what’s your style? :: exploring drawing {part two}

exploring drawing 2

Hello! If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my fortnightly Aquamarine Artnote. You will receive a free mini ecourse of little drawing projects to reignite your inner artist. Thanks for visiting! {This post is part two in a two part series. You can find part one here.} Last week we looked at […]

what’s your style? :: exploring drawing {part one}

exploring drawing part one

{This is the first part of a two part series looking at ways to approach drawing.} What’s your favourite way to draw? Do you love drawing or do you find yourself avoiding it? I want to talk about drawing today because I both love drawing and avoid it, and because I’m always interested in finding […]

Want to draw for fun and for free? Then you are invited!


Do you ever feel like you want to be more creative in your life but you’re somehow just not doing it, or not managing to do it consistently? Do you feel scared to take part in certain courses, challenges or activities because you don’t think your art is ‘good enough’? Do you get nervous at […]

how to loosen up your art { + free printable!}


Do you find that sometimes your art heads in a very tight, neat, controlled direction without you either wanting it to or even apparently being able to stop it? I do.  And if I do, then I know I’m not the only one. So if this is something you experience too, behold a list of […]

when experiments in the studio go wrong


On a whim the other day, I decided to film myself painting at the easel. I hadn’t done it before, since I prefer to film my videos working flat so there’s a minimum amount of me and a maximum amount of you seeing what I’m doing. However my most natural way of working is standing […]

how to make an ‘on the go’ art kit

on the go art kit_taraleaver.com

You might remember I did a post a while back about making a coffee table art kit. Well what if you’re frequently out of the house, on the go, busy busy, but you still want to be able to bust out some art as often as you can because you know how good it feels? […]

river :: the process of a painting


Ever since SeeFeelPaint I’m still very interested in landscape as a subject, and specifically in taking a landscape as a reference and ‘abstractifying’ it by simplifying shapes and using ‘non local’ colours. This painting as you can see from the image below was already partly done, and then taken further with the help of an […]

making art you love doesn’t have to be hard


There is a common misconception if you’re just starting out with art, or wanting to, or coming back to it after a long hiatus, that it’s going to be difficult. The main belief shoring that one up is that that’s because it takes many years to become skilled at making art, and even then only […]