Category Archives: In The Studio
Last year, my aunt sent me a link to subscribe to the Painter’s Keys mailing list. Truthfully, I’m the first person to run when I hear the word subscription. I like the keep my inbox as clean as possible and avoid any and all sorts of ‘subscriptions’. However, I easily made an exception for these after I read the first letter.
Basically, The Painter’s Keys are short biweekly letters to artists that touch on incredible thoughts that any artist or creative can easily relate to. They always seem to touch on topics that have been on my mind for a while, which is always a pleasant surprise.
The letters were started by artist Robert Genn. After his passing, his daughter, Sara Genn, has continued the letters per his request. You can read more about how the letters came to be, and their continuation here. This is one of my favorite letters, and something I often think about.
Let me know if you look forward to them each week as much as I do…
Last night, I arrived home from what seems like a year long trip! It’s funny coming home after a long trip… you see familiar things with a new point of view. Letting all the new memories you made settle within your home. From a ranch in California to the west coast of Mexico, then over to Africa, and ending the trip in my old southern stomping grounds of Georgia.
These places inspired new ideas, new energy, and I’m ready to paint!
One of the greatest things about traveling is coming home.
Pollyanna is a film that dramatically stands out within the memories of my childhood. I think I watched it a million times!
Small glimpses of rainbows!
As the New Year begins, it’s time to refresh things in my studio. When inspiration strikes, one must be prepared!
Click each link below to view in-depth shop-able guides to some of my favorite supplies!
(Also checkout my guide to supplies for the beginning watercolorist!)
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My world is constantly filled with color! Color has always played an enormous role in my artwork and it’s something that inspires me on a daily basis.
When I’m beginning a painting, I try not to over-think color. I trust my mind to lead my paintbrush as I go. Of course, that confidence came after many years of studying color theory !
I love playing with shades of red and pink (like my favorite Gemvara D’Orsay ring) and discovering the different emotions they can convey. A pale pink being soft and elegant, a bold blue-fuchsia being strong yet soft all at once, and of course a fiery red that can be spotted from across the room. Just the smallest color differences can sing entirely different songs.
When I hosted Gemvara in my workspace they brought the most wonderful gift… an array of colorful gems! Gems to paint and play with, to be exact. After creating this fashion drawing, I dove straight into the gems and began adhering them to my piece… bringing a new medium and life to the drawing. A sparkling gown of gems.
Speaking of, we’re giving away this original painting scattered with gems plus a $1000 gift card to Gemvara!For a chance to win, create a “My Color Story” pinboard (see mine here), and submit it on their site.
Gemvara is also offering my readers an exclusive 10% discount from now through Monday, October 13th! Just click here or on any other link in this post to activate your discount! In Collaboration with Gemvara.
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato
It’s no secret that I’m largely inspired by music. Having grown up in a house full of musical instruments and the sounds of my brother composing, it’s naturally part of my life. I spend hours upon hours rummaging through Spotify in search of soundtracks to inspire. Honestly, having the perfect painting soundtrack is as important to me as having the actual supplies to paint! I love getting lost in the music; music that subtly tells my paintbrush a story.
Over the past year, I’ve been curating a playlist that inspires my beloved shadow dancers. Each and every one of these songs sings shadow dancers from my imagination, through my paintbrush and onto my paper. It’s one of those unspoken phenomenons, something you can’t quite put into words. The notes that radiate from my speakers speak some sort of magic…
Can you hear them dancing?
Photos by Emma Jane Kepley.
Moving to a new city means searching for new go-to’s for a plethora of things. A new hair stylist, a new wine shop, a coffee shop that pulls the perfect espresso, and for me, a new framer!
Framers are tricky. You want a framer that not only provides incredible quality to last generations, but someone who has a creative eye and understands your style. A frame can make or break a piece of art.
My friend, Courtney, introduced me to J. Pocker soon after I moved to New York City last year. I set up a meeting with Robyn, the granddaughter of J. Pocker himself, where she filled me in on the family history behind their business (which I find fascinating). Robyn has continued to keep her family tradition of bespoke framing alive and thriving. Also, their Upper East Side shop is conveniently located across the street from the Society of Illustrators- seems only fitting!
New York go-to framer, check!
Unfortunate for me, there’s not one art supply store in my area (the Upper East Side of Manhattan). Perhaps I should’ve looked into that before signing my lease..!
I’ve been on the hunt since I’ve moved to New York for my favorite art shop (especially since Pearl Paint sadly closed). Here are my go to’s:
I heard about New York Central Art Supply from a friend of mine, and ever since I’ve been hooked. It’s got a mom and pop vibe, with heaps of character. It has the greatest papers, and any supplies you could ever want… but what I love most is how knowledgable the staff is- I endlessly learn new things about mediums just by asking simple questions. Win win!
Blick is always a safe and wonderful go to!
Every now and then I’ll stop by Paper Presentation for some fancy paper supplies. A shop I could spend hours in…
Now to put those supplies to use…
Thrilled to share my home and workspace with Rue Magazine in their June issue!
A while back, I printed some super basic business cards on watercolor paper (I think it’s the only type of paper I have, to be honest!). Anyway, I stumbled upon them in a drawer and decided to spruce them up a bit! I love the idea of creating tiny pieces of artwork on my cards…