I was so excited to hear that so many of you enjoyed the article for Thanksgiving that I thought I might plant a few frugal seeds for the coming Christmas holiday. Our family enjoys gifting our neighbors, friends and acquaintances with homemade treats and I always like to have a handmade tag or container for them. I was informed recently that a few of my friends keep them from year to year for inspiration so I thought I would share some quick and inexpensive ideas with you.
As Halloween winds down and Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I find myself wanting to add another 13 hours to each day so that I can keep up with my unrealistic decorating schedule. Each year I pull down the 13 boxes of Halloween decorations and spend hours creating just the right amount of spooky fun in my home and yard. Then, just as quickly as it ends, I exhaust myself taking all of them down and pulling out the Thanksgiving decorations so that I can have them up for a c
I love the colors and temperature of fall. The beautiful gold, orange, burgundy and brown tones really warm my spirit. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas coming, I find myself drawn to all of the ways I can express myself during these next few months. Halloween is the perfect time for us as artists because there are so many fun ways to use our craft. Costumes blur the boundaries and we find ways to express ourselves without limits. Traditional painting surfaces tak
With little time in our schedules for daily activities, sometimes it's hard to find time to fit a little art in our life. Special projects can overwhelm even the most organized. Join me for a few quick tips to help you get through those projects in no time!
Every year my husband Jim and I volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life to honor the lives of those touched by cancer. My husband fully recovered from colon cancer in 2002 and has been in remission eve
Aura™ and Flora™ In the last article, we talked about the new curved flat and double filbert brushes and how effortlessly they create leaves, petals and traditional strokes. After reading Facebook, it seems that you all are having the same successes and love the brushes as much as I. In this article, I would like to share the other new brushes in our line, the Aura™ and Flora™. One of the most recent comments posted by an artist suggested that we change the names to AWEsom
Curved Flat and Double Filbert I was out of state recently on a jaunt to a flea market and found an amazing folk art floral picture from D. Grosse. The design was simple, but the detail in this old art piece was incredible. It got me thinking about the tools that artists have used to create, and how far we have come from the first split palm leaf brushes found in Egypt. I love being able to purchase a brush that fits nicely in my hand. I also love a brush that I can rely
I always think it is so funny when you see something for the first time how, it seems to appear everywhere in your sight from that moment on. I am always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate my painting into a new project. I am lucky enough to be able to travel to different places and always try to get into either a gallery or local art store to see what other adventures in art that is out there. A few years ago, I was taking a design class from JoSonja Jensen and disco
In my last article I discussed setting up a journal and writing goals related to your life and your art. If one of the goals was to increase your education, but you don’t know where to find classes, this article might help you get started. While I was recently at my Boise clinic job, a patient thought that I looked familiar to them. We went through the usual list of “maybe our kids went to school together, or do you go to the Saturday market, or do you paint?” After this q
As an artist, I see art everywhere; in magazine articles, nature, billboards, display windows, fabrics, etc. It is my nature to gather pamphlets, magazine articles, sketches, and wish lists during the year with the intention of using them in my designing and for inspiration to grow as an artist. However, as the new year approaches, I find that many of my ideas and aspirations fall short of my intentions. The days slip by so quickly and sometimes I wish I could have taken ju
It was great fun to make new friends on the east coast at the New England Traditions show in October. Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I love all of the colors, harvests and crisp mornings. On my return flight to Boise, I could see the change of colors from my seat and it provided my inspiration for this article. Click here to check out my photo album of fall colors on Loew-Cornell's Facebook page!
When my daughter was young, my husband, a native Californian, and