"Sketches have in common a flame that the painting does not possess. It is the moment of heat for the artists, of pure energy, with none of the adornments that reflection adds to everything." - Dierot On my first trip to Europe in 2010, I took around 700 photos over the 9 days I was… Continue reading Why you should take Sketches of your travels instead of Photos.
One of the best ways to get inspired is to visit local art hubs. You don't have to head to Toronto to see amazing art. In Kitchener - Waterloo, we are so lucky to have a rich and diverse arts culture. Here are some of my favourite Art Spots in Waterloo Region. The Canadian Clay… Continue reading My Favourite Art Spots in Kitchener – Waterloo
I recently picked up Jean Haine's "Paint Yourself Calm. Colourful, Creative Mindfulness through Watercolour.This is published by Search Press and is a lovely, full colour book by a renowned British painter known for her loose, vibrant style. It is beautifully written, like a conversation with an old friend. In her book, Jean Haines gives gentle… Continue reading Book Review: Paint Yourself Calm.
I love QOR Watercolours. I just wanted to put that out there. Many students ask which brand they should use. I generally say any artist grade paint will do: Windsor Newton, Daniel Smith or Holbien, but I prefer Qor Watercolours and here is some background on that choice. Two years ago, I bought their High… Continue reading I Love Qor Watercolours
Oh the Starving Artist Trope. It's silly, but we could all use a few cheap and easy recipes to fuel us and get us back into the studio. Here are three of my faves. Easiest Crustless Quiche Everyone needs to have a go to Quiche recipe. Quiches are super easy and also look very impressive… Continue reading Budget Friendly Recipes for Not so Starving Artists
Art Supplies are expensive. Any artist can easily spend a small fortune on a trip to the Art Store. But there are a handful of amazing tools that you can get for free (or almost free). Here is my list. Old Toothbrushes These are the best spatter tool for fine spatter. A toothbrush and some white… Continue reading Free (Or Almost Free) Art Supplies for Watercolourists
Artists are by nature experimenters. We adore trying new products and techniques. As a result, our studios are often filled to the brim with supplies that cost good money that we will use “someday.” But having a cluttered, unusable space is probably one of the BIGGEST barriers we have to creating art. Your studio should… Continue reading How to Declutter your Artist Studio in Five Steps