My desire is to teach and encourage the beginner artist to play and explore sketching in pen and painting in watercolor using one’s senses.


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Gave me the confidence to give it a go

I really enjoyed this class. It took me through the process step by step and gave me the confidence to give it a go. I did my first sketch yesterday thought I would get too caught up in getting it right, but actually just enjoyed the process. Thanks Elisa for a great class!
Dana S.

Elisa gave incredible tips for both sketching and watercolor painting

Elisa’s Sketch Your Life class was awesome. I want to take up watercolor, but I realize that I need to sketch better first. Elisa gave incredible tips for both sketching and watercolor painting. Thank you Elisa
Kristen F.

This class taught me a new way of observing life

That moment when you see a technique being taught and you go like “woah, how didn’t I think about that?” – all in all, beautiful class, and even though I’m not a fan of watercolor, this class taught me a new way of observing life, and for that I’m more than appreciative!
Razvan U.

I was able to sketch better than I ever had in a matter of minutes

This class included such practical tips! I also was amazed that by following her techniques (and just trusting the process) I was able to sketch better than I ever had in a matter of minutes. LOVED this class!
Rebecca H.

Really enjoyed this class!

Elisa’s knowledge and explanations are invaluable. The mixing color section was something I actually didn’t know, so it was extremely useful and insightful. Thank you, Elisa!
Mariya P.

I want to take the course again

There is a lot shared in this course. The content is helpful, well developed and thoughtfully relayed. I want to take the course again, since it serves as a reference as much as a class.
Marina A.

To me it represents a perfect collaboration between a writer and an artist

What initially struck me about the painting were the rainbow colours. Not only did they convey the mixture of summer and winter, but the intense feeling in the picture reflected density and strangeness of the wood that my characters were walking through. I love the energy that comes off this painting and the fluid, almost liquid dynamic that comes across. To me it represents a perfect collaboration between a writer and an artist; a meeting of image and words.
Freya P.


Slippery Chameleon
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Author Freya Pickard is working on another story called Arturina. She wanted a picture to portray a space opera. Like the previous collaboration, she gave me free rein to draw whatever that inspires me from her collections of Pinterest images. I chose the chameleon because its skin looks interesting to paint! Freya said that the chameleon in her story is a slippery one because it changes its shape a lot and he cannot remember his original form! He is both … Read More

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Author Freya Pickard needs a picture to portray a character in her novel Hrukham. I’m excited for another collaboration with this creative writer. I checked her collection of inspiration over on her Pinterest board and decided on a sunset grassland image. Freya shared that the image depicts the grassland of the southern plains. They are verdant and filled with life, but, from beyond their borders, an evil threatens that kills and maims and poisons the land. I’m sharing my process … Read More

Lady Parsley Wigglinis
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The author Freya Pickard and I had another collaboration. For her Dragonscale Clippings, she wanted me to illustrate Parsley who has long, reddish hair in ringlets, green eyes, and pale skin. She is looking annoyed with her hands on her hips. Writing down the specification helps organize my thoughts. I did some research and roughly sketched Parsley and a variation of her annoyed facial expressions. I transferred the ideas into watercolor paper. I enjoyed painting the different shades of greens … Read More

Dancing Goddess for Pure Haiku
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The author, Freya Pickard wanted me to create an image for her Pure Haiku website (where she publishes her own + other peoples’ traditional haiku). She wanted a female character, possibly a goddess or angel. She is fire and water, ice and electricity. There will be lots of bright colors, energy and swirling lines. She is dancing and turning about. I began to write down the guidelines on a notebook. I checked Freya’s Pinterest board for inspiration and did additional … Read More

August 2018 Rekindle Memories Gallery
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One artist shared that art is a wonderful way to express “stuff” that is so hard to put into words. Sometimes there’s no words to describe how we feel or express how beautiful something is. Making memories through art helps us to share the beauty of what we have savoured with others. Whether it’s sketching, painting, making collage, writing… I think art helps us process life in a profound way. This August, we have 17 artists participating in 11 countries … Read More

July 2018 Rekindle Memories Gallery and Stories
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What an awesome July gallery! We have 13 artists participating from 10 countries around the world. I’m so thankful for this small group of wonderful artists whom I get to know through their art and stories. I’m inspired to witness their creative journey–learning by taking creative risks, using their imagination, infusing their artworks with their own personal styles and sharing milestones of their lives. There’s so much richness in this hashtag #rekindlememories over at Instagram. Some artists still continue to … Read More