How to paint an abstract owl: A step-by-step tutorial

Paint with me! Full video tutorial + a step-by-step demonstration.

Art journal tutorial - how to paint an abstracted whimsical owl

There’s something about owls — mysterious, wise creatures of the night with a gaze that can pierce your soul. I end up painting an owl at least once every year in my moon journal, which is where I create an intuitive ritualistic painting every new and full moon. For this tutorial, I’m showing you how to paint an abstracted whimsical owl. Gather your supplies, and let’s begin!

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Should you start an art business?

The real truth that all the #handsandhustle memes gloss over

Should you monetize your hobby?

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, I deconstruct a meme that hypes up starting a business versus working a regular job. We touch on what it really takes to run an art business, the fallacy of tying up meaning and life purpose with a career, and the validity of creating art for the love of it. This is a juicy episode, on a subject that is very close to my heart. Tune in!

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Art journal with me: Whimsical figurative painting

Join me at the art table as I show you how to create a whimsical figurative painting in your art journal.

Grab your art journal, pull together some of your favorite acrylic paints, brushes, and a few other supplies {scroll down for the supply list} and get ready to create a sweet little whimsical figurative painting.

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What Andy Warhol can teach you about finding your confidence as an artist

On this episode of the Art with Soul Podcast, I share some thoughts on how you can develop the confidence to call yourself an artist, and to stand behind the art that wants to be expressed through you, in a way that matches your sensibilities. By way of Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell Soup Can paintings and Lee Ufan’s From Line series of abstract minimalism paintings, I’ll help you challenge the notions of what “real art” means.

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Step-by-step intuitive abstract figurative art journaling page

Paint with me! Join me at my art table as I show you how to create an intuitive abstract figurative painting in your art journal.

Intuitive abstract figurative painting. Full video and step-by-step tutorial

If you’ve been around here for a hot minute, you know that I’m a diehard art journaler and that I absolutely love intuitive painting — especially figurative abstracts. I art journal almost every day, even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes. And painting intuitively perfectly suits the short bursts of time I spend in my art journal. I can leave things to dry, come back and look at my art journal spread with fresh eyes, and find stories within the layers of paints and marks.

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How to plan a small art studio at home

5 tips to plan an art studio at home

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, join me for a chatty, slightly rambling discussion on my art studio makeover. I’m sharing a few tips and suggestions on how you can plan out your own art studio at home, with a lot more suggestions and resources included in the shownotes.

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Abstract art journaling tutorial for beginners: Embrace the pause

Join me at the art table as I show you how to paint a textured mixed media intuitive abstract painting in your art journal

Abstract art journaling tutorial intuitive and expressive abstract painting for beginners

I had filmed this expressive abstract painting at the end of 2020, and forgot all about it! But it was fun to go back and listen to my musings on struggling with the pause between one year and the next as I created this abstract acrylic painting, and to see how much better I have become now, at the start of 2022, with embracing the pause!

Though I am working on a small piece of mixed media paper, you can easily follow along in your art journal.

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Here’s how a daily creative practice can support your wellbeing

Some thoughts on approaching your creative practice as an act of care and restoration

art as therapy with a daily creative practice

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about art as therapy, about how we can use a simple daily creative practice as an act of restoration and care. I share an expressive arts exercise from my own creative practice, plus many suggestions for creative practices that you can adapt, adopt, or tweak to suit your own preferences.

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Art journal with me: Using stencils and masks in your art journal

Join me at the art table as I show you how to paint a beautifully layered art journal spread using stencils and masks.

Using stencils and masks in art journaling

Grab your art journal, pull out some of your favorite paints and mark making tools, gather together some stencils and masks from your stash, and let’s paint!

I’m painting in my handmade mixed media art journal, which is filled with a mix of starter pages that have some collage, stencils, and marks on them, and some plain pages where I can give my thoughts free reign.

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100 days to finding your art style

A creative reframe of the 100 day project and how you can approach it to develop your artistic vision and style.

How the 100 day project can help you find your own art style

On the first episode of season 4 of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about different ways to approach the 100 day project; discuss process over product; and see how a gentle reframe of this popular challenge can help you develop your own visual language and style.

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