Video 6 of the Illustrated girls series; It’s my party featuring Charvin water soluble pastels.
*** I have oh so many projects started in my art studio. I have been trying to find a comfortable art place to get nuzzled in and just disappear into my bliss. On this quest I have started a lot of projects. I say started, not finished. I’ve broken my own rule. It usually happens when I am waiting for something to dry. If I could learn to meditate or dance or something while I wait, I could do one project at a time but once I get in the zone… I cannot stop. So my goal is to finish as many of those projects as I can in April. Here are a few of them.
***I am still looking for space to set up shop here in Carlsbad NM, so that I can teach mixed media classes, art parties and workshops. For those things it is just to labor intensive to haul that many supplies from place to place. However, I will be ready by the end of April to do Art Parties for Kids, Paint and Sips, Coffee and Canvas, and Events at a venue of your choice or in your home. I may do some children’s art Classes this summer in my home or at the rec center at discount prices. I should have the details of the classes and parties up on my site in a couple of weeks. And Finally, I will try to have the show schedule for the next six months, if you are interested in purchasing my art.
*** I will still be working on the Illustrated Girls series until it is finished. Video 5 is up next. ” Prayer and Praise”. Its almost Easter after all. I’m rather excited about this one. Not only do I love the illustration, I am excited to work with acrylics on this painting. I will be working on that one today Here is the sketch of the next installment of the Illustrated girl series.
*** The Last thing that I would like to introduce is Techniques and Tricks. I am going to be doing a series of shorty videos, so I can share some of my techniques with you as they happen. Here is the first one on using repositional sticker paper to create masks in your artwork. Also here I am working with my Scanncut. I bought it so that I could make stencils of my original art for art classes for my students. I used it on this project to create masks out of my own handwriting, which was cool, and of some feathers.
For a while now, I have been in search of meaningful things; Meaningful living, meaningful relationships, meaningful healing, meaningful spirituality and meaningful art. I am at a place in my life where it is just not enough to go with the flow, to do what everyone expects me to do or wants me to do. I don’t want to live my life in fear; In fear of going to hell or making a mistake or dying or living. I just want to be present in this moment doing the things that create joy and laughter in my life and in the life of others. I don’t want to just do things to do them, I want to do things to live them. I have made some pretty drastic changes to create the life I truly want. It is not the life I was taught to live. It challenges every single part of that. But I came to a place where I said ” I can’t be a part of this anymore. I have Lupus, my religion is gone, my friends are gone, my heart is broken, my body is broken, and my spirit is wounded. I have absolutely nothing to lose by being fearlessly and unapologetically me.” I heard that recently from a very wise family member and it inspired me. It allowed me to put into words what I was feeling all along. I don’t want to be good enough, or socially acceptable or normal. I just want to be free to be me.
I wanted to care for my body so I changed to a plant based diet and my Lupus symptoms diminished almost completely, which made me a much nicer person. I decided to follow my bliss and do the things I love and I became much happier. I decided to trust the process of my life without worrying about how long it takes and I became content. I decided to serve because I love serving, not because I am required to do it to get into heaven and I found my joy. I decided to seek out the God of love and hope and compassion and I found out that He is so much bigger than I ever even dreamed. I walked outside the walls of religion and found my spirituality on a pillow, meditating, smiling and being grateful, truly feeling it. No More chains.
So I want to share with you the top things that inspire me to live a creative life…
#1 : I have an art crush on Flora Bowley. I read her second book first by accident and immediately went out and bought the first book. Why? Because she inspires me to be authentic, genuine and fearless. Because she decided who she wanted to be and was. Because she looses her Sh#! like the rest of us and gets up. Because she lives to live. I follow her blog for inspiration. I follow her on Instagram for her word paintings. Her techniques have become my personal art therapy, the warm up, the place to go when I’m about to break, and the place I go when I am full on inspired. I would love to get certified to teach her methods as the groundwork for workshops I dream of holding in my own studio in the next few years. In the meantime Art shenaniganists, get those books and dive in. Shes a hoot!… Im not a stalker. Really.
#2 New Mexico .There is absolutely nothing like a New Mexico Sunset. I said New Mexico… not New, Not Mexico. I am talking about Santa Fe, Roswell, Carlsbad, Taos, Chama, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft. I am talking about Red or Green? (that’s chilis for you foreigners.) Mexican food, Native American culture, Aliens, Art, Georgia O’Keeffe, Indian fry bread, Cinco De Mayo, Day of the dead, Prayer at the courthouse, desert yoga retreats, desert cactus, desert scenery and cowboys…. Taos Pueblo
#3 My Bestie…. Tammy, is an amazing artist and Teacher. She has always inspired me to practice and to trust my artistic gut, to ask questions and to go for it. She will tell me when my earrings look like growths or if I am acting like a jerk. She also tells me when I am amazing and that she misses me and she never lets me forget that I am capable of creating a life. I totally love her. Here are some of her artworks.. you can find them at The Gallery in Roswell NM.
#4 Flash: Aka my husband! This man is amazing! Like seriously mental! He runs 20 miles a week, works long hours, supports my vegan adventure, hunts, dads like a boss and spoils me rotten. He still manages to drive to the top of the hills to get me “that” shot of the sunset and finds time to bring me roses or take me to dinner. I am inspired by his energy, his positivity, his work ethic and his vision. I love that he finds a way to be hilarious no matter what is going on and I adore his ability to see me through anything.
#5.. My Morning routine. I drink coffee and read something that inspires me. I meditate on the things that I am grateful for and I visualize myself at the moment I have achieved my dreams. I meditate on a personal relationship with God. I listen to music I love, drink that green smoothie, and walk or do yoga. I journal in my own artsy way. I pick up my house and prepare food and do my chores or errands. Then I am free to devote hours to my artistic bliss without concerning myself with what I “should’ be doing.
#6 This one should probably be at the # 1 spot if these were not random. Brooke Goldner, author of Goodbye Lupus. Her book puts a new spin on the way I think about my body and how to care for it. She is a real live doctor who had a real autoimmune disease who accidentally stumbled on a way to reverse it. Changed my life
#7 My Kids… I have a lot of kids… I am a bio mom, adoptive mom and a stepmom. Some of my kids came from rough starts and some are gifted with the capacity to love, give, and perceive amazing things. The “thangs” they say and do keep me rolling. They are amazing, resilient and funny as hell. I am so blessed to be their mom.
#8 My Own Art and art studio… The excitement of knowing that I get to do this everyday…. Gets me out of bed in the morning, even on less than perfect days. It is my bliss, it encircles my dreams, my gifts, and my grin every single day.
#9 Brandon and Kristen Hutchinson: They were the children’s Pastors at a church for years when they decided to step out in faith, with basically no plan except faith. They did not wait for the need to come to them in an air-conditioned office with a coffee dispenser, they knew where the need was and they went to it. Did you hear that, they went to the need. Not in a foreign country or on a mission trip , they found the need right here in our country and went to it, filled it and believed that there would be enough for them. and . there. was. IF you need a great place to give to, shoot me a note and I will tell you how to send them cash or whatever you want to give. It is one of the places we give to. They are the real deal ya’ll!
#10… My Sister…. my sister is hands-down, my biggest hero. She is just the sweetest person I know, and she never ever forgets to remind me she has my back. The only person who could punch me in the nose and tell me she loved me and I would know they meant the same thing. She is my big sis and she has never stopped taking care of me. Her wit has shown up in my art more than once and she is a pretty good artist in her own right. She has an amazing eye and a nack for putting things together that end up looking classy and chic. I draw on that. She loves me no matter how weird I get and that is a treasure. Love love love her.
So if you are being fearlessly and unapologetically you….. What inspires you?
Moving right along, here is another page in our Illustrated Girls Book
Hi Art Shenaniganists!
Video 2 in the Illustrated Girl Series is ready! Painting Winter Girl!
This is the kit for the 2018 you tube classes. Although there are a few things you will still need this is the basics of the supplies and all series classes for this year will be based off of this kit. I buy my supplies wholesale so I am going to pass as much savings on to you as I can. These supplies would be well over 45.00 if you buy them at the art store or a big box store. I have made up an extra 10 kits but if you get there and they are sold out, i will create one for you- just shoot me a message.
This kit contains:
11 x 15 140 lb watercolor paper/ 30 sheets
Black and white gel pens
Embroidery thread- colors will vary
Tote bag to carry your supplies, colors vary
Sheet of Sticky gems
Flesh colored acrylic paint- Decoart
3 x 5 notebook to take notes and create sketches for reference
fabric for spine
chipboard for covers
**** Sometimes I get fun misc. items in like beads or ribbons or art supplies. I will be including a surprise gift in the kit as well that will be related to the project I am teaching at the time.
Hi Shenanaginists… I am here to introduce a new video series : “Illustrated Girls”.
I am working on a super fun project and I thought it would be a blast to share it and maybe even interact with you on this.
One of my favorite things to do is whimsical illustration. I love to draw something I see and put my own spin on it. I love to create a mixed media painting from the drawings and sketches I create. It’s just fun and I love to get lost in the ideas and the colors and the art supplies.. Like seriously, I am an art nerd.
I have about 20 sketches I am currently working on. It’s a lot. I thought about what I was going to do with it all and I thought, what a cool book this would make and I could bling this sucker up and bind it like this and cover it like that… and that is how this series was born. So the plan is to use several mediums to make these sketches into paintings and then bind and cover them into a book.
I rarely talk in my videos unless I am cutting up or being silly. But I did some explaining in this one, like an intro to the series. Also, if there is any interest in this series, i will make up some kits for this project and start a Facebook page so we can share work and Ideas. So let me know if you have any ideas you want to share.
Oh Did I mention that the video tutorials are free… Yep. I just want to share what I am doing, maybe later you will join me for a class or a retreat… anyhoo….
here is the first video in this series, ” the Sketching of the Winter Girl”
Okie Dokie Art shenanigan enthusiasts, it’s here! the year you have been waiting for! Ok that was a touch dramatic, but i am excited. 2017 was a year of change. Some of it was amazing, some of it hard, but all of it was fascinating. It wore me out. So 2018 brings me to a place where I am simply ready for a therapeutic rest. I am taking a year off for honing in on healthy change, peace and artistic discovery. I am going to do things I truly enjoy as often as I can with people I love. ( missing my bestie). Working on videos, art classes and super fun mixed media art is making me giddy. I have some really cool things for you this year and I am so stoked.
I am taking a different approach to things though. Im going to relax and not freak out about what I can’t do and focus on what I can do. I am ready to discover the real me so…
My word for 2018 is ” Seek”. I feel a wave of discovery coming.
I am not going to make resolutions. I am only going to put into motion the idea of seeking out the changes that could result in a healthier me. I am not putting any ridiculous expectations on myself. Life gets in the way of those things & I simply do not have time for guilt over that kind of thing. I do, however have a few goals, knowing that I don’t know how long they will take to accomplish and that’s ok. I do know, that if I don’t take care of myself, I wont have anything left to give to anyone else and I want to be there for the people I love. I want to live a full, creative life and I can’t do that unless I re-prioritize and prune away the things that are holding me back from that.
so… This year I am going to seek out ways to:
- Deprogram from unhealthy belief systems that keep me in a cycle of broken-ness.
- Regroup. Rest. Accept my limitations.
- Forgive and ask forgiveness
- Pursue health; physical, mental and emotional; fiercely.
- Speak life, not only to others but to myself.
- Be Grateful everyday.
- Pursue Joy
- Step down from moral superiority and treat others with compassion, love and understanding. (more on that later)
- Spend time in prayer and meditation everyday.
- Create art that I love to create and share that with others as often as possible.
- Laugh every single day, even when it hurts.
- Capture negativity and replace it with positivity.
- Learn to take care of myself.
- Study. Practice. Learn.
- Be present.
- Put down the cell phone.
- Enrich the lives of others.
- Let go.
Let’s do this. I dare you.