"A Friend Loves Always"

Vintage teapot valentine from TheGraphicsFairyHappy Valentine's Day!

"A friend loves at all times, and a sister is born for adversity."  Well, this past year surely has proven the truth of that wisdom!  My life would certainly be diminished without the support and encouragement of my faithful students, followers, and friends.  So, on St. Valentine's Day, I want to send my love and my thanks to each of you.  In good times, through times of adversity, at all times, friendships are the glue that helps us keep it all together! XOXO

2021 Year in Review

Let's take a look back at the wonderful paintings we explored last year!  Twenty-twenty-one was certainly memorable for many reasons, but, no matter what "the world" throws our way, we can find our happy place wherever there are painting supplies and friends.  Even if it has to be online!  Here's a shout-out and a big THANK YOU to my fans and supporters who keep me inspired year after year.  You're the best! 

A 2020 Year in Review Slideshow


2020 - It was a very good year...

A Few Words About Paper

Christmas knits gift tags using marker pens You have collected a palette of your favorite colors.  You have invested in some good quality brushes.  You've signed up for some great watercolor classes.  What else do you need?  PAPER, of course!  While I don't profess to be an expert on the vast and mysterious world of watercolor paper,  I can give you a primer on what to look for and where to begin your search. Let's start with the basics:

Using Watercolor Markers, Pens & Pencils

These "Christmas Knits" Gift Tags are great fun to paint in watercolors, but there are so many other ways to make these simple shapes pop with color and details!  In our November 27th online class, the focus was on using watercolors.  Here, I'd like to share some tips on using dual-tip markers, watercolor pencils, and acrylics for coloring your illustrations.

Markers and Pens

The sweater and the mitten (shown in the photo at the left) are decorated with both Tombow Dual-Tip Markers and Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Tip Brush pens

Add Metallic Accents to your Watercolor Paintings

There's nothing like accents of brilliant gold or shimmering silver to add a touch of elegance to your handpainted designs.  Subtle hints of luminous color can elevate the most humble efforts to a place of honor.  An elegant metallic frame - such as the dual-polygonal frame show at left - adds sophistication to a well-executed illustration. A little glitz goes a long way!

Show Your Work - Online Printing Services

You’ve worked hard to develop your painting skills.  You’ve spent hours practicing brushstroke drills and learning the basics of your craft.   You understand the value of the time and resources that are invested in producing a single finished piece of art.  And you know how much love you pour into each hand-painted gift you give. 

Zoom Room Doom

I love technology.  Honestly.  I really do.  I love the excitement and challenge of learning new programs.  I love exploring the possibilities that each new app or platform holds.  And, generally, I can figure things out fairly quickly on my own or by watching a few YouTube tutorials.  But, I must admit, lately, my enthusiasm has turned to frustration when it comes to working with Zoom. 

Painting Needfuls

I could lose myself for hours wandering the web looking for and comparing art supplies.  So many choices!  How many of us have boxes of paints, surfaces, and gadgets that seemed like a great buy at the time, only to end up collecting dust in the back of a closet?  Yep, that's me too.  But I still get as excited as a kid with a new box of crayons on the first day of school when the FedEx man drops that brown box on my doorstep.  How about you?

Treasure from the sea...

How precious is this!?  It's the perfect 5 in x 7 in. size to fit in the video frame for our classes, and it's made of porcelain so it's heavy and stable enough not to slip or tip over. 

Gotta love this Bower Bird Watercolor Palette


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