Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Process video on adding finishing touches

One of my favorite parts of the acrylic painting process, is adding the subtle details with shading and with markers and blending them out with GAC100 golden acrylic polymer. I have a sweet video for you letting you in on the secrets of my process. Really been loving Jane Davenport's mermaid markers and Tim Holtz distress markers !

Don't forget to subscribe. I have more content coming very soon!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

PLAYground mixed media class

Playground celebrates your inner child. It cherishes the nostalgia of simpler times. We paint from a place of play and remembering the excitement about heading back to school. What are some of your favorite memories? We will build libraries of school supplies, playground equipment, and even a bus. We will work with chalk and "crayons" to create a child-like painting. We will celebrate Mr. Fred Rogers with his wise words and do a painting of him with King Friday.
We will also be working in our journals to play with symbols and what they mean to you. We will scribble and have fun and let our inner child out to have fun.

  • 5 lessons
  • playing with kid-like materials and acrylic paints
  • over 2 hours of video content
  • Club pricing: $29 (if you are a member of Mindy's Art club, you will get a discount link to sign up)
  • Regular registration: $39
  • a free downloadable collage sheet

here is a video of what the class will cover

1/2" mop brush - great for softening and calming areas
paper: watercolor paper torn down to around 7x9 or 8x10. I use the 300lb 22x30" watercolor sheet in arches but you can tear down a smaller page or work on watercolor paper. Just make sure it is super durable as we will be adding lots of layers.
sand paper - optional
paper artsy chalk paints: London night, blush, caramel (or any chalk paint should work fine)
tracing paper or deli paper
Lascaux to spray chalk pastel work (this is the fixative I use for watercolor, chalk , and water media works.)
If I'm wanting to learn to paint faces, is this a good place to start? If you have never painted faces and want to focus on that, I would start with Draw and Paint a girl. Then you'll be ready for this class.
How long will I have access to the course? Lifetime access. Videos are downloadable
Do I need all the supplies on the supply list? No, I am all about using what you have on hand using similar materials and paint colors. My absolute must have color of paint is Quin. nickel azo gold by golden.
Will there be a Facebook group? No, there will not be a FB group for this mini class

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Feel so much.....

The other day I shared my issues with anxiety. And what I wasn't prepared for was the response by a multitude of women sharing that they go through things very similar. They describe the gerbil wheel of mind tricks, scenarios, and negative thoughts that plague us. All these women's wise words, gave me an infusion boost of strength....of "hey I'm not the only one". and I all of sudden felt seen and embraced. Seriously, it was like the biggest virtual group hug I've ever had. Women in a circle supporting one another and "I get you." I want to say thank you to everyone who offered up suggestions, advice, and "you are not alone, friend." I am soaking up all your wisdom and grace and beauty. Grateful!

here is the post from instagram: If you want, you can head over there and read all the responses...

Do you ever wish you didn't feel so much? intensely? I guess that all those intense feels as led me to art and to "needing Him every hour." And for that I am grateful. I have unsuccessfully taken anti-anxiety meds. Even very low doses prevent me from getting into a deep sleep. Right now my anxiety has been all about "something bad will happen" and working out all possible scenarios in my head. Lately I have been seeing a girl giving God a gift wrapped present that holds all the pain, and scenarios, and worry, etc etc. And He takes it from her and says it is His now.
I am now taking CBD oil and it has helped tremendously. If you deal with anxiety, I highly urge you to try it. I told my therapist that painting gives me peace and gets me out of my head that's why I do it all the time. Having said that I don't want to distract myself to the point of not dealing...a gray area I suppose. I just wanted to open up this conversation and if you have found natural solutions to anxiety? Mine are walking, time with God, time with poodles, art, CBD oil, and essential oils. Please share your thoughts....

Then my dear friend (and mentor extraordinaire!), Debbie Miller gave me these words. I asked her if I could share them here because if it blew my mind, then I knew that there may benefit from her wisdom as well! Thank you Debbie for allowing me to share (and ps. head over to her insta to check out her stunning paintings!)

Here are her words:

Dear one! I’m sorry you’ve been struggling! When I’m anxious and in an obsessive loop I try to remind myself that it’s fiction, not reality. I’m creating a world/situations in my head — and in that world I’m god because I’m the creator. And then I remind myself that the real, living God already created a world where He is God. 
I’m made in His image — so of course I want to create and reign. But the job of being god in my fantasized world is too much — it exhausts me and makes me feel brittle. Bottom line, I’m not very good at it.
So I try to relinquish control once again. Admit that I’m not a very good god. And ask Him to help me live in reality and trust in His goodness. 
No magic bullets, no miracle cures — but for me it helps me to get clear in my head that lies masquerading as my negative beliefs aren’t true just because I really believe them. 

Love you so much! ❤❤


Here are the natural things that I am taking to help with my anxiety and mind swirling at night:

Pure Kana CBD oil - 600 mg (start off at 150 to 300 then work up)
Green Roads world  - terpenes (strawberry terp specifically helps with anxiety)
Anti anxiety capsules

oh, I also wanted to mention that I was sleeping so well at Disney World and was wondering why. (aside from the physical exertion of walking 20 I then realized it was the Mickey shorts we turned on every night. They totally reboot my brain or put it in some sort of trance. (basically off the gerbil wheel of anxiousness)

So turn them on. Here's my favorite episode: