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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.

DON 5509b 300 copy i am offering up the prettiest pieces of me.

 

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!

 

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

i support creative practicing. roben-marie roberts smith.

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This post is the fourth 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.

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.

This week I am happy to share an amazingly creative soul (and constant inspiration to me), roben-marie roberts smith.

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?  

On my table right now is a Moleskine Planner for The Documented Life Project hosted by Art to the 5th, which is myself and four other artists. I was inspired by Lorraine Bell.  We were on vacationing in Grand Cayman and I saw her altered Moleskine Planner on the table and I wanted so badly to touch it, to see it, to hold it in my hands.  Finally, I could not stand it any longer and asked about it. Once I saw the components of calendar, diary and art journal I was sure that I needed one immediately. We hopped in the car and were so lucky to find four planners in stock on a tropical island. Clearly, it was meant to be! That planner has become a project we are sharing on Facebook which has grown larger than we could have ever imagined! (see journal in collage above)

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

I would love to sit next to Salvador Dali and talk to him about his Alice in Wonderland prints. When I saw the prints  in his museum I was taken by the beauty of the prints and how distinctly different they were from his other works with which I was familiar.  I wondered if his extreme shifts in style throughout his life, which fascinates me, represent shifts in his daily life? What happened? What does each style symbolize?

It fascinates me to see another artist whose style is shifting significantly as I feel shifts in my own style occurring.

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?

Anne Patay – You can find her all over my Pinterest Mixed Media board. I love how she uses line in her work. Her pieces are soft and mysterious and they really intrigue me.

 

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

When I am working to master a new technique or project, I find that I have to sit with it for a while. I let the thoughts and ideas marinate, turning them over in my mind, waiting for that moment when the missing piece announces its arrival. That is when my excitement builds and I run to my studio to get ideas down onto whatever medium I am using.  Once I start it is difficult to drag me away as I fight the  bit of scary that mixes in  with the excitement and fuels my adrenaline.  We all have that experience of fear that this is the last creative spurt I will ever have so I better enjoy it.

You can find Roben-Marie in SO MANY good places!

blog: www.robenmarie.com

workshops:  https://robenmarie-smith.squarespace.com/workshop-selections

tutorials: https://robenmarie-smith.squarespace.com/tutorials

etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/Robenmariesmith

 

Have you signed up for Studying Under the Masters yet? Well, get to it! I am giving away a pretty awesome prize if I do say so myself.  Just click the PayPal button below!

paypal i support creative practicing. roben marie roberts smith.

i support creative practicing. nancie rowe-janitz.

SUTM Nancie blog 580x580 i support creative practicing. nancie rowe janitz.

This post is the third 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.

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.

This week I am happy to share a dear friend (who offered me my first gig as a digital designer), nancie rowe-janitz.

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?  

This is an unfinished angel painting (see photo above) from Mindy Murphy Lacefield’s True Free Spirit class for December. It is a year long class with projects each month and it’s really changed the way I create. I don’t care if what I’m making is perfect and most times I don’t share it with the world. It’s become just for me. Mindy’s taught me to just trust and let go and not to worry about messing up. It’s a bit of collage, some stamping, gel sticks, sprays, oil pastels and lots of painting with my fingers. I usually do this Sunday nights in my basement, while watching The HallMark Channel and it’s become a form of relaxation and meditation for me. By the way, this is the first time I’ve painted on canvas! I don’t know why I am always hesitant to use canvas but I finally took the plunge…

Updated to include finished painting. Nancie let me know it very much reminds her of her mom.

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

You’ll have to excuse me on this, since I went to B-school and not Art School. icon smile i support creative practicing. nancie rowe janitz. But when I read this question, one artist popped immediately into my mind – Gustav Klimt. I am not even sure he is considered a “master”, but I have always been drawn to his art,  especially The Kiss. I love his work not just for the richly painted eroticism, all the spirals and bright colors and the collage-y feel, but I am a sucker for gold leaf! LOL! Seriously, I just love all the gold in his work. I am not sure what I would ask Mr. Klimt, but I think he was a bit of a scoundrel, so the conversation would for be interesting for sure. icon wink i support creative practicing. nancie rowe janitz.

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?

Well, since you, Mindy & Kelly already know me because I stalk you all (tee hee), I would have to say Sarah Ahearn Bellemere  Her simplistic painting and collage style really speaks to me and her method of keeping a sketchbook is a practice I am trying to emulate. Carrying a sketchbook with you in your purse or in the car when you go out, allows you to become more open and aware of the beauty around you better able to take down this inspiration before it is lost.  I admire Sarah’s art as well as her discipline (something I am greatly lacking!)

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

This is a difficult question because I find that this changes day to day, but I think the most important aspect of art is to relax into the process. If I’m not relaxed, or I don’t feel it coming together right away, I walk away. I may go back to the artwork periodically through the week, adding a bit of paint, or chalk, or gel stick or simply a piece of collage. If I don’t like something, I just paint over it with gesso or white paint.

Part of painting for me is that it has become a form of meditation and like meditation, when I find my mind wondering or worrying, I just keep going.

I have had days when I am painting and nothing is working, but i keep going and it somehow not only comes together for me, but these “difficult” pieces are usually my favorite. As you can see with my December angel, she has no face because I kept painting faces I didn’t like and rubbed them away with a baby wipe. She will have a face this week! icon smile i support creative practicing. nancie rowe janitz.

You can find Nancie and inspiring creative work on her website and Pinterest:

www.nancierowejanitz.com
http://www.pinterest.com/nrjanitz/

 

Have you signed up for Studying Under the Masters yet? Well, get to it! I am giving away a pretty awesome prize if I do say so myself.  Just click the PayPal button below!

paypal i support creative practicing. nancie rowe janitz.