YOU are an ARTIST. What's in your studio? What's in your head? Do the supplies and objects surrounding you inspire you? I feature what inspires me in an earlier post: There is inspiration everywhere. One can be inspired, however, but the studio has to have the tools for you to bring that inspiration from brain to paper, canvas, clay, jewelry, mosaic tile, or simple sketch.

Now that I am settled into our new home, I love being in my studio almost every day. If you are considering adding items to your home as a crafter or hobby, maker, or painter here are my suggestions. I post those that I use frequently in my business, but I include supplies that others have told me that they had used, and which they gave me assurance that the purchase was a good decision.

Many artists today are using digital art as their process so I will start with some devices, some of which I use even though the bulk of my artwork is traditional, ie, painting and drawing with brushes or pen. If you are younger than me (lucky you) you might choose an apple pen over paper or canvas. (Don't worry will cover the traditional items for you in this post).

1. 10 Inch Drawing Tablet with Screen, Stylus Pen

2. Graphic Monitor with PN06 Battery-Free Pen

3. Pencil for iPad with Dual Touch Function

4. Make Great Art on Your iPad (Paperback)

5. Epson Perfection V600

Now let's take care of the basic art supplies:

1. 20 Pcs Round Pointed Tip Paintbrushes

2. Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper

3. Sakura Studio Set Koi Watercolor Kit, 72 colors

4. Caliart Acrylic Paint Set, 24 Colors

5. CENTSTAR Round Paint Tray Palettes 15 Ct.


1. Bins & Things Stackable Storage

2. 360°Rotating Desk Organizer

3. Multi-Functional Pen Holder

4. Rolling Wooden Storage Cabinet (use search words)

5. Drawer Gate Leg Roll Cart with Desk


1. Folding Table 6ft Portable Heavy Duty Plastic

2. SPACEKEEPER Storage Cart

3. Ergonomic Office Chair

4. Project Center Desk with 2 Bookcase Sides

5. Verilux SmartLight Full Spectrum LED Floor Lamp

Paint to Music, Video your artwork, and Post to Social Media

1. Itoya Art Profolio Storage (18 x 24)

2. UBeesize 67” Camera Tripod with Travel Bag

3. VideoPad Video Editor


5. Portable Bluetooth Speakers

Lastly, some books you should read:

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Lately, I have been having great success with painting, and recognition as an artist (see A Whim turns a Win. This has given me more confidence and desire to show my works in more places, and take on more commissions (although I intend to stipulate that the buyer accepts an open-ended timeline).

With this in mind, this post is a series of visuals categorized by subject. Most of the art is watercolor, ink, or colored watercolor pencil. Use the small black arrows within the SLIDER to scroll side to side. There are six images in each category. The drop-down list shows the titles.


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Flowers by title



Animals by title



Birds by title



Fruits/Veggies by title



Insects by title

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Annie's blog is a tour through her home art studio. Her artwork is watercolor, pen and ink, and crayon. She highlights and makes recommendations on art supplies for the visitors who come to her website. Annie has a Masters Degree in Art History, making use of her studies in this post on artists from the past.

12 artists from various time periods in art history have been quoted here. A single artwork of each artist helps to show their style and the focus which they bring to their art studio, and the reader can then make their assumptions about their written words and what meanings we can take in our own thoughts today.


"Creativity takes Courage." - Henri Matisse

The Goldfish by Henri Matisse 1912.

To those who rarely create art, it may seem as though the process of creation is easy and comes without any challenges. But, for those of us who know that creating a work of art is rarely simple, this quote by Henri Matisse will likely resonate.

Matisse visited Tangier, Morocco, where he stayed from the end of January until April 1912. He noted how the local population would daydream for hours, gazing into goldfish bowls. For Matisse, the goldfish came to symbolize this tranquil state of mind.


"If I could say it with words there would be no reason to paint." - Edward Hopper

"Night Hawks" by Edward Hopper oil on canvas 1942

Some artists see art as a type of dialogue like Edward Hopper did. Although art is oftentimes a visual medium, it is capable of communicating as effectively as words. (Or, in Edward Hopper’s case, more effectively than words!)

Just look at this painting. Can't you "write" a story in your mind? Hopper did it so eloquently with his brush.


"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."

- Pablo Picasso

old man playing a guitar. dark colors, pale skin.
The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso (Blue Period) 1903

Similarly, another great artist, Pablo Picasso, likened his paintings to maintaining a diary. The way he describes substituting a paintbrush for a pen demonstrates how similar the branches of the arts can be. It’s not so much about being a painter or a writer; they are two beasts of the same species. We could also guess that creativity of all types essentially draws from the same well of genius.


"An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision."

- James McNeil Whistler

Girl in a white dress against a white background
Symphony in White No. 1 by James Whistler c. 1861

Sentimental in his approach, Whistler is a leading proponent of the credo, "art for art's sake". His art is marked by subtle delicacy while his public persona was combative. He found a parallel between art and music and titled many of his paintings, arrangements, harmonies, and nocturnes.

Whistler's Mother, Wood's American Gothic, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and Edvard Munch's The Scream have all achieved something that most paintings—regardless of their art historical importance, beauty, or monetary value—have not: they communicate a specific meaning almost immediately to almost every viewer. These few works have successfully made the transition from the elite realm of the museum visitor to the enormous venue of popular culture. (p 121 in the book featured below)


"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way -- things I had no words for." - Georgia O'Keeffe

Lake George Reflection by Georgia O'Keeffe oil on canvas c.1921

This art quote by Georgia O’Keeffe tells us she too found art capable of expressing what she wanted to say better than words themselves.


“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” Claude Monet

water lilies painting by Claude Monet
Water Lilies by Claude Monet 1916

Impressionism was pivotal in Europe and artists like

Claude Monet joined the movement which used

small, visible brushstrokes that offer the

bare impression of form, unblended color,

and an emphasis on the accurate depiction of natural light.


“Every good painter paints what he is.”

- Jackson Pollock

Autumn Rhythm No. 30 by Jackson Pollock

An artist who truly knew the meaning of becoming part of his artwork. Not just throw the paint on the canvas, but plan exactly where the paint should land, how even the amount of paint in each inch is planned and definitive, and the action "becomes" the painting in the process.


“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul.” - Vincent van Gogh

portrait, man, beard, painting, thick strokes, aqua, blue, cool colors, brown, yellow, warm colors face
Self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh 1889

Never has an artist been so studied as to their "inner self." Troubled throughout his life, Vincent put paint to canvas and bared his soul to us. One wonders what he could have given to us had he been able to conquer the demons.


"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. - Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci 1503

Is there a more recognizable image in all of art history? What is it that Da Vinci captures? The enigmatic smile? The oft-copied parody of what is she thinking? For all the notoriety of this particular work, Leonardo was SO much more. A true giant in the early Renaissance: writer, painter, sculptor, scientist, theorist, and architect.


“I have touched with a sense of art some people-they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?”

- Mary Cassatt

The Child's Bath by Mary Cassatt 1893


“I’m not really sure what social message my art carries if any. And I don’t really want it to carry one. I’m not interested in the subject matter to try to teach society anything, or to try to better our world in any way.”

Roy Lichtenstein

girl crying, cartoon style Roy Lichenstein
Crying Girl by Roy Lichenstein 1962

An era where Lichtenstein's work defines the premise of pop art through parody even as the precise composition, while displaying the tongue-in-cheek manner defines his style.


"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."

- Michelangelo

Man, God, touch, heaven, fresco, Rennaissance
The Creation of Adam (Sistine Chapel) Michelangelo

Another Renaissance artist (painter, sculptor, architect) defined the brilliance of his era. His exemplary study of human anatomy is beyond the norm. Recognized by his contemporaries as a "genius" at a young age his work demonstrated a blend of psychological insight, physical realism, and intensity never before seen.

So many more. Artists are deep thinkers by nature. For every artist that we can name there is a quote because, for them, art IS life.

One more:

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

― Henry David Thoreau


Suggested Books on the featured artists

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