i feel like it has been forever.

possibly because it has.

i must admit, blogging and website updates are not my faves. i wish i felt compelled to write more but if I have to choose between art and blogging. well. posts will be rare.

but there are so many wonderful things happening right now in my creative world that I thought I would just list them all and pretend for a moment to feel caught up!

I am the lucky recipient of my lovely friends newest and most wonderful book, Paper Hearts. Courtney Walsh was kind enough to ask me to be a part of her release party and you can find a little danielle donaldson downloadable to use as a device background or even to print and frame! I can’t wait to read her book. I just know it is going to be wonderful!

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I am so excited to start my next online workshop hosted by my delightful and sassy friend, jeanne oliver. I just finished all of my handouts and samples and am heading into my (garage) video studio this week to film all my projects. This class is going to be creatively EPIC peeps! $28 early-bird pricing is available until february 2 – then it goes up to $48. Personally, I think even if you end up paying full price (with LIFETIME access) you will NOT be disappointed. BUT why pay full price when you can sign up now! To purchase the class you must be registered (it’s free!) on www.jeanneoliver.ning.com first. Once you get confirmation that you are registered on the site (be patient though – jeanne and staff personally accept each registration to be sure the spambots stay away) you can look under courses and select creativeGIRL: storybooks and studious girls. storybooks

I am also so excited (and possibly a little smidge of overwhelmed) about all of my in-person workshops that I have scheduled this year.  I have several workshops ranging from an afternoon to a three-day workshop scheduled. They are all over the map in the US and even one in Canada. A couple are just in the planning stages so stay tuned for more details on those!

  • My most wonderful class at donna downey’s studio only has 2 spaces left. I know a bunch of the participants from past workshops and even some sunshine-filled online friends that I am so excited to see in person!
  • For my canadian friends – I will be at sleepy dog farm in victoria, bc for a most relaxing and fulfilling workshop hosted by Andrea Soos – Six Breaths Retreat. I am pretty sure that it has only a space or two left. It sounds heavenly and I cannot wait!
  • I am teaching close to home and heart in april at art-is-you in petaluma, ca. my dear friend, lisa (who lost her brave battle with cancer last year) was a big part of art coming back into my life. because I work full time, i had not joined lisa at art-is-you in the past but I know that when I am there I will be surrounded by her spirit and those who continue to love her. Registration opens soon so keep an eye out!
  • I also part of a fab line-up of amazing artists at a roaring twenties affaire (artistic bliss designs)Kim Allistair Caldwell organizes the most beautiful luxurious events!
  • Life Book 2015 is under way but it is not too late to join in the fun and friend-making. I have been seriously impressed with the wonderful videos and community within.

And last, but not least – I have been working very hard on completing my first book, creativeGIRL: mixed-media projects for an artful life. it is full of some of my favorite projects and insight to my own personal art process including how I organize my little, creative world. although it is not available until july, 2015 you can pre-order it now on amazon.

  • I am throwing myself my very own book release party! I do have just a few spots left and it will be quite possibly the best party ever – I hope you will join me at the kennedy school hotel in portland, or!
  • I have a couple more central/mid-west book release workshops in the works and will do my best to actually blog about them when I have the details. 🙂

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Well, whew! I think that covers all my BIG stuff so far this year! (And I am sure I missed stuff) I will leave you with a little January eye-candy – a little glimpse of what is magically flying out of my fingers right now. And leave a comment, let me know what you are up to or if you have any questions for me!

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Comments 9

  1. Danielle, I just wanted to say how happy I am for you and all these Wonderful and Amazing opportunities happening to you!

    I LOVE ALL Your Art, so I cannot wait for this second class of yours at Jeanne’s site and for July and the release of your Awesome Book!

    Thanks for Sharing Paper Hearts and your downloadable. looking forward to checking this book out.

    Have a Stupendous Day! Jackie

  2. So excited about your plans for the year, so much to look forward to. Your art and attitude and lovely take on the day to day is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. Xxxx

  3. Paper Hearts is a very sweet story….i enjoyed it…..so happy for all the good things happening in your art Danielle. Remember to breathe and just take it one step at a time….wish i could come in person. maybe something will come up.
    best wishes on all your workshops
    jeanie

  4. Hi Danielle,
    I just ADORE your art work. I loved your last online class..the mini houses are my favorites.

    I’m all registered for this new class and hoping to have my hydrous watercolors by then…Blick has been out of stock 🙁

    Anyway…if you ever find your way to CT, we have a fantastic scrapbook/ mixed media/ art store called The Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook CT.

    Traci Larson, the owner loves having guest instructors. The shoreline in CT is so lovely in summer…just sayin, lol.

    Thanks for all your inspiration!

  5. I wish I lived near some of these places, I’d surely attend…. Can hardly wait for your bargain class, CreativeGIRL! My journal has been delivered and I’m ready to go.
    Congratulations on all of your success!

  6. Danielle, I love to hear about all the good things going on in your life for this new year. I am super excited to be able to a small part of some of them!! I have already signed up for the online class, as your first one was one of my favorites from last year that I took….. already have your new book on preorder….. and… the best…. I will be at Donna Downeys for your weekend class in May. So, as I am excited for you, it gives me much excitement to anticipate learning more from you and your talents that you share so graciously!! Congratulations and I look forward to seeing you soon!!, Love, Jane

  7. So excited for all the adventures you are having Danielle. I’m all signed up for your new class and can’t wait! Your art is beautiful and joyful – thanks heaps for the printable:)

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