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So thank you for visiting, and hope you enjoy the many art tips in my BLOG, and paintings in my SHOP and just feel blessed while you hang around awhile.

Joanie

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Starry Starry Nights....a DIY Cat Litter Hack

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Once upon a time, an 11 year old cat decided that she didn't want to do her "thing" in the litter box anymore. Ugh, mornings were a nightmare....look everywhere, careful.....watch your step! So, i tried the very first thing you read on all the cat sites - that is, add yet another litter box. I didn't want to, I whined, I groaned, but I relented!  The third box ended up in my bedroom, triple yuch, but..... I decided to cover it up with some art....one Home Depot box later and some paint, and a bit of Van Gogh inspiration.....tada! This ugly corner is about to be transformed.....wait for it! 

November Theme: Up on the Wall (and a few birds.....)

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October flew by.....with birds on branches (our October theme)...and lots of imaginative and story telling paintings.  Here are a few of mine....    Catching Up 12 x 9 inches acrylic, collage, mixed media on paper

QUIRKIES and upcoming October Theme - Birds on a Branch

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Before I begin, let me just say that the last post - on Fingerpainting, cut short. Here is the full blog post. https://www.artforthesoulofit.com/2022/09/fingerpainting-whens-last-time-you.html OCT theme anounced at bottom of this post.....stay tuned! Ok then, we finished up a pretty wild FACES series this month of September, and it was FUN. As always, I am in AWE of my students creativity and willingess to jump out of their comfort zones and really Play Play Play. I give them permission to Play outside the box, but ultimately only an individual artist can give themselves Permission. That's the goal I always aspire to.  It all started with the top third of the face, then each week we learned more about the Individual Features. It starts with the Parts!

Fingerpainting - when's the last time you tried it?

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On week 4 of our Palette Knife Theme in August we tried the pure unadulterated joy of fingerpainting. Here are a few portraits that I created with this technique, if you can even call it that. We started out with one pencil of choice......to stay with that throughout. Then limited paint palette of choice. Finger paint!  That's it, go back and forth with pencil and finger paint using acrylic paint. At the end, when all had been told with paint and pencil, we added a bit of mixed media as needed or inspired. Korean Beauty acrylic and charcoal pencil, fingerpainted

A Few More Sketches - Taking a Line for a Walk

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This is just a few pics from my daily journal.....I hope to do some LIVE drawings for you soon.  LOCATION Dining table MORNING Waiting for coffee SUPPLIES Fountain pen with fude nib Black Waterman ink which is lovely and intense, fountain-pen safe     BUT.... Not waterproof. Aargh. Most of the time I do not use color Just pure ink titillates my soul I sometimes add shadows But many times not I simply draw .. or take my line for a walk.  Tis a joy! Try it!   As you can see the SUBJECT is whatever flotsam and jetsam is knocking around the dining table. LOL. If you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment below. Would love to hear from you. Be Creative. It's Good for the Soul! Blessings, Joanie To subscribe to this newsletter, Simply click here !

All Paintings in SHOP - 20% OFF - September 1 - 7th

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First ever sale in my SHOP . Come see what I've painted.... new paintings have been added, too. STARTING NOW - August 31 midnight thru Sept 7th at midnight. (Please note i will be out of town thru Sept 7 - 13th, so expect some delay in shipping.) Use coupon: FIRSTSALE (use all uppercase) Free U.S. Shipping, too! Be Creative. It's Good for the Soul! Blessings, Joanie To subscribe to this newsletter, Simply click here !

Lots of Edgy Texture - Palette Knife Paintings

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Palette knife painting is cool in many ways: POSITIVES No messy brushes Hard expressive edges Fabulous scumbled edges, that are not smooth, but delicious nonetheless Thick textural paint Acrylics, Oils.....are perfect mediums for palette knife painting NEGATIVES - kinda sorta Harder to get details, but one does this with paint on the very tippy tip of knife Better to have a variety of shapes of knifes (not really a negative....) Gouache and watercolor CAN be knifed, but it is more unique. Must practice your technique for this. So what about SUBJECT or COMPOSITION? Here's what I suggested my artists do as soon as they popped into our Zoom class: Simply grab some item out of their pantry and a piece of produce on their counter. That's it! Limit the paint palette to maybe 3 colors, or less than an expansive palette....so we could concentrate ONLY on our technique.  Simple subject - the everyday ordinary stuff often

Painting a Unique Original Face - don't miss it!

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Hello Creative Folks, Let's get right to it... SEPTEMBER THEME I will be running my artists through a series of face studies, and parts of the face studies, in order to pull together a Unique, One of a Kind, FACE that is your own original.  Interested?  Get in touch with me quickly  if you are interested, so I can fit you into one of my 3 weekly Zoom classes. Week One for September starts next week - yep, that's Aug 29 and 31.  See calendar below. Here are a few examples of some of "my" faces that have evolved over all the probably 1000s of faces I have drawn and painted over the years.  I draw often with ink, paint with acrylic and gouache mostly, and throw any and every kind of mixed media into my creations that I feel like playing with.  acrylic on wood

Inspired by a Little Box

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Hi folks, I draw something every morning, I leave my supplies out on the dining table...and while I am waiting for my coffee to brew, I grab a charcoal pencil, or a fountain pen, or something, anything...and draw some object in front of me. I am usually too lazy, or tired, to go hunting for something, so my eyes just search for the nearest shape in my line of sight. I bought some new ink the other day....and it came in a little box. Ink bottles always inspire me. So i started with that.

First We Painted Brushes...

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then we painted BRUSHES! Last month's theme of Painting our Art Supplies was such a blast and so many awesome paintings were painted. But on week 4, I introduced a final project of painting simple cheap scruffy paint store brushes. The inspiration was from a talented artist, Alexandra Dillon, I found online.*

Art Supplies Paintings and August Theme

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Our July theme was painting our own Art Supplies. I gave some instruction on how to photograph them to get some strong compositions. And how to photo edit just a bit.  We meet via Zoom each week and after a check in, start drawing and painting in whatever medium calls to our Inner Muse at that time. It is so important to pay attention to one's inner leading....I practice that I am a new artist every time I sit or stand at my art desk.  What works for you to keep yourself inspired and your work fresh and new?  The first painting is a nod to my new Nova Color acrylic paints. So far I am really enjoying them. The Nova formulation is soft body as opposed to the heavy body acrylics I have been using for well over a decade now. Title:  Jars of New Paint .

ART TIP, JULY Theme and new SHOP feature

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Ok, folks..a new tip & more... Now that my SHOP is up and running (I cannot even express my relief and joy over this) I feel rejuvenated with my own painting. I have hardly stopped....I will have some new art studio pics soon to show you some inspirations of organization and paintings. ART TIP Acrylic painting is messy, at least for me. And my aging hands hurt after cleaning all the paint off. So here are a few things that have made this so much less painful and easier:
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