Ladies Of Literature | Finding Inspiration For Your Art

Another week has flown by like a flash, a week with too many things to do and places to be. However, I did find a little time to make art, read an amazing book - Education by Tara Westover - and provide "taxi" service to all of Olivia's events and teenage gatherings.

Much like creating art, I find reading a good book a beautiful escape from all the obligations that seem to fill the day. It is so good for our souls to disconnect, sit quietly and wander alongside the characters on the page.

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Beautiful stories can be retold in so many creative ways and have been a source of inspiration for composers, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and dancers for decades.

In my new class Ladies of Literature, we will look to our favorite books and authors for inspiration in order to fuel our imaginations. As an artist, you too are a storyteller. You can take ideas and opinions gleaned from a book or a film and weave them together with emotion to create beautiful original art.

Whether you love classical literature, memoirs, mysteries, fairytales, or fiction, the creative possibilities are truly endless.

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I'm so honored to be a guest artist again this year for Ivy Newport's beautiful Creative Network and present my latest class, Ladies of Literature. I hope you will join me as we walk alongside our favorite female characters and create beautiful art together.

So, take pause and steal a few moments for yourself. Meander through a bookstore or visit your local library and find a good book to read. Then, pull out your art supplies and create!

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You can learn more about my class and the projects we will be doing by visiting Ivy’s website here. I would love to have you join me.

xo

Renee


Thinking About Art

"We become what we think about all day long"

~Emerson

I ran across this quote today and thought I would share it with you. I pondered the message for a bit and asked myself the question, “What do I think about during the day?”

My thoughts seem flow in and out like the waves on the beach. I am always thinking about my family and wanting them to feel loved and nurtured. I also have very meandering thoughts along with detailed mental checklists of things I need to accomplish throughout the day. Thoughts of family, home, school activities, homework, friends, tonight’s dinner, the rug in the living room really needs to be vacuumed…they ramble on and on.

However, along with these thoughts, I think about art, a lot! I think about what it means to me and what it may mean to you. What will we become if we think about it all day long?

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I think about how life, art and people are woven together in the most beautiful ways. And how this is all just waiting to be realized through our art.

I think of these things while teaching or creating classes, I'm often thinking of what I can share that will inspire you as an artist. Concepts for content, techniques, and materials are all part of how I develop a class, but, on a deeper level, my intention is to encourage you to create art.

I want you to believe that everything you need to create deeply personal art is inside of you. Your creative voice and artistic point of view come from a truly sacred place. I want to honor that place of true creativity as I create my classes.

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So, wherever you are on your artistic journey, I would love to help guide and encourage you to create art that only you can create. To enhance your skills and live a truly creative life. Because you deserve it!

Here’s to thinking beautiful and creative thoughts all day!

xo

Renee