Light Lovely Designs by Ursula

Studio insights, classes and tutorials

Sunday, May 6, 2018

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Warming Up With Watercolors

                                  What painting medium do you use to warm up with?

For the last week, I have chosen to warm up with watercolors.  It is often my medium of choice.  There is very little prep or clean up, and I can take my watercolor paints with me wherever I go.  

I had a ball sitting outside with my paper and paints on one of the first warm days we have had this spring.  Sitting outdoors and connecting with nature and art.  A beautiful combination that soothes the soul. 

I had some pre-cut watercolor sheets and decided to do a series of mini floral still life paintings .  

                                                  This is the finished plein air painting.

                                 I began with a drawing pencil, and sketched out my design.  

As I began to paint, I added a few lights and dark values to the design.
Adding and layering color to the design.  I think it is important to wait until layers dry before layering  the colors on top.  Adding more depth as you progress.

I found a floral photo on Pinterest and used it as my guide.  

This next painting was a little more experimental as I used an oil overlay and a palette knife.

A watercolor class in the works and I can't wait to share the details with you.

I would love to hear from you and see what you would be interested in learning.  What techniques, watercolor on other substrates, subject matter, wet on wet, favorite paints and so on.

"Life begins at the end of our comfort zone."

See you soon,

Friday, April 6, 2018

Connecting with your intuitive self.

The question of intuitive art is often asked.  What is it and how does it differ from other forms of art?
I was a little confused about this myself, and this is how I see it now.

I think it is the practice of freeing your creative self.  Trusting the brush as you move it about the painting.  The willingness to open your heart, your mind and spirit.  Trusting yourself.

Allowing each layer of paint to inform what comes next.   Letting go of fear and expectations to allow the painting to evolve.    Listening to your heart, an inner awareness.  Stepping away from what your head knows and trusting what lies ahead.

"Painting is a blind man's profession.  He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen."  Pablo Picasso

A few things I have learned along the way:

Don't worry, just do.  Experiment!
Focus on what works for you and expand on it.
Be yourself and have fun.
Let go of attachment.
Let go of the idea of the painting and let it become whatever it wants to.

Enjoy the experience and results will follow!


Saturday, March 3, 2018

That's just the way it is:

Everything happens all at once or nothing happens at all.

We just returned from a wonderful and relaxing two week vacation on Navarre Beach, Florida.
The sunsets were spectacular each night and the days were filled with beach walks and plenty of sunshine.

While in Florida,  Somerset Apprentice, spring addition was released.  I knew my art work was chosen for the issue, but much to my surprise it also made the cover!  What an honor and feeling so blessed!

After coming home, I had to tweak a few things for my upcoming classes.  

Mix Your Mediums opens March, 7!  If you haven't signed up, there is still time.  Visit:  for full description.

Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018 is a year long class of projects each week.  This is a peek at one of the lessons I will be teaching this month.  Here is the link for PYHAS 2018

So many fun things happening.  

One more project to share before I sign off. This "Mini Floral" lesson is available in the On Line Painting Magazine.  Fun classes are posted on the site for a minimum payment.  You can choose one painting or more, bringing the teachers to you!

Still trying to catch up with laundry and all, but very happy for what is happening in the studio this month.  

Need inspiration, a reason to paint, one project or more?  Please visit one or all of the links listed above.

Happy Painting Artists!


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Thoughts on a snowy Sunday Morning

                          "Dance is an art, paint your dream and follow it."

 Love this saying and it holds so true.  If we do not have hope to follow a dream, we cannot achieve it.  If we do not have faith, we feel hopeless.  I think dreams and faith should go hand in hand.  Faith in ourselves to know that we can be more, do more.  Faith in God to help us through the rough patches, the hard stuff.  Knowing that there is more and we can do it!

                     Sometimes we just need to put ourselves out there and trust the process. 

I have a scripture posted to my bulletin board that reads; "The Lord will perfect that which concerns me."  During this past month, I have referred to that scripture over and over again.  Reciting it out loud at times.  Working on some new projects, opportunities and following my dream.  Trusting, believing and showing up.  

What are your dreams?


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mix Your mediums Class is now open for registration.

I am beyond excited to share my new on line class with all of you!

If you are like me, you have accumulated an excessive amount of art supplies.  We have our favorites and seem to use those the most.  It is fun to experiment with some of the tools that we do not use as often.  In this class, we will use a few unexpected mediums and tools to create our paintings.  

The sky is the limit, so to speak.  I would love for you to join me, share what supplies you are combining and learn from one another.

                Have you used traditional chalk paint in your work or combined oil and water?  


For more information and to sign up for the class, visit:

Early bird pricing is available!!
Hope to see you in class.

Ursula xo

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snow days are great for creating!

We have had our first real snow these past couple of days.  Everything is so beautiful and pure, covered with a blanket of white.  A perfect day for a fire, jammies and studio time!

I am in the midst of creating a new on line class that offers a variety of mediums and subject matter.  Don't you enjoy exploring new ideas and new ways to use what supplies you have available.?  Have you tried combining watercolors with DecoArt Americana paints?  How about adding chalk paint to the mix?

I love warming up while using a vintage journal or watercolor paper.   Using an old photo of an oil painting I did for reference.  I like to use reference photos in my work.  Not to necessarily look exactly like the photo, but to use parts of it.  Areas and elements that speak to me, such as shadows, color and so on.

 The first step was to apply a light coat of DecoArt Gesso to the background, leaving some areas untouched.   I began to sketch her in................

The washes of lavender were applied with Americana Decor Chalky Finish, Fini Calcaire. Using it within the piece  as I went along.  Applied lightly, using a moist brush.

DecoArt Americana paints were added to create bolder colors as I began to develop her features.  Going back and forth between the watercolors, watercolor pencils  and the Americana paints.  I like using the Americana paints with water to create a softer more fluid appearance.  If I didn't like an area, I went over it with the gesso. to block it out.  Adding colors on top of the gesso and using the white gesso as my highlight.

This was a fun warm up piece to keep inside my journal and to use as a reference for paintings in the future.  It's always a good thing to write your color palette and supplies used next to the art itself.  So, when you go back to it at a later date, you can pull out parts, colors and such to add to new ideas and art.

Better get back to the studio.  I have a few more projects and ideas to explore and videos to edit.

I can't announce any details yet, but very soon.

Until then, I will keep exploring and sharing a little more along the way.

Happy Painting!