A Loose Portrait in Gouache

Hi friends! Isn’t the week between Christmas and New Years Day odd? It’s kind of a surreal time where it’s OK to drift along from druther to druther and take a break from the normal grind. (BTW if you don’t know what a “druther” is, it’s something you would rather do. For instance: If my child had his druthers he’d eat chocolate for dinner. I believe it is a contractions of “I would rather” but it could also be a Maine thing.) Today I washed palettes. I fussed around my studio and reorganized a few things. I think it’s good to move your supplies around to inject some energy and shake the dust off. It’s also good to evaluate whether or not you are going to finish those UFOs (unfinished objects) that you have become clutter blind to and also honestly determine if you will actually use those leftover products you have kept out in sight so you don’t forget about them. You see, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. We intend to use up every bit of a supply so we leave it out to remind us, we gather supplies and put them together in plain sight ready to craft or we start a project and we leave it out to inspire us but sometimes we lose steam or realize that this craft really doesn’t suit us. The longer those supplies sit untouched the more we are reminded that we didn’t get it done. Don’t bring that baggage into the new year. For me that means going through the project trays of ideas I had and putting the supplies back into regular storage so I can use them for other things and donating supplies I know I won’t use. Do you reset your home or art supplies for the new year?

I didn’t film a sketchbook Sunday today but I realized that I forgot to blog last Sunday’s project so here it is! This painting was so fun to paint using gouache on tan mixed media paper! You can find a real-time tutorial for this in Critique club. *Critique club is a membership club that gives you access to 2 new real time intermediate/advanced tutorials in a range of media and access to past tutorials (currently there are 24 lessons.) In addition you can upload up to 2 paintings you are working on per month for a critique from me so you can grow and improve as an artist. You get all of this for $5 a month and you can cancel anytime. Learn more here.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I was wondering since I am tidying up an rearranging if you would like a new studio tour when I am done. I was also thinking about doing a video on how to set up a studio in an unfinished basement since I have been using this space for 13 years and have come up with a lot of tips and tricks to keep comfortable and keep my supplies safe and workable in a 4 season climate. I am a big believer in finding that unused (unwanted by anyone else) space in your home and making a creative retreat. Where do you create?

Well, that’s all for me for tonight. I hope you are having a nice weekend and til next tie happy creating!

Fan Art: Drawing June from The Handmaids Tale {Sketchbook Sunday}

Hi friends! Last night I finished watching season 3 of The Handmaids Tale. This Hulu series was based on a book by Margaret Atwood and I can’t wait to read the sequel The Testaments.

I loved the acting by Elizabeth Moss so much that I decided to draw her portrait for sketchbook Sunday. You can see the time lapse below. A real-time version of this tutorial will be available in Critique Club in a couple of days.

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If you are new to drawing and would like an in-depth beginner drawing class consider my online course Learn to Draw with Lindsay where I teach you how to draw what you see without gimmicks. You can learn more about it here. Have a creative week!

Catching up!

Hi friends! I am catching up all right! I totally forgot to post this on Sunday when I uploaded it to YouTube and I am trying to catch up on my oil painting challenge to paint 20 oil paintings in the month of November and I am only up to 12! I’ll post a recap at the end of the month. I am not sure I’ll get 20 done.

This was a fun painting and came together pretty quickly. You can see the timelapse below:

Supplies: (affiliate links used) *Affiliate links to Arteza, use coupon code PROMO10 for 10% off.

  • Oil paint colors- Yellow ochre, burnt umber, Alizarin Crimson, Pthalo Blue, Ultramarine, Titanium white
  • Brushes: Assorted smallish brushes ranging from 1/2″ wide and smaller (flats, filberts and small rounds)
  • 5″x7″ canvas panel (Arteza)
  • Optional: oil pens
  • Reference photo

Just a Reminder…

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My watercolor Handpainted Holiday Class is on special for 50% off through 12/1/19 with coupon code XMASTREAT or by clicking this discount link.

I have a new watercolor up on YouTube tonight and I will post that here tomorrow. I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and til next time happy crafting!



Sketchbook Sunday & My November Art Goal!

Hi friends! I really enjoyed participating in, and finishing, Inktober this year even tho some days I didn’t feel that motivated to do my daily drawing. That said I always felt better once I started drawing. I thought I would be relieved once I drew my last Inktober drawing but instead I felt a bit of a let down. I took November 1st off to rest and reflect on October and then it hit me! I really love having a goal to work toward and I love completing things I set my mind to. During this eureka moment I had another idea to do my own November challenge. I have a stack of small canvas panels and enough oil paints to choke a horse! I used to love to paint in oils so I decided to paint 20 mini oil paintings this month! Here is the one I did yesterday:

It was fun! I am keeping the size small, I have nineteen 5″x7″ canvas panels and a few other oddball small sizes kicking around so I am set there. I was hoping for each painting to take about 45 minutes which I think I will get to once I knock the rust off LOL! The avocado took about 2 hours to paint but I loved it! The Iris took me 1 hour 20 minutes so I am moving in the right direction. I waste a lot of time fussing and overworking an area and then having to rescue it and I attribute that to being out of practice. Both of the paintings were painted from my own reference photos and I liked that. I am going to try and work from my own photos as much as possible this month as I rely on stock photos more that I want to. You can see a timelapse if the iris painting below. You might remember we painted this in watercolor a couple months ago, I really liked this flower! I took the photo in my sisters garden. I’ll take a proper photo of this painting in the morning once the shine dulls and post it on Instagram.

Supplies (I am using a variety of brands, I don’t notice as much of a difference in oil paint qualities as long as you go with a recognizable brand you should be all set) *Affiliate links used

  • Oil paint in colors: Titanium White, Yellow Ocher, Alizarin. Crimson, Sap Green, Ultramarine blue, Burnt Umber (I listed a couple under $20 sets if you want to try oils) Water mixable option with colors needed (rinse brushes in water while painting and clean with soap and water after, good if you don’t want to use solvents) or Traditional oil paint with all colors needed (clean up with paint thinner, then soap and water)
  • 5″x7″ canvas (affordable multi-pack of different sizes)
  • Pentel oil pastels for sketching
  • Assorted brushes (smaller ones, 1/2″ flat and #8 round are the largest ones I am using) I am not very picky about the majority of my oil brushes but for details I like the Royal & Langnickle Fusion line.

I hope you liked the time-lapse, the real-time version will be in Critique Club in a day or two. Critique Club is a membership group where artists can upload 2 paintings a month for detailed feedback from me and also get access to 2 new real time tutorials per month as well as all past Critique Club tutorials. There is also a monthly prompt design to stretch you out of your comfort zone and inspire you to create but you can work on whatever you like even if it doesn’t fit the theme of the prompt. I meet you where you are. Cost is $5 a month. If you want to level up your skills as an artist please have a look and see if it would benefit you. Thanks!

Drawing from Imagination vs Reference

Hi friends! Today I am going to draw a cherry for Sketchbook Sunday. I recently got sent the 120 set of Arteza Everblend markers. 120 is A LOT of markers and I was so excited to use them so I sketched a simple cherry in my sketchbook. I wasn’t happy with how it looked but I didn’t have one to go by.

Left: drawn looking at the real cherry in about 35 minutes, right: drawn from memory in 5 minutes. I am using Rendr no show through paper and it does not allow blending at all. On Neenah these Arteza Everblend markers blend quite nicely.

After purchasing some cherries at the supermarket I decided to take another run at this sketch. I also swatched out all of the marker colors on strips of marker paper and taped them to the barrel of the markers so I could tell as a glance what I had (no marker caps are ever 100% accurate) This made the painting much easier to do. I also spent a lot more time on it as I could look atthe cherry and get much more information as to color, shading, cast shadows, and reflections. I could not really remember the details of a cherry so the sketch on the right (above) took much less time. I really enjoyed drawing this!

A note about the markers I used…

I just wanted to mention if you already have the 60 set of Everblend markers I would recommend getting the new 36 grey set and the 36 skin-tone set rather than buying the 120 set because you will have a better variety as all but 10 of the greys in the 36 set are in the 120 set. Only 3 of the skin-tone colors appear to be in the 120 set. Let me know if you would like a review or demo with the 36 skin tone set as I am thinking about getting it. I also noticed that Arteza is offering replacement nibs in their website now so I am hoping it means that liquid ink refills will be available soon because there is no way the nibs will wear out before use up the ink. Fingers crossed! Today Amazon has 25% off coupons for all of the Arteza marker packs (I have no idea how long it will last and I a forbidden to mention prices from Amazon-I got a nasty letter and everything LOL!) If you are ordering on Arteza’s website (they have free shipping on all USA orders) you can use coupon code PROMO10 for 10% off and their prices are lower so you just need to check both sites for the best deal accounting for coupons.

Video!

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I hope you find some interesting things from real life to draw. It will also improve your knowledge and ability to draw from memory. I think if I had to draw a cherry now I would do a much better job and land somewhere in between the two sketches pictured above. Thanks for joining me for sketchbook Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Watercolor Landscape! (Timelapse)

Hi friends! Today we are going to paint a lovely scene of a mountain, forest and lake in watercolor. I loosely based the painting on an image from The Artist Photo Reference: Landscapes book I bought last month. I love this book because there are so many photos of different lakes, mountains, trees and skies and you can adapt the photos to meet your needs. Unfortunately they are out of print so you just have to see what used bookstores ave for sale on Amazon. I was able to get all of the book in the series at an awesome price last month on Amazon. Good luck if you are hunting them down.

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If you are a beginner I recommend you watch the video through once all the way before painting, then you can restart the video and pause as needed (or use the gear at the bottom of the player to slow down the video) so you can go at your own pace.

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I hope you enjoyed this easy beginner tutorial! Painting does not need to be hard or complicated. Take a bit of time each day to practise and you will progress in no time! Happy crafting!

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