Join me for a one day class creating beautiful botanicals in watercolor with matching borders. These make beautiful gifts and you will make several. Absolute beginners welcome! Register Here
Risk more than is required. Learn more than is normal. Be strong. Show courage. Breathe. Excel. Love. Lead. Speak your truth. Live your values. Laugh. Cry. Innovate. Simplify. Adore mastery. Release mediocrity. Aim for genius. Stay humble. Be kinder than expected. Deliver more than is needed. Exude passion. Shatter your limits. Transcend your fears. Inspire others by your bigness. Dream big but start small. Act now. Don’t stop. Change the world.
Vision Cards are deeply satisfying art that anyone can do. It’s a process of finding images that speak to you, moving fragments of cut magazine images around, fitting them together in a surprising new way and gluing them down on a card; then using the cards to create the life you envision.
You can Visualize the Life you Desire! My friend Roxie was sweet to record this video. Join me for a one day workshop April 1st and create your future! Register here:http://scottsdaleartschool.org/course/vision-cards/
Scottsdale Artists’ School | Vision Cards (ONE DAY)…See More
The weather is gorgeous here now so everyone is outside.
There is lots of citrus, hiking and biking, baseball games, and garden prep.
A perfect time to get out and paint.
Here are some new landscapes done en plein air in Sedona. These pastels you really must check out in person if you live in the valley. See them at EspritDecor.com
I’ve got a few things coming up that I’d like to share with you.
April 1, 9-4, Vision Cards
This one day workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to move forward in their life. Imagine your perfect life and create cards of each aspect of it and of the different parts of you. No drawing ability required! We will be mostly collaging images and designs. You will walk away with a deck of cards to enjoy and guide you.
I’ll, of course, be again donating a painting to the Art From the Heart Auction, to benefit Free Arts, Saturday, April 1, 4:30-7, Saks Fifth Avenue at the AZ Biltmore. Tickets here. I call this one, Little Storyteller, oil 14 x 16. Great deals on art for a great cause.
As 2016 comes to a close I am bursting with love and gratitude. I was able to paint more than ever before this year. Slowing down, older and wiser, finally . . I think it’s harder for us folks with unlimited energy.
My word for the new year . . . balance . . . family, friends, studio time . . . stretching, prayer.
Hope you have a wonderful 2017! Here are my offerings.
Winter Landscape on Rice Paper: Abstracted Realism (ONE DAY) January 5, 9 AM- 4 PM, Register Here
In this one-day workshop learn to create beautiful winter landscapes in watercolor on rice paper. The crinkles in the rice paper add lovely abstract shapes, which work very well depicting foliage and cause them to resemble batiks. The class will briefly go over color mixing and composition before the morning demonstration. There will be individual assistance as students begin their painting. Students will mount their rice paper and layer colors creating a beautiful landscape.
Students will experience an exciting way to paint in watercolor as they begin loosely painting the negative background, thinking only in terms of warm and cool, light and dark. Students will then slowly refine painting by both lifting and adding paint. This method is perfect for Koi Fish and flowers as they have soft edges. The saturated wet paper allows easy lifting, gives soft edges, and maintains a unified background. This two-day workshop will give students a real sense of this method, as timing is extremely important. The class will begin with a loose abstract painting and then lift paint from the damp surface to create the movement and flow.
Students will add details like scales at the very end. The results are stunning with rich, vibrant colors. Create beautiful paintings that have a few tight details surrounded by loose, painterly color.
This workshop was so much fun! Unfortunately a few folks had left before I snapped this group shot. Everyone had beautiful results and learned a few things about painting pets and staying inspired!
My demo was this very sweet golden doodle and it’s not quite done but wanted to share it with you.
Here are my little landscapes from my trip last month to Colorado. It was gorgeous and cold.
They are available in my Etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/shop/prettypaintings
It’s wonderful to give original art for gifts.
They will know they are special to you.
Check out my new website! Clean and modern.
I would welcome your feedback.
I have a couple animal events coming up. First it’s Furry Friends Fine Art Festival, a family art show centered around animals at Shemer Art Center, 5005 E Camelback, Saturday, September 17, 8am-4pm.
Then I have a one-day workshop on how to paint your pet at Scottsdale Artists’ School, 3730 N Marshall Way,Scottsdale, 480-990-1433. December 14
“Adventure calls. Blaze a new trail. Cross a continent. Dare to discover. Escape the routine. Find a fresh perspective. Go slow. Gaze absentmindedly. Savor every moment. Have some fun! Invest now in future memories. Keep a journal. Leave prejudice and narrow mindedness behind. Make for the horizon and meet new people.Navigate the unknown. Observe, and open your mind. Pursue a road less traveled. Quest for truth. Rely on yourself. Sail away from the safe harbor. Take a risk. Unleash your curiosity. Venture further. Why wait? Expect the unexpected. Say Yes to adventure….journey with Zeal!
Save the Date! April 22-24, 2016
Local 3 Day Retreat – Scottsdale, Arizona
The Artist Within Weekend Retreat
The McCormick Scottsdale
Each day will include: Incredible Mountain and Lake Views, Painting Demonstrations, One-on-one Instruction, Daily Intentions and Meditation, Gentle stretching and Breath Work, Sketching and Journaling, Delicious Meals and Snacks, Good Wine and Laughter, Spontaneity and Discovery.
You will receive complete itinerary upon registration. You are sure to return home refreshed and inspired! You owe it to yourself!