Let’s Face It 2017

Click here to visit Kara Bullock Art. 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 […]

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

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 […]

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.

 

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

Bff Workshop

I have always been very drawn to painting butterflies, fairies and flowers. I loved to butterflies for their pretty wings speckled with beautiful colors. Later I have found out that they represented transformation, in the same way a cocoon transforms into a beautiful butterfly by shedding it’s ugly casing.

And Fairies, they just represented a world to me that is filled with magic. Sometimes that world seams very accessible, and sometimes it just feels so far away, but I can still believe that it’s there. Some fairies are filled with light, and some have many gifts. Some can just poke fun at you, and sometimes they can be pretty nasty too. But it just seams like it’s all meant to provoke us to wake up magic. And fairies like flowers, I think they really feel best surrounded by flowers, and they love to adorn themselves with butterfly wings too, so they can move around faster.

And so I was drawn to this whole world of fairies, it almost felt like an escape, I wanted to paint my own fairy world and small little canvases. I started with these tiny stretched canvas squares, because fairies are pretty small, and they tend to be imperceptible to the eye.

And then it occurred to me that this could be a fun project for anyone one to create, so I decide to transform it into a workshop. I wanted to make many fairies, and it would be hard hard to fit them all into one workshop, so I thought why not just making separate project and give people an option to sign up for all 10 at a discount.

The first project will start July 16. Through the next three weeks you will receive three sets of videos, each set could be 2-3 videos about 30 minutes in length. The first set will be on painting butterflies, in a journal or starting your own personal butterfly deck. The second set will be on starting a background on the substrate of your choice, and painting flowers. Each month there will be a different flower and background to lear. And the third set will be about finding out about our fairy and setting her into our background, and then coloring her in. You can use clippings form magazines or you can draw her in and then use your own set of wings that you have learned how to paint. There really are many possibilities on how to work with this.

I think this will be a fun class and I hope you will join me, for just one time, or the whole year. If you sign up for the 10 months, you will also receive a bonus lesson on how you can reproduce your projects into cards or prints that can then be mounted into an artwork.

You can now Purchase the whole year of creating Butterflies, Fairies, and Flowers here.

To purchase just one class, the first being The Fairy of Abundance, click here.

Attaching your paper artwork to a hard surface.

Hello Everyone,

Happy Thursday, I was asked by a friend if I could help her attach a paper painting or a print to a cradle board, or any other hard surface. That way your painting can be hung on a wall, and does not have to be framed. So I decided to make a video, because I am so much better at doing than talking 🙂

The supply list for things you will need

Your painting or print

Scissors, pencil

Gesso, brushes, colors of choice that will match the color scheme of the artwork

Matte medium, Soft gel

Tissue paper, if you have used it in your artwork, like I did

By the way, the artwork I am using will be available to bid on in our June online auction

Woodland Wonders on June 3rd. https://www.facebook.com/events/1542030212766543/permalink/1543826922586872/

Looking for Expression

I think I started my Expressions Class back in February this year and now it’s May. So little embarrassed to say, it has taken over three months to compete it, and today I have finally uploaded the final video. It is in the portrait that I tried to paint in the style of Wabi-sabi.

Wabi-sabi is described as the art of beauty and imperfection. It denotes asymmetry, melancholy, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. It’s aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.

So here she is, let me know if I succeeded.

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The Expressions Class is back on sale

I feel like I have been literally buried in a deep  rabbit hole of a cyber space, or maybe a Twilight Zone. I promised everyone that I will be opening my inline workshop for sign up again on April 1st, but for the life of me I could not get the buy button post on my website. I talked to several consultants online to help me with it, tried to cut corners and sign up for different shopping carts, but nothing was the right solution. About 10 past midnight when I was feeling like I was already part of an nightmare, I realize that I was not. I was wide awake and willing to go two more hours to solve the problem, but I also realized that I was just being stuck in a labyrinth I did not know my way out of. So I just decided to pack my things and go to bed.

When I woke up, I made some coffee and of course grabbed my laptop again. I started reading through things, fishing for stuff I have missed. And then it suddenly the solution presented itself. Taking a completely different approach, the solutions are usually simple, and staring us straight in a face. As I finished my small little shop that was always there and I did not even know, I was able to post my class on line again, this time, I did not need a button, and here it is. Please sign up in here if you like.

Expressions Class $75 buy now

I had couple hours yesterday to finish my painting that I will be posting in Stephanie Gagos’s online auction this spring, you can join it in here if you wish.