Spent the previous weekend at ‘The Nest’ attending Donna Downey’s ‘Metamorphosis’ workshop in Byron Bay, Australia. It was a brilliant weekend jam packed with creativity, fun and frivolity, with some lovely like-minded creative souls.
Photo courtesy of Donna Downey
The before and after pics of one of the projects that we completed during the workshop.
Hope you are having a wonderful, creative week. Hugs, Kyles xo
I am so excited to let you in on a little secret. I have a wonderful opportunity to work with 8 talented mixed media instructors in an upcoming 9 week online class, RADIANT The brains behind this fabulous course is none other than the talented Effy Wild, popular for her online art journaling class, ‘Book of Days’.
I am now back from an adventure of a lifetime. At the end of February I and fellow companion Jenni D’Amato traveled across the seas to the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California, for a 4-day art retreat, An Artful Journey, organised by the wonderful Cindy Woods.
I was not expecting the smiles, laughter and companionship of like minded souls that filled the rooms, the buildings and corridors of this wonderfully stunning retreat. I am extremely grateful for everyone that shared a piece of themselves with Jenni and I and it was with a very heavy heart that we waited in the empty dinning hall for our ride to the San Jose Airport, to start our long trip back home to Australia. The dining hall, which once was filled with the chit chat and laughter of beautiful creative women during meal times was now filled with the eerie sound of silence and the happy memories of the previous few days. Congratulations Cindy on a success event.
Thank you so very much Danielle, Mindy, Jennifer, Courtney, Sylvan, Jackie, Jenni, Char, Catherine, Karen, Annie, Bev, Lisa, Crystal, JenEve, Stephanie, Heather, Tracy and Nelli. You ladies rock!
Two years ago I enrolled in Flora Bowley’s online class, Bloom True. I was eager to learn something new, but also wanted to try something different than my normal style/s of artwork.
What I discovered was a whole new approach to painting. I’ve always enjoyed painting, but drawing has always been my first love, however since experiencing Flora’s intuitive approach to painting, as well as her Brave and inspiring approach to life, I can honestly say I am a much more enriched and soulful artist and have a new found love of painting.
Amidst my artwork that you may be more familiar with, my bright and cheerful Flora inspired artworks have been surrounding me in my studio of late. I’ve been trying to hone my intuitive painting skills, while finding my own style, before fully sharing my bold and bright new works with the big wide web. Over the last few years I have seen so many works of art that have been inspired by Flora, but have not been completely the artist’s style, rather an interweaving of the artist and Flora’s style. So I’ve been dabbling in the background, trying to find my own style of intuitive, free flowing and happy abstract art.
I still continue with my style/s that you would be most familiar with but thought I’d finally show you this other string to my bow.
Flora’s generous and soulful style of teaching has inspired thousands of people to step boldly into a world where art is born with spontaneity and joy. Now the chance to bloom true is available to you wherever you are in the world through this five week online painting adventure!
I wanted to introduce you to Carla Sonheim, an illustrator and online art instructor known for using innovative exercises and techniques to help students of all levels embrace a more playful approach to creating art. She is the author of “Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun” and “The Art of Silliness: A Creativity Book for Everyone.”
For the last three years her focus has been on creating engaging online art classes, where she teaches and also presents well-known guest artists. She made this Paper Doll tutorial in anticipation of her next online class, “2014: Year of the Fairy Tale,” which begins January 20, 2014. You can find our more about Carla and her art and classes here:
– 8″x10″ sheet of 140# hot press watercolor paper (or similar)
– a regular pencil
– an eraser (I like kneaded rubber erasers)
STEP BY STEP
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Lightly sketch in an outline of your doll. Keep your hand loose, and try not to worry about exact proportions (sometimes the most charming characters emerge when we let go of perfection!).
3. Using lots of water, mix up a color to use as the skin tones. Paint face, arms and feet. When face has had a chance to dry, get some red pigment on your brush and “dot” it into the watercolor quickly. The color should begin to spread out a bit for some nice rosy cheeks.
Carla Sonheim is a painter, illustrator, and online art instructor known for using innovative techniques to help students of all levels embrace a playful approach to creating art. She is also the author of the “Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun.” Carla’s paintings have been showcased in many galleries nationwide, as well as private and corporate collections. For the last three years her focus has been on creating engaging online art classes, where she teaches and also presents well-known guest artists.
Hello there. Yes I know I should be posting more often. I have good intentions but things always seem to come up. The last few weeks have seen illness fill our home, including a few nights overnight stay in hospital with my youngest. I’m happy to report that everyone is now well and life is back to normal. Hallelujah!
Here a some of my completed mixed media artworks of late. You may have seen them already on facebook, as I find it much easier to post on facebook than creating a blog post, however I plan to post more regularly here. My blog also needs a serious makeover so hopefully I’ll get it done over the next month or so. Fingers crossed.
‘Life is Perrrrfect’
‘She wished she could Fly’
‘Alice & Friends’
The top three are still available here. The last artwork was created in a lesson by Tamara Laporte’s Lifebook 2013 Course. You can still join in here. All lessons are downloadable so you can catch up at your own convenience. I highly recommend it.