Artist Cindy Briggs with her watercolor painting in her sketchbook
Cindy Painting in her Watercolor Sketchbook in Camogli, Italy 2020

How do you find inspiration:

Cindy Briggs: Give yourself time to let inspiration find you. When traveling I take the time to observe the scenery, the sounds, the atmosphere, and look for compelling shapes, light and shadows for my painting subjects.  I used to be in a hurry to get started, but I’ve discovered some of my best paintings are when I take it all in for a more meaningful experience. Watercolors are so easy to take with you just about anywhere, the set up is easy and then you are ready capture the scene with flowing colors.  Painting on location in my journals helps me see and feel what is really there, and then I paint in my studio from my studies and photos reconnecting to the sense of place.

What is the best thing about being an artist:

Cindy Briggs: The best thing about being an artist is sharing the experience with others. The camaraderie of artists is enriching and inspiring.  After teaching watercolors for 25 years, every painting day gets even better. I’m grateful to connect personally with my students and lead painting tours throughout Europe, teach studio and numerous online workshops, and I’m starting a new mentoring program this Spring.  Through encouraging and celebrating everyone’s creative breakthroughs, we all grow individually as artists.

To see more of Cindy’s work, visit:

watercolor plein air of Utah
Cindy Briggs, Ascending Zion, Watercolor from a Plein Air Study, Zion, Utah 2020, Accepted into the NWS Members Exhibit 2022.
watercolor of barn in rows of poppies and sunflowers
Cindy Briggs, Tuscan Farmhouse, Watercolor, 2020

Cindy Briggs: “Poppies and sunflowers often appear in my European landscapes.”


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