10 Benefits to Painting Outside & Urban Sketching

As the weather is finally warming up after a 6 month-long winter, I wanted to write a short guide on how to get started doing urban sketching / en plein air painting. They are essentially the same thing, however urban sketching usually happens in…you guessed it: urban areas. Below, I talk about the benefits of this particular artistic exercise. The Benefits of Painting Outside & Urban Sketching Leaving the space we’ve dedicated as our studio is obviously a small hassle. Why bother? I think there …

How Does Your Space Influence Your Creativity?

Back in the days of being a kid, I used to paint more spontaneously. I had a clearer connection to something subconscious that filled the brain with images, vivid and ready to paint. As an adult, not so much and I look for ways to reconnect with this organic process. I’m reading a fun book and I would actually like to recommend it. It’s about writing, however I think it really applies to any creative profession because the creative process generally follows a similar mental …

Overcoming Social Anxiety after 10+ Years – My Advice

Working through crippling social anxiety is one of my on-going New Year’s Resolutions and definitely a huge road block from friendship, live streaming, and presentations. It’s fairly common artists and introverts struggle with overcoming social anxiety. I can safely say it’s been a work in progress for a decade, and every year I look back and I’m surprised with myself. My social anxiety used to be such a force to reckon with I would sit at home with an empty fridge to avoid making eye …

One Week 100 People

A few weeks ago, I signed myself up for the “One Week 100 People” Drawing Challenge, which I learned about from Marc Holmes, a local Urban Sketcher (though, admittedly, I am virtually never around for the official meet-ups and do all my urban sketching alone). The challenge was what it sounds like: over the course of one week, sketch 100 people. At first, I was arrogant. “Yeah, that’s easy,” I thought. Quickly, I realized it wasn’t so easy. I was thinking back to when I …

How Would You Feel to Receive a Painting as Your Birthday Surprise?

To save ruining a surprise, I had to wait to post about my latest commission until the birthday passed. It was really hard. Taking the tape off the edges, seeing the final painting with crisp, white borders… it was very hard not to post it instantly. Now that the painting is out of my hands, the excitement died down… kind of like a break-up. One sad aspect of commissioned work is I don’t really get to spend much time with the image afterwards, and I …