Twas the Day After Christmas…

Hi friends! The day after Christmas is a day of guilt free laziness for me. I won’t feel bad lounging around and reading or catching a Doctor Who marathon on TV. I can ignore the Christmas aftermath mess and not apologize about the state of our house should anyone drop by. I hope you are enjoying the season and you take some time to recharge during the next few days. Perhaps by doing a bit of painting.

I painted this yummy looking pudding on Christmas Eve. I like to have a creative break when things are hectic and this small painting was the just the thing. There is an old saying about meditation that I think applies to creating as well “If you have the time [meditate] for 20 minutes a day, if you don’t have the time you should do it for an hour a day.” I love that! Give yourself permission to do what brings you joy so you can be a more joyful person to those around you.

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That’s all for today! I have a book to get back too! I received the book I was most hoping to get (The Testaments from Margaret Atwood) and I am enjoying it so much. At this rate I will finish it an a couple of days and I am trying to savor it! If you have any book recommendations please let me know in the comments. Happy painting!

Let's Paint a Pinecone & Berries!

Howdy friends! Last week I created this marker illustration:

I shared it on Instagram and I had many people asking for a tutorial. I have to admit that it took quite a long time to create, this 8″x 8″ drawing took about 2 hours and marker work is very relaxing but can also be kinda repetitive and dull for a real time tutorial so I decided I would do a looser one in watercolor. Since I used my original drawing as my reference you can look at that as you work if you like:)

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I hope you enjoy this relaxing project and til next time happy painting!

PS Want more Christmas Cards and Gift tags to paint? Try my Hand-painted Holiday class! Learn more here.

Let's Take is Easy and Paint a Simple Watercolor Christmas Card!

Hi friends! Each year I like to make kissing balls to hang on my porch. As I await for the floral foam to be delivered (I usually get the wet floral foam disks at Dollar Tree but they were out! I have a tutorial here if you are interested) I thought I might as well paint a simple one from memory. I painted this on a watercolor greeting card but it would work well small on a gift tag too. If you want more watercolor card and tag ideas for Christmas check out my Hand-painted Holiday online mini class! Now, onto the video!


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Today is such a gorgeous day, I just got back from walking the dog and it is so bright and sunny so I think we will get the porch decorated (except for the kissing balls) while the weather is nice. We managed to get the tree up and inside of the house decorated on Tuesday while everyone was snowed in so it is looking pretty festive around here! I hope you are having a great day and til next time happy painting!

Cedar Waxwing in Watercolor!

Hi there! Today I have a long watercolor tutorial that I hope you will like.

I also wanted to remind you of the Launch month special on my new course Hand-painted Holiday. It’s 50% off through the end of November so you can get a deal and have time to hand paint some Christmas tags and greeting cards. Learn more here and use the coupon code XMASTREAT if the discount doesn’t show up already.

On to today’s video!

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I hope you have some time to paint this weekend! Happy painting!

Whimsical Deer in Watercolor Real Time Tutorial

Hi freinds! Today we are going to paint this fun, colorful deer!

Watch the video and draw and paint along! You can do it!

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If Christmas is your thing…

…check out my new class “Hand-painted Holiday” and save 50%! You can create hand-painted watercolor Christmas cards and gift tags sure to be saved as keepsakes by your family and friends!
*Use coupon code XMASTREAT if discount doesn’t appear automatically. Regular price $39, with coupon $19.50, offer ends 12/1/19

Happy painting!

Let’s Paint a Beautiful Blue Ball Jar With Bittersweet Berries!

Hi friends! I hope you are free this evening for a fun paint and chat on YouTube at 8pm eastern time. We are painting this pretty still life.

My friend Glenna took me to lunch yesterday and on the way home we spotted these pretty berries growing along the side of the road. We stopped and clipped some because we thought they would be fun to use in fall decorating or maybe wreath making but judging by how many berries fall off when we handle them we would end up with a stick wreath, not a berry one LOL! Feel free to use my reference photo to draw or paint from. You can also print it out and trace it if you don’t want to draw.

I will be premiering this tutorial at 8pm eastern time tonight on YouTube. I will be hanging out live in chat so I hope you come by. Make sure you watch on the YouTube watch page if you want to ask me questions as we go along or chat with fellow painters. You can watch it on my blog but the live chat is only on YouTube. The tutorial will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes but a replay will be available. I figured a long holiday weekend is the perfect time for a long tutorial as you can stop and take a break and come back to us when you have time.

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NEW Class! Hand-painted Holiday! 50% off Launch Special!

Have you ever wanted to send beautiful watercolor Christmas cards? How about decorate your gifts with gorgeous hand-painted tags that can be used as bookmarks or ornaments? In Hand-painted Holidays, new mini-course suitable for all levels, I’ll show you how! I’ll offer tips of making the most of your time and supplies and offer advice on making prints of your cards if you don’t want to hand-paint them all. I’ll show you haw to transfer a pattern (patterns are available for the 4 featured greeting cards) so you can start off on the right foot, and then we will warm up with 6 freehand gift tags that you will draw and paint with me step by step! Before you know it you will be painting beautiful Christmas motifs right beside me that you can proudly mail your friends and family. Best of all you will have time to complete these projects before the holidays roll around! This class sells for $39 but, as always, I give my friends 50% off when I launch my classes. Use coupon code XMASTREAT or click one of the special discount links in the blog post to enroll in Hand-painted Holidays for $19.50. I hope to see you in class, thanks!

If you have any question about the class you can leave a comment here or join me tonight at 8pm ET on YouTube for the live chat. See you then!

Painting the same still-life in watercolors & oils

Hi Friends! Woah, this has been a busy week! I just realized I had forgot to update the blog in a couple of days, my apologies! I stated a new personal painting challenge (20 oil paintings for the month of November) and I have been finishing up a new watercolor class (more on that tomorrow!) and it has kept me on the move! Today I have a tutorial of this watercolor painting:

I took this reference photo the other day because I wanted to paint it in oils as part of my November personal challenge. Part of the challenge is also working from my own reference photos as much as I can.

Here is the oil version, I think I need to wipe out some of the reflected highlight on the bottom of the grapefruit because it makes it look a bit moldy LOL!

I enjoyed painting it in oils so much that I wondered if it would be fun to paint with watercolors (a media I am much more proficient in) and I recorded the results in today’s real time tutorial:

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Which version do you like better, the oil or watercolor? I have really been enjoying the challenge of getting back into oils but I find myself fussing too much in an area and basically redoing the same spot multiple times. I think I need to set a timer and when it goes off be done with it. I don’t mind spending the time if I am making progress but fiddling doesn’t improve my skills or the painting so I am trying to identify when I do that and break myself of that habit. I hope you have some art goals you are working towards, it makes the journey so much more rewarding:) Til next time happy creating!

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