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)
Sometimes, you just don't feel inspired. It's okay, it happens to the best of us. Maybe: there's life stuff happening your current style is starting to feel stale, or maybe you just want to try something new. The good news is this: there are many ways to get inspired, and they don't have to be… Continue reading 10 Non-Art Ways to Inspire Your Mixed Media Art
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
I would describe myself as a mostly self-taught artist. I throw that "mostly" in there because, of course, I had to turn to people more experienced than myself so I could learn the things I didn't know. This included people IRL (in real life) and (in the past several years) people who offer art inspiration… Continue reading Artists Who Inspired Me When I Was Learning Mixed Media Art
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