AND THE MOON STILL RISES

I've been really struggling with the "inner critic" lately.  As a result, my desire to create has been relatively low.  I haven't been in love with anything that I have created this week.  As a matter of fact I found myself looking at finished pieces and thinking to myself, this is just not good enough.

I know that I am not alone.  Everyone gets a visit from the unwelcome inner critic from time to time. If we are not careful, we can really allow this creativity killer to really get us down.  This morning I woke up determined to get my groove back so, I pulled out my art journal.  I decided that I was going to create something, anything to get myself out of the rut that had been weighing me down.  This art journal page is the result of a very healing art journal session.






I feel like the message from this figure comes directly from my ancestors.  I look to them often for guidance and strength.  I am grateful for the gift of art.  It has great power.   I have to keep pushing forward and create.  And, now that I know that the moon still rises, I can do just that.


Be blessed,
Sharon
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LIFE BOOK 2018!!!






Hello everyone!

Fantastic news! Life Book 2018 is now open for registration! I'm so excited to be part of this amazing year long course. I can't wait to share my lessons with you! :)

I know many of you already know what Life Book  is all about, so if you can't wait to sign up, make sure to click here to get your seat! See you there! :) Oh PS. Be sure to use this coupon code to get your 20% off early bird price!! (valid until end of December 2017): LOVEBOMB2018 



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KEEP YOUR HEAD UP



Whatever is on your heart will show up in your art. Thinking about everyone who has been effected by hurricanes and other natural disasters over the last few weeks. My thoughts and prayers are with you.






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HEART AND SOUL

I believe that the world would be a totally different place if we could learn to see beyond the obvious. If you look deep enough, see hearts and souls, you'll realize that we are all the same.  Peace and blessings



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SWEET INSPIRATION


Photo by Pierrot Men
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LIFEBOOK 2018 GIVEAWAY WINNER

Happy Monday everyone! It's time to announce the winner of the the GIVEAWAY to Life Book 2018!  First, I want to thank you all for participating and sharing your reasons why you would like to be apart of Life Book. I enjoyed reading all of your comments. So, without and further ado, the winner is......

CLAIRE!!!!

Congratulations!!





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WORKS ON PAPER

Hello everyone!  I hope that everyone is having a great productive week.  I've been able to keep myself busy here in the studio with a few creative projects.  In addition to the larger paintings that are in progress, I've been working on smaller paintings on paper.  Working on paper has given me the opportunity to play around.  I've been experimenting with my Neocolor  crayons, gelatos and oil pastels.


 I'm also working on adding more collage elements to my paintings.  





Here is the finished piece.  It's entitled "Connected".  I added glitter to their gowns and headpieces for sparkle.





This is a detailed look at another painting that I finished this week.  I love how her skin looks, very layered and textured. I used some collage papers on her as well. It makes for some very interesting contrast and depth.  I've incorporated lots of glitter on this piece as well.  I love glitter!



And, here is the finished piece!   





What have you created this week?  I'd love to hear all about it.  


Have a great day,
Sharon







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LIFE BOOK 2018 BLOG HOP AND GIVEAWAY

Hello everyone!


I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2018  next year! I am thrilled and honored to be apart of this amazing course!


And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! Keep reading to find out more about Life Book 2018  and to find out how you can win a spot! 

First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven't heard about it yet!
Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class
organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! PLUS this year, Life Book is going to be bigger and better by including another 12 fantastic artists and wellness guides who will focus on additional personal development practices and other art modalities, like sculpting, photography & writing!

Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! You will also be introduced to yoga, aromatherapy, dance and angel energy and other wellness exercises to help support your personal development journey more holistically and imagine the fun we will have getting introduced to and acquainted with some of the other wonderful art forms out there!

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 16500+ people in the past!) by clicking HERE 




 I haven't fully developed my class idea yet, but I'm excited to be sharing how I build an underpainting and use the mixed media art technique of "abstraction" to create a painting.  Here are some examples of my work.







Registration opens on September 12th 2017 and the class begins on January 1st 2018.
So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2018 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens!  Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! 

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop!  I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2018 to 1 lucky winner, yay!  And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 


How to enter the Give-away 

1. Share this give-away on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram
2. Leave a comment below letting me know why you would love to join Life Book 2018 


I will announce the winner September 4th here on the blog and on my Youtube channel.

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 

Saturday 19th August 2017
Tamara Laporte
https://www.willowing.org/blog/
Sunday 20th August 2017
Devorah Spilman
http://www.devorahspilman.com/blog/
Sunday 20th August 2017
Juna Biagioni
https://www.junabiagioni.com/blog/
Monday 21st August 2017
Christie Drahnak
http://www.christiedrahnak.com/blog/
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Gabrielle J-C
http://www.gabriellejaviercerulli.com/blogupdates/
Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Laura Horn
http://www.laurahornart.com/blog-1/
Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Mariƫlle Stolp
https://mariellestolp.wordpress.com/blog/
Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Danielle Mack
http://www.apaintedpage.com/
Thursday 24th August 2017
Lucy Brydon
https://lucybrydonart.wordpress.com/blog/
Friday 25th August 2017
Sarah Trumpp
http://wonderstrumpet.com/
Friday 25th August 2017
Effy Wild
http://effybird.com/
Saturday 26th August 2017
Mystele Kirkeeng
http://www.mystele.com/blog
Sunday 27th August 2017
Deanna Jinjoe
http://www.anewdayartstudio.com/blog/
Sunday 27th August 2017
Alena Hennessy
https://www.alenahennessy.com/blog/
Monday 28th August 2017
Sharon Harkness-Dobler
http://yellowrosedbs.blogspot.de/
Tuesday 29th August 2017
Sophie Adamou
http://www.loveartandbeyond.com/
Tuesday 29th August 2017
Amanda Grace
http://www.amandagraceart.com/writings/
Wednesday 30th August 2017
Jane Spakowsky
http://www.jane-spakowsky.com/recent-work-current- events
Thursday 31st August 2017
Nanda Boukes
https://www.nandasartjourney.com/blog
Thursday 31st August 2017
Flora Bowley
https://florabowley.com/blog/#featured
Friday 1st September 2017
Andrea Gomoll
andrea-gomoll.de/blog/
Saturday 2nd September 2017
Jo Klima
http://www.mapstoherself.com/
Sunday 3rd September 2017
S Rebecca Leigh
https://www.woundedwritersask.com/blog/
Sunday 3rd September 2017
Julie Gibbons
http://www.juliegibbons.com/blog/
Monday 4th September 2017
Ivy Newport
http://graceandivy.wordpress.com/
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Tara Marie Jack
http://taramariejack.com/blog/
Tuesday 5th September 2017
Annie Hamman
http://www.anniehamman.com/blog/
Wednesday 6th September 2017
Joy Ting Charde
https://www.instagram.com/joycharde/
Thursday 7th September 2017
Tara Morris
http://www.tspoonphotography.com/
Thursday 7th September 2017
Louise Gale
http://louisegale.com/blog
Friday 8th September 2017
Wyanne
https://www.facebook.com/WyanneArt
Saturday 9th September 2017
Katrina Koltes
https://katrinakoltes.com/blog/
Sunday 10th September 2017
Kathy Glynn
http://www.artsycanvasgirl.com/blog
Monday 11th September 2017
Jeanne Marie Webb
http://www.jeannemarieart.com/inmystudio/

Have a great time following the blog hop! 



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HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND





Sharon 
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MY NEW WORK SPACE


Vacation is over and we're all moved in.  Now, its time to get back to work.  Here's my new space!



I really love my new set-up! Its much smaller than my previous studio, but I have more than enough space to work and the lighting is great.

The best thing about our new place is the terrace and garden.  I have a lovely view of this tranquility from my work table.  I'm looking forward to taking breaks in our peaceful garden when I am not painting.  




I haven't painted anything in three weeks.  You can imagine how happy I was to be able to get back to my easel this morning.  Here's what I'm working on.   



Stay tuned to this blog for a special announcement coming in a few days.  I'll also be working on a new Vlog and more videos as soon as I get the chance.  


Have a great day,
Sharon
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STUDIO SILENCE

I decided to shoot a bit of footage as I pack up my studio for the move to the new apartment.  This is a very bittersweet time as I am excited about our new place however, I will miss my lovely studio space.



I hope that you will enjoy the video.  I'll see you soon in my new studio!



                      





Have a great week!

Sharon
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SOUL SEARCHING

Hello everyone!  It's been a rough week creatively for me.  I haven't been motivated and, I feel a bit stuck.  I think that it has everything to do with the fact that we are moving soon.  I'm surrounded by lots of chaos and boxes at the moment.  I was able to push through and complete this art journal spread.  I felt so good to get something finished.  









Click on the video and watch me paint!


                    

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SILHOUETTE OF A BOY


Happy Friday!  I have a new Youtube video for you today.  Enjoy it and enjoy your weekend!







                        




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ART JOURNAL SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 GIVEAWAY



AND THE WINNER IS.........



Congratulations Betty!  I'll be seeing you in summer school!  You'll be receiving more information per email about how to register for the class.  Thanks everyone for sharing your summer holiday plans, they all sound wonderful.  



There is still time to take advantage of the Art Journal Summer School 2017 Early Bird Sale. Sale price is €75 and is valid until May 31 st. 
Click here to register: 

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