Hello happy friends! I hope your love day was filled with love and happiness! We had a wonderful day here celebrating it with our kids with a simple homemade valentines party and then snuggling watching movies all night! Ben had plans to take me out for a nice fancy dinner.. but in the end, we just decided to stay and hang out with our kids and it ended up being so fun!
SO.. onto the reason for this post! As I have mentioned before in my posts.. I have not done my OWN workshop for almost an entire year! Can you believe that? My last workshop was Behind the Art which debuted last Spring in APril! Of course I did many other workshop last fall, hosting workshops for fellow artist and contributing to them, but usually I try in the mix to do my own workshop too. Last fall just got too crazy and for some reason I couldn't seem to get into my groove to do one. Usually when that happens there is a reason why.. and it's ALWAYS a good one and always for a purpose!
In October of last year I gave myself a personal challenge to do a girl a day for 30 days. It ended up being such a wonderful experience and I grew so much as an artist! I fell in love with chalk pastels again, with my watercolors again, as well as charcoals, my stabilo.. fell in love with it all! Because of that challenge I also found myself sketching and painting all types of girls.. from simple angels with wings using charcoals, mixed media girls on canvas, to whimsical girl in dresses with patterns and doodles with watercolors or pastels.
I felt like my style really took a new leap again during that month.. a softer side of myself came out. Kinda of a full circle thing.. if you will. As many of you know, back when I first started sharing my work in 2010, my first She Art Girls were very whimsical. I mostly painted full body girls in dresses, pants, skirts, boots, hats. YOu name it. I painted it. Then my style moved into a more serious real style. Doing Portraits and lifelike faces. I feel like my latest work has kinda been a marriage of the two and I couldn't be happier! It's the best of both worlds for me.
All through the month of November and December I found myself carrying my watercolor supplies EVERYwhere I went. I mean everywhere. I would sketch and paint and doodle everything I saw. One day I happened to come across this adorable picture of a girl I follow on Instagram..
and I knew immediately I wanted to sketch and paint my version of her. So I got out my pencil, my watercolor paper and started to sketch.. and this is what came of that fun inspirational picture.
The next day my friend Margie posted a selfie of herself on Instagram.. and again, was so inspired by the picture, I sketched and painted her. Over the course of the next week I came across several pictures of girls in boots (tis was the season) and just couldn't help but sketch and paint each one that inspired me!
After posting a series of them on Instagram.. I started calling them my 'boot series" girls. So it was natural as winter came.. then valentines I painted and sketched girls in different types of boots. Some I sketched just from my head but most of them were sketched off real life pictures of friends, or followers on instagram. Pictures I saw on Pinterest and pictures sent to me by friends and family.
It has become such a fun passion for me and a way for me to re-connect to my roots! Going back to my first She Art Workshop when I painted lots of girls in boots using acrylics and paper and mixed media... BUT this time using new mediums.. more simple challenging medium.. watercolors! Over the last year I have just fell in love with watercolors and while I know I am NOT an expert at using them. I do I have a very distinct style in how I use them. I know it's very different than most other artists, but it works for me and hey.. I enjoy the process! right?
WHen I was thinking of the classes I wanted to do for this year.. I knew immediately that I wanted THIS to be one of my classes! I had so many of you comment and share with me how much joy these boot series girls had brought you, and I thought how fun would it be to share with you my process and style, so you can start to paint your own too!
So.. today I am excited to share with you my first ONLINE workshop for Spring..
My New Boot Series Workshop!
This workshop is a 3 week online workshop on sketching, creating and painting my boot series girls using watercolors! This class starts Tuesday, April 1st and once it starts you will have access to this workshop for 2 full years! Want to know more? here we go!
In week one, we will go over my inspiration process. I will share with you where I find inspiration and how to sketch them! Boots in particular can be hard and tricky to sketch, because you have to make sure you capture the depth of of the foot in the drawing. I will share with you the right and wrong way to this process, so you can see both!
I will share with you my process for sketching, boots and clothing of ALL kinds! I will go over ideas for digging into your own closest to find inspiration for sketching as well! We will sketch several girls from lots of different season including spring, summer, winter, fall and even special holidays! It's going to be so much fun!
Week two we will start the week by going over the basics of watercolors and brushes. I will share with you my techniques on what are my favorite watercolor mediums to use (as there are several options out there) and what works best for the techniques I do!
We will go over watercolor brushes, how different brushes & watercolors give you different looks and different results. THEN we will paint our sketches using the knowledge we have learned! I will go in depth on how I paint, shade, and highlight my girls and make the sketches start to come to life!
Week three I will share with you the final details on how I make my watercolors come to life! I will share with you my techniques on doodling using several different types of pen. Different pens to create different affects including using both black and white pens! I will also show you a extra fun twist by adding texture to watercolors with the use of stamps, Rubons and patterns. I will show you how to add the detail that is what makes it truly YOU and whimsical and fun.
I will share with you my favorite pens for doodling and my favorite pens for adding additional shading and even highlighting.
I will also share you with some quick ideas for taking your watercolor supplies on the go! It will be a SUPER fun week!
I so hope you will join me in this fun new workshop!
I am really excited because It is something I am SO connected with right now. That is so very important for me, that when I teach a workshop, I also be excited and giddy and immersed in what I am teaching as well! And this is a course that I honestly can't wait to share with all of you!
This course is $44.95 but if you sign up before March 15th..
early bird price of $39.95!
Remember as with all my workshops, your paypal receipt/email is the ONLY confirmation email you will receive from me UNTIL the day of the workshop begins on April 1st. It usually goes out around 10:00 AM MST. So watch for it in your inbox on APril 1st!
join me by clicking the link below!