14
Mar

that post with the personal stuff in it…

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i don’t usually write a lot of very personal stuff in my blog. But i feel compelled to write just a teeny personal entry today.

I’ll be blunt. This week kind of stunk.

It was full of small problems; parenting challenges, ear-achey baby, impromptu teacher conference called for the 2nd grader, sudden attachment disorder cropped up from the 3 year old that led to some pretty stellar screamfests for no good reason. Out of whack sleep patterns because of daylight savings time, potty-training cleanups galore(blech!), and much, much more, as they say on the game shows. It was – challenging. i may have thrown my hands up and cried a little once….ok, twice. And that is not like me.

But today we got a crushing bit of news from sweet mr. tax man (ah, don’t you just love tax season?) and it’s going to put my studio build on hold while i rob Peter to pay Paul. Disappointing, deflating setback. But even still – i was keeping it together. i was breathing in and out and everything! But then, just a few moments later, i found out one of my original paintings got lost in transit to a dear customer. That was the last straw. i lost my marbles. It was not a proud moment.

And as much as that’s all tragic and such…none of it is what made me want to write a blog post just now. i mean, i realize these things happen, Murphy’s Law, the Law of Threes and all. Happens to the best of us, right?

No, what made me want to write was that a lovely conversation with a customer – who could’ve been mad as heck (but wasn’t) and could’ve made my week a thousand times worse (but didn’t) -  occurred.

It was the perfect example of how to show grace, and perspective, and friendship, and compassion.

Said customer knew i didn’t WANT or INTEND for her painting to be lost. (i actually shipped it to her old address before a recent move, because i’m so brilliant and on the ball. New residents must’ve taken delivery and kept it. Nothing we can do. Tried everything all afternoon. Totally uncool!)

ANYWAY!!!! By the end, she was somehow comforting ME??! What the what?? Isn’t that the exact kind of person ya’ll want to BE? It put everything into perspective for me.Whole new outlook on the big, stinky week.

i am, in reality, a pretty lucky person. i know that. i just forgot for a millisecond there. And i know the world will not come to an end because i will temporarily have a lighter wallet, and a delayed start to our home improvement project. Ridiculously far worse things have happened. i mean, really. i’m embarrassed by myself. But i’m human….i lost the plot for a moment. It’s ok. i forgive myself.

Bottom line is; my customer didn’t know her missing delivery was the capper on my mini nervous breakdown. But she was kind to me just the same and it made all the difference. i hope i always show this to others as well.

“Be kind to everyone you meet because you never know what battles people are fighting.”

So that’s it….a personal blog post just so i can share about my wonderful customer/friend. The world is better because you are in it, T. : )

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10
Mar

What’s New

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So much is in the pipeline for this spring, i thought i’d share a little.

i’m doing a juried art show in april at Historic Yellow Springs, here in Chester County, PA.  Busily painting for that as we speak. A bunch of new licensed products have hit stores recently, including these doodle book spinoffs.

i’ve also been hard at work designing lots of items that you guys will see available in shops in 2015. More details on that later!

My first ever online workshop, Layers of Color, starts on April 7. So i am VERY busy getting all the content up and running for that. Please join in! It will be a very loose, self-guided worskhop delivered via blog posts, step by step photos and videos on a password protected section of my site. The workshop basically shares all my favorite supplies, techniques, and ways that i lay down color and texture in my signature style. No experience is needed to play along. And you have access to the posts for a full year after the 6 week session is finished. $75. Read more & SIGN UP HERE!!

Some fun collaborations are upcoming with 2 wonderful artists; Stephanie Fizer Coleman and Jenny Alexander. Those will be posted very soon!

I’ve also been working on lots of new commissioned pieces, which is always so rewarding. Portraits, screenprint designs like the one above, logos and canvas paintings have all been heading out the door. If you’d like to chat with me about a special project; check out the basics here, shoot me an email at artist@stephaniecorfee.com, or post a comment on this page and i’ll get back to you lickety split!

One bit of super-exciting news is that my husband and i will be breaking ground in about a month or so to build a new studio space onto our house. I’m hogging the first floor master right now as my workspace, but since we added our third little boy last april, it’s apparent that we need to make some room. We’ve been saving our pennies and plan to do much of the finishes and electrical (hubby is an electrician) ourselves, so i’ll be making a new series of blog posts in the warmer months to document the creation of this project. i am soooo excited, but also super nervous to take this big step. agh!

i can’t think of anything else right this second. Daylight savings is making me so happy for longer afternoons in the sunshine. Spring is finally trying to break through the waist-deep snowfall that slammed us this winter. My last little baby turns one next month. Finally, all the kiddos are feeling better and off their daily breathing treatments, There is just an overwhelming sense of hope and anticipation of what the year will bring.

i’ll leave you with a favorite sketch i made this weekend that is a sneak peek to some VERY different painting work i’m going to be doing in the coming months….enjoy!!

xo, s

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6
Mar

My Favorite ARt Materials

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All in one place, with links! Here is a list and little bit of commentary on my favorite art materials, folks! If you are taking part in the Layers of Color Workshop starting in April, this is a great reference. You don’t need to rush off and buy anything though. My advice would be to grab some basics and then read the posts/watch the videos. If you see a technique, tool or material you think looks awesome, go for it! But you likely won’t want to try absolutely everything you see. Listen to your gut and just work with the items that excite you!

I’ve broken it down into parts bc i work lots of different ways. Hopefully, this will organize things nicely.

Drawing & Sketching

Paper – i sketch on printer paper all the time. Cheap and readily available. It’s nice when it’s not precious. You sorta feel more free to be imperfect. i also keep proper sketchbooks of all kinds, none better than the rest to me. Now, for artwork, i am more specific. For sketching portraits, i like Canson Mi Tientes paper or Strathmore Bristol. i use the Canson in mid-tones for chalk & charcoal facial portraits. It has a light weight but nice texture for the portrait to give it a very timeless appearance.  The Bristol is good for slicker, modern, fun ink drawings and doodles. It’s smooth vellum surface takes smooth ink lines and vivid color from markers, colored pencils very well.

Pens – i use Pigma Micron pens and Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens for all my ink drawings. i use all the nib sizes, but love the teeniest ones best for my intricate doodles. The brush tip is great for adding line weight when i do cartoons.

Pencils – Oh lord….i like pencils a lot. i use mechanical pencils for my sketches because i like a constantly sharp tip. i buy them at Staples in bulk, because they are always disappearing from my office! For finished artwork, i use Derwent Graphite pencils. i have this set and use almost every hardness when i do a shaded portrait. i start with a super sharp H and work my way up to the softest 6B for adding depth. It’s a great set if you’re into shading. I have the big set of Prismacolor colored pencils. My favorites get replaced individually when i can’t hold the nub anymore. i keep them in these handy cases. Last set of faves is my Derwent inktense pencils. They are water-soluble and full of color! Imagine drawing a whole picture, then being able to go back and make your colored pencil drawing look like a watercolor painting…yeah, kinda like that.

Miscellaneous – i always keep tracing paper on-hand, for tracing off nice clean images from my messy sketches. i also keep little swatches of it under my drawing hand when using graphite or pastel so i don’t smudge it all up. i also can’t live without my lightboxes. i have a laptop-sized one with a curved edge so you don’t dent your paper by leaning on it accidentally. And i have a huge tabletop one. i transfer drawings with it, i use it when i’m watercoloring letters so i don’t need a pencil outline….love it.

Watercolor

Paper – i keep cheaper brands on hand for quick studies and sketches, but i will admit to preferring Arches and Fabriano papers for any finished work. They are pricier. i wince when i buy them. But the way they take color and allow you to lift color….oh man, you can really tell the difference. It’s like magic. i love the toothy look of cold pressed papers. i feel like they really scream WATERCOLOR! But the velvety refinement of hot press is nice sometimes too. i always remember my art teacher telling us that we should imagine an iron….if it’s cold, it won’t get all the bumps out (cold press = bumpy paper)…if the iron is hot, all the wrinkles come out (hot press= smooth paper). i also watercolor right in my sketchbook all the time. i just don’t do any floods of water which would overly warp the pages. A little warping is ok : )

Paints – ummm….i sort of collect watercolor paint. So maybe i should just share my absolute faves? For dry pan sets, i like this 36-pan set by Talens Angora and this 24-pan one by Koi which is good for travel. For intense color, i add in bits and bobs of other stuff like dyna-flow fabric/textile paint, liquid watercolors from Dr. Ph Martins and Derwent Inktense water soluble pencils (also mentioned above). i don’t use tube watercolors very much anymore, but they are fine too! Lastly, i like to do overlays with white and other semi-opaque colors a lot, so i have a nice set of Holbein Artist’s gouache handy. I have whole set of colors in tiny tubes because you don’t need much! Then i have a large tube of white because i use it a lot. (loosely translated, Gouache=opaque watercolors)

Brushes – i like these brushes by Kuretake for travel or for watercolor sketching on the couch or in bed….places i don’t want a jar of water cramping my style : ) Their handle is actually a water reservoir that you access by squeezing. My kids think they’re fun. But i have a zillion traditional brushes too and prefer round or taper brushes most of the time, sable bristles or synthetic. Proper watercolorists like flat brushes for color fills, i think…but i rarely use mine. i also really like itty bitty detail brushes and also liner brushes that have long, bendy bristles for loops and lines.

Miscellaneous – Keep lots of paper towels handy. i fold 2 or 3 and tuck the edge under my water jar. Always lots of blotting going on! Blue painters tape is always handy to me also. i always muck up my paper with traditional masking tape, so the blue stuff saves me wrecking my paintings. Masking tape is stronger though, so use what you like.

Acrylic

Canvas – i like artist canvas in the deep profile from utrecht. i use squares 90% of the time. i have no idea why! i am just drawn to them. i DO buy bulk packs of low profile cheapo canvas from the craft store to mess around on when i’m experimenting or working with my kids. But honestly, you can’t really mess up a canvas. If you hate your painting, just paint over it! So i say get the size/depth/quality you like and go for it.

Paints – Acrylic paints – another obsession. Plan to take a bit of time when you are building up an arsenal of acrylics, because it’s easy to go broke! i buy a couple every time i’m in the art store and then do bigger purchases online at blick or utrecht. 80% of the time, i use fluid (or soft body) acrylics. They are the consistency of heavy cream. i use Golden and Liquitex. i do own heavier body acrylics that hold their shape more (in tubes). i have craft store brands,  student grade brands, and also Liquitex BASICS, Windsor & Newton Galeria and Amsterdam. But i mostly just use these to lay down broad areas of color for backgrounds, especially on large canvases. i don’t like to build up texture, just not my thing, so the fluids are my go-to. Last thing! Paint pens. Liquitex acrylic paint pens and Montana paint pens (smaller nib sizes) are great if you are not so steady with the liner brush and want to add doodles and thin linework to your paintings.

Brushes – For backgrounds, i like big, soft, fluffy round brushes that really hold a lot of paint and blend well. For mid-layers, i generally use 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ flat brushes – filbert(rounded) or square bristles. For top details, i use liner brushes and smaller, long-handled filberts most often. These are all preferences based on the shapes and strokes i like to make. But lord knows you should experiment and use whatever feels good to you. There are 8 gazillion brushes out there! If i could only have 2 brushes, i’d want my 1/2″ filbert long handle and a #6 round brush short handle.  But thank goodness that’s not the case! : ) i generally like soft synthetic bristles or soft natural bristles like sables. But natural, stiffer bristles are nice sometimes when i want to do a bit of texture-y/scratchy brush work.

Miscellaneous – i love my grey paper palette. i HATE cleanup, so paper palettes are my favorite. Tear off your mess and toss it. The grey kind helps mix dark and light color values bc it gives you a perfect middle tone to compare to. Again, paper towels! A good adjustable spray bottle like this. You can mist your canvas surface to keep paint moist and help mix colors. you can spray a stream of water to cause drips. You can mist your palette to keep paint from getting a skin. i love having this rolling cart to hold paints and this rolling table for my other side to hold my palette and water bucket and brushes. Is lighting a supply? Because you really need good light. sit by a window if at all possible. My electrician husband has also hooked me up with all kinds of extra lights and i have a full spectrum Ott light from my sewing days that i use on particularly dreary days too. It’s not an artist’s light, per se. But i find it really useful.

Additional must-haves in my studio: TV! i like to watch crime shows and sitcoms while i paint. Music usually makes me feel too lonely. i know….i am weird! If it’s a nice, sunny day and my windows are open, that’ll be the exception. Those days are so cheery to begin with, music is ok ; ) A chair. i also think this might be weird? i almost always sit at my easel rather than stand. Camera and tripod; i take high res photos at background and mid-stages of my paintings. Then i use them when i make digital art later as fills and textures. Work smarter, not harder, people! Multi-tasking is my middle name.

OK! i think i listed every darned thing. If i’ve left you with any burning questions, please ask and i’ll amend the post!

Hope it is helpful!

xo,

s

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27
Feb

My First Online Workshop!

Hey gang! So here are the deets on the upcoming workshop, Layers of Color. i’m giving a pretty detailed summary because i really want folks to know what they’re getting and be able to make an informed decision. i get a lot of requests for me to teach how i work, so that’s what i’ll be doing here. (Don’t be surprised if you hear snippets of NCIS in the background during the videos – just kidding!) If you are looking for a formal painting class to teach traditional methods, this class is not for you. But if you want to get a sneak peek into my process and learn how you can follow along making layered artworks full of color and texture, you’re in the right place.

i’ve tried my best to create a class that is chock full of info, but also still accessible in price. From the start, i told myself that if i couldn’t keep it under $100, i’d have to rethink the whole thing. But i did it! And to kick it off, there will even be a $10 promotional discount for the first 10 people to sign up!

So without further delay, i present:

LAYERS OF COLOR – An Online Painting Workshop!
* This workshop is just that…a fun, informal, information-packed series of written blog posts, step-by-step photos, and demo videos. I will share my own personal methods for layering color and creating vibrant artworks. Get familiar with my style before signing on to be sure this is what you’d like to learn. I will share my personal favorite supplies, techniques and ideas. The workshop is not meant to take the place of formal art classes.

Skill-level: Beginner

Materials: (material costs are not included)
basics: water color paper, stretched, pre-primed canvas, watercolor paints, acrylic paints, white gouache, pencils, markers, pens, paintbrushes, kosher salt, crayons, masking tape, squirt bottle, paper towel, paper plates
extras: liquid watercolors, gouache paints, liquid fabric dyes, paper palette

Class Schedule: **posts will go up as scheduled, but they will then STAY up and accessible for at least one year for all participants. You are free to follow along at any pace that is comfortable for you. : )
6 Week Workshop (First Post Goes LIVE Monday, April 7, 2014)
Monday: Main Topic posts with written lessons, photos and a demo video
Tuesday-Friday:  Mini-posts and prompts to spark creativity to guide participants experimentation with each week’s lesson.

Structure:
This workshop is being offered via a password-protected page on my website with participants encouraged to share their work via a Flickr Group as well if they choose.
Includes Main Topic weekly posts for 5 weeks which will each include a demo video + lots of photos and written instruction. Includes short, mini-posts each Tues-Friday to spark creativity, and implementation of the main lesson. This will help to keep you painting and experimenting throughout the 6 weeks. Painting every single day is the “not-so-secret” secret!

Friday posts will also include answers to selected questions submitted via email each monday after the main lesson post. It will likely be impossible to answer all questions every week, but I will attempt to answer those that could most benefit the group.

What’s covered:
- learn to work in various water-based media using lots of color
- learn about my favorite tools and supplies
- learn about the unique qualities of watercolor, gouache, acrylics, inks and dyes
- learn to take advantage of the absorptive properties of watercolor paper vs the slick surface of canvas
- learn to handle water; puddles, spray bottles, blotting, splattering, blending
- learn which mediums layer best with each other to create certain effects
- learn how to create background textures for doodles, sketches and ink work

Basically, i will share my own process and what works for me after lots of years doing it. this will not be an “art school-follow-the-rules” kind of class. Textbook techniques are not on the syllabus, although you will hear plenty of basics about the different media, how to care for your tools, a lil color theory and the like.

Week 1: Intro & Favorite Supplies, plus Lesson 1/ Watercolor Basics
- stretching the paper
- working with watercolor block
- working with a water wall
- working on dry paper vs wet paper
- working up a layered background in stages
- mixing in dyes, inks, and gouache

Week 2: Acrylic Basics
- fluid vs full body acrylics
- opaque vs transparent color + using white
- color mixing on canvas vs palette
- brush shapes and the type of strokes and blending they achieve
- working wet vs working dry
- working the whole canvas/ dry time/ achieving high contrast
- maintaining a balance of tones for background paintings

Week 3:  Layering every which way
- layering transparent color
- layering texture, shapes and forms
- drips, streaks, dots, pounces, linework and more
- making adjacent colors vibrate
- making adjacent colors advance or recede

Week 4: Doodling + Illustration Overlays
- doodle with paint pens and markers on acrylics
- sketch with pencil or ink on watercolors
- using a liner brush
- eye on composition
- turning the canvas or paper

Week 5: Color it in!
- adding color to your doodles
- transparent fills vs opaque fills
- analogous textures for interest
- outlining and halo effects
- choosing some dominant colors for your piece

Week 6: Theme-A-Day + Workshop Review
- 5 painting challenges for the week – themes, color palettes, inspiration photos will be offered.
- workshop review
- message from moi!

Cost: $75 ($65 for the first 10 to sign up!) The first 10 spots have been filled! Thank you!
Buy Now

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16
Feb

When there’s a lull…

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Inevitably, there is a lull at the beginning of every new year. i suppose folks are retailed out from Christmas shopping. And i know personally, i am compelled to let my bank account recover after the holiday once i see my year in review during tax preparation. This lull happens every year and never lasts for long. But it still freaks me out a bit every time….like, “will i ever be overloaded with work again?”

This year, i am trying to embrace the lull to get things done that always seem to be pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. i’m making new art, experimenting with materials, updating my online portfolios and shops, submitting my work to various companies, and making lists and plans for the business in 2014.

i have been taking a few online courses of late and it has been so eye opening. It has really pushed me to think about my art business, my “signature” style (do i have one?) and the kind of artist i want to be now, and well into the future. What kind of art do i want to make? What, if anything, makes me different? What lets my individuality shine?

i’m a little bit excited, because after months of mulling these things over, daydreaming about them, and experimenting a lot, i really think i have landed on the type of work i TRULY want to create.

It has been tough. Coming from a graphic design background, i spent years working for clients who had their own very specific ideas. In one sense, it makes you stretch your skill set. In another sense, you lose your inner compass a bit. i’d fallen into a rut of thinking about the buyer too much as i was creating and second guessing my own instincts and eye and creativity (read: weirdo ideas).

Don’t get me wrong. i want to make work that people will love and want to buy. But i’d really like my purpose and vision to be distinctly my own.

…and by george, i think i’ve got it!

i think you will all be surprised by new work i begin posting in the next few weeks…..i THINK.

i hope you will like it and will share your thoughts.

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3
Feb

Experimentation

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This weekend, i played with transparency. Watercolors and gouache. This is what i made! It’s called Bouffant #2 and you can grab an 11×14 print here. Happy Monday!

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14
Jan

Etsy Spotlight – Instant Downloads

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Tuesday has been deemed Etsy Spotlight day for 2014. i will do my best.

The newest items i’ve been adding to the shop lately are instant downloads for Personal Use coloring, stamping, scrapbooking. They are super-affordable, download right at checkout to satiate the need for instant gratification, and are lots of fun. Here is a link to the shop section. More designs will be added continually.

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10
Jan

ARt Studio Inspiration

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This is my year to start “living the dream” of being a full-time artist. hmmm….i imagine a lot of long days are in store! But happy days.

Our biggest project is going to be the building of a new art studio onto our home. It is both a dreamy-dream and a practical decision since i currently occupy the house’s master bedroom for my easel and computer and all manner of arsty supplies. And ever since we added our 3rd bouncing baby boy to the family in april 2013, we are popping this quaint little house at the seams. We knew it was coming, so we’ve been diligently planning and saving. i even successfully navigated the holiday season without dipping into said diligence! : ) Can yo believe it!?

Here is the architect’s quick sketch of the add-on (yellow highlighted area) – with my little space planning doodles thrown on there so i could visually determine if i could fit everything in.

When the new studio is built on, i’ll have a place to work with lots of windows, backyard access and views so i can supervise the kiddos playing outside while i work. Right now, the only way to see outside while i work is to go around my desk, lean over my printer counter and turn my head far left. Just the fact that the kids won’t be hostage in the house anytime i have to work feels like it makes this project worthwhile. It’s my favorite part.

The space will be modest in size, but a vaulted ceiling will help it feel airy and make photographing my paintings much less of a lighting challenge. There will be a nice, sturdy, washable, indestructible tile floor too, so i can let loose a bit while painting like a crazy lady. Rugs underfoot are no good for that!

AND, for the super-practical part; we will be back to having 3 bedrooms up in this joint again! YAY! We grow ‘em tall in my family and i’m fully expecting to have a hubs and 3, 6-foot boys under this roof in coming years. Being able to spread out a little will likely save my sanity.

We will be using a contractor to do the heavy lifting and structural work, but all the rest is a big ol’ DIY project to keep costs down. It is going to take awhile, people : ) Thank the lord my husband is an electrician, and that i am pretty handy with tools and paint, myself.

i will be posting progress along the way, and also…….INSPIRATION pics!! Yes, beautiful images to fuel my fire through what is sure to be a very long labor of love. Here is the first dreamy image, courtesy of Anthropologie and Flickr user valeriekathryn who styled it up so fly. Yes, i had to use the word “fly.” LOOK at it! : )

This is the quintessential artsy mood i hope to achieve. Not sure i’ll have room for the actual chair as the space is going to be utilized to the MAX for computers, printing, sewing, shipping station, photography, painting, and drawing ……but hopefully i can infuse some of this kind of eclectic swagger. Not sure i can pull off swagger……but i’m gonna try! : )

So, happy friday. And look for more of this yummy eye candy at the end of each week.

 

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9
Jan

Thursday Work in Progress

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Every new year, i try my best to get on a regular blogging schedule. Historically, i fall apart somewhere along the line and let myself get bogged down in deadlines. BUT!! Try, try again, i say. : ) So here is an easy peasy thursday post. WORK IN PROGRESS! How hard can that be to maintain, right? There always seems to be a work in progress around this joint.

This one is a 36×36 acrylic that is due tomorrow…..well, its closeup is due tomorrow. It’s my signature piece for a juried show i’m doing in April and the show coordinators need photos of every participant’s work for their catalog by tomorrow. Can you say, procrastination? Yep. i can.

i’ve had an idea in my head all winter break for some new paintings that would incorporate subtle tonalities of darks and lights (black/navy/charcoal/smoke and white/buff/cream/cement) with my love of brights and neons. i didn’t know how it would all come together. i figured i’d experiment on the canvas and see what happened. The image above is the result of 3 frustrating sessions. i was actually doing that thing i’ve read about where artists work out their issues on the canvas – ha!

i loved the idea, felt hopeful at my beginning stages, hated the whole darn thing for about 4 hours….pushed through…..had a spark of inspiration….and now the paint and i are getting along again.  i think it’s finally headed in the right direction. I’m calling it (and the 3 smaller companion pieces that i’ll also submit) “Paper Chains.” It just jumped out at me and now i am in love with the concept.

Funny how that happens.

For me, if every painting isn’t my “new favorite” while i’m painting it, i’m not happy. So far, so good! Fingers crossed! Hopefully more back-to-back NCIS episodes will be similarly inspiring for me tonight as i finish : )

i will be sure to post the lil babies, and whole dang Paper Chain family when they are all done and cozy together.

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8
Jan

Kids Art Collaboration

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A couple months ago, i put a shout out on my facebook page asking for some kiddos to try out a collaboration idea i had. i got a few takers and embarked on a sort of “art pen pal” project. What happened next was maybe the best experience in my art business so far. SO much joy and experimentation and fulfillment and surprise.

Basically, i mail out a blank canvas to each participant with some simple instructions, examples and tips about how i like to work. But i also encourage the kids to experiment and am sure to tell them “there is no wrong way.” Then i wait for the white canvases to come back to me with color! It’s like christmas when i see a manila envelope in the mailman’s hand!

Here is an example (left) of Layer 1 as it was sent back by one child (actually 3 siblings) and then the layer i added for my part (right). i then mailed the canvas back with more instruction and examples for round 2. Below (left) you see the kids’ next stage painting with their doodles added. Then (right) you see how i finished it off with a few of my own doodles and some colored in areas. i mailed the final back to the kids with my signature on the back and encouraged them to sign their names on the front or sides of the canvas, That’s it!

The whole process has been such great fun for me and getting to be part of an artistic journey with kids is so rewarding. Some of the moms have told me the kids feel nervous at first to “ruin” it all. But i hope they come away with the confidence to realize that they can’t possibly ruin their own art. Any mark they make speaks to their own creative eye and hand. It’s authentic and so (to me) it is good!! i’ve gotten such a variety of color combos, shapes and forms back. Some paintings feature neat, tidy brush strokes and some are made with wild abandon. It is just so awesome to see.

Here are some more in-progress images that have been coming out of this project.

The above is stage 2 and completion….

This one is stage 1 from my kiddo collaborator and then my additions – all ready to be shipped back through the mail.

…another stage 1 then my additions all ready for my partner to tackle stage 2.

…one last example of how they look when they first arrive back to me and then go back out for step 2.

In the course of creating these artworks, my wheels started turning, and one day i had a shower idea. Do you get all your best ideas in the shower? What is it? The smell of shampoo? The steam? Aaaaaaanyway, i thought; wouldn’t it be great to sell prints of the finished art in my etsy shop and contribute the proceeds to other kids? Maybe kids at CHOP? or a local arts program?

Kids helping kids through art!! AGHHHH!!! Do you love it!?

Of course, the kids would have to all give a thumbs up. i would never sell their work without permission or recompense. But the few i polled so far all seemed on board. So, when i have a collection of completed works in hand, i will be calling around to find a cause that will be a perfect fit. Oh happy day : )

For more information on these collaborations, take a look at the listing in my etsy shop! Or just follow along and try collaborating with your kiddos at home! You don’t need me! Trust me. You will surprise yourself and your kids will get a confidence boost times a jillion.

xo, s

 

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