SPECTRUM is a brand new collaborative online class, created by holistic artist, Hali Karla, and I’m thrilled to have been invited to offer a workshop as part of this exciting new concept. Hali describes Spectrum as:
A Visual Journaling Experience celebrating your Art-Body-Nature. …a collective of 30+ holistic-minded artists, healers and visionaries that have come together to offer a 10 month online workshop in which you will create a visual field guide devoted to awakening, exploring, deepening and celebrating the innate wisdom within YOU. Whether you are just beginning a visual or art journal practice, or looking to enhance and spark a seasoned one, SPECTRUM is for anyone interested in the holistic creative connection between mind-body-soul-spirit. This journey is about connecting with BODY as guide and ally, ART as an intuitive, expressive oracle, and NATURE as a provider of love, lesson, abundance and belonging. Spectrum is for any woman interested in enhancing intuition, strengthening courage, celebrating wholeness and diversity, widening perspective, developing deeper relationships, and who wants to offer her own gifts to the world, guided by personal awareness and creative living… Oh, and that’s not afraid to get her hands in and play! In SPECTRUM, we aren’t just making some nice art journal pages; we’re creating an intentional, exploratory Field Guide to the holistic Experience of YOUR ART-BODY-SPIRIT-NATURE. It’s going to be so much fun seeing how members of the SPECTRUM community integrate the different elements into their own creative expression…
Over 11 months, beginning March 1st, you’ll receive a downloadable PDF containing workshops from 2 to 4 of the contributing artists, plus an in-depth workshop with Hali on creating your unique spectrum journal. the PDFs will include video and audio instruction [links], supportive content and plenty of visual inspiration from the artist instructors. My workshop will feature in PDF9, which is based on “Sense”:
Have you ever been caught off guard by the unexpected scent of something that sent tingles down your spine, raised the hairs on the back of your neck, and put your heart in your mouth? A scent that froze you in the moment as your thoughts raced away to another time, another place, a distant memory suddenly real and filling your senses…?
Also included is membership to the private Spectrum community group on Facebook, and the Spectrum Flickr gallery where you can share your work, connect with others, be inspired, engage in discussions around the monthly themes, and receive feedback from Spectrum contributors and participants. You’ll be invited to three live Spreecasts just for Spectrum members; these will also be recorded and available for those who cannot attend to watch at a later date. Throughout spectrum, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques and processes about creative, holistic perspectives that will enhance your own self-exploration, inspire your creative practice, and enrich your life.
My “Ginger Lilies” painting is one I created using similar concepts and techniques as I’ll cover in my workshop. I hope you’ll join me for this unique class! For more info and to purchase, please follow this link.
If you’ve never heard of 29 Faces, it’s a challenge created and hosted a couple of times a year by Ayala Art. As the title suggests, you create 29 faces - any type of face, created with any medium - the only rule is that a face must be the main focus of the piece. I’ve watched people sharing their #29faces for a couple of years now and wanted to join in but the timing always seemed wrong for me. This time I decided to go for it and see how many I’d manage; I also decided to just draw them, rather than paint them, as that would be quicker. At the time of this post, I’ve completed #1 to #4 but I’ll pop back and add more to this gallery as I go along:
The idea: Art retreats are well established events in the US but not so much in the UK, for reasons I’m really not clear on since there’s a huge community of creatives here who love all things arts and crafts, and handmade. I’ve attended one and know of a couple of other holistic styled creative retreats here but I’ve not seen anything on the scale of the US events, where I think the size, facilities, and pricing of the venues have the edge over UK equivalents.
I’ve become increasingly envious of online art friends who’ve attended or taught at the different art retreats that take place each year across the US. I myself am pretty much prohibited from participating there by my budget and chronic health issues, so I suppose you could say it was envy and frustration that led me to decide to organise something like those larger retreats here myself!
The intention: My ArtFULL Escapes will be exactly as the name suggests: time away from everyday life where you’ll indulge your creative side with a jam-packed schedule of workshops and playtime. There’s no deep and meaningful message behind it other than come and play, make art, make new friends, and celebrate your creativity for its own sake. If all that brings you to some sort of life-changing epiphany then so much the better but that part will be all your own work!
The location: I live not far from the UK South Coast, which is what informed my choice of location for the ArtFULL Escapes: Bournemouth. Not only is it accessible for me but it’s a fantastic holiday location with a lot to offer.
The details: The first big ArtFULL Escape will take place in early April 2016. Registration will officially open in February 2015 - which may seem a long way away but the time will fly by! I’ve provisionally agreed a booking but the venue was recently purchased and will be completely refurbished through 2014. Once the makeover is complete, I’ll re-visit the facilities before signing on the dotted line, at which point, full details of the event and booking forms will be made available here.
The teachers: A Dream Team of five well loved and respected journal and mixed media artists will cross The Big Pond [that’s the only hint I’m giving!] to run workshops at the April 2016 ArtFULL Escape. I’ll begin introducing them from February 2014, so watch this space! Whilst they’re experienced teachers, this will be the first time teaching in the UK for most of them, so this event is an exciting opportunity for them as well as for UK and Europe-based journaling and mixed media aficionados!
Please do subscribe to the blog and/or Newsletter so you can follow developments; I’ll also link updates on the dedicated ArtFULL Escapes Facebook page, if you’d like to “like” and follow that. Exciting times are ahead, and there’s plenty of time to start filling those piggy banks!
I’m playing along when possible to the Soul Food lessons by my co-hosts and our Sous-Chefs. It’s a challenge with so much packed into each class, and in addition to my other projects outside of Soul Food but the fun of joining in is keeping me motivated! I have a couple of pieces in progress, and another to do once a particular paint I have on order is delivered but in the meantime, these are some pieces that I’ve completed:
I also made myself a new art journal, inspired by Grace Howes' lesson, and below is a show-and-tell video I made to share my book… I'll post another Playtime update when I've completed a few more projects.
Our Soul Food class at Community Thrive has got off to the most incredible start! The classroom and Facebook group have been buzzing with feedback from happy participants sharing their work and encouraging and supporting each other. Many of the teachers are playing along with the lessons and Mystele, Heather and I couldn’t be happier with the way things are going - especially since people are continuing to sign up and bring new energy to the discussions. I’m aiming to do a blog post to share the beautiful work that everyone creates in response to my monthly lessons; these are the pieces that have been shared following my January “A Feast For The Eyes” paper-weaving and stitching demonstration:
Registration is open until the end of March, so pop over to Community Thrive if you’d like to join us at the Soul Food table - we’ll be happy to scooch over and make room for you!
I posted about this on Facebook but if you didn’t see, I’m happy to share again that Connie Hozvicka has invited me to teach in for the Spring 2014 issue of 21 Secrets. The format of this art journaling extravaganza is changing from a ning-hosted community to a downloadable e-book, with the first/Spring 2014 issue accessible from April 1st - no joke!
The real benefit of the change is that rather than having access for just a few months, you’ll be able to download the e-book, have full and immediate access to all of the content, and be able to play and repeat all 21 workshops ad infinitum. You’ll also be able to join the teachers and fellow participants in a private 21 Secrets group on Facebook and/or a private Flickr group where you can share your work.
You can purchase now and download your e-book on 1 April, 2014.
It’s fantastic value for 21 different workshops rolled into one and even though the format is changing, the Spring issue will still be rich in both visual [videos and photos] and written content. I’m putting together a comprehensive workshop called “Outside, Inside” and will incorporate different journaling styles and media, as well as sharing my own techniques and secrets - I hope you’ll join me…
Some days, the bright, smiling face we present to the world masks the darker, more desolate feelings that we may be dealing with inwardly. Our journal is a perfect place to explore this “Outside, Inside” contrast: to express what we are concealing and in doing so, find some release or healing. For this class, we’ll create a folded/window page that illustrates our “Outside/Inside” faces and feelings - TWO spreads that contrast the pretty with the raw.
It’s all too easy sometimes to remember the negatives and although 2013 wasn’t one of my best years, it did have its positives and it’s those that I’m focussing on for this round-up. Highlights included participating in two blog-hops for Artistcellar for the launch of their new signature series stencil sets designed by Jane Davenport and Chris Cozen. These are some of the pieces I created with Jane’s “Jane Girls” series, and Chris’s “Playful Pods” series:
Also pictured is a journal page I created with a StencilGirl stencil when asked to guest post on the new StencilGirl Talk blog. I recorded a video of myself creating the page - you’ll find the full post here, where you can also download a free copy of the background PDF that I gifted to StencilGirl Talk readers.
Another happy highlight was learning that Dawn Devries Sokol had selected some of my journal pages to include in her new 1000 Journal Pages book, due for publication in Spring 2015. It’s rare for me to be happy with my work, so this was a huge boost for me - as was having Jane Parfitt, owner of First-View Gallery at Stourhead National Trust house and gardens agree to show a few of my paintings, with the possibility of showing more in future.
So whilst 2013 had its health and work related disappointments, perhaps on reflection, the highs were higher than the lows were low. And speaking of not always being happy with my own work, I’ll finish by sharing some favourite paintings of mine from last year…
Today is Soul Food day! Today the classroom doors open! After so many months of planning the class with my Head-Chef buddies, Mystele Kirkeeng and Heather Santos, today it begins! Registration is open through March 2014, so you can still join - you’ll find all the info about the class, the contributing artists, and can sign up here.
It’s been an absolute pleasure organising this class with Myste and Heather! We’ve really come to appreciate each other’s different strengths and become such good friends in the process. I’m excited to take the different lessons myself and I’m really looking forward to seeing what our Sous-Chef artists bring to the table. I do hope you’ll consider joining us for some creative Soul Food!
One of the things on my to-do list for New Year was to revamp and publish my Newsletter. My aim is to send one out monthly, or when I have something exciting to share that can’t wait a whole month! Issue #1 went out yesterday and if you’d like to receive future editions, I’ve added a subscription link in the sidebar, or you can join my mailing list here.
Welcome to my new website! I’m still settling in and finding my way around behind the scenes on this new platform but I’m really happy to be here and love my new look!
I decided to move to Squarespace because it allows me to host my different blogs in one location. The sidebar is static but each post will open with the relevant blog badge to show exactly where you are.
I’m persisting in my old Blogger account to import the content from my previous website blog there; I won’t be adding it here as I want this new site to open with a clean slate. If the Blogger import is successful - it’s still being a bit grumpy - I’ll link it in the sidebar but if not, most of the art I’d previously shared there is on my Facebook page or will be added to my website gallery here.
I have a lot to share, so this blog will feel more lived in very soon - and once I finish setting up the subscription function, you’ll be able to follow along easily in this new space.