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As I mentioned yesterday, last week I took a week-long "Expressionistic Figure Painting" workshop at The Art Students League with artist Barbara Yeterian. We worked on our paintings in twenty-minute increments and I took photos at each breaking point. And here is a closer look at the final painting: I learned a lot working on this painting. Most notably, I discovered how important a background can be to setting the mood of the painting. Also, as I've mentioned before, I struggle with hands and profiles and while neither the hands nor the profile are perfect in this painting, they're both... Read more →


Last week I took a week-long "Expressionistic Figure Painting" workshop at The Art Students League with artist Barbara Yeterian. We started most days with sketching. All of these sketches are between 3 and 8 minutes: Barbara had us do some sketches in color, which really changed the game. This is a ten-minute drawing: This is a fifteen-minute drawing: This was my first time using chalk pastels. There's a learning/exploring curve, but I really enjoyed them. I'd like to do some more exploring. I don't usually do a formal study for a painting, but I'm thinking that I might start. The... Read more →


Cheryl Boglioli is currently on an 8-week East Coast teaching tour. (If you're an East Coaster, check out her teaching schedule here.) She stopped in New Jersey for a visit with Kristin Tweedale. On Wednesday (Cheryl's birthday), the two of them came into Manhattan to spend a crafty afternoon with me! Cheryl did some art journaling... ...playing with stencils and lots of Faber-Castell goodies. Kristin made a mini album. I worked on my stitching! (photo stolen from Kristin's instagram feed) We even managed to sneak in some lunch at one of my favorite Korean restaurants! All in all, it was... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post. Thanks! Today we have a guest post from Michelle Remy. I found her blog... Read more →


I recently ran out of business cards and decided it was time to order new ones. I went back to my favorite online place to order: Moo. I like Moo cards because you can order 50 unique designs, so it's like carrying a mini portfolio in your purse. Because I do so many different kinds of art, it's great to be able to pull out a card that exactly fits what the person I'm giving it to is interested in. I kept the backs of the cards super simple. By the way, people often ask about my name. My middle... Read more →


Three Art Videos You Should Watch

Today I've got three videos I stumbled across that I think you should watch: VIDEO #1: The Art of Collaboration by Alisa Burke -- a wonderful video that shows Alisa and her husband working on a large painting together, all while taking care of their adorable daughter. Alisa and Andy COLLABORATION from Alisa Burke on Vimeo. VIDEO #2: Out of Reach painting by mitsib -- I stumbled across this one on Pinterest. (Did you know that you can pin videos?) I followed the pin to Mitsi's YouTube channel, which is full of fun videos, and then visited her blog, which... Read more →


It's time for our March Book Club! Just as a reminder, each month I choose a crafty book from my bookshelf and create something inspired by the book. I hope you'll be inspired to do the same. This month I chose Explore, Create, Resinate by Jen Cushman. This book is all about using ICE Resin -- a crystal clear jeweler's grade resin -- to create beautiful jewelry. The book has nine major chapters along with an introduction, final note, design team bios, and a resource guide. The nine chapters are: What Makes ICE Resin Unique: An explanation of why ICE... Read more →


Since Christmas I've been keeping my hands busy with a large stitching project. I've been sharing progress photos on instagram, some of which I included in this "Weekend Five" blog post. I work on my embroidery in fits and starts -- mostly while traveling or during TV time. Here's what it looks like right now: This is my embroidery kit: DMC 6-strand embroidery floss (I divide it and stitch with 2 strands at a time.) Embroidery scissors Mechanical Pencil (This is how I mark the design as I go.) Needle Case Here's what it looks like out of the hoop:... Read more →


Lately I've been hand obsessed. Perhaps it's because I have so much trouble drawing them? Here are five hand-related pieces of art that I love: source source source source source I have included the source links for these hand images. However, several of the source links take you to a pin and not a website. This is because the original websites have been lost through the pinning process. If you know where the image orignated, please let me know so I can fix the link. Thank you! Hope you're having a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post. Thanks! Today we have a guest post from Michelle Mathey. As soon as I... Read more →