Light Lovely Designs by Ursula

Studio insights, classes and tutorials

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, the time of the year when things get a little busy.  A time for celebration and a time for giving and receiving.  A time for decorating and a time for creating holiday cheer.

I have been busy creating a few Santa projects.  I will be teaching this mixed media Santa at our local Splatter Art Studio.  If you are a local, there is still room for a couple more students on December 8.

I always love to spend time with my watercolors and these two Santas were fun to create.  They are a on line class, available through my facebook page.  Class fee is $15, and includes full instructions and a PDF.  It is easy to sign up!  Just go to PayPal @  Pay, comment Mini Santa Watercolors and pdf will be sent to you along with the link to the videos.  It's that simple!

These would make fun Christmas cards!

Wising you all a very Happy Holiday season.

Ursula xo

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


  "Patience is not simply the ability to wait, it's how we behave while we wait"

  My latest painting  "Waiting"  has inspired these thoughts within myself.   Even while we are painting, we are waiting for the paint to do it's magic.  Waiting for the paint to dry before adding the next coat.  Waiting for the inspiration, the process, working towards the finish line.  Then there is that time in between, where you question the process and pause before moving forward.

  So many times we ask for something and the waiting almost seems unbearable.  I don't know about you, but that time in between is where I seem to fail in my faith.  

I think patience is about the attitude, not the simple act of waiting.  There is that time of pause and play, in art and life itself.  

I guess the time in between is where we find our strength.  Pushing on and moving forward while we patiently wait for things to happen.   Exercising our faith, the substance of things hoped for.  "The evidence of things not seen."


Thursday, August 30, 2018

A Sweeter Day

A while back, I received an old library book from my cousin.  It has been quietly tucked away for some time.  The pages are full of beautiful women and fashion from times gone by.

During a time of searching for new topics and art to paint with my new Rosemary watercolor brushes, I remembered I had "The Way She Wore".  
A wonderful journey of fashion through the ages of the 30's - 40's and our world since then.

All the pages and photos are in black and white.

After my first painting, I was smitten by the idea to do a series of these lovely women .

A time when families were cherished and people had their innocence.  When movies always gave us hope and had a happy ending.
I didn't grow up in this time, but I love the fashion.  The hats, the gloves, the hair, all of it.  
A certain glamour, a touch of elegance and the styles told us much about the times.

These are just a couple of my paintings inspired by this book.  I am continuing to explore both watercolor and the women of this era.
Thanks for stepping back in time with me.  

I would like to share these paintings and more with you in an upcoming on line class.

Please let me know if you would be interested.  

Until next time..


Friday, August 3, 2018

Being More intentional

For the last month, I have dedicated my time to watercolor painting, seeking, learning and trying new techniques in this somewhat unforgiving medium.

Becoming more intentional, purposeful with each application.  Allowing the brush and paint to create each individual shape and  the shapes within.  Applying warm over cool, cool colors over warm.  The balance between the two.  Leaving some things undone and how much to render.  Allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks.

I have discovered new colors, creating more pigment and contrast within a painting.  Here are a few steps in progress of the above painting.  A just for fun watercolor study on 140 lb watercolor paper.

By seeking, learning and breaking things down, we can be more deliberate and intentional in what we create.  

Until next time..

Ursula xo

Monday, June 25, 2018

It's Here...  

Summer fun and a mini on line painting class.

A fun, mix your mediums lesson coming to you.  Mini, unconventional watercolor class.  Learn to layer watercolors and add interest with salt, stencil and oil overlay. "Pear Time".  Classroom is now open.  PDF and 4 instructional videos.  Step by step instructions.

Fee:  $15
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PDF will then be sent to you with url.

Thank you,


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,