danielle

creativeGIRL: my very own book release party!

hello my crafty little souls! I am working away at my edits for my book and am so excited for it to come out next summer.

and guess what?

i am throwing myself a party to celebrate its release. i do hope you will consider joining me for my festivity-filled art day at the Kennedy School in downtown Portland, Oregon. If you haven’t ever visited a McMenamins property – you are in for a treat.

I have reserved a sassy and sweet little corner of the school called the library room – it has tables and couches and comfy chairs. After an art-filled day, I will be heading over to the detention bar and am happy to sign books for anyone who just wants to hang out.

So read below to get all of the details and I can’t wait to meet you there! oh. and this hotel sells out really fast so if you plan to stay the night – book early!!!

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creativeGIRL: mixed-media techniques for an artful life

I am ridiculously happy to announce that my book creativeGIRL: mixed-media techniques for an artful life (just click on the title or the cover and it will take you to the right place) is now available for pre-order ON AMAZON peeps! I do hope that you will consider adding it to your holiday wish list. I promise it is full of fun and amazingly do-able techniques and projects. and leave a comment if you do pre-order to make this girl smile even more.

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A Roaring Twenties Affaire

I am so happy to be a part of such a beautiful and artistic event, A Roaring Twenties Affaire  we be held on May 14-17, 2015 at The Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach, CA hosted by Kim Allistair Caldwell (Artistic Bliss Designs). The details and love that go into Kim’s events are just amazing.  My portion of the weekend will be filled with a fancy flapper girl made up of some fun illustration work followed by watercolors and some snippets of patterned paper and white ink. So much fun! Just click the photo below to read more about it!

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love from the dorm room.

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Life Book 2015 registration is open my friends.

I would love for you to join me and a plethora of amazing artists who want to share the love. (And I would love for you to join by clicking MY link.)

You will automatically be added to my classPET list. there will be perks involved.

winner. winner. chicken dinner. (life book 20I5)

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Leroy, my trusty studio companion has picked the Life Book 20I5 FREE SPOT. Thank you for all the sweet comments and playing along. And now for the winner……(leroy, start the drum roll.)

STEPHANIE SHARP – WELCOME TO LIFEBOOK 20I5! 
( You will soon be contacted with all the details.)

Be sure to check out all Life Book 20I5 teachers on the Blog Hop.

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Come join me for Life Book 2015 and don’t forget registration opens October 6th. And if you sign up through me, well lets just say there is an awesome prize for one very lucky girl! Just click here to get more juicy information. This is really going to be a fun ride.

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life book 20I5 – a blog hop.(and giveaway)

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I am so stoked to be part of the Life Book 2015 gang. Registration opens October 6th, so get ready to take this year long journey with an amazing group of creatives. We each have some pretty amazing fun planned for you. I hope you will consider joining in. And did I mention we are going to have SO much fun!

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And to put the cherry on top. I am giving away on FREE SPOT. If you leave a comment on this post and sign up for my newsletter (its on my sidebar), I will enter you in the drawing. Your comment should include why you would love to be part of this next Life Book tour and that you have signed up for my newsletter. No really, easy peasy.  The winner will be randomly picked and announced on September 19th (thats a Friday).

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Now just check out all of the juicy, creative goodness.

8th September 2014 – Tamara Laporte -  http://www.willowing.org/
9th September 2014 – Jane Davenport – http://janedavenport.com/
10th September 2014 – Joanne Sharpe – http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.co.uk/
11th September 2014 -  Jenny Lee Wentworth – http://jennyleewentworth.blogspot.co.uk/
12th September 2014 -  Violette Clark – http://www.violette.ca/
13th September 2014 -  Chris Zydel – http://creativejuicesarts.com/

YOU are here!
14th September 2014 -  Danielle Donaldson – http://danielledonaldson.com/

Head on over HERE tomorrow!
15th September 2014 -  Effy Wild – http://effywild.com/

Come join me for Life Book 2015 and don’t forget registration opens October 6th. And if you sign up through me, well lets just say there is an awesome prize for one very lucky girl! Just click here to get more juicy information. This is really going to be a fun ride.

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.