Hello All!!! I just wanted to share with you some bits and pieces of my trip to California to teach some workshops. I was so honored to teach at Gilding the Lily. Big thanks to Nancy and Dede for inviting me!!!! The Gilded Lily is a lovely little vintage shop located in Fullerton, California. It was an intimate group of women. Nancy hosted us at her beautiful home! The first day was a stitched journal class and the second day was a stitched collage. And thanks to Dede, we had such lovely supplies and vintage papers to use in our pieces.
I am hoping to turn both of these workshops into online courses, so stay tuned to my blog to find out more!
I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2017 next year! I feel so honored and grateful to be a part of this wonderful class.
And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Life Book 2017 and if you want to find out how you can win a spot!🙂
First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet!
“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.
Tam is joined by 22 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!
You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 12500+ people in the past!) by clicking HERE.
I haven’t fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing abstract painting techniques with you, much like you can see in this painting:
Registration opens on October 3rd 2016 and the class begins on January 1st 2017.
So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2017 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens!🙂 Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale!🙂
Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop!🙂 I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2017 to 1 lucky winner, yay!🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also!🙂
How to enter the give-away:
1. Share this give-away on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+
2. Leave a comment below letting me know you shared it!
I will announce the winner on October 5th.
Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways!🙂
Date/ Artist & Teacher/ Site
5th September Tamara Laporte http://www.willowing.org/blog/
6th September Jodi Ohl http://sweetrepeats.blogspot.com
7th September Susana Tavares http://ateliersusanatavares.blogspot.com
8th September France Papillon http://france-papillon.com/blog
9th September Shelley Klammer http://intuitivecreativity.typepad.com/
10th September Amber Kuileimailani Bonnici http://theradiantmama.com/
11 September Donna Mulholland http://donnamulhollandstudio.com/blog
12 September Mandy van Goeije http://mandyvangoeije.com/blog/
13th September Jennifer Mercede http://jennifermercede.com/blog/
14th September Misty Mawn http://mistymawnart.com/blog/
15th September Gwen Seemel http://www.gwennseemel.com/blog
16th September Melissa Dinwiddie http://melissadinwiddie.com/blog
17th September Vicky Papaioannou http://clips-n-cuts.com/
18th September 2016 Lindsay Weirich https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com
19th September 2016 Julie Fei-Fan Balzer http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/
20th September 2016 Effy Wild http://effybird.com
21st September ME!
22nd September 2016 Jamie Dougherty http://jamiedoughertydesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/blog-hop-post.html
23rd September 2016 Andrea Gomoll http://andrea-gomoll.de/blog/
24th September 2016 Whitney Freya http://whitneyfreya.com/blog
25th September 2016 Annie Hamman http://anniehamman.com/blog/
26th September 2016 Connie Solera http://www.dirtyfootprints-studio.com/blog
27th September 2016 Leilani Joy http://www.youtube.com/MissLeilaniJoy
I am so very excited to announce that I will a teacher contributing to Wanderlust 2017!!! I am so honored to be a part of this year long class. I get to work with some really amazing artists and share with all of you some of my favorite art techniques.
What exactly is Wanderlust?
Wanderlust is whole year long journey – an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable), access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all classes are gathered. You will also find there various activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art. Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to leading art and craft retailers.. Wanderlust class is the perfect alternative to in-person classes!
Buy Wanderlust 2017 before 31st December 2016 and save 20%!
Early Bird Price – £79! (regular price £99)
Now it’s a great time to buy the class to take advantage of the current exchange rate!
Follow the teacher’s reveals every day on Everything Arts Social Media. Every day somebody new!
As far revealed are: Mary Wangerin, Wilna Furstenberg, Amanda Grace, Alena Hennessy, Guriana, Jessica Sporn, Mindy Lacefield, Dyan Reaveley, Kate Crane, Finnabair, Vicky Papaionnou, Rae Missigman, Sandra Evertson, Nicki Dennett, Jo Firth-Young, Azoline.
If you would like to join me and all these other amazing artists for this year long journey, please click on the button below!!!
So here is what I have been thinking about lately. It’s this idea that we, myself included, treat our art as if it’s too precious. We hold onto it as if it’s ours, never to let go of it. We don’t ever truly give it away. We hold onto it with gripped hands… Like what if it never comes to me again? What if it’s taken away from me? What if it’s stolen or even worse, never valued?
I am not saying to not put value on your art or time or technique. I am especially not saying not to charge what you feel in your heart in terms of money.
But what if we held our art out with open hands? It was a gift given to us in that moment. A snapshot of our life at that moment in time, ready to change tomorrow. What if it was never ours to start with?
I am not sure if there is an answer to this. And I know that this idea might make a few people uncomfortable. But here is what I know: when I look at my art as not too precious, I am more willing to grow into something new and bigger. I am more willing to take big risks in my work. I can take that piece from just okay to stunning and mind blowing. And it’s all because I am not too attached to my work. And I make more art. It just flows out of me. All if I don’t take myself or my art too seriously.
To see all my upcoming classes, go here. I will be at Gilding the Lily in Fullerton CA September 10 & 11. And I will be at Jeanne Oliver Studios, in Castle Rock, CO. on October 28 & 29.
Hey everyone!!! I am super excited to show you some of my latest work. I always forget to share my new work with you here, so I am doing that now. Lately I have been trying to make it possible for anyone to own their very own piece of original artwork. I have been offering original art at a very affordable amount, starting at $35. I love doing these itty bitty canvases and works on paper. They go pretty quickly, so if you see one you like, you might want to snatch it up. Last time I sold out of the itty bitty ones in a day or two.
Please go here to see all of my originals in the shop!
Itty Bitty Originals
Black and White Originals
Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper
I even have some originals that are on sale right now ($30-$40 from $80-$90).
I am so very honored to let you know about my next workshop. I will be teaching at Jeanne Oliver’s Studio on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. This class is for everyone wanting to play big in their art. Details? Here you go:
- Gather inspiration for color palettes that fit your art personality.
- Create your own style and color boards to draw on for inspiration.
- Explore your very own abstract painting style by looking at some of your favorite abstract painters.
- Create dimension in your piece by layering shapes and colors with watercolors and acrylic paints.
- Discuss composition and how to balance your abstract pieces.
- Work through creative blocks keeping you back from your most authentic work.
- Make marks and lines to finish off your pieces.
- Embrace the process of creating and find what brings you joy in painting to take home to your daily creative practice.
I got to see Jeanne’s studio a while back, and it is seriously perfection. You will not want to miss this opportunity to come an be pampered and play!!!
Go here to find out all the nitty gritty details like cost and what is included in the price.
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.
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.
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.