Montana Artrepreneur Program

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This will be my year to look up to the sky and shout it out…I am going to soar.  I am going to push myself beyond what I’ve thought would ever be possible.  I am going to ask for support.  I am going to have tears, laughter and emotional ups and downs.  So many ideas to put down on paper, so many visions to paint on canvas, so much to explore.  It’s going to be a time to be good to myself and share myself with others.  It will be a time to override fear, push it so far back that maybe it might disappear!

Loads of words tossed about in that first paragraph, makes me smile.  I am beginning the  Montana Artrepreneur Program for 2016.  I can certify in May of 2017, if I’m ready.  The blessing with this program is that it is self-paced.  Removing the pressure to finish as we artists have an impossible life sometimes trying to keep on track.  We get distracted with creating, which is our passion.  This course will be teaching me the business aspect of the art world.  Sounds boring but gosh, I need this so much!  It is an opportunity to take a course that is equal to two years of college in a time frame of ten months.  Taught within a small cohort of other artists (our cohort has 10 artist participating).   A coach (who is also an artist).  And past MAP artists as mentors.   All to provide that needed, valuable, individual attention.  The time frame is ten months to complete the course but that is flexible, no pressure.   Being the crazed goal oriented personality that I am I’ve set the bar high and told myself I will finish in May 2017.  It doesn’t feel impossible to me at this point.  I may have to retract that comment come May of 2017!

We had our first 10 hour workshop in February.  Oh, so much to learn, so much to absorb and that handbook.  I was told not to be fearful of this 3 inch book but at first sight it was something to behold.  Still, it gave me goose bumps, so thrilling.  The workshop  opened up my mind.  The opportunity is just laying out there waiting for all artists if we are willing to put the work into our passion.  There is a way to make sense of it all, I really like that possibility.

Looking forward to 2016 and the knowledge I’m about to receive.  Keeping my mind open and my heart ready to embrace this life of art.  I am grateful.

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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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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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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.

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Morning Brew

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I’ve had little time for my blog since the holidays.  This piece is one of a series I’ve been working on with birds.  I will post more in the next few days.  My daughter and I gave each other the gift of an online e-course by Brene Brown.  A six-week workshop which is ending this week.  It has surprised me the depth of emotions that have come forward and surfaced.  It has been good!  The class included an art journal which is one of the reasons we wanted to take this particular class.  I will share some of my art journal soon as well.  We’ve had an incredibly long winter and this week blessed us with a foot of fresh snow.  Makes being in the art studio a very easy task as the cold is not my friend!  I hope everyone is surviving this winter.  If you are like me, I am looking forward to spring with great anticipation!!   

Prep Day in the Studio

Preparation for my upcoming workshop on Saturday.  Seven students have signed up which pleases me as eight was my limit.  The sweet little grey pencil bag is a recent gift from my daughter.  She is tweaking her sewing skills!  Hoping there will be more surprises ahead as she practices new bag designs!

Will post some pictures of my workshop soon.  I’ve worked and have not had much time in the last several days in the studio so Saturday’s workshop will bring some fun, creative spirit to my world.

Spread your wings.  Allow your creative spirit to soar.

Winter Workshop

Star Bright ~ Star Light ~ Snowman.

This is my next piece for the winter workshop at Bailiwick Gallery.  Monica, the owner, asked me to present a workshop in November.  She left the subject up to me so I felt a winter snowman would fit well with our snow filled winter days.  A bit festive.

Having just completed the piece, I will be visiting with Monica soon to set up the date.

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Thank you for visiting my blog.

Holidays are just around the corner everyone!

Cupcake Workshop ~ Day One

“Life’s a sweet treat”  Mixed-Media  Workshop ~ Day One

My first day of the workshop.  Four fun and expressive students who created beautiful pieces of art.  They are wishing for more soon so I imagine my thinking cap is about to be pulled from its closet.  Workshops always bring my heart joy as I see a new passion opening up for someone.

These students were all so fun and truly made masterpieces of their own!

A fun, fun day…if there are smiles at the end it makes me happy!

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