Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Summer Creative Journalling Workshops!

I am thrilled to announce this summer's Creative Journalling classes, which will be held at Little Monsters Toy Store in Lake Orion, Michigan.

The classes will introduce K-8 students to Creative Journalling (recording ideas and memories via use of a variety of art and writing techniques). Students will be introduced to a variety of art concepts and materials, allowed hands on time each week to actively work on their journals, and encouraged to continue exploring the various approaches outside of class time. Ultimately, participants will emerge from class with a means of personal expression not solely based in writing or artmaking, but with a developing voice that embraces the elements of storytelling using a variety of tools.

Classes are structured for 5 concepts, one per session, and set up so that students may choose to attend all or several. Classes are 1-1/2 hours, with a cost of $15 each or one may enroll in all 5 sessions for $60. Cost includes all materials excepting the journal itself (students may bring a blank book to class or purchase one at Little Monsters). Due to limited space, classes will be held to the first dozen students registering each week. Registration requests (along with requests for additional information) may come to me.

June 27th, 1-2:30 Introduction, discussion of combined text and visuals, parts of a book, and finding inspiration.
July 11th, 1-2:30 Color, discussion about how color makes you feel, touch on basic color theory, experiment with mixing colors.
July 25th, 1-2:30 Pattern, building designs from basic doodles (also called "zentangles"), discuss the power of a line, and incorporating symbols.
August 8th, 1-2:30 Collage, building layers of color both as a base for other mark making or as an end product itself.
August 22nd, 1-2:30 Portraits, using the materials/approaches touched upon in prior weeks, there will be discussion about how a likeness can include details like text, pattern, color and symbols to further the "portrait".

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork and musings with your friends and family. I've got a great (rescued) shaggy face lined up for you tomorrow!

PS I am thrilled to have made it to the top 20 in the Daily Painter's contest - the winner will be chosen by popular vote (and gets some nice swag!). Please take a moment to visit the Daily Painter's website and cast your vote. What an opportunity this is to share the Dog a Day experience with an entirely new crowd!
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READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

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