And so last week was a blur....

Ocean Front, 24x36" on stretched gallery canvas

Ocean Front, 24x36" on stretched gallery canvas

My beloved iMac took a dive last week.. Turns out the graphics card in my model had a recall.. so the repair was covered, but the machine spent a little vacation down at Apple store. It was a little depressing walking by the empty space where the computer sits in my office... I am really happy it's back home.

The San Diego Ballet is having their 25th annual fund raising auction on May 9th, and I was happy to be asked to donate a painting to them. I donated "Ocean Front". I really hope the painting does well for them...it has always been one of my favorites.. The lower portion has beautifully layered rust and blue colored texture.

Chewie is doing ok. He started his puppy classes yesterday.. He's very shy around other dogs.. which is bad because to a larger dog, a scaredy dog looks like prey rather than another play-mate. So we're working hard to introduce him to dogs. He's great with people.. maybe he actually is a "wookie". I'm not worried..it was only his first class of 12. His favorite toy this week? The ever popular ice cube.. good times.

It's hard to take time to paint these days.. I'm on patrol following Chewie pretty much all day. I need to carve out some time for something soon though, I am starting to get antsy.

Don't forget we have a great selection of Mixed Media Online workshops available... Layer Love v2.0 and Collage Fusion are open and ready with two instructors. You get immediate access when you register. Click here for more info.

2015 Roses are In!

All signs are pointing to a big crop this year...I am always really excited to see the first bloom. Time will tell what will happen this year... but as of right now, I can open the back yard to rose tours and weddings. ;)

I've got a lot of David Austin plants.. they are scented and visual knock-outs..but they don't last as long as the hybrid teas from the garden center when cut.. so this year I think I have a good mixture of both. Love love love these colors...

Puppy is doing well...smarter and smarter every day!

Total Neglect...and Wheel Spinning

I think this is where we left off.. I wrote these words almost exactly one year ago. Which was about the last time I wrote in this book.. It's funny.. I am looking back through my notes and I was really surprised, because I guess it has been going on for so long that I didn't notice... but I am really surprised that I am still thinking about the SAME things I was thinking about last year. Questions that I have been thinking about... things I want to do...

One major change that I have been thinking about that long, even though I forgot I have been thinking about it that long, is going down in the next week or so. Happily, I got that ball rolling out of the blue this week.. details later.. But the creativity... it's been almost totally replaced by tennis... Except I hurt my knee a couple of weeks ago..so I have been spending more time thinking and thinking.. and then there is that cute dog that came to live with us.....

Everyone is back at school and at work this morning.. so here I am. I can't put things off any longer... I've got to get busy. I do not like sitting idle...

Ever been stuck THIS long?

Our New Puppy....

Hooray! We decided that this boy would come live with us a few weeks ago...but we had some vacation scheduled, so we did not bring him home until Easter. What a whirlwind it has been!

"Chewbacca" aka, "Chewie" is so playful....has the most deliciously scented puppy breath and is.. let's face it... a wild animal essentially. He sure looks cute, but it's hard to forget that he doesn't really know what's going to go down with this person-dog relationship yet. He's 14 weeks old.

It seems that he is learning really fast though.. he's pretty much accustomed to the leash already and enjoys long walks around our block. He loves to be outside... a lot.

Spring Break is wrapping up on our end, so soon it will be Chewie and I at home.. I'm really happy he's here.

PS- he's a Shih Tzu, like Ichiro.. he'll grow up to be about 15 lbs we think.

It's Like Free HBO #mixedmedia #sale #DIY

In celebration of Spring Break (thank god!), we're having a SUPER sale on a handful of our famous Mixed Media Online workshops! I can't remember when we've priced them this low.. You have to check this one out..

These are not trial periods.. they are HUGE full-blown, professional instruction workshops! Each for only $55! Friends..I am seeing a lot of workshops come onto the market for $150-$200... not here....we've got a really amazing deal for you.

If you've been thinking about taking one of our workshops, NOW is the time. They won't be priced this low for long.. if you're looking to round out your collection of workshops, go for it this weekend. 

You're going to feel bad after eating all of that Easter candy.... this is a better treat. It's a mixed media diet. ;)

Class sample from 8 Great Paintings. 8 Paintings start to finish for $55? It's true!

Class sample from 8 Great Paintings. 8 Paintings start to finish for $55? It's true!

Class sample from the Texture Town online workshop. Now only $55!

Class sample from the Texture Town online workshop. Now only $55!

Class Sample from the Chaos and Calm online workshop.

Class Sample from the Chaos and Calm online workshop.

Class sample from the Mixed Media Vacation online workshop. On sale now!

Class sample from the Mixed Media Vacation online workshop. On sale now!

Class sample from the Mucho Metallics online mixed media workshop.

Class sample from the Mucho Metallics online mixed media workshop.

These are only ONE sample from each of the super sale workshops! Be sure to check out the complete listings to see more. We've got something for everyone. Click here for more info.

Happy Easter....happy Spring Break to everyone!

*Offer not valid on prior purchases. Expires Monday night, April 6, midnight pacific.

#Encaustic Set for Sale #SanDiego

R&F Encaustic suite for sale.. More than what is pictured here....for less! I've got brand new paint, paint sticks,  mediums, tins, a thermometer, R&F Encaustic brushes, a tacking iron and a 16x16 R&F Aluminum plate! All in almost new condition. This is pretty heavy to ship..but not impossible.. shipping would be paid by the buyer or we can meet in San Diego. Price without shipping is $425. If you've been thinking about getting started in Encaustic..this is a one stop deal for you! (Credit cards accepted or Paypal.)

 

Saturday Workshop Sale!

Artwork by Chris Cozen, techniques featured in the new Collage Fusion Online Workshop

Artwork by Chris Cozen, techniques featured in the new Collage Fusion Online Workshop

Save a little today! 10% off all online workshops. Use the code FLASH21 at checkout. Have you checked out the new Collage Fusion Online Workshop yet? It's really great!

Save today only. Offer not valid on prior purchases. Expires midnight tonight, pacific time. Click here to see the class line up!

A Little Piece of Summer..

"Summer" 16x20

"Summer" 16x20

This piece will suit almost any decor...I love the subtlety of the color..and the hints of collage. It's rich and textural...and ready to come over to your house. Original painting by Julie Prichard, $250.00. Click here for more info.

I think someone short, super cute and furry might be coming to stay with us soon....details in a couple weeks.

Fine Art Sale #mixedmedia

"The Search" as featured in, "Acrylic Solutions" 11x14x1 Mixed media on canvas

"The Search" as featured in, "Acrylic Solutions" 11x14x1 Mixed media on canvas

Hi! I'm cleaning and making room for new paintings...I've placed a handful of my originals on sale  including the piece shown above..one of my all time favorites. Lots of depth, texture and layers...the photo doesn't do the painting justice. Please click here to take a look at my paintings. Domestic shipping is $20.. $80 for international buyers and I pack everything up very nice. 

See you soon.... I've got to paint.

Spring Fever...

Gelli- Plate pulls.... quick art..

Gelli- Plate pulls.... quick art..

You don't have to think... and you easily get lost in the process.. I am setting up to make a whole-lotta gelli print papers to beef up my collection. Collage is in the plans..

We're starting to see some really great art in our Collage Fusion online workshop.... seeing what the students make is my favorite part.

Hope you're having some fun too!

 

The feeling.. #mixedmedia

Class sample from the new online workshop "Collage Fusion". Now open!

Class sample from the new online workshop "Collage Fusion". Now open!

I'm crazy about the fluid shapes in this art....

A couple of people have commented to us that they are so happy that they get to "talk" to their instructors in an online workshop... Yes..it's true. We WANT to talk to you about your art....as MUCH AS YOU NEED too.. 

Collage Fusion is open. Click here for more info.

And Away They Go.... #mixedmedia

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Class sample from the new online mixed media workshop, "Collage Fusion".

We're so happy to hear that students are already enjoying our new online workshop! Here is what people have been saying about it:

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We also wanted to thank everyone for the massive support on our video on Facebook.. Thank you to everyone who shared it! It really means a lot to us.

Collage Fusion is ON SALE now through midnight pacific on Wednesday. Use the code GRANDOPENING at checkout and save 10%. Take a look around while you're here, you can also use the code on all of our other great workshops as well as my original art/gifts.

The techniques in Collage Fusion are all new and fresh vs. our previous collage workshop, Complex Collage. Two totally different styles of collage. You can click here for more info and to register.

We hope to see you soon!

New #mixedmedia ONLINE WORKSHOP NOW OPEN

Chris Cozen and I have just released our first  collaborative online workshop since 2013! We are so excited to show you what we have been working on. We've got the best footage that I have ever edited..great camera angles, sound, the handout..we're really proud of how everything came together. Take a look at the promo video that I made for us: (video below)

Collage Fusion is WAY different than our previous offerings..we've learned so much over the years that we have been teaching. Today through the 4th, you can save 10% off all workshops, including Collage Fusion, by using the code GRANDOPENING at checkout. Have you purchased a workshop from us in the last 6 months? The ordering process is automated now...you get class access right when you register!

CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

CLICK HERE for more info and to register.

It's Almost Time! New Mixed Media Workshop #mixedmedia #art

I am putting the finishing touches on a brand spankin' new online workshop with Chris Cozen! We have not filmed a new workshop since our book was published..and we've got some GREAT content for you. Stay tuned to this space for more info...we should launch next week!

In other news, we received word today that our book is in it's 4th FOURTH!!! printing!! Hooray!!

Thanks for stopping by today..I can't wait to show you what I have been working on with Chris!

Collage. I love you. #mixedmedia

Mixed media on canvas, 16x20"

Mixed media on canvas, 16x20"

I loose sight of collage sometimes...but when I look around in my portfolio, I notice a lot of it. I like using collage as an accent to my paint.. not usually as the main idea of a painting.. just little hints of papers that may have been there at one time... how about you?

Ichiro, My favorite dog.

My boy passed away on Valentine's day.. although our hearts are so heavy, we feel comfort knowing he's comfortable and running around causing trouble wherever he is now.. He passed here at home with me, outside in the back yard.

Days are a little tough.. looking and listening for him in the house.. especially at night and in the morning when he would wake me up..usually by sitting by me in bed, or bringing me a chew toy while I was still sleeping.. he was the best dog.

One day, when the time is right, I'll get another dog.. but until then, my heart is full of happiness with memories of this dear boy that lived with me for so long.

It's a Wrap! #ecourse #mixedmedia #art

Chris Cozen and I on the set of our latest online workshop...due March 2015.

Chris Cozen and I on the set of our latest online workshop...due March 2015.

Chris Cozen and I completed filming of our latest online workshop this morning... I will have all of the HD footage edited by teh beginning of next month...we can't wait to show you what we have been working on. It's our best class yet!

Don't forget that registration for two of our online workshops will close forever on February 16th.. We will no longer accept new members to "Pixels and Paint" and the "Mixed Media Melange" online workshops. Click here for more info.

Workshops closing soon!

Art based on class techniques: Left - Mixed Media Melange, Right - Pixels and Paint

Art based on class techniques: Left - Mixed Media Melange, Right - Pixels and Paint

Chris Cozen and I will be closing two of our online mixed media workshops on February 15th. Please note- This means we will no longer accept new members to these classes... people who register before February 15th and those who have registered in the past will continue to have access to the videos and instructor support. So...come and get them while you can! Each class is on sale for only $59.50. Click here for more info.