5 Holiday Art Ideas To Paint Yourself

5 Holiday Art Ideas To Paint Yourself

The holidays are right around the corner (how is this possible?), and you may be scrambling to come up with some original gift ideas this year. Or, perhaps, you want...

7 Fun Facts With Angela

7 Fun Facts With Angela

Hello, friends! We have a lot of fresh faces around here, so I thought it’d only be fitting to introduce myself and share some fun facts about moi! Besides the...

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4 Ways to Make Money as an Artist

Guess what? Not all artists are starving– and nor should they be. It’s a trope that’s been passed along for centuries. Artists of all kinds felt they had to suffer...

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How To Paint From A Reference Photo

Gone are the days when it was uncool to paint from a photo. Some of you may have no idea, but painting from a photo was frowned upon once –...

Color Theory with Color Wheel

3 Reasons Why Color Theory Is Awesome For Artists

If you’re like me, you might not consciously think about color theory – let’s be honest, it all feels a bit scientific for a right-brained artist, am I right? Never...

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How To Embrace A Sketching Habit (+ Why You Should)

“Sketching is a waste of time – and I’m no good at it!”  Sound familiar?  If you feel defeated every time you pick up a pencil to sketch, I get...

The Best Way to Clean Acrylic Brushes

The Best Way to Clean Acrylic Brushes

Art tools can get expensive. So, it’s always best to take good care of them. Help them lead a long, happy life in your studio. But that’s easier said than...

How To Trust Your Painting Is Finished (Brushes Down!)

How To Trust Your Painting Is Finished (Brushes Down!)

Ever find yourself hovering over your artwork in that final stretch, muttering “Am I really done? I’m not sure I like my painting – I think it needs something…more!” Then...

5 Easy Ways To Create Art On Your Travels

5 Easy Ways To Create Art On Your Travels

Printing out photos and displaying them on your walls can be a fantastic way to capture your adventures. We take photos on our phones ‘til we’re blue in the face....

Can Paint-By-Numbers Make You A Better Artist?

Can Paint-By-Numbers Make You A Better Artist?

Okay, so I have a thought-provoking question for you. Do you think a paint-by-number kit can help you become a better artist? (You know the drill – you get a...

The Story Behind My National Park Map Art (Art is a Process!!!)

The Story Behind My National Park Map Art (Art is a Process!!!)

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen some of my artwork displayed on my website, Etsy, Instagram, TikTok, or maybe even hanging up in your own house.  When you see...

My Current Artist’s Tool Obsession!

My Current Artist’s Tool Obsession!

The *one* tool I’m just obsessed with right now?  Markers! Yep, that’s right. Good old-fashioned markers. The kind you played with as a child. Maybe there’s just something nostalgic about...

How to Find Your Art Style

How to Find Your Art Style

I know, I know. Finding your art style can be the hardest thing e-v-a-h! I get it!  I’ve been creating art for many moons now (yup, I’ve hit the half-century...

What’s All the Buzz About “Washi Tape”?

What’s All the Buzz About “Washi Tape”?

So…what’s all the buzz about washi tape!? Or, maybe you haven’t even heard of that before and you’re scratching your head right now… Well, that’s okay! You’re not alone.  But...

3 Things Every Artist Needs to Start Their Art Business

3 Things Every Artist Needs to Start Their Art Business

So, you’re an artist looking to start your own business and turn this passion of yours into a career! Congrats! The hardest part (deciding) is over. :) Now it’s time...

How I Illustrated “How to Pet a Cat"

How I Illustrated “How to Pet a Cat"

Illustrating and writing a book takes some careful planning. And there’s more to it than you might realize!  Here are the steps I took to create my new book “How...

How to Recycle Your Art (your art has more than just one life!)

How to Recycle Your Art (your art has more than just one life!)

When I create a new piece of art, I like to think of it as having multiple lives.  For example, a painting of a deer will probably get used on more...

How to Find Inspiration as an Artist

How to Find Inspiration as an Artist

Sometimes, as an artist, we can get in front of the canvas and then totally blank.  Where did all that creativity and excitement to paint come from before? Because it’s...

A Day in the Life of a Full-Time Artist

A Day in the Life of a Full-Time Artist

I always knew I wanted to be an artist. After graduating the University of Illinois in 1992 with a degree in graphic design, I took a handful of 9-5 jobs,...

The Story Behind “How to Pet a Cat”

The Story Behind “How to Pet a Cat”

Who doesn’t know how to pet a cat, right? That’s what I thought until an unexpected family conversation and a little inspirational lightbulb got me thinking. Hmmmm...

Meet the Artist

Meet the Artist

Hey there!  I'm Angela, your resident cat-loving, plant-obsessed Artist. First and foremost, welcome to my blog! This has been a long time coming, and I must say, I am pretty...

Goal Setting for 2022

Goal Setting for 2022

Here are my 2022 goals all spelled out. Trust me, this list didn't happen in one hour.  It was more like two weeks of solid planning. Even though this list...