My Journey…Whispers of my Soul…

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My art journey continues as I’ve been given a huge opportunity in August.

The local gallery that represents my art, Toucan Gallery, has asked me to be the featured artist for the upcoming August Art Walk.  It truly is an honor and I am so grateful for this opportunity.

The three paintings pictured will be part of a series I am hoping to have on exhibit.  I’ve titled this series Whispers of my Soul.  When I began to create in my head what I wanted to paint for this exhibit my first thought was my go to art pieces…animals.  My Faces of Montana series has been popular, having sold all but one of the originals.

 I woke in the middle of the night with the idea of doing something completely different.  I still wanted to incorporate my techniques of using layers, recycled papers and a mix of mediums but in a different direction.

This exhibit is a step forward for me in so many ways.  I feel as those these paintings are truly Whispers of my Soul.  I want to bring my creativity deep within to the surface and express some of the joy I feel while splashing on the paint.  Art is such a passion for most artist, we paint how we feel, we paint our lives, our emotions, the whispers of our souls.

The exhibit will have other works as well…I am painting, painting in the studio!

It will all be fabulous and a bit scary, my first “big” exhibit.  Feeling ready….and above all, blessed.

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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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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!

 

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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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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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Miniature Show

Creating in the studio, preparing for a Miniature Show on Saturday at one of the little galleries that sells my art.  I’ve made several items but these mini framed hearts are a favorite!  Each is a different shaped heart with expressions of words.

If you are local please stop at Bailiwick on Grand to see the lovely Miniature Show.  There are several very talented artists displayed. It will be fun!

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Pigs and Birds Can Fly!

This is a favorite piece completed last week.  Animals are a wonderful subject that I love to paint.  I painted several birds over the last few years but until now, only one little piggy.  That needed to change as I love pigs and this piece was so fun to merge both!  I knew I needed special words for this and If Pigs Could Fly was easy as it is so popular but the second set of words came to me in the middle of the night!  I know, crazy, huh!!  Enjoy your day and soar your way to new heights!copypig