Outdoor watercolors. In a sweater.

It’s a little bit chilly today in Miami, probably a result of all of the wind/rain last night. I tried to go for my usual Friday night run and actually had to turn around, was pretty sure I’d be blown physically off my feet in mid-sprint.

So for today, I decided to actually wear a sweater (what a strange, foreign thing) and work outside.


Ellen Sherman abstract watercolor

ellen sherman abstract


Hope everyone has a lovely, warm weekend!


Thank You


I ran out of my hand-drawn thank you tags earlier this week, so I set aside some time to replenish my supply.

I took a few moments to consider my own thankfulness as I pressed the pen to form the words. I am grateful for the big things (family, friends, health, etc) but rarely (ashamedly) take the time to call the little things to mind.

I’m grateful for this warm coffee, keeping my fingers nice and toasty as I work. 

I’m grateful for the sounds of my husband typing across the studio. The clackety-clackety reminds me my best friend is just a nerf dart away.

The sounds of ferrets dreaming. The smell of toast. Pandora. The tape that holds my printer cord off my feet…

Though it can be grueling and occasionally horribly-terribly-frustrating to carve out a career as an artist, making sure to remind ourselves of even just the *smallest* things we are thankful for can be an uplifting shift of perspective.

What little thing are you grateful for?



Abstract Watercolors now on Great.ly!

Ellen Sherman Abstract Watercolors


I’m so excited to announce that I’m launching my abstract watercolor print shop on Great.ly!

If you haven’t been over to the site yet, I encourage you to check it out. It’s a neat way to connect makers and curators, all for the benefit of the shopper. It is organized into sets of boutiques curated by Great.ly approved tastemakers, who bring their individual style and aesthetics to the shop. Think of those nifty little indie shops, nestled in the heart of cities – the ones that only stock vintage trinkets and handmade beauties. Now imagine you can access them at your desk, no plane ticket required. That’s Great.ly.

I’m really excited to see how it pans out, as it is quite a bit different from the usual online shopping experience. I have a lot of a faith behind the Great.ly team though (The Jealous Curator is one of my favorite people in existence), and if anyone can spice up the world of shopping online – it’s totally them.

So if you get a chance, check out the site – see if you can find me :)

Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend!!!


Morning Sketches

I love the morning. Those moments when everything outside still silent, (save for a few birds in the palm trees) and the light that filters in is warm and peachy. I’ll crawl out of bed, make a pot of coffee, wrap myself up in my favorite blanket and sit at my easel. Sometimes I’ll work, sometimes I’ll just stare out the window watching as Miami slowly comes to life beneath me.

No breakfast to be made, no calls to return, no email to check — just a bit of quiet time for myself that helps me solidify my intent for the day.

Today I woke up with a few images/color schemes in my mind, so I decided to sketch a bit in the silence.

Watercolor Abstract


It never lasts too long though. The bird will figure out it’s daytime and start squawking, which wakes up the husband which wakes up the ferrets. And then it’s onto breakfast and real life :)



Overcoming the Dreaded Creative Slump.

Overcoming a Creative Slump. Tips and Tricks by Fin and Feather Art


Its no secret, I’ve definitely fallen victim to that dreaded slump on a few agonizing occasions.

And when I inevitably do, I try to recognize it as quickly as possible and start the steps to get back on track. In my more recent lull, I decided to make a plan for myself – a map that might serve as a motivational spur, keeping me working towards a goal even when my brain decides to take a vacation.

After organizing it, I thought I might share it with you all. If it helped me, hopefully it can help someone else :)