Access Capture Shapes in Fresco

Got Adobe Capture and Fresco? You can access your shapes made with Adobe Capture in Adobe Fresco! Here’s how: -Under the Shape tool, find the folder titled “my library” -Select a shape from the folder and it will appear grayed out on your canvas -Resize and position the shape as desired -Select a color fromContinue reading “Access Capture Shapes in Fresco”

New Class: Floral Illustration with Fresco Shape Tool

I don’t normally launch classes this close together, but my digital illustration students have been clamoring for more Adobe Fresco classes, so I stepped up my filming schedule. This new class is all about Fresco’s new Shape tool and how you can easily create shapes in Adobe Capture to use seamlessly with Fresco. I’ll walkContinue reading “New Class: Floral Illustration with Fresco Shape Tool”

New Class: Expressive Florals

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my new art class Expressive Florals. It’s live on Skillshare!! In this class, we’ll be using thinned acrylic paint to create an expressive, almost watercolor-styled, floral. With Expressive Florals we aren’t trying to create a photo-realistic flower, instead, it’s about creating florals that are sketchy and fluid…andContinue reading “New Class: Expressive Florals”

History of Commonplace Books

The history of the Commonplace Books goes back to the Middle Ages. It’s believed that the concept originated in ancient Greece and Rome, although they become most popular during the Renaissance and early Modern Period, when students and scholars used them for study. In 1706, John Locke wrote  “A New Method of Making Commonplace Books”Continue reading “History of Commonplace Books”

New Class: Commonplace Books for Self-Care

Commonplace Books are a journal…for keeping ideas, quotes, notes, and ephemera. They’ve been used since the Middle Ages to collect, organize and store information for later use. I’ve been keeping Commonplace Books for over 30 years and over that course of time my notebooks have taken on many forms, but the thing that remained theContinue reading “New Class: Commonplace Books for Self-Care”

Mixing Charcoal and Adobe Fresco

I’ve been taking the “Collected Stories” class by Renee Mueller, so I’ve been doing a lot of charcoal drawings. Charcoal drawings are a bit intimidating for me. I’m not sure why since it’s how I started as an artist when I was a young kid and I always make my way through a drawing, butContinue reading “Mixing Charcoal and Adobe Fresco”

Art After Loss Workshop

The Art After Loss Workshop was created out of my own journey through loss after we lost our baby boy when I was 25 weeks pregnant. Art After Loss is modeled after the steps I took to work through my loss, so you’ll take similar steps, but your journey will be a personal one. EachContinue reading “Art After Loss Workshop”

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”

Couture Tangles 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 Class”

11 ways to keep kids busy when stuck at home

This coronavirus crisis has forced many schools to close and has left many parents scrambling to find ways to occupy their kids during the day. There will obviously be schoolwork to stay on top of, but parents are forced to find ways to keep them busy. I homeschooled my two kids from Kindergarten through graduationContinue reading “11 ways to keep kids busy when stuck at home”