January 16th, 2015
Winter 2015. enjoying painting in PC Beach, Florida where we live part time. Setting up a new studio in a tiny cottage is a challenge.
March 16th, 2012
I got lucky!! I submitted pictures to Cloth.Paper.Scissors. magazine of my studios, The Starry Night, on my houseboat at Lake Lanier, and in my home, The Silver Vista Studio. Cloth. Paper. Scissors (Studios) Magazine is publishing the article in the summer, 2012 edition.
My passion in life is to share with the world how fun it is to enter the art world and focus on the fun of creating. Yes, it can also be frustrating, but sometimes, for a brief while, you are in your right brain, releasing healing endorphins, visiting with the saints. Sounds crazy, but believe me, without my art, no telling where I would have ended up in life! Anyone can do art, as I have successfully demonstrated. My husband, Ben, a business owner, recently let me teach him to draw our cat, Lil C. He loves to draw now, and can see how the shapes come together like puzzle pieces. For me, excitement is watching that art door open for someone.
Art is the PERFECT hobby. Do it by yourself, with others, on trips, at home alone, take trips, rain or shine, on your deathbed!
I volunteer teaching art at the Manor Assisted Living in Cumming, Georgia, and I find that the people who have created art earlier in life are the happiest at a later age. They seem to be younger too! I feel that creating keeps the elixer of life flowing!!
April 2nd, 2011
Starting May 1, 2011, we will begin painting en plein air (outside) at the Starry Night Houseboat. The theme is Caribbean, complete with steel drum music, relaxing water vistas, and the smell of coconuts. I think painting is best when you take in the sights, sounds, feelings of a place. In May, my workshops will focus first of all on the FUN process of painting, but we will also review the Elements of DESIGN:
Crazy Victor Saw Sally Run Last Thursday....acronym for color, value, size, shape, repetition, line, and texture
After we review these, we will work on washes in watercolor and acrylic. Did you know that acrylic can paint juicy like watercolor? I love painting with acrylic as you can paint it on anything! It washes up with water, but left to dry, it will stay forever! We are going to be doing mixed media too, that is combining different mediums: watercolor with acrylic and pastels, and pen and ink.
Come join us. $20.00 for two hour lesson. Pretend you are in the Caribbean for those two hours. Escape and ENJOY. Paint for the FUN process!!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register for workshops. If you would like to have a painting PARTY, find 4 friends who pay $30.00 each for 3 hour session, including supplies, and you paint for FREE!!
March 18th, 2011
One of my new FAV passions is painting on fabric! I have discovered I don't need to buy fabric, just paint the designs I want. I especially love the Caribbean look. Water scenes and coastal motifs are my FAV painting symbols. Painting on fabric is like painting with watercolor--there is a lot of flow, and unpredictability. Because of the unpredictability, I have found it best to paint loose. You can find some of my new fabric paintings in my JillyWillyArt.etsy.com shop.