Do you set intentions, resolutions or pick a word to guide your upcoming year? I do. I’ve chosen a word or two for the past half a dozen years at least and they always have pointed significance to me. This year my selected words are “Communicate” and “Focus”.
Communicate because it is certainly an area in which I desire growth and Focus because I have a tendency to be scattered in my attentions.
So, to that end, I’ll focus on what I want to communicate NOW!
I’ve started another painting project and I’d love to have you join in. This time I’m taking the 20 paintings from my Final 20 of 2020 project (seen below)
and I’m transforming them into something else. Sometimes they will be completely changed beyond their original state like I did on Day Two with these examples:
While other times like what is coming up on Day Six I keep pretty close to the original but just add some more detail work.
Each video in this series is kept at a very consumable length of 20 (ish) minutes so you can watch the process and hear my narration on what I am doing and why.
The content is being released daily now through the 21st of January but you will have forever access to the videos going forward. Not only that but you will have access to the original project (Final 20 of 2020) and 20 of those 20 minute videos as well.
If you are interested in following along you can choose to paint on canvas like I”m doing (supplies can be found here) or you could work in an art journal or repurpose any old artwork of your own .
If you’d like some extra mixed media painting inspiration to inspire your creative practice here is the link to sign up (valid until February 11)
I’ve you’ve taken notice, I’m in the midst of a project. My intention is to finish the year strong by releasing something that brings me great joy. I’ve spent a fair amount of time painting this year. Possibly more time than any year prior. I’ve found that the more I paint the more my intuition develops about the painting and the direction it will go. I lose the fear of making a mistake and truly get lost in the process.
I made a couple of videos talking about the project and a check in at the midway point.
Here are the paintings at their stopping point from days 1-10
It is now my intention to follow this project up in January with a “First 21 of 2021” project where I will take each of these canvases and add another painting session(layer) to them.
Oh, did I mention that each loose piece of canvas measures 20×20 inches and the videos I release of my painting process are each 20 minutes (approximately) long? (yes that is over 400 minutes of content, that is over 6 1/2 hours!)
The project series is still available for purchase at the low price of, you guessed it, $20. (total, for the complete series of 20 videos) That low price won’t last. You can snag a spot here and gain instant-ish (email automatically sent upon registration) access to the playlist that contains these 10 videos and the subsequent 10 to come!
One last thing. It is totally ok to purchase the series and just watch it as entertainment. I find it fascinating to watch process videos where artists are painting from start to finish. Perhaps you do too?
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaching with Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2021. I’m honored to be participatingfor the 3rd year running. This year is a very special anniversary year for Nat as it is her 10th anniversary of this wonderful gathering of creatives.
This year CJS is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and is bigger than ever! If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online workshop hosted by Nathalie Kalbach, designed to kick your creativity into high gear in the New Year. Beginning January 1st, each day a new video lesson will go live in the classroom. As this is the special 10th Anniversary edition, CJS includes 45 different mixed media artists and videos will go up through February 14th. Participants get access to 45 downloadable videos from 45 featured artists, called “JumpStarters.”
You’ll learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.
Head on over to Nathalie’s site to sign up and learn more:
With Creative JumpStart 2021 you will get 45 videos – over 8 hours worth of video content – for just $49 USD if you sign up by November 30th 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. Afterwards it will be $59 USD through December 4th, 2020, and $69 USD until December 31st 2020, before it goes to its normal sale price of $89 USD on January 1st 2021. So what are you waiting for? Jump with us! Sign up here
One of my favorite things about 2020 is the new collaborations I’ve been able to participate in. I’ve connected with my art community on a deeper level and worked along side some wonderful artists to bring some unique art experiences to a world wide audience. You see, with live on-line retreats you are no longer bound to your local area or even to places you can travel to.
This is certainly one of many bright spots I choose to focus on.
When designing this workshop with my friend Romi we both agreed that what is so necessary in dark times is LIGHT. And by light we mean hope. In designing the projects we took this literally and figuratively and have created something we hope you will not only enjoy making but will delight in displaying as a reminder of hope.
Here are a few things you will learn in the 1 day mini retreat with us.
So, hopefully this (ahem) sheds a little light on what the mini retreat will offer you. We have 11 specially curated kits all ready to mail. The final date for registration if you are west of the Rockies is Wednesday, September 23rd by 4pm Pacific Time (and that is cutting it close so please register before then!) If you can arrange to come and pick up your kit, you have until Saturday, September 26th.
Retreat hours will be Sunday, September 27th from 8am-5pm PST.
I know the feeling. I was just writing about it this morning (in my morning pages) this sense of weariness that seems to envelop me in a way I never imagined possible. Don’t get me wrong, I’m great. I’m thriving even though, I’ve managed to pivot my business and my mindset and have connected to more women in my creative world than ever before. However, there is this underlying sense of UGGH!
You too? I get it!
Today I start a journey of 3 months with a small group of women who will be working through the book, “The Artist’s Way” in community. This course has been pure transformation in my life since April. When I started the course I had dabbled in Morning Pages and was a big believer in their power for granting clarity and generating not only ideas but action in my life. I was just touching the surface of the power The Artist’s Way of life can offer.
Through the Artist’s Way I have shifted my mindset, gained clarity and really recognized what self-care looks like for me. I have learned to make micro shifts in my daily routine that result in huge shifts in the above mentioned mindset and clarity.
Working through this process with a group of loving and supportive sisters has been one of the richest gifts of this this time. The ability to connect through Zoom with women from all over who would not have normally gathered has brought me to such a place of deep gratitude. This truly is the antidote to that deep sense of weariness I mentioned at the start of my note.
Here are what a few of these sisters have to say about the Artist’s Way and the group approach.
What steps might you be willing to take in order to release your inner creative self? One essential step I took was to sign up for Andrea’s twelve week course working through Julia Cameron’s seminal book: The Artist’s Way. As a result of committing to all twelve weeks, I was delighted to see that not only did I feel better about pursuing my creative interests (in my case, writing), but I was able to produce some of my best pieces throughout the duration of this class. I know that my increased output and higher caliber of writing were no accident : Andrea and the other class members helped midwife my creativity and supported me through this sometimes uncomfortable process. This course is important and worthwhile for everyone. Even if you are ‘simply’ interested in finding out more about yourself and your gifts or have been considering using your creativity in a business venture, please sign up for this course. I am so very grateful for Andrea’s gentle encouragement as she expertly curated our course to meet the needs of each participant. I can’t wait to sign up again to gain an even deeper understanding of how to achieve my creative goals. (Gita Baliga-Savel)
I’ve had The Artist’s Way on my bookshelf for at least 15 years. I’ve started and stopped it many times and even completed it. But I never really got the spirit of it until I did it with Andrea. What’s been so amazing about doing it with a group is that hearing others’ challenges and triumphs and doubts has helped me get past my own doubts and challenges in a way that doing the book alone never could.
Andrea sets a tone that offers both acceptance and accountability. She’s honest when she doesn’t do the work which makes everyone feels safe admitting when they don’t. And she still encourages us to keep showing up because as she reminds us, “I don’t know why the Pages work, but they do”.
The encouragement and acceptance I found in this group helped me step into the relationship I’ve sought with creativity, a joyful one. I could go on and on about the ways this group has touched me and changed me, but for the sake of brevity I will say, if you want to get unblocked, do this! (Jill Borba)
If you feel the call to join us and finish 2020 on a high note this is the nudge you’ve been waiting for.
Be honest. How many of you have had this book on your shelf for years (maybe even decades)? Me too! Back at the beginning of our mandatory shelter-in-place my dear friend (and studio manager) Noreen shared a photo of her porch she had transformed into a mini oasis. In the corner of the photo she had this book showing.
It was a flash of inspiration and I reached out to her and a mutual friend and said something like “we should do a good old fashioned book club with The Artist’s Way” during the shut down. They were game and so were 30+ other people when I put it out there on Facebook to say we were going to start this on April 1 (no joke).
We were not alone in the fact that most of us had the book for years (even decades) and most had never made it completely through on their own. So, that was the first goal. To do the book with whatever focus we could muster and to continue to show up each week.
Facilitating groups is not new to me. I’ve done this before and one thing I feel very strongly about is that it is important to just continue to show up. Even when life gets in the way and we don’t get to all the reading or tasks of the week. Just keep showing up.
I think it was week 2 or 3 that I embarrassingly admitted to the group that even their fearless leader had NOT managed to complete the weekly tasks and that I had internally struggled with the thought of lies of omission, just not admitting that I had not done the work. However, I showed up and I shared with transparency and made a point that, even though I hadn’t completed the tasks which were my weekly goal, I still just showed up. I think they appreciated that!
Each week, the participants did the same. Sometimes life showed up too and made it impossible to squeeze in any extra time for coursework but this time set aside to check in together as a group became sacred time for some. That group shifted and reduced as groups tend to do and we found ourselves nearing the end of the 12 weeks of lessons a bit hesitant to end. I think it was around week 9 someone said, “what will we do without this group to connect with each week?” to which I replied, we don’t have to stop…and we haven’t. 11 of that original Wednesday group has continued to meet and connect every week since the beginning and what a blessing it has been to meet a whole new group of friends. Only a couple of them have been in person students of mine from the studio but we all feel like family (in the best sense) now.
I didn’t set out to write this as a tale of what the connection of a special group of people can mean when working on a common goal but that is what came out.
About halfway through the 12 weeks I started with another group this time on Mondays. The response was overwhelmingly positive with more than 50 signed up from across the country (and even into Canada) this time. Same results, relationships were formed, creativity enhanced, real life shared and we (above all) just showed up. We showed up for ourselves and we showed up for our creative sisters.
The group that started with 50 ended with about 18-22 in the final weeks which is a pretty good rate of retention for a 12 week course if I do say so myself.
In facilitating both groups I’ve learned what works for me and what I would want in a future group and that is exactly what I’m offering starting in September.
So here is the bottom line of my extremely verbose post. I am starting a 12 week course I’m calling “The Artist’s Way Master Course.” We will be using the traditional text as our guide and you can come no matter what previous experience you have with the book.
Spoiler alert: At the end of week 12, Julia Cameron (the author) writes as one of the tasks ” Reread this book. Share it with a friend.” as that is part of the process. This is not something that is completed like a “to do” item to be checked off. It is a way of life.
This time I am limiting the group(s) to 12 participants as I learned that is the optimal number for everyone to get a chance to listen and share.
We will be checking in for the first 60 minutes of our weekly time and will spend the remaining 30 minutes focused on at least one of the tasks at the end of the weekly chapter.
I will be sending out weekly creative activity videos as a bonus. One of the tools we use in The Artist’s Way is taking a weekly artist date. These 15-20 minute videos are a built in option you can take if you are struggling to think of things on your own.
3 times during the 12 week course I will offer a full length(2-hour) creative class to participants. These will be recorded so if you can’t make the scheduled time you will still have access to the recording.
We will have a private Facebook group to connect outside of class time. This will be a place to ask questions and share what the chapter is bringing up for us.
There are 2 options for day/time available starting the first week of September
You can click your choice of day to be taken to the calendar for registration. If you would rather come to the first session and then make up your mind, send me an email (email@example.com) and I’ll get you hooked up.
Back in February I started painting on a large (for me) piece of canvas when I was still in the studio. I spent 30 days painting on this canvas and when it was finished I took it down, cut it up and created zipper pouches with the pieces. Those sold like crazy and I was excited to do another 30 day project.
The 2nd time I painted on smaller pieces one per day for the month of April. I still have a stack of those that I’m not sure what I’m going to do with but I have scanned some of them and used them as graphics for my Redbubble and Society6 products. Stay tuned, I will sell the originals eventually.
What I’m really writing about today is the fact that I recently completed a third 30-day project. Again, I went back to a large canvas on the wall format but this time it was here in my home “studio” (really I converted Hannah’s room into my art studio/zoom room) It has served as a nice backdrop to my zoom meetings and it took me much longer than 30 consecutive days to complete.
I documented this process (as well as the others) on my Instgram feed. If you aren’t already following me, please do!
And finally, once I got the courage to cut up the final canvas, this is what I decided to do with them.
I’ve started a list of people who are interested in purchasing one of these limited edition canvas portfolios. I will actually give you the opportunity to pick your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice so hopefully I’ll be able to accommodate everyone’s desire in which canvas they get. If you would like to be on the list, send an email with your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org titled “30-Day Canvas List”. Each portfolio is being pre-sold at $40 (plus shipping). Once I have them sewn and detailed out that price will go up to $49 if there are any left.
I am over-the-moon excited to announce the return of Juicy Soul Retreat with Julie Valentine and me (Andrea) It will be held live on Zoom! If you’ve wanted to participate in the past but for whatever reason (distance or time) you haven’t, this is your chance. If you’ve never heard of Juicy Soul Retreat jump in and join us!
We long for creative connection and this is the exact event to not only connect you to a group of other creatives but connect (or re-connect) you with a regular art making practice.
Julie & I have both developed a habit of showing up for creative expression regularly. It is a daily way of life that manifests most of the time in small ways but sometimes huge ways too.
Juicy Soul Retreat was born from our collective desire to share this passionate way of creative living with others. We want to share how you too can make a creative practice that works with your lifestyle to infuse some visual art into your regular routine in tiny or huge ways and everything in between.
The retreat will go something like this:
Saturday night, Introductions and materials overview with some writing prompts and fun expressive mark making. Pajamas are the dress code so get comfy, pop up some popcorn and pour your favorite beverage and let’s play!
Sunday morning: We will review the writing and mark making prompts from the evening before and jump into tag-team demos.
Andrea and Julie’s approach to the visual journal page mesh together nicely but they each have techniques and processes they gravitate toward. We will start at the very beginning by sharing how we like to approach a blank page.
Breaks to get up and stretch and move will be every 90 minutes through our time together. An extended (45min) break for lunch but the room will remain open then back from lunch and our demos and surprise guest appearances will continue.
Our final circle will feature a visual showcase of your work and the AHA moments we all had.
I hope you will join us! Registration is now open and in order for you to receive your JUICY kit in the mail in time you will need to register by August 21.
Click the image below to register! Space is limited.
I have a few more kits to share with you. Any of these can be mailed (for an added shipping fee) or delivered within a 15 mile radius of the studio (95126)
Gouache Resist Kit
In this kit you will receive a set of Savoire Faire opaque watercolor (gouache) a pad of Stonehenge Black Watercolor paper, a Pebeo Masking fluid pen and a Prima Resist Pen with needle tip applicator.
Retail price $83 for only $66 Click here to purchase You will pay for shipping by using this link. If you choose to pick up that amount will be refunded.
15 Minute Watercolor Masterpiece Kit
This kit contains the book by Anna Koliadych titled 15 -Minute Watercolor Masterpieces, a Stilman & Birn Premium sketchbook and a 10 piece travel sized kit of Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours which include palette, 8 colors of paint and a brush.
I’m so grateful to have started this project at the beginning of February. It has given me some much needed art escape since March 17th when we were ordered to shelter in place. The process was well documented here on Instagram
I have a total of 24 pouches available and 18 of them (as of 3/31/20) are spoken for. Here they are before the final stitching which will turn them into their final iteration as a zipper pouch perfect for holding any number of things.
If you are “on the list” I will be sending an email out today to have you select your pouch from a private shop online. Once all pre-order selections are made I’ll open up the shop to sell the remaining pieces.
Thank you for your support! It means the world to me to be able sell my art to continue to keep A Work of Heart Studio running.
I’m blessedly overwhelmed with your positive response to the kits I posted yesterday. We still have at least one of each available. I’ll remove the purchase link when they are no longer in stock. Some of you also reached out to have me create a custom kit and I’m thrilled to do that! Just ask!
Today we have some watercolor botanical kits, drawing kit, brush lettering and a mega mark maker kit filled with a beyond belief selection of markers, pencils and more.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Retail $60 Value for only $48
This essential kit contains everything you need to learn to draw. The workbook takes you through sequential lessons that gradually build your skills. The Strathmore drawing pad has plenty of space for you to practice outside of the workbook and the Generals Drawing Class essentials has all the tools you need.
This kit has everything you need to paint 4 mini masterpieces easels included! Liquitex brand acrylic paint, 3″x3″ canvases (x4) with mini wooden easesl and a #6 round brush. This is sure to keep you busy for hours.
This kit contains the workbook by Lisa Funk titled “the Guide to Mindful Lettering” with a whole slew of brush pens for practice including the Tombow Black abt, Tombow black/grey brush pen, Pitt Brush Pen, Tombow 2 piece hard and soft tip brush tip and a Pental Pocket Brush Pen.
This kit contains the beautiful step by step instruction book by Sarah Simon titled “Modern Watercolor Botanicals” a set of 18 Sennelier watercolors in a palette, an 8×10 Beta Series Stillman & Birn Watercolor journal and 2 Princeton Heritage watercolor brushes in size 6 & 2