Saturday, October 17, 2015

coloring outside the lines is encouraged

You know what I like more than anything? proving to people that they CAN make art. We've had some pretty skeptical people in the studio lately who were dragged to Happy Hour Art by their friends kicking and screaming because they just can't do it.
Nonsense I say.
Here are the rules of the studio:
1. Color outside the lines
2. There are no mistakes in art
3. Happy Accidents
and the Supreme Rule
ART: Break all the rules
So don't let something someone in authority said to you back in the day stop you from exploring your creativity today.
Art is necessary.
Art is fun.
Art is therapy.
Art is good for you.
This painting was chosen recently for a private party:

When I asked if everyone wanted to use the colors in the samples one person spoke up and said she wanted fall colors. Ok I can do that. And a big harvest moon....that works.....and the trees not as stylized maybe more tree like....and the rest of the group chimed in - yeah I want that too. I had two choices- I could panic or I could make it work. I chose to make it work and I painted along with the class. They got to see me develop an idea, make some mistakes, paint over them and add in some of this and some of that until we ended up with this:
nothing at all like the sample BUT that's OK! Everyone was on board to jump in and learn together. We were definitely coloring outside the lines that night. So don't be afraid - come in and give our Happy Hour Art classes a try.
And if you can't quite bring yourself to come to the studio and make art take baby steps. Get yourself a coloring book for adults and some colored pencils.
I am happy to report that those people who were scared walked out of here with a beautiful painting and a huge smile on their face.


Thursday, September 03, 2015

Happy Hour, Bob Ross and Happy Accidents...C'mon get Happy with us!

A couple of years ago we realized how lucky we are to be able to do what we love-and as like most people we wanted to share it with the world. Happiness is best enjoyed when shared with others.

"More people need to DO this!" 

We didn't want to hog it all to ourselves. So we tossed around a lot of ideas on how to share with all those downtrodden adults around there. Something for those people who want to join my kids art classes but are too shy because they are 

"afraid they won't fit in and OMG I can't draw a stick figure let alone paint an entire canvas! "

(Does this sound familiar? Yeah, adults are just big kids with huge responsibilities)   We wanted a catchy title. We wanted people to feel comfortable and socialize. We wanted a way for people to relax and let the world disappear for awhile.....

happy hour


(plural happy hours)
  1. A time of day, usually in the afternoon or early evening, when a bar or pub offers its drinks at a discounted price.
  2. Any small gathering, usually in the afternoon or early evening, set aside to relax and have a drink.
Since we are not a bar, pub or tavern  the first definition really didn't fit. But when I read the second one I had this "Ah-hah!" moment.

was born

Several times a month we offer art classes for adults. We encourage them to bring a beverage (non-alcoholic is just fine too), turn off their phones, relax and socialize. We take each person through a step by step process and at the end of the evening they walk out with a finished original piece. Yes we are all painting the same picture but we encourage participants to put their OWN mark on their piece. Change the colors! Change the layout! Add extra flourishes! Leave out certain elements!

 There are 


We take the Bob Ross approach to being creative:

"People might look at you a bit funny, but it's okay. 
Artists are allowed to be a bit different." Bob Ross

Since its inception we have branched out into more than acrylic painting. We've added Mixed Media, Collage, Jewelry making and a Pinterest night. Since moving into a larger studio we are actively seeking out new ways to encourage adults to discover how much fun art is again. We have even started hosting an Open Studio one Sunday a month where you get to pick what you want to paint. 

If you want to see what classes we are offering in the Studio and surrounding communities please check in at the Artworks Studio Facebook page. You'll find the most current class schedule on our Notes page. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

stop pinning and start doing

I'm a Pinterest junkie. With over 5000 pins I would say I have a problem. I'm like a book geek in a book store, or library, or book get the idea.
The problem is I do an awful lot of pinning, but I don't DO much with what I've pinned. It's like hoarding DIY projects for later and later never comes. 
I pinned this several months ago. 

Pretty cool isn't it and I like maps and globes and I was kicking myself for donating the globe my mom had for years in the house when I moved in- WHAT was I THINKING!.  Then I stumbled across a globe in a second hand store. 

And it rolled around the studio for a few months. It didn't have a stand but it did have that metal ring on it. Which took an enormous amount of effort to remove until I discovered that a new saw blade is  magic. Pure magic.

Breaking apart the globe is like cracking an egg. You keep bouncing it on the seam- gently - until it separates. Did you know that most globes are made out of cardboard? Me either.

 I painted the inside white because it was t shirt gray and that's not a very attractive color for this project. I also stared at it for a few weeks and thought - that's pretty boring. More people will see the inside than the outside.

So I decided it needed more. Because well, it's me and I can't just let something be boring. So I got out my printed tissue papers- printed with vintage maps of course- and my gel medium and transformed the inside from boring to better. And, as if THAT wasn't enough after I wired the fixture in it I got a reproduction "vintage"  light bulb. 

Can we say "light bulb" moment?  
It's available for purchase- just contact me. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

so yeah- we did that- all summer long

May 22, 2015- I purchased a larger building for my growing art studio.
The building was built in 1953 and over the years has been home to many different types of businesses from a barber to hardware to children's clothing to yarn. Now it's Artworks Studio.

Kelsey and Biz helped celebrate by popping the champagne.

We knocked down, scraped, patched and painted walls....
steamed off wallpaper, put down new flooring...........
hauled 2x4's, moved the stack of sheet-rock from here to there and back again to get it out of the way as we worked 

It was hot. Humid. Sticky. Dirty. Dusty work.

I thought we'd never get to the point where we could move in. So, we kept on going..............................
I started a mosaic on the window platforms. Because I didn't have anything else going on-besides a wedding ( my daughter Biz) and a Community Theater Show (The Wizard of Oz)
 this is my office wall

and this is my NEW studio.
as soon as we get the outside painted and the new sign up I'll show you exterior photos.