A creativity exercise for you.

Dear Moms, Dads, Creatives, Students, anyone and everyone, :)

This freebie is for you. Creativity is often a struggle. I’ve heard “I’m not creative” more than you will ever know in the past ten years of teaching all ages. Well, I don’t believe you. Anyone can exercise their creativity just like you exercise to build muscle. So lets try it!

Download and print “Square Art” below. Have some fun with your kids, with your husband/wife, or by yourself. Don't think too hard…just CREATE! For more experienced artists who are having a creative block, you could use this square format to brainstorm a variety of compositions or just doodle while your creative brain comes back to life. Ha! I do something similar quite often.

I’m also hosting a five-day “Creativity Challenge” in February. There will be prizes at the end! Stay tuned for more information about that!

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A motivational freebie for you!

We all have excuses don’t we? Even though we don’t like to admit it. Usually it’s not enough time, we aren’t talented enough, we lack knowledge, someone out there has already done it, … do I need to keep going? You already know what your excuses are. Going forward, let’s choose to ignore them!

Download this free iPhone wallpaper, look at it everyday and decide. What am I going to GO FOR today? Tomorrow? The next day? Am I going to let my excuses or my fears get the best of me?

You are in control of your life and what you make of it.

Always dream big and…

BE THE ONE WHO DECIDED TO GO FOR IT!

Click and hold to save to your photos. *Feel free to share this post with a friend so they can save this freebie as well.

Click and hold to save to your photos. *Feel free to share this post with a friend so they can save this freebie as well.


Want to learn a new skill this year?

Well, I don’t know if you know me but I LOVE TO TEACH! So I think we are a match made in heaven don’t you? I read somewhere (I wish I could find the email so I can give credit where credit is due) that one of the most popular new years resolutions is to learn a new skill. This is fantastic! I agree, but when do we have time in our busy schedules to take time for ourselves when we are also trying to work out, prepare healthy meals, work, housework, spend time with family, etc. so hear me out…I have an idea…

Lets combine two of those things I just listed. That’s a start right? Doing something for yourself (aka learning this new skill) AND spending time with your family. Win win my friends!

Art can be an intimidating new skill to learn. Maybe you had a bad art experience in school, maybe you compare your skill level to others, maybe you don’t think you have a single creative bone in your body…well, I’m here to show you that ART IS FUN! It’s about enjoying the art-making process and enjoying the process with your families.

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Here’s the deal. I’m in the process of developing a series of creative projects for you to learn and do WITH your family, especially your little ones. My ebook that’s coming out on January 28th has five watercolor projects perfect for your entire family. It also provides the basic information to learn more about watercolor painting.

Why did I choose watercolor? Because honestly, it’s affordable, it’s easy to travel with, it doesn’t stain (at least I’ve never had a stain stick around), and it lasts a loooong time if you use it correctly. It’s easy for younger kids to use as well and they often use it early in elementary school so you might find that they are more experienced than you are. Ha!

Not only is my ebook perfect for someone who wants to try something new, I’m also holding a week long (five days) “Creativity Challenge” at the beginning of February. This one is totally free but completely different than the ebook. It will be about challenging yourself and your family to get creative through drawing, coloring, conversation and maybe even some "get up and out of your seat” activities.

I’m giving everyone on my email list a discount code for my ebook and you will be the first to know about dates for the creativity challenge so subscribe below!

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XO.

It's a FLORAL FREEBIE FRIDAY!

Happy FREEBIE FRIDAY my friends! Today, I’m freezing and can’t wait for spring so I decided to give away a piece of art that would hopefully put a colorful smile on your faces and remind you that there are only a few more months of winter. Snow this weekend I hear?

If you’re on your phone, simply press and hold the image to save it to your photos and use it as your iPhone wallpaper for a vibrant burst of color every time you check your phone….which we all know is wayyyyy too much. Guilty.

If you’re on your desktop, right click and save the image to use as you wish. *For personal use only of course. :)

If you’re not already subscribed to my mailing list, enter your email below. I will have another freebie to give away later today for email subscribers only. Feel free to share this opportunity with your art-loving friends.

XO.

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FREEBIE FRIDAYS ARE HERE!

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Here you go my art loving friends. My first freebie is available for download. This sweet little watercolor project is intended to be collaborative. Anyone in your family can take part in its creation. I hope you will tag me on social media and post your finished products. I would also love to see how you display them. @LindsayElizabethArt on Instagram. Yay!

Hold to save or download the .pdf below. *Note: Enter your email, skip the payment information, checkout and ENJOY!

Hold to save or download the .pdf below. *Note: Enter your email, skip the payment information, checkout and ENJOY!





Why host an art event??? With me.

Why host an in-home (or destination) art event?

You can hang out with me! If that right there isn’t enough please continue reading. **wink**
First of all, you may be asking yourself “What does she mean by an art event?” Well, to put it simply, I have a gazillion art project ideas, experience in just about every art medium there is, and a serious passion for teaching. See the event menu below. Don’t think of this as your average paint night!

  1. What do I mean by “in-home” event? You will invite friends/family/coworkers to your home for a unique and incredibly fun gathering. Celebrating something? I’ll bring the pARTy to you.

  2. What do I mean by a destination event? If you don’t want to host in your home, there are plenty of local places that charge a minimal rental fee. Fire halls, community spaces, schools, restaurants, etc.

  3. What types of events or gatherings would be conducive to art-making? Any really! A casual Friday night, a holiday gathering (I will theme the artwork being created), fundraisers, team-building, girl’s nights, maybe even switch up your game night (I would be happy initiate a little friendly competition by bringing trivia or pictionary to play while we’re letting our work dry).

  4. Do you have a cause you’d like to support? I’m a huge fan of supporting the community through school fundraisers, local organizations, etc. For example, school fundraisers are hugely successful. I’ve been teaching for 10 years so I promise to engage your whole audience. This can be a yearly event (or more often if you’d like) and a great money maker for your cause.

  5. It’s something different! My art events are NO LONGER your average paint night. The events I’m speaking of are more like workshops or classes, where everyone can produce something different, explore their interests, and walk away with a masterpiece...and maybe a new hobby. Will I create something step by step for those a little scared of what I just said? Yes. But if I can teach these things to middle school students I can certainly make sure you are successful too.

  6. Speaking of which...birthday parties! Gather a group of friends and host one of my creative events. I will work with the birthday boy or girl (and mom or dad of course) to make sure the project is something him/her and their friends would enjoy. You can do one of two things. As the host and parent, you can pay a special group price or ask the attendees to pay a portion instead of bringing gifts (or cards...I mean, those things are like $5 at hallmark now). Jeesh. Totally 100% up to you as the host of a party. We can chat about that later.

  7. Men AND women can participate. I will modify subject matter accordingly.

  8. All supplies are included. You just need to sit down and enjoy. Maybe grab a beverage or snack first.

  9. Let’s continue our creative relationship after the event. I hope you will continue to follow me on social media. Ask me questions, attend other local events I will be hosting, or just email me! We can even set up personal lessons for anyone in your family. Need recommendations on supplies? Some advice on subject matter? I got you!

  10. If you’ve ever said “I can’t draw” or “I have zero artistic ability” I will change your opinion if it’s the last thing I do!

  11. You really don’t have to plan anything. I do it all for you. All you need to provide is the location, seating, and food/drink if you choose to do so. From my experience, less is best. Your artist attendees will be so focused on their work they won’t have time to eat a full spread. :)

I can’t wait to get you on the books for 2019. Email me directly at LindsayElizabethArt@gmail.com to start the process of planning your perfect event.

If you’d like to attend an event before committing to host one, we have a few more seats open at Olde Mother on January 30th from 6-8. Register HERE…and SOON if you’re interested.

18 Great things about 2018

2018 was pretty stinkin’ awesome. For these reasons…

  1. I GOT MARRIED! I’m Mrs. Anderson. :)

  2. Kai turned 1.

  3. We went on a Disney cruise with the little man for our honeymoon. After a weekend in St. Michaels by ourselves of course. Kai loves everything about Mickey and friends.

  4. Kai started walking and saying Mommy, Daddy, Big Truck, Dog Dog, and a bunch of other baby words that I actually understand.

  5. We spent two amazing weeks in Sunset Beach, NC. The. best. beach. for a kiddo. Hands down.

  6. I made an extremely positive lifestyle change this past summer. Intermittent fasting.

  7. I participated in three successful art shows…St. Peters in Lewes, DE, Ocean Pines, and OldeMother Brewery in Frederick.

  8. My work was in five art exhibits in Maryland.

  9. My students this year were the most inspiring, talented AND challenging. For that, I am a better teacher. They are everything. I can’t wait to get back into the classroom. @ArtfulAnderson on Twitter.

  10. I was lucky enough to be selected for a four month artist residency with ArtFarm in Annapolis. Prime location, retail space, workshops, and more. It was a fantastic learning experience.

  11. I established a creative relationship with Anchors & Oars (you need to go shop there, it’s unreal), in Grasonville, MD.

  12. We sold our house in Annapolis and moved back to Frederick. New Market to be exact. Home sweet home.

  13. Started a business relationship with Hipsley Collective in Mt. Airy, MD.

  14. I discovered Adobe Spark. Life changing.

  15. Officially painted 25 pet portraits this year.

  16. Colorwater Studio was born (more info to come).

  17. Started listening to podcasts, and again….Life changing.

  18. I started an online community “Frederick Creatives” to network, share resources, and grow our local businesses together. I’m incredibly excited about where this can take all who are involved.

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Short, sweet, and a GREAT year. If you’d like to know more about ANY of the above 18, leave it in the comments. :)

What am I working on?

Today I decided to go all in on colored pencil jellyfish. I brought my Prismacolors home from my classroom sharpened them up and went to town. :) I sometimes forget that drawing is so satisfying because it takes you back to the basics. Oh, and very little mess which is great because the rest of my studio is a toddler disaster from the holidays. My 21 month old and I share a work space. Ha! It’s pretty cool because I get to watch all the old school Disney movies on VHS while I work. Disclaimer: I still have to fast forward the part in the Lion King where Mufasa dies. Can’t. Handle. It.

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Yikes. Tornado of toys! Below is my half where there is some state of normal happening.

Pure, unedited iPhone photo. Real life for sure.

Pure, unedited iPhone photo. Real life for sure.

Want to grow your creative business? #FrederickCreatives

I DO! I DO! I seriously have so many ideas and a big dream for my little business. I’ve been saying this a lot lately but I firmly believe that if I remind myself of it each day it will happen.

Let me start by shouting … I LOVE MY DAY JOB! I’m a middle school art teacher and honestly, I won’t give up teaching. It’s too much fun, my students are incredibly inspiring, and to be completely transparent, Why wouldn’t I want to inspire young people to follow their creative dreams just like I am and give them the tools to do so? ….Exactly. :)

Is my full time job going to stop me? Nope. It only fuels my creativity and desire to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself. If you feel the same way, or if you feel the complete opposite and totally want to quit your day job to rock your side hustle full time, join our new group “Frederick Creatives,” a group of local peeps who want to network, share opportunities, and grow together. I know, it’s pretty small right now but one day I hope to expand into other areas. In the meantime, follow me on social media because I will for sure be posting about it. @LindsayElizabethArt

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MY SHOP IS LIVE! (Earlier than expected). You're Welcome!

Are there any other moms out there that when they hear “You’re Welcome” immediately break into Maui’s tune from Moana? No? Just me? Ok…well….anywhoooo…

I decided to add some products, make it live, and see how it goes. I will certainly be releasing more work in the upcoming months for the holidays. Not to mention, the earrings that I’ve been working on, ornaments, and other fun gift ideas.

Click HERE to visit my shop.

Xo.

Affordable Minis for the Holidays

The other day, I bought some inexpensive supplies for a workshop I was hosting. The supplies I bought were similar to those in which I typically would use with my middle school art students so they are perfectly acceptable for beginner artists. Well, I liked the colors that were included in this particular watercolor palette so I decided to use them for some of my own favorite subject matter…

As I was painting I started to think, “these look pretty good”…I wonder if anyone would really notice that the supplies are not professional quality like I would normally use. ;) So, without much hesitation, I started an entire collection of beaches, oysters, and jellyfish with this paint, and a less expensive watercolor paper. I intend to sell these at a fraction of the cost for those who might not normally buy an original painting because of the price tag. Will I neglect my professional supplies and do this often? NO…but it’s fun for now to hopefully spread my love for custom, original art……..with an affordable price tag.

***Don’t worry, your artwork will last just as long as one with the fancy shmancy supplies would. :)

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Back to Schoooool

School has officially started. I met all 265 of my students last week and I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming school year.

Bringing balance to my life as a full time teacher, artist, mom, and wife is something I strive to get better at. I won’t lie. My husband is often shaking his head at me for planning an event on a Sunday, or painting after our little guy goes to bed. I will admit, I need to work on my scheduling tactics to achieve the balance I’m envisioning. Throw some suggestions my way in the comments! I would love to hear from you.

With that said, busy is my jam. I like being busy….and it’s my middle name right now. Check out what I’ve been working on…including my classroom.

I will be releasing new work in the New Year and it will be available for purchase directly on my site. Etsy, you’re in limbo right now. :)