Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Permission to Play

In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow.  ~Papiha Ghosh

Permission to Play. I just feel the freedom in those words! I hope you'll give yourself permission to play in paint a lot this year. I get asked the question a lot "how do you make painting look so easy? and how did you find your style?" Basically my answer is to play in paint every day and embrace "accidents". That is it. Easier said than done, maybe....but I believe if you love the process of painting and really give yourself permission to play, magic happens. You get lost in the process and time seems to slip away.

Class begins February 1st, 2015. Sign up anytime.

More details:
  • Projects from me every month and some months there will be a bonus video or a project from a guest artist.
  • at least 18 projects to keep you inspired through the year.
  • more Guest artists TBA later
  • you'll have forever access to my P2P ruzuku classroom once you sign up. You can work on the projects at your own pace.
  • I'm offering a payment plan for 11 months for $11.50 - see below
  • OR a one time payment of $95 (save about $30)
  • 1st project will post Feb 2nd.

Permission to Play projects will explore:
  • intuitive painting
  • faces
  • big eyes inspired face
  • using everyday materials for mark making and painting
  • creating pattern and different brushes to create texture
  • scraping paint to create a distressed look
  • painting with your hands
  • building up layers and editing as you go
  • playing with color 
  • and choosing color as to not overwhelm you...but to inspire
  • so much more as I discover on my own and share with you

I'm so thrilled to announce that Victoria Weiss has signed on to be one of our guest artists!! She will be first in the lineup with her project posting in Feb or March. I met Victoria online through the MATS group (Make art that sells hosted by Lilla Rogers).  Victoria made it into the finalist rounds of the Global Talent search competition through the same group. And let me tell you folks, from the list of creatives that is big time HUGE!! I am so honored to have her share her process with you! You can go here to see more of her work ----->> Butterpop Studio
some of her latest work

Play is our brain's favorite way of learning. - Diane Ackerman

Here is a list of the supplies we'll be using in this course:
speedball brayer - you'll see me use the 4" and the 2.5" size (You don't have to have both)
 white gesso
 fan brush - size 8
paynes gray - blick
GAC100 - Golden medium (you can also use a craft acrylic polymer from a craft/hobby store. some have said it works fine)
12x12 canvas (canvas panels or canvas paper is fine)
collage pauge or mod podge - matte
set of brushes- I like hogs hair and dina wakley brushes
americana craft paint - fiery red (neon) (found at michaels)
prismacolor colored pencils - a few of your favorite colors will be fine

optional -->> these optional items are things you'll see me use but they aren't totally necessary to create the piece. Use what you have.

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.  ~Heraclitus

How long do I have access to the class? 
You now get forever access to all my classes to work at your own pace.

Do I need to purchase all the supplies at once?
I suggest you watch the videos first before going out and buying everything at once. You may have something already on hand that you can use. The wood boards are what I like to work on but you can work on paper or canvas. Whatever you like the best!

Do you give refunds or can I share the material with others?
After payment is made, sorry no refunds. Please do not share the material or videos with anyone. thank you!

Will there be a Facebook group for this class?
Yes. It's the perfect way to connect and share. You don't have to share, but from the past...we've had amazing supportive, encouraging community of folks. You will, no doubt, meet some long-time friends.

Can I pay for a couple months using the installment plan and then opt out anytime throughout the year? No, sorry. I have included a payment plan this time around because there are several folks who have asked me about having one. The payment plan will bill your credit card 11 times for $11.50....once monthly. This is meant only to be a courtesy and not pick-n-choose time payment plan. Once you sign up, your credit card will be billed each month for 11 months. The 11 month total comes to $126.50 so you will save money by signing up for the one time payment.

What the students say:
Classes by Mindy reminds me of letting things unfold naturally without pressure. Getting in touch with our innermost essence, and the feeling that everything is ok. Supportive , inspirational, fun,loving,and playful .If you want to give yourself a nice gift this year take a class with Mindy - M. Hebert

I have to tell you, I haven't had this much fun in an online class in 5 years. And I have taken approximately 10-12 online classes. I feel like I am finally painting "raw" and free like I have always wanted to. I have been tight, and haven't been able to loosen up, and this class, FINALLY is getting me there. I love the simplicity of black and white and a little color. I love the imperfections of the faces you have taught me how to create. - C. Thomas

Mindy's classes have taught me not to be too restraining....I have opened up to free flowing movement, not over-thinking, moving way outside my comfort zone and actually really enjoying myself...definitely letting go of perfection!!! Thank you Mindy for allowing me to grow in so many different directions within a safe and friendly community!!! - D. Giles

Mindy is a gentle, nurturing guide who will encourage and inspire. Even if you've never painted or drawn you will find yourself delighted by what your own hands can create. Mindy's classes are more than just tutorial videos, you will find her heart and spirit around every corner and bend. You will not only learn and want to learn more but you will also be touched by her caring spirit. Mindy does more than teach, she reaches for your hands, gives you a tender tug and invites you to explore your own talents and even more the joy you can find in your own heart on a creative journey. - S. LaFond

I can't thank you enough for sharing your talent with others....me....through your classes. I take several of them. They are inspiring, educational, productive and FUN!!!!! - A. Green

There is something irresistible about Mindy Lacefield, her art, and her classes, and I think it's the sincerity and gentleness that shine through all of these. If you are looking to be guided and helped into letting go and creating something that is spontaneous and surprising, then you should take one of her online classes, where you will be taught about the supplies you will use and the techniques you will need, in the most natural way possible. - A. M. Stone

Mindy's primitive portraits classes are so inspiring and have opened me up to a new way of creating. Her lessons are simple and easy to follow. Her encouragement and support throughout the classes is something not easily found but is what makes her so special. Learning to let go and create more intuitively and raw is something I have been longing for in my artwork. Her classes are just what I needed to take my work to the next level! If you have never taken a class with Mindy I highly recommend doing so! You will love it! - C. Bueti


  • I need your help spreading the news about Permission to Play
  • I'm going to give away 1 class. (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 January 26th, 2015 (also please leave your email on your comment so that I can send you an invitation to the class if you win)


  1. Wow... this class looks great! I just started painting and drawing last year. So lots te learn! New techniques, new inspiration! But it's also about creating and dreaming and finding my own style!
    I've shared this post on my new facebookpage! (https://www.facebook.com/snippersandco)
    So fingers crossed & thanks for this great chance to win a free spot!

    Smiles from Belgium, Saskia

  2. Shares in FB. Win or lose I'm signing up:)

  3. Shared via FB. Signed up already anyway, because this. looks. AWESOME. :)

  4. And shared on Instagram too!
    Cat xo

    [ http://instagram.com/catathenalouise/ ]

  5. Just shared on my FB page :")
    Wow, this year long adventure is going to be oodles of fun. It will remind me again why I love to paint and create. Give me permission to just play and have fun.

  6. Shared on facebook! adlopez77atgmaildotcom

  7. Shared on my Facebook page!

  8. SHARED on FB..... anyone who doesn't feel the love of Mindy Lacefield's art and lessons is missing out on a soulFULL journey! smarlott@aol.com

  9. I shared on FB.
    Anna Maria annamariastone@gmail.com

  10. I shared on Facebook!


    Looks fun!!!

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  12. I shared on FB. I love your art and I'm very attracted by this workshop.


  13. Hi Mindy! Looks like a fun course! I shared it on my Facebook page.

    Thanks for e opportunity!

    Jill L. Shanejill@hotmail.com

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  15. I shared on my facebook, my instagram (douthitart) and my Twitter (douthitart). I would love to take. Can I still join later in February and play catch up? Melanie. Art@melaniedouthit.com

  16. Looks like fun!!! Thank you for the chance :)
    Shared on FB.

  17. I shared on Pinterest (pinterest.com/radsarah)! iamsarahssmile@gmail.com

  18. Forgot to leave my email address... luvtoscrap1972(at) yahoo (dot) com
    Blessings, Lisa

    1. thanks Lisa ! I deleted your other comment but thank you for helping spread the word. I appreciate it!

    2. Hi Mindy I registered for the permission to play, but can find no link to the video's.
      I have faced booked you, I am stuck on how to get to the next step. I am eager to get started. .Thanks Anastasia.

  19. I shared on my facebook page. My email is Paige500@aol.com. Thanks for this chance to win a spot in your class. ��
    Stefanie Bevacqua

  20. YOur classes always seem so thoughtful and full of community. Lovely new offering Mindy. xox

  21. oooOOOooOOooOoOhhh <3 This new online workshop is making me think about this song : "Oh, my life is changing everyday, In every possible way. And oh, my dreams, it's never quite as it seems, Never quite as it seems. I know I've felt like this before, but now I'm feeling it even more, Because it came from you. And then I open up and see the person falling here is me, A different way to be..." You are the person I needed to meet for a looooooong time !! Of course you can count me in !!! and if luck is walking nearby me it would be fun fun fun (because I shared it on pinterest, twitter & facebook hèhèhèhèhè) sandrinedeleuze74@gmail.com

  22. Looking forward to this one too - pinned on Pinterest (lcrail@bigpond.com)
    Thanks Mindy!
    Lisa Crail

  23. Hmmmmm, looks like my post disappeared when I signed into my google account. So once again, Looks like another wonderful class!! This time I shared on Pinterest.

  24. This sounds great!
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Posted on my FB timeline.

  25. Duh. Here's my email lynda_m_metcalf@yahoo.com :)

  26. Looks like a lot of fun! :) Play is so important in making art. shared about the class on pinterest:
    thanks for the chance!

  27. I shared on my Facebook page. This looks like a fun class. I've always wanted to take one of your classes. Love your style and thank you for the chance to win a spot in the class!! My email is hkbsmart@hotmail.com

  28. Hi Mindy ! Shard on Facebook. Connie Permenter, beachfun@west-tenn.com

  29. I shared on FB & Pintrest. Looks like an awesome class. Thanks for the opportunity Mindy to win a spot. Peace, Ronda

  30. HI, Mindy. great class! I d love to participate! I shared on Pinterest and Instagram. Thanks

  31. hmmm. not sure my comment went through using a google address... trying again. Looks like fun. I shared it on Facebook and Pinterest. If I win, please contact me through my blog.

  32. I published your link on FB, Pintrest and sent the link to art friends. Thank you for offering this class

  33. I'm signing up, too...... win or lose. But I put it on my blog just now....http://lindajos.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-new-book.html So excited about this class.

  34. I shared on Google+, Pinterest, FB, and Twitter! Totally hoping I win a spot! <3
    Suzanne S (ranza6980@gmail.com) and @concernedowl on Twitter/Pinterest :)

  35. Hmm, don't know if my comment went thru, so here we go again. I had such a great time with True Free Spirit so we would be wonderful to spend another year painting with you. I just shared everywhere I have am account, thank you so much for the opportunity to win a seat!

  36. Hi Mindy -- I posted on my FB status (DebbieHerefordMiller) and sent an email with the link to some art-loving friends. Thanks for doing this!
    Debbie Miller

  37. Put this awesome offer on my timeline and feed on Facebook. Thanks so much sweet Mindy. My email is lisagb33@att.net.

  38. I pinned about your class on pinterest. The class sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway! Email- snowshrew@yahoo.com

  39. Thank you Mindy!!! I really really love to learn from you! I shared it in my Pinterest and Twitter :) with love, Anab <3


  40. I shared on FB! stephmuth@hotmail.com

  41. Shared on FB and Pinterest!

  42. I shared on Face Book. This looks like fun! Thank you for the giveaway!


  43. This look great. I love your paintings, and would love to learn from you, so I have signed up and paid ;)

  44. Hi Mindy, I paid for the class last month, but have not received the pass codes or any emails. My email address is jercrystal @ aol.com thanks, Jean

    1. Hi Salvage, just asking if you have heard anything from Mindy? I am having problems with getting on to the course, did you manage to access the material or videos? any help on how to get on the course would be helpful. Thanks Anastasia.


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