New Mini Class

Crystal Clear image.jpgI have learned to paint portraits by copying the paintings of old masters. Eventually, I have moved on to paint my own realistic portraits, and my favorite subject was my son. I have long abandoned the strive to make my portraits as detailed as possible and choose to paint more expressive faces, but my love for old master paintings still remains and is a source of great inspiration. This class is an exploration of both, how to draw an inspiration from an old master painting and make it more expressive.

Join me on a short excursion into the life of a French academic painter William-Adolphe Bourguereau (November 30, 1825 – August 19, 1905) to be inspired by his painting to create our own.

Bourguereau inspires me in numerable ways –   making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body, his use of mythological themes, and in the way he creates skin tones that seam to gleam like delicate silk.

I have made an attempt through my own study to loosely reinvent one of his portrait paintings to create my own. Even though it might seam that I have used many colors in this painting, I have only really used three, plus gesso. After signing up, you receive full supply list. Class starts May 20th.

In this class I will take you through the process of sketching a portrait to create a pleasing composition on the canvas. Choosing and mixing the right colors for this particular skin tone. Blending and applying colors an tones in such a way that they create the appropriate contrast, smoothness and texture in a face.

We will then complete the background, hands and an object to complete the story of our painting.

Sign up in here for an introductory price $35 Buy Now till April 30th, regular price after that will be $45.

21 Secrets Workshop

21-secrets-2017-embody-paintingchallenge-lgOn Monday, March 6th it will be 21 days till 21 SECRETS emBODY comes out — so to celebrate, Connie Solera from Dirty Footprints Studios will be hosting a 21 day free painting challenge! Each day, for 21 days, we’ll be creating an art journal spread/ painting around a specific body part and using the hashtag: #21emBODY.  And she will also be highlighting a different 21 SECRETS teacher each day as well!  If you want to join us for this exciting challenge, on the day that Connie highlights me, post a pic of your spread in here and I will enter you into a draw to win a free spot in 21 Secrets workshop. And if you follow my blog, I will send you a notification when that day is, just in case you miss it :). Here is a link to Connie’s video that will tell you all about it a video about it on Facebook .  Let the fun begin.

21 Secrets Workshop – This workshop will be truly amazing and it will be fully downloadable on March 27.  With it you will have an instant access to 21 teachers and their secrets of developing a journal page through the prompt – emBody. I am personally very stoked about this, because being an energy worker, this is always something that comes up in my creative field. And I personally can not wait to see what everyone else will come up with. So are you ready to take the journey with us?

To meet all the teachers and their work they will be doing, or to sign up click here.

Here are the details of what is included in the purchase of 21 SECRETS emBODY:

  • A downloadable 150+ page eBook that contains 24 art journaling workshops packed with 25+ hours of videos, full color photos, templates, and clear instructional content that is yours to keep and refer to again and again.
  • Unlimited access to all workshops at once! You pick and choose which ones you do and when.  There is no time limit or deadlines to meet — these workshops are yours to keep!
  • Membership to the private 21 SECRETS Facebook community where you can share, be inspired, and receive warm, supportive feedback.
  • The opportunity to learn a variety of art journaling approaches and techniques from the comfort of your home/studio.
  • Belong to a supportive online artist community that has been growing strong since 2010! At 21 SECRETS we celebrate everyone’s unique expression and support artists in becoming confident and courageous while creating from the heart!
  • To find out more, click here.

What I am working on now

The year 2016 is coming to a close. It was a fabulous year I think, so many new things happened I could have wished for, but never knew that would come true. I was part of Life Book 2016, I taught at Donna Downey’s Studio in March and I was part in two major online auctions with Stephanie Gaggos. And I am also part of out monthly auction with Heart and Soul Artist Collective, which has now expanded from 7 members to 16.

So things have gotten very busy, and sometimes more then I can handle, so of course on top of that I have decide to create one year course. It is called Butterflies, Flowers and Fairies, and it is all about creating Fairy canvas, each month with a different type of fairy. We are now into our 5th month and I have to say, I have really enjoyed the process of creating it, I never know what comes up next, but the ideas usually storm in three folds.

It is now time to start preparing for next year, and I already have few things planed, two year long courses that I am really honored to be part of. The First one, Paint Your Heart and Soul, led by Olga Furman, and the second one Let’s Face It 2017 led by Kara Strachan Bullock.

I will also be teaching again at Donna Downey’s studios in July, you can find out more about it in here. And then of course, my BFF workshop will run till next June. I think it will be another busy year, but I am really looking forward to it 🙂

 

 

Registration open for Let’s Face it

Today the Registration opens for Let’s Face it, what exciting news. A whole year to explore how to paint a face, from every angle, nuance and other ways to imagine.

I am really grateful for all of you that has shared the post on Facebook or in here and helped to spread the word about this course. I have a lucky winner of the draw that will win a free spot – Corie Gochicoa. Congratulations Corie, see you next year in the class.

To register for this year long class click here.teacherlineupnotext

Let’s Face It 2017

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Hello Friends!

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be a guest teacher in LET’S FACE IT 2017!  In case you are unfamiliar with this course, it is a year-long, online, art class created and hosted by Kara Bullock, devoted to creating portraits!  It is for any level: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. The 2017 Let’s Face It class has a BRAND NEW line up of amazing teachers, and FIVE new areas of focus, with some other exciting EXTRAS, too!

Click here to find out more about LET’S FACE IT.

This year, Kara is joined by 19, AMAZING, guest teachers!  You will not believe this line up!  Together, we will be giving you 50 weeks of lessons that will continue to encourage and support you along your creative journey that you are on!  Come and join us!  Together we will connect, collaborate and create!

The LFI team is a group of amazing artist and teachers and I am very proud of being part of this group.  I will be teaching you how to draw a challenging angle of the face, either an angle of a face looking up or down.  Plus, I will share a special tip and mini lesson of how ti mix colors of a face without over blending them and crating a mud! This course is not open for registration yet!  However, you can read more about it and bookmark this page so that on October 10th, you can come back and register.   If you register by December 1st, you will get a discount on the price too!

I am thrilled to be a part of this fantastic team of teachers and guess what else!?  I get to give away one free spot in this course to one of you!!

To enter my give away please share this blog and my Facebook page with your friends and then let me know you did, I will put your name in the giveaway.

I will announce the winner on October 10th!

In the mean time, click here and book mark this page so that you can come back on October 10th and sign up!

I can’t wait to begin this journey with each of you!

xo,

Renata

Here is a list of the other instructors that will be on the LFI2017 team.  Visit their websites to learn more about them!

September 12 – Angela Kennedy – http://pennystamper.blogspot.com/

September 13 – Annie Hamman – http://anniehamman.com/

September 14 – Deb Weiers – https://www.facebook.com/robert.lawrence

September 15 – Donna Munro – http://donnamunro.net/

September 16 – Lynda King – https://lyndakingart.wordpress.com/

September 19 – Fran Schlosser – https://www.facebook.com/fran.schlosser.50

September 20 – Heather Foust – http://heatherlfoust.blogspot.com/

September 21 – Iris Fritschi-Cussens – http://iris-impressions.com/

September 22 – Ivy Newport – http://ivynewport.com/

September 23 – Jeanne-Marie Webb – http://www.jeannemarieart.com/

September 26 – Jennifer Albin – http://www.soulwhisperarts.com/

September 27 – Jennifer Bonneteau – http://www.jenbonart.com

September 28 – Julie Johnson – http://tinyurl.com/FacebookJulieJohnson

September 29 – Juna Biagioni – http://www.junabiagioni.com/

September 30 – Kara Bullock – https://karabullockart.com/

October 3 – Lara Provost – http://www.laraprovost.com/

October 4 – Lauren Rudolph – http://www.laurenrudolph.com/

October 5 – Effy Wild – http://effybird.com/

October 6 – Renata Loree – https://www.facebook.com/Artentive/

October 7 – Robin Laws – http://robinlawsart.com/

The Performer

I belong to Facebook group called Heartful Soul Artist collective, and we follow a theme each month to create paintings that revolve around a particular subject. I never know how it will inspire me, but it always does, in many surprising ways. I was a bit busier than usual in September and October, and the pressure was causing me to hyperventilate a bit, because I never know how these paintings will come out, and of course, I would like them to turn up as best as I can. And so it truly became a performance. I really admire all the other’s contributing artists work, and without their inspiration, I doubt that I would have been able to pull it of.  If you would liker to visit the auction, click on the image below. It starts October 6 at noon and stops October 7th at noon. And good luck, if you participate in it.

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Paint Your Heart and Soul

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The “Paint your heart and Soul 2017” is a year-long collaborative course with 17 other amazing teachers, mostly concentrated on Portraiture and Figurative Story Telling, narrative art. By joining this course you will learn to create art in different styles as well as use a variety of different mediums and other art supplies.

The course is for beginners and for experienced artists, both will find it effective and inspirational.

I’m especially excited about this opportunity because this course’s theme is something that is represented in my art.

I will be giving away one free spot for the course on October 30th. If you share this post or on Facebook, your name will be entered in a chance to win.

To find out more about this course Click here to view more details

Butterflies, Fairies and Flowers

I remember when I was growing up in Czech republic, I noticed a lot of butterflies everywhere. I am not sure if it was because I visited my grandmother in the country often, and they were mostly there, on flowers or in the fields, or because I just grew up and I pay more attention to other things. One thing is for sure, I miss the magic and I want to be surrounded by it again. And my workshop starts in 10 days from now, so exciting.

And on top of that, our Heartfull Soul Artist collective I am part of on Facebook is having an Auction dedicated just to the butterflies. It is called Papillon. If you would like to join, it start on July 7th at noon and ends July 8th at noon. The link is here.

 

BFF Giveaway

I always wanted to paint butterflies, but they were somewhat intimidating. I would look at their wings and just sort of copied what I saw, not sure if it really looked right. It almost seemed like there was more to what the eye could really see. And so I have decided to really look at their wings closely. I wanted to learn more about the butterfly, and of course, the fairies and the flowers. The BFF class (Butterflies, Fairies and Flowers ) will start by painting the butterflies, and we will use different ways to get familiar with constructing their wings. I actually found the process fascinating.

I took a trip to a town couple days ago and visited the bookshop there. I found a butterfly journal, so of course I had to get it. The pages are smooth and thick and surprisingly sturdy for mixed media and so I have decided to order another one and gift this journal to one of the students that signs up to the BFF workshop. I will do the Draw on July 6, since I am going with the 6’s, and that way the lucky winner will get it in time before the class. I will add a set of Windsor&Newton markers as well.

Here is a short video explaining what markers I use in the class and why.

The ones I used are

Tombow markers

Prismacolors markes

Windsor&Newton Markers

I also forgot Copic Markers. Really, any mater would do, because we will make them work !

 

Happy Creating

Happy Birthday to Me

Blue Butterfly FairyThat was the first thing I wrote into my journal today, and I am also very excited, because I met my deadline to launch the sign up for my BFF Workshop that is starting on July 16. It will be a whole year of creating and getting really up close and personal with Butterflies, Fairies and Flowers. Three subjects that have always been very dear to me. And so I have decided to put them together. I think what is so wonderful about this is, not only you will have something wonderful to work with, but also you will have a chance or an opportunity to work with colors, blending and composing them together. Learning how composition works on a canvas and also have an opportunity to be really creatively playful, working with different mediums. I wanted to make it into a year of exploration.  And this is the gift I wanted to give myself, this whole years package of exploration.

Now of course you could take only one class at the time, each month, starting July 16, there will be a new Fairy, Butterfly or Flower to work wit, but then, if you want to do all 12, you will get an amazing discount – more then 50%. And to top it of, I will do even better then that, for the next 6 days, because I like 6 so much. (my birthday is today as of 6/16/16), I am selling this workshop for 20% off and, if you share this post on my Facebook post about my workshop, you will enter to win a free spot for the whole year BFF Workshop.

Happy Creating!

more info here

The full workshop is  $150, click here.

To purchase just one workshop at $35, click here