Graphic Art Background Tutorial – Adobe Fresco

Creating a graphic art background in Adobe Fresco is the first step to creating my mixed media graphic art illustrations, but they also become art pieces in themselves. Layer One ~ With the Live Oil Brushes paint in the background. This is a intuitive process…so there is no right or wrong way to lay downContinue reading “Graphic Art Background Tutorial – Adobe Fresco”

Creative Palette – She Found Herself Background

For my Digital Mixed Media Graphic Art Skillshare class I created a ton of backgrounds so I could use them in my lessons. I thought it would be fun to share the color palette’s with you in what I’m calling “Creative Palette”. This background became the jumping off point for my illustration “She Found Herself”.Continue reading “Creative Palette – She Found Herself Background”

Which song will you sing? Finding the passion that drives you

Each creative must actively wade through the uncertainty that comes with the very act of creating. Whether creating art, music, or the written word…each must explore, question, play and experiment with their subjects and voice in order to find where they sit comfortably and authentically as a creative person. Creatives can’t sit by and waitContinue reading “Which song will you sing? Finding the passion that drives you”

7 Tips for Being a Self-Taught Artist

Being a self-taught artist has brought me both immense joy and overwhelming fear. The joy stems from the freedom to learn my way and to create a style that is truly my own and that reflects who I am and the life I’ve had. The fear seeps into those dark moments where I feel likeContinue reading “7 Tips for Being a Self-Taught Artist”

5 Steps to Finding Your Artistic Voice

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from students is how they can find their artistic style. It’s followed by how do they find it if they are learning…copying…another artist’s style? Finding your unique style is a matter of finding yourself in the art. It’s noticing the little habits or traits that appearContinue reading “5 Steps to Finding Your Artistic Voice”

Daily Journaling Practice

When I began my daily journaling practice I was hoping to form a more consistent journaling rhythm as-well-as to form a more honest and personal relationship with myself and my writing voice. Up until that point, I found my journaling to be a list of things I did that day or a long winded dramaticContinue reading “Daily Journaling Practice”

Gardening Without a Green Thumb

Growing up with a mother who can grow anything was intimidating for me since I wasn’t born with a natural green-thumb. I think us “NON-GREEN THUMBERS” carry that title around almost too afraid to even try. I’ve had many dead plants and more than a few failed gardens, but I never gave up. I beganContinue reading “Gardening Without a Green Thumb”

Couture Tangles Skillshare Class

When I started creating Couture Tangles I was sitting on the couch watching the Oscars. This was many years ago and during the Zentangle craze. I shared a couple of my drawings on Pinterest and then forgot about it. I was contacted a couple years later by an editor with Walter Foster and asked ifContinue reading “Couture Tangles Skillshare Class”