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31 May 2011

21 Secrets Update!

Hello, my darlings!

I have some very exciting news for you today: 21 Secrets is being extended until January 1, 2012!


Registration will be extended, too, and you can continue to sign up all the way through October 1, 2010. This means that you will five extra months to check out the twenty one workshops created just for you, each of which is created with love and passion by amazing artists. These workshops are valuable to the novice and the veteran art journaler alike, and each includes videos and a PDF for you to download! Five extra months to play, explore, share, get feedback, make new friends, and participate in a warm, welcoming, creative community that is filled with love and endless inspiration.

You can check out all the details and register here!
All my love,

PS. I earn a commission for every 21 Secrets registration purchased through my blog. Many thanks for buying from and sharing my links!

29 May 2011

Featured Artist: Alma Stoller

I would like to introduce you to one of the many incredible, talented women hosting a workshop at 21 Secrets. Alma Stotter, artist extrordinaire, authors a blog bursting with creativity and overflowing with paintings, mixed media art, textiles, artist interviews, and fantastic tutorials like how to recycle magazine images into canvas and make paper bracelets. (Paper bracelets?! Incredible! Check out their gorgeousness in the image below.)


The workshop she teaches at 21 Secrets is titled Child's Play, and Alma writes that it is 'all about creative play. To create like a child.... free, fearless, open. To inspire creativity using found objects and everyday items.' Watch the promo video:


Registration for this and twenty other wonderful workshops at 21 Secrets continues - sign up now!

Another of Alma's projects is the recreation of magazines with with fabric, paint, and embroidery. She has in fact a separate blog dedicated to her monthly creations, and you can check all of her 'glossies' out at The Glossy Project. I love the way the images are softened and altered when they are transferred onto fabric - and I imagine it must take quite a bit of patience and practice to embroider a figure well!


Her paintings are beautiful, too; I love the one below. The colors flow so beautifully, and the bit of collage adds just the right amount of whimsy. Check out more of her mixed media paintings here!


Oh, so much creativity!
Stop by Alma's blog for some delicious inspiration, and be sure to enter the giveaway that she is hosting; it's open until May 31!
I love meeting new artists online; so often they give me new energy with which to approach my art, and I do love making new friends. Do you have any favorite artistic blogs - or perhaps one of your own - that you'd like to share?

22 May 2011

Habits


Hello from Germany!

This past week has been filled with the most wonderful things, the most lovely of which has been the company of a special someone very close to my heart. In addition to indulging in homemade sushi, the calmness of a small European town, True Blood marathons, daylong trips to nearby cities, and the half understood lilting of a beautiful language, I have been awaiting the return of the last post published here. It seems, however, that Blogger will not be returning vanishing posts to their authors. Instead, I imagine that all the missing posts of thousands of blogs are mingling together and sharing beautiful ideas in some imaginary land.

I will be in Germany for another three weeks. The time spent here is much needed after a very intense academic year, one which, to be honest, dealt quite a blow to my creative journey. Last year I wrote about how I was just beginning to find my voice, something I had been yearning for for quite a long time. Today I feel like I am back at the very beginning of my journey: unsure of myself and my artistic abilities, unsure of how to put paint on a page, unsure of how to move forward.

I feel the same about this space; I have found myself struggling with how to share the words and images I daydream of. I stumble over syntax and meaning, vocabulary and structure. This is a sure result of the unintended development of the habit of non-blogging, one which I firmly intend to change this summer. Within the first few days I arrived here, I found a little art shop and bought four tubes of acrylics. Over the next few months I intend on gently leading myself back towards a place of artistic security and joy; this includes relearning how to be present, open, and joyful in this space.

I in fact have a few planned posts to share in the near future, including the long overdue introduction of two beautiful and talented artists, both teachers in this season's 21 Secrets.

The journey to creativity is not a static one: we must always be searching, pushing, moving, and striving forward. There is so end to be reached - there is only new discovery, exploration, growth, stretching, and learning, and when we take a pause from this forward momentum we momentarily lose much of what we had learned. Art is something which must be practiced over and over again. It is only through this we can really make it our own.

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