Latest Event Updates

Come and Paint with me this Summer

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Awakening to Your Mystery

Join me this summer for an intensive workshop on how to paint faces, how to bled colors to create depth in a painting and how to tell a story of mystery.
The workshop is right around the corner, and there are still spots left.
You can sign up in here.
This workshop is held at the beautiful Donna Downey studios in North Carolina.
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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday July 28th 2017 – 10:00am-5pm.

Saturday July 29h 2017 – 10:00am-5pm.

Sunday July 30th 2017 – 10:00am-3pm.

Workshops Policies : Half-day, full-day, multi-day workshops, and special events are scheduled throughout the year. Once you purchase a workshop you will be enrolled.

Due to limited class size, purchased spots for all workshops are transferable but payment is non-refundable. What this means: If you buy a class spot and are unable to attend, and if there is a waiting list of students that has formed, we will put you in contact with the first person on the list to whom you can offer your class spot. If the person on the list accepts, then that person will need to pay you for your spot and once that transaction is complete and both parties are satisfied, we will transfer your spot to the other person. If you are unable to attend and there is no waiting list, we will unfortunately be unable to provide refunds.

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Our June Auction is Here

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Our June Auction in The Heartful Soul artist Collective is now in full swing. The images above are all my original paintings, but we now have 15 artist all together and they present on different days.

MondayJune 5, bidding starts noon EST.
Bidding ends 1:00 PM on Tuesdays June 6:
Paula Watters Jones Donna Munro Lucy Chen Basia Zielinska

Tuesday June 6, bidding starts 1:15
Bidding ends 1:30 PM on Wednesday June 7:
Kate Thompson Lucy Jordan Maria Pace-Wynters Lara Provost

Wednesday June 7, bidding starts 1:45
Bidding ends 2:00 PM on Thursday June 8:
Sara Burch Jo Loughnan Annie Hamman Olga Furman

Thursday June 8, bidding starts 2:15
Bidding ends 3:00 PM on Friday June 9:
Katrina Koltes Renata Loree Muriel Stegers

Also, part of our auction our daily giveaway and short surprise auctions that start with a very low bidding price. You might not want to miss this one, see you there!

Garden of Flowers

New Class by Olga Furman.

Find out more about it and sign up in here to get an early bird discount. Class starts June 26.

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New Mini Class

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Crystal Clear imageI have learned to paint portraits by copying the paintings of old masters. Eventually, I have moved on to paint my own realistic portraits, and my favorite subject was my son. I have long abandoned the strive to make my portraits as detailed as possible and choose to paint more expressive faces, but my love for old master paintings still remains and is a source of great inspiration. This class is an exploration of both, how to draw an inspiration from an old master painting and make it more expressive.

Join me on a short excursion into the life of a French academic painter William-Adolpe Bourguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) to be inspired by his painting to create our own.

Bourguereau inspires me in numerable ways –   making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body, his use of mythological themes, and in the way he creates skin tones that seam to gleam like delicate silk.

I have made an attempt through my own study to loosely reinvent one of his portrait paintings to create my own. Even though it might seam that I have used many colors in this painting, I have only really used three, plus gesso. After signing up, you receive full supply list. Class starts May 20th.

In this class I will take you through the process of sketching a portrait to create a pleasing composition on the canvas. Choosing and mixing the right colors for this particular skin tone. Blending and applying colors an tones in such a way that they create the appropriate contrast, smoothness and texture in a face.

We will then complete the background, hands and an object to complete the story of our painting.

Sign up in here for an introductory price $35 Buy Now till April 30th, regular price after that will be $45.

21 Secrets on Sale Today

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21-secrets-2017-embody-mdYay!, I am so excited to announce, that 21 Secrets is coming out to purchase today and I am one of the teachers! And until Saturday February 11 you will receive a discount of $10 at signing up at the checkout. Just use discount code: emBODY at check out of purchase

This workshop will be truly amazing and it will be fully downloadable on March 27.  With it you will have an instant access to 21 teachers and their secrets of developing a journal page through the prompt – emBody. I am personally very stoked about this, because being an energy worker, this is always something that comes up in my creative field. And I personally can not wait to see what everyone else will come up with. So are you ready to take the journey with us?

To meet all the teachers and their work they will be doing, or to sign up click here.

Here are the details of what is included in the purchase of 21 SECRETS emBODY:

  • A downloadable 150+ page eBook that contains 24 art journaling workshops packed with 25+ hours of videos, full color photos, templates, and clear instructional content that is yours to keep and refer to again and again.
  • Unlimited access to all workshops at once! You pick and choose which ones you do and when.  There is no time limit or deadlines to meet — these workshops are yours to keep!
  • Membership to the private 21 SECRETS Facebook community where you can share, be inspired, and receive warm, supportive feedback.
  • The opportunity to learn a variety of art journaling approaches and techniques from the comfort of your home/studio.
  • Belong to a supportive online artist community that has been growing strong since 2010! At 21 SECRETS we celebrate everyone’s unique expression and support artists in becoming confident and courageous while creating from the heart!
  • To find out more, click here.

February First

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And the winter just seams to be moving right along, unabashedly and with very little drama this year, but for some reason, drama just follows me around. I have finely settled into my new apartment, and was getting ready for another online auction this month, but alas, Facebook blocked me all together for 24 hours. Luckily my friend offered to help, what would we do without our friends?

I have three paintings to offer in February for our Music and Dance Auction. The Sacred Bowl, which was inspired by a course I am taking, about the sacred feminine creative energy contained in the water element. Second painting is all about the Light, opening all the doors and taking steps towards light and all the possibilities ahead of us. And the third painting was inspired by the Shreem Mantra. It contains the seed sound of abundance and prosperity. I will always hold her close to my heart.

February auction – Music and Dance

Sometimes when things get really crazy, I take few deeps breaths. Nothing is ever lost, and nothing is really truly just beginning. I can sort of feel it when I connect to the easy flow of life, light and friendship all around me. I can feel it inside, alway evolving and recognizing, colliding and then, breaking apart again. It can be scary, when things don’t seam quite right, but maybe, that is just the excitement of it, and I am missing the ride.

Happy New Year

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dtl-smallSo many thing have suddenly changed for me this year. I found myself fleeing a relationship that was ending for a long time, and setting up a camp in a new town. Everything that I depended on, everything that supported me in the past 6 years, being a home, hope or a castle on a sand, finally came crashing down. I felt like I had no string to hold on to anymore and my dreams of far away places no longer sustained me.

I usually don’t like to put labels on things, but codependency was no longer an option for me. I could say I have suddenly outgrown it like an old dress that you keep trying on, and suddenly the seams come apart and it falls to the ground next to you feet. You look down, and there it is, you pick up the pieces and think, maybe I mend something out of it, maybe a friendship?

 

 

 

I was also secretly nursing an old heartbrake, maybe for a hope of some tangible love I sometimes new, but that hope was riding on such a thin line, so thin, that a butter knife could cut through it, and so being the drama queen I sometimes can show up to be, I put an axe to it.

the-soul-intention And so suddenly, all the drama left my life. I had to ask myself, did I actually need it fuelompo-small me, to feed my art experience in this life? I remember relying on the pain for so much art inspiration, I could no longer ignore it. Would this new found quiet be the demise of my artistic journey? But a solitude and quiet can be so much inspiration for just being, knowing and living in this place, which is truly beautiful and calming to my soul. There are so many other challenges in life I can embrace instead of just filling myself up with drama. I know as a gemini being still and quiet without hearing voices propelling me to do something truly out of this world substantial is very hard for me, but, hmm, maybe I am ready for the challenge.

The Layers of Me

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I think this painting is going to take the best of me, oh no, it’s not nearly done. I have been tinkering with her for a while now, and still, I feel there is no end in sight. Maybe she will be one of those things that will just unfold in time, showing me what’s under the surface and what needs to stay hidden. She will torture me with her coyness and then toss me some nebulous excuse of why am I still trying find something to hold on to. Do I follow a line or a purpose? Do I just through some random images at her, or find a clearer path? I will just strap on some patience and take my steps to brace myself for a clearer day.

The Layers of me is a class I will be teaching as a guest teacher in the year long workshop along side many amazing teachers – Paint your Heart and Soul. You can still sign up for this class for the fabulously discounted price before the end of the year in Click here to view more details.