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!!

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Owl

Owl

Giraffe

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New Happy Hangers

 

 

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.

Thanks you for visiting my blog, comments are always welcome.

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First Art Journal Class!

 

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!

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Let the art journaling begin!!

  

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.

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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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Summer Art Journal Challenge

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I’ve started a summer challenge.  50 pages in my art journal over the summer!  I’ve challenged other artists to join me on my Facebook page and thus far I have two other artists sharing their art journal pages.  It’s a great way to create and experiment with some new art techniques.  Thus far I have created eight pages.  A great start to my summer challenge.  Hope your summer is beginning to give you joy, fun and many new adventures!

My first three pages!!

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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Art Reception Saturday, April 26th!!

Another piece for the Faces of Montana series.  Join me tomorrow at Bailiwick on Grand (1730 Grand Avenue) for my art reception.  I will be there from 11 to 3 p.m.  Stop by and say hello…refreshments and a sweet door prize!

This piece, Willow and Poppy.  It will be for sale as a print along with two other paintings from the series in print!  Hope to see some of you!!

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