And We’re Off!

Shades of Grey and An Angel’s Anthology both opened today! Invitations to join have been sent out but there is still time to join and enjoy these classes for 6 months of working at your own pace, coming back to refresh and sharing with other artists.

Pursuing Portraits opens on February 6th and will also stay open for 6 months. This is a perfect lead up to my Brand New Artful Gathering workshop coming up this June, Still Pursuing Portraits. More information is on the Online Classes Page

Five Little Workshops

I keep getting requests for online workshops and while I’d love to get the video camera out, I just don’t have the time right now. I’m trying to clear things off of my plate to work on some big things, so with that in mind I came upon an idea I hope will be appealing.

Journal Every Day: Exercises for stretching your artistic muscles

Taken from some of the most popular exercises in my Journal 365 class (now retired) these complete lessons come in the form of about an hour long video presentation showing a particular journaling style from start to finish, and a detailed PDF of the class instruction with stepped out pictures of the process. The class will be open for 1 month but the video is being offered as a download so you will have all of the class material available to you whenever you need it! The lessons will take you through a process and hopefully be a jumping off point as you continue to add to the techniques and watch your pages develop into your own personal journal style.

Please Note: These exercises are from my Journal 365 workshop which is now retired

Journal Every Day: Exercise 1-Story Construction

With a focus on collage and paint we will transform blank journal pages, creating individual and unique stories. By using magazine images, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera, it’s easy to create pages that tell a story all their own. What story will your page tell?


Journal Every Day Exercise 2-At Face Value

Creating a Self Portrait can be intimidating if you’re not accustomed to drawing faces. The KEY is to remember it doesn’t have to be an exact replica of your face. You are creating the ‘essence’ of you, not a mirror image, and this journal exercise is intended to help you do just that.  You will learn some simple techniques that teach the tonal values of shading and be able to create a self portrait that reflects the inner you.


Journal Every Day Exercise 3-Behind the Mask

Most of us put on a ‘mask’ as we go about our daily life. It’s that ‘face’ that people want and expect to see from us. Each mask is different and we all wear them for different reasons. A lot of the time it doesn’t even really seem like we are wearing one because it’s so comfortable behind it peering out. Using Pitt Artist Pens and adding lots of color will make these pages pop! What is behind your mask?


Journal Every Day Exercise 4-Arcimboldo Style Self Portrait


Try your hand at a different type of self portrait. This can involve any amount of painting and drawing that you feel comfortable with. You can create it with collage only if you like. This lesson was inspired by one I taught to the 7th graders art class and it’s a great exercise to really search inside yourself to get at the real you. With Giuseppe Arcimboldo to inspire us, let your true inner self immerge from your art.


Journal Every Day Exercise 5-Monochromatic Media

By mixing several different types of media, in the form of collage, paint, and water soluble crayon you can create a visually pleasing journal page while only using one color. Working with a Monochromatic palette forces your creativity to the surface and allows for interesting exploration of your favorite color.


The workshops are $60 each and if you decide you want to take all 5 workshops, you will only have to pay for 4, the 5th one is free! No need to stress about not having enough time to complete them in class as you will have the video downloads and printable PDF of all text and stepped out pictures available whenever you want them!

REGISTRATION is open from now until the 22nd of October. It will be a closed class after that so don’t delay in signing up! Classes start October 15th and end November 15th.