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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Earth Song - Mixed Media Painting

Happy Wednesday! I have a new Youtube video for you today.  I painted this one rather quickly this morning.  The last few weeks have been pretty busy for me.  This painting was a great way for me to relax, unwind and just enjoy creating.   








                     



Have a great day,
Sharon
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I'M GOING TO SUMMER SCHOOL

I'm Teaching at Art Journal Summer School 2017!  Come Join Us!



Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate some creativity into your summer? Art Journal Summer School hosted by Marieke Blokland is a fun way to keep your creative juices flowing while on vacation. It's also a great way to get in some special "me" time while on holiday.  Registration is now open *Click* here to sign up!  Class begins July 1st. 


This years amazing instructors, including yours truly.




This 10 week course consist of short video tutorials which are designed to help you create awesome art journal pages with limited supples.  Everything fits into a small, ok, medium toiletry bag. 

Included in the course:

             2 short, colorful video tutorials per week
Video tutorials by 14 awesome instructors, including our host Marieke Blokland
Downloadable videos to view at your leisure
Step by step PDF to accompany each lesson


Here's a sneak peek at my lesson




And...I'm giving away a free spot!  All you have to do is leave me a comment and let me know how and where you plan to spend your summer vacation.  I'll announce a random winner here on the blog May 27th!


I hope you join us for all of the fun!








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ART EXHIBITION

 Hello everyone! I mentioned in my last post that I was preparing for my first art exhibition.  The exhibition opening was on last Saturday and it was great! I even sold a painting, how cool is that!

The exhibition is at the Art Lounge.  The gallery is not far from my home, as a matter of fact, I walked to the opening.  You probably didn't know but, here are many Art Lounges around the world.    It all started in New York City.  The concept is that artist rent wall space at a reasonable price to display their work.  As a new or even experienced artist, it is very difficult to get your work shown in a gallery.  Many established galleries only want to show artist who they are familiar with.  The Art Lounge concept is a great way to get your work out there and, it is also a great way to connect with other artist.

The opening was well attended by some very nice people who love art.  The mayor showed up and, I was even photographed by the press.  My work will be on display at the gallery along with the works of seven other artist until June 10th. Since you guys won't be able to attend in person, here are a few photos so that you can share in the experience.
















My dolls on display in the window.









I met some wonderful people. The gentleman and his wife pictured below bought my painting.










SOLD




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NEW WORK

It just dawned on me that I hadn't shared my latest work with you guys.  These paintings were completed over the last three weeks.  I've been busy working on other projects and preparing for my first exhibition!  I'm super excited about that!  The exhibition will be at the Art Lounge  in K√∂nigswinter, Germany.  The gallery is conveniently located in my neighborhood.  The Art Lounge opened their doors four years ago and is well known for showcasing art of all genres.  It is a venue where artist both hobby and professional show their work.  The exhibition will run from May 6-June 10th.  I'll be sure to blog about my experience when the exhibition closes.

In the meantime, here are my newest paintings.  I won't be showing these paintings.  I've decided put them on hold for another project that I have planned.



"The Best Part Of Waking Up"
by Sharon Harkness-Dobler





"The Best Part Of Waking Up"
by Sharon Harkness-Dobler



"Out On A Limb"
by Sharon Harkness-Dobler





Have a great day!
Sharon
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BIG MAGIC



I don't have much to say in this post aside from the fact that this book is AMAZING!




If you are a creator or maker, I highly recommend that you read this book.  Elizabeth Gilbert, best known for the best selling novel and movie "Eat, Pray, Love" is a woman full of wisdom.  In "Big Magic" she shares her thoughts on creativity.  Here ideas are eye-opening and though provoking.  It has totally changed the way I think about my creative process and how I approach it.  If you're looking for a great read, check it out. If you already have read the book, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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