Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Daisy Blue

Daisy Blue

It's no secret I love painting flowers.  I get a lot of emails about sketching and drawing flowers (amongst other things).  I don't consider myself a particularly good sketcher, but I do love to do it.

Over the years, I've taken drawing and painting classes that have helped me develop my style (it's a work in progress).  I'm amazed to say that I have picked up some tricks and techniques along the way, many of which have helped me become better and drawing.


Daisy Blue

In my Mastering Twinks class, each week I teach a little drawing lesson.  These are simple and intuitive little lessons on how to sketch and draw certain subjects, and they are a great way from which to launch other drawing approaches.

Daisy Blue

This week we're looking at sketching simple daisies.  They are a wonderfully forgiving subject to capture, and leave the artist lots of room for creative license when it comes to color. I must say I am amazed at how the students have run with the sketching lessons and are creating some amazing twinkling art. 


Daisy Blue

These daisies were done in matte acrylics and Silks Acrylic Glaze in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook.   

Daisy Blue

Early Bird Registration for the next session of "Mastering Twinks 1" is available now, class begins on October 17, 2013. Click here for more information.


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Twinkling Daisy

Prismatic Daisy

This week sees me busy teaching lesson three of "Twinkling Discoveries", Part 1 of the Mastering Twinks series.  It's difficult to know how to express my profound gratitude at the hundreds of artists who are taking this beautiful online class with me.  I'm astounded at how creative and courageous these people are and the work they are producing is a sight to behold.

Prismatic Daisy

This week we're playing around with prismatic pictures and of course, I had to get in on the act.  There's something about the teacher playing along with the students; when I put myself in their place, I'm able to learn so much from them and see my art in a whole new light.

Prismatic Daisy

We're on a Twinkling Color Journey right now, and everyone is exploring color in new and unique ways.  It's beautiful and inspiring.

Prismatic Daisy

Due to high demand, I have decided to leave this class open for registration for anther two weeks.  If you sign up now, you'll get all the lessons to date and get to play along with everyone for the last part of the live class.  Plus you'll get access to the full class until July 2014, that's a whole year.  So there's plenty of time to get a twinkle in your eye and some sparkle in your sketchbook.

Prismatic Daisy


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Friday, July 26, 2013

Herb Garden

Herb Flowers

My mother has a beautiful little garden that is a constant source of inspiration.  

Herb Flowers

I can sit at her dining room table and sketch the myriad of winter blooms that are shimmering in their pots.

Herb Flowers

This quick watercolor sketch of some herb flowers was captured in only a few minutes on a peaceful midweek afternoon.

Herb Flowers

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for checking in. xx

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Art Through Inspiration

Rock Pool Treasures 

Playing in the rock pools is one of my favorite things to do in the world.  Wintertime in Australia is great for rock pool treasures. The colors and textures are just calling out for me to sketch them. 

Rock Pool Treasures

I find real peace and serenity when I amble slowly over the rocks, picking through the shells, marveling at the colors.

Rock Pool Treasures

Sometimes I overturn a rock to reveal a busy little crab, or I watch the glittering colors of a starfish sitting quietly in the shallows.

Rock Pool Treasures

I love to explore color and texture, and used the rock pools as inspiration for my Australian Sketches.

Rock Pool Treasures

This page was done in my Stillman & Birn "Zeta" Series Sketchbook, using Sennelier Watercolors, and Ink.  And by the way, Stillman & Birn are having a fantastic giveaway...click here to enter.

Rock Pool Treasures

What's your inspiration today?  xx

Monday, July 22, 2013

Twinkling Color

Twinkling Grapes

I've been wonderfully preoccupied with my Mastering Twinks class again this week.  It's week two and we're exploring Twinkling Color.

Twinkling Grapes


Twinkling Grapes

I always love the color lessons, it's wonderful to see students plunge themselves into the amazing world of the color wheel.  I never get sick of it and I'm always astounded at how creative people can be when it comes to color theory.

Twinkling Grapes

The exercises that come from the color lessons are always amazing, and this time has been no different.  Students very quickly start imprinting their own style onto the projects and I am once again humbled by the talent and courage of so many people.

Twinkling Grapes

This week we're using fruit to help us explore color.  I find fruit to be a very fluid and forgiving subject and it lends itself to some wonderful creative interpretation.  Needless to say, I haven't been disappointed by the wonderful skills of my students.

Twinkling Grapes



Twinkling Grapes So in honor of their hard work and participation, I thought I would play along once more and sketch up some Grapes using my beautiful Twinkling H2O's.

Twinkling Grapes

This was done in my Stillman & Birn "Epsilon" Series sketchbook using Twinkling H2O's and Ink.  The live portion of the class runs until mid August, but participants have access to the class until July 2014. 


Twinkling Grapes

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Indian Paint Brush

Indian Paint Brush

Indian Paint Brush

A couple of months ago I did a very special commission for a man who wanted a painting of some flowers that were very special to both he and his wife.  He wanted to painting as a gift for his wife for their anniversary.

Indian Paint Brush

Indian Paint Brush

As part of my preparation, I explored these flowers in my sketchbook.  Here are some watercolor sketches of the Indian Paint Brush.

Indian Paint Brush

It is done in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook using  Sennelier Watercolors & Ink.

Indian Paint Brush

Indian Paint Brush

Indian Paint Brush

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Art Through Inspiration

Iris

Inspiration is vital to keeping artists active.  We all have slumps or down times, but it helps to learn to accept these as a normal part of our creative process.

Iris Inspiration

During these times, it helps when I move away from my sketchbook and look around for things that inspire me.  Mostly it is in nature that I find my muse, but not always. 

Iris Inspiration

I'm going to be sharing with you a series of blog posts that help connect art through inspiration.  And by this I mean finding things that inspire us and then allowing ourselves to float down the creative stream and see where it takes us. Different ways of interpreting, different styles, different mediums; they are all important to artistic growth.

Iris

A camera is also important, but it is only an addendum to getting out and letting your five sense take in the moment.  Any images you capture will only recall and reinforce these moments of inspiration, they will not substitute for them.

Iris

Sometimes the art that is born from our inspiration is a visual representation, true to our view of the world, and at other times it is an abstract interpretation of what we have seen.  Either way, it's perfect. There is no right or wrong, just many streams of creativity that help us come into our style fully and honestly.

Iris

This Iris was inspired by my garden in Iowa.  I was done using Sennelier Pan Watercolors, and Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils in my Stillman & Birn Beta Series Sketchbook.

Iris

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Twinkling Joy Has Begun

DSC_3209

Wow, it's been a wonderful start to "Mastering Twinks Part 1".  The class went live on Thursday and the energy and excitement is amazing.  I am so honored to have such an amazing group of artists choose to take this journey with me and I'm just bursting with joy.

Mandala of Calm

After only a couple of days the work that is being shared is stunning.  I always love it when, despite the fear and uncertainty, students find the courage to try out new things and then share them with their class mates.  I think it's apparent to everyone that the classroom is a safe, nurturing, and very beautiful environment for people to expand themselves as artists.  Thank you to all my students who are helping others step onto this twinkling journey.

Mandala of Calm

This week begins our gentle journey into the world of luminescent watercolors. We're using simple, intuitive mandala designs as a platform for playing with colors, and I am astounded at how exquisite everyone's work is.  Of course, I can't help myself, I have to play along.

Mandala of Calm

This mandala page I call "Calm" and is done in Twinkling H2O's, of course.  There's still time to jump into Mastering Twinks if you feel compelled. Registration remains open for a few more days.  For more information, click here.

Mandala of Calm

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Australian Sketches: Beach Foliage

Beach Folioage

The vegetation that grows along the foreshore of the beaches in Victoria is amazing.

Beach Folioage

Shimmering, olive green, silver and a hint of burnt orange, these low growing shrubs add beautiful color to the scene.

Beach Folioage

I sat on the beach last week and sketched the beach foliage while my children made winter castles in the sand.

Beach Folioage

I am so happy to be home and back by the sea.

Beach Folioage

(This page was done in my Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Sketchbook using Sennelier Watercolors, and pen & ink.)

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