Sketchbook Story :: Marisa Anne

I was first introduced to Marisa thru her blog, Creative Thrusday. It was years ago when the online daily painter’s movement first started and you still had to explain to folks what a blog was.

Marisa initially started blogging because she was advised that “every business should have a blog” and that coupled with the intention to be more creative one day a week while working a 9 to 5 job has turned into so much more!! Creative Thursday, has become Marisa’s full time business, a home for her paintings, podcast and blog, where she chronicles the best parts of her life.  

It’s totally inspiring to see someone navigate with their heart, follow their dreams and live a truly creative life. Marisa’s art sells worldwide and can be found in her own online boutique as well as select galleries and shops including Urban Outfitters, Land of Nod and Papyrus.

Here is Marisa’s Sketchbook Story ::

MA: Growing up I also collected miniatures, and I think this early love for all things tiny and cute is exactly what inspired my present style. They’ve stood by and cheered me on, these little fellows, during a very delicate time in the development of my career and life as an artist, the time when I finally learned to trust my own creative voice. My hope in sharing them, especially through the fabric, is that they do exactly the same for you, support, inspire and cheer you on in your creativity.

MA: When I first started painting as a kid, I replicated exactly what I saw, either from photos or still life. Over time that realistic process transitioned into a more impressionistic style. Always colorful. I’ve always loved color!  It was really through the committed practice of daily painting that I began to challenge myself with inventing characters. For a while there, I was really loving the color orange. {and still do} ;)


MA: It was just before Halloween when I first sketched these characters which also inspired the little ghostie fellow. That sketch became the first version of my character Ruby and the ghostie was named ‘Imaginary Friend’, also the title of this daily painting from October 2006.

MA: In the second painting “The Gang Celebrates” you can see the evolution of Ruby, and her expanding group of friends, in her follow up appearance in March 2007. Pulling this project together and actually putting these images next to one another is the first time I’m seeing the transformation so clearly. It’s so amazing to see how one tiny sketch evolved into an entire fabric line in just five years. A lot can happen when we decide to commit to ourselves and our creativity. Ruby and my cast of characters are now the designs and inspiration for my first fabric line launching this fall 2011 and right now, this very moment I am writing my first book! to be released in September 2012.

Here’s where you can find Marisa ::


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  1. I love Marisa, darling!!! Her and her art!

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