Thursday, March 9, 2017

Celebrating my 10 year ETSY-versary!!

March marks my 10 year anniversary of selling my art. I remember, seeing that someone had this thing called an "etsy shop" over on the Art Chix studio website (a place for beautiful collage sheets). I had no idea that there was a dedicated website for everything handmade where you could sell your art. I immediately clicked on the link and it literally changed my life. I knew that I wanted to get started right away with selling my art but the thing is, I didn't know what the heck I was doing....lol (of course I didn't know that then....)

Here are some interesting facts about me and my etsy journey:

  • it took me 3 months before I sold a single thing on etsy.
  • my first sale was a penguin made with oil pastels
  • my third sale was from my mom
  • I didn't have a social media presence back in 2007 (was it even a thing back then?) no blog, no instagram, no FB, zilch, nada....
  • I was a makeup artist and art student at UALR when I first began selling on line.
  • Later in 2009, Etsy featured me in their "Quit your day Job"series
  • In March 2010, I was featured seller on Etsy. (kind of a big deal back then....it was a crazy, fun whirlwind!!)
Here is some of my first faces that I sold:





To celebrate my 10 years, I am having a big sale in my shop
Just enter code at checkout: BIG10ETSY to save 40% on self-paced classes, prints and select originals. Coupon is good through Monday, March 13th.

dolls by Simplijessi and Boopsy Daisy. 
(paintings behind me, mine)




I was on the cover of Somerset Studio in 2010!!!




My advice for others looking to sell their art online:
  • begin! this is the hardest part because it seems so overwhelming with all the steps involved
  • list 1 item a day in your shop. by the time a week is up, your shop is filled with beautiful art
  • of course the item above means that you'll need to paint often. I try to paint everyday to keep the muscle memory strong. if you don't paint for a week, some of the muscle memory can be lost (at least it is for me)
  • don't wait till you have a social media presence, (yes I think things have changed since the early days of etsy and you will probably need to begin thinking of instagram and Facebook but don't let it stop you from beginning)
  • list often and refresh your shop with new art


Thursday, January 26, 2017

My Watercolor Journal - online class

Join me as we journey into watercolor. I have always wanted to LOVE watercolor but I just couldn't get comfortable with the medium. I decided in December 2016 to spend every day doing something in watercolor even if it was just a small paint sketch. Well, it was just what I needed! I began to fall in LOVE with watercolor. I knew that I must not study the "correct" ways of using watercolor but to explore and find out what this medium is all about on my own. (and to use it in a way that speaks to my creative process).
We will be creating our own watercolor journal to explore this beautiful medium. We will let go and work intuitively and in a simplified "non-intimidating" way. I want to bring watercolor you they way I've brought other mediums.... so that it is accessible. so that you don't have to spend 10 years learning something and following all the "rules". Let's just jump in and have fun. If you are looking for a class that is the "collegiate" classroom style watercolor that follows all the fussy rules, then this may not be for you. I don't like fussy....and I don't like perfection....so if you are ready let's forge ahead into play, fun, and letting loose with watercolor!
The class will be set up this way:
  • class begins February 27th
  • 5 weeks of class 
  • two to three lessons each week working in our journals or on loose paper
  • Price: $79



Tentative supply list: (some things may be added later)
For making your journal:
binding needle -(this one is the blunt that i like) You can also find regular bookbinding needles on etsy.
small 1.25" bulldog clips (for holding your journal open) - grab about 4
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You could also just purchase a watercolor journal. I like the strathmore 400 series
watercolors - any sets are fine but I'll be using Prima palettes:
caran d'ache - neocolor ii's set of 10 or 15 will be great
spray bottle - for wetting watercolors
sharpie water-based white paint pen - fine point and extra fine point

watercolor pencils
intuitive approach to watercolor


Here are some examples of watercolor that we may touch on (these are not exact projects in the class):



Monday, December 19, 2016

Lifted Up and LOVED on campaign

UPDATE!!! ----- SLOTS are filled. thank you for participating in this circle of LOVE. watercolors will be sent out in the next few days.





Last week I posted a lil princess watercolor on my instagram, and someone inquired about purchasing it because the words that I put with it had spoken to her since she had been going through something at the time. I decided then, that since I was going through some healing stuff too, that I would just send it to her as a gift of love and in hopes that it lifted her up. Afterwards, my brain began swirling and getting excited about the idea of giving more away!

This is where you come in. I need your help in giving away my little watercolor originals. I thought if I got you involved that it would be a way you could touch someones life as well. And then we all get that spirit-filled feeling when we give something away .....and I get to experience  it x30!

Here is how it will work:

I am giving away 30 small original watercolors. (I'll update the blog post when the 30 slots are filled)

Here is a sampling of what I will be giving away....


  • Is there someone in your life who is going through something....sickness....heartache....loss....grief....depression....anxiety....or simply just having a bad week or month. Do you know someone who needs lifted up and loved on? Is it a friend, family, or acquaintance, or stranger....?
  • Email me your loved ones mailing address (I kindly ask that you not send me personal information of what they are going through for privacy issues...just that they need lifted up and loved on)
  • SLOTS ARE FILLED........
  • use LULO as the subject line
  • I will select one random watercolor to send to your loved one. (they range in size from 2.5x4" to 3x6" and fit nicely in a standard size envelope)
  • international addresses are welcome!
  • include your name 
  • there are 30 slots. the first 30 to email me will have a watercolor sent to the "loved on" one that they mentioned. 


Your loved one will be sent a watercolor and a sweet note from me that says:

____________   and I want you to know that you are lifted up in prayer. We want you to know that we love you and we'd like to send you something beautiful in hopes that it may lift your spirit and bring you a sparkle of Joy. Our hope for you is healing, peace, and happiness.

__________ specifically requested this to be sent you. You are LOVED beyond measure and you are LIFTED up!

with love and blessings,
Mindy Lacefield
artist

Monday, December 5, 2016

Wanderlust reminder!




Just a quick reminder about Wanderlust 2017 while it's still available at the special offer price!

Wanderlust is an online mixed media workshop experience featuring 26 amazing tutors and 50 inspirational video classes over the course of a year. The fantastic line up includes Alena Hennessy, Sandra Evertson, Jessica Sporn and Dyan Reaveley to name only a few! Plus me, of course!

I'm writing this reminder now because Wanderlust is only available at the special offer price of £79 until 31th of December 2016 - after this date it will go up to £99 - so you might want to get shopping now while you can grab a bargain.

You can sign up here
I hope you'll join me on this exciting creative journey.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Let the Paint Speak: language of the Soul

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for. - Georgia O'Keefe

Let the Paint Speak: language of the soul  is all about finding our voice through direct contact with the paint. It's about getting up close and wrestling with the layers....the colors.... the marks. This class is about communicating on a deeper level....using art as a way to speak from our soul. This language has no words. It has magic and color and line and bold marks. We are bringing together simplicity through paint to speak with a voice so loud that it cannot be heard..... only felt.
Have you ever felt like the art that you are creating is not what you want it to look like? 
Are you struggling to put onto canvas what you are feeling inside?


This class applauds the happy accidents, making mistakes, and being better for it. That is where the magic is unveiled....through the wiping away, through the gentle thumb-print on a cheek. I don't know about you but I want to see something NOT work for an artist. I want to see the artist struggle. To fight for their art. If it comes so easily, I am quickly bored. I want to see scratches and splotches, and wisps of paint found from the accidental grace of an old t-shirt. There is the magic. There is the rawness that can only be found by peeling away from your "vision" ....going deeper than "what you want it to look like" and extending a hand to what is inside rather than surface. That is the depth I want to take you! There in the veil of magic and divine....we will meet up and converse in the found, the lost, the mist, the TRUE YO
Will it be hard? Oh yes. But the reward of the striped down - simple - complex - hungry - struggle through - YOU will show up. And it will be from your hand. The hand that dug, scraped, scratched, and wiped paint until it became something more than itself. It becomes your soul.




The details
  • Class begins January 1st, 2017
  • Lessons will post every week for 6 weeks
  • 6 large complete paintings in all
  • 15 videos with over 7 hours of film time
  • $75 early registration begins Dec 1st
  • $99 regular registration begins Dec 16th.
  • lifetime access
  • videos are downloadable



***This is NOT like my other classes. This is a deep comprehensive, intuitive approach to painting.  There will be more abstraction, more marks, more splotches and wiping away of paint. I will be standing at my easel and you will see me struggle through the process. You'll see me switch gears and paint over things that aren't working. You will see me tired and be ok with stopping for the day because today I'm not sure where the journey is taking me.
***I will talk you through the process. I will make happy accidents and applaud those. I will not know the direction at every point in the process. It will get uncomfortable and maybe even a little awkward. I am allowing myself to be vulnerable in hopes that you'll practice getting out of your comfort zone so those magical "mistakes" will show up. 
***This class is not meant for you to follow along and make every brush stroke exactly like mine. I love Bob Ross, but this is not a Bob Ross "follow along" type of class. The idea is for you to be inspired and see how the process unfolds and take that and create something magical.












FAQs:
Is this class for beginners?  Yes, this is for all levels, however I would strongly suggest that you have some painting experience or take my Paint Your Story or Soul Bird or Paint Like a Child online class as a precursor to this class. This class will stretch you and probably make you feel very uncomfortable so keep in mind that some painting under your belt can only help you.
Will there be a Facebook group?  Yes! We will share are work inside a private fb group. 
Can we sell the work we make in class?  Yes, yes....especially if it is your own voice. (meaning that the composition/marks/colors/figure work, etc is NOT an exact replica of my painting demos) If you'd like to mention that you took my class, I'd be grateful! My vision for this class is for you to find your own struggles and voice and style through happy accidents and paint discoveries.... :-D
If I post my work in the classroom how long will it take you to comment or give critique on my work?  I will try my best to comment or critique your work within 24 hours of you posting. (and you may also email me privately at mlacefield13@sbcglobal.net if you prefer not to share your work online with others in the classroom)   I also have an admin in the FB group that can help you with questions about supplies and will also provide some "cheering-on support" as we move throughout the class. Her name is Nolwenn Petitbois.





SUPPLIES
Keep in mind to use what you have on hand and don't feel like you have to have the exact colors and supplies that I use. Please improvise!
I strongly recommend using artist grade acrylics like goldenold holland, and holbein as well as house paint samples. (go to homedepot.com and in the search enter "paint samples". There are lots of colors to choose from. Grab some bright colors as well as neutrals and "blah colors". Be careful, some of the samples have a high shipping charge, but most don't. Most ship free to your home! yay for that!)
You can certainly mix in a few craft paints (like blick matte and target) and the like.... but if you want a richness then please pop in some artist-grade paints when you can.
Here are some of my favorite colors:
golden: iridescent gold deep, van dyke brown hue, titan buff
holbein: any of the luminous (like luminous opera) and the aqua blue
golden heavy body: titanium white, paynes gray, light magenta
target: avocado, coral, fuchsia 
blick matte: teal green, yellow oxide, green blue light, orange light, violet medium, sage blue
experiment with latex house paint - I got some samples at home depot
oil pastels: sennilierneopastelportfoliogallery neons (I use a mix of several of these throughout the class. You can use whatever you like. It doesn't have to be all of these)
chalk pastels (I love using the olive green in the face. You can order singles if you like)
collage papers
16x20 canvas panel or board (we will use this as our palette)
blick matte varnish (or collage pauge or mod-podge type glue)
old t-shirt
paper towels
16x16 canvas (a few)
watercolor paper - hot press 22x30" 140 lb ( a couple sheets)
hardboard panel 24x30"- to tape your watercolor paper to. (you can also work flat if you like on a table top)
silver tape - this is what I used to tape the paper down onto the wood panel. You can also use painters tape. keep in mind this silver tape is permanent and will become part of your painting. This is just what I had on hand....but I thought it might also produce cool results. You can also use it as a texture element inside your paintings.
water bottle - fill up bottle and add about a 1/4 - 1/2 cup alcohol (it will make the paint run/move easier)
big brushes, round brushes, mop brushes, old brushes, nasty brushes, any brushes :-)
and my favorite tool of all - YOUR HANDS!! 

I need your help spreading the news about Let the Paint Speak
  • I'm going to give away 1 spot. (if you've already signed up, no worries....if you win, I'll refund your money)
  • Please share this blog post link on your blog, pinterest, instagram, or Facebook
  • come back here and let me know - leave your name, email address, and how you shared
  • drawing will be done on December 5th

Friday, November 25, 2016

Pinkie ornament!





Using the Sweet Peppermint line as inspiration, I painted this sweet Pinkie girl with the gorgeous Art Alchemy paints in magenta, vintage rose, and steampunk copper. I then created her own little gift box using Sweet Peppermint flowers and chipboard bits. Happy creating this Christmas season!

art alchemy paints:
magenta 963132
vintage rose 963200
flowers 590642
chipboard - 991470


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Little Shimmery Faces

I sat down the other day with the new metallic watercolor set from Prima and I decided to keep it simple. I used the tiny watercolor pad and a few watercolor pencils to create these sweeties. Remember to keep it simple and do less. By restraining yourself, you can create magic. Sparkle on....