I Asked And You Answered

First of all, thank you, thank you for taking the time to fill out my art class survey. It will be incredibly helpful as I plan new classes for 2020


Below are the results:

Portraits - expressive and loose portraits - 84%

Expressive Florals - 84%

Figurative and Expressive Figurative - 89%

Basic Drawing Class - 47%

Private Creative Community - 84%


Other areas of interest:

Art Journaling

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Color

Watercolor

Mixed media

Expressive Landscapes

Alcohol Inks

Oils & Oil Pastels

Style development

Time for creativity - I plan to offer "mini" lessons throughout the year that will be approximately 1 hour.

One on one mentoring - Quite a few of you were interested and I will let you know when the service will be available.

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There were many fantastic suggestions regarding classes, live models verses reference photos, creative communities, live workshops, and style development. I want to dive deeper into many of these topics going forward, so stay tuned.

So what is my plan?

Every class I create must have meaningful content and be a beautiful, artistic experience for you. If there is a technique or medium that I'm not well versed in, then I will share a teacher who I feel would be better suited for the task. I promise to keep your suggestions and requests in mind as I develop new classes for 2020.

In the coming months, I will announce new online classes, guest teaching, and live workshops. I have some exciting things on the calendar and I can’t wait to share them with you.

xo

Renee

Please feel free to leave a comment below regarding new classes or techniques you might be interested in learning.











































Student Work | Portrait Of A Lady

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.

Student Work

Artists:  Top Row: Kathleen Whiton, Betty Wilkins, Julie Lee, Maxine Shutter, Enny Meerwalt  Center: Dominique Pred’homme  Bottom Row: Enny Meerwaldt, Desi Aka Deezy Art, Kathleen Whiton, Libbi Byrd Corsen

Artists:

Top Row: Kathleen Whiton, Betty Wilkins, Julie Lee, Maxine Shutter, Enny Meerwalt

Center: Dominique Pred’homme

Bottom Row: Enny Meerwaldt, Desi Aka Deezy Art, Kathleen Whiton, Libbi Byrd Corsen

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.

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If you’re currently enrolled and would like to join the Facebook group, we would love to have you. This class is for all levels of artists, and you can start at any time. The course is self-paced, and all the videos are downloadable.

You can register at Kara Bullock’s site here.

Les Femmes | A New Class Inspired By Women Of The Theater

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.             
                                                                            ~ Martha Graham
 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

xo

Renee

2019 Ever After Now Open | Class Giveaway!

Hi Everyone,

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.

Registration is now open!

Receive your special Early Bird Discount

Valid until May 31st

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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.

How to enter:

  1. Share this giveaway on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media

  2. Sign up for my newsletter

  3. Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join Ever After this year.

I will announce the winner on Friday, June 21st


Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Ever After this year. They too will be giving away a spot, so make sure enter theirs as well.

Tamara Laporte

Andrea Gomoll

Danita Art

Effy Wild

Natalie Mecham

Angela Kennedy

Marieke Blokland

Pamela Vosseller

Lora Murphy

Maria Pace-Wynter

Patti Ballard

Natalie Neumann

Shilpa Lalit (Artyshils)

Alena Hennessy

Tanya Cole

I hope you will join us this Summer and explore your own personal story and style.

xo

Renee





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