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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Live, Learn, Have Fun!

ooooowweeeeee!! It's July already!  I don't know about you but the heat is certainly turned up a notch here in North Carolina.  As you probably noticed from my last post,  June was a whirlwind of excitement and adventures from one coast to the other, literally!  Teaching, playing, spending time with family, as well as a little bit of work snuggled in between all the travels.
To be truthful, it's been crazy as I've jammed packed a lot of events in the last few months but I wouldn't have it any other way. I've learned so much and wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
And the best thing is there are still a lot of adventures to come before the year ends. I'm coming up on my 10th month of being a full time artist! WHOOOOHOOO! Livin' the dream!  One of the best things that I have experienced is all the teaching events I've been fortunate to be a part of. The students have been so wonderful both in person and online.  You guys that have taken my classes really rock!!! Such inspiration you give me.   If you haven't yet taken a class from me, I wanted to point you towards two events that I will be participating in during the month of July.  
In person I will be traveling to Somerset NJ for the Create event and I will be instructing 4 (yes 4!!!) classes.  See the photo collage above to take a peak at some of the classes.  
How to register, simply visit the Create Website and register then you can add the classes to your cart. In addition to the classes there will be other events you can participate in, the biggest of which will be the Artist Fair/vendor night on Friday June, 20th from 6-9. Be sure to check that out even if you aren't participating in the retreat as its open to the public.
The event is held at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset NJ. Hope to see you there!

The other event I'm really excited about and it is the FIRST time ever offering this class online, is my "WHO ARE YOU" owl painting workshop which is going to be held online over at Artful Gathering 2012.  Artful Gathering is a little different then your normal online class as it's a group of talented artists who have gotten together in one community to host a variety of classes for 2 summer sessions. Who Are You is my second class this summer that I will be offering and it's guaranteed to be a FUN one!  We will create 3-5 8 x10 whimsical illustrative owl paintings on canvas, full of fun texture and doodles as well awesome colors.   You'll learn lots of great techniques that you surely can transfer into a variety of other projects.  Class sessions are open for 6 weeks during which time you have full access to the videos and all content as well as hands on help from myself for the full duration of the class.  The sense of community and fun over at Artful Gathering is truly unique! In addition, I will be offering a BIG giveaway at the end of class as well as several weekly surprise treats for the students! Yay.  How to register?  Simply go to the Artful Gathering Blog where you can read more about the class, then you can click the link on the top of the page to register. Registration costs 5.00 which covers administration fees (including ning site operation, technical specialists and other behind the scenes costs); after that you can purchase the class. Invitations will be sent out on JULY 15th, after which you will have full access to the workshop Ez as 1-2-3. :) Hope to see you there!

One other online event I will be participating in this month is Tamara LaPorte's Lifebook class which started in January. Let me tell you guys, that this is the class to take if you are looking for a variety of techniques that is beyond most everyone's expectations that has participated thus far.  Yes it did start in January but the class will remain open until March 2013 and not only that, all files are downloadable, so you can go back, download everything that's all ready been offered and  then pick up from the current date if you like and not miss a thing.   The price is right around 100.00 PLUS you get a ticket to join in one of Tamara's other self study course.  Not only is Tamara sharing her abundant creative knowledge, she has recruited a host of other talented artists to share tidbits so you will have new lessons and an amazing variety each week of this year!  How could you resist.  My turn is coming up again where I will be teaching a lesson called 'Behind You"  Register now and not miss it!!

I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't a little stressed but excited at the same time about all of these projects coming up right now (and even more that I'm working on behind the scenes).  But the reality of the situation is that we can do more then we think we can.  By the time I could voice my concern about all I needed to do...I could be doing something that I NEED to no complaints here, just an abundance of gratitude that I CAN do all that I want to do and the I am fortunate enough to be doing what I love, and sharing it with YOU.  Thank you for stopping by today, hope you have an awesome day, week, month..and always, live to create, create to live!

Hugs and love,


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