope you play in your sketchbook today and enjoy the process!


Sketchbook Sunday Loose Orchids in Watercolor/Colored Pencil
I received this potted arrangement for mother’s day from my mom and I thought it would be fun to paint!


What are you working on today? I hope you experiment and explore in your sketchbook without worrying about the outcome. 🙂 Happy crafting!

Sketchbook Sunday: Succulents!

Hi friends! Today’s sketchbook sunday is a succulent arrangement we gave my mom for mother’s day.




Have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!



Sketchbook Sunday: When at first you don’t succeed keep adding more media!

Hi friends! Today’s sketch was an exercise in frustration at times but once you have a hot mess on your hands it can only get better, right? You wouldn’t believe how bad it got before I ended up with this result I was happy with.


Honestly, I kinda like it when a painting hits rock bottom because there is no place to go but up and the pressure is off. As Janice Joplin one said “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…” Watch today’s video where I demonstrate working through the disaster in my sketchbook and prove that there is no need to worry because it’s only a piece of paper!

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Hey! Want to own a piece of my original artwork? View the current connection here available through the end of the month! I feel like such a dingbat not to mention it until the month is nearly over. Well, if today’s video proves anything it’s that nobody’s perfect and that’s just fine. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed today’s Sketchbook Sunday, artist pep talk and cautionary tale and I hope it helps take away any pressure you might feel to make something perfect when you work in your sketchbook. Remember it’s only a piece of paper and you deserve to use it. Till next time happy crafting!


Sketchbook Sunday: Chickadee!

Hi friends! Today in the sketchbook I decided to sketch a bird that has been plentiful around my bird feeders: the chickadee!


I used a reference from the Artist Photo Reference: Songbirds book. I picked up a bunch of the Artist Photo Reference books used on Amazon back in December and they have been the best investment. I highly recommend them if you can grab them at a good price.  Here is a time-lapse video of today’s sketch!

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If you would like more detailed, step-by-step real-time instruction in painting birds please consider checking out my class Texture Toolbox Feathers and Fowl. Save 20% with coupon code TRYME if the discount doesn’t automatically appear. Birds are one of my favorite subjects to paint and I want to share the skills with anyone else who would like to learn:)


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you find a few minutes to sketch in your sketchbook today! It is sunny and warm here today so it would be a great time to sketch outside! Let me know what you are working on in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!


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