A New Idea!

Teaching is one of my favorite things to do…

Over the last few months, I took the opportunity to teach a few flower painting classes using watercolors. From what people told me both during and after the classes, I quickly learned how much they enjoyed the process of not only developing their creative talents but also connecting with a community of like-minded people. In particular, one student’s comment really resonated with me: “I loved how you combined creative learning and self-care! It awakened a part of me that was asleep!”

 

After watching this group devour all sorts of new information as well as improve their skills in just a few days, I knew that this was just the beginning of something special. This one experience made me realize that I had so many more project ideas that I could share! I instantly decided that I wanted to teach people all sorts of things that I’ve created over the years while marketing and branding my socially-responsible business, producing arts and crafts to raise money for my philanthropy causes, and teaching art classes in local art stores. I definitely wasn’t done yet.  

So, I’ve been thinking…

What if there was a small community of people that I could both teach and learn from? And what would happen if each member of the community could learn from one another? The wonderful magic that we create could be transformed into a concept I’d like to call:  “Artful Giving.” The idea behind Artful Giving would be to involve yourself in a unique and creative journey to make beautiful, but simple, hand-made treasures that would be identified by your own personal brand. The end result would be sharing art with people around you to bring true joy to their lives – something that is much needed in these current, uncertain times. 

Keep your eyes open. I will be sending you an invitation to join me in a few days. I am really excited about launching this community. I hope you will become a launching member of the Artful Giving Community!

Welcome September!

Where did the summer go? It’s amazing to me that the COVID months from March to August just flew by with lightning speed. Here we are entering the last four months of the year without knowing what the future will bring for all of us. Here are some thoughts I have about how we can proceed safely into the autumn months.

——————————————————————————————————————–

Some things worth sharing…

The Power Within You

Author: Louise Hays

I bought this book in audio format. I listened to it while walking my dog Max on warm summer evenings. What an inspirational book it is! After listening to each chapter, I realized how important it is for us to keep our power within us. When we give our power away to others, we become victims to life’s circumstances. Let’s keep our power within us and remain strong and independent!

I made hand painted gift wrapping paper + a card!

Lila is a sweet young lady with special needs. I bought her a coloring book for her birthday.

To give it a special look, I made my own wrapping paper from a newspaper print (purchased at Lowell’s) and drew large flowers using colored markers. The bright yellow ribbon helped to brighten the package. Lilly loved the gift!

I had fun painting this sweet picture!

I used watercolor gouache to paint this picture and was surprised at how bright the flowers came out. I’m always drawn to painting little girls with their dogs. I guess it’s because I love dogs so much. They are the sweetest, most unselfish friends we can ever have. This painting will keep me feeling bright even in the gloomy winter months.

I’m sharing this painting to encourage the students who took my watercolor workshops to keep on with their painting practices. Keep showing up and let your creative energy flow!

____________________________________________________________________________

Lots of exciting things are coming up. Keep tuned!