Friday, August 31, 2012

Words To Live By

Value your instinct for beauty.
Take time to look deeply into whatever nourishes you.
Create small touches of beauty wherever you are.
~Stephanie Dowrick

If we focused as much time on sharing our joys, rather than dissecting our ailments, what a beautiful world we would live in.  What a wonderful example we would set for all of those around us. Spending our energy on activities that nourish us has the ripple effect of nourishing those around us. I'm always in a better mood, able to cope more effectively, and be far more present with my family when I have taken the time to nourish my creative soul!

Finding the time to create is always the hardest part, but learning to create for the sake of creation is the key. Doing it despite our busy lives, learning to work quickly yet with meaning, filling pages of a sketchbook or journal with memories of a moment.  Small touches from a brush, quick splashes of paint, fast unstructured scribbles can go a long way to adding beauty to your life.

I'm thinking about this because I've had a lot of invitations and requests recently to produce new online classes, deliver studio masterclasses, and exhibit my work.  It's so humbling, yet sometimes very overwhelming.  I have very limited capacity as my focus is still squarely on my family.  But finding the right balance of projects for my artistic endeavors is so rewarding. And so it has me thinking about where to focus my efforts in the coming months.

Right now I am trying to narrow down my online class offerings for the coming new year.  I've been overwhelmed with requests for new classes and can't decided which ones to focus on.  Therefore I am sending it out to the Universe, and to you.  What type of online classes would you like to see me offer next year? I have several classes currently in the works, but I want to narrow my focus.  Some of my new classes (not yet complete) include:

The full program of "Wisdom Circles".  I offered a splinter from this class as part of "21 Secrets" this year.  The full program focuses on a journey of nurturing and honoring our beautiful selves within the mystery of mandalas.  It uses myth, legend, and meditation to guide us through a sacred journey of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and wisdom. Working hrough a series of exquisite creative projects that uses an array of mixed media and artistic techniques to create deeply personal and meaningful mandalas.

"The Art of Luminescence" is an online class that focuses on techniques for working with shimmer, glitter, sparkle, and shine.  It combines many of the watercolor techniques from my "Mastering Twinks" class, and the acrylic techniques from my "A Taste of Silks" class.  This class will introduce participants to a wide range of luminescent, sparkly, and shimmering mediums, and explore techniques and projects for creating exquisite shimmering art.

In addition to this online class, "The Art of Luminescence" will be running as a one day studio master class in 2012 and 2013, the first of which is scheduled for November 17, 2012 at The Gallery Off Broadway in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. (For more information on this one day masterclass and accommodation packages, click here.)

"Water-Soluble" is a class that will take you on a journey through beautiful water-soluble mediums.  We will play with all things wet including watercolor paint, watercolor pencil, water soluble crayons, pastel, oil sticks etc.  It will be a fun, fluid, freeing experience with color and liquid.

"The Art of Art" is a skills class for beginners that will introduce the basics of everyday creativity.  We will explore the art of drawing, sketching, color theory, and painting techniques, including watercolor and acrylic. We will play with a variety of mediums, create fun-filled projects, and explore easy to learn exercises. We will learn about the sketchbook, working on paper, as well as large format canvas.

"Sketchbook Secrets" is a class that will take you on a journey through sketchbook and journal art.  Using a series of creative prompts, and mixed media, we will explore different techniques, styles, and process for building creativity into our daily lives.  By creating moments, capturing feelings, interpreting experiences, and honoring  memories in our sketchbooks, we will give life to our creative souls. 

My current classes, "Watercolor Pencil Workshop", "Mastering Twinks", and "A Taste of Silks" will all be available again in 2012. For information of the scheduling of these classes, click the "WORKSHOPS" tab at the top of this page.

So, I'm asking you to give me your opinion and choices.  If you could choose to take any two of my new class offerings (not including my three current classes), which ones would they be??  Is there something you would like to see from me that I have not included here?

So this piece called "Grapevine" was done in Twinkling H2O's. It is 5x5 and is available for purchase as a matted, or unmatted print. Email me for more information.

Thanks for checking in. xx