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Saturday, August 30
Don't get me wrong, I love to travel and teach away from home, but it's going to be amazing to have a place at home too! It's located right on the main street of my town -- on the second story of a quaint old Victorian. The building has a Title Lawyer on the first floor and a small mortgage company on the second floor.
And me now. The space has a great feel to it -- and the lighting during the day is perfect! I just love it there. It's going to be the perfect place to teach local people mixed media art!
Thanks for dropping by -- enjoy your day!
Wednesday, August 27
Like this foot stool -- being modeled by my dog, Guinness.
Friday, August 22
I also want to send out a -- a HUGE, HUMUNGO, MAMMOTH shout out and big thanks to all of you that purchased my Artful Life Planner. I'm amazed at the positive response -- thank you. so much.
Wednesday, August 20
Monday, August 18
Friday, August 15
And she showed me this space. In her building. It didn't look like this though -- it was crammed full of lots of stuff and junk. After they moved out all the junk I spent one whole day cleaning and it looked like this.
Since I had a vision in my head -- I looked and looked for the perfect table and other items to furnish it with. A woman gave me a nice table and I even bought one that needed a lot of work. And then this 44" x 9 FOOT long mammoth came along and the price was so right. And I couldn't say no. It was what I had asked for.
Once the table was in there my dream started to take shape.
And then I started making it look pretty with all the great ideas I've seen over on Pinterest. You can tell I've been thinking and dreaming of this for a long time -- I started pinning ideas to that board about a year ago.
Today I found 6 more chairs at goodwill -- and the price was SO WAY right that I took them right away and into the studio. I have a few more things to find (yes, I am learning patience) I also need to get some supplies purchased and then will start to schedule classes and soon, so very soon - Merrymeeting Art House will be ready for students.
So if you have a dream.
Even if it feels so big and so unattainable.
Don't give up on it.
I didn't -I thought about it and dreamt about it and planned what I would do and how it would look.
And, look..... it happened!
Thanks for dropping by today -- and a huge thanks to everyone that has helped me make my dream come true!
Tuesday, August 12
The juxtaposition of creativity and life can be infused together in many more ways than just using paint, pencil and paper. I'm also a firm believer that any type of life art can be learned through lots and lots of practice, trial and error and happy accidents.
I always tell students in my classes that everyone can learn how to draw and the more and more they practice the better they get. I don't think anyone should give up on art if it makes them happy.
If they did, then no amount of food would be able to feed their starving soul. Honestly, I think that just when we feel like giving up we need to just plug along and stick with it because a break through is about to happen.
Thanks for dropping by today, make sure to visit Merrymeeting Art House to see the on-line classes I offer if you want me to teach you some things about art and creating mixed media art.
Sunday, August 10
It's a great space filled with art and light. I was surprised that they had over 60 people in there the afternoon we signed up. I told myself I would follow directions and make the painting that was being taught.
Friday, August 8
As a thank you to my faithful readers I've put the planner on sale -- you can save $5.00 if you purchase before August 31 -- so don't hesitate!
THANKS for dropping by, have a GREAT day!
Wednesday, August 6
I always have my camera with me -- well -- I should say I always have my phone with me. When I see something that I might be inspired to draw I take a few photos to refer to later.
Like this simple bouquet at Whole Foods.
Monday, August 4
Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!
Saturday, August 2
Thursday, July 31
I start my paintings and art journals pretty much the same way - I draw a design on watercolor or Mixed Media paper using a pencil. When I'm satisfied with the results I start painting. I try not to be real sketchy but use strong, determined lines. I don't usually pick the colors first -- but sometimes I will pull out some pretty colors I might like to work with. It's a hit or miss though -- I just use what I'm drawn to.
When I am painting with spray inks I work with the top off of one color at a time -- to prevent accidents. I'm pretty accident prone and spills on the coffee table aren't on the top of my fun list at midnight -- LoL! So to start, I take the cover off of the jar and put the sprayer in my water bucket and dip my paintbrush right into the jar of ink. I can mix up the spray with my brush or choose to use just the color on the top.
I just keep layering and splattering and maybe a little spritz here and there to liven things up.
Once the flowers are done I add the greens
I also used some Glaze and splattered it here and there to create some lovely glistenings of water.
When that's done I add some browns here and there and in the part where the quote will go to tone some of the colors down.
That's pretty much it.
Thanks for stopping by today -- gave a GREAT day!