September Rekindle Memories Gallery and Stories

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Sketching our memories, Past or present,  Painful or joyful, We learn and ponder, We cry and laugh, We appreciate and notice. The drawn and painted memories, The stories shared around the world, Connect our hearts to each other, To pray, inspire, encourage. So thankful for these group of artists who shared a part of their wonderful memories through sketching and painting. Please enjoy their art and stories, and visit their art pages for more inspiration. :) Melanie; New Zealand WSA Artspost galleries … Read More

August Rekindle Memories Gallery and Stories

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I love how sketching allows us to slow down even when time flies! On the first week of August, 7 artists from 5 different countries around the world shared parts of their lives through sketches and paintings. I’m excited to share their artworks and stories with you, with the intention that you will be inspired to savor your life by making art. Carolyn; USA Rekindle memories. Amazing how many memories revolve around food. This is my rhubarb patch. Delicious memories … Read More

It’s Time for Rekindle Memories (Plus Portable Painter Review)

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On the first week of July, 7 artists from 4 different countries participated in the Rekindle Memories where they sketched/ painted their lives, and savoured the moment that captured their interest. I love the sense of connection that art brings. I enjoyed the heart warming stories that accompanied each artwork. What a pleasure it is to be able to take part in someone else’s memories. Please enjoy the sketches and paintings from these amazing artists!   Rekindle Memories will happen again on the … Read More

How to Create Loose and Energetic Sketches and Paintings

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Locals chatting during breakfast in Sapa, Vietnam Recently, an artist commented that my sketches were loose and energetic. She said that she likes to sketch but often get caught up with perfection rather than capturing a moment. I told her to sketch with a pen. Once she use it, she will realize that the marks she make will (obviously!) be permanent. Her brain will force the eyes to see better in order to express better. She will learn to appreciate the wobbly line that adds character to the picture. She will savour the … Read More

Postcard to Inspire Swap Gallery (Jan-Feb 2017)

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I love the diversity of artists from around the world who have participated in the Postcard to Inspire Swap from January to February 2017. Their sketches and paintings of their lives were accompanied with stories that gave a glimpse of their lives and culture. I like the different subjects ranging from nature, architecture, people, places, food and animals. I hope they enjoy getting to know one another through art! I am delighted to share with you the wonderful postcard gallery from 10 (wow!) different countries. … Read More

(New Class) Watercolor Sketching Your Life

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As much as I like sketching in pen, sometimes I find the freedom of not doing any initial sketch and just diving right in with watercolor. It’s the same feeling that my young learners have whenever I will ask them to outline their penciled drawings with marker. They mostly feel daunted by the task because they prefer to just go and paint. I remembered when I was just starting out, I would draw directly with watercolor. It doesn’t matter if the output looks … Read More

Sketch Your Life 2 Workshop Student Gallery

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Late January, around 11 artists participated in the Sketch Your Life 2 Workshop where they sketched and painted their lives for 30 days. From beginner to experienced artists, they all have something in common– to savor their lives through sketching and painting and to be better artist by making art daily and often. I am so inspired by their progress and enthusiasm, and learned a lot about their culture through art and stories. It is my delight to share with you the … Read More

A Cold Frosty Scene

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watercolor on paper Creativity takes courage, as the famous old master, Henri Matisse said. I believe creativity is to make something that I have never done or tried before. To nurture creativity would mean not only looking inward– into my ideas and imagination, but also outward–creation of God and man made words, ideas and things. It also helps not to hang out too much at the online sphere, lest the creativity will die–at least for me. Freya Pickard‘s words feed my … Read More

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