Introducing the 2017 Watercolor Calendar and Looking Back at the Previous Three Years' Designs: Sharing thoughts on four years of creating calendars illustrated with my original watercolor designs.

 

Living with Plants: Fiddle Leaf Fig: Sharing my experiences growing this popular houseplant and the sketches and final paintings inspired by it.

 

What I Learned from a Month of Painting Every Day: In September of 2015 I challenged myself to paint a finished piece each day of the month. I ended up completing 37 paintings during the month and learning a lot about myself and my art.

 

In the Studio... Painting Peonies: I cut a bouquet of peonies and bring them into the studio to paint.

 

Violets: I bring a handful of wild violets into the studio to paint.

Getting to Summer Bliss, the Story Behind My New Fabric Collection: The debut of my first fabric collection based on my original watercolor paintings and inspired by the magic and joy of summer.

 

In the Studio Painting Houseplants (again): Painting another houseplant portrait inspired by the beautiful purple oxalis growing on my windowsill.

 

Nasturtiums! A watercolor bouquet of nasturtiums, tiny single nasturtium paintings,  nasturtium fabric design and a nasturtium linocut... my garden nasturtiums inspire so much art.

 

The Story of a Custom Painting or How a Commission Works: I explain the commission process with this custom herb painting as an example.

 

The Story of a Painting: Watch as I paint a cyclamen plant from start to finish.

Tulips Blooming in the Studio: The first painting of the year painted from flowers blooming in my garden. Such a joy to inaugurate the season.

 

Back in the Studio Painting Orchids: After not having the time to paint a large painting I returned to the studio and rediscovered the joy of watercolors.

 

Obsessed with: Goldfish! I share the series of goldfish watercolor paintings.

 

Painting a Love Song to Summer -- My Summer Garden in Watercolor: I painted a love song to my summer garden in the form of a flower-filled watercolor.

 

Hudson Valley Seed Library and the Philadelphia Flower Show: I painted a piece for a contest arranged by the Hudson Valley Seed Library and my painting was displayed at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

 

2x2 is a sketchbook collaboration between Dana Barbieri and me. We share the art we've created each week on our blogs. Catch up on all the posts here. The project was featured in Issue 29 of Uppercase Magazine.

 

15 Days of Designing Repeat Patterns: In March of 2016 I participated in Spoonflower's Design-a-Day Challenge and entered my watercolor goldfish fabric design (winning 3rd place!).

 
 

Beginning a Daily Sketchbook Habit -- Thoughts after the First 30 Pages: Sketchbooks used to frighten me. Here I share my thoughts after diving into a daily sketchbook practice.

 

In My Studio: Marigolds A watercolor painting from start to finish.

 
contemplating art and business
 

My First Solo Art Exhibit: Sharing thoughts about the first solo exhibit of my art.

 

Keep Going: Don't give up even when (or maybe especially when) things aren't going as planned.

Instagram, Sketchbooks and Daily Art Practice: Daily art practice is invaluable for gaining skills as an artist, but sharing everything, everyday can be stifling. The key? Finding balance.

 

Thinking about Rejection, Failure and Messages from the Universe: What does rejection mean and how can we learn from it?

 

Looking Back at My Journey as an Artist: Sometimes it's good to take a look backward and see how far we've come

 
 

Thoughts on the Business of Art: Finding your place in the noisy marketplace is a tricky task.

 
 
 
 

Writing a Letter of Hope, Encouragement and Love to My Past Self: If you look back at your creative journey, you might be surprised by all that you've accomplished. Try writing a letter to a younger you, looking back with tenderness and love.

 

Some Thoughts on Developing Your Style: who you are will shape your art style. Be true to yourself and your art will be authentically you.

 

Trying New Things: Embracing Markers in my Sketchbook: Sometimes it takes a lot of experimenting before you become comfortable with a new medium. Here I share what I've learned playing with markers.

 

Interested in Learning How to Paint with Watercolor? A Resource Roundup: A list of links to websites, tutorials and blog posts to help you learn how to paint with watercolor.

 

Drawing and Sketching Resources: Want to learn how to draw or sketch? In this post I share some resources to help you get started.

 

A Lesson From Lilies and Thoughts about Doubt and Gratitude: Painting is the only way to overcome the fear of painting.

 

Artist Interviews: Learn from others in this series of monthly Artist Interviews where I chat with and share the work of some inspiring artists who are living their joy.

 

You Never Know What's Going to Happen Next: Taking chances with your art will lead you to unexpected discoveries.