Celebrate the colors of spring!


Take a fresh approach to your painting...

It's spring cleaning time here at the studio. We're sweeping out the dusty cobwebs and ditching the clutter that's accumulated in (neat) piles over the winter months.  Isn't it wonderful that God gives us so many opportunities to make fresh starts?  So it is with our art-making, too!  Why stay stuck in the same dusty box cluttered with faded colors and dull techniques?  Open up the windows of your artful mind and try some of these fresh tips for renewing your creative energy...

1  Loosen up - use an inexpensive newsprint pad to doodle on with markers or crayons. Give yourself free "warm up" time before beginning to paint

2  Paint that tune - create to music.  Try to capture the rhythum and mood of the music by using only colors and abstract lines

3  Bigger is better - pick up a few large-sized canvases from a discount store - or find a "bad" painting at a thrift shop and cover it with a coat of gesso.  Use BIG brushes. 

4  Paint with unconventional tools - in addition to BIG brushes (like those used to paint walls) try applying paint using pieces of cardboard, plastic lids, or kitchen utencils such as spatulas, silicone scrapers, etc.

5  Work fast and loose - use lots of water to keep acrylic paints fluid.  Put down a drop cloth, wear old, loose clothing to allow for freedom of movement

6  Use your non-dominant hand - "righties" use left hand; "lefties" use right.  Stand up to paint.  Paint at arm's length.

7  Stop short - don't go for perfection!

8  Be forgiving -  Turn off your critical voice.  Embrace imperfection.  Be free to express yourself... there are no "mistakes", only opportunities.  Be free to grow and bloom!


Thank you for spending time with us.  Please come back and visit often.  Our painting friends are always welcome!


Cranberry Painter Decorative Arts Studio offers a spacious, bright classroom overlooking cranberry bogs, woodlands and saltwater views of Buttermilk Bay on Cape Cod.  Since 1986, friendship, encouragement, and painting fun are always on the schedule!  Come, be inspired, and be welcomed by our group of creative friends.


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