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Friday, November 24, 2017

Who doesn't love a Bargain--Originals, Prints, Classes and more!


To Travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination"

-my inspiration for painting almost all of my abstracts, including this piece, 1 of 2 extra large paintings featured below:

I rarely put my shop on sale---but for this weekend only (and today is the last day of the biggest discount) I am making an exception.

 Up to 700 dollars off (yes you heard right!) Whether you have your eye on a few  of my favorite paintings or classes definitely drop by my Etsy shop for a great selection of originals, prints, note cards, bookmarks and workshops!

What are the details?

Thursday and Friday:   20% off my entire shop

Saturday-Monday:  15% off my entire shop

Specials valid November 23-27th, 2017

Tuesday--ooops sorry you missed it so don't delay!! :)

Hope you had a great  Turkey day with friends and family!  Here's to a fun filled shopping weekend ahead! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the arts, small businesses, and creative entrepreneurs! 

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It's Not A Secret Anymore!

Shouting from the art easel--this is something not to miss!

Now through November 30th, I wanted to share a fantastic opportunity to join in on 21 Secrets, a classic edition of an extraordinary collaborative workshop I was a part of back in 2016. 

 Check it out and be sure to read on for the special code to use at check out:

I had the great fortune to be in tools and techniques last year, during that lesson I gave a tutorial on colorful facial features using watercolors and some simple drawing tools.   While we didn't do the whole face,  isolating on a couple of features can have a bold impact on the viewer and YOU of course.   

Below are the luscious details:
  • 21 SECRETS Flashback sale is a $21 discount on 21 SECRETS Tools & Techniques and 21 SECRETS Color, Color, Color ONLY.
  • To receive your discount, use coupon code: FLASHBACK during check out to receive the discount.
The last day of the Flashback sale is Thursday, November 30th.  Come December 1st -- the sale is done, over, closed, nada

Remember the code will work on only Tools  & Techniques and 21 Secrets Color.

  Have fun and enjoy creating!  

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone, here's to a holiday filled with

 family, friends, laughter and fun.

-Jodi Ohl

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Film Your Art & Techniques with my 5 Top Recommendations

Do you want to video tape your art for online classes? I'm frequently asked what I use to film my online classes and other videos so I thought I'd compile a list of what I use.  Not everything is the newest model as I only tend to upgrade every couple of years.  I'm almost ready to upgrade this year adding on new microphones and MAYBE a new camcorder. I'm debating getting one with 4k but honestly, it's not really necessary for what  I'm doing.  I'd be curious to hear if anyone has one they use and would recommend.

(This post does contain links where I'll get a referral commission at no cost to you if you purchase. Your support helps me keep my content and classes developing for you!)

1. With live video becoming such a hot thing for spreading the word about what you do, having a tripod that can hold your phone/camera easily is a must.  Here's one that's affordable for most.  I'll also share one that is a little more top of the line.   Create your Facebook Live posts or Instagram stories with ease!

A little more top of the line:

2. This lighting kit is probably more than you need, but a bargain with all the extras!  I found it to be a good starter set, the tripod lighting stands aren't the sturdiest I've seen but for occasional filming, they do the job.  I've had the same bulbs for  2 years now.   The only thing I might add is a table top light, but that's just me.

3. After working with the 39.99 standard tripod you find at most electronic stores, I finally invested in a much sturdier product that also had an overhead arm.   I purchased this a few years ago and it's made all the difference in the world to me.   My filming angles are much better, set up options are infinite with the Vanguard model.  There may be newer models out there but if you can catch this on sale,  snag it up!

4.  Probably the most asked question is what camera do you use. I suggest getting a camcorder that is the best you can get within your budget.  Mine is middle of the road, it is a bit more pricey but not super expensive. One of my main requirements is great audio and super clear picture (haha, who doesn't want that), but you'd be surprised at the difference in sound and picture clarity between brands.  I wish this bundle was available when I made my purchase-it has everything you need and more to get filming!

5.  Now that you have the equipment, you need some software to edit with.  If you have a mac-well you are already taken care of with imovie, but I am a PC hold out (and in no hurry to change over), so additional software was necessary.

 I chose a program for me that has more than I will probably ever use,  because as I grow in my own understanding of more complex editing options, I want a program that can grow with me.  There are a lot of video tutorials on the manufacturers website that should be more than enough to get you started.   

Honestly though, in addition to having a robust program, you really need a fast computer to render your files.  If your speed is too slow, you'll find producing your videos akin to stirring molasses.  Very thick molasses!

  Internet--well suffice to say you need to have lightening fast service to upload your video files as well.   Trust me on this one, after spending 4 hours uploading a 10 minute video on DSL--upgrading to the turbo charge cable internet surface was a HUGE blessing, that same video size now takes me about 7 minutes or so to upload if not faster.

   I'm not an expert on how fast is optimal for your computer/internet, but my method is to get the fastest you can afford.  You'll be glad you did!

I hope you found some of these suggestions helpful as you get started filming your craft or hobby.  It's a big investment,  but you are worth it!

As I find new things or think of additional add on items you could use, I'll update this post.  Until then, hit record and have fun!

Gratefully yours,

Jodi Ohl

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Week of Thanksgiving and Specials from Jodi Ohl

Happy Early Thanksgiving!

I hope life is treating you well and you are healthy, happy and surrounded by those you love!

It's been a whirlwind few months as you can probably tell by my blogging absence (something I vow to do better with in the New Year).  Tons of travel, several classes and the biggest news of all, I have a new Granbaby-Elena, who was born on October 30th.  I was blessed my son and daughter in law allowed me to be in for the whole birth, what a miracle!

Shortly there after, I shot a short video for a new project coming up in the new year-more details on that later, did a weekend of painting demonstrations at Art of the Carolinas last week, and now I'm rolling into working on holiday events, small art, new collections, a big article for the spring and many other special new things that are all to revealed in the next few weeks!

I know time is precious so I will just leave you today with a few highlights of what is to come. As my valued readers, I want you to be among the first to know when I have specials and new products so here is what's on the agenda!

11/20- 11/27  Free shipping!  Signed copies of my book, Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink along with a commemorative postcard.

PS-some new art and gifts  will be added this week!!

Ohh...BTW-, while I'm finished traveling for the year,  my next away workshop will be in New Mexico, hosted by Annie Hooten.  Two classes spanning 3 days. 

Flowing Features-Evening workshop
2 Day Zen Houses class

For more information, please contact Annie by clicking 

Rest assured-I have more great events coming, lots of NEW art to be loaded in my shop,  special deals and new project that expands on my year long stint as a guest columnist at Cloth Paper Scissors.  Those details and more will be unveiled over the next few weeks so be sure to stay tuned!

In the mean time, thank you so much for following my art, learning creative techniques with me and for your overall friendship as support. 

I'm blessed beyond measure for it all.


Jodi Ohl