Oil Painting and Q&A | Wednesday Behind-the-Scenes

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Art Journal, Wednesday "Behind-the-Scenes" | 0 comments

This year, I’ve started to pursue a focus in oil painting with my mentor. It is exciting to continue growing in this area. My journey really started with oils when I was in my mid-teens and I still have so far to go!


Things That Have Helped Me with Oils

Here’s a little list of several things I’ve found that have helped me in using this medium:

– Having a mentor and developing a deeper understanding of the foundation of good art.

– Learning charcoal with my mentor. It’s so neat to see the impact of our charcoal studies. Did you know that studying charcoal can positively affect your ability in oil?

– Using water-mixable oils. (Above picture.) I started out with regular student-quality oils and switched to water-mixable some time ago and it has been a blessing. It doesn’t mean I won’t ever use the real kind again, but for now, I’m enjoying these.

– Using The Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver soap! (I got mine from Hobby Lobby.)


Do you like using oils? What things have helped you in your oil studies? What is your favorite art medium?

Q&A Opportunity!

Over the next few days I’ll be available to answer questions you’d like to ask pertaining to oils and oil painting in the comments. I’ll be responding to every comment, so ask away!

Ideas on How to Get Re-Inspired as an Artist | Tuesday Tips

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Art Journal, Tuesday Tips & Art Tips, Various Posts | 2 comments

Have you ever felt discouraged, un-motivated and un-inspired over creating art? Perhaps you vaguely want to draw, paint or create something, but getting yourself excited over it is hard.

Today, I’d like to share with you a list of ideas on how to get re-inspired as an artist. Need some uplift in your artistic journey? Let’s dive in!

Idea #1 – Pray About It

You can ask God, the best Creator and Artist of all to inspire your heart with His Word, guide you for what He wants you to create and give you the diligence needed to accomplish it.

Idea #2 – Encourage Someone Else

Think back to a time when you’ve encouraged someone else with your work. How did you do it? Was it by a greeting card, a handmade print, or a bookmark? Pick someone to encourage and create a little something for them. Just seeing their smile and gratitude could be the little push needed to keep going!

Idea #3 – Look at Other Artist’s Work

This one comes with some caution, since looking at other artist’s work can be an hindrance rather than a help. If this is the case, then I’d recommend taking a break from looking at other artist’s work and focusing on your own for a week. Don’t allow yourself to look at children’s books or look at art in other ways. Try to keep your exposure to other artist’s work to a minimum and maximize your time focusing on developing your own work instead.

Idea #4 – Just Start In

“Just starting in” may be the best thing to do. Find a small project, or an inspiring photo to sketch. One thing that might help is to think of any sort of art project that sounds interesting and inspiring for you. For example, instead of forcing yourself to start into something that doesn’t inspire you, perhaps give yourself fifteen minutes to do anything you like as long it is getting the pencil to the paper, or the paintbrush to the canvas. Get the momentum going and then try riding on it.
Do you have ideas to add to this list on how to get re-inspired as an artist and get over mental blocks? Share in the comments!

Many thanks to Liz Anderson Photography for the picture in this post! :)

A Smile for Your Day

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in A Smile for Your Day, Art Journal | 8 comments

Hello, friends! It’s truly been a long time–over a year since I’ve really said “hello” on this dear, dusty, art blog! How are you all doing? I hope to get this website spruced up a bit and start posting a little more regularly. ;) If you have any ideas or wishes for what you’d like to see on here, please don’t hesitate to let me know! Would you like more paper dolls? Art tips? More stories to read? More artwork? Let me know in the comments or send me an e-mail!

Also, an exciting development that has happened recently, is that I’ve decided to start offering an online art mentorship to ladies ages 15 and up! You can check over here for more details!

Ruth Ann Harrison Additional Wardrobe | Monday Littles

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Art Journal, Monday Littles | 8 comments

Surprise!! Yes!! Two new outfits for Ruth Ann Harrison! Click the link below to download them!
Ruth Ann Harrison Additional Wardrobe

Storytime | A Smile for Your Day

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Art Journal | 6 comments

Illustration: Teddy Tells Tipsy the Stuffed Giraffe A Story

The soft breaking of the ocean’s waves stirred Teddy’s heart and made his imagination soar as he came to the end of his story.

“And as they sailed across the high seas they met pirates and storms and–”

“And dinosaurs.” Interjected Tipsy.

“Yes, and dinosaurs … and they conquered every one. They were champions of bravery.” With a sigh of dreamy, child-filled wonder, Teddy rolled over onto his side and gazed at the sea.

“Champions.” Whispered Tipsy, awestruck at such extremes. A sudden thought flashed across his mind. “But they didn’t conquer Maine, did they?”

“Oh no,” replied Teddy softly. “Maine was their home.”

– A Tale of Three