Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Random Arts painting class April 13th & 14th





I'm happy to announce that I've been asked to teach my painting


style at Random Arts. I just taught there in Oct and it is the 



greatest little set up. Roomy and comfortable and a store on hand 

 to buy your supplies. I just love it there.




Divine Messengers

In this 2 day painting class, we will explore a variety of 
techniques for creating backgrounds. i know, I know,
everyone knows how to make a background. However, do 
you know how to make them my way? I'll show you the way 
that I work, the process that I go through as I take my
 paintings from beginning to end. We will explore beginning
 with abstract, creating great texture and then calming the
 storm by adding a focal point. I have some fun exercises 
lined up to practice ideas first before we turn to our canvas.
I can assure that you will have a lot of fun in this class! We 
will be making marks, moving color, scribbling, waxing,
burning and more! No piece of mind ever looks the same,
because in this process, it's all about non perfection and
 freedom to accept our work as it develops. 













class info:

dates: April 13th and 14th 2013

location: Random Arts, Saluda,North Carolina


please email, Jane Powell, owner of Random Arts for more 

information (randomarts@charter.net)



Monday, January 28, 2013

braving the cold




I rarely venture outside during the winter (unless its to run errands and I make sure my car is nice and warm before I get into it, lol), but the other morning I was suddenly possessed to take the dogs on a walk in the backfield. Maybe I just wanted to take some pictures as I've missed going outside and taking my photos. Anyway, it was  a really nice walk and the pups had a grand time.



other than that i've just been doing a lot of painting and also prepping for my online workshop (with my friend, Jane)  that starts Feb. 14th. I kind of got a little burned out on making jewelry, so taking a break for a bit to paint. (I kind of feel like EVERYONE is making jewelry now and its a very saturated market). 

some things I've been painting: 







Sunday, January 20, 2013

Registration for Home is Where the heART is












Please Read before purchasing so that you know what to expect!

Thank you for wanting to be a part of our venture. PLEASE make sure that I have a working email (if different from your paypal address, so that I can communicate with you (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!) and PLEASE add my email, keeshagirl4@aol.com to your address book, so that I don't end up in your spam folder. (AGAIN, VERY IMPORTANT!).

disclaimers and policies:

Class will begin on February 14th and run for 8 weeks. The format will be that ALL the videos will be online and you can follow them at your own pace (and we will be here to answer all your questions). The blog will be password protected and you will receive that information before class begins on February 14th. While this is not a beginner soldering class, we do go over how to solder. But it is suggested you have a working knowledge of how to solder. There will be some quick links on the blog and one of them will be FAQ'S about soldering. I hope to cover all the typical questions that arise when people learn soldering. Before you ask me ANY soldering questions, I will suggest that you please read the FAQ's first, because more than likely you'll find your answer there.

You need hi speed internet and I can not guarantee that you will be able to watch your videos on your iPad, etc. The videos have been uploaded onto Vimeo and then embedded onto the blog.  Should you have trouble viewing the videos,  you will need working knowledge on how to address any computer issues. 

trouble shooting:

Sometimes you will need to do the following if the videos aren't working on your end:


  • download the latest Flash player
  • turn your computer off and on again
  • download the latest browser system. such as firefox, internet explorer, safari, etc.
  • clear your cache


After passwords go out, there are no refunds. Please understand the amount of work that has gone into this. Please make sure your expectations of this class are accurate by watching the promo video and viewing the project photos (see previous blog post). We are building a glass house via soldering, using mixed media techniques to create a very unique project. One that I have not seen taught before. It is our goal to present a fun, different and unique project for your to enjoy. Please communicate with us with any and all concerns and we will do our best to answer questions and help you out. 

There is a private fb group for the class. you can use either of these addresses to get there. Just send a request for me to approve to get into the page. Once you have paid for the class, you can join the group! 




With all that said, see you February 14th

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

online class starting soon!

for those of you who weren't aware, I'm doing an online class with my friend, Jane, and it will be starting on February 14th. In the class we will be building a soldered house, out of glass, using mixed media techniques and soldering. It is really quite a beautiful project, made to look like  vintage mercury glass. We are quite excited, although, it's been a long haul getting this organized (due to a variety of reasons!), but we are almost there and I hope you will join us. Registration begins on Sunday. If you register as an early bird until February 13th, the cost is $100. After that it goes up to $125. Here is a little video to watch with us discussing the project. Stop back on Sunday if you are interested in the class!


video

and here's some pictures of our houses to get a better idea: 














Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Guest Artist and author Alena Hennessey June 1&2




Wild Muse: Diving into the Magical World of Mixed Media


During this 2-day mixed media workshop we will explore a range of techniques and inspiring materials, to create two works of art, with a strong emphasis on color, line, movement, and texture.

Through various opening prompts and exercises, Alena will guide you in creating pieces that hold your heart longings and dreams sacred, while letting your natural creative abilities guide you. The first works will be paper and paint-based collages that will get the juices flowing before you begin to work on your large painting on wood. The larger work on a gallery sized wood panel will have a strong focus on water and color flow, while incorporating the magical world of botanicals and any creatures or animals you wish to incorporate into it.



The works you create will serve as symbolic and beautiful totems to enhance your life, a treasure to keep and serve as a reminder of what you hold sacred.

Be prepared for a super joyous and educational class.

dates: June 1 & 2
location: Lemoncholy's Studio
Wall, NJ
cost: $200 
*limited seating

please email me, kecia, at keeshagirl4@aol.com for more information, questions, etc. You can also pay immediately below to reserve your seat. 



Wild Muse with Alena Hennessy
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About Alena:

Alena Hennessy does what she loves best, living life as a working artist, author, and teacher. She is deeply inspired to teach others the creative process and to find their own unique voice though art making. She also has a passion for free movement, yoga, plant spirit medicine, and the healing arts. Students across the country have raved about the life-changing experience they have had in her workshops.
Alena Hennessy has designed and created custom art for numerous business entities. Some current and past clients include: ABC Studios, Target, Urban Outfitters, Galison/Mudpuppy Stationary, Project Iris, Papyrus, Monique Lllulier, Lark & Loon, the City of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Her prints and gift-wares can be found through out the US and abroad. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries in major cities though out the United States and has received press from several publications including Dwell, Soul Body Connection, The Washington Post, ReadyMade, Spirituality & Health, Redbook, ME Home Companion, Victoria, and Natural Health magazine.
Alena’s book Cultivating Your Creative Life: How to Find Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist, published by Quarry Books, is now shipping and available at bookstores everywhere. See more about Alena on her website





Alena's  wonderful book can be found here:





hope to see you there!




Thursday, January 3, 2013

A year of correspondence



Remember pen pals? I use to love writing letters to friends when I was  younger and had many pen pals too. It was fun to wait for the mail to come to see if I had gotten a letter. A few months ago, an art friend  sent me one of her prints, out of the blue, for no other reason, but to be kind. It started me thinking about asking her if she wanted to be pen pals. We've known each other for a few years on the art circuit and we are facebook friends as well, but we don't know each other beyond our art.

So I talked to her and she was very excited by the idea. So once a month we will write each other a letter and include a small piece of art. So by the time December rolls around, we will have 12 pieces to hang in our studios. I'm looking foward to it. I've mailed off her first letter.I think for now my pen pal will remain a secret and then next December, I will reveal who it is. 


this is the first piece of art she will receive. 

and Happy New Year, by the way!
xoxo,
kecia

p.s. i'll be posting a new visiting artist  soon,  for a class I'm hosting with her this summer. 

slide show!