Select Page

dots1

In the Flow with Watercolor

Color! In January in Minnesota it’s not that easy to come by.  So as a bit of therapy for my soul that’s been craving some vibrance, I’ve been creating some of my own brightness.  I painted these circles today after getting inspired by these wonderful watercolor tutorials by Yao Cheng.

If you’ve been thinking of trying watercolors, or looking for a fresh approach, I so highly recommend her fun and playful approach to painting! What I loved about Yao’s tutorial was how I could FEEL how much she enjoys the process of putting her paintbrush on the paper, mixing the colors, watching the watercolors blend together. She reminded me of the joy of making something just for the fun of it.

After years of practicing yoga and meditation I know that life happens in the present moment, that the journey matters so much more than the results. But I am constantly finding areas of my life where I can embrace the joy of the moment so much more. Like painting.

Sometimes, I can get caught up in trying to control watercolors instead of embracing and enjoying their unpredictable nature. I’ve realized (again!) that controlling is frustrating, and letting go is liberating. 

Of course, my kid teaches me this too. I love watercolor painting with him. His favorite part of painting is mixing the paint and water together, every single color on his brush, feeling the wet paint with his fingers. Enjoying the process. This kid is just so conscious. I am so lucky to have my little 3 year old guru here to remind me of the beauty of the moment!

I’m also intrigued by the idea that the way we feel while making something (love, fear, joy, worry) gets infused into the artwork and becomes a part of it’s story. Even though I was (just) painting circles, I could feel the joy of the process in the final piece. What do you think?

dots2

 

 

Magical Pinwheel

MAGICAL PINWHEEL Last summer my son 'planted' a little toy pinwheel in our garden.  I loved the playful movement, color and little bit of magic that it added to the flowerbed. I created this sketch one day while he and I were coloring. My desk drawer is full of little...

Woodland Holiday Gift Tags

PRINTABLE GIFT TAGS - FREE DOWNLOAD A holiday gift for you! Thank you for following my blog. I love to share my creations and I am so grateful for each of you! These cute and colorful woodland animals gift tag designs feature a squirrel, fox, bird and owl with holiday...

Stars in the Sky

STARS IN THE SKY The inspiration for this image came to me from one of my favorite sources -- my morning meditation. As I sat with my eyes closed, I saw the colors, the circle shape and the sparkling stars lighting up on my inner canvas. I sensed that creating this...

Vibrant Fish

This vibrant customized nursery art print was created for one of my best friends and her 1 year old son who loves fish and boats. I’ve learned over the years that I create my best work when I have someone in mind that I care about who will receive it.

Little Digger

My 3 year old son is in love with everything diggers. Every day he can be found in our backyard digging dirt and sand with his toy excavators.

Fairy Garden Color Palette

FAIRY GARDEN COLOR PALETTE I woke up to this vibrant complementary color palette blossoming in my backyard this morning. I love the bright  pop of the orange Poppy (the only one blooming in the garden so far) in contrast with the deep blue/purple wildflowers (anyone...