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.
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’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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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.
I hope you will join us this Summer and explore your own personal story and style.
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.
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.
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!
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.
"We become what we think about all day long"
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?
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.
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!
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.Read More