Taking a Blog Break

Hey guys! I'm taking an indefinite break from blogging. If you'd like to keep up with what's going on, please subscribe to my weekly newsletter. It goes out every Friday. It's free and (I hope) packed with inspiration. You will still be able to find my free weekly "Studio Snippets" videos on my YouTube Channel. (In fact, there's a new one today.) Mom and I have started recording a 2024 season of The Adventures in Arting Podcast. So, look for that to begin in January. You can always get art inspiration and tutorials in my monthly art membership program. Or... Read more →


Join Me in 2024: Practical Color For Painters

Please join me every other month in 2024 for a new live online class! “Not only can color, which is under fixed laws, be taught like music, but it is easier to learn than drawing, whose elaborate principles cannot be taught.” -- Eugene Delacroix This course is designed for painters at all levels. The lessons lay a solid foundation for beginners while offering an expansive perspective to mid-level and advanced artists. I put "practical" in the title because the course is packed with immediately usable tips, exercises, and ideas for you to integrate into your own work. It's labeled "for... Read more →


Today is the last day of the 4-part series on some of my favorite art supplies, divided by discipline: Art Supplies for Painters Art Supplies for Printmakers Art Supplies for Art Journalers Art Supplies for Collage Artists So let's wrap this series up with art supplies for collage artists! There are two main things to talk about with collage: paper and glue. So let's start with paper. The main papers I use are: Deli Paper & Wet Strength Tissue Paper - Both of these papers are thin, translucent when glued, and take a beating. Deli paper is cheap and not... Read more →


Hello friends! It has turned mighty cold around here. My Mom is convinced that it's going to be a brutal winter because the squirrels are super fat this year. I also saw a video online from a beekeeper that said the bees are really packing away the honey and so we should all prepare for a long cold winter. I wonder if the animals are two steps ahead of us? In the meantime, here's the news from around here: Family News We have three November birthdays in this family. One Scorpio and two Sagittarians (I had to actually look up... Read more →


As you know, we're in the midst of a 4-part series on some of my favorite art supplies, divided by discipline: Art Supplies for Painters Art Supplies for Printmakers Art Supplies for Art Journalers Art Supplies for Collage Artists Today we've made it to #3: art journaling supplies! I've put together a video with all the details about why I like and use these particular supplies: And here's the list of goodies from the video: Listo China Markers Neocolor I Crayons Neocolor Sharpener Posca Pens SoFlat Acrylic Paint Ranger Heat It Craft Tool Grey Matters Palette Paper Scotch Blue Painter's... Read more →


As you know, I've put together a 4-part series on some of my favorite art supplies, divided by discipline: Art Supplies for Painters Art Supplies for Printmakers Art Supplies for Art Journalers Art Supplies for Collage Artists Today I'm excited to share #2 on the list: my favorite art supplies for printmakers! I will always be a gelatin plate fanatic. Gelatin printing is immediately fun for beginners and so deep and complex that it can keep advanced printmakers hooked for years. You can make super fun accidental prints, but with a little know how, you can make glorious purposeful prints.... Read more →


From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! For our Thanksgiving table, I made some updated versions of these paper utensil pockets from last year: This year I used painted papers and I temporarily parked my art supplies in the pockets. Later today, I'll set the table and they'll get silverware instead. ❤️ For all who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope it's a happy and healthy holiday for you! Read more →


Hello! I've put together a 4-part series on some of my favorite art supplies, divided by discipline: Art Supplies for Painters Art Supplies for Printmakers Art Supplies for Art Journalers Art Supplies for Collage Artists Obviously, there's some overlap in there, but I hope you'll find it useful. Today I'm sharing items from the first list -- my favorite art supplies to use when I'm painting! Golden Acrylic Paints will always be my #1 pick for acrylic paint. They're incredibly versatile with lots of different choices in viscosity. For paintings, I primarily use: Golden Fluid Acrylics Golden Heavy Body Acrylics... Read more →


One of the skills I've developed over the years is figuring out how to fix my mistakes...because I make a lot of mistakes. In fact, as you've probably heard me say many many time, there are no mistakes, simply creative opportunities. In this video, I show you how I create a creative opportunity for myself! Members can watch the real time version of this video in the online classroom. And here is the finished piece from the video: You can grab this piece in my online shop. The holidays are coming and original one-of-a-kind art makes a great gift! Thanks... Read more →


I run a monthly group coaching session through the Super Learner membership program. It was originally called "critique group," but so many people had a negative reaction to the word, "critique," that I decided to change the name. Critique can be terrifying -- especially since it is so often done incorrectly (meaning in an unhelpful and hurtful manner). The good news is that if it's done correctly, critique can help you grow much faster than you could on your own. So today, I thought I'd share the special sauce recipe -- aka how to do critique so that it nurtures... Read more →