FROHE WEIHNACHTEN!



WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON




and a PROSPERSOUS, BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!!

See you in 2017!


Sharon
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ONE BADASS ART JOURNAL 2017


One Badass Art Journal is back for 2017 and I am so thrilled and honored to be apart of it this year!  This art journaling course hosted by the fabulous Tiare Smith, is perfect for art journal lovers and mixed media artist as well.  One BADASS art journal designed to encourage you to embrace your inner BADASS and empower you to create your very own BADASS art journal.


The class will be guided by 14 amazing instructors, including yours truly, who will share some great art journaling and mixed media tips and techniques.  



Follow along on our blog hop to learn more about these amazing and talented artist. 


Kiala Givehand  http://www.kialagivehand.com 
Andrea Gomoli  http://andrea-gomoll.de 
Pan the Artist -Cristin Chambers - http://www.pan-the-artist.blogspot.com
Yellow Rose Art (Sharon Harkness-Dobler) - http://yellowroseart.blogspot.com 
Effy Wild -  http://effywild.com 
Tamiko McCurry - http://mikosspot.blogspot.com 
Tracey Weinzapfel - http://tracyweinzapfelstudios.com 



Here's a sneek peek at my tutorial.



I'll show you how to incorporate color and texture into your art journal pages.  We'll explore the concept of storytelling and discover together how intuitive art journaling can be an empowering way to express your inner BADASS.

Class begins on February 6th but, you can SIGN UP now!!! Use the special code URBADASS 
and receive 15% off registration!  I hope to see you there, its going to be BADASS!!!!!!!







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NEW PRINTS IN MY ETSY SHOP!


Both of these prints are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop along with lots of original paintings.  It's too late for Christmas delivery but, art makes a great gift at any time of the year.


"Rise and Shine"

"Strength"
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UNLEASH YOUR INNER BADASS!


I am so thrilled to announce that I will be teaching in ONE BADASS Art Journal 2017!  This course is hosted by the amazingly talented Tiare Smith of Tiare Smith Designs and I can't tell you how excited I am to be apart of it!




The course begins on February 6, 2017 however, you can register NOW!

Click on this link for more information and to sign up.  Hope to see you there!










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NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO


I recently uploaded a new video documenting the painting process of my latest painting entitled "Communion".  If you have a few moments, come on over and watch me paint.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaTyaYgxPMQ9UuJlYzNEnlQ





Have a great week!
Sharon
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FROZEN

Happy Sunday!  Here are a few photos from our walk today.  It was cold but, as you can see, we found lots of beauty along the way.









Have a great week!
Sharon
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INSPIRED BY LANSCAPES


I haven't always been a nature lover.  However, when I moved to Germany almost 9 years ago, I feel immediately in love with the landscapes here.  Germany has so much green space, even in the cities.   My husband and I went to Bayern over the summer to hike.  We hiked up three mountains, something I never imagined myself doing!  The views were amazing and I was inspired!






This past year I've noticed that along with tea cups, landscapes have become an integral part of my work. Because my paintings are created intuitively, I never really paid attention to how often landscapes appear in my work.  


"Hedge Of Protection" 
"Homeward Bound"

"Sitting With The Moon"

"The Garden Of Phenomenal Women"



This is my most recent painting featuring landscapes.  It's called "Balance".



I spent last week just  focusing on landscapes.  I would like to try to interpret them using other mediums besides paint.  These two painting studies are still in the experimental stages but, I really like where they are going.  I've been playing around with fabric, paper, found materials and of course, glitter.





I've also been playing around in my sketchbook with some ideas which I will bring to canvas one I feel more comfortable with my process.  I'm really excited about what could be a new direction for me.  I can already imagine a series of these sweet little paintings.   



Have a wonderful day,

Sharon





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THE POWER OF ART

I am so grateful for art.  Sometimes, it's really hard to voice what I am feeling.  With everything that is going on in the world, art has proven to be the perfect outlet.  In the past couple of weeks I have had feelings of despair, frustration, anger and loss.   I am wondering where is the love.  At times it just begins to be too much.  I was able to work out some of what I've been feeling on this piece which I have entitled "I Shall Not Be Moved".  I painted it on a large sheet of packing paper.


I don't understand why there has to be so much hate.  I don't understand why it is so hard for us to learn to live together and respect one another.



Now is not the time to be silent.  We all have to stand up and do what's right.  Think about the children, think about the earth that we all call home. I'm still feeling frustrated and angry but, at least I can channel all of that into my art.  I'll let it speak and hopefully people will start to listen and begin to come together to build a better world for us all.
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LOVE AND TEA CUPS


 I was looking through some of my paintings this morning and I noticed something. I really love tea cups! The tea cup made it's appearance as a subject and theme in my artwork a few years ago when I was working in watercolor.  Every now and then, one will show up in my work.  Here are a few of my paintings featuring this beloved vessel.




BOHEMIAN TEA PARTY
IT'S TEA TIME DARLING




THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING


PEARLS DINER



THE DRESSMAKER




THE GARDEN OF PHENOMENAL WOMEN


Here I am with two of my latest paintings.  They are my Tea Babies and I love them!



 I'm sure I will continue to feature tea cups in my art.  Tea cups are a part of my everyday life and my art reflects those things that are near and dear to me.  Have you noticed any recurring themes in your work?  I'd love to hear about it.



Make it a great week,
Sharon



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HAVE A LOVEly WEEKEND!

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HONORING HISTORY

I'm still exploring with the idea of history, and ancestry in my work.  Here are a couple of pieces that I finished last week.


An art journal spread.  




I created this art box to honor my parents.  I love it!




Have you discovered a particular theme or narrative in your work?  



Make it a great week!

Sharon






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LETTER TO A BEAUTIFUL LADY

My art is greatly inspired by anything vintage or retro.  I just love old things, old clothes, old music, old books, old people.  Anything with history really stirs something up in me.  





Sometimes, I like to incorporate vintage photos in my work.  I've been doing it a lot lately. I love looking at these old black and white photos. The people are so beautiful! I can''t help but wonder about their lives. Where they lived, how they lived.  It's all so intriguing to me.  I filmed a video of the making of this page honoring the beautiful woman in the photo.   I've entitled this spread " A Letter To A Beautiful Lady". You can view it over on my Youtube channel.
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WATERCOLOR WEDNESDAY

I bought a new Moleskine watercolor sketchbook over the weekend.  I decided to play around in it for today's installment of Watercolor Wednesday.  This book is really small! It measures about 5 x 4".  It's perfect for traveling and, I could even tuck it inside my purse if I want.





Today, I used a couple of my perfume bottles as references. 



I did a really loose sketch first.  




For color, I just used black and gold.  I mixed in a bit of yellow for the perfume as well.






I spent about 20 minutes on this exercise.  It was a lot of fun!


Enjoy your day!

Sharon
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ME, THE MOON AND MUSIC


Just wanted to share another art journal spread.



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THE ORCHID


I 've been working a lot in my art journal lately.  Yesterday, I decided to film a process video for this entry entitled "The Orchid".









I really enjoyed creating this page and sharing the story of the inspiration behind it.  Come on over to my Youtube channel and watch me paint!


Have a great day!

Sharon
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THE ART OF RUUD VAN EMPEL










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