Thursday, February 4, 2016

A White Stag Came Near

A White Stag Came Near
I was melancholy.
So I went for a walk.
I lay in a field.
I sat up and saw a white stag.
He came near.
His eyes told me a story of my untold greatness.
He says "Greatness is in the searching.
Faithfulness is in the walk.
Forgiveness is in the Stillness.
and Surrender is in the laying down of Pride.
In your weakness you have searched Me out.
In your weakness is the Power of Eternity."

Inspired by "A Rabbit Noticed my condition" (one of my favorite poems!) by St. John of the Cross

and 2 Corinthians 12:9 that says:
And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

print available here

a photo of a White Stag (a fallow) that I saw in the wild in texas hill country
I pulled my car over
got out of the car
He wasn't afraid of me and continued to eat grass
I whistled softly and I captured him like this.

Monday, February 1, 2016

My Valentine

My Valentine
The light you see within
The "sadness" my art encompasses
The soul revealed in the eyes
the textures
the movement
my little girl self
comes from a higher place
and He rides a horse made from all colors of the rainbow
the Love He pours down
is the same love I give to you
to my art
and I wrap you up in my arms with that Love.
because mine is His
and it's to be given away....

*the "He rides a horse made from all colors of the Rainbow is inspired by the account of Colton in the movie "Heaven is for Real"

Revalations 19:11-14
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him wascalled Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes werelike a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[a] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[b] followed Him on white horses.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Talks in pictures

Sometimes she wasn't sure of His words in the stillness
He often talked to her in pictures....
in the poodle leaned hard against her.
in the sleep/awake creating just before dawn.
in the Egyptian goose at the pond.
in the small
in the big
in the sunlight resting on the front porch
There she found His words spoken clearly

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The 24 Faces Project

I am so excited to announce The 24 Faces Project for 2016. I have decided to embark on painting a face everyday for 2016. I thought why not take you on this journey for 24 faces!!
For the rest of this year we will get messy with paint. We will constrict our color palette and really work on loosening up. There will be lots to explore. The face is my favorite thing to paint and I find the more I paint, the more I discover. Come with me and let's make discoveries and happy accidents together.....
The details:
  • class begins Feb 29th, 2016
  • we will paint 24 faces over the course of the rest of the year. Class ends mid December.
  • we will paint 2 or 3 faces per month. (with 24 faces total)
  • early bird registration $129 one time fee
  • 6 month payment plan available. see below for details. ($159) - early bird does not apply if you choose the payment plan
  • save $30 by paying the one time fee.

  • Early registration begins Jan 27th - $129
  • Regular registration begins Feb 29th. - $159

Check out this little video invitation...

Interested in the 6 month payment plan? Head over here

There is going to be lots of different faces including a boy. I have never taught how to paint a boy and am excited to show you how you can paint boys. I'll show you what colors and shapes work best with the boy face. I will show you how you can draw the boy and age him to an older boy. I have done this in my live classes at the request of a student and it was lots of fun. Plus I learned that I am no longer afraid to paint men!


dick blick Paynes Gray
Target avocado - they may be calling in green olive now (you can also use golden's green gold)
canvas panels - 4x4, 5x7, and 6x8 sizes
blick boards - 4x4 and various other sizes. pick the size you like to work with. My suggestion is to keep it small like 4x4, 6x6, or 8x8
1 9x12 blick board - see link above
utrecht gesso or any gesso you like
a couple 6x6 size stencils on Stencil girl products - look for organic shapes.
Salmon - ceramacoat (best to pick up at Michaels or hobby lobby)


Is this class for beginner students? I would say it is for all levels, but if you have never painted before I do recommend you take either Paint Your Story, Refined and Unrefined Face, or Raw Simplicity. This will give you a firm foundation of faces to work from. They are also very affordable and can be worked through fairly quickly.
Do I have to have the exact colors that you are using in the supply list?  No, I definitely want you to use what you have on hand. I do however, want you to know most of the colors i'll be using so that you can try them out if you choose. The main colors that are the most important are the quin. nickel azo gold, avocado (or green gold), fiery red (neon), and paynes gray. The others can certainly be substituted.
If I sign up for the 6 month payment plan, can I bow out at anytime?  This payment plan is set up for those who want to break up the payments in more manageable chunks. This is not a subscription based class. 
Can I share the password to the class? Please don't share the class info or share passwords.
Can I sell my artwork that I make in class? Sure thing! If you like, please share that you took my class. Your artwork is my best form of marketing. 
Will there be a Facebook group? Yes! We will be sharing mostly there. I know that some of you have been limiting your Facebook activity but just know that the group will be private and only the students in the class will be able to see your work. Please share. If you don't feel comfortable sharing that is ok too....but I will tell you is always a lovely, supportive  group and you'll make lots of friends there.

365 faces challenge!

I am embarking on a journey this year to paint a face everyday. So after 26 days in, here is what I have learned:

  • the more I paint, the easier it gets
  • the more I paint, the harder it gets
  • sometimes I don't want to paint
  • most days I LOVE painting
  • on the days I don't want to paint, I am glad I took the time at the end of the day
  • the faces don't always come easy. 
  • how do I paint a different face every time?
  • how can I make it different?
  • I must stay true to myself
Only 341 more to go....this year is a leap year so it looks like I'll be doing 366.

So here they are....well the first 25, anyways:

If you want to keep up via instagram, follow me there at mindy_lacefield.
You can also check out these hashtags: #365faces #afaceadaychallenge

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Sometimes you must scrape
through the Beauty to find soul.
you must dig down and make mistakes
so that you can move forward into your
truest self and come out on the the other end
there you will struggle 
but oh, there you will Grow!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Enchanted: mixed media characters with Susana and Mindy

Join Mindy Lacefield and Susana Tavares for an exploration into all kinds of Mixed Media Characters! We will have fun creating and being inspired by fables, movies, books, cartoons, and rides. Get ready because Susana and I have given you a heaping plate full of inspiration and heartwarming love into each of our characters. We each bring out own style to the characters and cherish the nostalgia of why we are drawn into this magical, enchanted space!
Details about the class and format:
  • Class begins January 1st, 2016
  • Early Registration begins December 1st - $89
  • Regular registration begins December 8th - $99
  • Mindy's projects will post on Fridays
  • Susana's projects will post on Mondays
  • lifetime access to the classroom (so that you can work at your own pace)
  • there will be a Facebook group


Mindy will create:
  • Cinderella (based on the new live-action movie)
  • Alice in wonderland
  • Princess Tiana (the frog princess)
  • Haunted Mansion girl
  • Jellyfish girl (girl inspired from the Pixar parade at Disney's California Adventure park)
  • Corpse Bride
  • Candlehead (from Wreck it Ralph - bonus project)

Susana will create:
  • Agnes from Despicable Me
  • Tinkerbell
  • Little Mermaid
  • Merida - from Brave
  • Once upon a winter time - (storybook)
  • Snow White

We have 2 guest artists: 
She will be creating a project inspired by Rapunzel. Incredible, right?!

Mystele Kirkeeng is also on board as a guest artist! Just so stunning....Evil Queen!

Below is a supply list but most supplies will be touched on in each project. Here is a short list of what we'll be using. Please know that you don't have to go out an buy all new supplies. Use and experiment with what you have on hand already. I always encourage my students to watch the videos before getting any of the supplies.
Here is a sampling of the supplies we'll be using in this course for Mindy's projects:
white gesso
 ephemera - old book pages, song books, old receipts, tissue paper, vintage tissue pattern paper, patterned napkins
 collage pauge or mod podge - matte
1" foam brushes - michaels or any craft store
set of brushes - I like hogs hair and dina wakley brushes
small brush for lettering
prismacolor colored pencils - a few of your favorite colors will be fine
foam stamps
cheap masking tape
washi tape
foam stamps
glimmer glam - heffalump and pixie dust
spray bottle
small butterfly stamp - here or here 
boards and/or canvas - a mix of 9x12, 10x10. You can also work in your journal or use watercolor paper. It's up to you.

 Some of Susana's supply list
neocolor II crayons ( ultramarine blue, olive, Russet)
oil pastels ( turquoise, yellow ochre)
ephemera such as tissue paper, music paper, scrapbook paper
gel medium
black pencil
watercolors or ink
watercolor pencils
tissue paper
white acrylic paint
brush black pen

paint colors you'll see Mindy using:
dick blick matte colors you'll see me use:  green blue light, orange light, brilliant magenta, 
americana craft paint - fiery red (neon) (found at michaels)
shimmer paint - Aqua (any shimmery paints are fine)