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

Want more?

Want to learn how to paint better landscapes? Try my course Watercolor Landscape workshop! This class contains 7 hours of exclusive training to teach you how to paint landscapes with ease and confidence! You will find lots of lessons to build your skills in landscape painting plus 4 real-time step-by-step scenes to paint including a tropical beach which will be a nice break from winter. You can upload your work for feedback and ask me questions right in the class. You get to learn and it’s fun! I’d love to see you in class!

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

Paint With Me at the Stream! Fall Foliage in Maine Paint Along!

Hi friends! Today you can paint on location during peak fall foliage without having to leave the comfort of your home!

Here is the photo I took where I painted.

Grab your supplies and paint with me! Please let me know if you would like more on location paint-alongs. I can try to get out a bit more before it gets too cold:)

Supplies:

Do you want to get better at landscape painting? Try my Watercolor Landscape Workshop and get 50% off with coupon code: FALLCOLOR or by clicking the special discount link. 50% off good on full class, offer ends on 10/31/19.

Not sure if you are ready for a class? Check out what these Watercolor Landscape Workshop students had to say:

Lindsay, I have taken classes in acrylics, watercolor, and even some in oils, all over the country. Your classes are by far the very best!! I enjoy how thoroughly and patiently you explain every step. I have had no formal training in any of these areas, so I really do appreciate that I can always be successful while having fun with your tutorials!! Thank you so much for sharing your talents as an artist and as a teacher!

-Marianne

Hi Lindsay! For the first time, taking your class my clouds look like CLOUDS! They are not perfect but I’m loving your instructions. Especially the use of color. Great techniques and using the correct pigments together make a huge difference. Thank you! Can’t wait to progress along with the landscapes. Also I wanted to add that I am learning so much from you! Like for example how to watch the video and then allow myself to flow and work quickly! Not to overthink! And I love it! You are an awesome teacher of good technique! Thank you for sharing your skills!

-Stacy Simon

Very excited about this Watercolor Landscape Class. I LOVE your classes and free tutorials!! So fun continuing to learn about watercolor. You are the best teacher and so carefully explain techniques that a beginner can easily follow. These paintings are beautiful! 

-Crystal Neuendorf

I enjoyed all of these it helps to understand an order to how to do things Also the mixing and having the colors limited. I started water coloring about 3 years ago I think and have thoroughly enjoyed doing things but I want to include the beautiful world around me and thought this would help. I think it will thank you so much. You are a terrific instructor and I follow u on you tube.

-Noreen Latimer

You can save 50% on Watercolor Landscape Workshop now through 10/31/19 with coupon code FALLCOLOR if you would like to join us!

I hope you enjoyed the on-location painting today! I sure did. Sometimes it’s hard to give ourselves permission to do something just for ourselves but it is so important to feed our creative side. It might be something as simple as making a cup of tea, lighting a candle and giving yourself an hour to paint or inviting a friend over for a crafty afternoon. That one is great because you might cancel on yourself but you wouldn’t a friend and it’s good for your friendships too! As someone who works from home I know how important is is to spend time with people and creative people are the best! I sincerely thank you for spending time with me today, it is because of you I decided to paint on location (it was too pretty out not to share it with my painty peeps!) so do me a favor and spend sometime doing something you love:) Happy painting!

Chat with me LIVE at 5pm and Paint a Pretty Landscape!

Hi friends! Tonight in celebration of my new Watercolor Landscape Workshop I am having a landscape video tutorial chat party! Here is the landscape I will teach you to paint:

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During the premiere (from about 5-6pm Eastern Time-New York Time) I will hang out in the chat and answer any questions you have about the tutorial, the new online class or just chit chat. I am so excited because I never get to see what is happening in chat during a normal live stream. (Although spoiler alert, I am thinking of doing a live stream Friday night, I hope I remember how LOL!) Make sure to click over to the YouTube watch page if you want to chat live, otherwise, you can watch the video here in the player below.


I’ll be hanging around the entire hour to chat with you and answer any questions you may have about my new Watercolor Landscape Workshop class! You can save 50% during my launch month special here (*use the coupon code LANDSCAPE50OFF if the discount doesn’t appear) *Regular price $79, with coupon $39.50

Supplies for Cactus Landscape:

  • 9″x12″ watercolor paper (Arteza cotton dual sided paper-I used the backside as I preferred that texture)
  • Watercolor paint in colors: Ultramarine blue, Prussian Blue, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red or Scarlet, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Hansa Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow, and Quin Rose This Yarka/White Nights set is a good deal right now and contains the colors you will need (use indanthrone blue in lieu of Prussian) 
  • Optional: White gouache and a few colored pencils for accents
  • Reference photo
  • Pattern (We will also draw it together but I snapped a photo in case anyone wanted a pattern)

If you enjoyed today’s free watercolor lesson you will love my new class Watercolor Landscape Workshop!

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This has been my most requested class and I have worked so hard on it so that you can understand and paint beautiful landscapes in no time. This class contains over 7 hours of brand new, step by step instructions from skies, trees, and rocks to four full-length painting tutorials. I’ll break it all down in bite-sized lessons so you can fit it in your busy schedule and take a break whenever you like. I strive to make landscape painting easy and fun! Let’s paint together! Click here to learn more or enroll today! *Use coupon code LANDSCAPE50OFF if the discount doesn’t show up.

Thank you so much for trusting me with your art education! I look forward to painting with you soon! Remember to tune at 5p, ET on 7/3/19 on YouTube for a fun live chat and to paint the cactus landscape! Til then Happy Crafting!

Let’s Paint a Serene Landscape in Watercolors!

Hi friends! Today I have a rather lengthy watercolor lesson for you. Feel free to break it up into a couple of parts (it will be a nice and relaxing weekend project!)

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When I saw this reference photo I thought it would be fun to showcase a few landscape techniques that anyone can learn. I had a few people on YouTube and Instagram doubt that they could paint this but I know you can. This video goes at a relaxed pace but if that’s too slow for you you can click on the gear on the YouTube player and speed me up (I don’t mind) or even slow me down or pause me if you want more time to practice a technique. If you like this painting please give it a try. You can do it! A viewer asked me “What is the difference between a beginner and advanced tutorial?” and for me it is about how it’s broken down and explained. If I did an advanced tutorial for this the pace would be quicker and probably involve more detail at the end.  It reminds me of the question I get a lot “What subject is the easiest to paint?” I think the subject you are interested in is the best one to start with. If figures interest you paint people if flowers interest you paint poises!  You will learn quicker if the subject of your painting interests you. Nothing is harder than anything else subject wise and you can see all subjects painted effectively by artists of all levels so grab your paint and get started!

Supplies:

  • Watercolor paper: Hahnemühle Cezanne 140# CP paper *Also available at Cheap Joes, Hyatts and other art retailers. You can use whatever paper you like but a 100% cotton watercolor paper will be easier to manage. Bee Watercolor Paper is a budget friendly option and I use it a lot for studies and sketches.
  • Watercolor paint: Prussian blue, Ultramarine, Sap green, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Lemon yellow, Cadmium Red. The majority or my paints in this painting are Winsor & Newton. Again, use what you like any decent paint will work fine:)
  • The is the large palette I have is a PIKE palette.
  • Brushes (Royal Majestic) 1″ flat, 1/2″ angle, #5 round and liner
  • Stiff fan brush
  • Other: towel, 2 water buckets, pencil, cut up credit card scraper, salt
  • Reference photo

If you would like to lean more about watercolor consider enrolling in one of my online classes.  *Use coupon code TRYME for 20% off. I will soon be starting on my next course and I am trying to decide between landscapes or animals so if you have a preference let me know in the comments below. Thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

This Cairn’s For You!

Howdy friends! I got an interesting suggestion for a painting from a viewer named Jenny Recently and since I had not painted anything like it I decided to give it a try!

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She wanted me to paint a stack of rocks, also called a “cairn” which are used to mark trails for hikers and give directions. I learned all about them in Girl Scouts but sadly that was decades ago so I can’t elaborate LOL! I am lucky I never got lost in the woods hiking! Anyhow, I thought it would make a fine watercolor tutorial and I hope you do too!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Rocks are some of my favorite subjects to paint, I love the colors, texture and character they have. I think it’s cool that they have been here for millions of years and how unique and yet how common they are.  What do you think? Is it crazy to paint a stack of rocks? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Programming note: There will be no live show tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Painting Adventure inspired Today’s Live Stream Project!

Hi friends! Yesterday I found myself in a town I have never really explored before with a few hours on my hands…

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I was up early to drop my daughter Maizy off at a team building exercise with her high school basketball team (high school? I can’t even!) and I debated whether or not to drive back home to work and then come back to Orono to pick her up. Originally I thought the ropes course they were doing was 2 hours so I grabbed my travel painting gear and took her to the course.

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When I got there I found out it was a 4 hour program so I was at a loss of what to do. When it was a 2 hour program spending an extra hour on the road (driving home then driving back) was wasting 50% of that time but with a 4 hour course I was only wasting 25% so I probably should go home and work. I’m so glad I didn’t “should” all over myself, instead I decided to drive around and see if I could find a nice spot to paint by the river.

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I sat here for 2 hours and did 3 sketches!

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I attempted the whole scene at first but was quickly overwhelmed by green so I decided to focus in on the rocks in the water. I love to paint rocks. Rocks are like the mason jars of nature, I can’t get enough. I zoomed in on these rocks with my phone. Believe me when I say your eyes can see way more details than your phone’s camera. Plus I love the sense of urgency you get when painting on location!

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I love the way the rocks came out and rocks are something people always mention having a hard time with so I thought we would tackle them today! So bring your rock questions and your watercolors and let’s rock those rocks! Be sure to tune in at 12:30pm ET today (Friday 6/22/18) on YouTube to ask your questions to me and chat live with fellow painters.

Supplies: You can come as you are for this lesson but if you want the exact supplies I used or recommend see below:)

  • Watercolor: I’m using a Portable painter travel palette and Qor Watercolors in colors Quin Magenta, Cobalt Teal, Ultramarine, Diox. Violet, Sap Green, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna *I’m going to use my travel palette so you can see what I use when I am painting outdoors.
  • Brushes: 1″ flat wash, #12 round, this Mimik set as all you need *The round set I have is the Pseudo Sable travel set which is out of stock but this set looks good and is half the price
  • Watercolor Paper: For the painting I did in the field I used my Hahnemuhle sketchbook. It is a wood-based paper. It is pricey in the USA but cheap in Europe Mine is about 8″x11″ but I could not find that size on Amazon, only a smaller one.  I suggest using any decent paper you have, it does not have to be top quality although I’ll be trying a cotton paper for the live show just to see how it compares:)
  • Black waterproof pen: (medium point PITT)
  • White Gel Pen or fine tip acrylic paint pen (optional)

I am so excited to paint rocks with you! I truly think rocks are beautiful and we have such lovely ones here in Maine so I am proud to share a slice of out beautiful state with you:) I hope you enjoy it and it erases and rock anxiety you may have:)

So after spending 2 hours painting by the river it seemed silly to drive home just to drive back so I decided to treat myself to Thai food…

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And I sketched the mason jar lemon water they served as I waited for my meal. It was my first ever cafe sketch LOL! What a lovely way to pass the time when dining alone, it sure beats checking my phone which would make me feel a little guilty that I should be home working and not out having a lovely day but as I mentioned before I was not going to “should” all over myself today:) I strolled around downtown Orono after lunch but since I really didn’t want to shop I went back to the park for one more quick sketch before returning to pick up my daughter.

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My alarm to pick her up went off before I totally completed the sketch but luckily I got all of the details I needed in with black pen. I hope this post inspires you to paint rocks, or mason jars, or treat yourself to Thai food once in a while! Do something nice for yourself today!

Oh! one more thing I wanted to mention there is just about a week left to save 50% on my new Watercolor Flower Workshop so if you are interested you might want to grab it before the price goes up on July 1st. Use coupon code FLOWERPOWER if the discount does not appear automatically.

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Did you catch my 15 Watercolor Hacks (Cheap Supply Tips) Video this week? If not there was a coupon code to save 30% on any other class you have had your eye on. Use coupon code 15HACKS to save 30% on any course in my Teachable school!Classes (1)

I hope to see you at 12:30pm Eastern Time for rocks in watercolor! Til then happy crafting!

There will be a live show today, but what will we paint?

Edited to add a picture of what we painting in the livestream. This is a good tutorial for beginners as there is no drawing. Have a great weekend!

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Hi friends! I have been out of sorts all week. I keep making creative project attempts but nothing is turning out, it feel like I am pushing against a brick wall. I can’t settle on what I want to paint today, I can’t even seem to decide whether to do the live stream upstairs in my office or down in my studio which may be warm enough to tolerate without the space heater running. I will have my regularly scheduled live stream at 12:30pm Eastern time today as scheduled because I am a big believer in forcing my way through a creative block rather than waiting for the muse to find me. That said next week is school vacation for my kids so I am going to take next friday off from live streaming. So if you enjoy the live shows better catch it today at 12:30pm ET! You can watch the live show or replay in the player below but if you want to chat live you will want to tune in at 12:30 on the you tube watch page.

I did narrow down what I want to use because I had a neat little craft hack yesterday, I cut down the Dr PH Martin palette that my Mission gold watercolors are in to fit inside an extra QOR watercolor tin I had. That was my creative highpoint for the week I think. LOL! I will also use Arches watercolor paper and Creative Mark Mimik brushes but you can use whatever watercolor and paper you like. Here is the reference photo I used.

I am pretty certain my creative funk has something to do with the eternal winter we are stuck in. We are supposed to have sunshine and upper 50s today (so I will get outside to try to soak up some good vibes and vitamin D) but then we will be plunged back into winter this weekend with 30 degree weather and snow/wintry mix in the forecast. I am so done with winter. Oh, well, this shall pass, hopefully by 12:30:) See you on YouTube! Happy crafting!

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