Are you like me, always trying to find ways to simplify your artistic process?  You can find many sites and videos on watercolor brands, pan verses tubes, papers etc.  The information available can be overwhelming, especially when you first start to use a new medium.

I recently picked up the new popular 36 pan Kuretake watercolor set from Japan.  I have tubes from several brands too. I've been seeing posts around the web about which watercolor is better, and questions concerning pans over tubes, papers and more.  Here is my two cents... or maybe five, since I do use watercolor in my work daily.  

It doesn't matter what you're painting with.  What matters is if you have lights and darks, and warm and cools of the primary colors, and secondary colors if you want to mix less.  Most "sets" of any kind whether it's watercolor, colored pencil, oil, acrylic etc., don't have a good variety of cool and warm of the primary/secondary colors, and most likely won't have enou...


I just finished this lovely bouquet! So soft and so pretty. Each bouquet I'm asked to paint presents different challenges. They are unique pieces of art, as are...


It's a Halloween Collection.  Skulls, black cats, and pumpkins... Oh My! Love this new Mockup by Nerida Hansen too, makes my new collection look fabulous! Thank you Nerida!  If you're a licensing artist, you can find the mockup at for your own collections. Now on to some Christmas art.


I'm trying to work 6 months ahead of the holidays. It's a little challenging to get my head into autumn when my world is bursting into spring.  In addition to working on Halloween stuff, I'm working on some new florals. Looking forward to sharing some sneak peeks in the next few weeks. 


I'm so excited to announce that I now have an art licensing agent! I will be teaming up with Carol White from Artworks! Licensing. Together we will be adding my work to products “Building Brands That Build Success!” Bringing my artwork into your homes, appearing on gifts, home decor, fabric and more. Yippie!

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Ive been so so busy that I have not had time to post regularly on social media or here on my blog.  Now that tax's, copyright deposit, and my behind the scene's portfolios are updated, plus all the computer and traditional file organizing is finished (for now) I can get back to some regular posting and creating.  Yahoo!

First up is a fun side project I decided to take on. And that is a "Paint and Pie Party" for church.  I've never gone to or taught one of these, so cross your fingers! Ha ha ha.  I did this little study, and I will do it one more time larger for the example piece. I tried to keep it loose and simple.  I will also be discussing a few things like light and dark, cool and warm, found and lost edges, color palette etc. We will be flinging pies and paint.  This should be fun!


Oh My My My!  I'm a little late to the party. But yeah, the iPad pro and the Apple Pencil are AMAZING!  I love this tool so much that I've spent all my free time playing and testing since Christmas. No time for social media even. This is the first time I've felt excited about a digital tool in awhile.  

In the past, the tools available for an iPad where fun but not really conducive to getting anything professional done. Wow! I'm so impressed!  

I downloaded all the popular apps and found two that I use exclusively (so far).  The number one most amazing app to actually get work done (from start to finish if you want), and to seamlessly go from ipad to computer (photoshop) is the Procreate App.  I only have two wishes for the future updates and that is to add shapes/rulers, plus a seamless integration to the adobe capture brushes, as well as photoshop library brushes. I also didn't care for the watercolor brush as much as I do for the one in the Adobe Sketch A...


It's always a good time for romance don't you think? This is my entry for the ALSC Valentine’s Day Pattern Design Challenge with Robert Kaufman. Also, I have revamped my website with a new look and simplicity. 


My art on fabric!  What is not to love!  Left side of image is my beginning sewing effort of my cut and sew treat bag, right side is sewn up by my pro sewing friend Lisa A.  This bag won't be available in time for this Halloween, yet I had to start sometime. This has been a fun experiment and challenge.  I need to make a few adjustments in the instructions and print before I offer it to the public.  What's great is that once I have the template and instructions worked out, all I have to do is create new art to plop into it for each holiday.  So fun!

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