Still wet, this is "The Love Bunnies," a commissioned portrait featuring three beloved pet rabbits. This painting is 18" x 24", acrylics and graphite on panel, and will be heading shortly to her new home.Reach out to mefor questions about commissioning a portrait of your own - and while I cringe saying it, it's not too early to talk about the holidays, either.
Studio News from July 2020
And now it's August.... the days keep on sliding by.
Home improvement projects continue - we are laying new hardwood floor upstairs and reconfiguring the bedrooms to create a new study and yoga/zen space for The Princess, who has decided to not return to campus this fall, since all of her courses are online. I am particularly excited to have a room dedicated to quiet pursuits! oh yeah, and the added bonus of her sticking around, too.
Meanwhile, I'm working on commissioned portraits, filming lessons and doing other necessary admin tasks in the studio, which is what happens when one is both the boss and the employee! I've been asked to write an article for theInternational Society of Experiment Painters' fall newsletter and am publishing the annual directory of theDetroit Society of Women Painters & Sculptors. I'm also refreshing my portfolio of images with my licensing company and setting some goals for the coming months.
In July I hosted a journaling class via ZOOM which was very well received.The follow up classis this Thursday at 6pm eastern. If you cannot join us, the session will be available as a downloadable video on Friday. Additionally, July's class is also available as a download. Each class is $10. Message mefor the details.
And today I learned that I'm one of 7 artists to be featured onNick Wiltons Art2Lifesocial media channels. If you are unfamiliar with Nick, he is a phenomenal instructor and abstract painter. HisArt2Life workshop, a precursor to the Creative Visionary Program which directly follows, runs late February/early March each year. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn the basic guts of creating - Design, Value, Color, etc. After years of conflicts, I was finally able to take the workshop in March and really saw my art level up as a result. It's a true honor to be included under the Art2Life brand. And, also, if you are an artist,get on Nick's mailing listso that you can be a part of this year's Art2Life experience too!
And here's a recap of how to get more of my art in your life:
See newsletters in your inbox 2-3 times per week (boy, I've been slacking this summer! it's been more like one a week) -subscribe to my newsletters.
Come over to Facebook- like/follow and then comment on my threads so I continue to show up in your newsfeed - I post art-related content multiple times daily
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.
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 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?! 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