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!

Collage. I love you. #mixedmedia

Mixed media on canvas, 16x20"

Mixed media on canvas, 16x20"

I loose sight of collage sometimes...but when I look around in my portfolio, I notice a lot of it. I like using collage as an accent to my paint.. not usually as the main idea of a painting.. just little hints of papers that may have been there at one time... how about you?

Ichiro, My favorite dog.

My boy passed away on Valentine's day.. although our hearts are so heavy, we feel comfort knowing he's comfortable and running around causing trouble wherever he is now.. He passed here at home with me, outside in the back yard.

Days are a little tough.. looking and listening for him in the house.. especially at night and in the morning when he would wake me up..usually by sitting by me in bed, or bringing me a chew toy while I was still sleeping.. he was the best dog.

One day, when the time is right, I'll get another dog.. but until then, my heart is full of happiness with memories of this dear boy that lived with me for so long.

It's a Wrap! #ecourse #mixedmedia #art

Chris Cozen and I on the set of our latest online workshop...due March 2015.

Chris Cozen and I on the set of our latest online workshop...due March 2015.

Chris Cozen and I completed filming of our latest online workshop this morning... I will have all of the HD footage edited by teh beginning of next month...we can't wait to show you what we have been working on. It's our best class yet!

Don't forget that registration for two of our online workshops will close forever on February 16th.. We will no longer accept new members to "Pixels and Paint" and the "Mixed Media Melange" online workshops. Click here for more info.

Workshops closing soon!

Art based on class techniques: Left - Mixed Media Melange, Right - Pixels and Paint

Art based on class techniques: Left - Mixed Media Melange, Right - Pixels and Paint

Chris Cozen and I will be closing two of our online mixed media workshops on February 15th. Please note- This means we will no longer accept new members to these classes... people who register before February 15th and those who have registered in the past will continue to have access to the videos and instructor support. So...come and get them while you can! Each class is on sale for only $59.50. Click here for more info.

What about the planning stages?

Mixed Media Art created for Pam Carriker's book here.

Mixed Media Art created for Pam Carriker's book here.

I feel like my schedule is all over the place these days... I have to remind myself to breathe and relax sometimes...

A good friend reminded me of something important.. planning... planning things that you are going to do before you actually do them is really hard work. The workshop for example.. I'm working on raising production values..and doing the best that I can without an actual film studio.. and researching, and planning, and thinking... and even though I am empty handed during the process, I am still working. It kind of feels like the most difficult work of all actually...because there really is not a result until many days later when you see everything come together online... I have to remember that.

Hope you're having a good weekend... #GoHawks

Happy 2015 Discount for YOU! #mixedmedia #ecourse #sale #DIY

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!

Maybe you like original encaustic paintings like this one?

Maybe you like original encaustic paintings like this one?

Or this abstract? Very handsome..

Or this abstract? Very handsome..

This painting, "Vintage Picnic" is one of my favorites..

This painting, "Vintage Picnic" is one of my favorites..

Or this painting featured in the book, "Acrylic Solutions?"

Or this painting featured in the book, "Acrylic Solutions?"

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!

Click here to see all of the sale art.

Click here to see the sale workshops (ecourses)

While you're at it, click here to find me on Facebook.

Code Breaker

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.

2014 Review No. 3 The Year of Gold Leaf #mixedmedia #artist #art

Untitled, sometimes.. 24x24" Mixed media on gallery canvas

Untitled, sometimes.. 24x24" Mixed media on gallery canvas

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?

2014 Review No. 2 "My Checkered Past" #mixedmedia #art #artist

"My Checkered Past" 30x40" Mixed Media on Gallery Canvas

"My Checkered Past" 30x40" Mixed Media on Gallery Canvas

"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!

2014 Review #mixedmedia #art

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..