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Why Paint Intuitive Field Flowers?

What does the word INTUITIVE mean to you? Here’s what I found in Webster’s Dictionary: Able to know or understand something because of feelings rather than facts or proof.

In the watercolor workshop I gave on July 25th, “Let’s Paint Intuitive Field Flowers”, we practiced how to paint colorful field flowers using our intuition vs. expectations.

What kind of mindset is needed to paint with intuition?

  • Give up our controlling mindset.
  • Relax and free our minds of clutter and worries.
  • Open up our hearts and absorb all the magic that enters.
  • Draw shapes and flowers without putting expectations.
  • Find the beauty in anything we draw or paint.
  • Say, “I’m ok the way I am”.

“Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” -Oprah Winfrey-

I never thought giving a free on-line watercolor class would bring me so much joy, appreciation, and gratitude. When I saw the beautiful work created by the students in my class, I forgot about the hard work it takes to pull off a workshop such as this one.

Here is a student project gallery. Aren’t they great?

I appreciate all the comments from the students who participated in the class.

I loved the class yesterday!  It really was lots of fun.  You are not only a very talented artist but a great teacher, too.  You make everything look so easy; when the truth is you are so very creative along with your natural talent. You are very generous to share your many talents.  Thank you!I look forward to the next one. -Margo-

It was really a fun class and I enjoyed a lot of just letting go and relax and draw and paint. I thought it was very interesting so see everyone’s work being so beautiful and unique. I liked what I was able to create. Thanks for the wonderful class. I’m looking forward to the next one! -Yoko-

I truly enjoyed class on Saturday. I’m working on a birthday card for a friend using my “new talent”. Hmmm… somehow my animals don’t look like yours. -Melanie-

I really enjoyed this session. I was surprised HOW NICE mine turned out. Thank you for sharing this process. -Arlene-

Kay, I absolutely loved your class. My flowers came out very pretty and I know I will do more of this. Thank you so much! This was a bright spot in a stressful time. -Sue-

I loved your class and am so excited to learn a new technique! I ordered tome pens today and more watercolor paper. Please let me know if you teach another class. -Stephanie-

What a fun Saturday morning hour! Free, open creativity, simple, colorful, whimsical etc. etc. You are so generous with your knowledge. Thank you! Sign me up for your future classes! -Garnet-

Let’s Paint Intuitive Field Flowers!

When we don’t know what the “new normal” will be like, instead of worrying about it, we can open up our hearts and lean on our intuition. How can I do that, you ask. The first step is to let go of your control and let your intuition guide you. You will be surprised and pleased with the outcome. Attend my free workshop, “Let’s Paint Intuitive Spring Flowers” and we can learn this technique together!

This is a free Zoom class! Please register here.

There is only a limited amount of space so register early to save your spot.

Recommended supply list:

Watercolor set, brushes, black or colored pens, and watercolor paper of your choice. If you have a set of colored crayons, bring them!

An Open-Hearted Conversation about Race

I’ve known Antuan for five years. As we worked in the salon together, we talked about our customers, our work, and occasionally about our families.

I didn’t have the courage to ask him about his feelings and thoughts about the human injustice that’s been displayed towards Black Americans and people of color in our country.

I finally got the courage to ask Antuan if he would be willing to engage in a video conversation with me where we both share with each other about our feelings during this time of unrest and anger in our country.

Antuan agreed and we shot this video.

I found out that Antuan and I have something in common… drawing and love for our animal friends. I asked him if I can share a few of his artwork and he agreed. His art is so different from my art and when I thought about our differences, I realized this is what makes America great. It’s because every ethnic group brings their unique cultural gifts to the table. When we are able to open our eyes and hearts and learn from each other, the end product is called INNOVATION!

Thank you Antuan for opening up your heart to me. We all have a lot to learn from each other. We will create societal changes by working together toward our goal.

Animals Come to Your Living Room

Surely you’ve seen some of the videos of penguins wandering around zoos and wildlife flourishing in cities while the human traffic is diminished. What about video chats? How many of you have met your co-workers dogs and cats or introduced your pet on a Zoom call? Animals bring us all so much joy, especially at times of crisis. How do you think rescued animals and animal welfare organizations are surviving during this COVID-19 season? Please watch this video conversation I had with Brenna Anderst of Pasado’s Safe Haven.


Meet Some Very Special Animals…

Here is a story of Babs, Ole’ and Jaque. We at Studio 904 Hair Design have been supporting Ole’ and Jaques for three years. These sweet donkeys are loved by our team and customers. Watch this video!

Visit Pasado’s Online for a Virtual Tour

Join Pasado’s Safe Haven for our first-ever virtual tour! You’ll have a chance to “meet” the charming animal residents from the comfort of your home as they take you on a walk around the sanctuary.

Date: Saturday, June 6 11am – 12pm

Sign up here: https://www.pasadosafehaven.org/tours/ 

If you’re interested in learning more about Pasado’s Safe Haven and the important fight to end animal cruelty, please visit https://www.pasadosafehaven.org/

Let’s Paint Blooming Flowers!

The wait is over! Many of you have asked me if I would create a simple art class that will take you from beginning to end, resulting in cards, tags, and miniature art.

Please see the poster below to get the details of this class. We will have a good time in this interactive Zoom workshop. No experience is needed. Sign up soon so you can gather your supplies. You will receive the supply list right after you register. I hope to see you there!

Sign up below:

https://kayhirai.mykajabi.com/let-s-watercolor-blooming-flowers-2

Register for the “Let’s Paint Blooming Flowers!” below:

https://kayhirai.mykajabi.com/let-s-watercolor-blooming-flowers-2