Pictured above is my journal spread for this week's upcoming ZOOM journaling class. Third Thursdays of each month are currently ZOOM Journaling evenings. Classes are taught in real time, with multiple camera angles so that everyone has a front seat for the demo. This month's session includes an affirmation exercise, along with writing and other symbolic content. More information ishereor you canemail me directly.Live class participants must be registered by 4pm eastern the day of class.
Studio News from July and August 2020
Where did the summer go? Here in Michigan, yellow has begun creeping into the trees and blooms are turning to seedpods. It won't be long before Winter Sal shows up - or rather, disappears (our little dog buries himself in blankets when the temps drop) - and I'll have an eager lap warmer for the rest of the year.
This week my workshop atPainting Milesin Raleigh, NC was officially cancelled due to COVID. While this was rather expected given the past seven months, it felt rather final, too, a little ominous, even. What will the winter months bring us during such unprecedented times? I have literally no out-of-studio commitments, period, until July 2021.
Meanwhile, a new-to-us routine is emerging. The Princess opted to do college from home this term, so we flipped and remodeled a couple rooms to better accommodate her needs (plus I will get an art library when she moves out). During the remodeling process, I carved out a dedicated yoga and meditation space for myself, which I have been taking full advantage of, given current circumstances. Our other household stress relief comes from the addition ofa new puppy- somehow The Princess convinced her father that this was a good idea. So far, we are all still on board, although there have been moments when I, at least, have doubted my sanity ( follow#yourdailybeanfor adorable pics of the little one).
ZOOM journaling sessions began in June as a way to provide in depth real time journaling demos. Presentations have included meditation or reflection along with varied art practices centered in our journals. The sessions boast multiple camera angles, providing a front row seat to all attendees, and live q&a as the pages evolve. Additionally, classes are recorded and available after the fact as a digital download. More information can be foundon my website- please note thatour next ZOOM classhappens the 17th, this Thursday.
If you are wanting additional painting instruction, you are in luck - Bean (the puppy) inspired a pet portrait demo which I filmed and gave to my online students. You can join The Magic Space,my online classroom, for a mere $5/month. This unlocks Bean's lesson, along with 18 months of previous instructional content. Additionally, through the end of this month, students (new and old) who commit for a full year get 2 months free. Meanwhile, do yourself a favor, check out the space - and the Bean lesson - to see if it's the right fit for your own creativity goals. (Online tuition will be increasing soon as a reflection of the quantity and value of the content and classroom experience - this truly is a tremendous value!)
I continue to be grateful for my collectors, both old and new, who have purchased and commissioned work the past seven months. I have gotten to ship some pretty phenomenal projects the past 6 weeks, and am so proud to have these works added to my portfolio. I have a few remaining commission spots open prior to the year's end -message meif you are interested in something extraordinary.
Meanwhile, heres a checklist of the ways you can see my artwork and invite a little beauty into 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.
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