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Zen Painting! 30 videos, open ended workshop!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Monday! Sharing the Zen Love today!

Hello and Happy Monday My Friends~!

I know many of you have been hoping I would do this and just waiting for it...well today is the day!

I'm excited to present my newest online class, "Zen Painting, Pathways and Connections" which begins October 5th!!!!  Whooohooo! This class has been a long time in the making and it is a process that I have fallen in love with, so with that said, I'm so thrilled to be able to offer it to you both online and throughout my upcoming travel teaching events!  
Wait for it.......wait for it....

Today (9/19) through Wednesday, 9/21/16, I'll be giving away 2 spots for this class which you can enter your name into the virtual hat by leaving me a comment on this blog post that answers the question:   What brings a state of Zen into your life and how would this course benefit you?

You can get a second entry by sharing this blog post, simply come back and let us know you shared! Extra bonus points in my book if you sign up for my newsletter..haha :)

http://sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/2016/09/happy-monday-sharing-zen-love-today.html



If you already signed up for the class and win the drawing, you will get a refund after class opens from me and or you can gift your winnings to a friend (or allow me to give a scholarship to someone in need in your name),  whatever floats your boat!

If you haven't signed up for the workshop, please don't delay, the sale price ENDS after class launches on 10/5. We are going to have a blast in the class no doubt, and I can't wait for it to begin!

To read more about the workshop please click HERE.





Here's a little snippet where I discuss my upcoming class!
               Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wishing you much luck in this giveaway!!

PS...if we reach over 200 comments, I'll give away a 3rd seat!! Please share and help spread the word about this fun filled workshop!

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Here's a few products we will be using in the class!


171 comments :

Magdalena said...

I can't come up with something fun or clever to write, so I'll go with honest instead :)

"Zen" to me means that which is beyond all forms, the stateless state that is never not present, that isn't other than my innermost being, the very essence of what I truly am.

My life -- moment to moment -- is my koan, and therefore anything and everything I do (and don't do) is a part of my zen practice. Having fun with paint and mark making is most definitely included! :)

Big warm thanks for the chance to win! <3

(cardamomkisses at gmail dot com)

Diva Kreszl said...

What a lovely thing to do! What puts me into a state of zen is anything quiet, stress free or repetitive such as walking on the beach or in the mountains, gardening solo and stitching anything by hand!

jaci said...

Zen= no ..interruptions.to do lists..work..chores...phone calls..laundry.. a time to go within and relax..get your zen on baby!!!!

jaci said...

Shared!!!!good luck everyone!!!!!

Rosemary said...

Art is so relaxing for me and it lifts my spirits. This class would be an awesome way to 'zen'. Love your work. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lynn Ovenden said...

You are always so generous! I reach my state of zen when I can quit worrying about "what" I am going to paint or draw and just relax and see what happens. That doesn't happen very easily. I am hoping your workshop will help me reach a state of zen more easily.

Linda O'Connor said...

Hoping to find my Zen in this class. Not sure where or when that is. But as you said in your intro...too many of my days are just wasted due to a total lack of ambition and that is not the typical me.

Caroline D. said...

Well of course art brings zen to my soul. But anything I do, like my daily walks and art journaling, which I can quieten all the "what if's" and worries of today's evil world. Art especially brings me great joy and I love trying new things and new techniques. Thank you for the chance to win a spot in your new class!!

Caroline D. said...

Shared on FB! :)

Shelba King said...

My zen is a a peaceful place in nature, especially at the lake surrounded by water, sounds of nature, a beautiful sky and the fresh smell of air that surrounds me.
Thanks for sharing this gift with us!
Shelba

Shelba King said...

Shared

Melinda Couden said...

Zen = smearing paint with no agenda. Also hiking in the woods listening to the sounds of nature.

Linda O'Connor said...

Shared. Hoping my buds will join me on this adventure.

Geri Jones said...

I find my Zen when I can lose myself in painting, connecting with nature, and playing with my boxes pups.....I need this class to help me slow down and stay in the moment. Thank you for your generosity! And I have shared your post on my FB page.

Geri Jones said...

I find my Zen when I can lose myself in painting, connecting with nature, and playing with my boxes pups.....I need this class to help me slow down and stay in the moment. Thank you for your generosity! And I have shared your post on my FB page.

Becky Collins said...

Zen for me today is different than it was just one week ago. On 9/9 I had a double mastectomy and will be laid up for quite a few weeks. So as I lay here this first week I'm clearing my mind(because it's too painful to even color) clearing my mind of all negative thoughts and feelings that come with being diagnosed with cancer.the new path I'm on has been sweet thus far because it's brought my husband and I some needed together time, while he's been my care giver he's also slowed me down. And that is where ZEN is for me these days. It's in the quiet, it's in the mind. But soon it will be on paper and it's that day that keeps me going! Thank you for giving all of us the opportunity to win a seat!! I hope to come visit you at your shop when I'm well enough.

Becky Collins said...

Shared on Facebook!!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the chance to win. When I am painting abstracts, I can enjoy zen moments

Sueknoll said...

I feel peace when looking at the Zen paintings. This is what I want to do! Thank you for this opportunity!!!

Sueknoll said...

Shared post!
Thank you again for this chance to be in your class!! Would totally make my day-week-month!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Gaila Terracciano said...

Zen is the moment before you brayer off on a waste piece of paper and you have no concern for the result. Magic happens on that waste paper. Why do I care so much, lord knows, but I’m learning bit by bit not to. I’m learning to zen. :)

Cindy Throne said...

My Zen is absolute quiet and being with my dogs. I find lately due to unforeseen family obligations I am stressed to the max so I am absolutely looking forward to this class to add to my zen moments.

Cindy Throne said...

Shared

Wendy ten Hove said...

Oeh, this sounds and looks like a lot of fun! Amd, yes, creating does bring me in a form of zen and especially being bisy with choosijg colors and making nicelooking combinations and in your art are definitely wonderful combo's! Looks great! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Love, Wendy

Brenda Manheim said...

I don't necessarily believe in "Zen" because I am a Christian but I do believe that faith and creativity play into the outcome of my art. I always kiss the animals that I paint when I finish. A little crazy I suppose but I have fun.

Gail Brule' said...

Zen to me is a state I cultivate in my morning meditations (I do the 21 Day meditation series by Oprah and Depak Chopra). If I am lucky, the state remains for most of the day, but I can always remind myself if I get out of it, simply by stopping and closing my eyes while doing some deep breathing. Zen in my art is what I call being in the "zone"...that point of play where you get lost in the moment and the moment turns to blissful hours of joy! Going now to share your post and will comment again when I do.

Gail Brule' said...

Ok, I also just shared your post. And I am already a newsletter subscriber...😍

Anonymous said...

Shared!

Beverly Weitzel said...

I don't see my post so I'm going to try it again. My zen is when I sit in my backyard enjoying the butterflies and listening to the many birds. Thinking about all of gods creations and what it will be like living on a paradise earth.

Beverly said...

Shared!

Cathy cox said...

My zen is being sorrounded by my supplies and having brushes in hand. Knowing in my mind what I want to paint amd seeing what actually happens in the painting. And painting time with a good friend.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun class. Shared!

Marsha said...

Zen is quiet, meditation, being alone by the water, being in silence with friends, working with my alcohol inks and watching what happens.
It would be fun to take part in this class and find a new zen spot
thanks for the offer
PS Shared

Robbie said...

Zen means to me peace and solitude Doing what I can to help others especially when they are alone and need a friend. Such peace in helping others.

Mirror013 said...

Hello, there! Thx for the opportunity to participate whether as a guest (FREE! YEA, FREE!) or as a student.

Zen, to me, is letting go of the illusions of reality and being in the moment. A hot bubble bath, floating in a pool, being in the creating mode.

I look forward to this class opening up another creative path, tweaking the inner muse's nose, so to speak with things I've not yet played with.

Again thx for the opportunity and I'm sharing this on my facebook page as soon as I submit this comment! Much success to you!

Jess said...

Creating art is my zen. My professional career exists to afford me the luxury of great classes like yours, traveling to attend art retreats and seminars, and paying for new art supplies! After a rough day at work -- or ANY day at work really -- all I can think about is getting home and picking up a pen or a paint brush or glue. I quickly get lost in the feelings of the paint or where my pen is going and don't realize it's the middle of the night! This course would provided additional opportunity for zen -- an excuse to pick up the paints and pens more often, while learning new techniques along the way. (Don't you just love being an "excuse?!") :-)

Thanks for offering the giveaway, Jodi. This is incredibly generous and wonderful, and whoever wins it will be One Lucky Duck!

Michelle Lansdale said...

Painting or doing anything crafty brings zen into my life. I crave creativity,but I crave the peace I gain from being creative even more.
I am taking this class in hopes of learning how to use the mediums, but I hope to discover that I have some potential originality tucked away. I tend to follow artists, but I am struggling with branching out on my own!

Michelle Lansdale said...

Shared on facebook!

Theresa Merkling said...

Would love to win - just shared your video with my local art tribe this morning and was wishing finance would open up so I could do the online version.

What aids my zen? Instrumental or flow style music... candles... some crystals and my mini shrine thing... yoga mat LOL mostly the music though - helps me relax and open up my intuition to deeper creative levels.

Theresa Merkling said...

Shared post on FB

DeeDee Catron said...

At this point in time -- spending a little unwinding time with the Mr. at the end of the day is what brings zen into MY life.. but I could certainly use a bit more artsy related zen time, too. Right now I work in a lot of high intensity textures & layers... so I'd be delighted to get to share in this process :) Thanks for the opportunity!

DeeDee Catron said...

Shared FOR sure -- and already receive your newsletter <3 Best of luck for an AMAZING class!

Art Expression said...

Sitting outside around the pool looking at the sky,trees,flowers, all the beautiful colors God created and being thankful for all the blessing in my life, that is when I feel Zen!

Nicole

Art Expression said...

Shared in Facebook =)

Nicole

Lisa said...

Jodi, thank you for this opportunity to win a free class. Very generous of you. Zen to me is the beach sounds of waves coming in to shore, music to listen to, and no list of chores to interrupt painting time.

Sheelagh Tomsett said...

Love abstract and looking forward to losing myself in creating zen moments. Thanks for the chance to win.

Alice Regan said...

This is so wonderful for you to offer 2 spots in your class. I was going to sign up, but then the Mr. lost his only account he still has. That means super tightening of the money belt! So, I've been doing lots to get into my Zen Mode. I love working on art in my craft room. It's quiet and away from the commotion of the house. I also love doodling ...it's my meditation!

Alice Regan said...

Shared!

Caren Stuart said...

Well, this is my 3rd time trying to post my comments! So this is the SUPER condensed version: My zen moments are when I'm creating... usually writing poetry or prose or crafting. It's when I open myself up to just being in THIS one moment, not trying to go from point a to b but just being in the flow. It's when I'm at peace and in joy and time is suspended and the creating is so effortless it's as if I'm "channeling" rather than doing the creating myself. SOMETIMES, I'm able to reach this state while making 2D art, but not often. For some reason with 2D art I often get roadblocked by mind chatter like "What's your VISION for this piece?" and "How will you accomplish that vision?" and "What's your PLAN?" This kind of self-questioning is a real buzz kill to art-making for me, but this Zen Art Class is just SPEAKING to me... telling me that THIS may be my path into a JOYFUL journey of creating 2D art!

Caren Stuart said...

I've shared this great class and giveaway on facebook and I'll share it again tomorrow. WooHoo! (Just cuz I'm THAT excited about it) YAY!

LeeAnn Gibson said...

For me, Zen requires unplugging. I have to get away from social media and news stories. Most often, I sit or walk near water to get to that quietness where I can simply be. I am learning to find that place through creative practice, like conscious writing, painting, and tangling/doodling. But I would love to dive deeper into using art as meditation, and I think this class can help with that. I've shared the post on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. And good luck to everyone who has entered!

Fiona Paltridge said...

A state of Zen is much harder to achieve than we like to imagine because in reality, life is full of demands, routines and expectations and it can take all our might to find our moment of zen.

I used to run on empty, similar to you Jodi but my health decided for me that I was going to slow down and regain some zen in my life. Now I paint, I create, I chat and I enjoy the little things more.

Thank you for sharing your passion with us. This is exactly what we all need to help us find those moments of zen xx

Annie O said...

My zen experience is when I zone out to the everyday thoughts and worries that can plague me. There is a loss of the consciousness of time. I am focused and aware of only the present. I would like this class to help me to get to the zen on a regular, more frequent basis. Thanks, Jodi!

Cindy Porter said...

I find my Zen when creating, be it painting, mixed media or even altered art, it is where I find my Zen, when I am creating just for the joy of it...

Cindy Porter said...

shared..... :)

Jorin said...

Zen - when I create without thinking that it isn't enough and without thinking that I AM not enough; calming my inner critic. I think, abstract work (like in your workshop) can make it easier to arrive in this state.
I shared: http://verdurette-blog.rundwelt.de/wordpress/2016/09/20/zen-workshop-mit-jodi-ohl/ Thanks for the chance to win!
Jorin

Jocelyn said...

How exciting!!! I would love to take this class with you Jodi!!!!! Such beautiful art!!!! I am sharing this on my FB Page!!! You ROCK!!!!

Lura said...

i am not sure that i have ever known what it means to be in a zen state, or where to find it or how to go about it. I DO know positively that i am so in love with your art and many styles. you are so talented, and take everyone in new and different directions and i love them all. I would beyond excited to get the chance to learn from you and appreciate very much the chance to win this class. <3

Kim Price said...

Looking forward to class

postalorphan said...

Oh, this looks like such a wonderful class! I sometimes get in a very "Zen" zone while creating - I get lost in the process of collaging and painting, and the music I'm usually listening to (which is often pretty mellow) helps contribute to the mood. But I'm always looking for ways to improve on my art, since I sometimes lose my "Zen" mood when I become too self critical. Thanks for the chance to win a spot - I've also shared on twitter!

vampyrdancer said...

Zen to me is a state of calm and peacefulness which is what happens in my art. I know your art would only help to solidify that Zen feeling. Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot! Sharing on Facebook... Twitter and Instagram.

Lynn Good said...

Thanks for the chance to win a spot. I find my zen when I am at my craft table, I can hear the birds chirping, the cows mooing and cat purring - everything seems calm and right. - Shared on facebook :)

Amanda -Rebel Stardust said...

Art has been my main source of Zen for the last few weeks. Nearly everyday I have been going into my art lair and experimenting and pushing myself. Just trying new things. It was been amazing!
I think the course would benefit me because it will fit in to where I am right now (trying new things) and it seems very free flowing.
That's what I need right now.
Thanks for the chance!

Fingers and Toes crossed!

Mary Hurlburt said...

Thank you for your generosity and offering this opportunity. I have many stresses in my life right now but painting is one thing that takes me away. Although it sometimes offers it's own stress. The class sounds wonderful and I think your course would benefit me by providing inspiration and helping me to have more zen moments.

Mary Hurlburt said...

I just shared on facebook.

Jacqueline Smith said...

My state of Zen when stresses at work is playing havoc with my mind. I like to have the whole house to myself, no cooking at all. I start off with my favourite cup of coffee, my favourite sandwich from my sandwich shop and playing with my art supplies while my TV is playing! I also love having my candles going too!

Jacqueline Smith said...

Shared on Facebook too!

Li Li Wee said...

Zen to me is not just about being calm and at peace. It's about embracing chaos . It's about embracing the yin and yang energy.. IT'S ABOUT BEING PRESENT AND EMBRACING 'WHAT IS' AT THE CURRENT MOMENT!!

What I will benefit from the workshop?
I am hoping to overcome myself doubt and fear of creating through your style of art.

Thank you for the opportunity

Li Li Wee said...

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Tracey Parker said...

Hmmm, zen...Zen doesn't come easily for me. I try and try to get to that state but with a high pressure job working for a heart surgeon and a senior in high school daughter applying to colleges right now I'm not sure if I can achieve it on my own. I was falling down the wonderland hole of the Internet this morning and stumbled upon your post. Maybe it's fate and someone is trying to tell me I need more zen in my life, lol. I have dabbled in digital and cut and paste collage but would love to expand my horizons with your techniques.
Tracey at parker12252@gmail.com

Carolt said...

Zen is one of two things to me either being with those I love over a big family meal or a walk alone in the park with only my thoughts.
I have taken other classes by Jodi. I always learn so much and am amazed by how much my art improves with each one. Looking forward to trying abstract!

Karen @ WhimsiKa said...

Also shared on FB :)

Karen....puzzler_gal@yahoo.com.au

Karen @ WhimsiKa said...

Zen, I imagine, is peaceful and relaxed...being present in the moment but going with the flow. That's what I think this workshop will teach and it's what I need to learn. I've not tried abstract painting before and am very excited at the prospect.
Thanks for giving us this opportunity Jodi. Xx

Karen....puzzler_gal@yahoo.com.au

Beth Saxena said...

Swinging in my hanging chair puts me in a state of zen. i could sit there all day. I love your zen painting and would love to see what your process is. I'm excited that you are offering this.

Cafe Artiste said...

What brings a state of Zen into my life and how would this course benefit me? Painting brings a state of "Zen" into my life, and it is one of the few things I *must* do to create balance and peace within myself. I responded emotionally to your Zen paintings a long time ago when you first started posting them, so taking this class was a no-brainer for me. Thanks! ~Andi

Jennifer Wright said...

Shared!

Jennifer Wright said...

Creating brings me a sense of contentment or zen. This class would open up a new outlet for me.

Missy said...

What brings a state of Zen to my life? Being creative in my mountain studio looking out at the blue sky and fall leaves. I am caring for 2 adorable foster boys ages 2&3. I could really use this class to help me de-stress and be a better me. I love everything about Jodi's work!

Sunny Carvalho said...

I find my state of Zen in the evening on the front porch with music on my iPad and watercolor and ink in front of me. I would love to win the class as I am about to embark on a new phase of my work (hopefully!) and would love to see how the techniques fit in with what I already do.

bluetwigstudio said...

I've been looking at this class the last couple weeks. It really does look amazing. I love the style and the colors, and am already planning on registering, but would totally love to win a space in the class.

Christina said...

I'm from Denmark and not that good to whrite english.
But i LOVE LOVE LOVE these zen paintings.
I love watching at them,i love all the small ditals and the colours. I praktic on doodling and i love it. I want to lean more :)
I love all your paintings and have been on 2 of your classes.

Christina said...

I'm from Denmark and not that good to whrite english.
But i LOVE LOVE LOVE these zen paintings.
I love watching at them,i love all the small ditals and the colours. I praktic on doodling and i love it. I want to lean more :)
I love all your paintings and have been on 2 of your classes.

Lori said...

The best place for me to find my zen is in anything creative. It's the only time, other than when meditating, that I can completely let go of my monkey mind. Thanks for your generosity Jodi - I would LOVE to win this spot. This is some of my very favorite work of yours and I've been following you for a very long time!

Lori said...

Shared on fb and Twitter!

Stacey Walker said...

What brings a state of Zen into your life and how would this course benefit you?

Hi Jodi! Painting and creating brings a state of Zen into my life! Being creative and learning new techniques brings me great joy. I have been following you on Pinterest and Instagram and am so excited to take your class!

Monique Topp said...

My Zen is 10 at night when my children go to sleep and I can just paint in the quiet! I can use this class after having a rough summer with my autistic son. I love you bright colors in all your work! All of my work is bright and cheery!

Jana said...

Thanks for an opportunity to win a spot - I would love to learn from you! To me, Zen is quieting my mind and really *being* in the moment. Creativity takes me to that zen state... and I would love to learn more from you!!

Tonya Davidson said...

Zen to me is the release and letting go state of peace that allows your energy to flow within. It then permeates and connects to the energy outside affecting others around you positively. For me to be in zen, I must be using my hands and head in a connected way. I haven't painted in years but for 30 days I did an Ensō practice which blessed my life. I look forward to taking your class and creating something new with a medium that I haven't had the impetus to enjoy before. I have long admired your work and this looks fun!

Stephanie Hart said...

Being creative, especially getting messy with paint has always been my way of centering myself. When days get too crazy or overwhelming, a good playlist and uninterrupted time at my easel does wonders to find my zen.

Thanks for the chance to win a spot in this amazing class!

Maria Sampson said...

I'm searching for Zen and hoping this class will add to my search as well as creativity

Jean said...

Oh how fun! I am not sure I have yet gotten to a Zen place. Can't seem to turn my mind off. I would like to have more zen when i create! Thanks for the chance!

LindaK said...

Creating brings zen to me. I love working with fiber, metals and other mixed media. I painted years ago and want to get back to it but can't seem to find my spot. I think this class will help!

Anonymous said...

This summer I've been dealing with my dad's passing and just doing art has given me a peaceful - zen - retreat. I've been experimenting with different techniques that I've learned in the last year and really been able to just relax in the process of creating.

This course would give me the opportunity to learn a new technique and expand my skill set more.

Jennifer V.
I've taken a couple of classes from you at Creative Studios
Instagram
@nikki_the_knitter

Creative Goddess said...

Zen to me is being in a state of calm and peace.. Many times I sit in my garden or go for a walk to reach this state... Close my eyes center myself and breath deeply .. I would luv to lean how to bring this state of being in my painting .. And when I look art your class Jodi that's is how I feel calm, relaxed and blissful .. Ithankyou for the opp to win a spot

Anonymous said...

I've signed up for your newsletter!

Jennifer V.
I've taken a couple of classes from you at Creative Studios
Instagram
@nikki_the_knitter

LindaK said...

Shared!

TanyaWrites said...

I must be honest -- I am searching for "my" zen. I've had a lot of chaos and family trauma over the last year or so, and have lost my focus -- my PEACE. I truly believe that this class will be instrumental in helping me get back in touch with my peace, or find my zen -- one more tool in my toolbox! It will be fun!!!

cincat said...

I always feel very Zenful when creating my art. Gives me such a peaceful feeling. Just recently got back into my artness and am very thankful that I didn't just let it slip away. It had been years without any creativity...so I just got tired of putting it off and went for it and here I am. I think the prob is I never had the confidence...still not extremely confident, but I'm almost 59 years young and I don't care. LOL ;-)

Caryn said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot on Zen Painting. Zen for me is lighting candles, no noise and taking the time to reflect on what's happening around me. I have started collecting items for this course and look forward to joining in. Caryn

CraftyViolet said...

My Zen point is what ever I'm involved with at the time - card making; scrapbooking; mixed media or quilting. I seem to get lost in what I'm making and always surprised at how much time has gone by without me noticing it. I'm always looking for new techniques to try so I would love to win this prize.

Linda Kunsman said...

what a wonderful question. I am finding myself more and more in a zen mode when I am connecting my love of nature to my love of art. And I feel that your approach to your art would be a perfect fit for me. So looking forward to your new book-CONGRATS! and thanks ever so much for the chance to win a spot in your class.

Lisa Derby Oden said...

So, what gets my zen on - I've been a lifelong horse person, animal lover and advocate, and nature appreciater. Those are the things that have always gotten my zen on, especially time with horses, where time gets lost and I have no idea how much time has gone by. When I discovered altered art and mixed media, well! This is the only other thing that I can get lost in like with the horses! Would love to win a seat in the class - thanks for the opportunity.

Artist In Bloom said...

I have been wanting to take this class since you announced it. Lost my job recently so winning a spot would be perfect timing. I love your work Jodi. Gloria Bryant

Artist In Bloom said...

I have been wanting to take this class since you announced it. Lost my job recently so winning a spot would be perfect timing. I love your work Jodi. Gloria Bryant

Shel said...

This is such an intriguing idea to have a class on Zen painting. I would love to be a part of this and love your book! Thanks for the opportunity to win this.

Cathy M said...

Hi Jodi - would love an opportunity to win a spot in your course. I find myself in a zen place whenever I am in nature or when I am deep into creating in my journal. It's those moments when I realize that time has passed and I haven't even noticed what is happening around me because I am so relaxed and looking inward.

Hayley Gregory said...

I'd love to win this as i find art is my therapy & it de-stresses me ..it brings me into my zen doing ART ,plus i love trying new things with art as i'm a newbie at letting myself go with art. thanks for this opportunity :) x

Jacque said...

Meditating brings a state of Zen, of course, and being in nature. But when I can lose myself in my artwork, free of agendas and experiencing the joy of the media and the sheer beauty of the colors, I am in the moment and time has no meaning. That is my Nirvana. This class would mean learning new things and focussing again on art and color after a long spell of illness. I admire your work and look forward to seeing your book arrive.

Rose Ketring said...

Hello!

I initially started creating art in order to get past a seemingly impossible writer's block. Who knew creating could take me beyond my wildest dreams? I create because I breathe :)

differenceayearmakes said...

Zen is creating from that inside quiet place where creativity just flows.

makndlife said...

Thank you Jodi for your generosity. I'm looking forward to seeing you in Lifebook 2017! What brings a state of zen into my life is solitude, quiet, and making any kind of art. A benefit to me in taking the class would be self reflective right now. I'm working thru a minor but important health issue and I think Zen Painting would help me focus on it in a relaxed, intuitive, and internal way.

Ros said...

zen to me is taking me away from all the problems in my life the peace and solitude of art is healing

Jacque Chinnery said...

P.S. I shared this post!

Jacque Chinnery said...

I do not see my post where I wrote about my Zen moments. I hope it shows up!

Jennifer Riehl said...

So sweet of you to give away spots for this class. How awesome is that? Zen to me is when I get lost in a painting and my mind isn't wondering. I'm not worrying about problems in my life. Im focused on the present moment which is relaxing when I'm painting. I love doing paintings with lots of detail because it keeps me busy and I get to enjoy painting longer. ��

Willow said...

My zen moments come when creating..painting brings a sense of peace. This class would allow me to expand the experience, reaching further into peace and healing, helping me let go of grief from the death of my adult son and the end of my marriage. Can't afford any classes right now but would really be grateful to win a seat

Jennifer Riehl said...

So sweet of you to give away spots for this class. How awesome is that? Zen to me is when I get lost in a painting and my mind isn't wondering. I'm not worrying about problems in my life. Im focused on the present moment which is relaxing when I'm painting. I love doing paintings with lots of detail because it keeps me busy and I get to enjoy painting longer. ��

Willow said...

My zen moments come when creating..painting brings a sense of peace. This class would allow me to expand the experience, reaching further into peace and healing, helping me let go of grief from the death of my adult son and the end of my marriage. Can't afford any classes right now but would really be grateful to win a seat

Ginnie Hebert said...

Instant Zen-working in the garden. I love the smell of the dirt and the sun on my back.

Sande said...

I think Zen is a very personal state of mind and being. To me it all depends on what is going on in life. The more drama and god knows I have enough to share at some points in time, the harder it is to get to the Zen place. Before I became disabled my place use to be sitting on the beach at 9pm, the moon above and not a sole on the beach. As I can no longer walk there I've had to find other ways. Today my Zen place is sitting at my desk and no TV on, no phone ringing, no drama and a pot of fresh brewed coffee. Total silence. Being on a fixed income and disabled doesn't allow much in way of funds for extras so to win a seat in this class would be fantastic.

kim dwyer said...

Wonderful ZEN moment achieved while I float in my 85 degree pool on a nice hot summer day ~ and now that summer is coming to an end :( I must find others ways to get to that ZEN place. Can't think of any better way than following along with your newest class! Thank you so much for the chance to play!

Marianne said...

Thanks for the chance to win!...zen moment?...sitting in the quiet of a beautiful sunset...I hope this course will provide that same zen moment feeling:)

Angela said...

Creating Art of any kind is very zen for me. I would love to explore abstraction and mark making and other ways to expand my creative vocabulary with your class. I adore your zen paintings!

Charlie said...

I love to doodle mandalas with black fine tip ink pen and then color it in with markers the next time. I never think too much about the design. I just go with the flow. I feel the zen in this process. I never know what will emerge. It's so relaxing and really frees my mind of control.
I tried to submit a comment earlier on my phone but don't think it went though.
Thanks for this giveaway.

jean melio said...

oooohhhh I would love to win a spot!I love your style!! My Zen is painting to the Classical Greats...preferably Chopin. I painted at the beach a few times which was awesome :) must do it again!

StampinwithAloha said...

Just love your work! I admire mixed media as it looks complicated. Would love a chance to win a spot in your class. Thank you!

Leslie Bruce said...

When I am working on any art project I totally zone out and find time slips away. This would be amazing to learn. Thanks Jodi for your generosity. Just love your work!!

FRANNIE-STEVENS-MESHORER said...

zen .. the sweet spot in the depths of my heart that brings me peace and in a quiet voice whispers that 'kindness' is everything.

Frannie Stevens-Meshorer

.. the other side of 'zen' reminds me to shout rainbows about happy things ... and so ... i will rave about your lovely art and classes.

Deborah said...

Zen to me means that place where all your stress and worries melt away and you can then find peace quiet and inspiration for my art. Thank you for a chance to win !

jean melio said...

Just shared your class to FB. I'm new to mixed media and love it. I want to be exposed to and learn all I can!

Valerie McCoy said...

Zen to me would be the ability to learn techniques for painting, and then be able to create a painting without replicating someone else's work.

Beth S Macre said...

Zen to me if uninterrupted drawing/painting time in my studio. I have been wanting to do more painting but I am looking for a new direction for my work. I think this class would be a great boost to start that process. :)

Laura said...

What is zen for me varies depending on the day or the mood I am in, but whatever the activity that brings it about (drawing, painting, creating, crocheting, exercising, hiking or gardening, or even simply petting my cats in the sunshine, the feeling is always the same: a sense of quiet, calm, meditation, peace and happiness.

Sew Crazi said...

Any time creating is my zen time. It is my therapy. ;) Can't wait for class to start!! Is there such a thing as too much therapy?!

Linda Jo said...

I posted. Thankyou for this opportunity!

just4crafters said...

What brings a state of Zen into your life and how would this course benefit you?

Bright, fun colors is my Zen in life. So whether I'm painting or drawing, as long a color is involved, I'm Zenful :) This course would help me to be more carefree in my art and allow me to explore new techniques. Thanks for a chance to win! ~Sophia Vida

Cindy Langston said...

My Zen comes from just getting in to my studio and creating! Some days that seems so very hard to do. I think this class would inspire me to just relax and find that part of myself again that can let go of the brain clutter and just paint! Thank you Jodi!

CathyB said...

Zen....a way to relax and let the problems of the day disappear. Painting does the same for me so I can only imagine how relaxed I will feel adding Zen to the mixture. Can't wait for this class to start. Your art is fabulous and so inspiring. Only thing that would make any of this better is if I were to win! hehe Thanks Jodi! :0)

betsy said...

Playing with paint in the early morning hours, with no distractions, is where i find that zen place. I love taking classes to learn new techniques and ways to incorporate what i learn into my own art. I also love learning how to use supplies in new and different ways. Thanks Jodi :) Looking forward to the class!!

betsy said...

P.S. I shared on FB :)

Loretta Kasper said...

Zen for me is just immersing myself in the experience of creating. No distractions, just feeling the brushstrokes and the evolution of the painting.

Sharon Mathis said...

Zen for me is time in my little studio getting all painty and messy, sometimes by myself and sometimes with my hubby at the other easel...he's just starting out and didn't know he even liked painting...hahaha! The other Zen for me is hanging out with you, Jan and Jean in the studio in Vass...thats definitely a happy place for me! Looking forward to the class on Zen painting!

Deb @ inner compass designs said...

I am someone who struggled with finding my zen when i kept trying the supposed to's and shoulds- yoga, meditation, minimalism etc

I am a maximalist- love colour, texture, layers and being surrounded by things that i love.

I found zen in doing with intention- drawing mandalas, hiking and pausing to notice Mother Nature, being absorbed in my art, reading or movie watching.

I want to take this class because it is the missing link in my art journey- bright colours, lots of layers and texture but with my love of leaving white space and trying to do more with less.

Love your work.

Mary Jo said...

Hi - I find my zen when I have quiet time at my workbench, no interruptions, favorite music playing, and some unhurried creative time. And I find Zentangling to be quite Zen - lots of repetitive lines and patterning without having to think about it too much. Thanks for the chance to win a spot!

Lori Lewis said...

To me, Zen is that quiet, calm time where I loose myself in my art. I get such peace when I can just relax and play and let the art lead me. I'm hoping to learn how to intentionally get to this Zen state more easily in your class.
Congratulations on the new book!

Mary Jo said...

Just shared it too. And I signed up for your newsletter earlier this month - if that gets any "bonus" points - fingers crossed! Thanks!

Kim Schuster said...

Reading creates my zen, sharing this class with my son would be a great bonding experience

andizee said...

i NEED this class

Lillian said...

I am at my best when I am painting and creating. I guess I can describe it as being "in the zone," very 1970s and attributed to the great Arthur Ashe who won many tennis matches on this concept. I would love to open myself up and learn this unique artistic approach.

Lillian said...

Shared via Facebook.

Kate Palmer said...

Hi Jodi - thanks so much for the amazing opportunity to win a spot on your course. I actually find it quite hard to find my Zen, relaxing is not quite in my nature and even when I go for a massage I keep getting told to 'relax'. The only time I can really say I'm Zen is sitting by water and listening to the noise, or when I play with paint, spray or ink - but it has to be without a plan, must be for no reason, no purpose! Would love to know more about your Zen painting :)

Clemencia R said...

Playing with paints helps me a lot. This course would help me feel more confident doing art to explore my feelings. Thank you so much for the giveaway ☺

Clemencia R said...

Playing with paints helps me a lot. This course would help me feel more confident doing art to explore my feelings. Thank you so much for the giveaway ☺

Clemencia R said...

I shared on Pinterest here http://pin.it/IA14j2B

Ophelia Staton said...

Ohhhhh!!! Zen to me is definitely the beach!!!! I would benefit from this class because you are an amazing teacher!!! This is so very generous of you!!!

Wendy said...

Oooh. Zen for me is an empty house. Just me and time to do whatever I feel like... time for art and making...time for gardening ...no demands from my large family. Bliss. Your work is beautiful . Thanks for the chance to win a spot...⏳

Laurie Sweeting said...

To me Zen is inner peace. Creating things give me that peace. Thank you for the chance to win!

kryste herring said...

Zen to me is finding joy in the little things each day. When I can shake away negative attachments and just relax and let life flow. It is hard with a negative person living in the same house, but it is possible. Experimenting with paints, watching how they blend, how the consistency changes with a different media added, the various textures that can be created brings me a better understanding of how I need to allow myself the same ability to to take what life brings me and become beautiful for it. Thank you for this opportunity.

kryste herring said...

Shared the post! Thank you again for the opportunity :-)

Kina said...

What brings a state of Zen into your life and how would this course benefit you

Space brings a state of Zen into my life. Physical and mental space. I manage physical space by going outside on my patio and sitting in my favorite rocking chair and leaning back and staring at the sky, this experience opens up my body to space and my mind as I gaze into the vast sky. This is vitally important to me as I tend to fill my life with business. I love the sense of space this course will teach on canvas. To literally create it on canvas feels like another outlet of creating what I need within.

Marci Mock said...

This is very beautiful style. Thank you for sharing! Maybe one day.......

Lindy said...

lately it's been the zen doodling, tangling, mark making... it helps bring me to a state of zen... and as a self-taught artist, it would be so amazing to be able to learn from you, I admire your style and work so very much!

Tina Beaumont said...

Due to some fairly serious injuries from a fall earlier this year I haven't had the opportunity to experience many 'Zen' moments this year.
The experience of Zen for me occurs when I am doi my art - the world recedes and nothng else matters. I have not a care in the world! I would love to win a spot in this course so I can reach that 'Zen' feeing again

sheilaAR said...

Zen to me is being in the Flow, in the Moment, and feeling Oneness. Times when I have felt this way are in nature, when creating, especially painting, and meditating. Some involve wonderful music. I get so engrossed in what I'm doing, I'm not myself anymore, I am a tool for God/Spirit to flow through and shine. Those moments are jewels and seem to come less frequently in this busy stressful life; you have to carve out time for this in a special way for yourself, giving yourself permission for "me time" to allow these moments to have the space to happen. Jodi, your work is lovely. I know how oil paints behave, but acrylics are still a mystery to me. I have no idea how you achieve what you do on the (canvas, etc). I would love to learn...but can't afford any classes or books or things like that right now. Blessings to you for offering spots in your class for free. Thanks. And Happy International Day of Peace to Everyone!! xoxo sheila

Tina Beaumont said...

Oh and already a newsletter subscriber xx

Anonymous said...

Love your style, haven't seen your work before I just found you because of Life Book 2017! I have been painting for several years its my way of relaxing from a stressful day at work! I was a tole painter oh boy am I learning so much FUN new stuff!! I also signed up for your newsletter :)

GayleneD said...

Love your style, haven't seen your work before I just found you because of Life Book 2017! I have been painting for several years its my way of relaxing from a stressful day at work! I was a tole painter oh boy am I learning so much FUN new stuff!! I also signed up for your newsletter :)
The one from anonymous before this one is me also sorry

Beachsidelynn said...

Zen, being in the moment. Calming my monkey mind. Took two of your classes in Melbourne and loved them. Thinking the zen class would take me so much further.

Jessica Sanders said...

For me, being in a state of Zen means being at peace, focussed on where I am now, allowing myself to flow with the moment. When I create without judgement, I feel I'm in that state. This course would be an amazing exploration of color and flow. It would help me to go much farther with my art and joy.

SewHappy.Me said...

Really looking forward to the Zen class. I have been drooling over your Zen photos for some time and hoping that one day there would be an online class.

Cheryl said...

Zen is flow, and the ability to go with that flow. Very hard for me to do in my life and my art. Definitely could use some work.