The class outline has almost been finalized... the pre-work has begun... Feels good.
Hey! Just a reminder that the big sale I am running will end tonight at midnight.. Enter the code happy2015 at checkout and save 15% off EVERYTHING on my website..classes, original art, you name it.
Happy New Year! There is a pretty sweet deal on my website right now...you can save 15% off EVERYTHING that I have listed... all workshops (even the ones that are already on sale!) plus ALL original art!
These things are all on sale..and I ship pretty fast too... the classes? You get them INSTANTLY.. The sale will end at the end of the day January 21 (pacific time). Hope to see you there!
This is a super small painting.. I think it was about 3x3".. I soldered this painting inside a frame to present it as a christmas gift to my friend in 2012. I'm looking through my files and am happy to know that the style of painting that I liked back then, still holds true today.. it signals to me that I have defined my true style as an artist.
These days I have been working at my daughter's school, and slowly absorbing some books and magazines.. taking things easy as we finalize material for new mixed media online workshops. A few years ago, I would have been in a panic if I were not feverishly painting every day..but now I have accepted the ebb and flow of my creativity.
Cloudy skies and cool temperatures find me more contemplative than usual. I'm doing my best to stay on track.
Get your paint out! Jumpstart your creativity with a fast online workshop, "Mixed Media Vacation" on sale now through Wednesday! No time limits...perfect for beginners too... use code 2015Vacation at check out to save. I hope to see you there! Click here for more info.
Wishing you happiness and peace in 2015...
Never shying away from anything shiny, in 2014, I used a lot of gold leaf.. in paintings, in craft projects, in paper crafting.. it was all over the place. There was loads of metallic paint as well... and making the metallics look aged was one of my favorite things to do. How about you?
"My Checkered Past" is a painting that I completed for my upcoming solo show..name TBD, but I have some ideas percolating. I think the main challenge I faced while making the show was to make sure that I had a collection in which the pieces were unique, but that they "went" together. It was really difficult especially around the 10th painting mark.. (The collection stands at 16...but I may only show 15.)
I love yellow... I hate to paint with it and I find that it is the color I struggle with the most..but...the yellow paintings garner the most attention when people see them hanging..so I guess the hard work pays off.
Most of my large paintings are completed using techniques in the Layer Love v2.0 mixed media online workshop... if you want to get going with some killer abstract art, take a look here and join Chris Cozen and I!
Highlighting some of my favorite paintings of 2014, this is "Reef Break", encaustic on wood, 16x16". Encaustic was fun, especially outside in the sweltering southern California heat.. maybe not the best plan, but something I would heat up again for sure. There was a steep learning curve working with wax, with frustration because I could not get it to behave exactly like my paint..
Every year I have the urge to make my Christmas gifts... sometimes things don't go as planned.. Most years I give up and decide on a second project last minute.. Yesterday (December 18!) I canned the whole "make" idea and went out to buy presents.. only to come back home, re-group, and re-design the "make" gifts last minute. Like really last minute... I had to pass these gifts out today.
There is a problem with the internet these days.. there are tutorials all over and place.. but even though a lot of them look good, at close inspection, they're not. I should have known that the pattern I was admiring wouldn't work.. You're looking at someone who sews a lot of zippered pouches, (and pillows)... I've got the zipper down.. It's my most proud skill now.. so when I saw something in a tutorial that differed from my learned skills, that should have set off the alarm.. it didn't.. I was bamboozled by the number of hits on the post I was reading and the quality graphics.
After failed attempt at the pattern's instruction, I decided to make this one my own. I had already cut ALL of my fabric as the failed pattern specified.. I repositioned the stabilizer (the pattern called for the stabilizer to be sewn to the lining of the bag...not the outside... but I thought having a better shape was more important to the outside of the bag)... I trimmed the weird pattern pieces to a better shape and sewed all night. I think they look great..the recipients too, I am happy to report.
I had this moment when learning to paint..and I am happy (sort of..after the headache) to have this feeling while learning to sew now.. Knowing how to "fix" things is the best feeling ever..and you learn that feeling by making mistakes, and deviating from patterns that are presented to you. Sort of like a mechanic.. learning how things work. This is my 11th hour, cheerleading moment to you...if you're busily making gifts still... go with your gut... don't pull your hair out over a tutorial. You can do it.
BTW, I put little stocking stuffers in the bags... handmade soaps, note pads, pens, nail polish and various treats.. each monogrammed for the recipient. The interior of each bag is bright patterned fabric that coordinates with the zipper color. The Tru Embroidery software has become invaluable for this type of project.. I am happy I purchased it.
We're retiring two workshops in early 2015 to make room for some brand spanking new ones! Take advantage of our final sale on "Mixed Media Melange" and "Pixels and Paint" at $59.50/ea before they're gone.
Still no time limits on class, no expiration date... we won't be accepting new members to either course soon. We hope to see you! Click here for more info.
This is the second group of 4x6 panels I made for the craft bazaar last week... I will list the panels that are still available soon.. but the weather is cool and my sewing machine has been calling my name. Seems I work better under pressure... now would probably be a good time to start sewing the Christmas gifts on my list... haha
If you're interested in picking up any of these panels for a gift, they are ORIGINALS and they will cost $45 plus a little for shipping... they are on cradled wood panels, with 1.5" profiles.. here is a little photo I took of them to show you the depth:
If you need a quick art gift for someone, use the contact button on the top of my site to claim one.. I'll get around to officially listing them later. See you soon!
edit: They are all up listed now! Click here to see the collection.
HI there! Please note that the address to our workshop page has changed. You can now find all of the online mixed media workshops that we offer located here. You'll notice any old links you may have will no longer be valid...but rest assured, the workshops are still here.
Exciting news! Now when you purchase a workshop, all of the written content and login information is automatically emailed to you....like within seconds! No more wait times...come and paint with us anytime. We'd love to see you.
I participated in my first craft/art sale yesterday and had a lot of fun! It was really rewarding to see all of my inventory on the table...and to be able to tell the customers that I made everything. I enjoyed talking to everyone about my workshops and the art on the table..as well as the sales! Truth be told I have not even shopped at many of these sales at all either...so this was really neat.
I whipped up my table banner... "Fine Art Gifts" too... just wanted to show you. :)
I'm going to list the leftover panels here soon... probably in groups of 4. They were so well received...seems like everyone wants to add a collage of art/photos to their home, and these turned out to be the perfect size.
Other than that, I'm almost done converting all of the workshops to "digital"..which means the ordering process will be totally automated. If you buy a workshop in the middle of the night, you can start in the middle of the night...I'll leave the studio lights on for you.
See you soon!
As part of our awesome online classes, we have always offered beautiful full-color pdf (aka handouts) that are meant to be used in conjunction with the video lessons. Currently, those handouts are located inside each of your class blogs, most of the time, as chapters inside each lesson. Our intention has always been that students print the handout (or download it) and then use it to take notes as you watch the videos for that lesson. Some classes even come with links to supply lists as well as things like free ephemera and single-page tid-bits that all fit into the larger PDF file.
Effective January 1, 2015, we will no longer host that information for you.
No one panic, please.
You are not loosing access to your classes. You are not loosing instructor support... we are simply changing the way in which we provide that "written" or linked-to content that is not video content. We need you to please take your content and download it now.
Effective December 10th, all classes that are sold will feature AUTOMATIC access and AUTOMATIC digital downloads will be made available to you. This is for NEW class members only. There will no longer be waiting until I wake up and process orders so that you can get into class. Isn't that awesome? We're making all of the necessary system upgrades at no additional cost to you so that you can enjoy class the moment you want to.
These changes require me to cancel an old website that I have been using to host the files for all of the classes... ergo, why you need to download what you are entitled to NOW.
NO OTHER CLASSROOM ASPECTS WILL CHANGE.
Please do not email me asking where to find your handouts...simply log into your class and take 2 minutes to scroll through and download them. It's that simple.
There have been a lot of technological advancements since we started filming and hosting classes 5+ years ago. I've wanted to make these changes for a long time and have now taken the plunge to do so. We're having great success with the new shopping cart and coupon codes too, which is a part of this upgrade. We hope you like the way that things are being presented.
Thank you again for all of your support! Chris Cozen and I are writing new digital content for bigger and better classes for 2015 as we speak! There are a lot of exciting new changes that are heading our way...and we're happy you're here.
Owner- The Land of Lost Luggage
PS- there sure are a lot of you... if any of your friends have signed up for workshops over the last several years, can you please take moment to mention this post to them? We would really appreciate it.