Daily Practice

It is not always easy to find the time to paint or sketch on a daily basis.  Spending just a short amount of time is valuable to growing as an artist.  Stepping out of our comfort zone and trying new things.  

For the last month, I have tried to do just that, PRACITCE!  Starting out each day with a sketch or two.  Using pencil, charcoal and just recently, graphite sticks.  Charcoal is definitely not a favorite medium of mine, it seems to travel everywhere, even onto me!  My husband thought it was a new shade of make up I was using.

My graphite sticks were hidden away for some time.  Pulling out old or trying new supplies can lead us into different directions with our work.  

The process was not always as successful as I had hoped.  There was frustration and some things ended up in the trash bin.  But, learning from my mistakes, knowing what works and does not work is very crucial in the development of any art form. 

Drawing is everything, the basis of all art.  Daily practice creates proficiency, and freedom to explore.  




Find Your Tribe and Love Them Hard

I have just returned from a wonderful art retreat in North Carolina.  Eat, Paint and Love.

Not only was it wonderful being with other creatives, but our environment added to the joy and companionship of the experience.

Imagine a large, beautiful beach house right on the ocean.  Eleven women, delicious food, the beach, a painting studio and wild horses added to the mix.  It doesn't get any better than that!

The retreat was on Corolla Beach, on the outer banks.  Not an easy place to travel to, but well worth the days journey with two flights, 2 1/2 hour taxi ride and 4o  minute beach excursion.  We spotted a group of horses right from the get go.  

The recreation room of the home became our studio where we had daily lessons with Kelly Berkey and Chtista Thomas.  Painting a variety of subject matter in oils.  Sharing this time with others is so important for growth and development.  Loosing our ambitions and changing old habits.  

Talking, sharing, observing is so vital to developing our skill.  Knowing that we are not alone in our painting struggles.  Gaining wonderful friendships along the way.

I not only fell in love with this beautiful, majestic beach, but fell in love with the creative tribe of women that shared the week with me.









"Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it. "  Dee Hock

Creativity is just connecting to things.  Ideas!

Using passion as the force.  If you are passionate about something, then you are more willing to take risks.  

The process of having original ideas that have value.  It is a process, it is not random.

Creativity is always a leap of faith, a blank canvas.  

Creativity does not care about results.  It is the process, letting what happens, happen.

It is the use of our imagination or original ideas,  Turning new and imaginative ideas into reality.  

Where do your ideas come from?  What is creativity to you?  

Creativity is sharing a little bit of your soul with the world!


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