Blog Posts

I regularly share my paintings and my process on my blog. Below are a few posts that go into detail about my process and thoughts about painting:

Painting Peonies

This post gives a thorough description of my painting process from creating preliminary sketches to mixing paint to painting the final image.

Commissioning a Custom Painting

Ever wondered about the commission process? This blog post explains it step by step.

Keep Going

In this post I share how hard it is sometimes to keep going with a painting that doesn't seem to be working and how it's all a part of the process.

Growing and Painting Nasturtiums

Inspiration can be found everywhere. In this post I share two nasturtium paintings inspired by this sweet cottage garden plant.

Read more blog posts about my paintings and process here.


Videos

 

Interested in learning how to paint?

I am a self-taught artist and I never thought I'd be able to learn how to paint. When I started painting I was terrible (just read some of my early blog posts, like this one), but was determined to get better.

My philosophy has always been that you learn by doing. It takes time to be comfortable with the tools and materials. Don't get discouraged. The more you paint, the better you will be.

I have never taken a watercolor class, but have read many, many books. In each I usually find at least one small tip or technique that I can experiment with. Experimentation is key. Try different techniques, materials and tools to see what works best for you. 

Seek out other artists who are working in the media you'd like to try. Many share their favorite materials on their websites. Some provide online tutorials, offer local classes or have written books. (I shared a collection of links to artists' tutorials in this blog post). Even if someone's style is vastly different from the way in which you'd like to paint, you may still be able to learn something from them. 

Remember that your paintings should be a reflection of you. Your own voice. The longer you paint the stronger your voice will become.

Play and have fun. You will find your way.

 
Painting a Jade Plant
 

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