by Ursula

Monday, July 24, 2017

I am often asked how does one get inspired.

Where does inspiration come from?  The notion of inspiration as a process, looking outside ourselves.  It is often described as a spiritual event.  
We look around us and see the world and how we relate to it.
"Prayer is when you speak to God, and inspiration, intuition and creativity is when God speaks to you."

We welcome and open ourselves to the creative process and the connection to our inspiration.

Inspiration can come from anywhere, turning a mere thought into a reality.

There are times when I go down to my studio, grab a canvas and do not know where to begin.  Looking at a blank canvas can be very intimidating.  As would be a blank page waiting for words to fill it.  
Set limitations for yourself  take the leap of faith and begin.  Staring with that first word or priming the canvas with a coat of paint or gesso.  
Searching Pinterest, learning from the "Old Masters", picking up a magazine, walking in nature and listening to that inner connection.

My last few paintings were inspired by a class creating watercolors on Yupo paper.  I learned so much and continued to explore the possibilities this medium provided.  

One of the ladies in class had on an elephant shirt.  Needless to say, when I returned home, I continued the techniques I learned in class and painted my own elephant.  And oh, was he fun!

Love the freedom this paper gives, watching the colors intermingle, run and play with one another.  Adding drips, spraying the piece with alcohol, using inks, the possibilities were endless.

Inspiration can come in many forms, doodling, watching a you tube video,  taking an online class and just watching the videos.  I find I am inspired by watching others paint and create.  Just watching how they hold the brush, or add an unexpected color.

Let your imagination soar, try new mediums, experiment, explore, live and create.

The word "inspire" relates to the words "aspire".  The Latin word is inspir.,
which comes from inspirare., which means to "Breath Into".

Explore, Listen, Breath Into and Create!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

It is hard to believe that the 4th of July is coming up very soon.  It is the end of June and summer has just begun.

Camp has come and gone in a flash.  So many months of training, preparation, excitement and now it is only a memory.  It was a wonderful experience and I will never forget the faces of my two girls.  I was their counselor for the entire week, spending nearly every second with them.  Some of the other campers tugged at my heart as well.  It wasn't an easy week, it had it's share of drama and tears.  I watched some of the other staff members and was blown away by their dedication and commitment to these kids.  It was my first year, but many have done this for 5 years or more.  

Royal Family is a wonderful organization and relies on donations to operate their camps for foster kids throughout the country.  

I painted this blue girl after my return from camp.  Watercolor and stabilo pencil.  I did not intend on painting her blue.  I picked up what I thought was a black stabilo pencil and began to draw her outline.  I soon realized that the pencil was blue and just continued with the blue theme.
She is beautiful on the outside, emotive color and expression depict that there is something that she has hidden within.   Very much like the kids at our camp last week.

If you have the time; watch the movie ,"Camp".  It is based on a true story and worth watching.  Giving you a little insight into the world of these kids.

Oh, and guess what??  I caught my first fish!!

Until next time.
Happy summer!!
Ursula xo


Friday, June 16, 2017

June is my favorite month of the year.  The spring rains subside, everything is green and the flowers are in full bloom.

Our deer population has grown by two.  As I look out my window, I can see mama and her two spotted fawns grazing in our yard. Such a beautiful site.  The birds, chipmunks and our garden bunny have also been very busy. 

                        The studio has also been a place of new creations and good news.  

Painting World magazine featured my Rooster/Sunflower painting in the June issue.  It is such a nice article, they made me proud.  I used a variety of mixed media materials, DecoArt paints and mediums.  Collage and even added a sunflower.

                                         Loved creating the barn like, textured background.

My Floral Expressions, on line class, opened up this week as well.   It is hosted by Kara Bullock and she did a beautiful job putting the class together.  It is not too late to join.  Some of the students have posted their work on our private Facebook page so far,  and it is so exciting to see their work.  

                                        Floral Expressions, under classes

                                                     Here is the fun bonus lesson.  

I will be taking a break for a week, as I attend a Royal Family Kids camp where I will be a counselor.
This camp is for children from the foster care system.  There will be 33 kids and I will be responsible for two precious girls.  This will be my first year and I am excited and apprehensive all at the same time.
I would appreciate your prayers for all the kids, counselors and workers involved for the week.

I will see you after camp!  
Ursula xo

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It's a wrap.

Finished up the final videos to my on line workshop.

        Loved painting this little sheep on a wood canvas board.  He/She is the bonus lesson for the class.

I had to film in between jack hammers and back hoes.  We are having our backyard remodeled so to speak.  Tearing out concrete and the old pool that has had a huge leak for the last 5 years or more.  I hope the mess and expense will be worth it in the end.

So, a little challenging, but managed to get the filming in between their breaks, as it was quite loud. And capturing the sunlight in between the drizzle and clouds.  My table sits in the sun room, looking out at the big mess.

There are three main projects, a warm up lesson and a bonus lesson, with this little sheep painting.          She even has flowers in her hair!  And, if you like sunflowers, this is a fun project to do using black gesso!

For more information, and to sign up for my class titled:  Floral Expressions.  Visit:

Thanks for stopping by and happy painting!!

Ursula  xo

Monday, May 22, 2017

by Ursula: The secret is finally out!

by Ursula: The secret is finally out!: For the last couple of months, I have been working with Kara Bullock on a brand new floral class that is now open for registration. Pr...

Monday, May 15, 2017

The secret is finally out!

For the last couple of months, I have been working with Kara Bullock on a brand new floral class that is now open for registration.

Preparing for this class has been quite the learning experience for me as well.  Lighting and editing have been been my biggest challenges.  Although I have had a few on line classes in the past, I have learned so much more on the how to of putting a class together.

I have created a Pinterest page for the class and we will have our own Facebook page to share our art, thoughts and tips.

There are five lessons, three main lessons, one warm up and one bonus.  I have put my heart and soul into each of these lessons.  I would love for you to join me on this beautiful floral journey.

Visit: to find out more about the class.  Kara Bullock Art

Early Bird registration is open now!!

Hope to see you in class.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Just listed in my ETSY shop!

Visit my ETSY shop and find this lesson and a couple of others.  The link is posted onto the right of this page, just click it on and browse to see which lesson or class suits your needs.  It's fun to paint in your jammies and not have to go anywhere to learn.  I enjoy taking on line classes in the privacy of my own home and hope you do too.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for looking!