It’s almost a year away but I am already setting good stuff aside to share at my three-day workshop at donna downey’s studio. I hope you will consider joining me. Lots of watercolor fun, illustrative sketching and tools to work through your not-so-happy stages. And did I mention we are going to have SO much fun!
Just click on the photo to learn more and sign up of course! And let me know if you signed up!!
all I can say is WHEW! this whole biz end of the art thing is EXHAUSTING. seriously.
but it is time to let go of some of my work that i love most. time to fly to different parts of the big blue marble.
i was telling sweetBOY (now age 20. ack!) about trying to sum up the courage to sell my originals. he said it was his favorite part of my process. it meant that pieces of me were everywhere. and how can that not be a good thing.
so there you go. i am offering up the prettiest pieces of me.
i was working on updating my portfolio with a new little twist. my originals that are available for sale have their own category. if you want to see if your fave is listed just head to my portfolio pageand click on “original available for purchase”. The size and price and such are listed right below the pieces that are now available. i will be adding more over the next few days BUT if it is in my portfolio and not on the “available” page – it has already sold (that is another batch of updates. argh.)
ps. if you are thinking – hey, danielle – what about prints? i am working on it. although i have a rule going into it. if the original hasn’t sold, there won’t be prints of it. so if you love it, make it yours. and i will be honored to have a piece of me in your corner of the world.
Last week my first solo online class went live. Wow. This online class thing is a whole new world to me. So much to share and learn and move forward with! (btw. the class content is available for a year so you can still get your creative on. creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadows).and thank you againjeanne oliverfor giving me the opportunity to shine.
(An amazingly awesome bit of love from kooky makesabout my class inserted here)
My work always features translucency which is one of the many things I love about Danielle’s work. This made it easy to copy her techniques step by step in a few pieces but then create a piece of my own by substituting some of the materials with ones I love working with & changing the subject matter to things I love to paint.’ Thank you for such an awesome class. You and your badass self rock!
And about that creative practicing thing. you can read more about it HERE. Seriously. This class is such an inspiring example of positive and creative sharing and practicing. it makes my heart happy.
Over the course of the “live” week of my class, several members asked (in different ways) how to feel comfortable sharing and owning their work. it took me a while to find the right words. the words that might make sense to peeps. and then i think i put the right words together.
When comparison monsters rear their ugly heads and scare you out of sharing. (I know you know what I am talking about.)
I think (and this is totally my opinion) that often when I felt most insecure or worried about sharing stuff is when I hadn’t made the process or the piece my own. That step where you take the stuff from all that you see, all the classes you take, all the creative dreaming you do, and make it your own. That is not to say sharing the process (like when you are working on a specific project in my class) is a bad thing – it is an awesome thing!
True creative souls LOVE to build each other up and share the good, bad and ugly. BUT when you look at your work and feel like you have made something the world hasn’t seen – that is when comparison doesn’t matter and confidence takes over. Each of you have that in you. Take bits and pieces of what you learn and see and make it your own. You go, girls. You go!
So that sums it up. And then beautiful things happen. Here are some of the pieces my little creative souls made in the last couple of weeks. After watching me. After practicing my stuff. They made it theirs. I love that I can see little bits of me in them. And I love that they shared and owned it. Like rockstars.
Hello peeps! Only a few days left to sign up at the earlybird price ($28) for my first solo e-course hosted by the ever-so-lovely Jeanne Oliver.
Some lucky duck will receive a fun package filled with $130 worth of my fave supplies and this super sassy mini original valued at $70. Just follow Jeanne’s instructions on her blog post HERE.
You can read about and sign up for my class HERE. Remember, you need to first register as a member on her .ning site (it’s totally free). Once you are a member you can choose my class and sign up for it.
So if you are on the fence. Get off. For goodness sakes!
So excited to offer a spot in christy tomlinson’s new online course! you will love her new perspective that she has embraced with these super cute projects and lessons. just leave a comment about your fave pair of boots or your dream boots (just to make it fun) and I will draw a winner on Saturday, March 29th. Good luck, peeps!
The Boot Series Workshop
This workshop is a 3 week online workshop on sketching, creating and painting my boot series girls using watercolors! This class starts Tuesday, April 1st and once it starts you will have access to this workshop for 2 full years! Want to know more? here we go!
Christy’s wanted me to be sure to share the fabulous projects she will sharing with you over the course….
In week one, we will go over my inspiration process. I will share with you where I find inspiration and how to sketch them! Boots in particular can be hard and tricky to sketch, because you have to make sure you capture the depth of of the foot in the drawing. I will share with you the right and wrong way to this process, so you can see both!
I will show you how to sketch with a simply mechanical pencil, but also how to sketch using a stabilo which gives a cool shading affect when wet! The results are very different but both are very fun!
I will share with you my process for sketching, boots and clothing of ALL kinds! I will go over ideas for digging into your own closest to find inspiration for sketching as well! We will sketch several girls from lots of different season including spring, summer, winter, fall and even special holidays! It’s going to be so much fun!
Week two we will start the week by going over the basics of watercolors and brushes. I will share with you my techniques on what are my favorite watercolor mediums to use (as there are several options out there) and what works best for the techniques I do!
We will go over watercolor brushes, how different brushes & watercolors give you different looks and different results. THEN we will paint our sketches using the knowledge we have learned! I will go in depth on how I paint, shade, and highlight my girls and make the sketches start to come to life!
Week three I will share with you the final details on how I make my watercolors come to life! I will share with you my techniques on doodling using several different types of pen. Different pens to create different affects including using both black and white pens! I will also show you a extra fun twist by adding texture to watercolors with the use of stamps, Rubons and patterns. I will show you how to add the detail that is what makes it truly YOU and whimsical and fun.I will share with you my favorite pens for doodling and my favorite pens for adding additional shading and even highlighting.
I will also share you with some quick ideas for taking your watercolor supplies on the go! It will be a SUPER fun week!
I so hope you will join me in this fun new workshop!
The earlybird deadline to register for $28 is almost here! On April 1st, the price will increase to $32.
And if you are still on the fence, maybe this will help make up your mind. I have created a series of original “creativeGIRLS” watercolors that I am offering for sale exclusively to members of my course only. Each girl is seriously FILLED with yummy color and lots of danielle-ish detail. AND. I will ship it to you in a mat – ready for you to pop in a frame and hang in a corner of your creative space to spur you on during the class. She will be quiet but mighty. I promise.
Each girl is 4×6 and matted with a crisp, white core 8X10 mat – $62 plus shipping. She will be shipped USPS Priority Mail. Your invoice will reflect the cost of your piece and the exact cost of shipping to whatever faraway land you may live. Please send me a message in our classroom on Jeanne Oliver’s site and reference the number you would like. I will try to update this post as they sell – so refer back to here to see what is still available.
(And hey. She would be an AWESOME reference during the class too!)
More about the class…
The Land of Light and Shadow is a one week course with me (creativeGIRL) that will inspire you to add depth to your work by using a bunch of super fun techniques. You’ll play with all sorts of mediums including pencil and pen work, watercolors, acrylics and patterned paper creating yummy layers. And just when you think you are done, you’ll practice adding highlights and tucking in shadows here and there to make your art sparkle. Sounds awesome, right?
Please join me the week of April 28th for a romp with watercolors and white pens and all sorts of creative shenanigans into The Land of Light and Shadows.
This is a one week class with everything instantly available on April 28th!
The course has an early registration price of $28. After April 1st the price goes to $34