Funky Cats!

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!

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Keeping Up!

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.

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Turning over a new leaf!

So, I’ve been away from blogging for several months.  After the new year began I made a promise to myself that I would begin, turn over a new leaf and start blogging once again.  Wow, does time fly, it is almost May of 2015…four months into the new year! 

I have been very busy, really, not kidding!  This is my year to give myself a few pushes, a little nudging and kick in the pants to get my art out into the world.  I’ve joined a nearby art guild and will be displaying two new pieces there in June.  I had a wonderful opportunity to display my art in a local coffee shop in January and in a few weeks will be taking that down.  (two wonderful sales from that display…yippee!)  I became a member of a local art association and  displayed one piece that sold at an exhibit in March (another sale…yippee!!)  I was struggling with getting the word out about my workshops and in February had to cancel my workshop.  (bummer)  But, an artist friend connected me with a new art studio that was looking for teachers…bingo!!  I’ve had three successful workshops  (yippee!!!)  Let’s see…what else can I share with you…sorry, sometimes this feels like bragging but truly as an artist, it is such a tough world out there.  Every little inch we see improvement is like a mile high celebration! 

 I’ve continued with my art journaling group here in my home studio.  We connect in a good way, not just through creating art but as friends.  They keep me inspired, encouraging me when I am down…we artist do get down sometimes!

In January, I spent a whole month setting up an Etsy shop, which I’ve connected to my facebook page, Green Grass Art.  It has not seen much traffic but I’ve neglected it recently and have not added new items since initially setting it up.  I will give it attention again soon, I promise you and myself.

This giraffe piece was just finished to place at Toucan Gallery for the upcoming May Art Walk.  I’ve had good response to this piece, many connect with the affection between the momma and baby.  I’ve titled this piece Coco and Little Chia.  Next week it will be heading to the gallery.  I  feel so much gratitude.  My art world is growing and I’m feeling more ready to face the responsibility it holds.  When you step out of the shadows and push your way into the art world it can be intimidating.  I’m five years into this journey of pushing forward and finally feeling rewards beyond what I expected…OMG…feeling gratitude in a huge way.  I cannot make a promise of how often I will be blogging but be sure it will be more often than four months!!  Thanks for being here with me and sharing this journey!  copytwogiraffes

Zentangle Lessons

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!!

Spheres

Spheres

Owl

Owl

Giraffe

Giraffe

Getting so close to my #50 page!!

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!

 

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God Bless America…July 4th!

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!

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Oil Painting Workshop

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.

Click on any photo to see a slideshow.  Thanks for visiting!