Creative Girl Workshop.

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I chipped away at another bit of my fear of the unknown last weekend. I took the Creative Girl watercolor class by Danielle Donaldson earlier in the year and loved it. After the class was over, she announced a watercolor workshop across the country and one of the stops was Denver. I didn't think I would be able to attend but luckily things worked out so I could.

This was an all day watercolor workshop and I can't remember the last time I had seven hours where it was just me focused on art. The venue was beautiful, Old Glory Antiques off of Broadway, with vintage finds all over. I was surrounded by beautiful creative women in the workshop who flew or drove from all over. Some hadn't even painted with watercolor before, it was pretty cool. We did figure eight and swirl washes of different color paints, watching how they reacted and dried. Then we tried to find the things we liked and didn't like so we could work on our own styles. Later on we worked on recreating one of Danielle's watercolor girls. I think I focused too hard trying to get what I could out of every moment because I ended up getting a headache afterward. Does that happen to anyone else or just me? Anyway it was a great workshop and I can't wait to be able to attend more and meet more inspiring women like Jennifer Rizzo, Jeanne Oliver, Danielle Donaldson and my new painterly Instagram friends. Thanks for the connection and community.

What I've Been Working On - No. 4

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The Make Art that Sells (MATS) class has had a break for March which was a perfect excuse to take another class even though I'm on maternity leave. (I'm crazy if you didn't already know.) But seriously, the class is called CreativeGIRL: Storybooks and Studious Girls by Danielle Donaldson. It has been perfect and I knew what I could handle so this worked out great. The class doesn't have a deadline, it has a work at your own pace schedule and you have lifetime access to the content (for as long as the site is up and running).

My friend Christie told me about the class so we are taking it together. Her art has grown so much so definitely follow me (@fluximagery) and her (@christiedrahnak) on Instagram.

Getting back into action with watercolor and I love the way Danielle teaches. So many techniques and lessons finally clicked for me. Love it.

What I'm Working on - No. 3

edwardian brooch mats assignment So I made the biggest rookie mistake in the book with my Make Art That Sells class and didn't verify the due date/time. I thought for sure the deadline was 5 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. MTN. So I went to upload my image to the January Assignment gallery and low and behold, it closed at 3 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. MTN. What time was it? 1:04 p.m. MTN. Womp.

Lesson is definitely learned. Here is my finished journal cover based on Edwardian brooches. This was not easy because I have been away from Illustrator for awhile and all of the facets, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it. Using Divide in the Pathfinder was helpful as well as using Object, Path, Divide Objects Below (wonderful tutorial here).

I learned a ton about how I like to work: step by step and compartmentalize the process. Then let it go. IE. Finish sketch phase, finish design phase, finish color phase, etc. Going back and tinkering is crazy-making.

Also, the end goal is to be done, not perfect. I want my best work but if you never finish anything, you don't accomplish anything. In my humble opinion.

Now it is time to relax and play with my little one.

What I'm Working On - No. 1

December is almost over, but I refuse to believe it. I signed up for a class that starts in January called, "Make Art that Sells: Assignment Bootcamp". It is one of Lilla Rogers' classes and I have been curious about her for awhile now. She is a well-known and successful art director and she represents Lisa Congdon, an artist whose work I love by the way. Another one of my friends who primarily uses Adobe Illustrator, Jannie Ho, has taken one of her courses as well. I've heard nothing but good things so I'm excited!

I needed something that had a flexible timeline, promoted community and gave me a swift kick in the behind so my art translates into tangible real-world items. Just more pieces of the puzzle to figure out and I can't wait to start.

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2015?

Land of Nod Illustrator Assignment

NodCover800w I am not not new to Illustrator.  I have been working in this program for a little over 10 years.  I've barely scratched the surface and I know that once you stop learning, your creative growth is stunted.  Always learn and try new things.  So I took another Skillshare class (told you I am addicted).  This is another one by Brad Woodward called "Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator".  The assignment was to find an ad you love, vintage or by a living artist, and duplicate it in Illustrator.  Above is the original, I love this piece and I couldn't find the artist.  If you happen to know, let me know and I'll update this post to give credit.

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Here's my version.  The shirt pattern is off and there are no textures yet.

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And here is the final, added in the textures on the sweaters.  Yet again I loved a Skillshare class and I wanted to share.

Have a great day!

Going Green

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I am taking an online watercolor class called "Going Green" by Vinita Pappas.  The things I wanted to get out of this class the most was how to mix color, see another artist's process and just see better.  It helps that it is a loose class, meaning you get the assignments and work on them in your own time during the three week course.  Homework is due on Mondays but that is mainly just an incentive not to fall behind.

First we completed color charts to see how different yellows combined with different greens.  Then we mixed colors and tried to place them in the correct quadrants, I messed up in a few spots but I have a much better understanding now. You can tell where I am in my life by seeing the next two pics, they are results of color hunting.  Finding green objects, yellow objects and blue objects.  Then trying to mix their colors on a scrap piece of paper.  (See "nose sucker" for a light blue and "zip and play" for my yellow).

I was interested in Vinita's "Loosen Up" class too but there was no way I could attempt that with a 2-3 week old.  This class is great, frustrating at times but that is all a part of change right?  So far, so good!