It appears as if Chico the funky cat is watching these lovelies create their own versions of him.
A fantastic group last night attending my funky cat workshop. I love their vision and their openness to learn. So rewarding when you see someone walk into your class and soon their day melts away as they become immersed in the creative process. Teaching has become a wonderful bonus to my passion for painting and creating art. Trying to allow yourself to release that perfection is sometimes difficult. Awhile ago, in one of my young artist classes, a sweet 6-year-old said it best, “There is no bad”. Those simple words stuck with me and I love that statement. I’ve shared that statement since then in all my classes. Importantly, coming from a young artist, reminding us we need to let go of our need for perfection and embrace the bliss of coloring outside the lines. What could be more freeing!
Thank you lovelies for last night and embracing your creative side. Amazing crazy, funky cats. Each their own masterpieces with shining personalities!
Keeping up is my key word for the next couple weeks. In my home studio today working on a new steer painting. I’m usually more organized in life but lately I’m just keeping up. My heart is loving everything that is coming my way. For some unknown reason I am not stressing about getting things finished but rather soaking in the moments with knowledge that it will all get done. This could actually be a false sense of security!! Heading into the summer months in Montana we all feel a need to set aside our tasks at hand and enjoy our warmer months playing. I’m trying to adjust all things so I find time to play but continue to strive so my art can thrive, sorry, that did sound a bit poetic…but I like it.
I’ve had some goodness come my way recently. About a month ago I entered a Java Doodle Challenge, doodling a plain white coffee paper cup. Surprised, I won and received a basket full of awesome art supplies for doodling…about $50.00 worth of materials and a $25.00 gift certificate at a local coffee-house. I never win anything so this was wonderful, smiling for sure and playing with all those art goodies. Teaching lately as well, workshops at Crooked Line Studio. This experience is a reward for me, sharing the knowledge I’ve honed over the past years with mixed media art. My students have been generous and open with their talents. They’ve complimented me as a teacher verbally but the true reward is seeing their hearts open to new possibilities for themselves in creating. Many are returning to take a second class and expanding their own knowledge of materials and techniques of mixed media.
I have a solo show I’m preparing for in June. The steer painting will be up for that exhibit. I’m thinking his title will be Mr. Stewart. Today will hopefully be finishing this painting and working on a project for a future workshop. Keep yourself busy with goodness my friends and thank you for being here with me.
I’ve been busy since Christmas creating some ideas for the January Art Journaling Group. I had previously asked the group if they would like to learn some zentangle or a new painting technique. Most responded with a big vote for zentangle. I thought I needed to brush up on some zentangle so have been trying to sketch something every day. These are a few of what I’ve created thus far. Not sure yet what I will be teaching for the upcoming art journaling class but I’m going to be ready!!
I am working on four new Happy Hangers.
This little bird along with three others will be heading over to Toucan Gallery for sale.
I have the best time creating these sweet little hanging art pieces.
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First Art Journal Class – October Page
This was so exciting for me as teaching is something I enjoy so very much. Sharing my passion for art is important to me. My first art journaling class simply unfolded without a glitch. These six women were so creative and energized. Their enthusiasm was very comforting to me!! One of my students decided the group needed a name so she suggested Little Sprouts since my art page is Green Grass Art. Everyone loved the idea. So Little Sprouts is my art journaling groups name and I am so thrilled! We will be meeting once a month as this class will be ongoing. Two of the Little Sprouts were not able to attend so next month the group will be eight! Oh, I can hardly wait!
Working on some new portraits and so, so enjoying the process. This piece has so many layers, but loved it all. I am still working on some of the elements of the face and shadowing but pleased with this piece. I have not decided a title for her. Hoping to submit this piece as well as a few others to a new gallery for an exhibit in 2015.
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In October I will begin a monthly art journaling class. I am so excited! I have five wonderful women signed up and we will be meeting every month in my art studio. Teaching is so rewarding for me. Seeing others create and learn about art and the process brings me joy. This particular class gets my creative juices flowing as I get to lead these women not just with art but also exploring what is meaningful in their lives. Hoping to post a few photos along the way.
The tomatoes are flourishing….a dozen thus far! So enjoying this freshness right outside my door to add to my dinner plate.