INSTRUCTIONAL SERIES

This page is designed to provide you with insight and inspiration in your creative field of choice. It could be a painting technique, a new dance step or a new way to pen those thoughts you have stored away in your frontal cortex!

We invite artists in the visual, performing and literary arts to share a vdieo with their fellow artisans. Produce a 3-5 minute video and send it to us via a file sharing program such as WETRANFER.COM ( choose the free option) and we will post it to our site. You can also send us the embeded link to your youtube channel - either way we invite you to share your creative tips.


Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking - Stop Being Afraid to Ask:
[March 2021]

[Savannah J Goings] It's not always easy to ask. Most of us probably feel the fear of possible rejection, ridicule, failure, or being a burden to someone.

My recent adventure getting photography for the "dragon wrangler" part of my brand is a perfect reminder of what I learned about asking in Amanda Palmer's book, "The Art of Asking." I've been held back on several occasions by fear of rejection from others, but I learned through this experience that asking doesn't have to be scary if you have the right mindset, and it can be so useful. You'll never know if you don't ask. This whole experience led me into building connections, establishing trust, getting the help I needed, and most importantly, making progress in my business by acquiring assets and expanding my mindset.

Tell me about a time you were afraid to ask for something. Did you try anyway? What steps are you going to take now to try again or achieve a new result? Let me know in the comments!

| Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and officially acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. savannahjgoins.com



Do we HAVE to learn to draw realism?
'DRAW WITH ME'
[March 2021]

MELISSA PEACOCK aka @YellowMelle | Somebody was asking: do I really need to learn realism if I want to draw cartoon style for a living? And someone else pointed out that they'd felt that learning realism actually made it harder to stylize their drawings. And it kind of blew my mind, because I remember how carefree it felt to just.. draw cartoon people. But now? I have no idea how to even start. So the real question is, does learning to draw realistically actually create an obstacle for some people? Paint with me while I "ruin" some nice watercolour flowers with my goofy bees.


5TIPS TO GET YOU OUTDOOR SKETCHING
...with joyfulness!
[March 2021]

Want to sketch Outdoors but feeling overwhelmed and unprepared when you try? Wendy has 5 Great Tips to help you get on the road to success. Join her in sketching mossy rocks and ferns along a rocky creek bed. Reference Picture is available as a FREE Download at artbywendy.com – Workshops – Videos by Wendy.

Wendy is an avid Outdoor Sketcher, capturing moments along the trail. Her favourite subjects are cascading ferns, mossy rocks and logs and creeks with quiet watery pools. West Coast Nature. Wendy heads out sketching with small group classes from June to September each year.


11 ARTISTS INSTAGRAM IDEAS -That aren't 'finished' art]
[February 2021]

Paint with me while I chat about the pressure to post on social media CONSTANTLY and how difficult it is when you're practicing a trade that takes time to finish anything. Artists are resolving to make less rushed art and post less, but there are lots of posts in my feed that I love to see!

Messy/luxurious work spaces, thumbnails/sketchbook shots, works in progress, macro details, at-work selfies, photo of something inspiring your work, art supplies you like, old and forgotten artwork, mistakes and disasters that come with a lesson, clever tips, stacks of sketchbooks, colour swatches!

About the painting: part of a series I started once about a cat drifting through new worlds on a homemade satellite. Qor watercolours on Baohong paper, using a Silver Black Velvet brush.


PLAYING WITH NATURE'S GREENS
[February 2021]

Do the Summer GREENS overwhelm you when you’re Outdoor Sketching? Now is the time to play with Nature’s Greens and grab control. Follow along with Wendy as she paints this little hummingbird resting on a branch – surrounded by the GREENS of summer. Wendy will show how to add new colours to your sketch but keeping the ‘sense of greenness’ in the overall image. To get your own copy of the reference picture, head over to Wendy’s website artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


BUILDING DRAWING SKILLS: With A Treasure Hunt
[January 2021]

WENDY MOULD | Are you a Treasurer Hunter? Ready to take the Hunter’s Challenge? With your camera take 5 pictures of something in your world, inside or out: birds, houses, snowmen, . . . Now let’s get to work in your sketchbook. Join Wendy as she shows you how that Treasure Hunt can build Drama and Mystery into turn your Artwork. artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


CREATING 'FANTASY' VOCABULARY
[January 2021]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and officially acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. savannahjgoins.com


ACRYLIC POUR IN AN ART JOURNAL
[January 2021]

MELISSA PEACOCK | Edit: I think I misunderstood the story, so when I said "solitary confinement", it should really be "isolation", which still has the spirit of loneliness and poor care, but may have rendered what I said to be excessively dramatic, or maybe not. Find Melissa on Youtube under the name YELLOWMELLE.


DEVELOPING AN ART STYLE
[December 2020]

MELISSA PEACOCK | Edit: I think I misunderstood the story, so when I said "solitary confinement", it should really be "isolation", which still has the spirit of loneliness and poor care, but may have rendered what I said to be excessively dramatic, or maybe not. Find Melissa on Youtube under the name YELLOWMELLE.


REPETITION CAN BE FUN
[December 2020]

WENDY MOULD | Can You be Inspired by Repetition? Of course, repetition will build skills. But it can be boring – after all, it is all about repeating the same thing. Wendy has designed an Activity that will turn Repetition into an interesting and inspiring activity. Join her as she shows you how to ‘get into the moment’ with Repetition!! artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


WORKING WITH A COVER ARTIST [Best Practices]
[December 2020]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and official acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. savannahjgoins.com


MOVE YOUR PLOT FORWARD - AVOID INFO DUMPS
[November 2020]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and official acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. www.Savannahjgoins.com
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WORKING WITH BAOHONG PAPER
[November 2020]

MELISSA PEACOCK | Is the Baohong paper as good or better than Arches? Seems pretty close so far... Also, according to another youtuber, you're right, there is no quality difference between the arches pads and blocks. Yippee!


DYI AWESOME CHRISTMAS CARDS
[November 2020]

WENDY MOULD | Take your Passion for Drawing and Play and turn it into something special for family and friends. Imagine the joy and surprise your hand crafted Christmas Greetings will bring. Wendy has some ideas to get you started but once on the road you will certainly find new ways to go. Wendy has included a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Christmas Activity Sheet to help spark your Creative Flow.

GET YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD PDF HERE | Printable

HOW TO PLAN A BOOK SERIES
[October 2020]

SAVANNAH J. GOINS | Savannah is a fantasy novelist [The Crivabanian & The Gwythienian] , entrepreneurial speaker and official acclaimed ‘Dragon Wrestler’ who hails from Indiana USA and teaches creativeways on how to value failure, enjoy the journey and know when they have arrived. savannahjgoins.com


DOES AN ARTIST NEED A ‘SIGNATURE’ STYLE
[October 2020]

MELISSA PEACOCK | New artists want to know: do I need a unique, signature style to come out as an artist? How can I be the new Van Gogh of our time? Do we even want to be Van Gogh, though?


GET THOSE SHADOWS WORKING FOR YOU
[October 2020]

WENDY MOULD | What is happening in the Dark Zone – Join Wendy as she travels into the Shadows to learn their secrets. Whether you work in Realism or Abstract or somewhere in between, having a strong understanding of Shadows really improves your work. Edges, Value Changes and Ambient Lighting must be considered to get your Shadows to tell their Story. Grab the free Printable Download to work along with Wendy as you venture further into the Dark Zone

PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD | Click Here | Mushroom

PAINTING A CAT PORTRAIT IN WATERCOLOUR
[September 2020]

MELISSA PEACOCK | More of a quick timelapse, but also contains a personal update from March about coping with the COVID shutdown as an aspiring artist, which might come as unexpected. A watercolour commission of a cat brings me focus and direction in an otherwise directionless time


GETTING READY FOR OUTDOOR SKETCHING
[September 2020]

WENDY MOULD | Getting Ready for Outdoor Sketching is key to your success. I like to find a spot. Stop. Sketch. This can be along a trail, at the beach, on a tour. Anywhere, I find an interesting spot and have a few minutes. The key to successfully working Outdoors is to be prepared. My materials, snacks and sketchbook are organized, easy to whip out and ready to go. Check out my video and get yourself ready to roll. I look forward to seeing you on the trail.

For more information on materials see my blog post: April 18, 2019 – My Really SMALLmendous Art Kit – artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


STRETCHING WATER COLOUR PAPER LIKE CANVASS
[August 2020]

by MELISSA PEACOCK | Creating a Paper CAnvass...Aha, finally getting out the staple gun and reusing some old canvas stretchers with this watercolour paper.


The POWER of the LINE
[August 2020]

BY WENDY MOULD - Watercolour and Pen Work are great friends. They love to play together; the sharp, dark, crisp line is a perfect balance for the soft, colourful, wash of watercolour. Together they can demonstrate the POWER of the LINE. The line captures and holds shapes together and yet can separates as well. It can move a shape forward or send it too the back. Join Wendy in this SketchBooking Activity and discover for yourself the POWER of the LINE. Read more: artbywendysblog.blogspot.com Post: June 11, 2020This is another installment by Wendy to the ACS Instructional Series available online at artscouncilofsurrey.ca.


How An Artist Statement Can CHANGE Your Art
[July 2020]

BY MELISSA PEACOCK - when you're trying to come up with any idea for a creative piece and the worst stuff comes out, just put it in a book. Or be selfish and make the thing. You can make anything relatable.


SKETCHBOOKING: Part 2
Moving Away From Perfection
[July 2020]

[ED NOTE: Wendy's vlog SKETCHBOOKING Part 1 (scroll down) has had nearly 50 hits in just 30 days! Congrats Wendy on your popular vlog]
By WENDY MOULD - The idea of Perfection is a Scary. It often rears its ugly head for most artists at some point or other. And certainly, in the realm of sketchbooking. Somehow those beautiful crisps white pages become precious and hard to mark on. I think it must be much like a writer when he faces a blank page. This sketchbook activity is a chance to Move Away from Perfection and yet still helps you meet your goals: enjoyable activity, opportunity to learn new things and produce an interesting result. Have fun with it. Learn more Painting and Drawing Tips on my Blog – artbywendysblog.blogspot.com


MONOTYPE: Producing Unique Art Work
[June 2020]

BY KATINA GIESBRETCH - Katina Giesbretch is an artist, a designer and a graphics designer for creative entrepreneurs. She is also a web designer and brand-developer. You can reach Katina at katinagiesbrecht.com @katina_giesbrecht [Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/]

MONOTYPING: Def | Monotyping is a type of printmaking made by drawing or painting on a smooth, non-absorbent surface. The surface, or matrix, was historically a copper etching plate, but in contemporary work it can vary from zinc or glass to acrylic glass.


SKETCH BOOKING: Rabbit in the Garden
[May 2020]

by Wendy Mould, AFCA, CDM is a wildlife artist, teacher, presenter and blogger on Painting, Drawing and Marketing for Artists. www.artbywendy.com


Using Art Supplies You Have Been Saving FOREVER!
[May 2020]

by Melissa Peacock paints flora and fauna in an illustrative style, using watercolour and other media. She briefly studied fine arts at Kwantlen University, focusing on studio arts and colour theory, but left the school in 2010 to play with cakes at Vancouver Community College. Melissa’s artwork occasionally shows in local juried exhibitions within Surrey, BC. These days, however, she spends most of her art time sharing her painting process on her Youtube channel and website. yellowmellearts.com