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!

oh my gosh.

it’s september already. sheesh! here’s what is happening in my corner of a drought-filled-would-give-anything-for-a-rainy-day world. i have one more in-person weekend retreat at the end of September in Bainbridge Island, WA to share the creative love and there are a couple of spaces left. i am teaching two of my favorite processes   “a timeline of you” from my book, creativeGIRL and a seaside version of my “storyblocks” video project that will be coming out on DVD soon. in other words… this class is a one-of-a-kind experience. If you would like to join me (and I would love it if you did!), you can read more about it here – Nurture Your Creative Seed. Say what?! Yep. DVD lessons! Here’s a little peek at them. So exciting right? They will be available in the North Light shop next month.  Each video uses lessons and techniques from my book, creativeGIRL taken …

creativeGIRL blossom challenge

so sometimes life things get priority over art. the last couple of weeks have been a mixed bad of the most wonderFILLED goodness with my book, creativeGIRL finally landing in a whole lot of doorsteps everywhere. but other things were more important. things like family and health and grace. and the attempt to get back on track. the flipside to all of it is now I have SO much to do that i just want to go back to my couch, pillow and pups and watch a good dose of fixer upper, say yes to the dress or chopped. so after I share my (FINALLY) finished my rainbow blossoms for last weekends challenge , that is where I am headed. (i must admit that the music did not fill my room as it usually does. quiet everything is better right now. but i listening to Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside which barely counts …

creativeGIRL giveaway no. 2

As promised, another giveaway! This time you have to get creative! I know, I am so mean. NOT! In my book, creativeGIRL, I talk about my process a lot. How I organize my practice and new opportunities to grow my art by re-purposing the old, the ugly and the learning moments to make new, beautiful art. In addition to an insiders look on how my process works, I share a really fun way to connect with your creative kindred all around the globe. The weekend giveaway is a peak into the challenges I offer in my book. I started these with a sunshine-filled and sassy girl named Kelly Barton several years ago. Whenever we got into a creative slump of sorts we would come up with a challenge that included a subject, specific music, and a medium or two. It really gave both of us a little kick in the …

creativeGIRL book shenanigans 

creativeGIRL: mixed media techniques for an artful life. My very own book is now officially shipping to all sorts of creative corners of the world. Pretty darn amazing. And I couldn’t have done it without you. YES. You. Thank you for all the LIKES, the WOOHOO’s, the YOUCANDOITIKNOWITSHARDDANIELLE’s, and the ICANHARDLYWAIT’s Over the course of the next few days and weeks, I will be sharing little bits and pieces of my thought process when writing my book along with some art that I am working on now using some of the techniques and ideas that I have mish-mashed together in new ways. I am an INSTAGRAM/FB girl so lots of little updates and pretty pictures will be shared in both places. Thank you again for all your love and support. And what are you sitting here reading this for?! Go dive into your own copy of creativeGIRL and share your favorite …

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some sugary spoonfuls of creative time.

I’ve mentioned I’m a perfectionist, right? Well, I have been waiting and waiting (and working and working) on my new website. And it is awesome and will be even more awesome in the coming weeks. But I just have to share a few things in the meantime! My very own book release party at the Kennedy School in Portland is SOLD OUT! So excited to have a group of lovelies to share the love with when by book, creativeGIRL: Mixed Media Techniques for an Artful Life hits the shelves and ships out on July 16th. I will be having a fun give-away when it does, so keep checking back! In mid-August, I get to spend some quality time with one of my favorite girls ever, Jeanne Oliver! And bonus! I will be teaching a one-day workshop in Denver where we will be creating our very own coverGIRL just like my book …

it actually IS in the details.

my 2015 online creativeGIRL course is going live in just a few days – monday, march 16 to be exact. this round is all about really focusing and growing your creative practice in a new way (well, old way for me – new way for you maybe). its about working small. really small. allowing yourself the opportunity to take the overwhelming BIGNESS out of creativity – the need to grab big canvases and fill up every single corner of them.  instead, we’ll soak up the white space, giving ourselves creative breathing room and a bunch of grace in the process. (and maybe your very own illustrated girl. yay!) a hearty dose of perspective, one of the backbones of my creative process. and a plethora of cuteness, color and imagination. (seriously. there is A LOT of color to be had.) and the best part? you’ll have an awesome new art journal …

big rainbowFILLED girls (art-is-you petaluma)

I am so happy to kick off my in-person workshops close to home. I am working on samples and taking notes this weekend – our two-day workshop will be all about big colors and even bigger rainbow-haired girls.  If you have wanted to learn how to incorporate watercolors into your mixed-media practice – this is the class for you! We will spend our time learning how to move through our watercolor palettes, make the most of white space, white ink, and white paint. I will be sharing my sample-making process this weekend on Instagram and Facebook so come take a gander! I hope my local and not-so-local California peeps will consider joining me! You can read more and sign up for my workshop here! ART IS YOU WORKSHOP Hurry up though – it’s only about a month away! In Big colors, bold girls, we will practice building rainbow-sized watercolor palettes with …

dedicated.

so over the last few years i have worked really hard to pull my artist-self up to a place that makes me happy. finding the balance. working all.the.time. 40 hours a week for my day job. and another bazillion as an artist. finding the softness. remembering that there is always something ahead and behind. better and worse. scary and comfortable. awesome and awful. hopeful and realistic. you get the drift. finding me. right in the middle of it. all of it. it is too much. but it is so good. a few months ago i was finishing the last parts of my new book and for many reasons, my biography was by far the hardest part. cuteGIRL offered to write one for me. but wrote it from her perspective. i knew that it wouldn’t make it into the book because that isn’t how book bios roll. but. gosh. it was …

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! I am so excited to start my next online workshop hosted …

creativeGIRL: storybooks and studious girls (new online course!)

well happy sparkly new year peeps! i hope that each of you had an amazing end to 2014 and a splendid start to 2015! yesterday, earlybird registration opened for my new online course – creativeGIRL: Storybooks and studious girls (Content available March 16). And we are off to a roaring start with almost 200 sassy, creative souls in just over 24 hours! i am so thankful and SO EXCITED! (You do NOT have to take my Light and Shadow class to take this class – it has totally new content. But if you haven’t… you might like to take it while we wait for March to roll around!)) It’s time to work small and dream BIG! We’ll start off our week with by building a watercolor storybook from scratch – A big, yummy book with lots of room to illustrate everyday goodness, brilliant layers of water-colors, and colored pencil work.  …