danielle

your uniqueness

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sweetBOY and I were chatting about the dreaded copying thing.  where the line is. what to say. when to be flattered.

i have talked a lot about creative practicing and what that looks like to me. when everything I have soaked up and studied becomes mine.

it’s ok to copy when you are practicing. some would disagree and that is totally ok. i know that when i need to learn how to draw a unicorn. i have to look at a picture of an unicorn. every single artist looks at other artists work. judges it in their own mind. mentally circles the parts that speak to her. crosses the other stuff off the list of possibilities. everyone. and if they say they don’t, i call bull****. unless they are a hermit with no power and no access to a mailbox. those guys get a pass.

when is it not ok?

for me. (and let me repeat it. FOR ME) it’s when you stare at it long enough that it is emblazoned in your noggin and you don’t even know it. and then you put it on paper. and you still don’t even know it but you pretty much recreated that tattooed mental image. when you hit the upload button and sweat it out a little inside. (pretty sure you know what I am talking about.) and then you share it as your own. often we don’t do it on purpose. sometimes not though. 

i am not the girl that is going to sit around and point fingers. i honestly don’t have the energy to spare. but I need a way to see it and let it go with goodness. and i need to give the world a little grace. and mostly i need remind myself to be flattered that someone loves my stuff enough to take time to work it into their own art and that the process makes them happy. because even creative goodness rolls downhill and I am NOT on top of the hill. not by a long shot.

sweetBOY listens to me as I decide which side of the fence to sit on today (hormones may be involved). and he says.

your uniqueness comes from style, not content.  -clay donaldson

and that puts me exactly where I need to be. no fences involved.

join me for my workshop at donna downey’s studio!

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!!

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remember your goodness.

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the past few months have been a whirlwind to say the least . all good things.

but for a girl who doesn’t whirl often and gets cranky when its windy.

well. i get overstimulated.

my noggin never shuts down when its slow. but when its fast. holy smokes. and i need to rest.

but really even when my body looks lazy. my brain isn’t. (i have a feeling that I am not the only one either.)

this week i actually had some moderate level, deep down panic. like what-if-i-run-out-of-ideas? (pfft. you say)

and then i remember. that is literally impossible for me.

remember your goodness and your greatness.

my new mantra. the presiding jesuit priest at cuteGIRL’s grad mass gifted these words to the class. and to me. and they have stuck.

remember the good in you and don’t forget the great stuff you add to this world. (yes, you.)

i am offering up the prettiest pieces of me.

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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 page and 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.

 

creativeGIRL class love.

classgoodness 580x580 creativeGIRL class love. 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 again jeanne oliver for giving me the opportunity to shine.

(An amazingly awesome bit of love from kooky makes about 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.

  • doodle flower by Sara Fitton, Ditsy Bird Designs - http://instagram.com/ditsybird
  • creativeFAIRY by  Veronica Hurly – FB
  • girl with words by Lindsay Ostrom – blog
  • rainbowish portrait by kooky makes -FB
  • beautiful flowers by daria pneva – blog
  • lovely blooms by lisa wright – FB

I am off for a great graduation adventure this weekend. cuteGIRL is so excited as is her super proud mom. catch all y’all on the flipside. it’s time to hit it!

goodness gracious golly gosh. says creativeGIRL.

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my very first solo online class is starting on monday!

awesome projects. new stuff to give you a spark in your own super lovely creative way.

are you in?

if you aren’t, there’s still time to join me. just $34 and you have access to the videos for a whole year!

to read more and enroll just head over to creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows

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bigHUGE extra-exciting news (and a giveaway)

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sometimes you just have to imagine the goodness around the corner.

and then let it go and just do what you do to get things done.

and sometimes it feels like that corner is a bazillion miles away.

and you tuck in bits and pieces of what you love to do in the gaps in between all of it.

and then the around the corner stuff? it actually happens.

out of the blue. and it is flippin’ awesome.

i am so excited to share that i was asked to share my art and my process in a book with North Light Books!

creativeGIRL is going to be an author. seriously. so much happiness about this.

SO MUCH!

and to celebrate, just sign up for my newsletter on the side bar and leave me a note on this post and you will have a chance to will an original tutuGIRL – just for you.

so get to it (and sharing the love might just give you bonus points) I will pick a winner on Monday.

 

dusty soul here.

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this pretty much sums it all up for me.

dusting myself off.

with color.

eraser bits.

and.

goodness.

creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows (my first online solo class)

tomorrow is the last day to join in on the fun for the earlybird price. it is going to be pretty darn good. i hope you will join me.

to register for my class, please be sure you are registered on jeanneoliver.ning.com as a member first. it’s free. once you are a member of the site, just click on creativeGIRL and join!

creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows (a GINORMOUS givaway)

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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!

 

who wants a spot in christy tomlinson’s boot series workshop?

 

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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! 

To join in on the fun – you can register at:

http://christytomlinson.typepad.com/christy_tomlinson_worksho/the-boot-series-workshop.html