I was sitting at my easel last night, working on one of my newest paintings and thinking, as I normally do. Painting has kind of a meditative quality and all sorts of thoughts drift through my mind. Last night, I thought about how weird it is to be an artist. Yes, weird. Here I am,… Continue reading What It’s Really Like to be an Artist (One Artist’s Perspective)
We're already halfway through the first month of 2020, and if you're anything like me, you're still halfway between the busy haze of the holidays and the nagging feeling that you should be a lot more motivated to do ALL the things in the new year. Since my last post (in 2019), I completed two… Continue reading Get to Know Me: 10 Questions for the Artist Behind the Blog
For me, art and gift giving have always gone together. I remember giving handmade gifts for birthdays and holidays from when I was a little kid, all the way up until recently. When you're an artist, giving away your art as gifts almost seems a no-brainer. It's low cost, it's meaningful, and most of the… Continue reading Giving Mixed Media Paintings as Gifts: Good Idea or Bad Idea?
Saturday, November 16, 2019 marked my participation in my first big community art show and let me tell you, it was a whirlwind. (It's why I haven't been posting on here as frequently). I was so busy getting everything ready to show! Now that it's done with, I thought it would be interesting/helpful to go… Continue reading Getting Ready for My First Big Art Show
Happy Halloween! I thought it would be fun to do a "scary" video just in time for Halloween. Of course, it had to be art related. So, I Googled Haunted artwork. And what should appear? A story I had never heard before about a piece of art that is allegedly The World's Most Haunted Painting… Continue reading Happy Halloween! New YouTube Video: The World’s Most Haunted Painting?
It's no secret that I love skulls. At Christmas, I have a tabletop tree that is decorated only in skull-themed items. I have skull coffee spoons. Yes, I am that person. So you can imagine my excitement when I rounded a corner at Michaels a few weeks back and there was an end display rack… Continue reading Using Halloween Art Supplies to Make an Abstract Mixed Media Painting
I threw myself wholeheartedly into mixed media art about 3 years ago. In that time, I've tried out a lot of supplies and paints or art mediums. Over time, I've found I have favorites that I reach for daily, while some others I don't use much. Below I rank my favorite mediums from least used… Continue reading I Rank My Top 7 Favorite Mixed Media Art Mediums
Developing my art style was one of the most frustrating processes I have gone through as an artist. Yes, really. Back in 2016, when I started really taking my art seriously, I was in several online classes and started following artists on Instagram and YouTube. One thing that really bothered me was seeing each artist's… Continue reading How I Developed My Current Mixed Media Art Style