Book Review and Giveaway!

CONGRATULATIONS Dawn Bolton on winning the book!!

Chris Cozen Julie Prichard

It’s always fun to see a friends new book come out and even more fun to get to read through it and create from it! Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard’s new book, Acrylic Solutions is chock full of acrylic painting techniques. It covers the basic elements of art and has additional chapters on laying a good foundation, adding structure, developing complexity, and finishes with finessing the details. What I love about this book is the ability to use the information inside to create your own multi-layered mixed media art. It’s inspiring and helpful, but allows for personal interpretation so each piece is your own, no two alike.

There is a lot of eye candy in there too! The book is hard backed with a spiral binding making it easy to lay open while you work on your project. (love that!)

So here is the evolution of my piece inspired by their book. I used my color wheel stencils and a signature line of paint colors I’m working on to develop a piece that covers all of the elements of art, color, texture, line, shape, value, and space. I really love the end result and felt this was an experiment at play the whole way through. Here are stepped out pictures of the journey~

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‘Elements’ 12×24 hardboard artist panel

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Brand New Online Class Starts June 6th!

Hi Everyone!
Just a reminder that my brand new online workshop, Still Pursuing Portraits, begins June 6th and is now open for registration! This class is being taught through Artful Gathering, and online Art Retreat, and will last for 6 weeks but for the first time I’m offering a DVD of all the video lessons along with a PDF download. The DVD comes in a hard case as pictured below and is being done through a company that will ship it directly to you, allowing you to choose your own shipping method. So even if you are worried about the 6 week time frame of the workshop, you can rest easy knowing you have the DVD to refer back to forever! This is the first time I’ve offered a DVD and I’ve very excited about it. It’s also the only new online class I will be doing  for awhile and I’ve had several emails asking when I’ll be offering another  portrait class, so be sure to take a look if you are interested as it will only be open for registration through June 20th!  If you do decide to join me there, please take a minute to leave a comment on my sponsor page to be entered into a drawing for a prize package from me!

DVD of the Workshop!
Click on the above picture for class description
Click on the above picture to take you to Artful Gathering!
 Sponsor Raffle Prize Package
Classroom Raffle Package
Hope to see you there!

The Pulse of Mixed Media Blog Book Tour

I’m thrilled to be one of the 31 spotlight artists in Seth Apter’s new book! It’s hot off the press and full, FULL, of over a hundred mixed media artists answering many questions about the mixed media community at large. I have asked Seth to answer one of his own questions for us so we can see a bit more of the man behind this book~

So Seth, What is your biggest pet peeve in terms of art?

My pet peeve relates to an issue, sometimes spoken and often unspoken, within the art’s community: negative judgment based on the relative value placed on a person’s chosen media. As an example, artists who take more traditional approaches to art viewing mixed media work as somehow of less value. Or mixed media artists who look down on the scrapbook community. I say let’s dismiss the discrimination and celebrate the fact that people are being creative in any way, shape or form that works for them!
I spend a lot of time in galleries and museums looking at art. One of my biggest pet peeves is when photography is not allowed. For me, part of the viewing experience is being able to take photos to refer to later and to include on my online sites. Somehow the process feels incomplete when I cannot do this.


Here is a peek at my self portrait from the book. No, it doesn’t look like me particularly, but the layers of under journaling are from my heart and allow me to put myself into my work.

I was thrilled to get a quick peek at Seth’s book at CHA in January!

And to meet Seth in person last October at Art Is! If you haven’t visited his blog The Altered Page, you’re in for a treat! I hope you’ll take a moment to stop by and wish him congratulations on his amazing accomplishment.

You can find this book HERE

Well done Seth and many, many congratulations!

Sketchbook Challenge E-Zine

Awhile back I was a guest on the Sketchbook Challenge blog. Most of you that follow me know I love to sketch and do so almost daily. It was something I challenged myself to do in 2008 and I’ve seen my art grow as a direct result from that. I can’t stress enough how important sketching is. It’s like exercising, you know you should but sometimes you find excuses not to. But, when you do, you start to feel better, look better and miss it when you don’t.

When Sue Bleiweiss contacted me a few days ago to review the new E-Zine that came from this challenge I eagerly accepted. I was not disappointed! I knew it would be good, how could it not with names like Sue Bleiweiss, Violette Clark, Jane Davies, Jamie Fingal, Judi Hurwitt, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Lyric Kinard, Jane LaFazio, Kelli Nina Perkins, Carol Sloan, Carla Sonheim, Susan Sorrell, and Diana Trout involved? But what really surprised me was the amount of tutorial information included. Not just on sketching either-there are tutorials on sewing, painting, sketchbook covers, screen printing and even quilting. This E-Zine is easy to read, and packed with info. I highly recommend your checking it out. It can even be printed out for future reference.