So happy to be with pals celebrating the Festival International Cervantino this week. We are roaming the inspiring streets of Guanajuato, Mexico together… Drawing, taking photographs, trying all the different flavors and listening to music :) from Authentic Romanian Gypsy music to dozens of Marachi bands and every type street musician you can imagine…. Wonderful!!
Teacher News! A great post from Carla!
I’m starting a new “column.” Once a month I hope to gather news from several of our instructors and share it with you here. They are all amazing and talented and fun and accomplished!
- Cat Bennett
Cat is currently teaching a six-week sketchbook course, “Making Art a Practice” (which is going wonderfully, and of course you can still join in!). I’m thankful to Janine of Uppercase for featuring this class on her site HERE, too.
2. Alison O’Donoghue
Please check out this adorable “blooper” from Alison’s upcoming class, “Bird on Birds in Acrylic Painting.” One person who saw it wrote that it was “THE BEST THING THEY HAD SEEN ALL WEEK!”
[Waiting while you watch…]
Isn’t Alison wonderful? Thank you, Alison, for…
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Just love this list from Carla, her sweet pups!
The above “list painting” is totally inspired by Lynn Whipple’s current Wordplay class… I am so inspired after filming our artists that I usually go right home and do the assignments (though this is a simplification of Lynn’s assignment).
Recently I have been revisiting my childhood in lots of my sketchbooks, and this list is “mostly” dogs I had as a child (all but Roxy)… sweet and sad memories both with this list, as all of our dogs lived too-short lives for one reason or another. :(
I’m of a mind to delete that last paragraph (a downer!), but it is what it is, and art lets us process these things.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
In this class we will take yummy old found books and use them as our personal art laboratory. And words will be our muse! Words are chock full of inspiration…the way they look when we write them, the way they add meaning to our work, the way we can use them a visual element and the way they give us great ideas to infuse in our artwork. Plus they are fun! Join in! Class starts tomorrow! 6 lessons over two weeks, and the class is a forever class, so you can join now and still access the content anytime in the future that you like! And we have a great community online to share our works, meet likeminded folks and get positive feedback and inspiration :) I would love to have you with us! xoxo All my best, Lynn
I hope you are enjoying lots of creativity these days. 2015 has been a great year for inspiration. I have truly enjoyed being a co-teacher with Carla Sonheim in our yearlong class 2015 Year of the Spark
Sharing so much artfulness with wonderful people from all over the globe has been a great gift.
Our community of talented, funny, generous creative spirits warms my heart every single day.
You guys rock!
And your art is Amazing!
So thanks to you all!!!!!!
We are continually astounded and inspired by you!!
Carla’s latest lesson has inspired me as well. She had us start by doing charcoal drawings from our childhood photos or childhood drawings. Next we paint with freedom of a child. (There are a few more steps here)
I loved doing the drawings!! Somehow my drawings took a different turn and became the bottom layer for a new series of paintings that feature flowers that are wildly overflowing in pots.
Thank you Carla for inspiring me to move my hands and trust the process :) You are a tremendous artist and gifted teacher.
A NEW CLASS!! WORD PLAY PAINTING!
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with Lynn Whipple
Two-Week Class; 6 Video Lessons
Class Dates: September 15-26, 2015
A giant, warm welcome to Wordplay Painting.
I am so excited to share with you the many wonders of infusing our artwork with compelling, meaningful and irresistible words!
We will begin our class by finding and preparing a few used books and turning them into what will become our Art Books.
Think of your Art Books as small laboratories for exploration, inspiration and play. There we will use words as inspiration, as graphic elements, as lists, and as the subjects of small paintings and drawings. We will also work, much as a writer might, by considering things such as composition, editing (room for the eye…
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