It's Your Turn to Live Out Loud!
Yes YOU! Who has always wanted to paint.
Who needs to make more time for yourself.
Who has always wanted to learn from the best artists without a hefty price tag.
Who has put your heart into making art, but still feels stuck.
Who knows that your time has come to fulfill your creative calling.
And who wants to elevate your work by expressing your VOICE.
Yes, you are worthy to create and the time is NOW.
Meet the Artists of VAS 2022 and their Tutorials!
Kellee Wynne Conrad
Since founding Color Crush Creative, I have been on a journey to understand color inside and out. In my lesson I invite you to take a peek into my new published book, Mixed Media Color Studio, and learn about my Five Principles of Colors in this fun tutorial exploring a limited palette and creating variation and interest with a focal color in this art journal exercise.
My artwork is a fusion of figurative or non-representational abstraction, narrative, and dynamic movement paired with a fascination and love of complex systems and details. Transparent layers, with an emphasis on color stories, are also two distinct elements that she uses to build her own visual language and style.
Intuitive mixed media collage that is deeply connected to a higher source. I describe my process as allowing a higher power to create with me and through me. The resulting artwork then becomes our greatest teacher, delivering a message from the wisest part of who we are
I'm a self taught artist, online teacher and entrepreneur, with a passion for collage. I create my work with unique handmade textures layered and finished with resin. My inspiration stems from nature, interior design and modern day structures.
My artwork is based upon creative play and exploration. I love the mixing of colours, mark making and finding shapes. I love the intuitive process and the unknown - that is what excites me. My artwork is layered with hints of previous thoughts and actions peeking through. It is playful. It is inspiring. My hope is that it will make you want to pick up a paintbrush or scissors and start creating.
My art work is a meditation and a place where I find joy. My process involves gathering up my favorite art supplies, giving space to the creative process and following the impulses that move me. Over time I've learned to listed to my intuition and choose colors, patterns, images and textures that bring me JOY. When I surround myself with inspiration, the process of creating in my art journal becomes a dance that always yields unexpected results.
I work in mixed media, combining found papers with layers of painted tissue and acrylic paint to create a vibrant integrated surface, I can create a patchwork of places. memories and journeys, all bonded together; some fading, some peeling, some permanent. The slick, the shiny and new makes little impression on me; it is the worn, weathered and once loved that catch my attention.
My art is how I process what I learn about myself. It's where I give myself permission to feel joy no matter what else is happening in my world or in the world at large. I am a Double Capricorn with Leo Rising -- Earth x 2 and Fire! I've always felt drawn to earthy colors and deep hues with layers of depth. These colors speak to my soul!!
My art has always been poetic, feminine, very layered and slightly nostalgic. It’s always about connecting to a sense of wonder and harmony, a magic that comes from deep within. Sometimes, it’s all about neutrals, other times more colorful, but it’s always filled with light. I always end up using a lot of white!.
My creative practice often includes playing and discovering something new in my art journal. I’m always finding inspiration in the things, places, and people that make me feel comforted. I try to include my love for nature and goddess vibes in my artwork to make it feel more personal.
Art Is My Way to Share a Bit of Myself with the World and to Show Gratitude to the Universe. Acrylic Paint, Oil Pastels, Paper Scraps, Crayons, Charcoal Mediums Assist Me to Share My Art. I Enjoy the Natural, Unexpected and Flexible Aspects of These Mediums. I Am Blessed to Create Daily from My Home Studio. Painting Connects Me to the Universe and You Can Never Be Connected Enough.
Mary Beth Shaw
I am a mixed media abstract painter and move from spontaneity to intent with my work. I rarely start with a plan other than a feeling or a thought or even a word. I stay loose and allow myself to play for several layers until the painting tell me more, then I approach with intent.
Mati Rose McDonough
I'm an Abstract artist with a background in illustration. When creating Ocean paintings, I try to mimic the push and pull of the tides and the beauty of the power of crashing waves. Using unconventional tools like squeegees & credit cards as my primary painting tools, I am trying to create delicious texture and movement inspired by the ocean and most recently my travels to Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Megan Woodard Johnson
I combine vintage paper ephemera, paint, various drawing media and found objects to create heavily layered abstract paintings with bold color, strong composition and rich detail. In this lesson, I investigate how my trademark materials and mark making style have evolved over time, and encourage you to look back at your post work to discover the same.
I would describe my style of artwork as fun, colorful, energetic, daring, edgy, raw, and free. There is a child like wonder and spiritual nature, yet at times a more primal energy presents itself through my many mixed media explorations.
My love of food and curiosity in visual language lead me to a study of color, texture, and forms inspired by food—Mix them up as if they are different people. Arranging materials, colors, forms, and compositions to invoke contrast and harmony. It’s about taking a lighthearted approach to the injustice and pain when people treat those who are different from themselves.
About Art Supplies
First, USE WHAT YOU HAVE! You are encouraged to be creative and adapt to what you have on hand. Many of the lessons are acrylic based but you do not have to use the same brands or even colors.
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