Sunday, October 17, 2010

artist flowers & a dream come true...

"Artist Flowers"
mixed media & resin
10" x 10"

I wanted to share this painting with you.  It is part of my "Paint Free" class, and I LOVE IT.  I can't even begin to tell you what an impact this class has had on me.   The class took almost two years for me to put together, and I wasn't sure I would offer it.  I was a little uncertain how other artists would respond to it.  But, I'm really glad I did.  The response has been out of this world, and the class just radiates love and light.  All the sacrifices and sleepless nights were more than worth it.  I am filled with gratitude, it is certainly a dream come true.

I'm still crazy busy with my show next month at Blu, and Blue Door...and not to mention all the classes.  I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm still around, and will try to be a better blogger when things calm down.  But, in the's a new video for you.  


And here are a couple of reasons why the "Paint Free" class has been incredible.  

This is from Carrie from Carrie's Art and Soul:

Paint Free has helped me with exactly what I was struggling with as an artist--finding my own style and ability to come up with my own original ideas.  I'm very good at copying other people's work but was afraid and unsure of how to take the next step.  This class has given me the skills and confidence I need as an artist to make art that is truly my own. 
The exercises throughout the class simultaneously combine art techniques with self-reflection that merge to create meaningful and artwork that only you can create based on your past experiences, energy and perspective.  I finally have realized that I need to stop comparing myself to other artists because what I offer is unique and valuable as an artist and individual.  
I have also benefited from Wyanne's vast knowledge of other prominent artists.  The videos and artwork she shares is extremely helpful in learning techniques with other artists to incorporate into my own artwork in my own way without having to copy their art.
Additionally, I really appreciate the small class size.  I've taken online art classes before where the instructor lets so many people in the class that it is impossible to connect with other class members.  Wyanne respects the need for us to go through this together and offer support to one another without feeling overwhelmed by the class size or amount of content being shared. 
This has by far been my favorite and most worthwhile art class I have taken on so many levels.  I feel that I am challenged as an artist, enjoy the assignments (I love Wyanne's ideas!), and feel that I am growing as an artist and learning the skills I need to continue to grow after the class has ended.  Thanks, Wyanne, for all your help and sharing your knowledge, wisdom and experience with me. 

And Christine Krauss from San Diego wrote:

The gears are clicking into place and for the first time in my artistic
life my heart feels like it is soaring above the earth.  THAT is how 
free I feel now and it is from your words Wyanne! How powerful they 
have been for me!   Of course the lessons and words all tie in, 
but it is your words that have made such an imprint on my heart 
and mind and artistic soul.   In fact as I read the assignment 
you posted today (Friday) all I could think about was the fact that I 
felt I was finished with the class.  You had given me what I had been 
searching for years for... already!  The key had been handed to me 
that unlocked that golden door!  I no longer feel I need anything 
except some brushes and some canvas or wood or whatever to express my 
heart and soul!   Jeez, I would paint on the walls of the house or 
my shoes  or the dogs if I didn't have anything at this point! lol  
You have given me the ultimate I could have asked for and that was 
the knowledge of what it means to be an artist.  It extends to 
anything I might want to create and it was your own personal journey 
and sharing that so openly and honestly that gave me that magical key! 
My hope is that everyone else got a magical key as well Wyanne 
because no drug on earth could give you a high like I am feeling 
right at this moment in time! 
With love and SO MUCH gratitude,

Christine Krauss
Painting free forever!= 

As I sit here with tear filled eyes, I am overwhelmed with gratitude.  I finally feel like I created my life's work.  Or maybe it's just begun...It's an incredible feeling either way.  Wow.  Thank you.  Thank you all.

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