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The Creative Weekender: Learn How To Draw Some Florals

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Drawing for me is more than a passion or hobby, it’s a lifelong journey of creativity.

Did that sound good?

Seriously, I always have and most likely always will enjoy drawing. I love drawing the mandalas because that’s why I do but I also enjoy mixing in the floral work.

Drawing floral art is fun, sometimes challenging and ultimately it looks good. When done right.

While I’m mostly self taught with the floral work, I’m always looking for a point of reference and to learn new things. So I picked up How To Draw Modern Florals by Allie Koch. 

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The book is simple, clean and very easy to follow. Look at the examples and follow the instructions on the left page, practice on the right. It’s a great learning tool. Once you mastered her teachings, keep this as a great reference.

One can never stop learning. Now, before you go crazy drawing I suggest you pick up some proper tools. I suggest Pigma Micron markers. You need to and want to go small with a number of your lines. The archival ink quality of Pigma is great.

Remember my thoughts on drawing: it’s about lines, shape and composition. Think of yourself as make a photograph. Your composition is everything. The devil is in the detail so focus on your lines.

Stay small where you need to. Go big where you need want to. Throw-in some accent lines and shadow. Follow along with Allie and you’ll surprise yourself and your friends.

Ok, you don’t have to show your friends.

So for this weekend, pick up this book and get cracking on your own floral art. You will feel inspired and it gives you something different to do.

Take your time. Enjoy what you’re doing. That’s the point, to find some creative inspiration and be happy.

Creativity well lived, it’s a journey.

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Creative Jump Start: It’s All About The Turkey

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This week we wrapped up Thanksgiving in the US and the holiday season is in full swing! Whether we like it or not, and I’m not a fan of the chaotic stress that comes with the holidays, it’s time to get our holiday joy going.

For this week’s Creative Jumpstart, I want you to look for that creative spark from the holiday season.

Once again, grab that pencil and sketchbook or your camera and let’s go!  Continue reading Creative Jump Start: It’s All About The Turkey

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How To Boost Your Creativity With One Simple Trick

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Do you stress over trying to be creative?

I talk about creativity here because it’s the premise on which art and photography and writing exists. It’s the point.

That expression by the creative individual is part of the basic humanity in all of us.

But oh, the stress of trying to create. What if I told you, there is one, simple trick to boosting your creativity every day.  Continue reading How To Boost Your Creativity With One Simple Trick

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5 Things I learned From Drawing Every Day

Doodling

Drawing

A few months ago I realized the best way for me to improve my art was to make drawing a habit. I dreaded the idea. I know practice makes perfect, but I really didn’t think I could commit to daily drawing.

Then one day I picked up the pencil and started drawing. Day 1.

Then the next. Day 2.

And the next. Nothing extravagant, twenty minutes. Maybe half an hour if I was lucky.

As a result, I’ve never been happier.  Continue reading 5 Things I learned From Drawing Every Day

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Art Experimenting Works! Why Aren’t You Trying It?

Motivation

Experimenting

For the longest time I always wanted to be a landscape artist. Then I said why not portraits? Then is was abstract. Then it was Zentangles. Then it was mandalas. Oh there are animals and flowers too. It was this experimentation that made me realize what I want to do as far as my art. Yeah, this took a while and the pile of balled-up paper in the garbage showed my frustration. But in the end, I learned and I grew as an artist by experimenting.  Continue reading Art Experimenting Works! Why Aren’t You Trying It?