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!
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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This sweet bird appears ready for spring perched on a blossoming branch. Another painting in the bird series I am creating. Done on a 6×6 stretched canvas with 2 inch finished sides. No framing required. The background has several layers of recycled papers. I painted the first layer with a lighter blue. The second is a color I like to call eggplant. The bird and branch, sketched on lighter canvas paper and adhered to the canvas with gel medium. Before painting the bird, some serious drying time required! Usually I have a difficult time waiting to begin painting the subject! I will use my hair dryer to speed the process. This piece is outside my normal bright colors but I do like it. Stretching myself a bit with my creativity, one of my intentions for 2014.
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Completing three Happy Hangers. These three will be heading over to the gallery tomorrow for the Holiday Open House on Friday. I waited until the last-minute and will be working this evening on the last touches of the other two. Hope your evening is full of creativity. I’ll enjoy finishing these pieces.
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