Thursday, May 21, 2015

Visionary art journaling, win a free spot to my e-course!

Hello gorgeous ones,

Are you ready for something visionary?

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I have been super busy lately.  Not only did I finish my fiction writer's e-course but I will soon be done with an art journaling e-course based on the six senses.  It is really cool, and I can't wait to share it with you!

We are going to get deep into the six senses (yes, six) and create art with our inner experiences.  I'm doing short meditations to get us in a receptive mode, and then we are going to create six journal spreads.  This course will run six weeks with one meditation and one art tutorial a week.  The price will be $75.  Early bird pricing is $60. The purchase link: CLICK HERE.



SUPPLY LIST: CLICK HERE

Enter the drawing to gain a free spot!  If you are already signed up for my newsletter, just leave a comment in the comments area below, and you will have a chance to win. :)

I'm sooo excited!  This is going to be a great e-course.  No experience necessary; come one, come all. 

You can sign up for my newsletter in the side bar, or HERE.

xo, Maria


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Art journaling background video.

Hi gorgeous artists,

I created a wee video about how to make an art journal page background using water, paint, and alcohol. I love the effect of the blended materials. Check it out for some inspiration. :) 


Friday, May 8, 2015

Fiction writing ecourse I created...

I'm soooo excited about the fiction writing ecourse I created.  Some of the details are not quite done, and then there is the rigamarole of installing it all on the website, but I'm bubbling over!  I know it's not visual arts, but hey, writing is art, right?  I have been a writer for many years and this is my opportunity to share my knowledge with the world.  It'll be up soon, so if you know of any beginners or people struggling with their fiction writing, please point them here, or too my website once the course is up and running.  I will post again when all is ready.  Here's a sneak peak at the cover art for the ebook that is part of the course. 


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fun and inspiring art journaling video...

I had this idea to make an art journaling video with a photocopy of my selfie and applying a whole page of positive affirmations.  As artists we are often way too hard on ourselves, so why not get in a really good mood via some affirmations to uplift us?!


Have fun creating today! :)  Let me know in the comments what you thought of the video, please.  If you'd like to join my newsletter, please click HERE.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Freebie for you!

Hi gorgeous reader,
I have met many aspiring artists who are at a loss how to get started painting.  They may have overcome the "I don't know how to draw" or the "I have no talent" excuses and gathered some art supplies and are ready to go, but they are afraid to start.  I call it the "white page syndrome."  Not that I invented that, but I can relate.  Many a time I have stared at a blank page in my journal or a canvas without any idea what to put there.  Color is always good of course, but shapes can lead to new experiences, and nothing has to be perfect.  So many are waaay too critical of their efforts.  Just remember that most artists started from scratch, literally.
I like to meditate, and it has been a habit of mine for many years.  I decided to give away a simple 10 minute audio art meditation with this newsletter sign up.  I would love to hear what you thought of the audio!  Was it helpful?  Did it inspire you to get into the paints?  You can leave a comment here or on my FB page, HERE.
To sign up for my newsletter and receive the freebie audio, click HERE.

If you already are on my mailing list, comment below and I will send you the audio via email.

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy art-ing. :)
Maria

Friday, April 3, 2015

Greene Earth, a work in progress...

Hello lovelies,

Thank you for checking back! I’m in my new home on the web, Greene Earth... but the website is not quite finished, so I decided to post here as well until things are completely applied. 

I have so many interests, and how do you weave them all together??  Instead of having several websites, I decided to have ONE and post about my two big passions, art and writing.  To juggle everything is a journey for sure (sometimes a crazy one.)


Mixed media art, JOURNEY "12×12.”

Sometimes I get stressed out about where to put my focus.  One day I’m inspired to paint, the next to write.  I try to follow my muse, but she is pretty fickle at times, lol.  I’m not super woman, and I suspect I will have to make a choice into which area to put my full effort.  To truly succeed in fulfilling my highest potential in any area, I have to be 100% present to the challenge.  To grow, it takes all the attention and effort.  When I started out as a writer, I had an enormous passion and drive to succeed, and I did!  It took several years to get published, but I stuck with it.  Sometimes we have to stick with something even if there are no signs that success is on the horizon.

The whole idea of success is the journey itself, something I’ve learned as I’ve moved forward with my art.  It has been a more tentative affair, trying a style here, and then another.  I think I’ve gone through at least ten styles as an artist, but in the exploration, my true voice has slowly emerged.  I don’t think I’ll ever be done exploring the magic of art, but a surer approach evolves.  I’m no longer afraid to explore whatever crazy idea comes into my mind.  If I don’t like it, I can always paint over it.

Speaking of paint, I recently took Flora Bowley’s online course Bloom True.  It involves intuitive painting, which is an expression that fascinates me.  It takes immense trust to “go with the flow” and just paint in the moment to see what comes up.  We worked on three canvases at once and looked for elements that stood out in the chaos of the paint, and then enhanced the forms.  I’m not quite done with mine, but here are the works in progress:



Here you can see the chaos of paint.  This has since turned into this:


It’s not anywhere near completed in this picture, but it has a good feeling to it.  The head is way too small, but I love her expression.  And the sun in the belly!  That is the creative fire.

And finished!




 I have worked on a third canvas that started out with the most lovely colors, and ended up kind of blah, so far.  I don’t know where it’s going.  It has the shape of two heads, but one of the things we learned in the course is to keep turning the canvases around and painting whatever we see as we go along.  It’s a very freeing method, and it takes away all attachment to the outcome.

Sometimes it takes a while before a picture reveals itself, and sometimes, it ends up being a collage of colors.  There are no rules, no right or wrong.  I truly enjoy the journey!  Maybe I should go paint something now…
I would love to hear what you’re working on, and if you want a free mixed media tutorial PDF, sign up for my art newsletter HERE.  Thank you for visiting! xo


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The fabulous doll artist Marla Niederer...


Hello lovelies,

I have been slacking here on my blog, but today I have a fabulous offering, an interview with my dear friend and fellow artist, Marla Niederer. Her art is so great it takes my breath away! I asked her a few questions, and here are her answers:

How did you get into doll making? What other kind of art did you do first?

I am a self-taught artist and have always been engaged in one art project or another since my earliest childhood memories. I have always been drawn to figurative art and my earliest art was two dimensional figurative art. I have used a variety of mediums but spent a lot of time playing with pastels and acrylic paints. As a child I also loved dolls. About 24 years ago I picked up a magazine and saw dolls being created as an art form and I was fascinated. From that time on, I have been designing and creating art dolls. My earlier works were a combination of paper-clay and cloth. Currently I work all in cloth.

What is the most challenging about the dolls you make?

Pushing the boundaries of cloth. I am always working on developing and refining my techniques so that the figurative art I create matches more closely what I see in my head, heart, and dreams. My art has evolved considerably since I began and hopefully will continue to evolve as long as I create.

What is the most rewarding?

Teaching my art to others. That is my way of trying to share the benefits of engaging in creative pursuits. I have always found the process of creating a way to de-stress, to live more fully in the moment, and a way to make my heart sing.

Marla, I know you have retired from your regular job recently to work full time on your art. That is really exciting and something you have wanted to do for a long time. Tell me a bit about retiring and working on the dolls, and how that has changed your life.


I really don’t consider myself retired. I left the field of public education to enter the field of figurative art full time. The change has been transformational. I follow the rhythms of my body. I no longer wear a watch, time has become irrelevant. I eat when I am hungry and rest when I am tired. I wake up rested and eager to start each day working on my art. I am calm and able to handle stressful life situations in a much more serene manner. I smile and laugh much more than ever before. My heart sings all the time. My art is evolving at a much quicker pace. I have always been an artist and now I can be who I am all of the time. Life is bliss.


Marla, I know you're having some classes coming up soon and I would love for my readers to find out more about them.


I will be teaching an online class on Claudette: A Cage Doll on A for Artistic starting March 31, 2015. You can read more about it by clicking on this link:

  http://bit.ly/1FaSSUu

  

 



I will also be teaching a live class How to Needle-Sculpt and Use Watercolors to Create a Cloth Doll Head at the Quinlan Art Doll and Teddy Bear Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday April 30, 2015. I will also have a sales table at the convention for my figurative art dolls. You can find out more about the convention and how to sign up for my class by clicking on the following link:

http://bit.ly/1w4myCO



Here below are some earlier examples of Marla's dolls.




  







Thank you, Marla, for your beautiful gift of teaching doll making to the world!


To connect with Marla online, you can friend her on Facebook, and follow her on her BLOG.