creative process

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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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 -
  • 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!

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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.


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.


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!


word. surround yourself with the right peeps.

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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.

so there.

and hey, I have a new online class. want to join me? i would love that. creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows. earlybird pricing people. take advantage of it.

creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadows


creativeGIRL final logo 580x412 creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadowsI am so stinkin’ excited to share that I am FINALLY teaching my very own online class. (Hopefully the first of many) Jeanne Oliver has graciously offered to play hostess-with-the-mostest.

creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows.

 Once upon a time there was a tiny-ish girl who loved to cut, draw, and paint. She saw things in the sunshine and shadows that other people never seemed to notice. She bounced all that wonderfulness around inside her noggin for a bit, and out popped magical pieces of art that told her stories when words couldn’t.

I’m that girl, and guess what? I want to share a part of my creativeSTORY with you. YES YOU!

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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

So hurry my little earlybirds! Go grab your spot today right here: creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows

studying under the masters. class starts tomorrow.

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If you haven’t taken the time to sign up for Studying Under the Masters. You should. This is going to be so amazing people.

And it starts TOMORROW!


If you want a chance to win me and register for the class.  Hit the PayaPal button below and join me! (You can only be eligible for the drawing of ME if you purchase the class through MY website.)

Once you have purchased your space with the PayPal button below –  please register at Jeanne Olvier’s creative network (this is free).  Once your membership is approved you will be added manually to the course.  This can take up to 72 hours.  Once you have been given access please go to the main page of Studying Under The Masters, click +join in the upper right hand corner and you will be in.

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creative collaboration. courtney walsh.

my friend, courtney walsh has a way with words. she puts things in perspective. makes you think. dig a little deeper.

and she is a bonafide writer with published books and everything. and she is sweet. and open. i love that i have connected with her.

she posted these words earlier this week. and it really resonated with me.

so i just messaged her and said (because if any of you know me, i randomly put fear of rejection aside and just ask.) hey, can I combine your words with my art and give the print away?

because i want to throw some danielle-ish love out there. so here it is. i hope you love it enough to print it as a reminder that you are a good person. and sometimes you just have to move on.

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Studying Under the Masters – one more week!

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Are you getting as excited as I am?

We can’t wait to create with you!

To register click HERE or pay below.

The course will begin on January 14th!

$62 for this nine week online course.

The content will be available for TWO YEARS!

Studying Under the Masters online course is just a week away! And because I am such a believer in this idea – this process of openly learning from others who inspire me – the magical turn when something of theirs gets transformed into something that is all me - I am going to offer myself up.

If you register for this online class using my PayPal button (below or on my sidebar) you will be entered in a drawing to become my apprentice for 1 month. The apprenticeship includes the following:

  1. A one hour skype session – sitting side by side while we paint and I show you some of my secret tips and techniques
  2. 2 twenty-minute calls to chat about anything – your creative hang-ups, my process, or just lots of love to keep you creating.
  3. A weekly creative prompt from me with photo inspiration and a 30-day creative challenge
  4. Access to me via email to answer any questions you might have – I’ll send you one email response at the end of the week to answer your questions
  5. And a gift from me to you in your mailbox at the end of the month

The winner will be chosen at the end of my week of the Studying the Masters Online course. Remember, in order to be eligible, you must pay for the class with MY PayPal button. If you have already registered with my PayPal button with one of my other posts, please leave a comment on this post or PM me on Facebook.

I do hope that you decide to take this course – I just know it is going to be AMAZING!

Once you have purchased your space with the PayPal button below –  please register at Jeanne Olvier’s creative network (this is free).  Once your membership is approved you will be added manually to the course.  This can take up to 72 hours.  Once you have been given access please go to the main page of Studying Under The Masters, click +join in the upper right hand corner and you will be in.


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i support creative practicing. jen osborn.

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This post is the fifth in my new series, “I support creative practicing”. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be sharing some of the creative souls that help me to grow as an artist.  Each of them openly acknowledges who pushes them to grow their art. Each of them supports the process of creative practicing. Soaking it all in, learning from all sorts of creatives and then turning it all into something that they can call their own. As it should be. Seriously.

This week I am happy to share one of my favorite peeps, jen osborn. We are able to have complete conversations using only FB stickers. I love that.

Tell me about what is sitting on your art table right now. Who inspired you to create it? What did you see that spurred you into action?  Can we see a picture of it?  

Right now I have a couple cardboard houses that I’m painting for friends and family with acrylic paint. I want to try using my background techniques for painting on canvas, and then use an oil based pen to draw details around the doors and windows after.

I found these awesome cardboard houses on Etsy while looking for Christmas decorations, and I thought they would be great gifts for after the New Year. I’m thinking it might be fun to draw the recipients word for 2014 on it, and then they can fill it with things that helped them realize their word as the year progresses.

I did this really fun house for the release of Roben-Marie’s stamp line. I’ve also been drawing a lot of houses in my art journals for a couple years now, so a 3D house seemed like the next step. I used my painted/ stamped house, and Linda Woods painted houses as a starting point.

If you could sit next to one of the masters and pick their creative brains, who would it be and why?  

Wow, I would like to spend a day with so many of them, but if I could only choose one it would have to be Vincent Van Gogh. I would love to sit and talk with him about how he viewed the world; why he choose to portray the world in swirls and slaps of paint. I know he was a tortured soul, but I can totally relate to his unbridled compulsion when it came to creating I saw an exhibit of his original painting at the Detroit Institute of art, and his story of unrequited love and personal torment really touched my heart.. I am in love with my palate knife, and he did things with that simple tool that blows my mind to this day. The science side of my brain would love to have long discussions with Leonardo DaVinci. His imagination and mastery of everyday objects is phenomenal. I would love to share art journals with him, and daydream about creating fantastical machines.

Feel free to add a link to something that would help explain…

Vincent Van Gogh – the letters:

Vincent Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam:

Vincent van Gogh – Metropolitan Museum of Art:

If you could sit next to a creative crush for a day, who would it be? And don’t cheat, it has to be someone who has no idea who you are?

Spending time creating with other artists is hands down one of my favorite things to do. Since I create all day at home by myself, I have to admit that I spend a fair amount of time daydreaming about playdates! There are so many I could choose from either people I’m blessed to actually know, to artists that I stalk on Instagram. If I could sit and crush groove all day with someone right now who has no idea who I am it would have to be the Japanese illustrator/ director Hayao Miyazaki. His works had such a huge influence on my art when I was first starting out, and I really try to maintain his fresh & childlike perspective when creating art. He’s able to reach across nationalities, and create characters that speak to our hearts. The fact that he just drew his last movie hits home the fact that it would be a life changing meeting for me. I have huge respect for the storytellers of all generations.

It’s a true gift to be able to convey a story so that the person hearing it actually cares about the outcome.

That’s a gift Miyazaki-san definitely has.


If you can, describe the magical turn when something that comes together -when all the bits and pieces fall together after lots of practice? 

Sometimes I have a hard time falling into my groove. My daily life can be really quiet, and sometimes I need music or background noise to get peaceful inside. I can only create amazing things when I am completely still in my soul. For me it starts with a tickle or itch in my fingertips. I get a bit flushed in the face, and my heart starts to race a bit as I fall into the groove of creating. I loose all track of time, and it can either zoom by or tick away at a snail’s pace depending on my mood. It’s like running a marathon, giving birth, or doing really good drugs; it’s a rush that starts in the center of my mind and spreads outward like a ginormous explosion.

You can find Jen and more about her creative ways at the following:


I have been asked to be a part of an upcoming class, Studying Under the Masters hosted by Jeanne Oliver and includes 7 other amazing artists. The premise of the class is that each of us will study under a master artist as an apprentice. I will be focusing on Georgia O’Keeffe and copying her work and studying her as an apprentice would. I will (hopefully) take bits and pieces of what I learned from her and turn them into something that is all mine.

Have you signed up for Studying Under the Masters yet? It starts this month and it is going to be awesome!  Just click the PayPal button below!

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