How to make a painting you love without knowing all the technical bits

how to make a painting you love

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! If you’re anything like me, you prefer the act of making art to pondering your way through the theory of it. […]

4 fun ways to use a reference image to personalise your art


I use reference images a lot when I’m painting. Because I prefer my paintings to have a basis in reality {however tenuous!} rather than be full abstract, I like to have a tangible starting point. I might deviate from it until it’s unrecognisable, but for me, it’s one of my favourite ‘ways in’ to starting […]

one easy way to make your art your own


So this is the topic du jour around here lately. What would make it really easy and fun to uncover your personal painting style without getting stuck in a pattern of copying, or being held back by lack of confidence? Do you have an answer for this for yourself? Or is it something you’re still exploring? I’ve been […]

who paints like you?


When I first started dipping my toes {or fingers!} back into art after a period of several years, I naturally turned to other artists and teachers who I hoped would show me the way. I took so many classes I can’t even remember them all, but I loved them! Sharing some time and space with like minded […]

my creative year :: a simple planner to track your creativity


{click image to access planner} I know the internet is awash with planners right now, and if you’re anything like me you’ve investigated quite a few, possibly invested in one or two, and got busy mapping out the year ahead. {I always find this kind of hilarious about myself as I typically hate structure and […]

the best creativity posts from the blog 2014


I love this time of year, when we can mindfully draw the past twelve months to a close, and clean the slate ready for the fresh new year about to begin. How was this year for you, creatively speaking? Did you unleash your inner artist, take some baby steps, or did it feel like a […]

process of a painting :: terra incognita

Terra Incognita

My self imposed time out is paying off so far, although not in the way I’d anticipated. {I haven’t been naughty, I just needed a bit of a break. ;) } I’ve made a good start on Abstractify, enjoyed an onslaught of ideas which are all carefully noted on small pieces of paper spread tidily […]

why i don’t think of myself as an artist


You will see it all over this website, on guest posts and in interviews, when I talk on social media about the courses I create, or the work I do. If it’s not written it’s implied. If I’m not actually writing or talking about myself as ‘an artist’, you’ll see images of me wearing a […]