my 2015 online creativeGIRL course is going live in just a few days – monday, march 16 to be exact.
this round is all about really focusing and growing your creative practice in a new way (well, old way for me – new way for you maybe). its about working small. really small. allowing yourself the opportunity to take the overwhelming BIGNESS out of creativity – the need to grab big canvases and fill up every single corner of them. instead, we’ll soak up the white space, giving ourselves creative breathing room and a bunch of grace in the process. (and maybe your very own illustrated girl. yay!) a hearty dose of perspective, one of the backbones of my creative process. and a plethora of cuteness, color and imagination. (seriously. there is A LOT of color to be had.) and the best part? you’ll have an awesome new art journal to work in when class is over.
I am so happy to kick off my in-person workshops close to home. I am working on samples and taking notes this weekend – our two-day workshop will be all about big colors and even bigger rainbow-haired girls. If you have wanted to learn how to incorporate watercolors into your mixed-media practice – this is the class for you! We will spend our time learning how to move through our watercolor palettes, make the most of white space, white ink, and white paint.
I will be sharing my sample-making process this weekend on Instagram and Facebook so come take a gander!
I hope my local and not-so-local California peeps will consider joining me! You can read more and sign up for my workshop here! ART IS YOU WORKSHOPHurry up though – it’s only about a month away!
In Big colors, bold girls, we will practice building rainbow-sized watercolor palettes with magical results. With our newly acquired color confidence under our belts, we will develop our illustrative skills by working small and imagining BIG. We’ll put all the pieces together and learn how to illustrate and watercolor directly onto wood panels. The end result? A stunning, rainbow-haired girl to take home and nestle in your corner of the world.
Techniques and skills included are: watercolor techniques including mixing harmonious watercolor palettes, illustrative sketching and imaginative drawing, adding depth to illustrations with pencil, illustrating simple faces and intricate hair, layering ideas and techniques to turn watercolors into fun mixed-media pieces.
so over the last few years i have worked really hard to pull my artist-self up to a place that makes me happy.
finding the balance.
working all.the.time. 40 hours a week for my day job. and another bazillion as an artist.
finding the softness.
remembering that there is always something ahead and behind. better and worse. scary and comfortable. awesome and awful. hopeful and realistic.
you get the drift.
right in the middle of it. all of it. it is too much. but it is so good.
a few months ago i was finishing the last parts of my new book and for many reasons, my biography was by far the hardest part. cuteGIRL offered to write one for me. but wrote it from her perspective. i knew that it wouldn’t make it into the book because that isn’t how book bios roll. but. gosh. it was written into my heart.
so on the days where panic, judgement and overwhelm live and breath inside of me. i read it again. but this time, I want to share it. because the peeps that love you see you like cuteGIRL sees me. pretty flippin awesome.
My mom can create in more ways than what she displays on a canvas. She has always been talented, coloring since she was little, as most tiny humans do. However, my mom was able to bring her artistic skills into adulthood. Her ability to do so brings me to the most prominent adjective I would to describe her as an artist: dedicated. She was a little girl who loved to draw, but she is one of the lucky people who is able to bring her talent to life. She showed me dedication to doing what she loved as she was able to receive her degree in Graphic Design. She has never stopped being dedicated-when my brother, Clay, and I were little, she dedicated her time to making sure that our childhood’s would always be remembered through scrapbooking. She was so dedicated to her work, as well as her family, that she was able to yet again bring in her innate talent of artistic skill and adoration of her loved ones into one place. Through her dedication to these two important parts of her life, she was published in several scrapbooking magazines, how-to books, as well as creating her own line of product. It wasn’t just talent that brought success. It was dedication.
Even though I have grown up and moved away from home, my mom’s art still tells me stories. I have a piece in my room, a girl with a squirrel. She tells me to remember to not lose myself. I have a piece in my first grade classroom. This one reminds me that I’m loved even though I’m far away. While I know that she doesn’t share every story she purposefully tells, I know that each piece resonates with every person so envision his or her own story.. Yes, her art is whimsical, light, delicate, and graceful, but behind every stroke and pencil mark there is so much more. The paint shows me a million colors, but behind that I see a dedicated artist, a loving mother, a memory maker, a story teller, and a brave woman who is willing to put herself out there for the sake of doing what she loves.
I’m so proud to be your daughter.
Pretty powerful stuff.
PS. if you haven’t signed up for my online class “creativeGIRL: storybooks and studious girls” now is the time to do it! early bird registration is only $28 until february 2. it is going to be pretty darn fun and I would love to have you join me!
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.
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!!
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!
I don’t often share deep, meaningful stories. And, well, I am not going to start now.
But sometimes the right words fall into place and capture something. A conversation, an overwhelming moment of goodness. BIG. HUGE. colorful epiphanies.
I realized the someone I love gets me way more than I thought. Way more than I gave credit for. And things are just good.
So I finally figured out that it is all about surrounding yourself with the right peeps. And being very aware of the wrong peeps.
surround yourself with those who see your weaknesses as strengths, not your strengths as weaknesses
hurt, not angry
caring, not “too sensitive”
guarded, not bitter
thoughtful, not worried
strong, not weak
quiet, not absent
It may not make any sense to anyone but me. that’s ok. it may mean something entirely different to you. but i hope you know that you are full of all sorts of good stuff. don’t let anyone tell you differently. with their words or actions.