Thursday, May 28, 2015

Canada Calls

I am happy to announce that I will be teaching in Canada in early June 2016 near Ottawa, Ontario. I want to thank my friend and fellow artist Holly Dean for making this happen. Although just about one year away, Holly is reaching out now to people who might like to attend and asking them to choose the workshops that want me to hold.

If you might want to join me there (with no obligation at this time), please click here for more information and for the link to vote for the workshops that you would like to attend. Cannot wait to pack my passport, cross the border, and create Canadian style!

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Wonders of Whidbey

After my 2-day class at the Pacific NorthWest Art School in the town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington state, I stayed on to teach a 5-day collaborative workshop with Orly Avineri called If Walls Could Talk. This was more like an experience than a class.

The workshop was held off-site at the Pacific Rim Institute, the perfect backdrop for a week of creativity.

We were surrounded by beauty of both the natural and the manmade kind. These pheasant coops provided much inspiration and exploration.

The space we worked in was comfortable, large...

...and was filled with natural light.

We painted with abandon.

 We explored the beauty of the island...

...and all its mysteries.

There was laughter. There were tears. There was art.

And in the end...there was group of artists that were forever connected.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Week Links: 51

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 51...

Loving the layers in this stitched fabric journal page from Ruth Rae.

Wish I could visit this incredible exhibit at the Venice Biennale from Japanese installation artist Chiharu Shiota.

Studio inspiration from Arts Business Institute.

Sensational lace mural street art from NeSpoon as seen on Huffington Post.

Loving the dimensional dots on Louisa Boyd's woodland paintings, originally found on this post from In Need a Guide.

The world's most eye-catching art galleries - from the outside, found on The Telegraph.

A book of colors from 1692. Thanks to Roxanne Coble for the find.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wonderful Whidbey

I have the fortune to be teaching right now at the Pacific NorthWest Art School in the town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington state. I first taught here in 2013 and am thrilled to return to the beauty, serenity and magic of Whidbey.

The ferry to the island from the mainland


 One of the many gorgeous views

 The Island milkman

The school has some incredible, upcoming courses from artists such as Roxanne Evans Stout, Jill K. Berry, Cathy Taylor, and in a collaborative workshop -- John Arbuckle, Terry Garret and Brian Kasstle.

 The first class I taught this past weekend was a 2-day, mixed media painting workshop called Cover to Cover. It was all about the layers and making creative messes.

The calm before the art storm

Building layers

Happy hands

 Surface details
Layer after layer

Some of my demos from the class

 Workshop selfie


Stay tuned for updates from and about workshop #2

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Week Links: 50

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 50...

Is scrapbooking the new trend? From Huffington Post.

Janice Mason Steeves shares her experience as being a juror for an art show.

Beautiful papercut artworks of nature by Marina Adamova on My Modern Met.

Improbable libraries that have to be seen to be believed. From Huffington Post.

The beauty of Tuscany's marble quarries as captured by the lens of Frederik Vercruysse on We Heart.

Love the whimsey of these journals pages from Kim Henkel.

How to buy art. A beginner's cheat sheet from the New York Times.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Living With Art: 13

When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

A big thank you to everybody who has shared their home for this project and to all of you who have viewed and commented along the way. All good things must come to an end and this will be the last posting for "Living with Art." 

and here is week 13...

Jackie P Neal
Our home has an eclectic mix of of vintage art as well as modern pieces and works of friends and our own. Being the treasure seekers that we are, we keep a regular source of vintage art to change up our look every now and then.
(and see more of how Jackie lives with art here)

As I got to know artists in the Chicago area I also wanted to collect their work, and my fascination with butterflies soon provided the theme. I decided to take advantage of my picture molding to keep my collection flexible for additions. Here is the hanging process.

Chris Miser
I have art displayed at home, at work, and in my studio space. It's a way of not only surrounding myself with pieces I find pleasing in beauty and meaning, but also a way of honoring artists. People entering my office space or home will invariably ask about one artwork or another, and I love being able to discuss an artist or a style I'm drawn to. It's an eclectic mix of styles, as my tastes are wide-ranging.

Annette Bouchey
I love my fireplace, bookcase and large mantle. I put up projects like the collage I'm making on an old player piano roll, other favorite things like doll heads, old books, and of course my rescue dog Sweetie is included.

Patricia Coulter
Originally working with watercolour, I was always attached to the intermingling of colours in the wet-on-wet technique. I even liked how the colours flowed and merged on my palette. When I discovered fluid acrylics, I was in love with the bold colours and how they blended. I find these large paintings with bold sweeps of brilliant colour that contain a vibrancy and energy that is uplifting and vibrant.

Darlene Koppel
I live in a home with white walls that provide me with a tranquil and soothing backdrop. Yet I enjoy filling the corners of my home with both my colorful art and treasured items. I purchased the card holder at a thrift shop and I use it to display my mixed-media, postcard art. I found the abandoned nest and filled it with faux robin's eggs. I created the assemblage piece as tribute to Christmas.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A World of Pages

There is a new book in town. 

Dawn DeVries Sokol has released her newest book A World of Artist Journal Pages: 1000+ Artworks - 230 Artists - 30 Countries. This book is filled with over 300 pages of inspiration for journaling and beyond. Most of the pages are simply filled with images of journal pages that speak for themselves. But 16 featured artists also share their responses to a series of questions about art and inspiration. I count many of the artists in this book as familiar friends but perhaps the most exciting part of this book is being introduced to so many artists that are new to me.

Happy to say that 4 of my journal pages are also included in the book. You will find mine, including the one I have shared below, on page 295. Thanks so much Dawn for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful book.