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How Inktober 2018 Changed Me as an Artist

Wow! October flew by! I’m not surprised. Between prepping for a Holiday show, an art crawl, and a few other events–that wound up getting rained out grrr!–I had a lot to focus on that passed the time. Oh and HALLOWEEN! Which is, you know, the greatest thing ever. Goo went as Link from Legend of Zelda this year, and I went as Castiel from Supernatural.

But let’s talk art, shall we? More specifically, Inktober, which is a challenge many artists choose to face in the month of October. For me, drawing something each day wasn’t the hard part, as I’ve been taking part in a project 365 since the beginning of the year. No for me it was more about the prompts, and opening my mind to new ideas and concepts.

In the beginning, I’d decided to do my own prompt: Bunnies in Halloween Costumes. At the same time, I tried to apply the 2018 Inktober daily prompts. “Prickly” for instance, became a bunny wearing a cactus costume:

After a few days of only doing bunnies in costumes, I decided to “broaden my horizons” and follow my flow. This meant that on some days I stepped away from bunnies and animals altogether. I stuck with the basic prompts, but let myself go. Some days I painted my drawings. Other days I let them be. It was very freeing, and perhaps something I’ve been needing to do for a while.

And freeing myself in my Inktober drawings allowed me to apply that same “let go” notion with my paintings. I began to start with blank paper and let the watercolor flow, forming abstracts, patterns, and designs. My paintbrush became my pen. I stopped *needing* to ink/sketch before/after painting. And I also rekindled my relationship with white gel pens.

It’s strange to think that a drawing challenge could change my painting habits. I think many of us were merely looking for something fun to do, or a way to practice straight lines. But I think Inktober gave us all a major boost. Not just in technique, but also in perspective. Out of the ten months I’ve been doing #365daysofwatercolor, October was the month I showed the most “improvement.” My goal is to continue to “let go.” To have days where I just spread paint around for no reason. To have fun.

I’ll leave you with five of my favorites from the month. If you’d like to see all 31 of my Inktober drawings, click here.

Artwork for Sale

New Shop Open on my Website!

One of my pieces: Summer Storms. Available on my new shop!

After a few months of pondering, I’ve finally decided to start selling directly from my website. I’ll still be keeping my Etsy shop open, but I will be adding my newer, more updated pieces on my personal website. I feel like a real “professional” now!

In case you’re wondering, the Gouache Ghost Sale will be for prints and originals bought on my website also, not just my Etsy.

So head on over to my new shop and take a look around! I’d be truly grateful.

And thanks everyone for your continuous nice words and support of my art. I wouldn’t be here without you!


The First Week of Inktober is Done!

And I’m happy to say I’ve kept up this whole time. I’m a bit surprised, as I’m also working on a Project 365, personal projects, and prepping for upcoming shows. But it’s been fun! And I plan on making it the whole 31 days.

So far I’ve been keeping my Hallow-bunnies in with the original Inktober 2018 prompts, except for day 5 when I really couldn’t find a way to incorporate chickens into a drawing of a Bunny Vampire.

What have I learned?

I think the only thing that’s improved in seven days is the broadness of my horizons. Drawing little things seems to give way to drawing more things, which gives way to bigger pieces I never would have thought up before. I’ve also gotten into doodling again, but this time with different colored Micron pens. It’s pretty exciting.

I will probably only make one final post about Inktober, once it’s all over, so if you’d like to keep up with my entries you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram, or you can head over to the growing collection on my website.

Have your own growing collection of Inktober drawings? Feel free to share links to your work in the comments below!

Art Tools, watercolor

Artist Tools: “Woodlands” by Prima Watercolor Confections

My most recent “care package” from my mom

Every so often, I receive a surprise package from my mom filled with art supplies. I’ve begun to call these “care packages” because that’s basically what they are. They’re boxes filled with happiness. I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t be as far as I am today in my art career if she hasn’t been helping keep me stocked up. Continue reading “Artist Tools: “Woodlands” by Prima Watercolor Confections”

Spooky Things

Gouache Ghost Sale!

Please note: these are just examples of my gouache ghosts. The real paintings will be on higher quality paper and sized properly.

Since it’s the most wonderful time of the year, I decided to do a little extra with my sales for the month of October. So, for every painting–original or print–purchased on my Etsy shop, buyers will receive a FREE 4×4 gouache ghost!

Because of how I paint these, each one is unique from the other, and no one painting will look exactly alike. Feel free to share images of your gouache ghost on social media, and either tag me or use the hashtag #linasgouacheghosts so others can find them! Bonus points for those who give them names, stories, cause of death, and/or showcase them in their new home.

Each ghost will be painted with Daniel Smith Payne’s Gray and M. Graham white gouache on either Arches cold press or Canson hot press. Offer lasts throughout the entire month of October.

Happy Hauntings!


Inktober is Here!

I don’t know if I’m more excited that it’s Halloween Month, or that it’s Inktober! For those of you who don’t know, Inktober is a challenge thought up by Jake Parker. The goal is simple: draw something every day for the 31 days of October. Click this link for more info.

Not sure what to draw? Here is the official prompt list to help you get started!

The rules don’t say we have to stick to the list, so I’m going to do my own theme (like many artists). My theme will be: Bunnies in Halloween Costumes. I think my biggest hurdle will be different poses and facial expressions. I want to force myself to stray from the typical portrait, maybe even try a few “action” poses. I may also incorporate things from the official prompt list just to have a little extra fun.

I will be posting my Inktober drawings on my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Happy drawing!

Artwork for Sale

Three New Pieces for Sale: Transportation Show

The last show at the local gallery was themed “Transportation.” I decided to add four pieces, including a gouache painting of Meadow and her Fox. They hung among oil paintings and acrylics, sailboats and automobiles. This time, the director felt it best to separate all of my pieces, so one wouldn’t draw attention from the other. Continue reading “Three New Pieces for Sale: Transportation Show”