Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I just have to brag...

I just seriously need to brag a little about my student's work at Soul Food this year!

The theme of the class is not actually floral paintings but semi-abstract florals happened to be the subject I chose. The above two are by Jeanett I get such a Monet feel from these, swoon!

This gloriously coloured floral is by the talented Dana Christiansen... more swooning!

These beauties were just a few from Sandy Leamon-Derryberry, she was whipping them off like there was no tomorrow!

This close up of Karin Husty's is divine!

And there is also the lovely Mystele's, which was a total do over and I loved them both!

Beaming with pride for all my students work. Insert cheesy grin here. Hope you enjoyed the eye candy!

the fairy!

Please note I do have the pinterest pin set to automatically show up on pictures on my blog and you have my permission to pin my images which have been watermarked, however since I have permission to post the artists pictures for my followers to see, please do not pin their work from my blog without their permission. Thank you!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Art Collaboration with Mystele Kirkeeng

I can not tell you how crazy excited I am about this collaboration! Mystele Kirkeeng and I are collaborating on some art and we have each prepared a canvas for each other. Now we are sending them to each other to finish. I can't wait to see what she does with mine! 

Here are our part one videos!


And here is Mystele's video!

Screechy Malone told Fat cat Fabrizio...

that Tony the Goa-T Trasino had to be taken out because he's not one of the Wise Guys and the Wise Guys Rule!

This was the product I ended up with doing Jacqui Fehl's class over at Soul Food 2015, and lemme tell ya I worked for it. I pretty much totally trashed it at one point, as you can see here:

It looked like this before I murdered it with rubbing alcohol:
I hated him, he looked like a crack head wind up toy. So he got flipped upside down, melted and scraped and voila, Wise Guys Rule.

It was a whole lotta fun when the Wise Guys showed up. LOL!

the fairy!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

O M G... I'm just sayin'

Lesson 1 with Mystele Kirkeeng at Soul Food was amazing! I had so much fun creating my "Angel with the Blues"

There is still time to Register, classes have started but registration is still open!

Want to know how to make one of these little gals? Register for Soul Food HERE!

Gotta fly!


Friday, February 6, 2015

How about Jenny!

This chick can rock a brush! Jenny Grant that is... of course! She is just one of many fabulous instructors at Soul Food 5015 which has already started! It's not too late to register however. Classes started monday and you can definitely catch up this weekend but hurry because you are going to squeal with delight when you see the first two lessons already posted and did I mention you get to see everyone's work that they share? 

Check out Jenny's Soul Food teaser video HERE.

Have a painty weekend!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Soul Food 2015 has gone live!

Registration is still open! My girl Mystele's lesson went live this morning and all I can say is OMG! I am dying to tackle it. The girl is a genius! Her gorgeous colors and delicious textures get me every time but she just blew me away with this one.

Don't walk.......run to REGISTER NOW!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

And a then there was Lisa.....

Lisa Patencio that is! A fabulously talented Contemporary Folk Artist who..... just so happens to be teaching this year at Soul Food. Her lesson last year had me playing for days it was so much fun!

Be sure to check out her FACEBOOK page as well. 

Don't forget to register for Soul Food 2015

Come to dinner!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Talking about my girl Jacqui....

Jacqui Fehl just fires me up. Every piece she does has a story, her characters are so rich. 
She also happens to be one of the contributing artists at this years #soulfoodclass. She was an instructor last year too and her class was amazing! I just loved it and I can't wait for this years class.

REGISTER NOW if you haven't already......... you won't want to miss this.


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Peonies and Serenity

Well I finally cracked open that box of ink. I'm pretty sure I did not use them the way they were intended and of course I pulled everything off my cart in the end but I am happy with the result.

Right after I was done the ink I wasn't happy with it. I found the colors garish. It does't show in the video for some reason but in real life they were pretty neon for some reason. I wasn't sure if I should stick to the plan or take the road less travelled. In the end the flowers kept calling me. I pulled out my brand new aquatones that I got for Christmas, throw in some acrylics and what the heck some neocolor pastels and voila. The whole process reminded me of the serenity prayer. 

Hope you like!

the fairy

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Resolutions........... resolve....

Define it.

  1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
    "she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more"

  2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
    "the peaceful resolution of all disputes"
    synonyms:solution to, answer to, end to, ending to, settlement of, conclusion to
    "a satisfactory resolution of the problem"

All have a similar sort of direction but a word or two strategically placed can change the entire feel or intent and sometimes can all be folded into one. Usually New Years Resolutions centre around improving yourself in some way, but sometimes I think we don't really focus on the root problem, we focus rather on preventing or changing the outcome. In my way of thinking it is kind of like coping or trying to deal with a problem rather than taking the time and effort to prevent it. 

My New Years resolutions are usually entered around improving health, getting fit, making more art, put in the time and effort to further my art career. I commit to things without a thought to a backup plan if something gets in the way, or only agreeing to it if things are going well but allowing myself not to deal with it if things don't. I was thinking this morning, I really have had a crappy couple years, more if I were to be honest. I won't dare complain.... it could always be worse and when I think further, I have had plenty of really great things happen too. I have some really solid and genuine friends who are always there for me.

My dad's death from cancer hit me hard. Looking back I can see I kind of fell out of my steady stream of productivity. Sometimes it is good to fall off the "wagon" because you see things along the path that you would not have noticed had you not. You also get a really good look at the wagon too lol.
 I accept that I did, I can tell myself it's ok. I can let go of my guilt for not getting things done.

Don't get me wrong. My year hasn't been totally unproductive lol. 

To all of those who shared a part of my creative year with me..... THANK YOU!
It was a blast!

Having said that, most of those images come from the first half of my year.......
When my brother was killed in a motorcycle accident this summer my mojo left me. After a month, I went and treated myself to a new art supply, something new, hopefully to kill the funk.

I bought these babies

Scouted out some vids on youtube....... looking for some inspiration.
 Package has not been opened. Even had some dust on it. 

So back to my resolution

NOT to
loose weight
keep the house clean
make more art
enter some of it for publication
get more art gigs
exercise more
blah blah blah......

those are all symptoms of one thing.

My inability to respect myself enough to:

Let go of control of everything and let others help me and following through with it.

Yep. I will take (yes take) help (I am the queen of "it's ok I can handle it."). 
I will follow through with respectfully demanding that help, if necessary, from others. 
I will let go..... of control.
I will not let others make their problems my own. I realize I am not helping them by always trying to fix it.

It is my guess that most of those other resolutions will fix themselves if I do that. If they don't, I accept that I don't have control over that. ;)

I wish any who read this a glorious 2015. 

Healthy enough to be free of pain or suffering.
Wealthy enough to get a bit spoiled.
Just sad enough to realize how good happy feels
Of course tons of happiness!
To be loved even if only by one person, yourself.

Here's to another year of whatever may come!

And now, on to those inks ;) and hopefully maybe a video of the results.