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Keep Showing Up!!!

July 16, 2016

These past few days I have been going back and forth between excitement/ giddiness to absolutely freaking out!!! My class with Jeanne Oliver begins on Monday. It’s been so much hard work and soul work and second guessing myself and starting over. It truly has been a walk of faith putting this class together. When I first started preparing for this class, I felt absolutely frozen. I had to stop listening to my perfectionism, which is really just fear. It’s not like one day I woke up and the fear was gone. I just learned how to tune it out and show up anyway. And I feel like that is one of the biggest things I have learned throughout my creative journey, keep showing up anyways. filmlogo_zpsf1mbo5fm7

I was talking to Jeanne on the phone this week… (by the way, can I just say that Jeanne is one of the most gracious people to work with. I feel so honored!!! She is the real deal people.)  And we were talking about life and creative businesses and staying grounded (ALL the good stuff). It was such a great conversation. But I was telling her how I felt like something had shifted in my business in the last six months or so, like all of the sudden, all of these opportunities started coming out of no where. I have even noticed a difference in my work. And Jeanne said something that really struck me. She basically said to me that it was because I just kept doing the work and showing up, that now I was finally seeing the fruit of all of those years of work I had put into my creative business. I never gave up and I continued to show up. Sometimes I feel like my creative journey has been all over the place like a traveling circus, complete with taming lions and a high wire act. But I kept at it. I kept showing up, even when things got hard. I put in the hours, one day at a time.

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You always hear about those people who are an “overnight success” in the creative world. (Overnight=ten years). You know the ones! Except that you don’t see all of the hours that they put into their creative craft. You don’t see all of the sweat and the tears and the sleepless nights and the hours upon hours that they have put in. So it might have physically only taken me four months to put together this class, but really it’s been years in the making.

Today I am so grateful for this creative life. And yeah, it’s pretty amazing to see all of these doors opening in my creative business. But it’s still my daily practice that makes my heart go flutter. And I am so very blessed that I get to share my process through teaching art! It’s the best gig ever!!!

Jeanne put together this stunning video for my class. Check it out! And if you are still on the fence about taking this class, I really hope you will join us. Go here to register. And no matter what, keep showing up.

 

Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting from Revilo Designs on Vimeo.

The Winner is…

July 12, 2016

I am seriously so excited to share the winner of the giveaway into my e-course and this beautiful original painting! I went old school and drew my winner out of this bowl, with my eyes closed. 

  
And the winner is… Ann Dickey!!! 

  
Ann, I can’t wait to see you in class!!! Message me. Thank you everyone for participating!!! I hope to see all of you in class next week! 

E-course Giveaway!!!

July 7, 2016

Hello everyone! I am getting super excited because my e-course Letting Go: An Exploration in Abstract Painting with Jeanne Oliver starts in like a week and a half. I can’t believe it. I am giddy with excitement!!! I poured so much into this class and I would love to have you join me, if you haven’t signed up yet. So… I am giving away a spot in my e-course!!! I am not only giving away a spot in my e-course, I will also be gifting this beautiful original to whoever wins the giveaway!!! (Prize worth almost $300).

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Here are the details again:

In this course, we will listen to our intuition to create expressive abstract paintings. We will explore mediums and techniques that lend themselves to letting go and embracing the process of creating.

We will be playing with watercolors, inks, acrylics and even embroidery. We will explore mark making, line drawing, shape composition and color blending to create depth and interest. We will gather inspiration for innovative color palettes because abstracts are all about color. Join in the paint conversation!

Class officially starts July 18. Over 4 + hours of video. You have lifetime access to the content!!! Here are just a few pictures of the pieces that I made for the class. I am so excited to share them with you!!!

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So here is what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

  1. Blog about my e-course. Share with all of your readers on your blog about my e-course. Grab any of my photos to show the projects in the class. Tell me why you would love to take my class. Link back to this post. Share your blog post in the comment section of this post.
  2. Don’t have a blog, share this post on your Facebook page. Just make sure to tag me, Wendy Brightbill, so I can enter your name in the drawing.
  3. Share the following photo on Instagram. Be sure to tag me @agirlandherbrush so that you get the credit. IMG_8161

For any of these things, your name will be entered once into the drawing. So if you do all three, your name will be entered three times. Please make sure to tag me somehow so that I can see it on Facebook or IG. I will be drawing the name of the winner on Tuesday, July 12th and announcing it here on the blog!!!

Note: if you have already registered for my class, you might consider giving your spot to a friend if you happen to win the giveaway. 

 

 

Teaching at Gilding the Lily

July 5, 2016

Hello! I am so excited to share with you that I will be teaching at Gilding the Lily in Fullerton California this September!!! It’s been a dream of mine for a while now to travel and be able to teach art classes and workshops. It’s so exciting to see a dream realized. Teaching art is one of my favorite things. I will be teaching Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11. So if you are in CA, or would like to meet me there, I would love to have you!!!

The first class is called Gathering Story: An Art Journal

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Saturday, September 10, 2016 10 AM- 4:30 PM

Class Fee: $140. $20 Kit fee

I will provide a moleskin to each student to use as the base of our art journals. I will be sharing my favorite art journaling techniques as we explore telling our stories. We will be using vintage/ found papers, hand stitching, paint, and collage to transform a simple journal into a one-of-a-kind art piece. I hope you can come play with us!!!

Go here to find out more.

The second class is called Vintage Stitched Collage

Sunday, September 11, 2016 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Class Fee: $140

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Come join me for a day of creative exploration. In my Vintage Stitched Collage Canvas workshop we will build layer upon layer atop a canvas base. Much as an old fashioned sewing circle we will sit side by side, needle in hand as we create our stitched canvases. With a sprinkling of paper and paint, perhaps a snip of fabric, I will share my process for creating the beautiful pieces. Come spend the day with us, making new friends and catching up with old, as we learn to create in this colorful, lively way!

Please go here to register and find out more.

I am seriously so excited and I hope that you can join me!!!

 

Summer Sale

June 14, 2016

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Summer sale going on today. 25% off everything in my Etsy store.

Use coupon code: summer

Enjoy your summer!!!

Holy Birthday Batman

May 25, 2016

 

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In just three days I turn 39. Yep. 3-9. I made it through 38 without going crazy. Just barely. Ha!

This birthday I am so much more settled. Some sort of magic happens as you get older. I feel like I really evaluated and took stock of my life this year. I let go of some things that were keeping me from really going forward. Mostly what people thought about me. I actually took responsibility for my life and threw away my victim card. Trust me, it was well used.

There comes a time when you have to stop blaming all of your unhappiness on circumstances and other people and all of the hard things that have happened to you. There comes a time when you just have to give up and give it all to God. And allow Him to do for you what you can’t do for yourself.

This birthday does feel holy. Sacred. Because I did some really hard work to get here. I went to a lot of therapy. I let God change my thinking and my perspective. And I actually started showing up for my life. I gave up on trying to fix everything I hated about myself and just let God have it all.

This year I am so very grateful for all of my many, many blessings. I look forward to this last year of my thirties. I know that there will be even more opportunities for growth and still even more treasures.

And by the way, I am having a 30% off everything $30 or more in my etsy store. In celebration of my last year of 30. Today through Friday. *Ooops. Forgot to say how. Enter Happy into coupon code to get the discount.

 

 

Letting Go: My Online Class

May 18, 2016

I am beyond thrilled to make an exciting announcement today! My online class with Jeanne Oliver is live for registration. I am so honored to be able to work with Jeanne who has an amazing network of creative souls. I have always admired Jeanne, her creative business and her heart. And I get to teach my most favorite thing of all, abstract painting.

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Letting Go: An Exploration of Abstract Painting Course Trailer from Revilo Designs on Vimeo.

In this course, we will listen to our intuition to create expressive abstract paintings. We will explore mediums and techniques that lend themselves to letting go and embracing the process of creating.

We will be playing with watercolors, inks, acrylics and even embroidery. We will explore mark making, line drawing, shape composition and color blending to create depth and interest. We will gather inspiration for innovative color palettes because abstracts are all about color. Join in the paint conversation!

Please go here to register! Early registration is only $32.

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