So You Think You’re Not Creative

So You Think You’re Not Creative


I believe anyone can learn to draw or paint. It is in us all. We were, after all, created by a creator, in His image. Genesis 1:27

YES! I think anyone can become an artist… that is, if they have a genuine desire to become one.
I often hear, “I wish I was talented,” I wish I knew how to paint,”I wish I was creative…” etc. I don’t think this is the problem.
I believe the difference from amateur to professional artistic qualities is dedication.

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” -Vince Lombardi

In regards to how quickly I’ve gone from drawing stick figures to recognizable images, I put a lot of hard work and dedication into practicing art. You could ask anyone on my block and they would tell you the same.
In addition to my Mondays with Lou, my art mentor, I read art books, take online courses, attend workshops, listen to podcasts like Artists Helping Artists, I study notes from every learning experience I document, and paint nearly everyday.

I have some “art crushes” in particular that I try to learn from by both mimicking and studying from them.
One particular artist I have a crush on is Texas artist, Lesley Humphreys. Lesley is quite generous with her knowledge, sharing free online lessons.

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Look for a new feature Artist Crush to begin soon, featuring artists work I greatly admire.


Why Tubac Arizona is an Artist’s Mecca

Why Tubac Arizona is an Artist’s Mecca

When we first found Tubac, AZ, I knew it would be a place where I would be inspired to make my dreams come true. The past few weeks have been a great example of the creative energy that flows through this small desert village._MG_8067

On my birthday, my husband and I were cruising through town on our golf cart when we saw  the fabulous Darcie Peet  painting a demonstration landscape in front of Big Horn Galleries. Watching her paint, I learned some new brushwork techniques- notably the way she held and twisted her brush to create the ocotillo branches. One of my favorite tips I learned watching her is to carry a nutcracker in your Plein Aire box to open tight fitting lids on paint tubes.   Many people, including a group of artist friends from Tucson, stopped to watch her paint and to say “hello.” Those of us watching Darcie painted benefitted from the insider’s tips shared by the wonderful group of Arizona artists.

Local artist Karon Leigh hosted a cleverly titled a “Wax & Wine” evening: an intro to encaustics and a creative social gathering. I have been interested in encaustic painting since first seeing the medium used by artist Christine Patterson. The class was both informative and fun. The timing was great for me as I have been working feverishly to complete many paintings before the Santa Cruz County Open Artist Event in March. It was good to have no rules, no deadlines, and no expectations. It was also quite fun to work in a more abstract manner.



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This past weekend, nearly 200 artist/ vendors were on hand for the 57th annual Tubac Festival of the Arts. John, my husband, parked cars, helping raise money for the Santa Cruz schools. I helped my mentor, Lou Maestas, with one of his four demo paintings ????? outside of Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Galleries. Rogoway hosted five artists during the festival, Brandon BaileyArtie YellowhairDavid K. JohnSantiago Gutierrez, and Lou Maestas. I had the pleasure of seeing three of the artists create beautiful work.


I discovered a new artist, whose work I admire, Dawn Normalis. She was also demonstrating out in the hot sun, her loose and expressive style didn’t seem to suffer from the intense heat.I hope to visit her in Colorado this summer to paint. There were many other artists demonstrating and sharing their knowledge and talent around town.

GO FIND the place that fuels your inspiration tank and treasure it!

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