Shopping and inspiration

I had been taking a class at the art Institute in Chicago. It was a great class and I loved it. Then I took an online watercolor class. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but I have been a little down lately. I miss my art classes. I had hurt my back and hadn’t completed an advent challenge on Instagram. I had not done any art for weeks. So, today, I went shopping at Blicks! I got more paper, more pastels and more watercolor. I started watching some art videos again. Along with all that I got a huge set of soft pastels for Christmas. I have plenty of new supplies to last the whole winter. I’m hoping to start doing some You Tube videos of painting. I hope to do some more Skillshare classes too. I feel like I’m ready for the New Year, new art and a renewal in my love of making art!


Oh the dreaded contest! I never thought I’d have a love-hate relationship with art contests. I’ve entered all sorts, art store contests where you have your art framed and follow specific hanging guidelines to digital contests. The best thing is that contests give you practice to follow specific briefs. They get your work out into the world. The part I always struggle with is maintaining my confidence and not compare yourself to others. It’s hard to not get down about not winning. Keep on trying!

Making time for your art

I spent the month of December doing a watercolor each day.  I learned a lot about myself during that time.  I've learned that has become increasingly difficult to take time to do my art. I'm not sure if it's because I'm not taking a class or if the pressures of teaching are taking over or if I'm watching too much tv.  I'm not sure.  I will say that somethings have helped.  Posting my work on Instagram helps.  I also wrote my own prompt sketchbook.  I labeled every page of my new sketchbook with a thing to draw or paint and did a page a day.  I did good at that during most of January.  I even ordered business cards, postcards and stickers with some of my work.  Now I have to figure out who to send these to.  I guess I feel a little lost at what to work on next with my art.  Do you ever feel that way?