It's the second day of weather registering less than in the high 80's here...do
I dare assume the longest summer weather ever here has finally ended? Or is it going to be hot again this weekend?
This year it seems I'm seeing a lot of surrendering to what is showing up as the incorporation of succulents in conjunction with fall decor. I'm all for it! As a matter of fact, I'm participating in a Fall event in Huntington Beach where we'll be demonstrating succulents tied into Fall table-scapes and also a food tasting and chef demo by Eureka restaurant's culinary director. It's free to attend so if you're in the area, come join us! And if you happen to read this blog and attend, be sure to introduce yourself please!
Here's all the info:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-and-create-calling-all-foodies-and-crafters-tickets-19126602182?ref=enivtefor001&invite=ODYxNjE3NS9wbWRnYXJyaXNvbkBnbWFpbC5jb20vMA%3D%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventpage (yikes, how do I make that link less cumbersome?!?)
Yesterday I ran around trying to find some more fairy tale pumpkins and every single pumpkin patch had been cleaned out! Luckily some groceries stores still had some and the gourds and squashes out are just as pretty. At the same time, I couldn't resist the flowers for my floral online course that is getting closer and closer to release! (The current plan -always subject to change- early registration in December, and class launch in January!!! Won't know price until class is fully developed, sorry!)
I've LOVED having extra permission to buy myself flowers ( "I need them for the class I'm creating!") and I hope that students will extend the same permission to themselves ;). Who doesn't love having fresh flowers in the house?!?
More gathering of supplies for the demonstration mentioned above. It's November 15th, 2-4pm in Huntington Beach (so you don't have to click on that link just to rule it in or out).
Not typically what we are used to used to seeing for Fall, we're going to change that!
You know I'm always up to at least a few creative things, I assume you are too. Do share if you're so inclined, we creatives always love to know (and cheer on!) whatever you've got in the works. Have a good one! Xo
What? I know, that sounds a little strange, and it was a lot harder than I imagined when I said yes...let me back up and explain...
My friend Paolo has been taking shoemaking lessons for over a year now and has developed a true passion for the craft. He's even gone to Orvieto, Italy to meet a shoemaker and source supplies, so... a very strong passion for it, yes.
He asked me to paint on some leather for him to use when making shoes. Of course, I immediately said yes. And as I waited for the leather he was mailing to arrive, I grabbed a large piece of canvas I had and began on that. You can see it above. I broke it into four sections and did different backgrounds.
And then I went to town. I did that first section (bottom right above and more below) the way I do my responsive drawing (which I teach in my Creative Sketchbooking class on Creativebug, link on sidebar)
and then I got a little stumped. I started over-thinking what would be good on shoes, altering my instincts to fit the project, which usually isn't a good idea for my creative process- trying to change things up for what I think someone else wants usually dulls that instinct I've worked so hard to have access to over all these years of making. That said, an assignment every now and again is a good challenge for me; editing myself doesn't come naturally and sometimes less really is more.
So, when I got to the second square, I started to think about shoes. What kind of shoes? Are we talking women's or men's? Wing tips or ballet slippers? What color shoes would be useful, as the art itself would likely limit the use of the shoes, I wouldn't want the colors to as well. Dark shoes I thought, and left the background a light charcoal. And then promptly went the opposite direction and painted white flowers on top with ink. But how dense should they be for shoes? At first I thought very dense, envisioning a pair of classic Ked's tennis shoes covered in them, but then started to loosen the scatter of flowers, "tossing" less out over the remaining fabric. I wasn't sure if this would be useful or not, to have options, and I'm still not. Time and the shoemaker will tell on that one.
When I got to the third panel, I decided to try to do a toss of flowers that would look more like an old oil painting. I first painted colorful flowers all over the panel and then...
I painted outlines with ink. I can see this as an entire hush-puppie type saddle shoe, or just the center panel even. (Oh, and I broke up the back pain of bending over the canvas on the floor by painting on some small wood pieces I could hold in my hands.)
When the piece of leather arrived in the mail, I was still thinking darker shoes might be best, but I was honestly wishing Paolo was there with me, guiding me. I didn't want to ruin his material. As I worked on it with acrylics, I decided that I'd happily buy it from him and make myself a clutch out of it if it was way off the concept he had in mind when sending. I kind of liked it best at the beginning above...
But then added lots more (contradicting less is more yet again- as I said, editing isn't my strong suit). I kept folding it over the top of my foot trying to imagine it as the toe of a shoe...not sure what the heck I was doing...
As always happens, the due date arrived. Time to pick him up at the airport and give him the goods! But first a stop for breakfast on the beach (Crystal Cove Beachcomber restaurant). I thought it was funny when creating this post, how all the colors of the breakfast picture match the colors of the painted leather above. Do you see it too? The yellow of the pottery, the red of the umbrella, orange of the drinks, blue of the ocean and brown of the bacon...
With all my trying to do something "different for shoes", I was seeing through my same lenses. It gave me a good chuckle on this Saturday morning.
And now that I've handed them off, the story will unfold in another artist's hands, through his lenses. I'm very excited to see where that is and will of course share the end results here!
And I still would like to make a clutch out of that leather, lol.
And here is Paolo himself. ;) After a very full day of driving, and talking shoes, ideas, and creativity and and and... we ended up in Palm Springs, the location of his class. Where over happy hour dinner I proceeded to draw all over the leather I'd painted...per his request! Now doesn't he look like he'd make a great pair of shoes?!? Can't wait to see...
Hello hello! And Happy Friday!
Ran across this quote today and had to write it in my journal tonight. It's worth some extra reflection on my part...
How much time do you spend arguing your limitations? I hope it's not as much as I do (for me it's especially loud when it comes to technology, organizational skills, and prioritizing, lol). I certainly don't care to reinforce those limitations and suppose it makes perfect sense that arguing their case does just that!
Some Friday food for thought...
p.s. I didn't know how to begin blogging again, so... I just did. Random, I know. ;) Xo
The whirlwind of releasing the month long Creativebug class (link in sidebar), Creative Sketchbooking has come and gone. That was fun!
I'm still behind on checking in everywhere and can't wait for a break to do so. I owe so many of you a great big thank you for sharing in the enthusiasm and participating! I am grateful. For those that didn't, no worries, it's never too late to take the class, it remains on the Creativebug site, so join in the fun if you want to, anytime!
What's currently taking up all my creative time and energy is the continued work on my first ever self hosted online course that is coming soon- FOR REAL- I know it's so because I've got Mary Ann employed as head whip cracker, director, task master, videographer, and other online class creating chores. She is like a dog with a bone that one, and she's able to keep me on task (as much as is possible anyway), necessary for crossing the finish line!
We went away and filmed for four days straight earlier this summer, and now I'm visiting Moss cottage on the regular to shoot more and continue to hone in on the best material. I'm really proud of what's developing and truly can't wait to share!
Consider all the pics on this post hints. Three guesses as to the overall class theme...Ding! Ding! Ding! You got it! FLORALS!!! (I knew you wouldn't need three guesses, you are smart like that!)
Seeing, drawing, painting and projects- all florals!!! The online classroom is sooo pretty...
I'm keeping my head down and diligently making steps every day, that's yet another reason I'm posting here so inconsistently- I want to do it all, but you know how that goes...never been the best at that!
More soon! Xoxox
Sheesh! Yesterday got away from me before I could mention that the 2nd part of my Creative Sketchbooking class on Creativebug went live yesterday!!! That means new exercises (see the video above for content), a whole new round of sharing all over, and a new contest by Creativebug for helping promote- one on facebook, one on instagram. Here are all the details on the contest.
This week we are doing exercises in responsive drawing, and I am using a watercolor sketchbook, this one specifically:
You can get it on amazon or at Michael's crafts (be sure to use your coupon!) or any number of places including some local art stores. But any watercolor paper will do!
If you are in the class, a new feature started yesterday, at the very bottom of class chapters there is a discussion section where you can post comments or ask questions. There is one for the class viewed via the app, and one for the class viewed on the website (it took me a bit to figure that out!), so I'll be over there checking daily to see if there are any questions. I've fallen a bit behind on seeing everyone's work, and I'm looking forward to my son's lesson later today which will give me a pocket of time to look at the class gallery etc.
The comments and question area got me thinking, are there any questions you have about the behind the scenes of the class? Questions that aren't about class content, so better asked and answered here? I'm happy to share if able...so leave a comment here if you have a curiosity about something.
Oh, and if you are wondering, I'd say this is the order of most likely for me to see it in a timely manner and hopefully get a somewhat timely response:- (in other words, how I'm currently checking in or trying to!)
-class discussion boards (website and app both)
-here on the blog post
-facebook on post
ack! I'm really not the best at keeping up with everything, especially communication. In all honesty, there is a significant time delay for everything after instagram, but I'm trying extra hard during this class time to be available and answer questions! Just wanted to let you know in case you have a pressing need ;) because we all know that art emergencies are a real thing!
Hope you're having a great week, xo!
So, are you in the class with us? If yes, yay, fun, right?!? If no, what?!? ...I kid, I kid...it's ok, it's not for everyone, I know, you'll just have to bear with our excitement while we go on about it a little more. ;)
If you are in the class, I wanted to make sure you know you can watch it by logging in via any internet browser on any computer or device, you don't have to download the app. I mention it because I know one friend was having problems downloading the app. If you are participating, please share what you are making, either on the classroom gallery section of Creativebug (be sure you put your name in the comments if you don't have a profile that uses your name, so that I can give you credit when I pin your work to my #CBsketchbooking pinboard.) If you are sharing on instagram, make sure you hashtag it #CBSketchbooking (be sure you have the ing!) And if you are sharing on a blog, your facebook, or anywhere else, feel free to leave a link in the comments here on the blog. I really want to see your work! I'm not sure I'm seeing everything that you all are sharing, but I'm trying to! The classroom gallery was losing some photos yesterday, but I think they've resolved that, so please give it another go if yours went missing. Today, there are a lot more photos appearing and it's exciting to see them pop up there and on instagram! I'm loving what everyone is up to and hearing about how it's fun to stretch and try new and different things!!! I'm also excited to see what everyone makes and how it might change over the week since the next lesson doesn't release until next Tuesday. Plenty of time to experiment!
Which is why I'm sharing these pages here today, different pages than were shown in class. The truth is, I rarely love what I make when teaching; my focus is truly on the doing and sharing the process, not the result, but often that leads to each technique being done a little bit faster and more disjointed, because it's about how to play and I'm trying to teach all the different aspects of the concept. Add verbalizing to the mix and it increases the odds for discombobulatin. I was a little bit disappointed to realize that I might feel the same about the samples I made while filming, until I reminded myself again, that that is the point I am trying to get across- no focus on result- so I'm demonstrating that too ! ;) When I sit down and enjoy the same process and techniques at a slower (non talking, non demonstrating) pace, I often end up in a little more finished, and often more pleasing place. Still organically, just a quieter, more natural manner of getting to the end. Which is why I think that the student work will change over this week too, as students keep playing and experimenting and are able to get comfortable with the techniques, they will free up in different ways and possibly even start incorporating into their own typical work a bit.
So here are some pages from my sketchbooks, using the same concepts of week 1:
love that flower!
Look how different the page on the right looks above, before coloring in the big circle and after coloring in below:
It's a little darker in the day now, but you get the idea, I like it both ways for different reasons.
Today, I used my non dominant hand and forced myself to go very slowly, because that speed is not my usual when creating. I think trying anything that's not one's usual is informative to your creativity.
I also slowed down the painting process, slow, meditative and enjoyable. Now I'm going to go back in and play with some pens on top...or not...I might wait or paint the whole background.
It's fun to lean into color exploration and the feel of the brush on the paper.
I've got a growing stack of sketchbooks, which I see as totally different than my art journals, (but of course, don't have to be). For me, the sketchbooks are used as more of a one technique focus per page, and are a little more organized thought process or experiment taken all the way to finished vs. my art journal pages, which often have a little of this and a little of that mixed with who knows what!
Ok, back to searching around for more student art and making more of my own to share!!! xox
You all are the best! I so appreciate all the enthusiasm and participation in my first ever online class, Creative Sketchbooking! I'm trying hard to stay caught up here, in the classroom gallery, on my facebook page and on instagram. Everyone has their own favorite sharing platform, and I'm trying hard to not miss anyone. If you share what you make in class on a blog I hope you'll leave a comment so we can visit! People are just beginning to upload some work (play) to the online class gallery and with the instagram hashtag #CBSketchbooking not #CBSketchbook, that's Lisa Congdon's class (which you would also like I am sure)- I know, we made it a little tricky with such a similar hashtag. We like to keep you on your toes. ;)
ED:I just went to find the gallery link and it seems that the uploads are not there anymore. Maybe the students removed them, but more likely it's something on the back end, I know they are still working on getting some kinks out, so I'll ask creativebug about it. I pinned them though, before they disappeared, so you can see them there for now. I want to pin yours, so let me know where I can find them please!
Also, don't forget that there are some contests with prizes going on for help promoting the class on your facebook, instagram, and Pinterest. Here are all the details on that. I really thank all you that help spread the word, the more successful the class is, the more future fun we can have, lol. If you repost on IG or facebook, remember to keep it there until the next Tuesday so you'll be eligible for the prize. When the new week is up, a new post and new prize begins! Again, we tried to adapt the prizes so that no one misses out by not liking a certain platform, and hey, if you like more than one and share on more than one, you just increase your chances. ;)
As for class, I'm very excited that people are willing to get a little out of their comfort zone and try something new, and possibly not quite as comfortable, in the beginning. this class is all about exercises made to stretch, not making fabulous pages from the get-go, its about trying some new techniques on in the hope you might incorporate some of the approaches into your own work as you continue on. I'm excited to see if the exercises change over the week, if we get more comfortable and make things that look different from the beginning days.
Fun fun!!! xo
Hey there!!! The class is live!!!! You can see it here!
Wow, I actually have a class online, that's been a loooooong time coming. I really appreciate all those that have patiently waited!!! I know I've been painfully slow with the creation and release of the content in my brain into an online course format. There's more to come for sure, now that things are moving down the pipeline!
FYI, I misunderstood yesterday, and said that a credit card isn't needed to have the membership with free trial period. In actuality, to see the class you have to sign up for a membership (with a credit card) and the first two weeks of your membership are free, so you can cancel before the monthly $4.95 charges begin. There is going to be a contest along with the class, and 8 chances to win a free 3 month membership and that one is the free membership, no credit card required, no free trial period with membership. Sorry for the confusion!
Anyway...back to class!!! I am excited to present new content created with a specific desire to expand creativity and free up creative expression. These sketchbook exercises are guided in hopes that you'll find it easier to not think about result along the way and just play with pen and paint and paper alongside me!
Creativebug is running a month long contest to encourage participation and promotion of the class. 8 winners (4 from facebook promotion participants, 4 from IG promotion participants) will receive 3 month paid memberships and $25.00 Michael's Crafts gift cards, and one month long class participant that shares their work via Pinterest promotion will win a 1yr creativebug paid membership, a $50.00 Michael's gift card and a sketchbook from class where I've done original art made using class techniques inside, with plenty of white pages for you to work on as well!!! For all the contest details go here.
So looking forward to seeing who comes to class, please post your work in Creativebug classroom gallery and hashtag #CBSketchbooking when you share on social media so we can all find your work!
Hooray for creative friends, now let's go have some fun!!!
Wow. I can't believe it's finally here! It seems like it's been forever in the works...but my Creative Sketchbooking class over on Creativebug launches tomorrow (mid morning/afternoon PST)!!!!! I don't have a direct link for class to share until it's released, but in the meantime, if you aren't already a Creativebug member, you can sign up for a free two week trial. No credit card needed, it's truly a free trial- (ED: I'm hearing feedback that a credit card IS required. I'm on it and trying to find out if I misunderstood, or if I gave you wrong link etc. I will get back to you as soon as I know!!! 2nd ED: I misunderstood and mixed up the free trial and the prize free trial that's coming. If you sign up for the free trial, you are signing up for a membership and DO need a credit card, you get a 2 week trial for free to determine whether it's a membership you want to continue -and pay $4.95 a month for- or to cancel with no issue before payments actually start. Easier than a guarantee with refund if you aren't satisfied. I apologize for my misunderstanding and misstating the deal!!!!) I'm sure they know that once we creative types get a look at the 500+ offerings they've got, that we'll be wanting to subscribe. I've been a member long before a collaboration was in play. Now it's only $4.95 a month, the best price it's ever been.
I took a screenshot from the July preview of classes. This was filmed by the director Brian Emerick and he showed it to me after we were finished, I loved it instantly.
One more thing before class starts tomorrow, (it's a four part work-along series, with a new part released each Tuesday in August. There's plenty of time, but if you want to have the exact sketchbook I'm using in class to start, it's this one. You can also buy it at Michael's crafts and use one of your coupons to save a bundle. :)
Lots more tomorrow, including promo video, news of some good giveaways/creativebug contests, and more details (with pictures!) of the class!!!! Until then....xoxo
Wow. June was a crazy month for me. I'm pretty sure if I counted the days, I was away from home for at least half of it, and that's a crazy crazy amount for this homebody! I'm glad all the travel is behind me now!
I took this photo on Sunday when I arrived home from the final June excursion:
I think I should spend all of July sitting right here. Now that I survived my lunatic June, it feels as if my summer can really start. Summer is supposed to feel relaxing, after all.
And now that it's summer, a colorful garland in the hallway seems just right. I made the giant painted cardboard garland for the Creative Bug set. Man, how I love pretty things made from everyday items like a shipping box.
Here they are before I hot glued them all together. (I didn't bring the giant cardboard rose, I'll have to find a use for it here at home.) and while I'm talking about home decor...
Have I introduced you to our new lamp? I looove it, (even though it was very expensive). I bought it from www.schoolhouseelectric.com . I remember seeing it on someone's Instagram feed a year or two ago and sending a screenshot to a friend telling her I thought she needed it. And after trolling Target and HomeGoods looking for a special lamp for this spot for ages, I decided to splurge and I'm glad I did. I don't know if you can tell from this photo, but it's milk glass. I didn't really realize how much I'd appreciate the craftsmanship of the construction and details like the cloth cord and vintage type plug. It fits so perfectly and I'm trying to keep the table around it spotless despite my penchant for filling up every flat surface with a pile of some sort.
I think this blooming succulent looks like spring turned to summer, with it's hues ranging from the palest apple green to salmon and pops of sunshine yellow. It's the first time that it's bloomed although it's been potted out front for at least a year or two. I don't know what the plant is called, but I'm referring to it as the bells of summer in my head each time I walk by it. Ring ring ring, summer is here!
(ed: pardon the repost if this one comes up twice in your blog reader, I tried to get the photos full size the second time- still getting the hang of phone blogging!)
A little something bright and happy in the works.
Always have something in the works.
I guess that's who I am.
I think most of us are like that- having creative pursuits in the works. Well, most that would likely read this blog, I assume.
I love my creativity, and try to nurture it everyday, but I do realize that that often adds chaos to my living. It's a choice I make regularly, but it's not without consequences, both good and bad. Like all our choices, right? Blabbering about what, Pam? I really don't know, lol. ( I have always disliked lol and never used it- until suddenly- now it's on repeat- who am I?)
My pal Amy and I traded some art for art- had to have this pretty piece. You can find your own in her etsy, amyhanna.etsy.com (ed: fixed!at baseball so I'm blogging from phone again, can't make hyperlink). Something exciting happened for Amy recently, Sibella Court (do you know her work? she's quite a creative genius- here's one of her books, and another, and another still- I'm telling you, she's a big deal!), saw our friend Molly Meng, wearing one of Amy's pieces and was smitten, and inquired about some for herself, as well as possibly carrying some of Amy's pieces in her Sidney, Australia shop. It's a big deal, but what was most exciting to me was to watch how fun it was for Amy to be inspired creatively by the collaboration. Amy and Sibella seem very like minded: loving creativity, the hunt and feeling like pirates. Very fun to see her ideas grow due to the joint creative influence.
I've been thinking a lot about collaborations lately, how when done best, they elevate each individual participant to a greater whole. I love that.
It's probably because I'm involved in a lot of them right now; a class at creativebug, and an e-course creation with Mary Ann, both mentioned before, and a joint original artwork project with Courtney Cerruti, among others. Look at the pretty parcel from Courtney that just arrived for me to work on:
Yum! These are backgrounds she made using techniques from her new book, Playing With Surface Design. More on that later, we are going to do a giveaway of her book and some of our original art together. I'll post it here then.
Another pretty package that arrived was this:
I bought one of Ali Nelson's snail mail subscriptions for myself. That glassine envelope she addressed so beautifully, talk about happy mail... You can find out more about it on her website, www.alimakesthings.com if you want your own pretty package.
Talk about collaboration! The sunset, the palm trees...Last week, we were leaving (baseball, again.) and I made my son give me his phone so I could take pics since mine is always on the dreaded "storage full". I even got out of the car in an attempt to capture the magic.
Hope you're noticing some magic, or better yet, making your own! Maybe even by collaborating. ;) Happy happy Saturday to you! Xo
I'm back from teaching art journaling at Donna Downey Studios. What a great studio, and yet another great group of creatives along for the three days of fun. Always appreciate being welcomed with open arms and a roomful of people with a passion for making.
North Carolina is on the other side of the country for me, and with all the weird weather that's been going on, I didn't want to risk missing a connection somewhere, so flew out of LAX vs. Santa Ana (which is so much closer to home and so much nicer. man, LAX is a hot mess right now with all the construction going on!) I do love that sign above though...and also the sight of this iconic LAX building that I've been seeing on trips to the airport since childhood:
I snapped this photo with my phone when I hopped out of the car- look how empty it looks- just a little red light timing luck with the traffic, it was actually as busy as usual last Thursday.
The first view of the studio from the outside...how fun is this? :
It's just as pretty from the inside:
Seeing the brushes above and the Pantone bathroom (below) instantly got this color junkie's juices flowing!
So so good. AmIright?!? Oh yes!
Donna, being an artist herself, has the very best supplies and lots of them that we all used all weekend. Very fun as a student and as a teacher to have so many delicious goods at our fingertips with no restrictions!
The studio also has a shop on one side. So, so tempting. I was pretty good...I only spent $100. at the end of the day...and with the free shipping they offer, it seemed crazy to resist some things ;)
Not sure why I didn't restock some of my Neo Color II crayons...this is just one third of their stock.
Most of the three days looked like this. There's Jennifer, who came along and TA'd for us. It was a fun surprise for those that are familiar with her artwork. Uppercase magazine also generously provided an issue for each student (love that magazine) and because I mentioned JM was TAing when I asked for sponsorship, they sent issue 22, which has a feature on Jennifer and her paintings. Love it when a plan comes together like that ;).
One of Jennifer's pages in progress...she loves color the way I do.
Some of my demo pages in progress.
At one point I ran outside to capture all the fun going on from a different angle. Pretty sure every inch of every table was put to good use.
Can you feel the enthusiasm?
On the last day, we went out front to take a group photo. I snapped the classroom when we were all out:
Doesn't that look like the happiest, most colorfully fun art space?
Photos of the group gathering above and below.
Such a great group. Truly. I wasn't smart enough to have my phone used, so I don't have the actual group photo (yet).
More from my table ...and Donna made the most delicious rum drink - the color of the drink, with the color of the straw amongst all my colors= happy making for sure!
Photos at the end of class. ;)
Perfectly sums it all up I think.
And just like that, three long days of making were gone in a flash and I was back on a plane...
I am always exhausted after traveling, and teaching too. Yesterday, my first day home was spent mostly on the couch. I did get out some of the papers from class (made during Gelli plate demos) and a favorite pen and doodled...that was pretty much it:
But today, I'm coming around again...
I'm about to hit publish on a blog post...so I did something today ;).
What?!?! An art journaling post? Just when I'd been talking all quilts, all the time.....
If you follow me on instagram, you know I still have quilts in progress to share...and I will! But today, as I continue to prep for my trip to Donna Downey's art studio to teach art journaling, I realized it's been way too long since I've shared some pages in progress. So here are some recent bits of art:
It's Friday! Ahhhh....
I hope you've got some nice plans ahead of you for the weekend. I'm going to continue class prep, finish sewing the binding on a quilt, patch some holes in my jeans...you know, the usual creative pursuits tucked in among the other parts of life...
Have a good one!!! xo
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