Petals & Portraits | My Intentions For This Art Class

As I write this post, I’m sitting on my living room couch with my cat, Gracie, curled up next to me. I’m thinking about my new class Petals & Portraits, which will open tomorrow. I’m getting that weird, nervous feeling as I put on a few finishing touches, and send it out into the world. In all honestly, I’m ready to let it go, but the nerves are quite real. They are probably not really nerves, but the ever lovely, ever present inner critic tapping her toe before I hit “publish”. But, I choose to ignore her and hit publish anyway! So, that is that!

On the eve of the class opening, I decided that I want to share with you my intentions for the course, what I hope to accomplish and what I hope will be the outcome. And in order to do this, I must digress a bit.

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, and it is something I’m compelled to do. With that said, about a year ago - maybe longer - I started thinking about filming my process and then sharing it with other people. Now, I didn’t know the first thing about how to go about doing this and started consulting the great oracle - Google. While I found a bit here and there, nothing really felt right to me. Now, you’re probably thinking, just whip out your iPhone and do it! I did try, and the results were a bit lacking.

Then, one day I received an email from the lovely Ivy Newport offering a new series of business classes for artist, one called, Film Your Art” ! Well, I felt that this was a sign from the Universe, and I signed up immediately - the class is sensational by the way.

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The class gave me a bit more confidence to move ahead and to create my first online class, Full Bloom, which I released in January of this year. However, with the exception of my friends, who are awesome and supportive, even though they thought I was crazy - no one signed up or really knew about the class. No one!. But, I didn’t give up, I just kept making art and then made another new class and things began to grow.

After creating back to back classes, I came to a creative standstill. I didn’t know what to create or teach next. Did I really had anymore to share that would be of interest to other artists? I really wasn’t sure what to do next, so I continued to work on my art and tried to remain open. Then, it finally revealed itself to me and I immersed myself into it completely. Two of my favorite subjects, flowers and portraits!

Petals & Portraits! Perfect! I loved it!

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I must reveal, that there are a lot of projects in this class, and I thought about saving some for another course, but ultimately decided they were part of my creative process and came to me throughout the course creation. I thought it was important for me to honor the ideas and see them through. And, I’m so happy that I did! I feel that it was part of my growth as an artist and the projects are meant to be shared.

My intentions are to share my techniques, my philosophy about practice, and the beauty of the creative process. To share with you how I practice, how I see things, how I look at line, color and form. It is my hope that some of this will resonate with you as an artist and the ideas and techniques will find a way into your creative practice and your art.

I have spent my life learning and taking classes: ballet classes, tap classes ( I was really bad at tap by the way) choreography classes, and art classes in every style of art imaginable. I have had so many amazing teachers who have shared their gifts and their creative philosophies with me and those gifts are reflected in my art. What I hope to accomplish in this course is to give you a part of me, share with you what I love to do and how I do it. I really believe that we all learn from one another and when we share our creative gifts, the beauty is revealed in our art.

For those of you who are taking Petals & Portraits, thank you, I’m so honored you will be a part of the class. And, if you are still on the fence, I would love to have you and your beautiful creative gifts in the classroom. It will be so much fun!

See you in class!

xo

Renee