A Color Narrative (Early Bird Alert)

I am so excited to share the news my NEW workshop at the Jeanne Oliver Newtwork — a Color Narrative! Color tells stories and shares emotion in ways words can’t. In our time together, I’ll help you discover the beauty of each color and the stories they are ready to help you share through your art. We’ll begin by learning how to build limited color palettes that travel well and push you to figure out how to create your own beautiful colors. Once we have built our palettes, we’ll learn to mix a plethora of colors with a series of simple questions and adjustments. Next, we’ll work on some exercises that will reveal the importance of composition in storytelling – painting different kinds of watercolor washes with an emphasis on layering techniques and mark-making. We’ll conclude our time together with a pretty give-it-a-spin illustration project that includes a fancy globe filled …

E is for excellent starts to exciting book projects

E is for excellent starts to exciting book projects

E is for excellent starts to exciting book projects. I have an exponential amount of work to do. #danielledonaldsonart #danielledonaldsonbooks A photo posted by Danielle Donaldson (@danielledonaldson) on Sep 5, 2016 at 11:50am PDT

Umm the jar is the best part

Umm the jar is the best part

Umm the jar is the best part but I am keeping it a secret until I create some class graphics. #danielledonaldsonworkshops #danielledonaldsonart A photo posted by Danielle Donaldson (@danielledonaldson) on Aug 28, 2016 at 2:56pm PDT

21 secrets: color, color, color – earlybird alert!

      I am so excited to share the news that I am a part of 21 SECRETS: Color, Color, Color! edition. In short, 21 SECRETS is a 150+ page downloadable eBook filled with 25+ hours of videos, full colored photos, templates, and clear instruction intended to inspire and deepen the way you approach art journaling.  What makes 21 SECRETS even more special is that you receive all the content at once — YOU get to pick and choose which workshops to do and when! No waiting around for your favorites and no need to feel rushed or falling behind — these workshops are YOURS TO KEEP! In this Color, Color, Color! edition, I was asked to focus my attention on how color influences my creativity and is an important element in my art making. You’ll learn how to study, practice and imagine leaves in a very danielle-ish way. I share my alternative way of journaling, a cool way of …

be still. a new online class!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get to teach BE STILL to the most sassy and sweet group of women at Jeanne Oliver’s, THE LIVING STUDIO, in Castle Rock, CO. It was a day filled with lots of color and smiles and a plethora of wonderful food and stunning views. I am a very lucky girl indeed! so I thought I would pass on a bit of the love to the rest of my little online world and capture my process and project for the class on video last week and offer it for immediate viewing yesterday so folks could play along as I taught and the sign ups were overwhelming! Thanks so much to each of you! if you didn’t sign up yesterday – you can still join in on the fun! It includes over 2 hours of video and one of my handy dandy handouts. And it’s ready …

wheel o’ color and texas shenanigans

  Many, many messages have popped into my inbox about my new palette. It is AWESOME! You can see it in action HERE, buy one of your own HERE and at my in-person classes of course. Where can I join in on the fun, you ask? Lubbock, TX is up next and there are a few spots left. We will be illustrating color-filled farm animals and learning how to work with big palettes of color. I hope you can hop on a plane or zoom in by car to join in on the fun! The workshop will be held June 10-12, 2016 in Lubbock, TX and is only $450! You can email jenni@blessedtobeartists.com to sign up!  

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blog hop book giveaway!

It’s great when you have great friends who also happen to be great artists and authors!  So I rounded them up for a blog hop book giveaway! Annie O’Brien Gonzalez of Bold Expressive Painting Carrie Schmitt of Painted Blossoms Gina Rossi Armfield of No Excuses Watercolor and me (of course!) Danielle Donaldson author of Creative Girl Use the form below to enter to My creativeGIRL Book Drawing! Then, Visit My Friends to Enter to Win one of their fabulous books on their sites… Carrie Schmitt Annie O’Brien Gonzalez Gina Rossi Armfield

so much goodness.

i have so many color-filled things in store this year! so many it’s like a virtual rainbow exploding in my noggin on a daily basis. along with a few dark clouds of doubt that i can get it all in order in time to share it all with you. so lets get to it, shall we? ONLINE my online class ‘all creatures lovely and small’ is only one month away! i am in the midst of making the videos this weekend and it is chock full of goodness. lots of color. lots. earlybird pricing ends tomorrow so if you have been on the fence, jump on over now! you can read/register about it in my post HERE  IN-PERSON i just taught at the ever-so-filled-with-sunshine studio of Karen Brooks in Sacramento, CA. we had a wonderful time learning how to work with watercolors and creating a foliage-filled compass rose. it was …

all creatures lovely and small-early bird registration is open!

  Ellies, pups and bunnies, oh my! One whole week of online creative goodness! We will start off our week with a good dose of danielle-ish color theory. This isn’t your everyday color-wheel stuff. As a matter of fact, it is kind of the opposite. You’ll learn how to work with color in a whole new way. You’ll find your very own colorful voice with a series of simple exercises that will not only build your creative signature but seriously boost your watercolor confidence. Next we’ll pick up our mechanical pencils and illustrate some quirky and goodness-filled animal friends. You’ll learn how to break down their bits and pieces and then reassemble them in a bunch of different ways. And then we’ll add soft, yummy layers of color and delicate details. We’ll wrap up our week by building a lovely, layered block of patterned paper, snippets of ribbon and a …

website love. designing for the creative.

my creative evolution has been a slow-but-steady one. not always because I am thoughtful or plan out what I do but because I get bogged down with the details. i can turn a simple change into a 32 page project with sub-level to-do’s faster than anyone I know. and most of the time I stall in big ways. this year is all about getting out of my own way. slowly of course. old habits die hard. enter Noelle Mena. my new fancy-smanchy web wrangler. she came to my rescue when I decided on a whim to change out my wordpress theme. (whims are NOT my friend. see paragraph above) I LOVE my new website. and Noelle. she listened to what I really needed and found the best way for me to be able to acheive it. AND. she made sure I knew how to pimp it on my own. AND. …

three new workshops available today!

pretty darn excited to share that my new creativeGIRL instructional videos (made with love by North Light Books to compliment my book, creativeGIRL: mixed media projects for an artful life) are now available for instant download and in dvd format. so much goodness fills each one. and now you can even watch a little sneak peek on youtube. I have added all the yummy info to my book page on my website with easy click-through buttons to purchase them if you are inspired to do so. pretty sure you will be! Just click HERE and scroll down to read all about my three new video workshops and watch the previews!