Saturday, July 2, 2016

Kids Art Camp Success!

I survived my first kids art camp & it was a blast!
14 girls ranging in age from 8 to 13, converged on my basement studio for 3, 5 hour days last week. They were all super quiet when they arrived but the best of buds when they left! They were funny, sweet, helpful to each other & just so darn creative!!!
I can't wait to do another one!
(I completely forgot to take final project photos for the first couple of days!!)

The Creative Mess has begun!!

Leaving their mark on my stairwell...

Brynn



Kitty inspiration on the right...


"Wolf howling in the darkness"




Sarah Rae & "Cowlvin"

Shenanigans in between projects...

My fabulous helper - Trinity!

Sydney with a little "war paint"

Day 3 - wooden house project

Payten helping Madison with the glue gun

Sydney helping her sister glue

creating away: Carissa, Briana, Sarah Rae & "goat" Brynn

Mya, Sydney, Kendall & Ella

Lilly & Morgan with face paint, thanks to Trinity! Madison in the background

Brynn as a goat
 Here are the finished houses...
lots of fun with found objects, new & old












I can't wait to plan the next one!
If you would like to schedule a class doing these houses or any other painting project, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Stay tuned for possible teen mixed media classes!
Cheers!
 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

ANNOUNCING OPEN STUDIO TIMES!!


I have had several students & friends ask me for some OPEN STUDIO time to just come play in my studio with me & I now have 4 on the calendar as well as 2 Paint 'n Sips planned. 
Please visit my Events & Classes page for more information!

The fist OPEN STUDIO night is Saturday, July 2nd! (Sorry for the short notice!!)

YOU CAN SIGN UP FROM THE EVENTS & CLASSES PAGE.
$12/HR* PAYABLE THAT NIGHT. BE SURE TO READ ALL THE DETAILS ON THE EVENTS PAGE OR CONTACT ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS

*Price subject to change for studio time after the July 2nd date.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Beginnings

It's been a crazy 12 months for me.
One full of a roller coaster of emotions & change.
But I can see the silver lining in all this change.
I have an amazing circle of supportive friends & family that just seems to get wider & wider with every day. Thank you all for that!

There were some times over the past couple of months that I didn't think I would find the light & joy in things again, but someone once told me that "if you throw what you want in your life out into the Universe, things have a way of coming back to you & working out as you wish."

That is so very true over this past month. 
My 17 year marriage ended 12 months ago & my divorce was final only a couple of weeks ago. And all the heaviness I was feeling over this last year is already lifting. I know that I have a lot of hurt & anger to work through, but every day I remind myself of what a fantastic life I have with my daughter, my friends & family & this wonderful community I live in. I am trying to live in the moment & stop fretting over the past or worry about what the future holds. When something negative is thrown at me, I try hard to find the positive or to simply let it roll off my shoulders.
I don't need the burden anymore.
So on to new beginnings!

The Universe has definitely listened to what
I've been throwing at it!

Art
June Flowers
The word about my kind of paint 'n sip/art classes seems to be spreading & morphing into other ideas! I am hosting my first kids art camp in a couple of weeks & it's a little over 1/2 full! I am so excited that these kids want to create with me & that their parents entrust them with me for 3 days! LOL

Two weeks after that, I will join my daughter & some other "Tweens" at Devon Combs' ranch for a Beyond the Arena equine coaching experience just for the girls. I will be doing the art portion of this 2-day camp where the girls will hopefully come out feeling confident & supportive of each other & other girls. Devon & her horses are simply amazing!

I have been asked at several of my classes if I would be willing to do something on a regular basis & even though the summertime is crazy, I will be offering a new Friday night class at least 2x a month, so stay tuned for that announcement in the next day or two.

In addition, I may be working with a few friends on some team-building ideas as well as meditative/mindful workshops that incorporate painting! Lastly, I would like to take my act on the road to a few of the local pubs to generate business for them as well as for me!
I am so excited to make my life into what it should be, for myself & my daughter!

Life
Me this month at a fundraiser event
On top of all of my art business happenings, it looks as though the Universe is telling me to work at our local private golf club as I had 2 offers from them come to me in the last 30 days!

I will be starting soon as the part-time Front of the House Manager in their grill for the summer months while they re-vamp some things around the club. On top of that, I am testing the waters with the existing Wedding Coordinator to see if I am a good fit to take over for her when the season comes to end & the 2017 wedding season begins! I am really excited about both positions & love that it is right in my backyard!

In between working & painting, being the head of the household & all that comes with that now, I plan to spend as much time with my daughter as I possibly can now that I only have her 50% of the time! She's my world & I hers, so that shouldn't be too hard! :)

Embrace the new!
Let go of the old!
To New Beginnings!

Cheers! 

 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Registration for the Summer Art Mix-Up Camp is Open!

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***REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR MY FIRST EVER

KIDS SUMMER ART CAMP!***

For 3 days at the end of June, your kids will join me in creating three mixed media projects. Mixed media is an artistic term for artwork that combines different types of mediums in one piece.
Your kids will combine layers of paint, ink, paper, texture pastes, markers & more while I share some of the techniques I use to create my own layered style. We will create 2 canvases & 1 altered art project during our time together.
For examples of the projects I am basing the class off of, please visit my website at www.thelaughingmagpie.com

When: June 27-29th; 10am-3pm
Ages: 8 & up
Cost: $150pp
Deadline to register is June 19th & class is limited ot 12 students
Full payment is due upon registration

 SIGN UP HERE

All supplies included but a small list of found objects will come to you shortly after you register. These will be things like old keys, game pieces, small rusted metal things that can be used for our altered projects.
I will provide snacks each day, but I am asking that kids bring their own sack lunch & dress in light layers that can get messy.

Cancellations
Again, the deadline to register is June 19th. Because supplies will need to be ordered, all cancellations must be received by midnight on the 19th for a full refund to be issued. Any cancellations after that will be given a 50% refund only.

***Can't make this one? Contact me to set up a private lesson(s) or for a party, minimum of 4 guests) with these projects in mind.***

Sunday, May 8, 2016

New Class Registration Open!!!

Registration is now open for the May 20th Class!

Please click on the heart canvas to register through Sign Up Genius & PayPal.

(This the first time I've registered my classes this way, so please contact me ASAP if there is a problem!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon...an updated post & maybe a new website!

Stay tuned & thanks for your patience!!


In the meantime, check out my Events & Classes page for some upcoming fun in May!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fun with Christmas Trees Pt. 1

I had a great group last night for the "adults only" Christmas Tree canvas class! I even had my first guy join us! I love how everyone's turned out so different & all seemed to have a great time!
















Part 2: Next Saturday morning I will do the same class but with Mom's & kids! Should be fun!
(There's still a few seats left too! You can register HERE.)
I may try to do another one in December for those that couldn't make this one. Leave a comment if you're interested in coming!