Return to Nature

Return to Nature

Nature drawing reminds us that we are stewards of our land, and we need to be dedicated to preserving it for the enjoyment it brings to all levels of our lives. Drawing from life and using nature as our muse fosters compassion and empathy and ultimately reminds us of this interconnectivity. Observational drawing honours the truth in the beauty that is around us.  Not a single subject is without it’s own unique set of characteristics that make it impossible not to be in awe.

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Contest Alert!!!


... or maaaayyyybeeee just keep it for yourself ;) 
ENTER for your chance to win this UNFRAMED, ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR valued at $500 for only $65 per entry OR buy two for $100.  
Enter as many times as you like to increase your chances!
"Bouganvillea, Greece" , by Crystal Beshara measures 15" x 20". 

  • CONTEST CLOSING DATE: Friday Dec 15th at midnight.
  • Winner will be contacted Sunday Dec 17th via email.
  • Ottawa residents may pick up anytime after Dec 17th from my home studio (address will be emailed to winner) - arrangements to be made.
  • Outside residents will be responsible for shipping costs. Painting can be rolled in a tube and shipped for aprx $30 (standard shipping) . a C.O.D  can be issued if you prefer a priority service.

Good Tips: Natural Bristle Care

Good Tips: Natural Bristle Care

Ultimately, when choosing the best bristles for your watercolour paintings, you want a brush that springs back easily to it's original shape AND holds a lot of water.  Let's review the characteristics of Sable vs Synthetic and the reasons why you might choose one over the other...

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It's much Easier Being Green!

It's much easier loving green if you know which colours to add in! Learn simple colour recipes to make your next landscape or floral painting more realistic.

I often am asked how to "use green". I think the main concern and observation here is that so many issues with using green lie in the unrealistic tone. The key is to ALWAYS add another colour to make it cooler, more muted, more sunny and ultimately more believable...


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This is Tulum

This is Tulum

Join me on my journey as I sketch, savor fresh, local foods, talk to local shop keepers and discover what’s Haute in Tulum, where the toughest decision you need to make all day is...Beach side or Jungle side?

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Clean Space = Clear Mind

I am easily distracted.

As such I have learned that if my art space/work space is messy, my mind is less apt to focus on the project in front of me. Struggling to find  the right brush,  forgetting to have made enough of the colour I need & panicking while my paint is drying or feeling constantly blinded by visual pollution even in my 30" square drafting area can be very detrimental to one's peace of mind and ultimately one's painting. This is often a result of a poorly organized space and cluttered work area. There is a very interesting post by Michael Hyatt in which he quotes Author & American professor Randy Pausch: 

“ Clutter is death, it leads to thrashing...” 

I've seen it happen in my classes. I've even seen people looking lost and fearful as they work, not having noticed that their reference image is sitting underneath their palette, that their hands are covered in paint or that the better part of  the real-estate in their work area is being engulfed by, bags, containers, extra items that slow down their productivity and lead to spills and distraction.  Their clutter is so high  that they've not identified the source of their frustration. In my classes, I stress the importance of having as little as possible on your work area. Extra tubes of paint should be packed away. Only the essentials should be out. Everything else gets packed away.

I call it the "L" system. Creating a simple capital L shape around your drawing/painting board.

Here is a little diagram:

The "L" System helps to keep only the essentials at hand.

I hope this helps to clear your mind and lessen your frustration and bring more enjoyment and peace to your painting process!


Happy Painting!