Thursday, October 17, 2013

And the Winner Is

A big thank you to everyone who commented here and on my Facebook page.  I really appreciate your taking the time to do that.  I wrote all the names on slips of paper, folded them up, put them in a bowl, and drew out a name.  The winner is....

Edith Kynard!!  A talented artist and photographer who actually tried to comment here but for some reason was unable to leave a comment.  She posted on my Facebook account, though, and went to the trouble of letting me know in a personal message that she was having trouble commenting.  Congratulations to Edith on winning this spot in Dancing With Your Dreams and on her persistence!

The workshop officially opens tomorrow!!  (Friday, October 18th)  I'm so excited!!  If you are reading this after that date, it is not too late to enroll.  This is a self-paced workshop, even if the lessons will be rolled out periodically throughout the next 6+ months or so, and all the lessons and videos will be available until October 2014, so you will have more than enough time to catch up.

A couple of the instructors still have contests open to win a spot, so even if you haven't won here, check out all the instructors pages and you might still be lucky.

Again, thanks to everyone who participated and commented.  See you next time.

Yours, in spirit


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Drawing Soon for Dancing With Your Dreams Winner

I have been busy creating my first video tutorial for my portion of the Dancing With Your Dreams workshop, and excitement is growing for the opening.  It is less than a week away! Wheee!  I just realized that I never specified a date for the drawing of the lucky winner who will be gifted with a free spot on the workshop, so you have received extra time to enter.  The course starts on Friday, October 18, so I will give you until midnight on Tuesday (Eastern time), October 15th, as a deadline.  On Wednesday, the 16th I will select someone from the comments here on this blog (this post or my previous post) or on my Spirit Essence Art Facebook page comments for the winner.  I will post again there on Facebook today with this same message.

I also wanted to tell you that if you are thinking about taking this workshop, even though it officially starts on the 18th of October, the videos and course site will be open until October of 2014, so you have a whole year to participate.  It is truly a "work at your own pace" workshop.  There will also be a private (called "secret"on Facebook, meaning no one who is not in the course can see anything posted or even who is a member) group on Facebook you can join to interact with other students and all the instructors.  It will be fun and inspiring, and I know I am definitely looking forward to participating in all the other workshops from the other exceptional instructors in the course.

By the way, in case you don't win, but really want to join in, and the fee is an issue, there is a "Bill Me Later" plan on Paypal that can help.  Check it out - I have used it in the past and have been very happy it was there.  I had 6 months to pay off a workshop I took without getting charged any interest fees.  Great system!

So don't forget to comment about why you want to take this workshop, and which lesson or instructor intrigues you the most for your entry into the drawing for the gift of a spot in it.  Do it now before you forget!

Good luck on the drawing and looking forward to seeing you in the workshop group.

Yours in Spirit -

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Let's Dance With Our Dreams

   A quick post since I have already written a longer one yesterday (earlier today actually since it is only after 11 pm now).  I wanted to mention that I am teaching in my first ever online workshop: Click here to visit Skye Stone Dreams.   

I must admit I am excited and also a bit nervous about it.  It's not that I have never taught before, because I have!  In person.  I taught many, many students when I was doing stained glass art years ago.  Then I taught students how to paint when I worked at Michael's crafts last year as a fine arts instructor.  Of course I have taught my grand-daughters a lot about art and painting and drawing. Loved that!

I am so honored and excited, though,  to have been asked to teach in this almost year-long online workshop all about dreams and connecting dream images with art and creativity.  I love the subject matter - who isn't fascinated by dreams?!  They have always intrigued me, and I have so often written down my dream symbols and looked them up, trying to understand what the message was in them.

   One of my painting tutorials in the workshop will be about dream animal guides, which means to me totem animals.  I have been totally taken with these animals which have come to share lessons with me.  It has happened in night time dreams but more so in "waking dreams", i.e. meditations or shamanic journeys.  Animals have so much wisdom to share if we only listen and learn from them.  I will teach an easy way to paint your totem animal for those who feel they don't have the drawing skills necessary to create a realistic looking animal.  

Then I will also teach another way to create an intuitive background out of which we will "find" our totem animals.  This will be a fun way to create - it's always such an adventure to create this way and a joy to see them just "appear" on the page with lessons for us.

I will prepare some additional printed downloadable material on the supplies we will use, as well as a bit of information about totem animals and how to recognize yours.

Later on it the year, I will teach another lesson about how to create in images some of what we dream about perhaps with recurring dream symbols and images or a specific one that stands out for you.  What an adventure we'll have uncovering some of these symbols together!

There will be 10 other fabulous instructors who will be bringing some of their talent and creativity to you.  In fact, I am humbled and honored to be teaching with them! I myself can't wait to participate in their portions of the lessons in this workshop.

Well, I promised that this would be a short post and it is verging on being a long one, so I will end here.  If you are interested in learning more about the workshop, please check it out using the link above or click on the picture over on the right sidebar.  It will take you there using my affiliate link so that if you should decide to take the class, I will get credit for it.  I would really appreciate it, if you choose to do that. 

Thanks so much for reading this far.. I'd love to work with you soon! Please feel free to post comments or questions below. 

Oh!  One more important thing!!!  I will be giving away a free spot in this workshop!  How exciting is that?!  You have until the workshop begins on October 4th. 

If you post a comment below, you will be entered into the drawing for the workshop.  Tell me why you would love to take part in it, and which lesson or instructor interests you the most?

Please also leave me a way to contact you (an email address) especially if we are not yet friends on Facebook.

Here is a video about the workshop introducing you to the instructors and their artwork.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Directions

I have been seriously thinking about what I can do with this blog to make it more interesting and vital, so that my readers are excited to keep up with the postings, and I am inspired to keep updating it on a regular basis, instead of once in a blue moon, like I have been.  Lately, I have given some thought as to whether I even keep this blog.  I really don't want this to be a place where I just post my art and that's it.  I already do that on Facebook and sometimes on Twitter.  I really enjoy the groups I participate in on Facebook with other artists and the chatter back and forth with those I call my friends there.  It is fulfilling a need in me in that respect.  I don't need this blog to do that.

So I thought some more, and remembered what some of the blogs I have enjoyed visiting were like.  The ones that really were interesting to me were ones which have given me some insight into the artists' life and experiences - what challenges they have faced, what triumphs they experienced, how they have felt about their creativity, what has inspired them what they struggled with.  Honesty and openness pull me in, make me want to know more.    

That's what I desire for myself.  Honesty and free expression are what is driving me now in my art.  The connection to Spirit, that link to my inner creativity is what I crave and what I seek when I sit down in my studio to make some art.  I truly want this space to reflect that connection and openness.  To be able to express what's in my heart and share it here as it relates to who I am as a person AND as an artist is something I need to express in words as well as in images.

That's where I am at the moment.  I am motivated now to change the scope of this blog from this point forward.  I want to change the look of this space too, so there will most likely be changes coming.  Maybe not all at once, but little by little.  There are so many changes going on in my life right now - it must reflect here also.  I am becoming excited about some possibilities I want to explore and share here now.

So I will share a painting I made while I was doing a life-changing Intuitive Painting with Guidance from the Spirit Realms workshop with Chris Zydel  and Pixie Campbell in Chris's Creative Juices Arts studio.  It has been the start of a new trend for my painting and it has continued with Pixie's Visual Quest online workshop.  I am so excited with this new direction for me.  It is bold, intuitive, expressive, and guided by spirit.  Here is one of the paintings I came home with from the first workshop:

I will leave you here now with the promise of sharing some of what I learned in the Visual Quest workshop about intuitive, shamanic painting.  Exciting stuff!  It will be the very next post I make in a day or 2, and also at that time will tell you about a new class I will be teaching along with some other amazing instructors!  I will have a free spot in the class to give away too.  It starts soon, so I will be sharing this very soon. That's a promise.

Thanks for being here and visiting with me.

Much love - Arlene

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rediscovering Oil Paints

I started learning to paint with oil colors years ago, and though I did mainly landscapes and still life paintings back then (it was around 14 years ago), I did love using them.  There were a few years when I stopped painting and mainly focused on creating with glass, but when I started learning about mixed media and painting again, it was with mainly acrylics.

In this workshop I have been taking (Misty Mawn's Face to Face) we have explored many, different art mediums.  I have learned so much and have enjoyed it tremendously!   In week 5, we explored (among other things) oil paints and I had the opportunity to dig out my oil painting gear and paints.  Oh how I loved it too! Some of my paints had dried up in their tubes, but many were still fine to use, especially with the addition of a little linseed oil to what I managed to squeeze out of the tubes.

Here's what I managed to paint from that lesson.  She started out this way with a dark background and painting in the medium and lighter areas from there:

After the next session where I started adding in more flesh tones and her hair color, she looked like this:

And the final is here with the color of her dress and lace detail, her hair toned down, and added shading and more subtle flesh tones on her face and an earring:

I re-discovered that with oils, you have to let them dry some in between layers, in order to get more subtle details.  I thoroughly enjoyed doing this one though.  There were more assignments for this lesson, which I am going back to this week since I hadn't had time to do more that week (due to flu and teeth extractions, etc.  Ugh - a difficult week!). 

What I learned was that I do LOVE working in oils and having the ability to do more subtle blending of details and shading.  It was the first time I had done any portraits in oils, and it is a wonderful medium to use for this!

Thanks for your interest!  This painting will be offered soon in my Etsy shop.  She needed more time for the paint to dry.  As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.