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Beautiful things

Lori’s story – Gratitude Grows. from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo.

Have you guys heard of Lori Portka and her Gratitude Story? I was so moved by it. I know you will love it.
I realize it is almost June but early this month Creativebug released more watercolor classes with Yao Cheng. I’m not all the way through them but I’ve been practicing in my Daily Sketchbook. I know I’ve said it before but I really love her simplistic approach to watercolor. She makes it look so easy.
Also, Creativebug is giving away a one month creative pass to the site. So if you wanted to give it try now may be a good time.

Classes with Helen Dealtry from Helen Dealtry on Vimeo.
And one more beautiful thing which is added to my bucket list. Looks great doesn’t it?

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Hi guys. I’m behind on posting my daily sketchbook pages here and that will be in my next post. We’ve been having snow after snow here but I’m feeling hopeful that spring is on the way.

I’m starting this post with just a few minutes left before I have to meet the school bus but I wanted to share some fun things with you.

*Sarah Campbell is teaching a workshop in Mexico called Adventures in Painting Patterns. I would LOVE to go to this. Take a peek here.

*The Sonia Delaunay exhibit is in Paris now and will be traveling to London next. This looks incredible. The video is in French. Maybe you can understand it? It’s still visually pleasing if not.

Exposition Sonia Delaunay | Musée d’Art moderne… by paris_musees

*Maybe this one is so much fun but it’s so important. I haven’t watched this movie yet but plan to shortly. Have you seen it? Would love to hear what you thought. Fed Up.

*Having just completed a hat for my husband I was intrigued to see this lady committing to knitting 25 hats in 2015. She lists all the hats she plans to complete and all of them except for one are free patterns.

*And speaking of knitting I signed up for this Craftsy class on knitting faster with continental knitting. I’m actually going really slow as she has taught a different way to tension the yarn and how to pay attention to where you are holding the stitch you just knit as it determines how loose or tightly you knit. I highly recommend it and I think it’s still on sale.

*Another fun workshop if you are interested in abstract painting is with Claire Desjardins in beautiful Vermont called Expressions in Paint

Well that’s it for now. I am now finishing this post just before it’s time to do the dinner routine. See you soon.

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The power of ART

I come across so much beautiful art. I wanted to share some of my recent crushes and attest to the power of ART.  When I need a little boost I love to go through my digital file of inspiration and feel drawn into the art. Whatever was going on is immediately lifted and things feel a bit brighter. That to me is the power of art. The lift, to expand, to enrich, to make us smile. Above art by Jenny Bowers. Oh how I love her use of color and the graphic quality. Gorgeous right?

Next up Mary Fedden. Love, love, love her still life paintings. Here is a short little trailer to a movie that was made about her.

Bella Foster. Oh, how I love her color sense, her looseness, her fresh aesthetic. Lovely.


Lesley Grainger.  I love Lesley’s use of color too, and her fun, whimiscal style. She just exhibited at Surtex for the first time. I am sure she was a huge success. She has a comforting post up on her blog in case you need a bit of comfort. Don’t we all?

Sophie Abbott Love her paint application. Her color STUNNING!

Lulie Wallace. Lovely lines, color, composition. Check out her tumblr right here.

Thank you to all of these artists and all artists really! You make my day. 🙂


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