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!!
The tomatoes are flourishing….a dozen thus far! So enjoying this freshness right outside my door to add to my dinner plate.
Four more art journal pages from my summer challenge.
The little yellow song bird is my #41 page so I am inching my way to 50!!
The challenge has been extremely rewarding.
Surprisingly, not stressful at all, who knew!! I’m guessing the journaling will be an ongoing creative project. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at the pages!
Just sharing my art piece to celebrate the birth of our country. God Bless America is a mixed-media piece done with acrylics, recycled papers, ink/pencil and oil pastels. My summer is beginning to arrive and I find my schedule filling up with fun events. I always look forward to spring and summer here in Montana…we did have an incredibly long, long winter!! Enjoy your day everyone! Happy, safe traveling over the summer!
Getting ready for finishing touches.
Artist, Janice McGarvey & me!
What a great day. I spent today with four creative souls taking an oil painting lesson from local artist, Janice McGarvey. She is a fabulous teacher. I’ve wanted to dip the brush in something outside acrylics and mixed-media for a while. When my dear friend, Susan, invited me to join her for this workshop, I jumped at the chance. Not sure if I would enjoy oil painting but Janice made it so easy and amazingly relaxing!! A few photos of our workshop today.
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Added some words to the Raven painting. I am happy that I decided to fill that emptiness! It’s been a fun series with the bird paintings. Considering another Raven painting as they are a favorite of mine! Enjoy your weekend and thanks for visiting my blog!
I’ve always wanted to do a giraffe painting. Did the sketch today and will work on the background this evening. Then will work to combine the two and see where my creative spirit takes me.