Friday, May 31, 2013

Twinkling Giveaway

I'm so excited by this new class offering and I've been having a blast filming video and playing around with my beautiful Twinkling H2O's.

It's a jam-packed class, full of twinkling, shimmering, fun. Check out my little 'sneak peek' video (below).

I'm having a Twinkling Giveaway throughout June.  If you sign up for Mastering Twinks Part 1 - Twinkling Discoveries anytime in June, you'll automatically go into the draw to win the Mastering Twinks Prize Pack.  I'm giving away a beautiful Stillman & Birn, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 "Zeta" series sketchbook (with my art on the cover), plus a Koi Waterbrush, and a selection of 3 large pots of Twinkling H2O's.

In addition, the winner will receive an extra spot on the class to share with someone special. And don't worry if you've already signed up, you automatically go into the draw to win.

As an added bonus, all registered participants get a Luminarte 15% Off Coupon when they register. This coupon may be used to buy ANY Luminarte products when you purchase direct from them, including any of the new Dion Dior Twinkling H2O Color Packs.

The giveaway runs for the month of June only, so if you've been thinking about signing up for this class and you missed out on the early bird special in May, then June offers you another great opportunity.  Click here for more information or to register.

Good Luck and thanks for checking in. xx

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Divine Color

Trio Of Tulips

Last week, my lesson went live for Life Book 2013.  It was all about "Divine Color". I have been in awe of the quality and intensity of the work coming out of the class.  I couldn't help but work along with the Life Bookers again.

Life Book is a year long mixed media, art journaling program presented by the very talented Tamara LaPorte from  You can still join in and get ALL the weekly lessons so far.  Click here for more information.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Tulips Are Gone...

Purple Tulips

I think it is so sad that the tulip blooms die very quickly in Iowa.

Purple Tulips

We had a brief but glorious display in our garden, but it seemed they were gone in only a few days. 

Purple Tulips

I'm not sure if it was the unseasonably cold and wet spring we are having, or that tulips are just brief bloomers.

Purple Tulips

Either way, they were beautiful and I love to capture them in my sketchbook.  I have pages and pages filled with my various interpretations of tulips. This one was done in watercolor pencil over an acrylic background.

Purple Tulips

Remember to make the most of every minute you have.  
Enjoy your day and thanks for checking in. xx

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Mastering Twinks" Early Bird Special

It seems I didn't make enough noise about the early bird special for my upcoming class "Mastering Twinks".  So I'm going to shout it from the roof tops.

"Mastering Twinks - Part 1" is all about "Twinkling Discoveries".  It's a luscious online class that takes you on a shimmering journey through the world of luminescent watercolor technique.

Twinkling H2O's from Luminarte are not like regular watercolors.  They are beautiful little pots of vibrant color and subtle sparkle that can bring your work alive with the dance of light and color.

"Mastering Twinks - Part 1" begins on July 11th, and the early bird special price of $55 ends on May 31st, after that the price goes back up to $65.  Click here for all the information, supplies list, or to register.

Remember, you have until the end of May to take advantage of the early bird special.  I hope you'll join me on this shimmering, twinkling experience.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, May 27, 2013

"No Excuses" Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the "No Excuses Art Journaling" blog hop giveaway.  I'm happy to announce the winner of Gina Rossi Armfield's "No Excuses" DVD.

Art Journaling with Gina Rossi Armfield 
The No Excuses Approach to Mixed Media Collage

Congratulations go to Neesie

Neesie, please email me: diondior(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thank you again to everyone who entered, and if you'd like to know more about Gina's "No Excuses" approach to art journaling, be sure to visit her blog and website for lots of art journaling inspiration. 

Thanks for checking in. xx

Friday, May 24, 2013

Words To Live By

Purple Flowers

"Seek out what will inspire you. A life without inspiration is a half-life only."
~Stephanie Dowrick

Purple Flowers

There are times in our lives when we all need inspiration.  We cannot live constantly in a state of euphoric motivation.  Our appreciation and enthusiasm for the little things sometimes gets forgotten.

Purple Flowers

It is times like these that we must seek out the things that inspire us.  Know what captures your heart, focus in on the things that set you on fire, let your inspiration be fueled by who you really are.

Purple Flowers

Sometimes moments of inspiration come when we least expect them, and then sometimes we must find them.  Embrace these moments, don't question them, just let yourself get caught up in the energy and see where it takes you.

Purple Flowers

Trying to control every element of our existence means that we may miss some moments of astounding beauty.  Moments of complete abandon may lead us to places you never dreamed of, in ways we never imagined.

Purple Flowers

It is in these moments that great things happen, that great change takes place, the enormous growth occurs. Follow your heart, and when you're not sure where you heart will lead you, then follow your inspiration.

Purple Flowers

This page was done using Silks Acrylic Glaze, matte acrylics, and watercolor pencils in my Stillman & Birn Epsilon Series Sketchbook.

Thanks for checking in. xx

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tutorial: Drawing Bowl-Shaped Flowers

This is my week to present my lesson on Life Book 2013, and as many of you know, I get most of my inspiration from nature.  My journals and sketchbooks are filled with images and interpretations of nature and her many faces. So, to give you a little taste of what the courageous "Life Bookers" are doing this week, in keeping with the May theme of The Sketchbook Challenge, "Bowled Over", and in celebration of the Northern Hemisphere season of Spring, I thought I'd share a little tutorial on how to draw bowl-shaped flowers.

Many different types of flowers or floral arrangements in your sketchbook can but captured using these simple principles

Begin with a dot on the page. 
This is the point where the stem of the flower will connect to the flower head.

Draw a straight line coming from the dot in the direction that you want the flower to face, and a straight line in the direction of the stem. 
Draw a small oval just above this dot, this is the base of the flower head, and a larger oval above the small one, this is the opening of the flower.  
Next draw straight lines indicating the edges of the flower.  
These lines should connect from the dot to the very edges of the larger oval.

Draw a petal originating from the dot on the lower edge of the small oval, and finishing at the lower edge of the large oval.  
This is your front facing petal.

Draw the outside petals, making sure they are narrower than the first one. 
This is because you are viewing these petals from the side and they will appear thinner.  
You can tuck them behind the front petal if you choose. 
Make sure all your front petals end at the lower edge of the large oval.

Draw your back petals.  
These petals will start on the top edge of the small oval, but you don't need to show this, the bottom part of these back petals are hidden behind the front row.  
All of your back petals will end on the top edge of the large oval.
Keep the shape of your flower as close as possible within the guidelines you have drawn.

Draw in the stem and the center of the flowers.  
Keep the center tucked behind the front petals.

Draw in some foliage or leaves.

Erase your guidelines.

I used a water soluble marker to show you how to shade your flower.
Think about what parts of the flower are in shadow, where the petals sit behind each other, and how the foliage rolls.

Drawing bowl-shaped flowers is quite simple, and the concept of a center point and two ovals can be applied to many types of flowers. 

Thanks for checking in. xx

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

No Excuses Art Journaling

The fabulous Gina Rossi Armfield has a wonderful new book coming out later this year called "No Excuses Art Journaling", and she's having a blog hop party to celebrate.

Gina is a wonderful artist, teacher, and inspiration in the art world, and her approach to the everyday practice of art journaling is brilliant. I'm so excited that she is putting her wonderful techniques and inspiration into a book.

As part of her "No Excuses Approach", Gina is launching her new website, plus two companion DVD's;

Art Journaling with Gina Rossi Armfield 
The No Excuses Approach to Drawing and Watercolor

Art Journaling with Gina Rossi Armfield 
The No Excuses Approach to Mixed Media Collage

To celebrate, I'm giving away a copy of Gina's fabulous mixed-media collage DVD.

To go in the draw to win simply leave me a comment telling me about your daily art journaling practice, or lack there of, and I'll be randomly drawing a winner at the end of the week.  

And for more chances to win, check out all the fabulous artists participating in this blog party.

May 20 - Jessica Herman Goodson
May 21 - Dion Dior
May 22 - Serena Barton
May 23 - Chris Kalina
May 24 - Kelly Kilmer
May 28 - Pam Garrison
May 29 - Jennifer Joanou
May 30 - Tracie Huskamp
May 31 - Leslie Riley

So be sure to check out Gina's new website for loads of inspiration, and no more excuses.   

Thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Color Journal


Playing with a summer palette of colors I call "Sweet Radishes". It's a beautiful fresh combination of colors that invokes images of a fresh summer meadow, a dazzling summer garden, or an open air market place.



The primary medium here is Neocolor II Water Soluble Pastels in: Purplish Red, Carmine, Spring Green, Bismuth Green, Dark Beige, and Sepia.



I also made palette swatches in Peerless Watercolors, Koi Watercolors, Angora Watercolors, Sennelier Soft Pastels (Diluted), and Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils.


Keeping a color journal is a vital part of my art fitness and this journal is my Stillman & Birn "Alpha" Series Sketchbook, perfect for multi-media color journaling.

Thanks for checking in. xx