I just signed up on Instagram because some podcast interview I listened to said its the place for artists. Found this amazing artist: Irina Trzaskos If you have t checked out instagram give it a try. I dont understand it as usual- more confusing hash tag stuff but all I can say is Wow!! What's … Continue reading Instagram where have you been all my life?
Is there anything better then a sharp pencil point for getting details? Have you ever struggled to sharpen your colored pencils? Do you put them in a pencil sharpener only to have the point break over and over until you find yourself holding a nib? Colored pencils usually have softer leads inside of them then … Continue reading My best colored pencil tip ever
1. Podcasts are inspirational. Listening to stories about other people's journeys will give you confidence to complete your own goals. As you hear about their challenges, obstacles and downright failures and how they overcame them you will gain faith in your ability to conquer your own fears, climb your own mountains, and reach for your … Continue reading 5 reasons why you should be listening to podcasts.
I was amazed at how much easier this spray bottle has made my water color painting. I used to use a big old spray bottle that was always hard to adjust from stream to spray and just was too big. This little bottle I picked up when traveling once has been AWESOME! I just love … Continue reading The biggest little difference for watercolor painting.
My husband and I saw a silver tip grizzly the other day. I didn't get a picture so the next morning I made this quick sketch in m journal. I think one of my greatest strengths as an artist is being able to capture a moment after it has passed. I have taken my time … Continue reading Silver Tip Grizzly
One of my favorite holidays of the year is coming up. It's the international day of peace on September 21st. Jeremy Gilley worked hard to get this day officially created so we celebrate it the same every year and it includes a universal cease fire clause because of him. To learn about Jeremy's journey you can … Continue reading Paintings From the Peace Garden
I checked this amazing book out of the library the other day. Full of inspiration, techniques, art projects and ideas, it's given me new inspiration to get back to work. I have always struggled with pastels, but in a little over 15 minutes this first sample project came out pretty good I think. Most … Continue reading Sometimes Even an Artist Needs Inspiration
When at the beach this summer on Father's Day with my brother's family, my niece said to me, "What's that?" when I was writing in my journal. I thought haven't you ever seen a real journal before? How can that be? I have over 40 of them at least. I realized that one of my … Continue reading Journaling
Well, today, all I have is a suggestion that you subscribe to Publisher’s Weekly’s Children’s Bookshelf email. The best way to stay updated on what’s going on in children’s book industry is by reading what Publisher’s Weekly has to say. This has to be one of the most valuable resources and informative newsletters that is … Continue reading Publisher’s Weekly’s Children’s Bookshelf
Napoleon Hill’s masterpiece Think and Grow Rich outlines the 13 steps successful people follow to grow their legacy. Among the steps is to belong to a mastermind group that works with you to help you achieve your goals. Jim Collins also talks about this principle in his book Good to Great, describing the process of … Continue reading SCBWI meetup