Once a year all of my online art classes go on sale! Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting, Big Bold Bloom 2, Essence of Still Life, Joy of Collage and more! Carla Sonheim who hosts all of my classes, and the classes of several other wonderful art teachers, offers a site-wide 20% off sale through August 28, 2018. Hop over to her site and find loads of inspiration and fun! All of the classes are “forever access” to enjoy any time and as often as you like! Check it out here!
I am always thrilled when I discover a new way play in my studio, and I am excited to share with you a new class that came about by seeing the everyday treasures that are a part of our daily lives, with new eyes.
In “The Essence of Still Life” our focus will be to draw and paint our favorite things using a tender line, an unexpected composition and layers of covering and uncovering the quirky essence of the things we love. I can’t wait to share with you these new techniques! Class starts on March 6th, 2018. Please join in the fun! For more information, click here!
I would love to share with you my favorite ways to celebrate delight in our everyday lives. Working in my JOy Stuff sketchbook has opened up a whole new way to make art, move my hands and soak in appreciation. It has been a wonderful addition to my world and gets me off to an artful, positive and grateful beginning to each day. The best part, other than that it is fun, is the way I feel connected to the things I love!
Come join me and our super supportive, fun-loving online community as we draw, paint, write, make paper with a Gelli Plate and play. 😀 We will collage and create delightful pages and fill them with meaning. And we will extend our gratitude to others by making tiny thank you notes to love letters and more. Let’s create a joy based and portable art studio in our sketchbooks. Starts October 3rd! Click here for more info!
Hello hello, I am so excited to share an upcoming book signing event in Seattle with two of my favorite people and artists 😊💓💚 Carla Sonheim and Diane Culhane. Please join us if you can as we would love to say hi!!
I wanted to share Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi with you. He is one of the first authors I encountered who researched the “in the moment joy of creating”. I found his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, 20 or more years ago. It peaked my interest way back then and since then I’ve listened to Csikszentmihalyi’s wonderful Ted talk as well. But, it’s that idea that when we get in the moment we know the next logical thing, we feel the creative sparks moving us forward and we make the perfect next move. We are in the glorious flow! Perhaps we are making music or we are doing something athletic or we are painting or drawing or writing or singing or dancing!
I hope you find yourself experiencing creative flow often! One way I know how to easily dive into flow is to set a little time aside (even 15 minutes) and simply move your hands!! See what happens!
All my best!
P.S. Here is a recent article featuring some of Csikszentmihalyi’s wisdom. Enjoy!
HI! I love sharing things that have given me a spark or smile. Some of them have a link to Amazon for you. I want you to know if you use the links, it is possible I may get a little pocket change from Amazon, so thank YOU!! xoxox Enjoy!! xoxo Lynn
Hello, I hope you are enjoying a relaxing and creative summer. I wanted to share with you a wonderful article about BELLISSIMA ART ESCAPES in the latest issue of Where Women Create. Kathie Vezzani is a genius at putting together Beautiful and artful trips together, complete with fantastic food experiences, great people, lots of inspiring locations and a ton of time making art. John and I love working with Kathie and are excited about our upcoming workshop Making Faces in Oaxaca Mexico, February 2018.
John and I truly enjoyed teaching “The Face as Muse” workshop in lovely San Muigel recently. Every workshop has a special combination of learning, joy and laughter, and this one was filled with fun loving, talented folks who made the entire trip an artful adventure and a true pleasure.
Many thanks to Kathie Vezzani and Ana Elena of Bellissima Art Escapes for making our time together so full of art, culture, fun and delicious culinary delights. The colorful city of San Muigel brings out the artist and explorer in us all.
Here are a few photos!
Julie holding up two of Holiday’s faces
Zohra’s amazing work! Inspiring!
Our group with the Mojigangas created by the big hearted Hermes Arroyo Guerrero and family.. what a treat and a parade!
Beautiful Cie leads the group!
With our hand painted masks and big paper flowers 🌺😊💚
Spilling onto the sun drenched streets in the center plaza of town called El Jardin or main garden
Artists Kate, Julie and Holiday in our roof top studio
Yummy well used brushes
Julie’s workspace filled with great faces
Stella’s fabulous work 🙂
Kathie and Ana Elena, our wonderful guides through it all!
John during our final show and tell 😊
Dining with Chef Paco… as delicious as it was beautiful
Our studio in full work mode
Jacquelyn and Becky chatting about their work
Our great group and their artwork!
Wishing you many wonderful times of Creating with friends 🙂
Three art filled weeks in beautiful San Miguel, Mexico has left me with a broad smile on my face and tons of great memories. Carla Sonheim and I co-taught “Fiesta Flores” where we celebrated flowers with drawing, collage, painting and more. Our group of fun loving artists was fearless and full of laughter. We saw the sights and enjoyed fine cuisine in restaurants and in chefs kitchens 🙂 Many thanks to Kathie Vezzani and Ana Elana Martinez for showing us the sites and taking such great care of all the details 🙂
A few pics!
Thanks to you all for making the trip so much fun 🙂
Next post will be about The Face as Muse workshop 😊😁😊
My husband John and I are thrilled to host the Big Bold Bloom Wild Painting Retreat in one of the most beautiful and nourishing settings in Florida. Atlantic Center for the Arts is located in a nature reserve, just a few miles from New Smyrna Beach. We will be working in the painting and sculpture studios in this architectural award winning space, and will stay in simple and peaceful housing on property.For more information and registration click here!
It’s here!! Big Bold Blooms 2!!Let’s paint, draw, play and have fun as we create mixed media paintings using beautiful, abundant flowers as our muse! I am excited to share with you new techniques, new layers, and new tools! We will start small, in our sketchbooks, then work on several medium sized canvases and go all the way up to one big, beautiful bloom painting…36×48! This 5 week, 10 lesson class starts soon… October 3rd, 2016.