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Letting Go + Getting Past the Ugly Stage

In every painting, there’s an ugly stage.

I hit a creative block where I assume my artwork is no good and that I can’t paint anymore. I’ve realized I reach this stage in every painting. Remembering that these blocks are just a part of my process has helped me to not be so hard on myself each time they happen. Then I can stop the emotional roller coaster and pull myself out of it.

Whenever I get frustrated with whatever I am creating, I take a step away.

Sometimes that means I go sketch by the lake, take a walk in the woods, start a new painting, fingerpaint or go back to using my favorite techniques and colors… I do whatever it takes to get myself back to a less serious place, so I can start having fun again.

When I’m at a creative block, I will come up with a million reasons why I can’t or shouldn’t paint.

This often happens when I am trying something new. I’ll be creating a character that looks too weird and all I want to do is cover it up so no one else will ever see it.

To get through this block, I go back and forth between painting that new thing and staying in,my comfort zone, Sometimes I will go back to painting owls or using my favorite blue hues – I do whatever it takes to get me feeling free again.

Happy painting!

With love + gratitude,
xo Juliette

Ps. The fall session of Business For Creatives is open for sale registration. Class starts September 3rd and 6 month payment plans are available. Find all of the details for Business For Creatives here.

Pps. Tomorrow is the last day to register for the current session of Wild and Free Painting. Find details and register here.

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Wild And Free Mini Course – Video Sneak Peek

I hope you enjoy this video… it’s a snip-it from one of the painting projects I share in Wild And Free Painting – A Mini Course.

To create this piece, I had so much fun going back to some of my favorite drawing supplies and techniques. I scribbled with chalk pastels, charcoal and pencil to create a soft look like clouds.

Lions are a symbol of bravery, but I love to give them a sense of calm and inner strength too.

I know that when I have a dream in mind I can run full force, forgetting the beauty around me. So I titled this painting as a reminder to follow dreams with a soft heart, knowing a COURAGEOUS DREAMER remembers the stillness of the flowers.

In Wild & Free Painting, I share many playful techniques and characters to help you feel more free in your artwork and find your own style.

That means we’re drawing and painting whimsical animals, feather-haired girls, imaginary creatures, watercolor portraits, lusciously layered backgrounds and more! I also share how to create a face in under 10 minutes with just a few supplies, so even if you don’t have a lot of space or time, you can still get creative and play.

This is the perfect class for beginners or for those looking to loosen up and feel more relaxed in your art.

Registration closes June 17, 2017

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Overcoming Fear + Following Your Bliss

I often get petrified whenever I have to share new creative work.

A few years ago I had just finished writing a middle-grade fantasy novel.

When I wrote it, I hadn’t painted for fifteen years. I had no idea that I’d now be a full-time artist and entrepreneur.

I had just joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and attended their spring conference, where Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black was slated to speak.

I was super nervous. I wanted so badly to meet Holly and to have her critique the first chapter of my novel, but I had been assigned to have a critique session with a different published author.

As I waited in a little room for my author to show, I noticed Holly sitting alone across the hall.

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Video :: Wild And Free Painting

I hope you enjoy this video… it’s a snip-it from one of the painting projects I share in Wild And Free Painting – A Mini Course.

In Wild And Free Painting – A Mini Course, I share many playful techniques and characters to help you feel more free in your artwork and find your own style. By the end of class, you’ll have five freedom-inspired paintings and the template to get you started again and again, so you can keep exploring and develop your own artistic voice.

That means we’ll draw and paint whimsical animals, feather-haired girls, imaginary creatures, watercolor portraits, lusciously layered backgrounds and more! I’ll also show you how to create a face in under 10 minutes with just a few supplies, so even if you don’t have a lot of space or time, you can still get creative and play.

This is a self-paced, instant access online class. Registration closes June 17, 2017.

Register Here.

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Business For Creatives Early Bird Sale :: Why I Stopped Painting

I’m so excited to announce Early Bird Registration is now open for the upcoming session of BUSINESS FOR CREATIVES where I share all I’ve learned about being a full time artist and entrepreneur.

Find More Details, Read Testimonials and Register for Business For Creatives Here.

Business for Creatives is an 8 week program that will help you get started and stay motivated, so you can live your dream of being an artist and share your passion with more people. I’m always getting so many questions from my painting students about how to find ways to sell and share their art and I just can’t wait to dive into it all and share all I’ve learned about running my business (successes and mistakes).

I stopped painting for almost fifteen years.

I hid all of my artwork and supplies in the basement because it was just too painful to create if I couldn’t do it all of the time.

I worked all sorts of jobs- as an arts and technology journalist, editorial assistant, photographer, gallery manager, graphic designer, floral designer, web developer and computer programmer. Nothing ever seemed to fit.

Then in the summer of 2009 I lost my job (as a landscaper). It was the first job I ever really loved.

To heal my spirit, I finally went back to what I adored most as a child… taking all of my art supplies into the backyard and creating.

At that same time a friend started an Artist’s Way group.

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Video Sneak Peek + Wild And Free Early Bird SALE

This is my favorite time of year… when the spring flowers come up and I can finally get outside a little bit in Wisconsin and paint.

A lot of you have been asking me to reopen registration for my Wild And Free Mini Course so we can paint together this spring. I’m excited to offer this online class again!

To celebrate, I’m opening registration with a very special EARLY BIRD SALE.

Sign up for Early Bird registration now at $65 (use code WILD). Once that sale price tier fills up, the class will return to full pricing of $75. 3 Month Payment Plans are also available and the appropriate early bird discount will be applied at checkout.

Registration closes June 17. This will be the only time I am offering this class this year.

Find More Details, Read Testimonials and Register Here.

Here’s a little video sneak peek…

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