Here’s a Quick Way to Find Inspiration

Here’s a Quick Way to Find Inspiration

Are you frustrated with finding inspiration for your next creative project? Grab your iPhone and sneakers and READ ON. In this blog, I describe my process of finding inspiration on a five minute walk on the beach in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. One of the complaints I hear from beginning artists is how it’s so difficult ... Read More
 
How to Kill the Mental Bully and Start Creating

How to Kill the Mental Bully and Start Creating

If you are struggling with creating, you may be under attack from a mental creative bully. Here’s how I overcame my mental bullies and am now living a prolific artist’s life. And, you can too. I know something about bullies. I was verbally attacked by a bully in high school several times. The hateful comments burned in my heart and ... Read More
 
Discover a old/new art medium at your local art show: Encaustics

Discover a old/new art medium at your local art show: Encaustics

When I mention I work in encaustics, I get that puzzled look. My listener usually heard it as,  “I work in toxins”. “Toxins?” they say, “Isn’t that dangerous working with toxins?” Then, I explain it’s beeswax and we move on. WHAT IS ENCAUSTIC? Here’s the scoop in a nutshell. It is simply paint made from ... Read More
 

My Encaustic Painting Tutorial on YouTube

Thanks to the technological expertice of my 11 year old, I’ve created a painting tutorial! See how I use encaustic wax, watercolor, and oil stick to create a koi fish mixed media painting. As a primarily self-taught artist for the past 20 years, I’ve had to learn from many sources. YouTube tutorial videos introduced me ... Read More
 
Painting a mixed media memorial collage: the creative process revealed

Painting a mixed media memorial collage: the creative process revealed

Beginning the Painting This blog is about the creative process I went through as an artist to create a mixed media collage memorial painting of my father. There is a lot of thought that goes into creating a mixed media memorial collage. If it’s your own family member or loved one, the journey can be heartwarming and ... Read More