Wanna learn how to paint butterflies in flight? Then you want to sign up for the freeCreative Retreat Weekend, which is THIS Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12th. This weekend (which includes my butterfly lesson along with 25 other classes from international artists) kicks off Make Create Express 2020, a year's worth of weekly lessons delivered to your email box. More details, including how to sign up for the free weekend's worth of instruction, arehere.
Studio News from June 2020
I feel like I wrote May's newsletter last week. How is it that June has gone by already?
While we are still a household mostly in quarantine, we have gotten out a little the past few weeks. Always social distancing and with masks as needed, but we went rock hounding (I found so many beautiful treasures, and the sound of the water was so restorative), kayaking, and took some wonderful long hikes with the dogs. We also tore the back sunporch off our 100 year old home and rebuilt it ourselves, an unplanned project that became necessary when we found a good amount of dry rot. I'm convinced it's just the universe finding one more way to postpone the installation of my pond, lol!!
I'm working in the studio on commissioned portraits, filming lessons (for#journalthroughit,my online classroom, and some other upcoming ventures), and dealing with some unexpected network and hardware issues (if anyone has experience with router boosters, please let me know!). I've also been studying with a handful of artists as I refine my own creative practice. One wears all the hats when one is self employed. It's a good thing I like hats!
July promises more of the same (although let's hope that we are done with the sunporch!). I am building a Zoom classroom for my local journaling students, since it appears we will not be able to safely gather still for a number of months. I miss them too much to allow any more time to pass without us creating together. I'm considering sharing this Zoom lesson as an on demand video - if you are interested, let me know (It will be a much more involved/complex lesson than the #journalthroughit bits, although leveled for anyone regardless of arting experience). I have 10 commissions waiting patiently and a couple (online) exhibitions to create work for, too.
I continue to be grateful for my collectors, both old and new, who have purchased work during this time and sent me notes and letters of support. I feel as if we are a chosen family, and I know how special that is.
Here are all the ways you can see my artwork and invite a little beauty in your world:
If you are wanting to start an art practice of your own, please check out#journalthroughit. The lessons are family friendly, can be adapted for for all ages, with no previous art experience needed. If you want something a bit more advanced,my online painting classroommight be for you (it's $5/month, about the cost of a double venti flip-whip decaf two pump special drink). And finally, I am also available foronline mentoring and critiques, to help you move your art to the next level..
THANK YOU so much for making it this far, for reading all my wordy words, for buying my art or taking my classes or commenting and sharing things on social media. I am so grateful to share this journey with you.
"Lashes and Corkscrews," 5" x 8", buckskin tobiano curly horse portrait, acrylic on board, $289 to the first taker. Do I see any hands? Inquires to email@example.com .
I really DID intend to paint today, but things got out of hand quickly. I think it was the Snickers bar breakfast that me going in the wrong direction right off the bat. Then the mid-morning helping of caramel corn followed by a Kit-Kat lunch.... straight downhill from there.
For the last hour I have had my palette open and the brushes out, but trick-or-treaters are coming thick and heavy, and it's becoming very clear that I will NOT be finishing the sheltie paintings tonight (so sorry JB - they are coming, though!!).
Instead I'll share with you a piece I did last week for an art competition. I won't find out about the juror's decision until December, but in the meanwhile, please enjoy Percy, my friend's new gelding. Isn't he a dear?!
I am so excited to share with you the lessons I've created exclusively for this year's Make Create Express event. The first one features butterflies and will be part of the free Creative Retreat Weekend July 11-12th. The butterfly lesson will only be available, entirely for free, during this weekend event. However BOTH lessons, the butterfly and a wonderful rabbit painting workshop, are part of the year long Make Create Express. And I'm just one of 25 other artists who have made extraordinary content. Want in? Of course you do! We are less than 3 weeks out from the Creative Retreat Weekend, and to celebrate we are having a Blog Hop Giveaway. I get to give away 1 place in the Make Create Express year long workshop. This is a $120 value - think of the art supplies you can buy with that sort of savings!! To enter just share this particular blog post on Facebook and be sure to tell me that you have done so (shared this) by commenting here on the blog by 8pm on June 25th. I will an…
"Blue," 16" x 20", acrylics on panel, not for sale. Not even if you ask nicely. My family will burn me at the stake if I let this one go.
When My Better Half works nights (like he is tonite), I play while the sun's up and work at the end of the day. It's a fun change to my normal routine.
Today included a little day trip with one of my favorite peeps in one of our favorite places. It was a delight to enjoy each other's company while the rest of the world was at work.
And tonight I had blocked time out to paint for a juried exhibit. My entry is due next week, and, true to form I waited until the nth hour. Because the next painting is always going to be the better one. Well, not always, but I do like to pretend. And I think tonite I might have played my cards well.
Well, mostly I played my cards well. You see, I turned my back, and Blue - yes, sweet little adorable - ate half my pizza** while I was feeding Gertrude Stein. Gertie the bunny, not Gertie the art…