This year, I am starting a yearly tradition of sharing some of the things that have brought me more joy, simplicity, organization, inspiration and connection to other artists during the year. My hope is that this list will inspire you to give something meaningful to the artist(s) in your life. Happy holidays!
Connecting with Artists
Thanks to sites like Patreon, artists can stay connected, share in our struggles and victories and support each other throughout our artistic journey. I’m thrilled to be creating a community of artists excited about evolving their art.
Here, I am sharing Inspiration ANY DAY art journal videos (formerly Inspiration Wedneday), exclusive behind-the-scenes videos from the studio, interviews, monthly art challenges and insider basics helping artists looking to transition from hobbyist to professional artist.
Donna Downey—Patreon Community - Monthly memberships from $5
Game Changing Painting Supplies
Fun Fact : I painted my entire “O Series” using this Catalyst Wedge. I love it so much more than using a palette knife.
I so excited about the way it moved the paint over the canvas that i couldn't wait to share as a headliner retreat in my 2020 schedule.
Expressive Figurative and Portrait — workshop to be held February 6-9, 2020 and August 6-9, 2020 ($925)
New Favorite Acrylic Paint Colors
OMG, they are so rich and creamy it's like painting with butter!!
Drinks for Morning and Evening
I keep a secret coffee pot down in my apartment to make my favorite coffee!
My favorite mixed drink
I call it the "Happy Grapefruit"
Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit vodka
Q Grapefruit tonic
My entire home is connected to Alexa and I love it—from jamming out to my favorite music while painting or having the luxury of turning the lights on with a simple command. All you need are some smart plugs to hook everything up!All-new Echo (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Sandstone ($99.99)
In my teaching studio, I wanted to organize things so students, teachers and I could see all the colors and products available in the studio space. On a whim, I bought these shelves and I am thrilled with how they look. And they were so simple to hang!
Clutter-Free Video Recording
Many artists shoot videos now, and there’s a lot of stuff that can get in the way. This “arm” gets rid of unsightly cords—and tripods!
Without a doubt one of the best books I added to my library this year!
Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World, by John Seed ($44.93)
I love this shirt, and it was only $19.
I call this my “Wubbie”—and I wear it every day. I bought it in grey size large, and it’s perfectly oversized.
Mixing Colors Secret Weapon