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Hi there! I’m Belinda. C’mon in! This is where I paint watercolors and make small edition prints in assorted printmaking methods from my California studio. You’ll find resource photos of art-making process, and encouraging conversations to help you build your own creative practice. Introduce yourself in the comments below, and tell me about the art you make, collect and appreciate.
What’s my story? After decades in non-creative jobs, far away from painting and printmaking, a series of events and interactions inspired an inventory of my priorities. From that point forward, I committed to building a life as an artist, by painting and writing my way through an unpracticed creative landscape. I started sharing my journey in process photos and essays on this blog in 2005. I hoped that words (and images) would encourage other folks (like you, maybe?), who were searching for a Start, or trying to return to creativity, after years of “I’m too busy for art” gaps. In 2014, I started a YouTube channel to share watercolor demos and printmaking tutorials. In 2018, I launched BelindaTips.com – an online school to teach more in-depth courses in watercolor painting, printmaking and beginner studio practices.
Below, you’ll find an archive of previous projects organized by media, and methods to help you navigate easily through 500+ encouraging posts. I hope the images and descriptions on these pages demystify process, and inspire you to pull out your art supplies, and make something! If you want to chat, be in touch!
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Drypoint and Etching
Linocut and Woodcut
Grid Drawing and Sight-Size
Travel with Watercolors
Portrait and Figurative
Exploring art-making, when you haven’t yet mastered the process or tools, can be so discouraging. Most of us haven’t been beginners at anything since we were children, and we’ve lost the stamina to stay on the struggle-bus long enough to grow new skills.
In both watercolor painting and printmaking, there is a rock pile of trip hazards I stumble on frequently during my climb towards getting-better-at-it, so I use this blog to write about that. Most of the time, I’m writing to myself, pondering a more expanded view of my goals to make art, and reaching for the encourager inside, while batting away the ever present critic. I hope these missives are helpful to pull you up the craggy hill with me.
There’s a lot of art we want to make, and there’s no time to waste being self-critical, blocked, or discouraged. I hope you’ll join me in taking small steps towards a consistent art practice.
Here (below) are the most visited posts on the subject of sticking with it, and mindset tips for artists.
Encouraging Posts for Artists
Video Tutorials on Watercolor
Video Tutorials on Printmaking
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I love working with other artists, bloggers, writers and designers. Get in touch if you have questions about collaborations, sales or sponsorships. My amazing, art-loving audience of 34,000 is populated by subscribers to this blog, art patrons, my Youtube channel, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, and my online school at BelindaTips.com.