Earlier this month I was pleased to learn that my online vendor was offering cloth facemasks printed with my artwork. What a fantastic way to brighten up an outing! You can orderhere- first choose the image desired (images are grouped by category/subject matter) then the item (facemask). And if you have made a special request for a particular image, I've not forgotten about you - I should get to them this week, and will send you an email when it's completed. Thanks so very much!
Studio News from April 2020
Things continue to run smoothly here at the Santini's. The girls are done with their online courses, as last week was final exams, so we have a bit of mad time before summer studies pick up again. We are making the most of the sunshine and the dogs are clocking lots of miles alongside us.
I've been working steadily on commissions (thank you so much to those of you who have reached out to start your projects!). I have a wonderful variety of projects on my calendar, including a triple rabbit portrait that falls in the style ofThe Talisman paintings. I am looking forth to delivering these paintings over the next couple months.
I'm posting content to my painting classroom on Patreon - it's turned into a wonderful space full of magic and imagination, where students see me ask questions and seek answers, sometimes at a whirlwind pace.
I'm also filming some online instruction that I can't WAIT to share with you. It's going to be special!!
And I've been studying myself withStanka Kordic,Alyssa MonksandAnne Siems. Also reading quite a bit, journaling and meditating, and learning how to do oracle card readings (if you want to know more about these experiences and what my takeaways are,please check out Patreon, because it's all there!).
I am so grateful to the collectors, both old and new, who have purchased work during this time. Your support helps enormously given the impact of the pandemic on the arts industry and my studio in particular. If you have had your eye on a painting or wish to learn about the commission process, pleasereach outand let me know - a simple deposit will hold an original or get things started on something custom. I happily arrange for payment plans, too. I am currently shipping via Fed Ex ground direct to your door. Or, if you prefer, we can arrange for shipment to occur at some point down the road.
Here are all the other ways you can see my artwork, should you need a little escape from reality:
And if you are wanting to start an art practice of your own, I encourage you to check out#journalthroughitfor all ages content, no previous art experience needed. If you are looking for something a bit more advanced,my online painting classroommight be for you (it's $5/month!). And finally, I am also available foronline mentoring and critiques- take this newfound time to invest in yourself and your own creative journey.
You are always welcome to let me know what you think. Feel free to respond to this newsletter,shoot me an email, comment onthe blogor interact viaFacebookorInstagram. Locals can joinmy journaling groupthat meets monthly (we are hopeful for May..... time will tell!). There's all sorts of ways for us to connect!
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.
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
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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?! Be sure to make some time
"Dove 3," 11" x 14", acrylics and pencil on stonehenge paper, small white margin on edges (not pictured), $399 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may always come to me . In between working on commissions, I am continuing my own learning via mentoring sessions with Anne Siems . I'm also taking an online workshop with Stanka Kordic. This piece was a eureka sort of painting in that it begins to meld what I am trying to learn from both these extraordinary women. Someone asked me recently why I study with other artists. It's because I'm never fully satisfied with what I know how to do. There's always people better than me at something or another, and I want to try to peek inside their brain to figure out how they weave their magic. Then I can adapt that to my own goals and style. It would be boring to paint the same way, every day, for eternity. I want to evolve and grow. Always. (and if you feel the same way, maybe you want to v