6 Tips for a Stress Free Sketchbook


A sketchbook is an artist's best friend! Okay...well, sometimes. Other times, it is a pain in the neck, another one of those things you feel you should be doing but do not have the time for. You may be wondering why you should care. A sketchbook is a visual record of your ideas, your thoughts, your inspirations and your creative process. It is a collection of your creative endeavours, however formal or casual they might be. A sketchbook is also … [Read more...]

Gratitude Quotes & My Thank You List for Thanksgiving


I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. - Epictetus Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William … [Read more...]

Life Imitates Art & Attitude

Life Imitates Art & Attitude

The close relationship between life and art stirred Oscar Wilde to coin the infamous quote, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." Artists truly are the movers and shakers of the world. The ages illustrate that artists have been at the forefront of every epic era. That said, we artists have a big responsibility and must understand the importance of being an artist in today's modern world. Oscar Wilde's quote makes me ponder the … [Read more...]

A Favorite Book: “Composition of Outdoor Painting” by Edgar Payne


One of my most cherished artistic possessions is the little book, Composition of Outdoor Painting by California Impressionist, Edgar Payne . Often referred to as the ‘Bible', it is an indispensable tool that can be found in the studio of most every serious landscape and plein air painter. If you can buy only one art book on composition, this should be it! Multi talented, Edgar Payne was one of the great California Impressionist painters as well … [Read more...]

Use The Hidden Meaning of Color In Your Art

Use The Hidden Meaning of Color In Your Art

The hidden meaning of color can be used as a powerful tool in art. Once the simple principles are understood, the artist can use color to enchant the viewer. In fact, research shows that color can play a major role in our overall state of well-being. The colors we surround ourselves with directly influence the way we feel and relax. In art and design, color allows us to create our own individuality and flare. For years, interior decorators, … [Read more...]

A Favorite Book – “Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting” by John F. Carlson


On my personal artistic journey I have found many books that have become some of my greatest teachers. And now, the internet seems to be an infinite resource for artists. But, there is something special about a book that a computer cannot replace. A favorite book becomes my old friend, a friend I refer back to again and again for advice. One of those old friends is the book by John F. Carlson, Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting. Considered … [Read more...]

Favorite Inspiring Art Quotes Throughout the Ages


Collecting quotes has always been a secret hobby of mine. Over the years I have found many inspiring quotes in books or on the Internet, but also in some random places like tea bags, fortune cookies and bathroom walls. (I've even written a few myself!)... It might sound strange, but a single phrase from a wise person has the power to uplift my spirits and motivate or inspire me throughout the day. As it turns out, my years of being a ‘quote … [Read more...]

A Day with the French Impressionists

monet's waterlilies

No Parisian art experience would be complete without a visit to the Musee d'Orsay, and the Musee de l'Orangerie to visit the French Impressionists. Both museums house the many precious works of the French Impressionists we all love. After a day at the Louvre these smaller museums seem quite manageable. (natural light filters through the glass ceilings above my daughter) On the left-bank of the Seine, the Musee d'Orsay was once the old … [Read more...]

My Tour de France – Paris


What a whirlwind trip!  My Tour de France was filled with art museums, plein air painting, touring villages & castles and of course - fresh baked baguettes & croissants with cheese! We went from Paris to Provence and back again.  So, before I begin to write about all the art, I wanted to share some of my French musings. Our 'tour de France' began in Paris! My daughter and I arrived to a wet mid-morning after a direct flight … [Read more...]

The Armchair-Artist


A lot of people dream of being an artist.  Maybe you are one of those people who loved to draw as a kid or took an art classes in college, but was discouraged away from art as serious profession.      Ask yourself:  Do you still have an inner desire to create?  To relax, do you like to flip through art magazines, books or art related websites?  Do you find yourself saying things like, “I just don’t have the time to paint, but I … [Read more...]




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