Light Lovely Designs by Ursula

Studio insights, classes and tutorials

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!


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!


For the last two years, I  have given myself a word for each year.  This year my word is "Explore"  .

By giving myself a word, I hold myself more accountable to that truth.  Giving it a life, a purpose to hold onto.

Explore, meaning to examine, seek, investigate, look into, search out, research, delve into and leave no stone unturned.

There is so much more to learn and my hope is to search out new areas of my life and art that I have not yet explored.

I now have more free time to do things I have put on hold.  Travel, embrace life and delve into my art  wholeheartedly.

What is your word for 2018?

Looking forward to this new year of exploration!

Won't you join me?!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

It's almost here!

Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018 starts in just a few days!  Are you ready to create along with us?

                                I love having a new project delivered to my in box each week.

Last year was my first year to experience a class such as this.  I loved the anticipation of seeing what was available each week.  Some times doing the lesson along with the artist, other times just watching the videos and applying what I learned to my own style of painting.  Either way, I learned a lot along the way.  Just watching how an artist uses the paint and their interpretation of the project presented was so interesting.  Gleaning insight into their soul and learning something along the way.

I am delighted to be part of this journey, along with 23 other artists.  If you haven't signed up or want more information, visit:  
  Or click on the link over to the right side of this page, under "Life is Art".

Hope to see you in the PYHAS 2018 class this year!

Happy New Year,


Monday, December 11, 2017

"If the only prayer you ever say is, "Thank You, that will be enough."  Eckhart Tolle.  

      It has been a good year and I appreciate all of you who have followed me  on this little art journey.  

As some of you know, I have also been working in a Interior Design shop for many years.  As of the 23rd of this month, that chapter of my life will be closing.  I am officially retiring and will now be able to delve into my art more passionately.  Spending more hours in my studio, learning, experimenting and growing as an artist. 

So, I want to thank you once again and to wish you all a ver Merry Christmas and the very best for 2018!  See you then. 

Ursula xo

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind."


My studio has been a little quiet of late, but things are beginning to fall into place and new adventures are on the horizon.  
I love creating texture in my mixed media pieces.  Adding more depth and interest to a painting.  The above piece is a sample of what I will be teaching in Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018.  The link can be found over to the right of this page, under "Life is Art".  
 There are only three days left for the early bird pricing of $90, and if you do the math, it is only $2.00 per class.  22 talented artists and I am honored to be among them.  I will also be teaching a watercolor as well.  Easy bird pricing will end Monday, December 4.

In addition to this wonderful class, I will also be involved in the HeArtful Soul 
artist Collective auction beginning December 4. This is just one of the pieces I will be auctioning off during our four day Holiday Auction.  Oil on canvas, "In The Mystery"  You can find us on facebook.
Heartful Soul Artist Collective monthly auction.  Again, sharing this time with gifted artists and friends.

A wonderful time to pick up some art for gift giving.  
I hope to see you in class and don't forget to join the auction fun!

Ursula xo