I LOVE watercolor…and don’t even get me started on abstract …. Photo realistic art is not my goal. I am fascinated with and hold in high regard those who can create realistic looking images. I’m more interested in a playful exploration of mediums and tools which is why this process and finishing result hits my sweet spot combining 3 criteria for my time spent creating. 1) color filled, 2) simple, 3) functional.
Now, before you challenge me on that last criteria…You are correct…not all art has to be functional. I am a lover of process. An enjoyable process in which I learn and grow as an artist is enough of a function for me. After getting this question time and time again in class “what do you ‘do’ with it?” I finally came up with the response….”what do you ‘do’ with a massage?” or “what do you ‘do’ with a meditation session?” There is intrinsic value in simply enjoying the process and a beautiful token of my time spent creating is a huge bonus as far as I’m concerned.
And without further blabbering on my part…here are some of my playful abstract watercolor “master sheets” ready to be turned into mini books (appx. 4″x4″)
As you can see…I progressively have a difficult time leaving white space…even when I know that white space is so lovely in the finished product.
I’ve developed a template/design to insert these folded single sheet booklets into a hard cover.
I’ve really enjoyed not only making these mini journals but actually working in them. They are the perfect surface to practice hand lettering and zentangle inspired art.
If you are in the bay area and are interested in making one of these beauties for yourself, there are 2 workshops on the calendar currently.
Wednesday, May 10 from 10am-12pm (click here to register) OR
Sunday, May 21 from 10am-12pm (click here to register)
If neither of those dates work for you and you still want to take an in-person workshop, consider using our “pick your class” option by clicking here. Find a date/time that works for you (and preferably a couple of friends!) and request it by using the RSVP option. In the notes section type Abstract Watercolor Mini Journal.
If you’d just rather purchase a pre-made journal of my original artwork, click here and buy one in my etsy shop. I’ll also have a tutorial up soon (ish) for you to purchase if you’d rather make your own at home.
Thanks for reading!
We have 1 more visiting/special guest instructor before I shut the studio for 2 months and re-model/re-group/re-fresh.
Please note: There are minimum registrations required to hold classes with guest teachers. PLEASE do not wait to register, your hesitation may result in a cancelled class!
Naomi Haskell – Encaustic Painting Workshop:
Encaustic uses wax, heat, and pigment to create a work of art or as a varnish. The term is derived from the Greek enkaustikos, to “burn in”. Encaustic refers to both the medium and the process. During this class we will discuss the equipemtn and tools required, managing the heating palete tempertaure and the various supports and materials you can use. I will show you how to use the medium, starting by prepping your board, applying the wax and paint, scraping to discover the layers of colorful wax, carving to define shapes, fun textures, taping for line and design and how to use various papers within this beautiful medium.
This is a three-hour class, with plenty of hands on practice for $66 (early registration), material included.
Encaustic is the most beautiful of all artists’ medium. Because of its nature, however, you have to be willing to relinquish some element of control. The wax has a mind of it’s own, we can only learn to guide and manipulate it.
Whether you’re just starting out with encaustic painting or have been painting with this medium for years, my hope is that you pass on what you have learned. As our collective knowledge of this exciting medium expands, we all become its gurus and heralds.
Click here to register for Sunday , May 7th from 2pm-5pm
This is our final set of series classes before we shut down in June & July for studio updates.
These are your time options for our upcoming “No Excuses Art Journaling” series. 7 weeks of prompts and exercise in collage, hand lettering, sketching and painting.
You may attend individual sessions as your schedule allows or sign up for the whole series at a discount by clicking the links above.
If jewelry is more your thing, there is an 8 week series starting the first week of April.
Each of these classes are stand alone and can be taken individually, however, if you bundle them together you get a 10% discount on the enrollment fee. There are no additional supply/materials fees and you can come to class empty handed each week.
There is also a 7 week Art Journaling series starting April 13th.
We have 2 more options that bundle 4 classes together at a discount.
- 4-week watercolor series
2. Coffee & Color with Jane Taheri
Stretch & refresh with us! Create an inspirational project that is fun and different. Take a break from your every day routine and enjoy creative companionship. Each session will be unique as you explore techniques such as:
Chinese Brush Painting
Painting and much more
All while drawing inspiration from contemporary artists and the “great masters”.
All supplies are included in your fee. You will work with different mediums and materials and leave with something completed in each session. Sign up for 4 sessions and get $5 off each one! Bring 5 friends and your class fee is waived!
Four Fridays 10am-12pm
I’m am smitten with Junelle’s art. It has such a sweet illustrative quality to it that I admire so greatly. If you’ve been itching to stretch your creative muscles these workshops are for YOU! Sunday’s class features bitty works of art on these precious blocks suitable for tucking into spots all around your home. Junelle even has recipes attached to the backs of some, making them perfect for a sunny windowsill in the kitchen.
Junelle Jacobsen is a prolific sketcher and avid photojournalist, inspired by her faith and everyday adventures. A passionate advocate for living life with “playful curiosity”, Junelle follows the divine path wherever it takes her. She can be found working at local farms, hiking and biking, sketching and writing, and teaching her love of art and God’s goodness around the world. She chooses to live life with a “yes” on her lips, a soft heart for anyone she meets, and wild adventure scribbled at the top of her list.
Junelle currently lives in a small town in Utah with her husband and is the mother of five brilliant children and shepherdess to sooo many lambs.
Her Sunday workshop features those sweet blocks and you can sign up here.
Rooted & Grounded in Love – Junelle Jacobsen
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday she is offering a workshop called “My Favorite Things” which dives in to sketching and painting YOUR favorite things.
Even if (especially if!) you don’t feel like you can draw or that you are “not artistic” this workshop is great for you. There will be plenty of individualized instruction in a small group setting that will be nurturing to your creative side.
You can sign up for Monday’s class here:
My Favorite Things- Junelle Jacobsen
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
We try to make it extremely easy for you to walk in empty handed by providing access to the studio tools and supplies. There is a small (optional) kit fee for those who need us to take care of the supply list for them so they don’t have to worry about a single thing.
You will be refreshed and encouraged after spending time with sweet Junelle. She doesn’t make it to California very often since she spends a great portion of her year raising precious lambs in Utah. You will want to make arrangements to come if at all possible.
We just finished a re-cap of the 15 guest artists in 2016 and now it is time to turn our attention to those coming up.
First off is Riki Schumacher
Her lovely crocheted sterling wire bracelet is simply stunning. You have GOT to see it in person to fully appreciate the detail.
Riki Schumacher – Romantic Crocheted Metal Cuff
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Next up we have Nat Kalbach coming for 2 days
Walk with Me -An Altered Book Class with Nat Kalbach
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Play – Transform – Mixed Media Collage Class with Nat Kalbach
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Artvergnugen – Art Journaling Class with Nat Kalbach
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
And in February, Mindy Lacefield.
“My name is Mindy Lacefield and I have been creating art full-time since 2008. I adore dolls from the 70’s and 80’s (especially strawberry shortcake!) and I continue to be inspired by drawings and collections from my childhood of the 80’s. I strive to capture that young-at-heart 8 year old that was fearless and passionate about life and am so happy I can live my dream of painting for a living.”
We have her sweet samples in the studio if you want to come by and check them out in person.
Portraits with Mindy Lacefield
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
“Join me as I take you through the process of painting a portrait. The portrait can be something created from your imagination or from a photo for inspiration. We will layer and create lots of texture using mediums and paper. I’ll show you how to use color in the face to create depth and dimension. We will slowly build up color creating luminous layers working back and forth until she ready to shine!”
Paint Your Dreams with Mindy Lacefield
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
“The other night I had this dream that I painted a unicorn and then got on him and flew away. I felt like a super-hero because of the magical, creative energy within myself. I hope to foster that same divine, magical energy in each of you. We have this powerful freedom to create and fly to mystical places. We can paint our dreams into reality. I hope you’ll take this journey with me creating from a place of child-like wonder. We will give ourselves permission to play and not worry what the adults think. We will tap into our 8 year old selves because in reality we have never changed.
We will play and get our hands messy in paint. My instruction is very intuitive with short break-out demos so that you can have plenty of time to play. I’ll show you specifics like how I paint faces and a couple different ways that you can pose your girl whether she be sitting on a cupcake or riding a unicorn. Let’s paint our own magic!”
And finally in February, Annie O’Brien Gonzales, author of our current book club selection “Bold Expressive Painting”
You also might recognize her work from the cover of “Cloth, Paper, Scissors” recently.
Annie studied painting and art history at Oregon State University. She previously had an academic career in the health sciences teaching, doing research, writing and developing educattional curriculum. Proficient in oil, acrylic, and mixed media, she is a colorist who creates expressive images inspired by nature. She teaches painting workshops at Ghost Ranch, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and other US and International venues. Her paintings have appeared in numerous shows and art magazines and are collected in private and museum collections. Her first book titled ”Bold Expressive Painting: Painting Techniques for Still Lifes, Florals and Landscapes in Mixed Media” was published by North Light Books in 2016 and her second book will be released in Fall, 2017.
Annie O’Brien Gonzalez-Expressive Mixed Media Florals
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Let go of realism and embrace your personal, expressive style while painting beautiful florals in acrylic/mixed media. Paint with vibrant color and innovative compositions. Artists at any level (even beginners!) will learn innovative techniques in a relaxed setting. Techniques taught include: unique underpaintings, creative color, making the most of value, and incorporating mixed media.
In this workshop you will learn about personalizing your still life paintings through expressive choices. I will bring a variety of mixed media materials and tools for you to try out in your paintings.
This week has been a big push for us to get the samples completed for the new (NEW!) jewelry series starting. I planned to start it next week but with the delay in samples being done I pushed it one week.
Here is the official graphic (after some last minute changes)
As you can see, there are many techniques covered in the series. All classes will be offered as “stand alone ” classes too.
We will work with wire, enamel powders, solder (wire and paste), etching solution, sterling, copper and brass, beads, chain, rivets, eyelets and leather… Oh my it is going to be glorious!
Click here to sign up for Tuesday mornings (10am-1230pm) or here for Wednesday nights (6pm-830pm)
Today marks the final day of guest teacher recaps as well as the final day of 2016.
We finished the year with the lovely Kristen Robinson.
Coincidentally we have also covered Kristen’s book for book club.
It is always a pleasure to have her at A Work of Heart.
Thank you for following along for the month of December starting with our “Final 16” countdown with lots of great deals in our ETSY shop… and finishing up with this “Recap 2016”
I look forward to our guest instructors coming in 2017.
Jan 24 – Walk with Me
Jan 24 – Play/Transform
Jan 25 – Artvergnugen
Feb 5 – Portraits
Feb 6 – Paint your Dreams
Expressive Mixed Media Florals
Juicy Soul Retreat
Mar 19 Rooted & Grounded in Love
Mar 20 Favorite Things
TBD Apr 9
Juicy Soul Retreat
Juicy Soul Retreat
Who else should we work on getting for 2017?
Artist Carrie Schmitt was our next to the last guest instructor of the year.
Carrie is author of Painted Blossoms (another of our book club selections from 2016)
Carrie’s website is full of inspiration.
Here is a screen shot of her instagram feed…you will want to follow her!
Below are some process photos I took of my pieces created in her workshop. Unfortunately I was too caught up in what I was creating to take photos of the rest of the student’s artwork. It was an unusual treat to be able to participate in this way. I loved every moment of it!
Here are Carrie’s Demo pieces from class
Carrie was a delight to have in the studio. We look forward to having her back next November. Keep your eyes open, she’ll be back!
Here are my 2 pieces made in class…still in progress
Book Club is a major part of our curriculum in the studio.
Our new selections are starting in 2 short weeks.
Monday Morning, Tuesday Night and Thursday Afternoon will be covering Annie O’Brien Gonzales’s book “Bold Expressive Painting”
Annie is also one of our guest instructors for 2017. Check out the workshop she it leading on Sunday, February 19th here.
Wednesday afternoon is covering Danielle Donadson’s “Creative Girl”
Danielle is visiting again in 2017 as well. Click here to find out more about her class on Sunday, April 9.
We are also covering
Thursday Evening is covering Gina Rossi Armfield’s “No Excuses Watercolor Animals”
We also have two other “series” classes offered.
Jewelry: We have an 8 week jewelry series kicking off either Tuesday mornings or Wednesday evenings
Art Journaling: We have a new 7 week Art Journaling series starting Tuesday afternoons at 3:30