This is the cover to my book Dreams Do Come True... It's one of the first book projects I started. I have been thinking about it a lot lately as I think about creating a new podcast about journaling and art. I love to journal and it seems like everyone I talk to lately is … Continue reading Dreams Do Come True
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
For two or more years I have been working on my book the Green Queen. Last year I started a book proposal with help from my mentor. She said go to the bookstores and see where you book would sit on the shelves. What a fun assignment to go around to different bookstores and picture … Continue reading The Green Queen proposal
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
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?
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
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