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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!

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i support creative practicing. nancie rowe-janitz.

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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!

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i support creative practicing. danielle daniels.

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This post is the second 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 the very talented girl that has the best name ever (I wonder why?!), danielle daniels.

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?  

My art table has been sparse these last few months as I continue to (painfully) work on a collection of short stories. Danielle’s most recent works are noted in the photo collage above.

Vintage books of North American animals have immensely inspired me. I often scour the consignment shops in search of them to help encourage me to tell my own stories that sit on the cusp of my heart. These animals are my biggest muses at this time, so much so, that I have written and illustrated a book of Totem Animals called “Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox.”

The artists that have created the animals that I find while exploring continue to cultivate a deep hunger within me to develop my own style and body of work.   Danielle’s vintage books can be seen in the collage above and is labeled “vintage books”)             

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

Without a doubt, the Master Painter I would like to sit and have a tête-à-tête with is Van Gogh. I had the privilege of seeing his work in Paris and at an exhibit just two years ago in Ottawa Canada that showcased his final works inspired by his time in the South of France.

Viewing his paintings in person moved me to tears. I was so transfixed by each one of his canvases that it took me hours to get through them all. I followed his brushstrokes with my eyes and at times I was so overcome, I had to walk away to catch my breath. For me, the content was not as important as the execution of his work. It was the way I was stirred as I gazed onto his canvases. It reached into the depths of my soul.

Van Gogh’s paintings are bold and vivid, and standing before his work, you could sense his passion. He was definitely one of a kind. He still is. I think more than anything I would just love to watch him execute a painting, from beginning to end.

The painting that moved me more than all the others was a surprise. It was not my favorite before, but the reaction I had to this painting after gazing upon it catapulted me. It lifted me to a place of awe. I am so grateful for his body of work. It continues to inspire me, and I expect it will evermore.

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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?

I do have a creative crush on a French artist. She is in my opinion the finest living illustrator of our time and I would LOSE MY MIND if I could ever spend the day with her. Her name is Rebecca Dautremer. She paints with gouache, which is something I have not tried (yet), but rather it is her images that astound me. She transports me into a world that is unknown, but one I want to stay in, and linger. Her work is imaginative, poetic and bold. Her work is singular and in my opinion, she is a Modern Master.

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

The magic for me does not happen as often as you might think. I am constantly learning and growing and pushing through often-uncomfortable stages to reach a single moment of bliss—of magic. However, there are some moments that make all the difficulty worth it. For instance, I’m sure I will party like it’s 1999 when I can finally get the hands to look like hands. icon wink i support creative practicing. danielle daniels.

I know I will never stay at one stage for long because I need to grow.

I need to push all the time or I feel like I’m dying. And it’s the times that I resist change that it hurts the most. I’ve learned not to hold on so tight anymore and trust that I am going where I’m supposed to go. It’s almost a curse to live this way. But it’s who I am. Some of us are meant to take voyages into places that make us feel anything but comfortable. Until then I will continue to be inspired by all the great artists that came before me and the ones that live among us, still.

Danielle Daniel teaches online and in person. Find out more here: www.danielledaniel.com

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!

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studying under the masters-grab it while you can!

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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 if you want a chance to win me AND save money, you need to purchase the class now for $48. If you wait it will still be awesome but on December 14, it will cost $62.

So 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.)

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i support creative practicing. kelly barton.

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This post is the first 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.

While this class will hold different meanings and have different a-ha moments for each teacher but for me, I think it is really important that we find a way to acknowledge that we all (every single one of us) practices by emulating other artists, old and new, to learn and grow our own style of creating. We need to start openly sharing that we pull inspiration from everything and tuck it away in our noggin to use another time. And that the beauty in all of this is that there is a magic moment when it all comes together and becomes something that is ours alone. I want fingers to point at others in a positive rather than negative way.

(So basically, I hate the copying foshizz that is going on. The accusations, the fear of sharing my process, and the folks who actually copy things without taking the time to make it their own. And most certainly the negative drama that ensues within ourselves, our friends and peeps we don’t even know.) *I am not saying it is ok to blatantly copy and sell it as your own – that’s copyright infringement and just bad juju. So don’t hate on me in the Comments section.

I am hoping that in my week during the course – I can spill my creative guts out and share who I love and how they helped me.  And I am hoping you will too when I share what you have to say in your guest blog post.

This week I am happy to share my creative other-half, Kelly Barton.

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?  

at this very moment, my BIG green table is filled with wood slices. they were inspired by two different forces. a chain of events really. last summer during the Your Story retreat as a poem was read i began drawing a really organic object, as i listened to the words i found myself pulling the lines over one another and ended it with a little heart kite. i sat there looking at it, happy and satisfied.

as if this little drawing was the noble peace prize. (i rarely get this feeling)

I knew that this would soon be a series. moving down the road to a few weeks ago, i hadn’t been creative much and i just was feeling this itch to paint something and i posted a little picture of a heart, in my “threaded” style and my girl nina cunningham (an amazing artist) sent me a note telling me how it reminded her of a family member who had lost her husband and how brave in love she was. so i grabbed a little wood slice and painted a threaded heart for her and titled it brave.love.

i love the idea of our hearts filled with all the criss crossing, tangles  and clear skies we have greeted in life. 

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

gosh this one is so hard for me to answer. could it be more like the last supper and i am sitting in the middle of 12 masters with a good cocktail and they are waiting to help me with whatever technique i wanted to work on next. there is so much to learn and i have been inspired by so many artists.

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?

lenny kravitz???? oh you mean as in the visual or studio arts. well dang.

if i could sit and paint with anyone (who has no clue who i am) than i would say jesse reno. to just sit, chat and paint would be amazing. i have been wanting to take a class from him, for years and just for process and creating new items from old items, dolan geiman. he is a midwest dude (chicago). he uses so many elements to create a piece of art. and the use of his colors and flair make me happy. he just seems to have created quite a following and brand.

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 was little i loved christmas. my parents never had much money. my dad is an educator and my mom stayed home with us. but somehow they made it magical. we were allowed to sleep around the tree, with the lights on and each christmas morning my older brother would come wake up my sister and me and take us down to see what santa had delivered. and there around the tree were three little piles of goodies. i used to be so excited. santa never wrapped our presents. it was magic. wondering how that tubby dude made it into the house and not burn his bum when he went through the chimney, that led to our furnace.

magic. it feels like that.

You can find Kelly and soulfully creative work on her website and Etsy:

www.kellybarton.com
www.kellybarton.etsy.com

 

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!

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holiday cheer. custom tutuGIRLS

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I have had so much fun creating my newest series of tutuGIRLS. peeps are snapping the originals up as fast as I can make them (insert happyface danielle here.) i am working on shipping a handful today and have a few more on my desk to finish up. SO. while I am in the tutuGROOVE/holidaySPIRIT – I wanted to offer free shipping within the US for custom tutu orders that are placed by Saturday, December 7. I will be limiting the number of custom pieces to 6 to be sure I can finish them to ship on Monday, December 9.

I am offering two sizes – both are on high quality watercolor paper:

8X10 ($100) + Free Shipping in the US (2-3 day priority mail)

9X12 ($135) + Free Shipping in the US (2-3 day priority mail)

You can see several of my new girls in my portfolio on my website here. Please keep in mind the size on which I am working – I am open to color preferences and your suggested themes (ie. cats, farmers, artist) but I hold the creative reins, so to speak.

If you would like to order, please head over to my ETSY shop and look for the above custom order graphic. Use coupon code tutuSPIRIT13 to recieve free shipping.