There are times as an artist where a big, blank sheet of paper feels liberating. It can be a fresh start – a big open canvas ready to fill with ideas and beauty. But other times, staring at a blank page can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? What happens if you mess up? How are you going to fill all this space? Keep reading for some helpful tips I use to overcome my fear of a blank page when it crops up.Continue reading
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What to Do When You Don’t Like What You Create…
It’s something all artists have in common – at some point along our artistic journeys, we will not like what we create. Have you ever worked so hard on an illustration or painting and then felt frustrated because it looked nothing like the vision you had for it in the beginning?Continue reading
Don’t Have Time to Create? Take the Pressure Off with Mark Making
One thing that I think most of us feel at some point or another when we sit down to create is the pressure to make something really good. Our expectations get the best of us and it can feel like a waste of time to spend an hour creating if there’s no guarantee it will turn into a masterpiece. Feeling like you’re wasting time can easily translate into “I just don’t have time to create” and before you know it, days – weeks – MONTHS go by and you’ve convinced yourself you don’t have enough time to devote to your art…Continue reading
The Dogs Have Arrived!
Back in 2014 or so, just for fun before I had even started my illustration business, I started sketching all the little dogs I saw in my neighborhood each morning while walking to the train. Those illustrations were some of the first to make it into my Etsy shop when I launched my business. Over the years, I’ve gotten lots of requests for different breeds and I’m happy to report that eight new dogs have been added to the collection!Continue reading
An Exciting Adventure!
This year got off to a rough start. I’m still in the process of working through things, but the past couple of weeks I’ve realized that it’s been awhile since I haven’t felt stuck.
Usually when I come up against something difficult in my creative process, I tell myself “you can do this” and just try to figure things out on my own. But I’ve come to learn that sometimes in order to move forward, you can’t keep working with the same information, the same methods, and the same mindset. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and let something else in…Continue reading