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The Gift of Creativity

The New Year is just around the corner! Instead of silly resolutions that you'll never follow up on, why not give yourself (or your friends) the gift of art classes to spur your imagination and creativity? Here's a short list of a few of my favorite teachers and their upcoming classes: Jane Davenport https://janedavenport.com/online-workshops/ Tamara Laporte Life Book 2017 http://www.willowing.org/life-book-2017/ starts Jan. 1 Karen Bullock Let's Face It 2017 https://karabullockart.com/classes/ starts Jan. 2 Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017 hosted by Olga Furman https://olgafurmanart.com/paint-your-dream-story-year-long-online-course-2017/ starts Jan. 4 Effy Wild http://learn.effybird.com/ Nat

All is Calm, All is Bright

I originally called this piece "Broken Angel", but then decided she was not in the least bit broken. She seemed very centered and content, hanging out with the stars. So, in honor of the season, she was renamed "All is Calm, All is Bright." Hope that your holidays and whatever you celebrate is filled with love! This is a class I took on Life Book with Tamara Laporte. Her 2017 class starts January 1st, in case you want to kick off the new year in style! Use coupon code FIREWORKS2017 to save 20% when you sign up for Life Book 2017. Wishing you all the best for 2017!

Jana

This is a technique that is available through "Beautiful Faces" by Jane Davenport. I highly recommend you buy the book! This was a fun piece using colored paper napkins with colors and patterns that spoke to me. I also used the following materials: 11x14 mixed media paper Acrylic Matte Medium by Golden White Gesso by Golden Good large flat brush to glue tissue down & smaller flat brush for detail work. I use a 4 for detail. Face Stencil - I used Jane Davenport’s three-quarter face artist cellar. You can buy it through Stencilgirl or Jane Davenport’s Institute of Cute. Black archival ink using a ranger tool to dab ink over Acrylic paint by Cremcoat – Santa’s Flesh, Think Pink, Tahiti Blue

Girl in Yellow

What I used to make the Girl in Yellow Gesso clear Watercolor paper - I used hot press Strathmore Series 500 I used my #6 Neptune water brush with Daniel Smith yellow ochre water color paint. I added a wash of ochre in the deepest parts of the face. I puddled some diluted magenta Daniel Smith for the cheeks and lips and inside the eyes. Once it dried, I went over with pink opera Daniel Smith - my fav!!! I used Payne's Gray acrylic paint by Ceramcoat for the hair. Then I added pearl white from ranger creating white highlights in the hair. I went over it with the my white sharpie to create a sense of movement. I used Tahiti Blue Ceramcoat for the eyes. I used Sweet Pea by Ceramcoat acrylic pai

Conjure Man, Conjure Man

Conjure Man, Conjure Man by Ej Ouellette Boy did I have a blast today. I forgot how much fun it is to perform. When I was studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music.....I always took my craft seriously but I never took me to seriously....I was a bit of a ham bone.....So, at 23, here I was studying classical music and quietly taking classes at Second City in Toronto under an incredible director, Allan Guttman. Anyway, of all the people to have in your class, I had Mike Myers and he really was brilliant back then! E.J. is a doll and asked me to join in on his music video.....here are a few shots. I will post a clip etc etc.....check out e.j's music at http://www.ejouellette.com - a great guy!

A Wild & Badass Art Journal

Check out what Effy Wild posted on her blog: http://wp.me/p1ZQyo-1KG She is a guest teacher in this class and is giving away a chance to win a spot in the class. Easy peasy! If you just want to sign up directly for the class, go to http://tinyurl.com/effybd. Use coupon code URBADASS at checkout you can get a 15% discount! And please stay tuned to Tiare's blog for a new artist every day between now and December 18. Make sure to check out the blog posts from her fellow teachers who will be bringing their awesome art your way as well! Dec 5 – Tracy Scott Dec 6 – Kiala Givehand Dec 7 – Susanne Rose Dec 8 – Tracy Weinzapfel Dec 9 – Tamiko McCurry Dec 10 – Effy Wild <---------YOU ARE HERE Dec 11-

Snow Sled Girl (wheeeee!!!)

One of the things I love to do is to buy clothes for my little grandniece, who just turned 4. For some reason, I became very inspired by the designs they have for children. They had a top with a little girl snow sledding down a hill. We had toboggans growing up....and who knows what they do now!!!! I thought the perfect head would be from a class I took in 2014 through Effy Wild called Radiant Faces. Tamara Laporte taught this class called "Inner Child."She called them "Lollipop Girls" because the heads are so big and the body so small. Really, you could do anything. I thought, "what a perfect technique for my snow sled girl!" If you want to learn how to do this technique, please look up Ef

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