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Kitty Miller

5 Jul

Kitty Miller was here last year to teach at Blue Twig Studio. We all just loved having her here and she is coming back again this year at the end of August (class links are listed below). She is loads of fun and super generous with her teaching. You will go home having learned something new and fun and will create great art in the meantime! I thought maybe you would like to know her a bit better, so here is her Artist Interview.

 

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Deb Prewitt & Kitty Miller

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, etc.

Of Greek, Romanian and Hungarian decent I was raised by my Grandparents in Northern California. I attended college at Arizona State University. I was disabled from a car accident in 1998, at the time I was an Insurance Agent and I was teaching. I found after recovering all I longed to do was art, so I started pursuing my dream and doing art almost everyday as a hobby in 2003 and have just found my true love. Creating art and sharing my talents and tricks with students has given me more joy than I could even express in words.

Have you always made art? Or when did you start? What made you start?

I have always made art even from a young age. At 11 years old my Grandmother bought me a Singer sewing machine and I would even make my own clothing.

What is the earliest memory you have of anything art related?

I can remember being very very young before school and painting rocks with my Grandma and her neighbor Ellen. Ellen was so creative. I used to love visiting her house and studio and getting to paint, press flowers, weave pine needle baskets and fiber rugs, I was very blessed with an awesome creative circle thanks to my amazing Grandmother and her friends.

Is your family artistic?

My family is very artistic and we always had art in the house.

Do you have an art degree or other art credentials?

Not in art, I am self taught as well as have had hundreds of amazing art teachers at retreats and in my community. My art tribe is huge!

How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching art since 2013.

How did you get started teaching?

I just had people and retreats asking me to teach and I used to teach so it just came naturally, kinda just happened.

What is your favorite class to teach?

I love to teach people to paint birds, animals and just about anything that strikes my fancy and I become enamored with. 

What is your favorite art medium? And why?

My favorite medium is hands down Acrylic Paint, it is so vibrant and versatile. It is just what dreams are made of and what I love.

What are some of your favorite tools and products?

Script liner brushes a must have for feathers and hair, Stencils they are just so versatile, Indigo Blue Flitter Glue and Gold Leafing  – there simply is no better or easier way to efficiently gold leaf, Posca Paint Pens Fine Tip especially white and black they are just awesome and they are paint so they go over paint and are permanent, Fluid Matte Medium. I actually tease and say it is more valuable than Mother’s Milk. I use it for gluing layers, and just everything, Inktense Pencils they are permanent and come in so many vibrant colors I use them in almost all my art as a layer, DecoArt Mixed Media Misters they are great sprays for layers, drips, using with stencils, washes and more. These are just a few of my favorite things!

What is the most unusual venue you have taught at?

I taught at a Juvenile Detention Facility several times and at some women’s shelters. I believe if we nurture the creative side of our youth and give their imagination wings, their mind a safe escape and a way to voice their emotions and style safely, that they will stay out of trouble and nurture themselves. I hope they will see that if you keep doing what you love you can even earn money doing it.

Who is your favorite artist? Why?

Wow, what a hard question! I have so may favorite artists as i am surrounded by talent and courage. But if I have to choose one it is Wyanne Thompson.ARTIST – BADASS CANCER SURVIVOR- SHOE DIVA – http://www.wyanne.com http://www.facebook.com/WyanneArt

Wyanne is just a Bad Ass period. She is an oral cancer survivor that has had to have her tongue removed and have a tracheotomy put in. Her whole world was turned upside down, but did she let that stop her or slow her down? Hell no! She still teaches and is cranking out amazing art. She just moved into a new large studio away from her home and is just doing and living her dream. She helped me find my creative wings too. 

Do you have a favorite art quote to share? Or some words of advice?

Okay that is hard to pick just one, i have narrowed it down to my favorite three… Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time, Art is the magic we create the spells we cast and the beauty that will last, The job of an artist is to offer sanctuary through beauty and color in a dreary world. The best advice I can give somebody is to just keep creating. Do art anytime and all the time Mistakes are only mistakes if you give up. Layers layers layers, just like our life it is just an experience we should savor for a moment and then move on until we find what we love. Take as many classes as you can and just have fun!

Where can people find you? Facebook, blog, website, Instagram, etc. 

https://www.instagram.com/kittysartwithheart/?hl=en

http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kitty-miller.html

http://always-art-llc.myshopify.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Kittymillerartist

Anything else you wish to share?

I teach with the Art and Soul retreats and am now going to be at all 3 locations, I am also working on a retreat in Hawaii in 2017, as well as a new book.

I would also like to remind you all to be kind to yourselves and not be so judgmental and and not to have unrealistic expectations. Nobody was a successful artist overnight, they all put in a lot of time, had a lot of trial and error and just kept at it. We all deserve to be happy and making art and creating should be happy not make us feel bad, so just play and try to learn every day. My grandfather used to always say, “Once you stop learning you stop living so get out there and truly live.” Learn all you can, soak  up every bit you can. Be a sponge and let knowledge be your water!

~Kitty

Thanks Kitty for sharing a bit about yourself. Please visit her links and see what else she is up to.

We are ready for Kitty to be here teaching again this summer. She has several awesome classes that she is offering, so there is bound to be something that interests you and fits your schedule. Just click the link to get more information about each class.

Resin Jewelry Alchemy – 2 day workshop Aug 25th & 26th

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Mermaid Fantasy – 2 day workshop Aug 27th & 28th

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Visual Blocks – Aug 31st

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You can register on-line or by calling the shop.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

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Bringing you Mindy Lacefield

7 Jun
I am so happy to be able to bring in Mindy Lacefield to teach at Blue Twig Studio this summer. I hope you can make the time to take a class from her. We are so lucky that she has agreed to travel to Colorado and teach here. It is an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often.
She is super sweet and you will absolutely adore her. This interview will help you get to know her better.
~Deb
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Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, etc.
-I live in central Arkansas out in the woods with my husband, Tim and two poodles Merlin and Sammy.
 
 
Have you always made art? Or when did you start? What made you start?
-I always drew as a child and felt at ease with a paper and pencil. But I guess my priorities and interests became more focused on basketball. I played all the way through middle school to college. I never thought I could be an artist. I always thought I had to go to university and major in something practical and get a “real job”. Luckily with the internet and social media I was able to create and sell art online and begin to make a living doing it. I picked up a paint brush about 10 years ago when I saw the full moon over the Pacific ocean. I realize now it was God calling me to Him and to reach out to others through painting and teaching. The path He has laid out has become so clear and I am so grateful to connect with other kindred, creative spirits on this journey.
 
Is your family artistic?
-Yes, in fact my uncle is a wood carver and ventriloquist. He made several puppets from wood and has performed at craft shows and other area shows. I also have two cousins who are highly artistic.
How long have you been teaching?
-I have been teaching for about 5 years.
 
How did you get started teaching? 
-I went to an art retreat as a student. One day while we had some free time, a sweet girl came up to me and asked me if she could sit and watch me paint for a few minutes. As we sat there, I thought why not lead her through some of the reasons why I put different colors in the face and where to apply them to achieve depth and dimension. Afterwards, she went back to her table and created the most amazing face based on my instruction. I was floored and instantly addicted to teaching. After that, I began inquiring about teaching different places and others starting reaching out to see if I’d come be a visiting art teacher.
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What is your favorite class to teach? 
-I love teaching how to paint faces and how to make discoveries along the way. Making mistakes is key in finding your voice and own joy in painting.
 
What is your favorite art medium? And why?
-I love acrylic paint. I love that it dries quickly. I also love bleeding tissue paper, watercolor pencils, and stencils.
 
What is the most unusual venue you have taught at?
-I taught last May in a huge red barn in Nebraska. So inspiring and full of nostalgic energy!
 
Who is your favorite artist? Why?
-Anne Patay. Her work is full of beautiful marks with such an incredible energy and depth.
 
Do you have a favorite art quote to share? Or some words of advice?
-Two of my favorite quotes are:
“It took me 4 years to learn to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child” – Picasoo
“Art is not about thinking something up. It’s about getting something down.” – Julia Cameron
 
Where can people find you? 
instagram: mindy_lacefield

~Mindy Lacefield

 

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Mindy will be teaching a 2-day workshop at Blue Twig Studio – Aug 19th & 20th – Inner Radiant Child. Use this link for more details about the class. It is going to be so much fun! Space is limited so be sure to get registered early.
~Deb
Let Your Inner Artist out to Play
Blue Twig Studio
5039 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719-266-1866

Artist Interview with Ingrid Dijkers

10 Apr

 

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Ingrid Dijkers will be visiting Blue Twig Studio and teaching some absolutely fun classes in June. These are just a few interview questions to help you get to know her better. Of course, you can visit her website and get to know her better. I’m sure you will agree that her style is most amazing.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, etc.

 

I was born in Breda, the Netherlands and immigrated with my parents at a young age to Canada, later immigrating to the United States.

 

Currently I live in Plymouth, Michigan.  It’s a small historical town of 10,000, outside of Ann Arbor.  We have lived in the city for about 35 years.  When we first moved here it was just a small quiet town on the edge of nowhere, which really appealed to us.  Over the years the outskirts have grown and developed, resulting in a lot of change.  The whole mentality of the small town has all but disappeared now and now we are in the midst of getting our house ready to sell and plan to move to a new small town to recapture what we miss so much.

 

Have you always made art? Or when did you start? What made you start?

 

Both my parents have their Masters in the Fine Arts, so I had exposure my entire life.  My real interest started developing when I was in college though.

 

What is the earliest memory you have of anything art related?

 

I must have been around 3 or 4 years old at the time and my Mother let me help her paint a little bit of the sky of a painting she was working on.  It was larger than me ,which I was most impressed with.  The painting was of a cathedral in the town that I was born in, in the Netherlands

 

Is your family artistic?

 

My parents, as I mentioned above.

I have 2 daughters that really have no interest at all … my husband either, yet they are all so incredibly supportive of what I do.

 

Do you have an art degree or other art credentials?

 

I dropped out on my way to a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree.  While in college I realized that the degree was of little significance to me and I was more interested in pursuing a direction of my own.  In all this time, I have had no interest in going back to school.

 

How long have you been teaching?

 

About 9 years now.

 

What is your favorite class to teach?

 

Anything related to Journaling, but I am interested in expanding … perhaps doll making.

 

What is your favorite art medium? And why?

 

I have dabbled in so many mediums throughout the years, honestly I can’t pick a favorite.

 

Where can people find you? Facebook, blog, website, Instagram, etc.

 

WWW.IngridDijkers.com

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Ingrid Dijkers on Facebook

 

 

These are the classes Ingrid will be teaching and the links to the website for more information. I hope you will be able to find one or more that appeal to you and get registered for them. They are filling up quickly. All 3 classes are all-day classes, so be sure to bring a lunch/snacks with you. 

I absolutely adore her art and creative spirit. I hope I will be able to sit in on one or more of these upcoming classes.

 

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Over the Edge – June 3rd

 

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Mandala Journal – June 4th

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Through the Rabbit Hole – June 5th

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Artist Helen Shafer Garcia

15 Feb

Helen Shafer Garcia will be coming to Blue Twig Studio to teach in April. I took a class with her at Art & Soul last year and loved her style, so I figured other people would love to take a class with her as well. She has shared a little info here about who she is so we can get to know her better. And of course, if you take one of her upcoming classes you will get to know her even more.

 

Helen Shafer Garcia:  I’d like to introduce myself. I live in north San Diego area with my husband, son and 2 cats. My son and husband are both welders and engineer type minded people. Our casa is called Garciaville, which includes my cool studio, my son’s metal shop and my husband’s metal lathe shop where he makes beautiful cue sticks. My cats just sit around meowing and buzzing. I have a 1/2 acre garden that keeps me in tune with my plants and other assorted creatures.

I teach watercolor and acrylic at Palomar College, water media, Pastel, and Book Arts at 2 other locals, Escondido and Fallbrook. You can find all sorts of info at my website http://www.HelenShaferGarcia.com and my blog http://www.agavelatte.blogspot.com I also teach workshops internationally and across the USA. My art friends Laurie Mika, Jane LaFazio, Lynn Leahy and I will be returning to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico next year in October/November for a week long workshop adventure….a trip of a lifetime…. http://www.tesorocorazon.blogspot.com/

After finishing up my BA in Art I started working with clay, making vessels and slab rolled pots. I also started building up a portfolio in watercolor. My emphasis was larger than life succulents and other southwest images. Galleries in New Mexico, California, and Arizona began to show my works starting in the mid 80’s. At the same time I began working as an illustrator. I contracted with major resorts and hotels, creating watercolor images of the buildings and amenity features. I also illustrated Garden edibles for San Diego Home Garden Magazine for 8 years.

I’ve come full circle now, back to a career in teaching. Teaching is incredibly rewarding. I meet the most amazing and talented people, with new directions bouncing around in the classroom. Great energy!

~Helen

 

 

Here are Helen’s upcoming classes at Blue Twig Studio. Just click the links to get more info. I look forward to seeing you in her classes. These are going to be awesome!

 

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Colored Pencil Mixed Media Journaling: April 17th 

Colored pencils are such good therapy. Pressing down pure color on smooth
paper leads to endless good vibes. We’ll combine watercolors, water-soluble
pens, and colored pencils while learning clever user-friendly ways to draw.
My drawing methods will ease those ever so present inhibitions about
drawing lines and shapes. Learn how to blend beautiful color layers and
create dark and light mixtures. You’ll be prompted to create small poems
that will be collaged in a clever way throughout the works.
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This paper quilt is loaded with colorful crinkly textures. Paint and ink will flow into
the crevices giving the papers a wonderful aged look. Explore this special
watermedia batik like technique on Masa rice paper. We’ll use an acrylic ink
technique to make marks and paint with watercolor, letting the colors blend and
fuse together naturally. We’ll also make lines with water -soluble oil pastels; add
translucent paper layers and fabric raw edges. Dive into detail with colored pencils,
ink lines, adornments, and collage elements to embellish the shapes. And to
complete the remnant look, we’ll add sari ribbons to embellish the edges, giving the
quilt a delightful aged look.
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Reach into the sky and create connections between branches and earth while creating universal Tree of life themed mixed media paintings on Masa paper and canvas. A special batik technique with Masa rice paper will create wonderful textures and crevices for the paint to flow into. Draw and paint elements and symbolic icons of a tree of life, including birds, flowers and other great, joyful creatures with bold watercolor dropped -in color techniques. You’ll play with colored pencils, ink lines and collage elements to further embellish your paintings. Discover how beautiful and bright watercolors can be with this special process. The watercolor paintings will be sealed with an acrylic varnish to protect the surface. Borders and embellishments will be added with acrylics.
Just looking at the beautiful photos of her work makes me happy.
~Deb
Let Your Inner Artist out to Play
Blue Twig Studio
5039 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719-266-1866

November ATC Challenge – Give Thanks

1 Nov

 

November is here and with it comes Thanksgiving. So it seemed appropriate to have the theme of the month be GIVE THANKS. Of course you can tie it in to Thanksgiving if you choose, but I suspect many of you will decide to step outside of the expected and find a different direction to go. No matter what you choose – I know the ATCs will all be fabulous.

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© Olga Vasilkova | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

Giving Thanks is all about gratitude. I practice gratitude daily and I know that it helps me through the days. There is always something to appreciate and be thankful for. Perhaps it is the first cup of coffee in the morning. Perhaps it is the beautiful sunshine and blue sky. Perhaps it is the sound of laughter. Perhaps it is just knowing you are getting to spend another day on this amazing planet. What are you grateful for?

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I love all the quotes there are about thankfulness and gratitude. They remind us that our lives are full and rich and good and happy. When we dwell on those good things, we are happier and more successful. I believe in the power of gratitude. Do you?

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from Quotes Dump

 

 

I look forward to seeing your ATCs for this month’s challenge. Remember to get them turned in by the end of the month.

I’ll be posting the ATCs for our October theme of Wild Wild West sometime in the next week or so. There are lots of fun ATCs this month, so be sure to check back to see what everyone created, and find out if you are a winner (you can’t win if you don’t enter).

For those of you who want to work ahead, the December ATC challenge will be Winter Wonderland!

 

 

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person might win all of them)
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is Nov 30th – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC. We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

I love this monthly challenge and I am always grateful  to those of you who submit entries(perhaps I need to do an ATC about being grateful to all of you?) . Tell your friends too. The more the merrier for this challenge, as we have extra winners with more entries. And really, everyone is welcome to join the fun no matter what skill level you are at. 🙂 It is a great way to practice new stuff.

 

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your GIVE THANKS ATCs. 

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from SearchQuotes.com

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

October ATC Challenge – Wild Wild West

1 Oct

 

Are you ready for the October ATC challenge? We are doing the WILD WILD WEST for October. How fun is that going to be?

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Cowboys and horses and rodeos and boots and cattle drives and saloons and so much more. John Wayne and Calamity Jane and Billy the Kid and Marshall Dillon and Annie Oakley. Yep, we have a lot to choose from for this month’s challenge. It should inspire lots of creativity.

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Growing up in the west I have seen my share of western movies and western museums of artifacts and read books about the west. I’ve been to rodeos and rode horses and camped in the wilderness. The wide open spaces and beauty of nature is part of the West. But there is also a ruggedness and heartiness of being that goes along with life in the Wild West.  Can you capture that essence in your ATCs?

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I hope you enjoy this month’s theme and have some fun with it. I look forward to seeing your WILD WILD WEST ATCs.

I’ll be posting the ATCs for our September theme of ON THE ROAD sometime in the next week or so. So be sure to check back to see what everyone created.

For those of you who want to work ahead, the November ATC challenge theme will be GIVE THANKS!

 

 

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person will win all of them :))
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is Oct 31st – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC. We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

I love this monthly challenge and I am always grateful to those of you who submit entries. Tell your friends too. The more the merrier for this challenge, as we have extra winners with more entries. And really, everyone is welcome to join the fun no matter what skill level you are at. 🙂 It is a great way to practice new stuff.

 

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your WILD WILD WEST ATCs!!!!!!  Yee Haw! Git along little dogie! 🙂

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

September ATC Challenge – On the Road

1 Sep

 

September is here and the new challenge is ON THE ROAD!  Anyone ready for a ROAD TRIP?

© Cristian Nitu | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© Cristian Nitu | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

I love a road trip, although I don’t get to do it very often. But the fun of climbing into a car with friends or family and driving to your destination is so much more entertaining than getting on a plane and arriving. The conversations, the laughter, the interesting things you see along the way.

I’ve always wanted to take a really long and leisurely road trip across the USA. There is so much to see along the way. All the crazy tourist attractions like the largest ball of string ever! Or the museums and art galleries of various locals which are always different than what you see at home. Or how about the food? Every region has it’s own special flavors that are sure to entice. What about the landscapes you see? Every place has different trees and flowers and architecture, all beautiful and interesting.

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© Kenneth Sponsler | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

Sometimes the road trip is just you and your vehicle. Every road trip doesn’t have to be a family adventure. Some road trips are good by yourself.  The feeling of freedom, of stopping when and where you want, of taking your time and exploring small shops and eating at roadside diners. What might you see along the way if you took your time?

© Roman Milert | Dreamstime Stock Photos

© Roman Milert | Dreamstime Stock Photos

 

Or maybe you will interpret the theme much more literally – and share something actually On The Road!!!! Maybe Road Kill? Ha Ha

I’ll be posting the ATCs for our August theme of AT THE CIRCUS sometime in the next week or so. I haven’t received as many ATCs as I was hoping, but they are still really great!  Perhaps everyone was busy trying to fit in one more summer vacation or camping trip before back to school!

For those of you who want to work ahead, the October ATC challenge theme will be WILD WEST! 

 

 

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person will win all of them :))
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is Sept 30th – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC. We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

I love this monthly challenge and I am always grateful to those of you who submit entries. Tell your friends too. The more the merrier for this challenge, as we have extra winners with more entries. And really, everyone is welcome to join the fun no matter what skill level you are at. 🙂 It is a great way to practice new stuff.

 

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your ROAD TRIP ATCs!!!!!!  On the Road again – just can’t wait to get on the Road again! 🙂

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

Week 31 – 365 days of art challenge

5 Aug

Week 31 of the 365 days of art challenge is complete! Enjoy the inchies and the tweenchie from this week. I like them.

I also did my sketch for the week. I almost didn’t share it, it seems so bad.

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by Deb Prewitt

I had a cute photo of some raccoons that seemed like I should be able to draw. But I don’t think they look very much like raccoons. More like scrawny rats. Ha Ha. The fur is hard to do, which I expected, but I really thought I could get the coloring right.  So the thought crossed my mind not to share, but I know I need to share all that I do on this journey. They are kind of amusing to look at though.

See you next week.

#bts365day

~deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

August ATC Challenge – AT THE CIRCUS

1 Aug

 

I almost missed that it is Aug 1st and time for a new challenge. The August theme for the monthly ATC challenge is AT THE CIRCUS.

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Summer often includes a visit to the circus. The fun and laughter and spectacle of the circus seems particularly fitting for the end of summer. The circus has been around for a long time, in one form or another.  From feats of daring and strength to equestrian skills to acrobatic wonders to the weird and unusual, the circus covers a lot of ground.

circus

Kids always want to run off and join the circus (some adults too). Perhaps because it is so far removed from our everyday lives.

We go to the circus expecting to see things that we don’t normally experience – from trapeze artists to elephants to sword swallowing to the bearded lady and clowns and more. It is an adventure, that comes to our cities and towns, so we can experience the excitement without leaving home. For many people, you only ever get to visit that circus cousin – the carnival, which is fun but not nearly the spectacle and glamour of a real circus. Nonetheless we all know what a circus is all about, if nothing else we have seen pictures. 🙂

circus act

This is your chance to JOIN the CIRCUS by completing your ATC and sending it in.

 

I’ll be posting the ATCs for our July theme of BIRDS sometime in the next week or so. I will be traveling next week so I’m not sure I will get it done before I leave town (which means you have a few extra days if you still want to submit an entry).

For those of you who want to work ahead, the September ATC challenge theme will be ROAD TRIP! Fun fun fun!!!!

 

 

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card. A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person will win all of them :))
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter 🙂
  • deadline is Aug 31st – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC. We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

I love this monthly challenge and I am always grateful to those of you who submit entries. Tell your friends too. The more the merrier for this challenge, as we have extra winners with more entries. And really, everyone is welcome to join the fun no matter what skill level you are at. 🙂 It is a great way to practice new stuff.

 

Have fun and I look forward to seeing your AT THE CIRCUS ATCs!!!!!!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918 – USA

Week 26 – 365 Days of Art

1 Jul

Week 26. Woo hoo! We are at the half-way mark of the year. So far, so good. How do you feel about doing the 365 day challenge? Are you still hanging in there? Are you learning anything about yourself? Are you having FUN?

Here are my inchies, twinchies, tweenchies for the week.

I did not get a sketch done in my sketchbook. 😦  So I am sharing a Zentangle® tile I did, using a flower motif and adding color with the Tombow markers. I’ll get back to my sketchbook next week. Sometimes I have good intentions, but not enough follow-through.

by Deb Prewitt

by Deb Prewitt

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist Out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

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