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Class begins October 5th!!

Class begins October 5th!!
Zen Painting: Pathways and Connections begins October 5th but registration is now open at a special price!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday Favs- Random Paint and Tools Edition it Friday, Saturday already???  I can't believe how fast this week has blown by!  I'm in the middle of teaching at our ReMe Retreats-The Sandhills  so I apologize for the late post. We've been crazy busy in the best possible way working with a fabulous group of women during this retreat!   

Today's post is going to highlight some random favs that I'm loving this week that I think you will too.  Without further adieu, let's see what's been on my art table lately!!

Well....can you see that big ole paint bottle on my table?  It is the bomb and should be a part of every artists tool box--drum Roll....Quinicridone Nickel Azo Gold by Golden.  You can use as a glaze,  wonderful for shading, aging, and it can mimic a patina, especially if you use it over Teal by Golden.

Over to the left and on my wall you can see my Zen Paintings which are created on Gessobord by Ampersand.  Love love love this material. It's great for inks, Golden High Flows, pencil, water color, even acrylic although I mostly use it for water media myself. 

Not sure if you can see this tool or not in my picture but one of my favorite mixed media painting tools that I use all the time is the Catalyst Wedge.  It can be used to apply paint, scrape paint back, draw lines, create scruffy industrial or weather look with paint and so much more.  The wedges come in a variety of different sizes but this style seems to be the one I grab for the most.  

Also made by Princeton are the heartiest brushes I have found to stand up to scrubbing paint on a canvas.   They seem like the bristles are unusually hard but once you saturate with water and paint, they are really very pliable and  retain their shape once you are finished painting.  

Hopefully you are inspired to start creating this weekend if you haven't started already!   Enjoy this beautiful fall day doing what you love.

Heading back to the Retreat, see you next week!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Absolutely Abstract!

ReMe Presents:

Absolutely Abstract  3+ Day Workshop

​with Jodi Ohl

Join us  for a 3 day immersion into the world of Abstracts during this fun filled debut workshop and be treated to all the ReMe personalized attention and treats you have come to know and love!

Whether you are new to abstract painting or already have your toes dipped into the world of painting and mixed media, you’ll enjoy this expanded class focusing on the many
facets of creating a series of abstract paintings. 

​Jodi will be sharing many exercises and ideas featured in her upcoming published by North Light Books, “Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink” during this brand new class!   Release date-December 26th, 2016

For More Information on This Exciting Event,  Click HERE!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

I'm Giving Away 2100 worth of Paintings!!

Congratulations--our Two Winners of this fundraiser are Lillian Reitz and Kathy Totterdale!   Lillian was the first winner and chose Development as her artwork so Kathy will be the recipient of "Land of the Odd"~ Thank YOU ALL for your generous donations! We raised almost 1000.00 for the flood victims :)) 

UPDATE--I'm extending the fund raising for a few extra days as we are bit under goal as to where I'd like to be for our donation.  ANY amount you can give  is very much  appreciated! For every 10.00 you donate, you'll get one entry to win one of two paintings offered.  In total I'm donating over 2100 dollars worth of artwork!!!!  Fundraiser extended through 10/21/16 but I will send a check for funds raised thus far on Wednesday as committed to the FBC of Southern Pines for their Hurricane Matthew relief fund.  

Neighbors helping Neighbors, Brothers and Sisters helping Brothers and Sisters! Be a part of the solution!
As many of you already know,  our state is reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew still.  This pop up auction for a couple of my paintings is being set up to raise funds to help my son's church in their efforts this week to collect necessities for these victims who have lost everything virtually.   We may not be able to help everyone, but every little bit will make a difference to these flood victims who have nothing left.   Several years ago I had a devastating fire in my home where I lost virtually everything as well. If it were not for the help from friends, family, co-workers and the Red-Cross, I would have been left homeless for sure. So, with that said...I am happy to donate a couple pieces of art to give back and I'm hoping YOU will be so kind as to give a little as well and potentially receive an original painting in return.

How this will work:   Please donate at least 10.00 for a chance to be in the drawing (any less is fine too and much appreciated}but for every 10.00 donated by an individual, you'll get one 'virtual ticket' for the giveaway.   So, if you donate 100.00, you will get a 10 chances to win!

Proceeds less shipping *will be given to the First Baptist Church in Southern Pines, NC for their fund raising to help the hurricane victims this week.  We will collect donations for this fundraiser through Monday evening 10/17/16 and announce the winner Tuesday, 10/18/16.    
We will be extending the fund raiser through Friday 10/21/16! There's still time to get in on this awesome opportunity!

Note--both of these items are over-sized items shipping is the responsibility of the winning donation UNLESS we exceed  a minimum of $1000 in donations for each painting. Price for shipping both of these items with insurance would be approximately 125-150 for domestic shipping each. 

Thank you in advance for your generosity!!  If you can't donate, please help by sharing this post!!!
Lastly, PLEASE indicate in your donation, which painting you would prefer. If there is no preference and your name is chosen, you'll receive the artist's choice :)

30 x 30  Acrylic Abstract on Canvas

Retail Value $900

*not framed

Shipping approximately 100-125 approximately unless 1000 in donations are raised for this painting

Land of the Odd

30 x 40

Retail Value

shipping 150.00 approximately unless 1000 in donations are raised for this painting

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Favs! Brushes and Painting Tools Edition 2

WELCOME  To Friday Favs! Watercolor Brush and Tool Edition!

I've been revisiting my love for water colors and of course drawing lately, especially with my new Zen Painting class just launching so I wanted to share a few of the paint brushes I love for that process as well as a couple others that I'm favoring lately. Frankly, I have a lot of favorites and I could go on an on about this topic but I'll try to limit my selections to 4-5 for each post. If you try anything I recommend or have a favorite of your own to feature down the road, leave a comment!  OR...if you are interested in hearing about a particular product, tool, or gadget--let me know! I may have it in my stash that I could show case for you!

First up--Water Brush Pens.  These have become a staple in my to-go journaling stash as well as working on my Zen Paintings.  This set is something new to me, I've tried many different varieties but I'm showcasing these as I just received them in my last order and I love the variety of tips....AND the price is really affordable.  Less than 2.00 a brush is awesome!

More Water Color Brushes-  I buy a lot of art supplies from Jerry's Artarama, and this set is one that is a brand they sell exclusively from what I understand (other than Amazon).  They aren't the best but they are really good for the price and certainly good enough to practice and for students. I've done some large scale work with these brushes and have sold all of them so even for working artists,  they do the job!

Here's a Round set with a fan brush that's a really good start to your collection. I might add one more larger round like a 10 or 12 but truly you have enough selection of the basics in this package to get started:

I do like flats for watercolors, too...I don't use them quite as much but to make sharp lines, you can't go wrong with this set as well:

or get an assortment of flats and rounds(including a pricey large flat) in this set:

One last suggestion for this watercolor brush/tool  edition of Friday favs, are these lidded containers for paint.  In my Zen painting, I do a lot of ink work for my class as well as in Grunge Ink.  When I'm working on a series of paintings, I do like to make my own concoctions of acrylic and or ink paint colors so having a lidded containers is a necessity.  I also use portion cups which are great too except if you travel a lot with your paints.  Not quite as sturdy....ask me how I know!  But still, if you can find the portion cups, you can get about 40-50 for 5-6 dollars.

In case you missed last week's Friday Favs--take a look here

If you'd like to learn more about my Zen Painting Class and join in on the'll be using all of these tools and more during this expansive online course!   Stop by our  class description page and read more about it!