How I create a commissioned painting
I have a beautiful wooden desk in my art studio where I work on my computer, doing sketching and more. It’s too nice a piece to go with my paint splattered folding tables and Ikea bookshelves, but it didn’t fit in our New York apartment when we moved so I got to use it in my studio… [Read the rest of the post]
I was in Colorado most of the summer, avoiding the New York City heat and humid as much as possible. I found being away from my NYC studio caused me to take a short hiatus from creating fine art. Instead, I found myself doing more “crafty” art projects, enjoying the break and exploring different artistic… [Read the rest of the post]
How to decorate envelopes using a GelliArts plate, acrylic paint, stencils, and pens.
A quick and easy Father’s Day gift…painted tools.
I’ve struggled to create some work for my licensing company, Wild Apple, that I think they will like. I have sketched out and discarded a number of ideas. Nothing seems creative enough or unique enough to stand out from the competition. I finally realized that I’m going about it the wrong way. Instead of trying… [Read the rest of the post]
Nope, it’s silver! A silver bowl to be precise. Sadly, I’ve reached the age where I can’t read without glasses. I’ve bought a half a dozen pairs to have one in every room, but they all seem to end up on my bedroom nightstand instead. This table is already cluttered with an iPad, an iPhone, and a… [Read the rest of the post]
I started with the idea to create a set of matching paintings with lots of 3D texture. I love the soft, white flowers of the dogwood tree but realized I would need a colored background to make the petals show in the paintings. I’ve documented my painting process below. I will flip-flop between the two paintings as I forgot… [Read the rest of the post]
One of the things I like to do to stimulate my creativity is to keep a sketchbook/journal. I like the 14″ x 11″ black cover sketchbooks by Utrecht. It is in this book that I sketch out ideas, keep notes on art marketing, paste clipping of other artist’s work that inspires me, and more. I just… [Read the rest of the post]
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Here’s a little gift I have made for my son (who doesn’t follow my blog). Just an empty peanut can, some paper, Tootsie Pops and conversational hearts to hold them in place. It’s never to late to send a little love.
In adddition to painting, I also like to do other crafts. My eldest daughter has a great selection of fashion scarves that she wears all year round. However, she lives in a small Manhattan apartment and accessible storage is always a challenge. It was her idea to use ladder upon which to hang her scarves…. [Read the rest of the post]
I fit in a couple of yoga classes while in Colorado for the holidays. This motivated me to start a new painting for my yoga inspired series which I began last year. I have four paintings completed so far and this will be the fifth. For this series, I start each painting by first picking out a Sanskrit word as… [Read the rest of the post]
I love to doodle, especially when I’m on the phone. My hand just takes over without any input from my mind (which is busy talking to the person on the other end of the phone). I’m always a little surprised when I actually look at the doodle when my call is over. Today, I had… [Read the rest of the post]
I love being creative and that extends beyond painting. For my youngest daughter’s 21st birthday, I wanted to “color her world”. So I baked her a six layered, rainbow colored birthday cake. I wanted her to know she has a a full prism of possibilities before her. Happy birthday sweetie!