The Art of Flowers And Portraits
A mixed media class using charcoal, acrylic paint, pastels, and collage.
I am so excited to share with you how I create expressive and colorful flowers in my artwork. All summer long I gathered bouquets of flowers for our home, and spent a great deal of time drawing and painting these beauties. I wanted to immerse myself in this practice to find a way of creating expressive flowers that would ultimately work within my style of creating. In this course, I encourage you to spend time filling your sketchbook or art journal with drawings, color palettes and more. You will learn to "see" the shapes, forms, and lines of flowers and focus on finding your own creative voice so you can express it within your artwork.
I love to add flowers to my artwork, especially my portraits. Portraits are my absolute favorite thing to draw and I enjoy sharing my techniques on this very challenging subject. In this class, I will take you on a step by step journey as we draw three different portraits.
I truly believe, that as creatives, we should embrace the practice and that it will ultimately lead you and teach you how to develop your own beautiful and unique style as an artist. Practice is a beautiful process!
This course is literally overflowing with projects and creative possibilities! Please join me as I open my studio and share my techniques and practices with you.
This class is for all levels.
Thank you for choosing to take my class, I'm so thrilled and honored that you're here.
I want to tell you a little about me.
I received a BFA from the University of Michigan where I studied Art History, Dance, and Choreography. I danced professionally and had the honor of teaching dance at the University of Michigan's Musical Theater and Theater Departments.
Most of my life has been spent in the dance studio and the theater. Because of this, I have had the privilege to work with many talented dancers, costume designers, set designers, lighting designers and musicians. One of the many things that I learned from this experience in the performing arts was to honor your ideas and devote yourself to a subject. Also, to share, support, and collaborate.
Once I decided to "exit stage left", it was challenging to find another creative outlet. Like many of us, I loved to draw, paint and create as a child, but never really invested a tremendous amount of time in cultivating that practice. About six or seven years ago I began drawing again and decided to commit to a daily practice. I was challenged and inspired!. So, I continue to practice, experiment with materials and allow my ideas to guide me through the process.
When creating art, I draw upon the many methods I learned as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Research, gathering inspiration, honoring my point of view and sharing ideas.
It is my hope that by sharing my creative practices, my process, techniques and what inspires me, you will find something that works for you.