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Painting Inspiration The Social Easel Online Paint Studio Paris Painted Sketch

I am always painting or thinking about what I will paint next! People often ask me how I come up with fresh ideas. The truth is, I find painting inspiration in so many different things!

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For mother’s day, I received a gift from my mom wrapped in this adorable wrapping paper. I loved the paper so much that I kept it! I took her to Paris a few years ago, and the wrapping paper reminded me of all those beautiful memories. 


Sketch of Paris Painting Inspiration The Social Easel Online Paint Studio

While we were in Paris, my mother and I took an art class where we learned how to do quick sketching. As a part of the class we would go around the parks, and in about 15 minutes, we had to draw as much of a scene as possible. I had to embrace the messy lines. Learning this was very freeing and helped me break from perfectionist tendencies.




Inspired by the gift wrap, I began playing around with a few ideas of Paris, just doodling on my mixed media pad. I used the wrapping paper, and another painting of Paris I own as inspiration. I combined all my favorite things and turned them into a composition.

Creating a quick sketch like this is something you can do when you are looking for painting inspiration. It’s a lot of fun, and I think it would be an excellent thing for you all to practice. 

Remember to embrace the messiness! It’s a fast fun sketch and the imperfections give your work character.

You can use one or two things you love. If you are thinking of a specific item you want to paint, look up a bunch of images and pull the parts you like from each to make it your own drawing.


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Because I made this sketch on my mixed media pad, I can paint it, of course! If you have seen my blogs Painting with Acrylic Paints Like Watercolors and How to Draw and Paint a Mason Jar With Spring Flowers, I am using the same painting technique on this Paris scene. This style of painting isn’t perfect, kinda messy, and relaxing. I love it, especially for painting my sketch work!

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In the video tutorial below, you can see how with just a little inspiration, I turned my doodle into this painting of Paris in Spring.

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The best thing to do when learning how to paint is to just play around and learn what you like.

You can find painting inspiration anywhere! This started out as a doodle, just playing around, and now it is a painting. I hope you try it out!

Stay Creative!



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