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(VIDEO) Faces Mixed Media Portraits – Registration Is Open

Painting has always been a healing process for me.

Yet I struggled whenever I came to covering up the white space and knowing what to paint.

It wasn’t until I snapped in-progress photos of my paintings that I realized I felt every painting has an ugly stage. And at that stage, I’d always get frustrated and feel like I couldn’t finish another painting.

That negative self talk completely took the fun out of painting. But once I realized it happened to me every time, I learned to turn off my inner critic.

Now I think it’s really lovely to create something you think looks too awkward or not completely perfect with eyes that are a little wonky or hair that’s extra big.

To me, it is the imperfections that make things the most beautiful and unique.

To celebrate you following your inspirations, I’m opening Early Registration for my Faces Mixed Media Portraits class (details below).

Here are a few videos… I hope it all keeps you inspired!

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New Originals are Available in My Shop

I paint every day and it usually takes 3-7 days for me to finish a painting. I usually have a few that I’m working on at once, so as one background dries, I start a character on another piece. But once I find a character and connect with the painting, I keep working on it until it’s complete.

All of these pieces are inspired by my love of nature, but also the heart-centered-ness I feel whenever I get out into nature – whether it’s to water the zinnias blooming in my garden, to go for a hike around the nearby waterfall or to enjoy a picnic and watch the sunset.

Nature is grounding to me and my hope is that in sharing these paintings you can capture a little of that beauty in your own home, everyday.

Click here to visit my shop.

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What I’ve Learned As A Full-Time Artist + Entrepreneur

A few years ago, I wrote a novel about a magical world.

I was one of 14 writers accepted into a 6 week writing workshop on the east coast. And when I finished my novel, I flew out to Washington DC to meet with my ideal literary agent.

But then I got super scared and burned out.

Because of that burn-out, I needed to heal my spirit, so I started painting in my backyard… even though I hadn’t painted in ages. It was the thing I loved to do most as a child. I dug out all of the art supplies I’d been hiding away and spread them in the grass with a few old canvases.

Then I started to play.

And that’s how all of my whimsical paintings and life as a full-time artist and entrepreneur began.

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{VIDEO} Letting Go + Following Your Heart

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about all of the ways I stay inspired.

Having fun and learning to let go have become essential to my creative process.

For me that means slowing down and keeping calm, reading in the sunshine, stepping outside at midnight to watch for shooting stars, doodling, taking long walks in the woods, having bonfires in the backyard, going barefoot in the grass, smelling the flowers and painting with friends.

My paintings always seem to fall into place whenever I stay in the moment and go back to anything that makes me feel joy.

Then, once I’m having fun, I can paint more clearly from that part of myself that is wholly me.

This video is one of the backgrounds we create for a project in Serendipity 2 – Loosening Up With Mixed Media.

In this 10 minute video I share one of my favorite techniques that I always return to whenever I need to get back to having fun with my artwork.

I love adding 2-3 different supplies in my backgrounds – mixing acrylic paints and inks together to get unusual colors that I then repeat throughout a painitng.

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{VIDEO} Serendipity + Having Fun With Painting

This video is one of the backgrounds we create for a project in my online workshop Serendipity 2 – Loosening Up With Mixed Media.

In this 9 minute video I share one of my favorite mixed media techniques for creating a lusciously layered background.

In class, we’ll layer all sorts of art supplies – oil paintsticks, watercolors, pastel, ink, acrylics, pencil, papers and pen. You’ll learn how to paint more freely, so you can easily develop your own style.

I hope you enjoy this video!

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{VIDEO} Overcoming Creative Blocks

One of the ways that I loosen up and stay creative every day is by painting backgrounds.

Every painting I create begins with covering up the white space, which is my time to play. I try and go back to whatever techniques and supplies I am most excited about so that each piece beging with fun and joy.

Then my intention is that the joy I feel gets infused into every painting and makes anyone who sees it smile.

In this 9 minute video I share some of my favorite mixed media techniques for creating backgrounds. This always gets me back to playing with my artwork and helps me to overcome creative blocks.

When I play, I find I also enjoy the process and end up liking what I paint more too.

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