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Join 100's of students from around the world!
Zen Painting! 30 videos, open ended workshop!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Oklahoma Artists!

Well actually, calling all artists who want to  jump into my 2 day Zen Painting class in Edmond Oklahoma-registration just opened at My Heart's Fancy!

This is my first time in this area teaching  and am absolutely thrilled to be one of their newest guest instructors at this lovely shop!    Come be inspired, you'll be amazed at what we can create together!

This class is appropriate for both beginners and more seasoned artists.  We all start off at the same place and 'bloom' from there.    Gentle guidance and encouragement, expert understanding of materials and process,  experienced leader-you'll find my workshop easy to follow and well organized so we all can flourish.

For more information, be sure to stop over to My Heart Fancy's blog by clicking HERE.

Until next time...artfully yours,

Jodi Ohl

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Start Where You Are

"Be the silence that listens."   Tara Brach

What a whirlwind weekend and a hot one at that!  I don't know about you but here in North Carolina, it's like an oven when you open the doors and step outside.  I'm permanently wearing my hair up with a head band to control the sweat dripping down my forehead.  Appetizing visualization, isn't it? Sorry about that!  I have to laugh because the above picture was taken outside--what was I thinking trying to work in 95 with a feels like 110 heat out there??

(PS..the winning entry for my class giveaway is announced on this post....read on to see if it was you!)

awww much better...I may never do my hair again now that I fallen in love with  big old head bands!

As I was trying not to melt over the weekend, I spent a lot of time working on my upcoming classes at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point  this weekend along with working on projects for my newest online classes set to be released in about 6 weeks and a few other misc projects.   After all, if it's too hot to play outside, then we might as well art it up this summer, right?  Here's a peek at a couple of things I've done recently in case you want to see:

I'm obsessed over patterns and rocks as you might have guessed based on some of my latest  paintings!   I really think I'm going through a 'grounding' and foundation stage of my life and art. It seems to keep coming back to me in a variety of ways no matter what my original intention was.

The first rock painting above was a sampler for the larger painting right here.  Many times I like to test out ideas on small surfaces before I go big.  Not always, but sometimes. It's a great way to work out ideas or to practice techniques before becoming overwhelmed with a large painting.

I took a little side trip with a friend of mine in search of inspirational houses for my paintings along with texture and patterns.   When seeking ideas,  sometimes it's best to get beyond your 4 walls and  see what's happening out in the world.  I can play with this picture in photo shop or some other editing program and really get some interesting colors and  texture to inspire me for some future paintings. I also like the faded lettering peeking out on either side.  Be observant!

My friend and I also took a rode trip back to our home town in NY together for the holiday.  Knowing that I was looking for houses, barns, and landscapes that were interesting...we made a few stops to take in the sites and gather up inspiration.   The trip took extra long but who cares, right? Stop and find the barns ;)  It's all good.

I still need to finish packing all my supplies for the classes this weekend--that's an overwhelming task to me when I fly.  Oh my goodness, I've been procrastinating doing it because I'm afraid I will either forget something so I want to be doubly triply sure that I have all I need, and also because I am still using some of the supplies I need for the class in my work this week.  I have to draw the line in the sand and I think today is it kids. It gets packed and I need to move on to something else.

Have you ever obsessed about something so much it put you in a state of inaction?  I've collected everything, It's all staged, but I have yet to pack it despite it needing to get done like yesterday!  Something crazy is going on in my mind is all I can say! lol   Anywhoosers, this is what I've been up to in part over the weekend and in the past few weeks.

Now for my other announcement today, I ran a little contest over the weekend which I am giving away a spot in my upcoming workshop,  Zen Houses and boy oh boy, did the comments come in with some GREAT tools you all are loving!  I could go broke just reading what you favorite new supplies are on your table!  If you missed it, go back and check it out! The drawing is closed however and the winner is....tadahhhhh:

Lori Bradford said...
Tough choice, picking a favorite, but I'm going to go with my Gelli Plate. It's so fun to lay down paint and stencils and just let things happen.

Im going to share your post on my facebook page Lori Bradford's Art and my Instagram. I enjoy your classes a lot and hope that others will too.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Faves and a Zen Houses Giveaway!

Friday Faves!

Before you head off for a lazy weekend of fun in the sun and toes in the sand,   I wanted to share with you a few of my new (and perennial) favorites that I have in my studio or on my nightstand.  If you've missed previous editions, I've been adding to my "Favorite Product" page for must have items in my studio and home library or gadget stash.   Check it out over here.  In addition to my favorite physical products, I also have a big giveaway going on this weekend. Be sure to read on for more details on how to be a part of that awesome opportunity!

I first heard about this book from one of my favorite podcasts, "The Unmistakable Creative" and immediately popped Jeff Goins Book into my Amazon cart.  What I liked about his style is his point of view that success isn't just about following your passion, it's about putting the work in and changing your mindset to be a success.  Dreams without action will always be dreams.

I don't actually Bible journal but I bought a fun interactive 18 month daily planner and can't wait to use this kit with my new organizational tool.   Believe me, I need all the help I can get!  I've been a little scattered lately and doing a lot of important things, but not my URGENT things.  I don't know exactly why..well I do...but I'm not going to fix it overnight but while I do, I might as well treat my right brain as I fix my left brain :))
Have you joined my Zen Houses class?  This deal on Gessobords is a fantastic price and will be exactly what you need for several of the exercises!   I don't know how many they have in stock so be sure to run over and pick up yours today!


Shameless plug!  I know many of you are ready to jump into a new class, NOW, so while you wait for my upcoming online class that will debut in a little over a month, take a look at my 4 new dvds recently launched from F&W Media~

My 4 New DVDs:

1.       http://bit.ly/2maKlSh   Graffiti Grunge Art: Abstract Painting on Yupo
2.       http://bit.ly/2mQWpp5  Texture Techniques for Abstract Art
3.       http://bit.ly/2mQnVmb  Art Journal Jam

4.       http://bit.ly/2nAkSyL  Zen Painting Workshop

And now....

I know you have been
anxiously awaiting to find out how to 
win a free pass to my new workshop, 
"Zen Houses" which starts at the end of next month.  The process is all very simple. Who needs complicated, right?

First since we are talking about favorite products, I'd love to hear what you are using and loving lately.   So leave me your thoughts in a comment on this post WITH your email or a clickable link to how I can reach you if you win.  

BONUS entry-I really REALLY appreciate you sharing the info on this class as it helps me get the word out about what's coming up.  If you would like a second entry, share a link to this post and encourage your following to stop by and enter or sign up right away! To qualify your second entry, come back to this post and leave a comment as to where you shared the class info or post info:)

Speaking of signing up,  if you already have signed up for the course, no worries! You can still enter to win a space in the course. If your name is drawn, you will either get a refund or will be able to gift your winnings to a friend or your own follower for promotion purposes!

The class will begin on August 23rd and is currently on sale at a pre-sale price  which saves you 10.00 off the regular price from now until the class opening.   To read more about the course, check out my student newsletter here.

Winning entry will be chosen on Monday, July 24th.  For every 100 comments, I will choose 1 additional prize winner! whoohoo! 

Thank you all so much for stopping by today! I'm excited to be getting back into the artsy groove again, truly it has been a little bit of a rocky road so to speak. I appreciate you joining me on this journey and hope to see you in class next month!


Gratefully Yours,

Jodi Ohl

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What Do You Think? Zen Houses anyone?

One of the most fun things  I do as part of  my 'job' is to teach students around the world  creative techniques that they can use in their art.  I have to say to myself, is this really how I earn a living?  How dang cool and fun is this!! Whoohoo!   Each year I try to take some of the processes I am working on and share them via an online class or two.

 In 2016 I launched "Dirty Flirty Birds", and then later in the fall I launched "Zen Painting".  Both of those classes were so highly received by 100's of students that I was just blown away and so grateful to all of you who chose to play along with me!

This year, I have not produced an online class YET....because I released 4 new DVD's over at Artist Network/F & W Media, so you know...I didn't want to compete with myself too much but at the same time, I've been working on something brand new for you in the form of an online class merging two of my favorite styles--Funky Houses and Zen Painting.

Today we are opening up registration at an  EARLY EARLY BIRD price so that we can spread the word about this super fun workshop.  Bonus,   the students  have some  extra time to  collect  the supplies and purchase the class (even if they can't do it today). IF YOU CAN register early,  the special I'm offering is for 72 hours only.

You can join now by going  to the pre-sale page HERE. Or,  if you want to read more info including some FAQ, be sure to click my latest Zen Student Prospect Newsletter.    You can subscribe to the newsletter and qualify for some great prizes too, BTW....by clicking on the subscribe button in the left hand corner.

If Zen Painting (the original class) is any indication of how much fun the students all had,  I'm sure this new class will be just as much of an adventure if not more!   

I hope to see you in class!  

Until next time....gratefully yours,