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
I read both of these books before I was 21. The first I read in fourth grade. Sasha, My Friend by Barbara Corcoran. This book is about a little girl who moves to Montana with her dad after her mom dies in a car crash. They live on a Christmas tree farm in Northwest Montana. After … Continue reading Two Books That Changed My Life
Do you ever get frustrated when things don't go how you want them to? I usually say there are just computer challenges, no computer problems but this summer has been this motto has been harder then usual to keep. Today, I found myself at my art desk, starting a new old project. I thought I'd … Continue reading How to brighten a painting to look like the original?
Wow, found a great new podcast to listen to. The savvy painter. She rocks with great interviews and inspiration for building your platform and creating a growing business out of the work that you love. I have only listened to a few episodes so far. 18: DUANE KEISER ON BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH COLLECTORS Duane has … Continue reading The Saavy Painter
OK, well the biggest lesson I learned if I make a challenge to write 10 blog posts and post them every 3 days is I better write them first. Haha. Well I have 9 days left to write 6 more posts I think, so I still have a bit of time. I also think that … Continue reading Two weeks since my last post!
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
Hitting Your Stride by Nan Russell is a great book about leveraging your strengths at your job in order to create positive changes and find fulfilling work. By bringing your best self to your organization you are helping everyone succeed. Full of actionable steps that you can take and implement will help you start seeing results … Continue reading A Baker’s Dozen of My Favorite Career Books
As an aspiring artist/author/illustrator everyone needs a platform today. Having an internet presence is essential for any creative professional, but it doesn’t have to be fancy or scary at first. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either! Once you have your basics started I can’t recommend enough Michael Hyatt’s book Platform, … Continue reading Build Your Platform TODAY!