How to convert a garage into an art studio

I’ve been tossing around the idea of creating a serious studio space for a long time. The days of cramming my supplies and worktable in a corner of a room were coming to an end. I desired real space to work on big encaustic ...

Video: Learn How to Make Encaustic

In this YouTube video, you’ll learn more about the process of making encaustic mediums. Do you love encaustic painting? If you really love it, you may want to learn how to make your own encaustic medium to save money and ...

Encaustic painting on a budget

Encaustic painting is all the rage right now but the cost of supplies can be daunting for beginners. I added encaustic paint to my mixed media inventory two years ago and  saved on essential art supplies by getting creative with my ...

Here’s a Quick Way to Find Inspiration

Are you frustrated with finding inspiration for your next creative project? Grab your iPhone and sneakers and READ ON. In this blog, I describe my process of finding inspiration on a five minute walk on the beach in Emerald Isle, North ...

How to Kill the Mental Bully and Start Creating

If you are struggling with creating, you may be under attack from a mental creative bully. Here’s how I overcame my mental bullies and am now living a prolific artist’s life. And, you can too. I know something about ...

Discover a old/new art medium at your local art show: Encaustics

When I mention I work in encaustics, I get that puzzled look. My listener usually heard it as,  “I work in toxins”. “Toxins?” they say, “Isn’t that dangerous working with toxins?” Then, I ...

My Encaustic Painting Tutorial on YouTube

Thanks to the technological expertice of my 11 year old, I’ve created a painting tutorial! See how I use encaustic wax, watercolor, and oil stick to create a koi fish mixed media painting. As a primarily self-taught artist for ...

Painting a mixed media memorial collage: the creative process revealed

Beginning the Painting This blog is about the creative process I went through as an artist to create a mixed media collage memorial painting of my father. There is a lot of thought that goes into creating a mixed media memorial ...