Friday, September 25, 2020

Drawing, mental health, Patreon, and a new game


Rest until you feel like playing then play until you feel like resting, period. Never do anything else. - Martha Beck

wow, when I read these words...... these are the words I wish I'd wrote. They are so what I needed and what I now know my goals need to look like. Granted I feel like when she mentions play, it points directly to working your dream job. All I do is play. Play is what I am good at. And when I'm not playing in paint, I am playing in other ways. Theme parks. a new game (more on that in a sec). playing with poodles. and the list goes on.  just gotta remember to rest. don't worry, i am the nap queen.

prints available

“We won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated with purpose.” Bob Goff

After seeing all the stir for the animal crossings game, I decided to finally give in and get a Nintendo switch. My goal was to fill my "scrolling on instagram" time and turn it over to more play. I feel like my mental health has improved greatly. I still post my artwork....but the scroll time is basically gone. 

Nintendo also has a Mario game that reminds me of the old school Nintendo Mario that I played back in the late 80's. Many more boards and so much creativity. Sure I could spend every waking hour drawing and painting but I felt there needed to be some balance and I use that off time instagram scrolling anyways so why not replace it with something fun?!?

Comparison and "what everyone else is doing" is another issue with my mental health. I simply don't have it when I'm out of the scrolling mode.

Well, my thoughts on Animal crossing is that I wasn't sure when I started that I was going to like it. I didn't know how the world worked and what I was supposed to do. But then, I made a fishing rod and off I went fishing. It is so satisfying catching a fish. No. not just one kind of fish like I thought they would have but at the moment I have caught 4 different kinds of fish. Then I was able to buy a wet suit. Now I go swimming and can explore much more of the island. Well I could talk about it on and on. 

Well, I am off to be captivated with my purpose. To Play. happy playing to you!

Upcoming projects on Patreon!

glaze pen resist using tombow markers

Supply seeker project for October

We'll be creating Scarecrow Mickey in the Messy Inner Child tier for October.
Lots of content to keep you inspired!

Last note to mention is that I have to turn off commenting due to getting tons of spam comments on this blog. I am able to not publish and delete before anyone sees them but that takes daily energy that I'm choosing to let go. so my apologies about the comments.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Halloween costume art party!


Saturday night I hosted a fun Halloween live zoom art/costume party for my Happy Haunts class.

original sold, prints available!

We talked about spooky Stories and movies as well dreams. There was lots of laughing and me being an absolute dork! It was so wonderful to chat with these amazing ladies while painting this cute Minnie Mouse. As the night wore on, I realized I wanted her to have a bit of a Nightmare before Christmas type setting. I added the candy canes and trees in at the last minute....and the teeny wreath on the haunted house. 

here are a few of the talented artists and what they created! I love how everyone added their own flair and creative juices.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Free Strawberry Shortcake Coloring page


Hey and happy Friday! Drawing has taken over my creative time lately. I'm not sure if it's from the day my back got out of sorts from over working or just the energy it takes to squeeze out endless colors of paint and blend before everything dries out. I tried painting with acrylics and for some reason, I was in a major funk. I didn't feel joy. However, I will say I stuck with it and painted for over an hour and finally started to feel my groove come back. I take a few days off from paint brushes and I get super rusty. And I swear that I can draw much better when I'm sitting on the couch. I can't tell you why. But it could be the way my paint table is set up for filming or just being more at ease with a poodle at my feet when I'm drawing on the couch. Thanks for reading this far with my!

Today I have a cute Strawberry Shortcake and Blueberry Muffin coloring page for you to download HERE 

I would love to see your pages. Be sure and tag me on instagram: @mindy_lacefield

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Little Twin Stars line work


hey! I wanted to record a short video of me doing some line-work for my Little Twin Stars illustration.

I love an imperfect, line that skips just a bit and the tombow marker is excellent for this !

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Spark Possibility! Free online event


Spark Possibility:
Feel Joyful, Creative and Free

It’s time to fuel your mind, body and soul. Ignite your creativity, treat yourself with
compassion and embrace the beauty of the imperfect marks on the page.

 You, dear one, are a creative being. And it is time to spark joy with that practice once again.
I am excited to share that I am participating in a FREE online event called Spark Possibility:
Feel Joyful, Creative and Free. I would LOVE for you to join us! Take a little time for
yourself every day for 10 days, and fill your self-care bucket, so that you have the love and
energy to give to those around you that you care for the most. Experience isn’t necessary.
All you need is about an hour a day, an open mind and a willingness to experiment and
Worried that you’re not creative? I would like to challenge that thought. I believe every
single person is creative. Creativity can include and is not limited to sketching, colouring,
painting, doodling, paper folding, collaging, mindfulness, gratitude, gardening, cooking or
baking, cake decorating, singing, writing, and even body movement including dance and
yoga. And this is just a small list of possibilities. You ARE a creative being.
Let’s reignite your passion! Spark Possibility brings you a variety of speakers, artists of all
kinds, that will share with you exercises to get your creative juices flowing, igniting joy. AND
it comes to you on YOUR time! Watch the sessions in the comfort of your own home!
To recharge your creativity, click here:
I look forward to creating with you!
With Love,

Sign up HERE to join this free online virtual retreat with artists collaborating together to Spark Possibility! Learn more and watch an intro video hosted by Liz Chamberlin via the link above. 

Feel Joyful, Creative and Free by embracing your creative side, and letting go of perfectionism. - Liz Chamberlain

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Patreon Palooza coming soon!!!


Mark your calendars for September 6-11! We have been working on an amazing collaborative event where me, Elizabeth St. Hilaire, Donna Downey, Gwenn Seemel, and Kae Pea are offering a virtual tour of our Patreon pages as well as free content for you!
If you've ever wondered how it all works and what it means to be a Patron, you'll want to join us for this Patreon Palooza. Or if you are an artist or maker that may be interested in offering content for your supporters.... please come join in on the fun!

I have my virtual tour up for you now. Please bookmark this page and follow me to check out next weeks free content. And if you decide to make a pledge to my patreon, you'll instantly gain access to almost a years worth of content from when I started back in October 2019.

Check out the other artists links above to see what they are cooking up and be sure and visit their pages next week for free stuff.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Ice cream charm, postcard and sticker sets are here!!

I have been working on this project for some time and they are finally here..... a new product..... Acrylic charms!!! They are super sparkly and come with a lobster claw and keychain. So you can use them on your back pack, journal, or keys. They measure around 2" tall. I have the charms sold separately in the shop as well as included in the set. You'll save $ getting the set.

I have the set available for $16 in my Big Cartel shop and if you purchase the set, you'll get a free holographic mickey 2" sticker (while supplies last. I have about 20 of these left)
look at all the pretties you get in the set!!

I also have new Unicorn girl postcards in my SHOP!

Monday, August 3, 2020

New Artwork, doll design submission and watercolor video

Today I want to share a watercolor video with you. Several months ago, I created this as a longer version for my patrons over on Patreon for the Watercolor Wallflower $10 tier. I love using watercolor pencils to lightly sketch and then activate with water. 

I have been having fun creating some new small originals and they are now up in my Big Cartel shop.

Also watch this space to get notified first about my new enamel pin collection for Halloween. I'll also have 4 new washi tape designs very soon....2 of which have foil accents. So excited to see how they turned out.
Momiji doll design

I created this cute Momiji doll design a couple weeks ago and thought I'd share with my blog readers. I am not sure that Momiji is even accepting designs but I thought it would be an amazing learning experience if I gave it a try. I first created a pencil drawing with a brown col-erase pencil and then took a photo of that and used it as a guide for my line and color work in Procreate. The side view proved to be the most difficult as the foreshortening of the arm and back of the bird needed to be constructed flat. Definitely a fun learning experience.
Below are the rough sketches. You can tell this was a night-time project.... :-)
One of my dreams as been to have a doll created with my art. I am not sure that will ever happen. But it certainly won't if I don't put in the work. Cheers to the work and the learning that comes with it!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Studio process

I've been jumping back into painting a bit more messy these last several days. I picked up a supply I have used in ages, the black marks all stabilo. It is not as forgiving as the graphite version but I love it's messy-ness and it's ability to really make the features pop. It is water soluble so you can activate with water and scrape with a No. 6 wedge.

Intertwined - SOLD
prints available upon request

Patreon 4x4 rewards:

I've been thinking of Halloween already and what lessons I want to do for my annual Halloween class. I'm still working it out and not quite sure of the exact direction. But I thought I'd start with this cute Vampire Mickey. I used the stabilo marks all in black as well as some acrylic ink and gouache.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Character Study drawing mini course

What makes up a character? Expression. Color. Shape. Keeping all of these elements simple is key. Simplicity wins with character design. (actually all design in art in my opinion) Where do you start with finding a character that holds a part of you and the style you want to convey? Looking at illustrators that you admire can help lead you in the right direction. What is it about their work you love? Mary Blair is such a huge inspiration for me and lately Momiji dolls too. Again, the simple shapes and design truly draw me in. Mary Blair's work is so deceptively simple. The shapes are simple but the idea and work to get it there is definitely not.
This class focuses more on drawing and exploring simplicity in a way that is not-intimidating. If you can draw circles and squares and triangles, then you can do this class! Come join me in this fun exploration of darling, cute characters
******PATREON members get this class FREE for August patrons 2020. (messy inner child tier) - SAVE $ when you sign up for my Patreon.

Lessons and structure at a glance:
  • marker and paper talk - also cover blending
  • eyes, nose and mouth lesson - learning scale, placement and size matters!
  • 1 hour long live zoom replay of my bunny slipper journal page using watercolors and colored pencil
  • cute ghost
  • and more TBA!
  • over 3 hours of real time creating

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Paintings and drawing make me happy!

Happy Fairies and unicorn girls and happy mickey's on top of a cotton candy ice cream makes me HAPPY. I have been sketching a lot lately. It seems the ideas flow easier for some reason. I woke up early and grabbed my sketchbook and drew for about 2 hours. (see tiny fairy sketch in red below)

I've already got Halloween on my brain. Once I get my pumpkin spice coffee creamer, I'm instantly transported to October. And I'll reveal some sketches from that in another post. I'll probably start working on my annual Halloween class very be sure and check back.

These new originals are available in my Big Cartel shop now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Mystic Unicorn School!!

School is about to begin. It's like the most magical summer school ever!

Mystic Unicorn school is an awakening of magic that is all around. In the little things. In the fort building. In the staying in on rainy days creating magic.
We will get inspired and create from a place of inner child magic. We will be creating in mainly gouache, and acrylic paints.
There will also be Movie homework: watch Unicorn store and Legend (1985) before or during the class. If you don't have access to these movies, you can watch clips on YouTube.
Are you ready?  REGISTER HERE

The class will be structured as such:
I'll be posting a lesson once a week for 12 weeks. Think of it has the best summer school ever!
  • videos will post on Monday's
  • class begins June 29th
  • Patreon special pricing - $75 for Messy Inner Child Tier
  • Registration - $90
  • at least 12 total process videos
  • 1 FB live art session
  • painted papers download for you to use in your journal
  • a PROCREATE lesson!
Lesson plan:
  • Rainbow warmups
  • Foam stamp making
  • creating the cover - fun lettering
  • lil Blue unicorn 
  • Rainbow love with gouache
  • Unicorn Treat Truck
  • mixed media invitation letter
  • happy crayon unicorn
  • Procreate fort lesson   (ps. this lesson will unfortunately not include the very beginner to procreate. If you need tech help to get started, I'd like to kindly ask that you google how to do things. I am considering doing a beginner course so stay tuned.)
FREE GIFT ALERT!! First 20 people to sign up will receive a free exclusive postcard and sticker set!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

New abstract-ish work

I've been having fun playing with bright color from my turner gouache collection and decided to take a different route with my art. The turner gouache color pigment is so intense and beautiful. I have been so inspired by the rich color.

Stay tuned! I'll be announcing a new class shortly. And for the first 20 folks to sign up, you'll get a cool gift! I will announce here first.

Cupcake for breakfast 5x5"

Germination sparkles - original 9x12

Rainbow Icing 5x5"

Mickey's candy Land - original 12x16" on gallery wrapped canvas

Monday, June 8, 2020

Mickey's treat truck and club house!

Mickey's serving up treats today!! 
This original painting is created with gouache and some collage papers glued down for textures. He was so fun to create.
I am leaning towards more of an illustration style to my work. I'm not sure where and when I'll decided to go back to my messy, soulful girls. I'm just having so much fun painting happy, colorful mickeys and girls!

available in my big cartel

6x6 original available

4x8 original available