Welcome, I’m Elaine.
I make art, write about art and teach people how to teach art. I also give speeches, such as Studio Rules!Find out more about me.
If you ever struggle with getting your blog posts written for your artist website, I'm here to help with actionable steps that really work! Idea capture The first step is the idea. You need a system to capture ideas as they come to you. This can be as simple as a...read more
Time for me to fill you in on my collaboration with my artist friend, Betsy Zacsek, who illustrated the lovely Women Inventor's Placemat! Here's what happened, about a year ago, my daughter was having breakfast, using one of our many educational placemats. She looked...read more
"I started seeing it as a rest instead of a slump," said a podcast guest on the Get Paid Podcast (which you should totally listen to). She added that that idea made it finite and also made it seem more positive. I loved that so much I stopped whatever I was doing and...read more
I was asked to write up how to outline your course, so I did! Here's an ebooklet for you! It's 25 pages with 6 pages of worksheets and for a limited time, it's pay what you want! You choose the price, with free as one of the options! It covers way more territory than...read more
Recently someone I met at a conference wrote to me and said, look I've started drawing again. I encouraged her to keep it up and also to try art journaling. Then a couple of days later, I recommended to an artist in a group that she start art journaling. She said that...read more
One of the downsides of social media is that one's voice is diluted and divided. In my earlier days of blogging, that was my only platform, so everything went there. Now, I might have conversations about art on twitter, share my photo series on Instagram, and lose...read more
In early 2018, I gave a speech at an academic art conference called Studio Rules! (it was a good speech) about how to use limits, constraints and boundaries to help you create art consistently. I was quoted in Professional Artist Magazine in June of 2018 in an article...read more
You may already know Stephanie Rohr from her lively Instagram account, or her activism during the DMC design contest, that offered no monetary prize, until Rohr, and others drew attention to the issue. The book, out this month, includes 40 patterns and some basic...read more
Two lovely essays, "Craft is Not Trivial," by Felicia of The Craft Sessions, and "Craft as a Manifestation of Love and Loss," also by Felicia. I've also made grief art, and I always enjoy reading about others doing the same, especially when they write about it so...read more
Artist Nicole Havekost, whose work I saw at Woman Made Gallery and I interviewed here, is teaching a workshop in November 2019 called the Doll as Storyteller, at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Read all about the class here. And know that if cost is a barrier,...read more