Sunday, June 30, 2019

Become Who You Are!

"The person who has acquired the habit of study, 
for only one hour every day in twelve months, 
and who keeps to the one thing studied till it is mastered,
will be startled to see the progress made at the end of a year."
~E. G. Bulwer-Lytton

"One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more."
~ Washington Irving

7 Tips for a Productive Life
"1. Make a to-do list. ...Give yourself small rewards for completing big tasks. ...
2. Find ways to break up your workday (or night). ..
3. Avoid addictive time-wasting activities. ..
4. Get as much done as early in the day as you can. ..
5. Tackle that really tough to-do first. ... 
6. Showcase your success. ...
7. Tell someone about your goals."
~ Emma Chapman 

Stay Inspired and Productive My Friends
Join me for a summer of sketching everyday! 
X ♥  O

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Inspiration From Everyday Life

"The MOST important source of inspiration for painting
ideas is our own lives... and what we like the most."
~ Jack Dickerson

Look at this 36" live flower beauty Jerry saved from the trash and brought home
for me to photograph, sketch and paint!  

"One need not travel the world for inspiration.
If one is receptive it meets them half way, everyday."
~ Sandy Sandy

This Sketch is done in my Field Watercolor Journal from the photo I posted above.

"When you do a sketch from life or a photo, don't be
afraid to move things around, use your imagination
and employ some artistic license!" 
~ Sandy Sandy

  This is why people throw out fresh flower wreaths .... They just don't last 🤔 But, I made use of the best looking blooms of these short stemmed beauties and made up several bowl arrangements,
which I photographed and will draw and paint. 

"Opportunity is missed by many people because it is
dressed in overalls and looks like hard work."
~ Unknown

Keeping them safe from flower loving cats in the bathtub. 

Artists - Please feel free to use these as painting reference. 
Stay Inspired My Friends!
X ♥  O

Sunday, June 2, 2019

My Sunflowers Are His, In A Way.....

Sunflower Symphony • Sandy Sandy • Tabernacle, NJ 2016
“The sunflower is mine, in a way."
~ Vincent van Gogh

Sunflowers • Van Gogh • Arles, January 1889
The painting is part of the Van Gogh Museum Collection in Amsterdam.

“It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must,
without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.”
~ Vincent Van Gogh 

A large print of this painting hung in the house of one of my childhood friends.
I found myself admiring it every time I visited.

A few years ago we had a sunflower workshop. See the video HERE.

X ♥  O