I know I haven’t blogged in a while, but I do plan to change that! *best laid plans* lol I have actually made a video….well, it’s about 90% complete. I recorded a journal flip, followed by some art journaling, but the page evolved into something that I really don’t like. I know….it’s about the process, so I should post it anyway, right? Okay. I’ll either finish it and post the completed video, or I’ll post what I have….what would YOU like? Leave me a message, and I’ll go with the majority.
So, I thought I would share my thoughts on taking online classes. I’m taking quite a few at the moment, and I think I may have over-committed myself. When I do that, I seem to get kind of “stuck”. It’s like, if I can’t do it all, I won’t do anything at all. Does that make any sense? I think it’s the perfectionist in me. If I can’t do it 100%, then I don’t want to do it all. It’s like I’ve failed if I only do some of the lessons. I really have to get over that! Is anyone else like me? I’m sure I can’t be the only one who thinks like this. So, here we go – I’m a little ashamed to post this, but maybe it will motivate me. Once I “put it out there”, sometimes it helps me to feel accountable? Does that make sense? Here goes:
I’m taking my friend, Effy Wild’s class – Moonshine, which is all about (for me) – painting faces. But, I have not done even one lesson yet *blush*. I MUST change that! It’s not because I’m not inspired by her, (*waving* Love and Glitter, Effy!) – I just seem to get into this mode of watching others create, but not really doing much myself.
I signed up (late) for Lifebook, with Tam (Willowing) – but have not done even one lesson yet! That’s what I did in 2012, too. For that very reason, I didn’t sign up in 2013. I swore this year would be different! And, it will, damn it! ;) Again, I have watched ALL the videos….but not done a single one. :(
I’m also taking the live version of Jane Davenport’s “Express Yourself” class. I took this class a couple of years ago, so it was time for a refresher. I’ve been drawing and painting faces with Jane! :) Yay me! That was one of my goals for this year. I can draw faces (if I say so myself), but I haven’t really gotten the hang of painting them. For some reason, it seems “easier” to do this class, because I’ve done it before. AND, I had the pleasure of meeting Jane in Australia in January! She is so awesome. Such a fabulous person, and a VERY talented artist. *waving* Hi Jane!!! Oh, and hi to Orly Avineri (who taught the class), and to Tracy Verdugo (who hosted the class), and to the other Aussie ladies whose names I forgot to get before the class ended.
And, lastly (for now) I am also participating in the Documented Life Project. This is a free class (unless you take the optional $12.00 class which teaches you how to alter the Moleskine planner). I haven’t really been doing all of the prompts, but I have been using my planner, so that counts, right? ;)
I joined The Artstronauts Club – a group with Tracy and Teesha Moore. This is a much different type of class – it’s not really a class, it’s just a private, hosted website with inspiration videos, downloads, and such. You pay a monthly fee to have access to whatever gets posted, and they are very generous with sharing their ideas and skills. I love Teesha’s art journaling style. I am proud to say that I have actually done a couple of journal pages in her signature style (with my own twist, of course). I do plan to share them when I get a chance to photograph them.
There are so many classes available now! I want to join them all, but obviously that’s silly lol. (is it?) I would love to hear your thoughts on any classes you are participating in! PLEASE leave me a comment. I really do want you to!
But, for now, I’m going to go make some art. REALLY! I am going to make some art. Watch me… ;)