Hi Friends! Here is a quick little drawing with a springtime mood…
It didn’t take long to sketch and color. I hope you can make some time for art today!
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It’s a beautiful day in Maine today, I took the dog to walk on the cross country trails and I got so warm I had to remove my hat and mittens! Spring is on the way (at least it will feel like it for the next couple of days LOL!) Enjoy your day and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends, Today for sketchbook Sunday I have a beachy (kind of) themed sketch. A mason jar of seashells:
I really didn’t know what I was going to work on. I’ve been in a funk but I had this jar of shells on a shelf in my studio for years and I thought that this is as good as anything and I also wanted to use my PanPastels so I decided to use them both.
I hope you enjoyed the time lapse video. The real-time tutorial is available in Critique Club right now. Critique club is a monthly membership group ($5/month) that allows you to submit 2 paintings a month for customized feedback from me. You also get 2 real-time tutorials each month from my Sketchbook Sunday series explained step by step.
If you want to learn more about pastels check out my comprehensive online course Soft Pastels for Beginners. *Save 20% with coupon code TRYME Working with pastels is so fun, if you ever wanted to give it a try but you don’t know where to start this is the class for you! You learn the basics and create 4 complete paintings utilizing the skills and techniques I teach you. It’s a lot of fun too! I hope to see you in class!
I went for my first paddle of the season today…
Wait, let me back up a bit. I ordered a stand-up paddleboard a month ago because I always wanted one and I thought it would be easier to take that out than a kayak when I want to get on the water. I don’t like to inconvenience anyone to go with me because I often want to stop and paint and it can be boring for others. I knew the paddleboard was heavy (53 lbs) so I started doing some resistance training to build muscle so I would be able to lift it on and off my van to get it to the water. I knew I had plenty of time to “muscle up” before the weather was warm enough because we have been living in perpetual winter since October. I was sitting on the couch drinking my coffee this morning and decided I wanted to go kayaking. Much to my surprise I could now lift, load and manage the kayak all by myself! Also to my surprize, I could shove it in my minivan diagonally! I grabbed a paddle, my life jacket and off I went. It was so peaceful, I was the only person on the pond. I paddled out to an island that is uninhabited as far as I know and took some photos.
I was thinking about pulling up the kayak and getting out to paint when I spotted this:
So many questions! Whos is it, how long has it been there, why is it there? As curious as I was I have watched too many horror movies to know better than to hang around to find out so I high-tailed it out of there as fast as my arms could paddle! After feeling that I had narrowly escaped The Island of Dr Moreau I paused to watch a pair of fishing loons and paint the view towards a marsh that opens up to a larger lake. I kept drifting and my view kept changing but all in all, I am happy with my sketch.
I used the Meeden watercolor fan palette that I hadn’t used since last summer and the water in that waterbrush sure was musty! I had just put it in the van because I wanted to make sure I always have something handy, I guess I should give that a good clean LOL! That’s all for me today. It’s been a rough winter so I don’t want to waste a single decent day. Don’t take your time on this earth for granted. Do something good today! Happy crafting!
Hi friends! Yesterday I posted this video on YouTube for Sketchbook Sunday:
It was a lot of fun to paint in gouache. If you are a Critique Club member you can find a real-time lesson for this in the group. If you are interested in Critique Club you can join here, it is $5 a month and allows you to post 2 painting a month for critique and you also get 2 real-time intermediate-advanced lessons in a variety of media per month. The group is designed to foster growth in your artistic ability. All are welcome!
I also want to wish everyone a happy Earth Day! I hope you can get outside today and enjoy some fresh air. We are getting so much rain here in Maine but you know what they say “April showers bring May flowers!” Happy crafting!
Hi friends! Wow, Monday already huh? Late Monday at that! I had a head cold this weekend so the past two days have been really surreal. I love to get absorbed in a good book but I feel guilty reading during the day (especially on a weekday) so when I woke up stuffy and sneezing I was absolutely giddy because I had 3 new books on my shelf and a licence to slack off. Hubby says “You look awfully happy for a sick person…” I was! A day full of guilt free reading plus nobody asks you to make food for them when you are blowing your nose every 5 minutes. I read the book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgeman and it was hilarious! I am not sure what you would think of it if you were not from Maine or New England but I laughed out loud a few times and I chuckled throughout. I didn’t know who the author was but he was actually a writer and actor on The Daily Show. I thought it was super funny but I am from Maine so they could be inside jokes. This was a long roundabout way to explain why my voice sounds the way it does today in the video. I’m sick (cough cough) no where are my books….
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)
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!
Heck yeah I’m fancy, I put my hand lotion in a chic glass bottle! LOL! Hi friends, in this weeks installment of sketchbook Sunday I am painting this pretty blue bottle I bought a few weeks ago to house hand lotion at my kitchen sink.
I wish I bought a second one for hand soap because the dingy plastic dollar store soap bottle I keep refilling looks really out-of-place next to this beauty! Who knew a $4 glass bottle from Christmas Tree Shop would class up the joint so much haha:) I have to admit I probably got too much happiness from this little blue bottle but that was what I was inspired to paint in my sketchbook this morning and that is what our sketchbooks are for. Painting what WE want without input or judgement of anyone else. Challenge yourself, make mistakes, play and enjoy it. That’s what it’s for! Watch the video for a time-lapse demonstration of this blue bottle in cheap gouache.
I just realized that the entire set of paints I used and the bottle combined cost less than $25, talk about a cheap date! Art doesn’t have to be expensive, supplies don’t have to be precious and you’re not going to “use up” all of your good ideas. The fact is that creativity is contagious. The more you create the more good ideas you will have. So, have you started using that sketchbook yet? What are you waiting for?
Gouache (or acrylic) *Colors used: Prussian Blue, Cerulean blue, rose-red, yellow ochre, titanium white ***These Arteza paints are super cheap (less than a $1 a tube and work great!)
Hi friends! Today we are starting a new series called “Sketchbook Sunday” where I share a process video from my own personal sketchbook. I have developed the habit of getting up before other members of my family on sunday mornings, making coffee, putting on a podcast or audio book and working in my sketchbook. I’d often share photos of my sketchbook work on Instagram later that day and many folks asked me if I had a video tutorial of the projects so last week I let the camera roll as I worked and then I took the footage and narrated it.
I hope you enjoy this time-lapse and more than that I hope you make a bit of time every week to work in your sketchbook too:)
Speaking of sketching I am working on a new online drawing course. Here is a sneak peek!
My new drawing class will be in my online school on March 9th 2018. Stay tuned for an exclusive discount offer for current viewers! Drawing and sketching can provide so much happiness and satisfaction and I am so excited to help people learn how to draw! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!