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Halloween Creative Painting Workshop & DIY Tutorial

Creating Our Composition Drinks and paint brushes in hand, my painting group gathered at The Dane in Ballard for my 2nd annual Halloween themed workshop! We all tried our hand at combining our chosen references into a composition on sticky notes.  Jayson drew everyone's favorite which I used to instruct the class (Jayson's mockup shown in the middle)!   I usually like to mock up my compositions before I paint so I can further refine my idea(s).  Sometimes I even make multiple mockups before I begin to paint. 5 Minute Challenge Using the reference images above, or any photos and graphics that inspire you, make your own mockup composition! Block In Your Shapes The artists use yellow and red paint to rough in the shapes and then a red/orange...

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Basic Shapes Can Help ANYONE Create Art!

Have you ever seen art that you enjoyed, yet it was so simple that you believed you could create something like it?   Then, once you have had that thought, do you immediately feel ashamed for daring to believe that you could actually create ART?    Your ideas and creativity can be expressed by your own hand!  Creatures, plants, buildings...basically everything you see can be broken down into basic shapes.   I'm sure you've heard at least some of this before... so why would it feel so unattainable, or even SCARY, to you?   “The nature of creative work makes everyone more vulnerable to feeling inadequate and even more so if you are not classically trained.” Dr. Valerie Young, author and impostor syndrome expert Carter. (July 19,...

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Monthly Coloring Challenge - Humanity

Every month I will be releasing a new coloring page which you can get for FREE!  Download this month's coloring page here!  Don't forget to post on your social media and tag me with the info provided on the page. 

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Arlo's Birthday Painting Workshop!

What's better than celebrating a birthday with dragon themed painting workshop?   Doing so with a group of creative, happy eight year olds!  I had so much fun with these guys!  Arlo took it to the next level with her blue shiny midnight black dragon flying above her green nest with an egg through the psychedelic cosmos! Amara had so many great ideas that her dragon continued to morph through out the event!  Her green spotted dragon turned out great! Bjorn's creativity shone through with his red spiked black dragon, circling the sky around his floating island and waterfall! Nicole's fire breathing dragon flew through her pink and purple gradient sky, which she worked very diligently at to get just right!...

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