Do Not Adjust Your Set #shih-tzu #supercute

Chewie - Age 4 months.

Chewie - Age 4 months.

We're learning and playing a lot over here....

Eye. On. The. Prize.

Eye. On. The. Prize.

It's very serious business, naturally.

You talkin' to me?

You talkin' to me?

Learning the personality differences between Ichiro and Chewie... For example, Chewie will only roll over to his left...while Ichiro always rolled over to the right. You know...just little things like that. 

Chewie is very shy around other dogs.. he's only been in school for 2 sessions though..and this week was much better than last week...still a ways to go..but we are encouraged.

Photo Storage Tip:

I learned a long time ago that it is important to save only those images that are worth saving. I recommend that you delete  unusable photos from your camera daily... saving only the images that you like and that you can work with. DELETE WHAT YOU DON'T NEED. Don't worry about it...you don't need 75 birthday party images...remember film? We were lucky to get 2-3 good shots and call it a day. It. O. K.

Try to download your images as you use the camera. I kind of get the shakes when people tell me their devices/memory cards are full.. I have a feeling I know what's going on in there. You can create a folder in your organization app of choice (I use Adobe Bridge) and dump the usable photos in there for later. When you have time, go into that folder, edit the photos you like best (again delete what you don't need) and then file them by month/date.

I usually name the edited files something to do with the actual subject or event.. so sorted them this way works for me.. I can search for "Chewie" or "April 2015" when I need to. 

Hope you're having fun too! See you soon..

Collage Fusion Online Workshop Now Open! #mixedmedia

Collage Fusion Online Workshop Class Sample

Collage Fusion Online Workshop Class Sample

Did you hear? Chris Cozen and I have opened up a great new workshop!

Collage Fusion Online Workshop Class Sample.

Collage Fusion Online Workshop Class Sample.

It's our BEST video yet! We're both on camera, talking through all the paintings!

Collage Fusion Online Workshop Class Sample!

Collage Fusion Online Workshop Class Sample!

There are no time limits for class.... we always help everyone within 24 hours..HONEST!

Collage Fusion Online Workshop Class Sample!

Collage Fusion Online Workshop Class Sample!

Learn techniques to fuse collage into your art... make it a part of your paintings... not just an afterthought. Take a look at the promo video below:

Re-Stocking Art Cards #mixedmedia #gelliplate #DIY

My favorite part about using the Gelli-Plate is to try to recreate prints that are as similar to my paintings as possible..  Sometimes I pull the same piece of paper 10 times...maybe more.. in order to create that old, layered look I love so much.

The gelli-plate also gives me permission to use colors that I don't normally use in my art... like fluorescent pink? Mama Mia...

Once the prints are dry, I like to cut out "sweet-spots" to use in various projects... today? Art cards. 

I always love to make cards on beautiful paper... so much better than store bought. Don't you think so? See some more cards that I have made here, here and here.

Looking for something? I've installed a "Search" box on the left sidebar.

Earth Day!

I've been waiting for 4 years for this view...

I've been waiting for 4 years for this view...

Four Years... I almost gave up.. I wish I was the Rose Whisperer, because I have no idea why this year these plants bloomed. This is the view from my kitchen window. It faces the neighbors on the west. Four years ago I planted these climbers... and I've waited a long time to see more than one bloom! We'll see if they continue to produce throughout the year. Fingers crossed!

This year, while reading the David Austin catalogue, I became a little obsessed with their photography.. the bokeh in the background.. I am in love.

This is a similar vantage point, with much more depth of field... which one do you like better?

I wish there was Smell-o-blog-vision.. you get the idea...

Happy Day, Earth.

Edit: Speaking of Depth of Field... here is a little tutorial I wrote on how to photograph your art.. Did you ever catch it? I'm a little bit proud that I shot all of the images in our book, "Acrylic Solutions".. (there were 1-3 shots taking of Chris at Northlight) but sad I am not given photography credit.

And so last week was a blur....

Ocean Front, 24x36" on stretched gallery canvas

Ocean Front, 24x36" on stretched gallery canvas

My beloved iMac took a dive last week.. Turns out the graphics card in my model had a recall.. so the repair was covered, but the machine spent a little vacation down at Apple store. It was a little depressing walking by the empty space where the computer sits in my office... I am really happy it's back home.

The San Diego Ballet is having their 25th annual fund raising auction on May 9th, and I was happy to be asked to donate a painting to them. I donated "Ocean Front". I really hope the painting does well for them...it has always been one of my favorites.. The lower portion has beautifully layered rust and blue colored texture.

Chewie is doing ok. He started his puppy classes yesterday.. He's very shy around other dogs.. which is bad because to a larger dog, a scaredy dog looks like prey rather than another play-mate. So we're working hard to introduce him to dogs. He's great with people.. maybe he actually is a "wookie". I'm not worried..it was only his first class of 12. His favorite toy this week? The ever popular ice cube.. good times.

It's hard to take time to paint these days.. I'm on patrol following Chewie pretty much all day. I need to carve out some time for something soon though, I am starting to get antsy.

Don't forget we have a great selection of Mixed Media Online workshops available... Layer Love v2.0 and Collage Fusion are open and ready with two instructors. You get immediate access when you register. Click here for more info.

2015 Roses are In!

All signs are pointing to a big crop this year...I am always really excited to see the first bloom. Time will tell what will happen this year... but as of right now, I can open the back yard to rose tours and weddings. ;)

I've got a lot of David Austin plants.. they are scented and visual knock-outs..but they don't last as long as the hybrid teas from the garden center when cut.. so this year I think I have a good mixture of both. Love love love these colors...

Puppy is doing well...smarter and smarter every day!

Total Neglect...and Wheel Spinning

I think this is where we left off.. I wrote these words almost exactly one year ago. Which was about the last time I wrote in this book.. It's funny.. I am looking back through my notes and I was really surprised, because I guess it has been going on for so long that I didn't notice... but I am really surprised that I am still thinking about the SAME things I was thinking about last year. Questions that I have been thinking about... things I want to do...

One major change that I have been thinking about that long, even though I forgot I have been thinking about it that long, is going down in the next week or so. Happily, I got that ball rolling out of the blue this week.. details later.. But the creativity... it's been almost totally replaced by tennis... Except I hurt my knee a couple of weeks ago..so I have been spending more time thinking and thinking.. and then there is that cute dog that came to live with us.....

Everyone is back at school and at work this morning.. so here I am. I can't put things off any longer... I've got to get busy. I do not like sitting idle...

Ever been stuck THIS long?

Our New Puppy....

Hooray! We decided that this boy would come live with us a few weeks ago...but we had some vacation scheduled, so we did not bring him home until Easter. What a whirlwind it has been!

"Chewbacca" aka, "Chewie" is so playful....has the most deliciously scented puppy breath and is.. let's face it... a wild animal essentially. He sure looks cute, but it's hard to forget that he doesn't really know what's going to go down with this person-dog relationship yet. He's 14 weeks old.

It seems that he is learning really fast though.. he's pretty much accustomed to the leash already and enjoys long walks around our block. He loves to be outside... a lot.

Spring Break is wrapping up on our end, so soon it will be Chewie and I at home.. I'm really happy he's here.

PS- he's a Shih Tzu, like Ichiro.. he'll grow up to be about 15 lbs we think.

It's Like Free HBO #mixedmedia #sale #DIY

In celebration of Spring Break (thank god!), we're having a SUPER sale on a handful of our famous Mixed Media Online workshops! I can't remember when we've priced them this low.. You have to check this one out..

These are not trial periods.. they are HUGE full-blown, professional instruction workshops! Each for only $55! Friends..I am seeing a lot of workshops come onto the market for $150-$200... not here....we've got a really amazing deal for you.

If you've been thinking about taking one of our workshops, NOW is the time. They won't be priced this low for long.. if you're looking to round out your collection of workshops, go for it this weekend. 

You're going to feel bad after eating all of that Easter candy.... this is a better treat. It's a mixed media diet. ;)

Class sample from 8 Great Paintings. 8 Paintings start to finish for $55? It's true!

Class sample from 8 Great Paintings. 8 Paintings start to finish for $55? It's true!

Class sample from the Texture Town online workshop. Now only $55!

Class sample from the Texture Town online workshop. Now only $55!

Class Sample from the Chaos and Calm online workshop.

Class Sample from the Chaos and Calm online workshop.

Class sample from the Mixed Media Vacation online workshop. On sale now!

Class sample from the Mixed Media Vacation online workshop. On sale now!

Class sample from the Mucho Metallics online mixed media workshop.

Class sample from the Mucho Metallics online mixed media workshop.

These are only ONE sample from each of the super sale workshops! Be sure to check out the complete listings to see more. We've got something for everyone. Click here for more info.

Happy Easter....happy Spring Break to everyone!

*Offer not valid on prior purchases. Expires Monday night, April 6, midnight pacific.

#Encaustic Set for Sale #SanDiego

R&F Encaustic suite for sale.. More than what is pictured here....for less! I've got brand new paint, paint sticks,  mediums, tins, a thermometer, R&F Encaustic brushes, a tacking iron and a 16x16 R&F Aluminum plate! All in almost new condition. This is pretty heavy to ship..but not impossible.. shipping would be paid by the buyer or we can meet in San Diego. Price without shipping is $425. If you've been thinking about getting started in Encaustic..this is a one stop deal for you! (Credit cards accepted or Paypal.)

 

Saturday Workshop Sale!

Artwork by Chris Cozen, techniques featured in the new Collage Fusion Online Workshop

Artwork by Chris Cozen, techniques featured in the new Collage Fusion Online Workshop

Save a little today! 10% off all online workshops. Use the code FLASH21 at checkout. Have you checked out the new Collage Fusion Online Workshop yet? It's really great!

Save today only. Offer not valid on prior purchases. Expires midnight tonight, pacific time. Click here to see the class line up!

A Little Piece of Summer..

"Summer" 16x20

"Summer" 16x20

This piece will suit almost any decor...I love the subtlety of the color..and the hints of collage. It's rich and textural...and ready to come over to your house. Original painting by Julie Prichard, $250.00. Click here for more info.

I think someone short, super cute and furry might be coming to stay with us soon....details in a couple weeks.

Fine Art Sale #mixedmedia

"The Search" as featured in, "Acrylic Solutions" 11x14x1 Mixed media on canvas

"The Search" as featured in, "Acrylic Solutions" 11x14x1 Mixed media on canvas

Hi! I'm cleaning and making room for new paintings...I've placed a handful of my originals on sale  including the piece shown above..one of my all time favorites. Lots of depth, texture and layers...the photo doesn't do the painting justice. Please click here to take a look at my paintings. Domestic shipping is $20.. $80 for international buyers and I pack everything up very nice. 

See you soon.... I've got to paint.

Spring Fever...

Gelli- Plate pulls.... quick art..

Gelli- Plate pulls.... quick art..

You don't have to think... and you easily get lost in the process.. I am setting up to make a whole-lotta gelli print papers to beef up my collection. Collage is in the plans..

We're starting to see some really great art in our Collage Fusion online workshop.... seeing what the students make is my favorite part.

Hope you're having some fun too!

 

The feeling.. #mixedmedia

Class sample from the new online workshop "Collage Fusion". Now open!

Class sample from the new online workshop "Collage Fusion". Now open!

I'm crazy about the fluid shapes in this art....

A couple of people have commented to us that they are so happy that they get to "talk" to their instructors in an online workshop... Yes..it's true. We WANT to talk to you about your art....as MUCH AS YOU NEED too.. 

Collage Fusion is open. Click here for more info.

And Away They Go.... #mixedmedia

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Class sample from the new online mixed media workshop, "Collage Fusion".

We're so happy to hear that students are already enjoying our new online workshop! Here is what people have been saying about it:

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We also wanted to thank everyone for the massive support on our video on Facebook.. Thank you to everyone who shared it! It really means a lot to us.

Collage Fusion is ON SALE now through midnight pacific on Wednesday. Use the code GRANDOPENING at checkout and save 10%. Take a look around while you're here, you can also use the code on all of our other great workshops as well as my original art/gifts.

The techniques in Collage Fusion are all new and fresh vs. our previous collage workshop, Complex Collage. Two totally different styles of collage. You can click here for more info and to register.

We hope to see you soon!

New #mixedmedia ONLINE WORKSHOP NOW OPEN

Chris Cozen and I have just released our first  collaborative online workshop since 2013! We are so excited to show you what we have been working on. We've got the best footage that I have ever edited..great camera angles, sound, the handout..we're really proud of how everything came together. Take a look at the promo video that I made for us: (video below)

Collage Fusion is WAY different than our previous offerings..we've learned so much over the years that we have been teaching. Today through the 4th, you can save 10% off all workshops, including Collage Fusion, by using the code GRANDOPENING at checkout. Have you purchased a workshop from us in the last 6 months? The ordering process is automated now...you get class access right when you register!

CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

It's Almost Time! New Mixed Media Workshop #mixedmedia #art

I am putting the finishing touches on a brand spankin' new online workshop with Chris Cozen! We have not filmed a new workshop since our book was published..and we've got some GREAT content for you. Stay tuned to this space for more info...we should launch next week!

In other news, we received word today that our book is in it's 4th FOURTH!!! printing!! Hooray!!

Thanks for stopping by today..I can't wait to show you what I have been working on with Chris!