Have Time – Will Paint

This is a strange time we are living in.

In the midst of the COVID – 19 epidemic, people all over the world are finding themselves at home.

We are not used to having this much time. Most of us pack in every moment with work, events, and other activities. We are rarely ever still. At least I know this is the case for myself and my family. Because of this, I know that it’s sometimes hard to find the time to do things like paint and create.

I asked in post several months ago what keeps you from painting and the number one response was lack of time. I wrote a blog post with some suggestions about how to carve out more time and paint.

We are living in a different world now It’s amazing how everything can change so quickly. Now, events are cancelled. Stores and schools are closed and many businesses have shut down for a season. This is a hard time for all of us. I know that some of you might be struggling with boredom and loneliness. There are only so many hours one can spend binge watching Netfix!

Then there are those of us who’s responsibilities have shifted. I, for example, am now a 4th grade and PreK home school teacher! It’s stressful and much harder than my job as an artist. Sometimes I just need to get away and paint.

As creatives we get to embrace this time and CREATE!

We don’t know how long this is going to last. Imagine if at the end of it, you could look back and see a whole new body of artwork that you created! What if you could pick up some new techniques and skills? I don’t know about you, but when I am painting, I can lose all track of time and just immerse myself in my work. Sometimes I’m so absorbed in my piece that I don’t even realize what I have done. Then I step back and realize something incredible has happened that I got to be a part of!

Art helps us to deal with our fears.

It gives us something new to focus on.

It gives us confidence.

Painting keeps our brains activated.

Now is the time to finally dig into that online class that you purchased months ago!

I know you are out there. You saw a new class that I was releasing. It was being offered on sale for just a few more days. It looked exciting and you decided to just jump in and buy it. You quickly scrolled through it and then you let it sit. It’s still there waiting for you. I know that you have few materials you still need to get. Stores may be closed but luckily Amazon has got you covered. Dick Blick Art Supplies is here for you too!

I would love for my classes to be a sanctuary for you in this crazy world. Let this newfound time be the reason you need to get started.

Check out this beautiful space that one of my students has created to spend her socially distant time! I want to be here!

Feeling lonely and need to connect?

I think digging into your classes will help with that too. I hope that if you are currently a student, you are already in the Zenso Creative Community Studio Facebook group. If not, please join in. This group is just for our online students to connect, share work, and ask questions from the instructors.

Another student’s creative space

I love checking in on the group and see students encouraging one another. I have students all over the world, which is crazy! This is a way for you to meet each other and connect. I’ve even seen students put each other up to art challenges! I think we all need that support and encouragement. Especially now!

I love seeing posts like this one below!

Check out all this amazing work that my students have posted just in the last few days!

For a limited time I’m offering FREE ONLINE CLASSES in my membership program!

Some of you are not students yet. Maybe it has not been the right time to make the investment. I wanted to offer you something good when all we seem to be getting is bad news.

If you sign up by April 15th, you can get one month of free access to the Zenso Creative Club monthly bundle. I have three classes in the bundle. Hope you love them and they help you to get through this crisis. I hope that they inspire you. I hope that you can learn something new and be proud of the work that you create!

Here are the pieces I have included in the free monthly bundle. I walk you through these step by step. I provide a downloadable template for you to trace to accurately transfer your outlines to your panel. I also give you color recipes for each stroke! Let’s do this together!

I can’t wait to see what you do in this season!

Take care friends. Stay safe and healthy! Keep creating!

A Healthy Body of Art

It’s January and everyone is on a health kick so I thought I’d join the crowd, at least in what I’m painting! I’m not sure if this counts in making me any healthier, but I’m feeling pretty good about it! Of course I’d certainly benefit from using that gym membership a few more times that I pay for each month but any working mom can relate that finding the time is not always easy.

So back to the art. I started a new series of still life paintings featuring fruits and vegetables and I’m loving it! I decided that this was going to be the year of working small and painting a lot so I am cranking them out. I’ve also used these beauties as research for my new online workshop, The Lively Still Life 1. This class is now available as part of the Zenso Creative Club monthly bundle. It’s been fun to switch gears and subject matter and experiment with composition and color.

Has this inspired me to eat healthier? Maybe a little. I think at least a few of these little pieces will make their way onto me kitchen walls. I don’t have a lot of wall space in my kitchen so the their 8″x 8″ size might work out just right.

Sometimes we think in order to start a new painting or a new series we need to have everything in order, with the perfect image, supplies, set up and amount of time to paint. This series is teaching me that that is ridiculous. Grab, some veggies out of your fridge, take a photo and get started! There are certainly ways to make your piece the most successful and I lay those out in this new workshop, but the most important thing is to just get started. Most of these paintings were done in about a hour. I think there is something just magical about going from a blank white panel to a brand new work of art in minutes! I could have continued working on each of these for a full day and added more and more detail but I think that might have ruined them. Its the fresh loose strokes and dramatic color that make them successful.

I hope you love these as much as I do and hopefully they will inspire you to paint more and maybe even eat a little healthier!

You can check out my new online workshop The Lively Still Life 1 HERE! This class is valued at $250 and you can access it for a limited time for only $29 a month. Work at your own pace and cancel anytime!

Here’s a peak inside this new class!