Online Classes – What I’m Taking and My Thoughts…

10873463_10203262898558948_4697677102358009712_o I thought I would share my plans for online classes this year.  I’ve tried to be more selective this year, and not to over-commit, but it’s just so darn difficult!  There are so many options now, and I want to take them ALL!  And, because I am not able to play tennis, or work out right now, my art is my only real outlet.  (That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!).

So, first, here are the paid classes I’ve signed up for:

***NOTE – I am NOT affiliated in any way to any of these artists or classes.  I am not being compensated or paid to support or promote them.  My opinions are just that…my opinions… based on my own experience with some of the repeat classes, and with the artists’ past teachings.***

I’m taking my friend, Effy Wild’s class – Book of Days, which is all about (for me) – painting faces and getting messy in my art journal.  I also love Effy’s style of teaching, and consider her one of my best artsy friends.  We have met, in real life, as she lives only about an hour’s drive away from me.  She went through quite a difficult 2014, too, so I really want the best for her in 2015! ♥

I signed up (again) for Lifebook, with Tam (Willowing) – this year-long class starts on January 1, and I have no doubt it will be amazing again!  She has a fabulous lineup of artists again this year, and I can’t wait to get started.  Honestly, even though I do this class most years, I have never completed all of the assignments.  I watch ALL the videos, and download them.  I do some of the lessons, if I have the time, and if they inspire me.  And, I’m totally okay with that!  It’s good value, in my opinion, and the online communities (both on Ning, and Facebook) are part of the joy I get from this class every year.

A new class for 2015, being taught by the BADASS Wyanne Thompson – You & Me 2015 – is a painting workshop.  Wyanne is one inspirational lady!  She has been through so much, and still, she is happy, and doing art, and now hosting a year-long painting workshop.  Check out her story on her blog.  She went through the same type of cancer that my Mom went through, so I feel connected to her somehow because of this.  However, I followed her art even before she got sick.  She is one AMAZING woman.

Another of my favorite artists, Donna Downey, is bringing back her “Inspiration Wednesdays” for 2015!  I have missed her unique art journaling style so much, since she stopped doing these videos last year.  If you’re not familiar with this series, check out her Youtube channel – there are TONS of FREE videos there.  She is charging a nominal fee for 2015, but, trust me, it is going to be worth it!  I also met Donna in person – I had the pleasure of taking some classes with her a couple of years ago.  She is hilarious!  ♥ her!  🙂

I am continuing my membership in  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 inspirational videos, downloads, and such.  I paid an annual fee to for access to whatever gets posted, and they are very generous with sharing their ideas and skills.  I love Teesha’s art journaling style.

The FABULOUS and FANTASTIC and FUNNY(published author) –  Joanne Sharpe is offering a year-long workshop again this year.  I didn’t participate in her (similar) class last year, and I missed her!  I have met Joanne in person – I took one of her classes at a nearby art studio – and she is exactly as she seems! ♥  “Artfully Inspired 2015” sounds like it’s going to be another great art journaling class, with the focus, in trademark Joanne Sharpe style, on lettering.  I have taken many, MANY of Joanne’s classes, and always enjoy them.  PLUS, I purchased the recommended Strathmore art journal last year, not knowing what I was going to do with it…so, it’s meant to be.  🙂

I just found out that Jane Davenport is running another live class of her famous “Supplies Me” class!!!  I am already a member of this class (membership in Jane’s classes are now FOREVER!).  I highly recommend it, for anyone who loves art supplies as much as I do.  She teaches you how to use so many different supplies, that I couldn’t possibly begin to tell you.  Her classes are so JAM PACKED with content…LOVE Jane!  (I met her when I was in Australia in January, 2014…she is AWESOME! <3)  AND, she has a new book coming out VERY soon….can’t wait!  ❤

And, a couple of FREE classes I plan to participate in:

The Documented Life Project 2015.  This is a free class being run by a group of artists that call themselves “Art to the 5th”.  They have changed things up a bit this year – I think it will be more art journaling, and less planning.  It is quite an active group of artists!  Last year they posted the prompts, etc., primarily on Facebook.  But, this year they have moved things over to their academy here.

Another free class – being run by Suzi Blu – Paint and Chronicle – sounds like it will be more focused on writing/journaling, and less arting.  Suzi has been around FOREVER, and is a published author, and known for her whimsical faces. ❤

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… 😉

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2014 – The Good, the Bad, and the Sad

selfiedec14_edited-1I know I haven’t blogged much lately, but I do plan to change that!  2014 was VERY difficult for me.  I am so very hopeful that 2015 will be a much better year.

I did have a nice, quiet Christmas, spent with hubby, kitties, and hubby’s family.  Santasteve was VERY good to me.  I am one grateful girl.

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Even though we – 1.  took our dream vacation (a whole month in Australia!), and – 2.  built a new BEAUTIFUL home, 🙂 – I also suffered a serious back injury, in May.  And I lost some very special people. 😦  As a result of my injury, I lost an entire summer season of tennis.  That is the first time that has happened in about 25 years.  Not only is my tennis fantastic exercise, it is also my primary social outlet.  I am also unable to exercise, and that depresses me even more.  Secondly, as a result of our move, I wasn’t able to do much art.  These are the two things that keep me grounded, and help me deal with the stress of life.  I’m still not recovered from my back injury, unfortunately, but after months of waiting, I finally have an appointment at the local Pain Clinic on February 6, so I am hopeful that I can find a drug-free method of pain management (at the very least).  I lost my Mom, unexpectedly, in November, and I am still so sad about that. RIP Mom.  😦

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BUT, my art studio is now complete!  I am so excited, and grateful to my fabulous husband.  I now have the most awesome space in which to create!  I still need to do some organizing, but I am working slowly on that.  🙂

Here is what it looked like on December 3 – sorry the photos aren’t the best quality, but you get the general idea.  It’s changed a LOT since then.  When it’s “finished” (will it ever be?) – I’ll post updated pictures.  It’s a HUGE room in the basement, with large windows, and tons of storage, horizontal workspaces, excellent lighting, and a cork floor!  I have been creative most of my life, so I have managed to accumulate quite the collection of supplies.

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Here are a couple more, taken a couple of weeks ago:IMG_3738
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And, the centre island worktable is installed!  This is the only picture I have taken so far.  Wilson likes it.  😉

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This blog post has taken way longer than I had anticipated.  But, I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my life.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I have another post almost ready to post – I will be talking about the online classes I plan to take for 2015.  Since I can’t play tennis, and I have this awesome art studio, I REALLY want to do tons and tons of art!  So, check back tomorrow….ta ta for now!  🙂

Hello, My Name is Kim and I’m a Frolicaholic

 

 

 

Hello my friends!  I’m really trying to get back into the habit of blogging again.  I read on someone else’s blog, that it seems almost redundant any more because of all the social media sites out there.  But, I’m not a big Twitter or Instagram fan, so I still prefer to read blogs.  So, here I am.

First, some cuteness from my kitties:2014-06-14 01.53 summer WilsonAren’t they adorable when they’re sleeping?  Yah.  Not so much when they are tearing through my house and knocking beautiful glass vases off of tables.  lol

I’m participating in Jane Davenport’s “Frolicaholic” class right now.  The timing is good for me, because my mojo left me recently, and I’ve been in a bit of a funk because of that.  But, Jane to the rescue again!  All I have to do is watch one of Jane’s videos, and I am immediately inspired to get out my art supplies.  So, here is the cover of my journal, and the first couple of pages.cover

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I’m a Busy Gal! My Thoughts on Taking Online Classes

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… 😉

Art Journal Flip – Video

Hello my friends!  I made a video last night with my webcam.  I have had this webcam for a couple of years, but have never been able to figure out how to get audio with it.  I’ve been making my videos with my little point and shoot camera, which works fine, but has limited space, so I got annoyed with having to stop recording, upload to my computer, and continue recording, and all my footage is broken into smaller clips.  So, with the help of an online friend (thank you, Christy!), I got the audio working, and recorded my video.  That part was easy.  So, now the fun part starts – the editing.  I imported all the footage into Windows Live Movie Maker, and begun to play.  I generally enjoy the video editing.  I guess it’s because I get to be creative with animations, and special effects.  So, after several hours of editing (yes, hours!), I’m almost finished, when the program crashes.  The computer screen goes blank, and nothing will work.  Restart the computer.  Safe mode.  Nope.  It’s gone.  I had to start again from scratch.  This time, I remember to SAVE FREQUENTLY!  But, after just a couple of minutes, it crashes again.  And again.  And again.  grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  So, I chat a bit with some of my fellow video makers, and it seems that using a webcam isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  There seems to be some kind of a compatibility issue with WLMM.  So, back to using my little point-n-shoot until I can do some research and figure out what kind of camcorder I should get.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I’m on a PC, with Windows 7, and Windows Live Movie Maker for editing.  ANYONE?  I would really appreciate some help with my research.

So, I did eventually get my video finished – with very few animations and special effects.  It’s an art journal flip of my pages from Christy Sobolewski’s 30 Pages in 90 Days class.  I was able to complete 15 out of the 30 pages (not all of them are in the video, just in case you’re counting lol).  I did a couple of them in other journals until I decided to take a journal apart and work on the loose pages, like Christy does in her class.  She is running one more live class, and registration is open now.  The class will start on June 10.  This will be the last live class.  After that, the class will be offered in a self-study format.  I highly recommend the live class.  Although there are certainly some advantages to the live class (immediate gratification), the community of the live class is a fantastic experience.

So, here’s my vid:

Letter Love 201 With Joanne Sharpe

I admit it…I’m a Joanne Sharpe addict.  I love her classes.  I have taken every single one.  AND, I will be taking a live in-person class with her next weekend!  WOO HOO!  I am pretty excited about that.

In the meantime, her current course, Letter Love 201, just started, and once you sign up, you have FOREVER access.  Like Joanne says, it’s like you’re buying the book.  It’s yours.  She also has a very active Facebook group, which makes it even better.  The ladies in that group are so friendly, and eager to share their art, and tips, and jokes too!  😉

Here are a couple of my projects from the current course:

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So Sad to See it End :(

So, Joanne Sharpe’s most recent course  – “The Magical Marker Mystery Tour” – has come to an end.  I’m sad.  I always get a bit depressed when a course ends.  But, she is running another one starting on November 5….called “Bling it on”!  Woo hoo!  I’ve already registered.  So, I thought I’d show you the finished art journal.  One of the things I love most about Joanne’s courses is that you always end up with a hand made, full to the brim, art journal full of color, ideas, and just plain fun.

This first pic shows the binding.  I ended up with more pages than what Joanne had intended, though, so I had to bind it a little differently to accommodate the thickness.

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