Monday, August 29, 2011

My first drawing!

I feel kinda silly but I'm putting this out there anyway.  Lately, when I see someones drawings I have been feeling the "little whispers" to draw, too.   So.... tonight I sat down with a pencil & a sheet of paper and started to draw.  Within 10-15 minutes she appeared.
I am so frickin happy I could just spit!
I didn't know I had it in me.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

CREATE mixed media

I just had 2 wonderful days at the CREATE mixed media retreat.  I took 2 classes and both of them were very good.  The one that resonated the most with me was A Craving for Circles taught by Mary Beth Shaw. 
She was an absolute genuine person, very easy going, and funny! You could tell that she loved what she was doing.  And she really wanted you to get the most out of her class.
 Her class is what I have been yearning for... techniques. She is from Missouri and will soon be opening up her studio to teach classes.  I will be taking some road trips to learn more from her. 

I met some incredible women there, too.  Peggy sat beside me.  We shared some stories and laughed a little.  Peggy wore a beautiful blue feather in her hair that  looked good and it fit her personality.  I want one!! :-)  She wore an apron that she had drawn a woman's face on it.  Awesome is the word to describe her face.  She said she followed the instructions given by Kelly Rae Roberts in her Taking Flight book.  This was just the encouragement I needed to try my hand at drawing a face.  I'll show you later what I came up with.  Here is the artwork I created from Mary Beth's class.

It will proudly hang in my studio as my 1st  piece of artwork! 
I, also, had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Petricek whom I have been communicating with since I started my blog.  It seemed like I had known her forever.  Her blog is authentic and represents who she truly is as a person.  Be sure to check out her blog about the "Altered Book" she is doing in honor of her Grandmother.  Her passion shines thru in the book.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

icing on the cake

Most of you know that in I April I registered for and  have been extremely excited to be taking painting/art classes at the CREATE mixed-media retreat which happens to be within 1-2 miles from my home.  How sweet is that?   It's getting closer and closer!  Thursday evening (as in tomorrow) I will be taking a class with  Joanne Sharpe about artful lettering.  Saturday I will be spending the entire day with Mary Beth Shaw in a class called A Craving for Circles.  Part of my creative journey has been learning more "techniques" to be able to incorparate in my art.  I am really starting to believe that I can do this.  That in itself is a wonderful feeling!
I got an email from Jenny Petricek, someone I met at the beginning of my creative journey, we have encouraged each other along the way and started to develop a friendship.  She is going to be at CREATE mixed-media retreat on Saturday, too.  We are planning on getting together after our classes.  I am soooooo happy to be able to finally meet her.  I've heard it said over and over again, "that it's not just about the art you create, it's also about the people you meet along they way".   I would have to say that is very true!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

What I have been up to.

I am just finishing my 2nd week of Flying Lessons with Kelly Rae Roberts.  When past students have said that her e-course is good, they weren't kidding.  It's even gooder!  :-)   We are being taught some very powerful stuff about social networking and the importance of using it to get your art out there.  Needless, to say... I've had myself planted in front of my computer for what seems like forever tweeking things, learning new things, and making changes.  I am now at a fairly comfortable  (I'm sure that will change) place to start enjoying the community, fellow flyers (students)  that are on their own creative path.  It's cool getting to know people that have the same aspirations.  I have started to build relationships when some of you already, there's just more people to meet.  I value everything I can learn from another person.  As Kelly Rae Roberts has said in one of her paintings "your story matters... tell it".  I'm right there ready to listen.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Go figure!

I have been working in my studio all day.  Having lots of fun!! Totally enjoying all of my projects when out from nowhere I started feeling very tired.  I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out why?  I had a good nights sleep, ate a good breakfast and lunch, even went outside for a while.  Then it dawned on me. My mom use to say  "you become the company that you keep" I never quite understood what she meant.  But now I get it! She was right!  Here are my 2 cats, Merlot and Marmalade.  They like to be in my studio with me with I am creating.  It's no wonder I was tired, I was becoming the company I was keeping.  Do you think I kicked them out of my room? 

Woo Hoo look who turned 2

My Grandaughter Delaina

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

meet my husband, John

I wanted you guys to meet my husband, John.  He is my best friend and my #1 supporter.  He doesn't always see my vision, which is OK,  he keeps me on my toes.   He does want me to do whatever "makes me happy".  And creating makes me happy!

This picture was taken at the Wisconsin State Fair this past weekend.  We love going there and just meandering around.  We especailly like to look at the variety of chickens and rabbits. 
They certainly don't look like anything my Granny use to have on her farm.

It has only been one day of the Flying Lessons e-course with Kelly Rae Roberts.  WHEW!!  I'm loving it!  I am so inspired!  If any of you are "on the fence" about joining the course, I'd highly suggest that you take the leap and come over to this side of the fence.    She only offers this course once a year! 
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