I finally closed the boxes and made the drive to my happy spot on this planet last week. Crested Butte, Colorado was blazing with full sun and not a drop of moisture for almost 7 days but still welcomed me with cool breezes and amazing vistas. My "sacred perch" looks over the valley...and today we celebrated rain!!! Amazing. I am playing with painting clouds to prepare for one of the Simple Sketch classes I'll be teaching in July (focus on clouds) so today was perfect. I am trying to keep things really simple with a limited palette, working in a watercolor Handbook. After a few more cloud challenges I'll move on to mountain scenes, trees, flowers and all other things Crested Butte (architecture as well). If you are interested in getting to the coolest air in the US please join me up here! Info and links on my workshop page.
LOL! No offense to either Carol Ann or my doggie, Zev...but today was such a hoot. I am leaving for Crested Butte (Colorado) in the morning but had to complete one more project before heading out. Carol Ann and I thought it would be fun to create a video preview of our upcoming Sept Mixed Media Adventures workshop so we laughed our way thru the process. Here it is! We reminisced about our first video tutorial attempts - with a flip phone! Believe me, this was not much easier. And we did NOT have the darling hair and makeup artist from Craftsy to help (so we are behind the camera the whole time). We are hooked on the process; watch for more tutorials coming in the fall. Consider registering for the workshop also!
It sure seems like marketplaces are the new "it" spot in Denver. I can think of 3 or 4 that have opened in the past few years. My new favorite is the Stanley Marketplace . It is so comfortable and full of terrific people watching.
I love an adventure! I grabbed a few wonderful and creative friends and we headed to the RINO neighborhood this morning for a street art tour with Cori Anderson. She runs Rebel Tours and provided information about all kinds of street art (murals, graffiti, tags, etc.) and pointed out fabulous work all over this neighborhood. If you ever have a few hours and some visitors, check it out! You will walk away with a new appreciation of this neighborhood and the work on the walls.
What a grand adventure!! I just returned from a few days in California where Carol Ann and I worked with the amazing Susan Cornelis. We had a 2 day private class as Carol and I love the way Susan works with such lyrical lines and watercolor in her urban sketching. What a blast! Spending time with both women was wonderful; full of laughs and quiet work time, sharing our stories and approaches to various subject matter. Seeing Susan's studio and local haunts was so much fun and dealing with the water in all forms (rain, floods, ocean, hot tubs)was so different from my life in Denver. There is nothing like a completely new environment to clear the brain and bring in some new colors and a refreshed spirit. I can't wait to put some of our lessons into practice here at home. Huge thanks to both remarkable women!!
Talk about a stretch! Craftsy invited me to be one of the artists in their 4 part series about self portraits and I was challenged in a way I have not been previously. First I had to take a good look at my process and insist that I stay true to my art journal expression rather than do a self portrait in a more traditional manner (mixed media or acrylic or watercolor, etc.). Next I had to take a good look at myself; hahahahahaha. I realized that if I could somehow keep the playful aspect of my work in tact then I might be able to convey an approach to self portrait work that is far from precious. Sure; turn the page! So off I went. 2 full days of shooting and the final result has been launched on Craftsy Unlimited. This format of a subscription service (like Netflix) is new for Craftsy and they are providing lots of free and unusual content for the members. If you get a chance and are so inclined check it out; you can get a free trial to see some of their more art-full, unusual series that are not available thru the regular Craftsy offerings. And self portrait work? I learned so much and found wonderful fodder for long walks and journal pages. I'm planning on writing about it more in an upcoming newsletter. I hope you might consider creating your self portrait and sharing your experience.
Whew. What a weekend! 24 students (including our angel, Joyce) met on Friday to kick off our annual Mixed Media Adventures weekend art retreat. What a great group! The Hilton Garden Inn (Cherry Creek) provided a great space with plenty of room for us to explore our unique creative approach to creating vessels, books, cards and a canvas. Lots of fun with laughter flowing almost as rapidly as the acrylic products. Thanks to Mary Morisson who brought tons of samples from Golden and added so much to the weekend experience. We were honored to spend the time with this amazing group of adventurous women!
Oh my gosh, did you ever try to keep a straight face when you really felt like giggling? Do you know what RBF means - ?!!
I had such fun last week but it was fraught with challenges to keep my facial muscles relaxed. Craftsy asked me to film a segment on Self Portraits as part of their content for members of their new subscription service. I started out journaling in a huge sketchbook in a coffee shop (Black Black Coffee) with terrific lighting. Then went on to create some collage papers using spray dye inks, then ripped and glued things in place. The filming in public, pretending to be in my own world was a riot. The make up was a riot! The film crew were a riot! All in all it was a great day full of fun as I was reminded of all of my giggle outbursts when I was a kid and how it feels to try to get serious on command. Sigh. Thank you Craftsy, Amana, Dave and Nick for a delightful day!
Ahhhhh....we just returned from a week at the beach. It was blissful! Three elements of the vacation came together in the most amazing way: first, our family was together for a few days, second: the weather was phenomenal, third: the place was gorgeous! I had packed a few of my go- to art journal supplies and had such a great time exploring different ways to work with watercolor in this wet environment. I even had time to play around with the iPhone apps I had learned about in the iPhoneography class with Holly Higbee Jansen (on Craftsy! I have an affiliate link on my site for a discount). I particularly loved playing with the exposure and focus settings as the sunset on the beach was a huge event each day (check out the picture with the shells in the foreground). It was wonderful to pause from the everyday and re-charge the energy, and continue to walk in gratitude towards the end of 2017.