How to Paint Wings

How to Paint Wings

How to Paint Wings


This is an excerpt from my Art Gypsy Owl Painting Course. I hope you join me for the whole course! I filmed it in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. The energetic focus of the course is on COURAGE and the OWL is our guide. 

In all my Art Gypsy Courses, I wait to receive the theme for the course from the land I am visiting and the nature of the journey. 

I found Lake Atitlan searching for places to fly my paraglider in March. Little did I know how magical a place this was. 

As I prepare to launch of the mountains surrounding the lake, formed by a volcano and so I was flying off the edge of an old, massive volcano, the theme of courage came screaming onto our “canvas.” 

So, together, you and I will unpack “courage” in this course AND paint lots of fun owls. You can see more images and the video montage of this Art Gypsy ARTventure HERE

Ok…here is the wing “Study” I did. I just wanted to focus on painting a mostly realistic, but still colorful’ish wing. I wanted to focus on the feathers, and challenge myself to go into the details more–this is my “work” in life usually…LOL. 

FIRST, outline the wing…


SECOND, use white, yellow, and a lighter and darker brown–any colors will do, or mix a lighter and darker brown. Paint the top of the wing the lighter brown and the tips of the first row of feathers the darker brown, leaving the right edge lighter. Don’t worry, we have so many layers to go. Take it as a wing experiment!


THIRD, add purple and cobalt blue as shadow in parts of the feathers as shown here.


FOURTH, begin to paint the bottom layer of feathers with the lighter brown. Notice how I am always leaving the right sliver of each feather open–for now. 


FIFTH, this is where it can get exciting and nerve-racking…deep breaths. We are JUST painting feathers. It doesn’t really matter. It’s fun to learn and try! You got this! See how seriously we start taking things?! Silly us! 🙂 I’m adding the “shaft” (did you giggle?) of the feather with the black down the middle and then adding white and the other colors to make the feather patterns.


SIXTH, watch for your “tipping point.” This is where you get giddy! The feathers come to life the more you add–use a “dry brush” to layer light layers of color onto the feathers. IMPORTANT & SUPER fun: see the little dark indents in the feathers? That was just like going over the outline and dipping my paint into the feather here and there. I got SO excited when I saw how adding this detail brought the feathers to life. 

NOTE: the white highlights I added at the tips of the darker top feathers and the details there… 


SEVENTH: say out loud, “tah-DAHHHHHHHH!” Love your wing! 


I hope you join me to explore COURAGE in the Art Gypsy Guatemala Owl Painting Course. Do be sure to watch the video montage–my paraglider buddy, Forrest, is a wiz with the camera. You’ll meet him in the course too… Go HERE to check it all out.

Please comment below with any questions and share your wing paintings with me! This can be FUN and you can use any colors. Play and imagine flying!!!! 





P.S. If you are reading this now–November 2019, I am hosting a SPECIAL edition Art Gypsy Owl: The 21 Day Creative Courage Challenge December 1st to 21st. There is no extra charge and you and I are going to be painting lots of owls for holiday gifts WHILE connecting to our heARTs and our dreams…calling in courage to support us along the way. Yay! 

Life as Your Vision Quest: A New Look at Balance

Life as Your Vision Quest: A New Look at Balance

Life as Your Vision Quest: A New Look at Balance

Did you know that, when your eyes are open, you the sense of vision is responsible for at least 2/3rds of the electrical impulses in your brain? 

This means that both what you choose to look at AND what attracts your eye are significant factors in what you are thinking, feeling, processing. 

It is also why I love looking at my life as a Vision Quest, calling on the visual language of symbols to guide me–especially when some kind of change is at the top of the list. 

I want to share an example. 

Since New Moons are all about change–what do you want to grow or expand in your life?–I often go on a Vision Quest through oracle cards and my own paintings to integrate or understand what energies are circling around me, wanting to play. 

Recently, to celebrate a new moon, I picked 6 different oracle cards. I love picking at least three because you can usually see a repeating theme. This time ALL 6 cards had to do with balance. 

The overarching theme around balance was a call to BE a balance of heaven and earth. Can you be the embodied union of light and matter? 

In Super Soul Flow, the meditations and the journey that is this online program, is all about adopting the truth that you are 1st and Infinite Being who is 2nd having a human experience. 

A lot shifts when you look at life from this angle–as an Infinite Being…do you really care about…? 

As an Infinite Being…do you believe this is ALL that is available to you? 

So I welcomed the call to BE more in BALANCE with my earth and heaven energies! 

Then, a couple days later, without a thought about the theme of balance, I chose to paint the Goddess Nut in my art journal for my morning painting meditation in the Vision Quest I am doing alongside my current Creatively Fit Coaches in training. I started with words of intention, painted black over the words, lightly outlined Nut in her familiar backbend and then went to my friend Mellisae Lucia’s Oracle of Initiation book to look up Nut. 

Whaaaaat!? Nut was there as the guide for the card: Balance of Balance! Balance again! 

Here is the finished (for now) Nut painting…

Then, I played with some filters and got this version that has Nut mirrored…

And then here is one of the cards that was part of my New Moon spread…it is about the union of YOU as heaven AND earth.

An open door. A new beginning, with Nut as my guide and the New Moon energies to support me. 

This New Moon, almost unintentional, Vision Quest has inspired me to truly focus my attention on bringing myself into my next level of balance right now. 

Like Nut’s pose in this painting, can you open to receive the guidance and support that is being offered to you visually, through symbols, images and colors? I promise when you do, you will discover a new inner strength to propel your life into your most Inspired Life right now!

Paint Nut and share it with me. See what musings come to you as you paint her. There is so much… 

Thank you for joining me today! I would love to hear your comments below. 

Your muse, 

P.S. If you are already in one of my online programs LOG IN HERE or click the same link to peruse the online experiences to inspire the art that is your life and YOU as the artist! 

I’m Not In It For The Money

I’m Not In It For The Money

I’m Not In It For The Money

Excited to share the evolution of this painting with you AND offer you a reframe so you can make money doing what you love!!!! 

First, watch the time-lapse video of this painting coming to life! 

Now that you are in your Green Tara happy place, I want to share with you a reframe–why you LOVE making money as a creative… 

Join Dawn and me for the next Creatives Making Money 30 Day Biz Challenge HERE

Do you feel you are living YOUR Inspired Life? 


You can.

Comment below and share one thing you can do today that will inspire the art that is your life!!! You got this! 


Rise Above with me in Alaska

Rise Above with me in Alaska

Rise Above with me in Alaska

I’ve been honored to assist the most amazing Suzanne Hanna with her #thewildernesswalk in Alaska and whole exploring our own uncharted territories within, we have had MAGICAL experiences in Denali National Park!Day 2 we got to tour the entire park and we were so grateful to see Denali (the mountain)! I almost burst into tears when it came into view. Only 30% of visitors get to see it because of clouds and we saw it “base to peak!”AND we saw EIGHT grizzly bears, including this sweet boy who walked straight towards us down the road and walked right under my window!!

Two days later I treated myself to an airplane tour of Denali! Holy klamole!

Denali is 20,320’ at its tallest peak and is incredibly massive! It felt like we were flying right next to it and our pilot told us we were at least a mile away!

Talk about RISE ABOVE!

When we get to live as a Life Artist, every experience has many facets of meaning and so many more different gifts to offer.

Rising above the immense landscape put everything in perspective. As I reflected on the amazing transformation I had witnessed during our time in Alaska, the view from the plane made me realize how some parts of our life’s “landscapes” pale in comparison to what is truly important to us.

It is way too easy to live life on the surface, lost in the day to day, the routine, the details, the busyness…. Right?

Your Creative Practice helps you explore new vistas, and discover new heights of beauty and possibility.

Your Creative Practice RAISES your vibration, making it impossible to hold on to worry, stress, or anxiety.

CREATIVITY is the rushing river within you.

CREATIVITY connects you to the rock solid mountain of your most authentic self. 

CREATIVITY is your ally as you learn to communicate with your wild, natural and free YOU!

What vision do you have looming in the distance? What new landscapes do you want to explore.

You are a life artist. You are the sole creator of your experience.

Thank you for sharing my Alaska musings with you!

My Creative Practice, and much of my course content, includes our Mother eARTh!

Art Gypsy Greece. The Watercolor Experience is filmed on the island of Ikaria.

Art Gypsy Guatemala.The Owl Painting Experience is filmed at Lake Atitlan.

Super Soul Flow is filmed in Australia, New Zealand, Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada, and the mountains around my home!

I look forward to journeying into your own heART with you!

Embrace your own “wilderness walk!”





Hi Whitney !

I’ve been making the Meditation Challenge every day. I’m a very organized person and always planning things in advance so it’s really a BIG challenge to me to let it go. I also do Yoga and usually meditate. I took a little longer to do your meditation cause for me it takes always a bit longer to get there, but I’m enjoying the process and find it helpful to discover my inner creativity.

I send you a photo of the first week painting.

Thanks dear for existing.

Hope one day I can meet you in person.



(lately the lotus flower and phoenix bird are always appearing in my thoughts)

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