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Business For Creatives Spring 2018 Early Registration Is Open + Overcoming My Shyness

I used to be afraid to raise my hand in class.

I’d learned that my ways of thinking and seeing were different from everyone else. When I shared an idea, I was often laughed at or told it was impossible. So I learned to stay quiet and be shy.

When I was in the third grade we had an art project where we were supposed to recreate a scene from a farm. I was paired with a fourth grader and she completely took over and shot down all of my ideas. But there was one idea I just wouldn’t let go.

We had access to everything in the art room, and, in a box of fabric scraps, I found strips of leather. I wanted to use that leather to recreate the spots on the cows.

This, I think, must have been my first mixed media art piece.

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Getting Over Creative Blocks + Painting Everyday

So often I get stuck with my paintings.

I’d been feeling really impatient with my paintings. I felt that if I didn’t finish a piece within a few days, the time that I had spent creating was not worthwhile. 

My paintings always take lots of layers before I can get to anything I like and really let go. But I started to find that I was putting off going into the studio because painting seemed too difficult. I just couldn’t get out what I needed to and never liked what I would end up painting. 

I had lost my joy in creating.

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My New Studio + Finding Inspiration

My new studio is finally finished!

We moved into our new home last year with 10 acres of pine woods and a detached garage that had an unfinished loft space above – perfect for a studio.

Over the spring and summer my husband Brian and I worked on the construction of the interior and I cannot even say how exciting it has been to move into my new creative space. It is the first time I truly have one designated studio space. 

In the past, as the seasons change, I have always moved my creative space into whatever room had the most sunlight. Sometimes that meant I created in the backyard, in an extra bedroom or at the kitchen table.

Now, to paint in a space without distraction, where I leave my artwork and live separately, has allowed my paintings to blossom in so many new directions. 

Finishing off the studio ourselves was a real creative project…

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Painting Owls + Finding Your Artistic Voice

I’m so excited to paint with everyone in Faces – Mixed Media Portraits, which starts September 25th. Thank you to everyone that has already registered!

If you’d like to join us, you can find details here.

Lately I’ve been going back to painting owls.

For awhile I had been creating these very renaissance-style portraits with soft, realistic faces and incredible hair. I enjoyed that I could make them look very human, but still full of magic and color. 
While I still adore creating these flower girls, I found that these paintings were missing something. 
After countless attempts in the studio, many new owl paintings and lots of covered up canvases, I finally recognized that these new pieces were missing the mixed media art supplies I initially fell in love with when I first started painting my whimsical characters.

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Faces Class Early Bird is Open + Making Beautiful Mistakes

I always get stuck with my paintings.

When I first started painting my owls. I painted three beauties in a row. I was on a roll and getting so much positive feedback.

Then I got stuck.

I was trying to recreate my other perfect owls rather than paint something new.

So I started to photograph my painting process from start to finish. This helped to show me that my paintings never look good at first. I always go through an ugly stage – where I am figuring things out and building up my layers.

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Life As An Artist :: Painting From The Heart

I used to be afraid to stand out.

When I was in first grade the teacher tried to teach our class about proportions by dividing us into groups, based on certain characteristics.

For me, it was easy when she lined up everyone who was wearing blue on one side, red on the other, and neither blue nor red in the middle. No problem.

But what stood out to me, even at that age, was when she started to divide us based on our physical attributes – she asked everyone with blond, brown or black hair to go into different corners of the room. I had red hair, so I didn’t know where to go.

Then she separated everyone with blue, green, hazel or brown eyes. I have one blue eye and one green, so, again, I didn’t know where to go. 

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