In my Studio — Inspiration

Drawing inspiration - or being a Copycat?

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Drawing inspiration - or being a Copycat?

Drawing inspiration is a good thing. And important for all artists, no matter if a young painter or a more experienced artist.   But at some point - especially when the artist starts selling their work - I feel one has to slowly start finding their own creativity instead of copying only other artists, that they maybe look up to. And it’s a big difference whether a budding artist copies someone’s style to improve their artistry and learn more about their own creativity. Or if a selling artist copies someone’s work to make a profit and selling their pieces. And...

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Two techniques to kickstart your creativity

Inspiration Self Improvement

Two techniques to kickstart your creativity

  If you can't find inspiration to get your next painting or art piece started, I have two different suggestions for you to kickstart that inspiration and get your creative juices flowing. Check them out in the short video here:   This is a video that I created for the audience of our Facebook page "Artsy Broads over 50".  If you haven't done so already, join us- we are building a supportive Facebook community that celebrates female creatives in their "mid-life".  Here we can laugh about ourselves, share stories, inspire and motivate each other, network with other kickass artists and help each other...

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Presenting Pantone's Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue

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Presenting Pantone's Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue

The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year was announced this week, and I couldn't be more excited with their choice (unless they had selected a teal hahaha. I ADORE teal). Being that the ocean is my Zen place, and loving the forever blue Californian skies, I wholeheartedly approve of Classic Blue.     Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained the rationale behind next year's choice in her presentation: "When we look at the world around us, we know that we’re living with a lot of unrest, where some days we don’t feel quite as secure. Blue,...

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How to create a Galaxy Finish with Alcohol Inks

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How to create a Galaxy Finish with Alcohol Inks

Sometimes a high-impact makeover can be so quick and easy. For example this very basic nightstand here, that I bought out of necessity for our guest bedroom. I had to find something really fast for a last-minute visitor, and I had no time to search for a special piece. The very day that I bought this nightstand in an outlet store, I was already thinking about which kind of makeover I could give it to add more personality and color. Here is the "Before" photo:    Today I finally tackled this project. As you might know, I not only paint...

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My top 10 Interior Design Blogs to find Inspiration

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My top 10 Interior Design Blogs to find Inspiration

We all love to spot new trends and look for fresh ideas. No matter if you’re an artist, a furniture painter on the search for the latest color trends, a creative maker that looks for DIY resources, or a decorator looking for unique styling ideas to make your own home beautiful. Design inspiration is plentiful on the internet – there are literally thousands of interior blogs and lifestyle sites that can help you on the way, if you suffer a creative block or look for design inspiration. But which blogs are worth your while? To help you on the way,...

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