Showing posts from October, 2017

October 31 Creative Break: Things Worth Sharing

Hi, y'all, Happy Halloween! I hope this short list recharges your  creative  batteries or gives your mind a rest.  Enjoy these  things worth sharing . 1.   Stranger Things 2  debuted  on Friday  on Netflix, and this season's unsung hero looks to be Bob Newby.  Actor Sean Astin reminded us all that the  world needs more positive male role models  who are sweet, kind, and would fight for you no matter the cost.  #BobNewbySuperhero is currently trending on  Twitter . 2.  Computer-generated graphics have already changed film experiences for us. Ever wonder what our  movies may look  like in the future? 3.  Here's a list of  10 ways to slow down  and enjoy life:  much needed advice in our hectic and always-connected world. 4.  Many artists celebrate October as "Inktober," and this year provided beautiful examples of good, old fashioned,  2-D drawings . 5.  Give yourself 3 minutes to enjoy a  short video  of a watercolor floral painting in process.  I

VIDEO: Simple Watercolor Floral Demonstration

Recently, I completed a series of 50 small watercolor paintings for Art-o-mat , in honor of the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit at Reynolda House. I hope you enjoy this short painting demo . Currently, I'm putting together a full-length version with some value-added extras (including the hand-lettered accents) for a full class on Skillshare .  Stay tuned!

Vintage Bottlecap Necklaces + Friday night in Winston-Salem

Vintage Bottlecap Necklaces September was a really fruitful month of Art-o-mat activity.  I added sentimental value to my Endearing Young Charms handmade necklaces by using real, vintage bottlecaps on each necklace.  I particularly love this Strawberry Soda font. The front side of each necklace is handstamped and drawn with a special word like "love" or "joy." (Alex helped.) I hope that if you vend one of these special edition Endearing Young Charms at an Art-o-mat location , that you will enjoy the trip back in time that these bottlecaps represent. Some of the bottlecaps are from the pre-plastic era and had cork inside.   All the Diet Sundrop Colas have cork liners. I thought the Caravan brand Orange and other flavor bottlecaps were lovely since they depicted camels crossing the desert with Egyptian pyramids in the background.  Pretty detailed for a bottlecap! My cousin and I used to call "RC" his dri