From time to time I will write about life, art, and the things that spark my imagination. And, just in case you were wondering, I’m completely drawn to time-worn elements, theater, dance, music, flowers, and books. I’m captivated with the portrait and the challenge of this subject. I aspire to weave these elements together into my art and reveal who I am.
Portrait Of A Lady online art class began in June of this year. Like many online classes, there is a private Facebook group where the students share their work, ask questions, and cheer each other on - it is pretty amazing!
This group is not only creating beautiful art but is incredibly kind and supportive of one another and that is something that fills my heart. The art that is coming out of this class is gorgeous and I wanted to share some of the students works with you.
A special thanks to all of you who allowed me to share your work.
A little bit more about this course:
In this class, we will look to the portraits of women painted by 18th and 19th Century artist for our inspiration.
My intention for this class is not to study a master artist, but to study the women in the portraits, their clothing, the setting, the hairstyles, the color palettes, and embellishments.
We will speculate about their untold stories, the ones they kept close to their hearts. So, with a slight nod to the past, we will explore a variety of techniques to create inspired contemporary portraits.
Last Fall, I attended an art workshop with Jeanne Oliver at her beautiful studio in Castle Rock. Jeanne is a remarkable woman who is funny, generous, kind, and has the sweetest soul. I walked away from the experience with a full heart and incredibly inspired. So, when Jeanne reached out to me to teach an art class for her creative network, I didn’t have to think twice. Absolutely!
However, the day came when I had to start creating the class, and I just stood in my studio without a single spark of an idea. Jeanne and I had talked about touching upon my life in the performing arts, but every idea and sketch I came up with didn't seem to ignite a single spark.
So, I decided to think like a dancer. I turned on my music and a beautiful song by Nina Simone started to play - a spark! Finally! I would create a class inspired by women in the performing arts. There are so many creative directions that you could take from this subject - their history, their art, their music, and even who or what inspired them as artists. The possibilities are endless, and that is what we need to get started as creatives, just the inkling of an idea to open the gateway to creativity.
This class will touch upon some of my favorites female singers, dancers, and choreographers, along with room to explore. And, like most art classes, there will be a variety of techniques, color exploration, and step by step lessons that you can use in your work. I have also included a little music to stir your soul.
In the class, I will share concepts from classical dance and music that you can bring to your creative practice - concepts like, preparation, practice, repetition, theme and variation, storytelling, and symbolism to name a few. We will draw, paint, and explore beautiful stories that will inspire you to create.
As I created each lesson with intention, I worked to stay very open and allowed the class to evolve in the direction that it needed to go. I even reworked a couple of lessons two and three times until I "found the work," which seemed to expose more of who I am as an artist. If I'm honest, I experienced feelings of vulnerability while creating the class, but, I believe that is the only way to create in order to share work that is truly me. Not to say that my other art classes are not me, they most definitely are and I always feel a bit vulnerable before launching the class. But, as I continue to work as an artist and teacher, I’ve learned that I must bring to light more of who I am in order to grow and create from an authentic place.
I hope you will join me for front row seats for my new class, Les Femmes. You can register at Jeanne Oliver's creative network here
I’m extremely excited and honored to be teaching on Ever After this year! There is an amazing group of art teachers who will be joining me in this enchanted and inspiring class.
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And, I’m even more excited to give away one space in this magical collaborative art course.
“Every After” is a four month long mixed media art and style development course with a fairy tale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam will be joined by 15 popular mixed media art teacher who will share beautiful fairy tale and myth inspired lessons with you. We will share how we developed our styles and how you too can find your own unique voice as an artist.
My chosen fairy tale is Swan Lake which also happens to be one of my favorite ballets as well. The story, music, costumes, stage and set designs will all play a big role in the development of my lesson. I will be sharing my charcoal techniques, step by step portrait layout, and how to combine acrylic paints with pastels to create a luminous portrait.
Below are a few examples of my style.
In addition to sharing my favorite art supplies, color palettes and techniques with you, I will also share how I gather inspiration and follow every glimmer of an idea in order to create art that is truly authentic.
I hope you will join this wonderful creative community of like minded souls and explore your own personal story and style.
Now, about the giveaway and blog hop. I can give away one space on this year’s Ever After to one lucky winner. 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 giveaways.
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