CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP - At the beginning of this creative journey it was difficult to find information & support as an artist. I read a lot, talked to many professional Artists & gallery Directors, tried many different things, and I think I've finally learned what success as an artist means to me. These are the things I wish I would have known when I began my career. To learn more visit YouTube here. The PDF only version (with links to videos) is now available on Etsy here.
52 WEEKS::Heroes - When I created my Heroes series, painting 52 portraits of inspiring women over a year, I knew I needed to simplify my portrait process in order to complete a week for a year and in this mini workshop I share my process. From initial layers of colour and pattern, to adding an image and then completing it, this PDF includes a couple of links to short videos. For more information, please visit here.
Painting Totem Animals - One of the ways I like to improve my skills as an artist is to create a body of work in a series. This project is based on my 52 WEEKS::Totem Animal series, which was inspired by growing up in northern Canada. In this project I utilize acrylic paint to create vibrant layers of colour in order to apply imagery. In this mini workshop I also delve into briefly paying attention to and researching animals and their meanings. For more information, please visit here.
Painting Bees - Join me in this mini eCourse introduction to the world of painting by utilizing layers of pattern and colour. With so much attention on the plight of bees in our world, and after spending hours watching them in the garden, I knew that it was important to capture them. The colourful flower beds inspired the backgrounds which are always fun to create. These bees are more whimsical with the use of reference photos as a guide. A fun way to spend an afternoon painting whimsical bees. For more information, please visit here.
Altering a Book - Join artist Veronica Funk in this introduction to the world of art journaling through altering books. Utilize reclaimed and recycled materials along with a large selection of supplies such as ribbons, paint and rubber stamps to begin a journal that is both a personal reflection and a beautiful work of art. A supply list with tips and links to the workshop videos will be available immediately as a download once you purchase the course which includes a PDF and two short videos (under 15 minutes each). For more information visit here.
Painting a Canoe - Inspired by nature and places, we will begin by utilizing acrylic paint, stencils, stamps or other mark-making tools to create a vibrant background. While working intuitively we will explore colour theory, contrast, and the value of mark-making. We'll begin with a brief introduction to drawing, followed by creating a background, then finally completing the painting. Learn more here.
BONUS: included is a brief introduction to painting a cityscape.
Painting an Abstract Landscape - Inspired by graffiti, we will begin by utilizing acrylic paint, stencils, stamps or other mark-making tools to create a vibrant background. While working intuitively we will explore colour theory, contrast, and the value of mark-making. We will complete our paintings by including a combination of symbols and images to create a visual story inspired by personal memories.
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Traveller's Notebook Cover - Many years ago, I began carrying small sketchbooks with me everywhere I went, a practice that I continue to this day. These little sketchbooks make great notebooks where I write down to-do lists, jot little sketches for ideas, or take colour and pattern notes. There are many different styles and sizes available but I tend to prefer the 3x5 inch moleskine kraft notebooks that come in packs of three. They’re small enough to fit in any purse, bag or even my back pocket. I’ve seen Field Notebooks, Lechthurn and Midori, which is where I first learned about traveller’s notebook covers and decided to create one of my own. For more information please visit here.
Creating Backgrounds - Facing a blank canvas can be intimidating. Using acrylic paints and stencils we will have fun creating an interesting surface that can be displayed as is or, as in my next workshop, layered with imagery to create a finished painting. This mini workshop will introduce you to creating a vibrantly patterned background and includes a short video on completing a cityscape painting.
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MAKING YOUR MARK
A blank canvas can be intimidating, which is why I began covering my canvases with a colourful ground. In this workshop I will share my painting process along with some of my favourite tools – stencils, stamps, brayers and palette knives – to create a background and begin a painting. I have found that in this way there are no mistakes, only opportunities to have fun and play with colour and pattern. It’s a great way to loosen up and prepare for the ‘drawing’ stage followed by painting. Just bring a canvas (larger is better), paint, brushes, palette, water dish, a rag and an open mind.
INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING: Stamps & Stencils
An introduction to image transfer and carving tools along with a variety of methods of printmaking. Using simple tools and techniques to create prints and cards. If you have ever been interested in creating your own stamps and stencils for use in artwork, this workshop will lead you through a simple step-by-step process.