I've had the most fun this week! I recently joined an online workshop with the very popular mixed-media artist Suzi Blu. Suzi has been giving us assignments via an online website, complete with video tutorials and printable instructions. I've met sooooo many talented artists across the world. Many are beginner artists and have never drawn or painted before, but have always wanted to. There are also many intermediate and advanced artists taking this workshop, as well. We're encouraged to post photos of our sketches and completed paintings as we go along. Everyone goes at their own pace, which is so nice.
For beginners, it's kind of scary and can be intimidating. But Suzi virtually holds your hand through the entire process, guiding you along this mixed-media journey. Words of encouragement and acceptance are so important to artists. Even those artists who have a lot of previous experience need to feel appreciated and accepted. This workshop has blossomed into a wonderful and supportive online community.
This week I got to experiment with new techniques I've never tried. This painting was created on 6" x 12" birch wood. The image was burned into the wood using a wood burning tool. What fun! I've still got a long way to go before I perfect that, as it's not as easy as you would think. Keeping the lines flowing smoothly and consistently, without letting the burning tool skip is a challenge. The other new technique was coating the painting in beeswax, then buffing it to a beautiful satin finish. I LOVE the way the beeswax makes everything so soft and dreamy!
If you think you'd like to join the group, I believe the workshop is still open. Check it out by clicking on Suzi's banner on my left sidebar. And don't forget to visit my Etsy shop. This painting is there waiting for you! ;-)
UPDATE: Sorry, the original is now SOLD. I do, however, have loose prints and mounted prints in My Etsy shop.