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Oh the life of an artist is

quote an adventure. You get to relive those carefree childhood days, express the hardships and have a sense of therapy.    There’s that awesome feeling of drawing with all your heart and thinking about who will look at it and smile. Dismissing the rules so much that – who even knows what they are! Oh and the greatest thing of all is that you learn not to give up and draw a whole lot. Oh I  do want to be an artist a whole lot. I already am I just happen to be the only one , except for a few others, that knows it- LOL I believe that anything and everything that makes us smile, laugh, cry, and just FEEL is art. Get out there and make your art! What is your art? Tell the world and tell them proud!


Here is a break through of what I learned from each and every artist! You may be thinking why would a letterer study artists like Van Gough and Raphael? Art is an emotion and  to display emotion in a picture you have to know different techniques, color, design elements, learn how to and not to do things, and just surround yourself with others who want so much to be artists. The best art know no rules and the more you know the more confident you will be to break them.

Here we go.

Allen Say – Draw what you see around you and do it so much.

Mary Kate – Add your own voice and do what interests you. The more creative you can get the better.

Raphael –  Artists seem to be quite affectionate about people and the world around them. Learn from others and make it your own which is way better.

Ana Victoria – Color is amazing and everyone can paint. Give yourself time and anything goes.

Ian Barnard- Create art that moves people and you have an opportunity to communicate with someone and be kind! What am I going to say and how will I do it?

Van Gogh –  Never give up and determination is everything. Life is not about making money -its about finding your passion and helping others find theirs. That’s what all these guys and gals did!

Eric Carle – Just draw what you love and when an idea comes along just be a kid. Oh yes I do believe in fairies!


My projects inspired by these amazing artists.

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For this coming journal challenge I will think about all of these artists and reflect on what I learned -oh the way Van Gogh uses color is amazing!


In our next next play date I will be starting the Valentine’s  Day 15- Challenge! Sharpen your pencils and get your paper ready? I am going to choose one other supply to work with.










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Art That’s Cool- Van Gough

He suffered loss from his mother, rejected by the woman he loved and was a deep religious man who was shunned away from the church.  The bible was important to him and he was going to share the word of God with pictures. What is interesting is that unlike Raphael  Van Gough’s art wasn’t famous until after his death.  Raphael had shown mastery at age 11 while Van Gough didn’t reveal his mastery until his twenties.

Where did Van Gough draw inspiration from?

Van Gough captured much emotion in his paintings. He believed that man’s journey was a hard and lonely one at times, and a quest for God.  Naturally he painted his life experiences  and those of the people around him. As a boy he loved to study nature and watercolor.  Upon making the decision to become a painter, he devoted his time to drawing and indeed he became a wonderful iconic artist.

I can’t wait to finish the biography but here it is http://www.biography.com/people/vincent-van-gogh-9515695/videos/vincent-van-gogh-full-episode-2075049808

For now just look at at his beautiful color! What about the emotions conveyed? Yes two elements that I must learn.

Okay so that’s a wrap! I will be sharing a few projects with you on Sunday and a little lessons learned about all the fabulous artists we have learned about.

Another reminder for Valentine’s Day journal lettering challenge. Starts Feb.1


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Art That’s Cool – ?

I was really interested in sharing two artists?  The first  is an artist who  creates astonishing watercolor – Ana Victoria Calderon. I just love the colors she creates and her work is so pretty!

She draws inspiration from which she grew up in and I just love her class. She is yet another artist who truly followed her love and drew inspiration form it.

Thank goodness for that.

Wow this is so gorgeous!

Okay so that is a wrap everyone! Hope you enjoyed this as much as I have. I do have one more artist that I will be sharing. I meant to include Van Gough here as he is an amazing artist.  Wait!  I will post on Wednesday and then will wrap up with a few doodles and projects inspired by some of these artists. Remember starting Feb. 1st I will be doing the Valentine Day Journal Challenge. I will post more details so you can do it with me.




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I have one more artist that I want to share with you and will be posting on Sunday. Then in the last week I am going to create a project inspired by the fabulous artists featured in Art that’s cool!


A couple of updates I want to share.

  • I will be posting on new dates: Every Wednesday and Sunday.  If you have a another date in mind please email me.
  • Two seasonal journal challenges happening: Valentine’s Day starting  February 1 and  spring fling starting March 20
  • No worries I will be posting more updates so you can follow along with me.


Raise your mason jar glass and toast!

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Art That’s Cool – Mary Kate Mcdevitt

Mary is a letterer and an illustrator. What I love about her is that you can see her character in every piece she creates.

Where does she gets her inspiration from?

Well on her about page she says she “enjoys drinking coffee, thrifting, riding bikes, watching News Radio with her boyfriend Fred DiMeglio and renovating her home.”  Take a look at her work and see for yourself.  Mary, in her class, suggests that students choose topics of interests to create a hand lettered piece.

Mark teaches classes on skillshare and she  writes books that help us newbies learn too. I love her playful style! Perhaps you have seen her work at Target!

I remember seeing this card and thinking wow I love this.  Later on I came across her class and that led me to her site.

Which leads me to an important discovery, every artist has a style that people connect with. Her words are whimsical and play. Check out her site and you will see what I mean.

I am also starting to notice a pattern here. All the artists seem to be humble, kind and have a sense of community. What do you think?

This is a book that I want to buy.



Want to learn more about this artist?  http://marykatemcdevitt.com/

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Growing up, math was always harder for me than other  students but I never gave up. Surprisingly this prompt  came just in time. I was working on my art for a project on skillshare.  Nothing was coming out right. I felt discouraged but then I realized that I need to keep working and just enjoy the process.  I refuse to give up and you shouldn’t either. 2 drawings + 2 drawings more gives me 4 times the practice and that much closer to amazing art and amazing art can change the world-that’s infinity.


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What’s the difference?

What is the difference between every artist that’s out there. There are tons of them by the way. Everyone of them tells a unique story. Not everyone is a believer in your art in the beginning. When do they call yourself an artist?  Well you become an artist and admired the very time you actually become one.  In the meantime you have to become one. As for the naysayers…

Who cares what they say? Wait what are they saying because I didn’t hear it. I am too busy working on my art.  I just draws letters and some I like, and some I don’t like but I know I love drawing letters! These words have been spoken from a true kid at heart. 0115161918e[1]


In the meantime get out there and live your love and be your only fan for awhile! You will live your dream or it will be the very dream that leads you to the really dream.

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Art That’s Cool-Eric Carle

The Art of Eric Carle: Eric Carle: 9780399240027: Amazon.com: Books

I recently read this amazing book and have a deeper appreciation for The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Just now I came across an article and this passage just sums up my experience. The enjoyment that I get just makes me want to share it.

Art, as Carle likes to call his personal works, “is kind of funny,” he says. “I didn’t want it to be all that important. I just did it for myself. I did it for entertainment.”

So where does his inspiration come from?

Eric created a book that children can read and learn from at school. At the same time he wanted children to  feel the comfort of playing with a toy at home. Don’t you remember reading the book and trying to touch the pages, the holes and the huge butterfly?

He loves animals. He seems to love color and nature.

He paints tissue paper and then cuts out shapes to build collages of illustrations for his books. The best part is this was unintentional. He had been painting and used the leftover scraps to create these beautiful images we get to experience every time we read and remember.

Read the article here and you may want to go to the library or a bookstore and pick up the book too.

Now I have to do some collage work. I will include this as part of the putting into practice part of this session.






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Art That’s Cool – Ian Barnard

You can check out his site and work here: http://www.ianbarnard.net/


I love these big bold letters that he uses.   I also love his sayings and so again I am pondering the question,”Where do you draw your inspiration from?”

Here is what I have learned.

-passionate about typography and lettering

-creates every weekday

-he sells on Creative Market

-he has a love of community like connecting with other artists

-yes he really goes out and helps youth by talking to them

-he seems an all around humble person and it shows with the messages he delivers in every art piece he creates.


I know that I have shown you artists from across the line but its for two good reasons. You need to tell your story as an artist and that means telling your story-your values-your hope-dreams-purpose and fill in the blank.

Oh and you have to practice and draw inspiration from the world around you. Doing what you love is a fabulous way to start.