Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Last of Autumn

This past year has been a year of transition.
Many changes have taken place, and I have felt like I have shed many layers.  

I watched a beautiful autumn come and go in the mid-west in a state of quiet transition.
Much like other elements of my life, my art has transitioned as well

I find myself wanting to shut down my own expectations and focus in on the creative elements of flow and joy.  By doing this, I have found my desire to learn, to be the student, has grown.

The colder months keep me inside more, so I spend less time scribbling in my sketchbook and more time using it as a tool of exploration and study.

I continue to love my unique combination of watercolor and watercolor pencils, and I shed the need for excessive pen and ink.

And as always, nature is my muse.

I captured a picture of the last autumn leaves from a tree that sits outside my kitchen window recently.  I spent many gentle hours immersed in the nuance of its color.  

They're all gone now, and the tree is asleep for the winter.

This is watercolor and watercolor pencil in a Stillman & Birn "Zeta" series sketchbook.

Wishing you is for a peaceful week. Thanks for stopping by. xx

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Announcement About My Online Classes

With the coming of a new year comes profound change all around.  This change has descended upon my life in ways that have been unexpected to me.  Everyone goes through periods of deep transition, and although challenging, these experiences are necessary to help us grow into the next phase of our lives.

Some changes in my life have necessitated me taking a break from online teaching. In addition to this subscription fees to some of the platforms I use to deliver my class have increased significantly over the past couple of years.  This has forced me to take stock of my priorities and as a result I have made the unthinkable decision to close down my online classes next year.

I have always taken great pride in my online classes and the fact that they are offered with indefinite access, I know that has been a benefit to all of you and I know that many of you who are enrolled will be deeply disappointed, frustrated or even angry. But I implore you to understand my position and give me your compassion--not your wrath.  

This is not a decision I have taken lightly; in fact, I have been agonizing over this for several weeks and have considered many scenarios in the hope that I can find another solution.

For those of you already enrolled in any of my classes--I have paid my various subscriptions through to mid-2016. This means that my classrooms will remain open until June 30, 2016.  

This gives you a little over six months in which to revisit or complete your class before it is shut down. I sent a note to all enrolled participants several weeks ago to notify them directly and to let you know that  you have full and unimpeded access to the classroom and all the materials until this time.  

If you would like to join any of my current online classes, you can still register. But note, you will have access to them until June 30, 2016, regardless of when you join.

Check out available classes here

I am profoundly grateful for your ongoing support, understanding, and creativity. I have been touched by the many hundreds of people who have passed through my artistic life, especially by those of you who have shared so much of your heart and soul in my online classes.

I plan to continue blogging and participating in various online art forums in the new year, plus I will continue teaching live classes at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, in Iowa.

It has been my utter pleasure and privilege to have been a part of your art journey through my online classes and I will be taking many beautiful memories with me as I move onto the next phase of my life.

With my deepest love and gratitude for your understanding.

Dion. xx