Art journal with me: Intuitive figurative mixed media journal page

Grab your art journal, pull out some of your favourite paints, and come join me as I show you how to create an intuitive figurative mixed media art journal page!

I started this page with some burnt umber acrylic paint, because the husband mixed up a much larger batch for his project, and you can’t let good paint go to waste, right?

I started the page without any ideas or agenda. In fact, this is the first time that I really used raw umber, and I have to say that I love it much more than raw sienna.

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9 no-fail tips to help you succeed at the 100 day project

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, I share some tips and ideas to help you plan for a successful 100 day project. If you’re tempted to give the challenge a try but aren’t sure you will be to able to successfully see the 100 days through, these suggestions will help to set you up for success! You’ll find a written transcript of the episode {edited for readability} + additional links and resources below.

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Art studio tour + can clutter really boost creativity?

Home art studio tour + why artists and creatives thrive in a messy environment

At the end of each year, I do an annual studio clean up: clear out the mess, scrub the dried paint off the table, and throw out the junk that tends to accumulate over the months. I thought I’d give you a little before and after of the process, plus a quick little studio tour!

My art studio is in a spare room that also doubles up as the husband’s study area, and these days as my home office.

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5 tried and tested tips to teach yourself a new art style

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, I share some tips and ideas to help you teach yourself to paint in a new-to-you art style. We discuss actionable tips, mindset hacks, and more on this episode, so pull up a chair and listen in! This episode is in celebration of the release of my first collection of abstract paintings called Sands of Time. You’ll find a written transcript of the episode {edited for readability} + additional links and resources below.

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How creating art in a series can help you grow as an artist

How creating art in a series can help you  to grow as an artist

In today’s episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about creating art in a series. We go through some ideas that you can explore in a series, why working in a series may be an interesting idea, and even if you should consider working in a series. This episode is in celebration of the release of my first collection of abstract paintings called Sands of Time. You’ll find a written transcript of the episode {edited for readability} + additional links and resources below.

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Finding my unique abstract language

Finding and developing my unique abstract language

Once upon a time, I hated abstracts. I didn’t understand the fascination with Jason Pollack’s crazy lines (still don’t), or why a single stipe of red across a canvas is considered “deep and meaningful work that traces the oeuvre” of an artist’s life and work (still don’t).

And still. I felt a pull towards abstract paintings. One that I didn’t understand. I mean, didn’t I just tell you how much I hated them?

So I tried. And resisted. And failed. And tried again. I got myself some books to try and understand abstract art – two, really:

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How to silence your inner critic and create fearlessly

How to silence your inner critic and create fearlessly

On this special Diwali episode of the Art with Soul Podcast, as we celebrate the victory of good over evil, I’ve got a quick little tip to help you silence your pesky inner critic! Because let’s be honest, as an artist and creative, your inner critic can be particularly loud – and mean. And that’s never a good thing when you’re approaching your craft, is it? You’ll find a written transcript of the podcast {edited for readability} below.

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What your art practice can teach you about breaking out of your comfort zone

What your art practice can teach you about moving out of your comfort zone

As artists, most of us have our favorite color palette – the paint tubes and color pencils we reach for over and over again. Mine are blues, pinks, purples, and hints of orange.

Sometimes, though, it’s good to pick up the colors that you tend to ignore. For this particular painting, I spied a little-used tube of emerald green, which I decided to pair with orange and some hints of turquoise blue.

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Visibility and the artist: Honoring your artist’s soul

In today’s episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we continue our conversation on the fear of visibility, focusing this time on the possibilities that lie on the other side of our fears of sharing our work and being seen. I share some stories from my own journey, as I shed some of my fears and reached for new possibilities, and offer some ideas and things to consider as you navigate your own artist’s journey. You’ll find a written transcript of the podcast {edited for readability} below.

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Trust the process

Trust the process notes from an intuitive painting session

Notes from a recent intuitive painting session

Some days, you just feel so directionless, y’know? Like why are you here? What are you doing? What is the meaning of all this?

And those big questions make you feel scared and hesitant about everything. This is also something that shows up when I paint intuitively.

When I started this painting, I was just splashing paint, making marks, having fun (swipe to see – you’ll see a little arrow on the image below), and then I started getting scared.

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