mixed-media art

Blog Hop and space give-away on Ever After e-course


There is new collaborative e-course coming up on 1st of July, on the theme of fairytales, run by Tamara Laporte – “Ever After 2016”, and I am a one of collaborative teachers. A dream come true! And not because collaborative on Tamara’s e-courses feels like winning a Noble Prize to me, but because I am honestly madly hopelessly inevitably crazy about fairytales. That’s why I made myself Tallulah, so that I could have an excuse to read fairytales at bedtime every night. Ok, last part is not true, Tallulah has a happy OOOPS! (but winning the Noble part is true – I swear!) To get to the most important part of my babbling – you can win 1 free spot on this e-course, that I am entitled to give away!

Do you know what Blog Hop is? If you don’t, it works like this. Each day hop to the blog of a collaborating teacher (list below), read what their conditions for winning is, comply with conditions, hop to the next blog next day, to do the same. You can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other teacher’s giveaways. 12 chances to win is very cool! :)

The Draw Is Complete: The random winner is - Sandra Schmidt! Congratulations Sandra!

A bit more about Ever After: it's a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 12 popular mixed media art teachers who will all share beautiful fairy-tale inspired lessons with you AND, in Module 2 they will also divulge all their hints and tips on how they developed their own style and how YOU TOO can find your own unique voice as an artist!

You can find out more (and sign up with the Early Bird price) by clicking HERE.

My chosen fairy tale is Snow White. My lesson will be inspired by this fairy tale, and my presented work will somewhere along the line of this style of painting:



Registration opens on May 16th 2016 and the class begins on July 1st 2016. So if you want to start your summer drawing and painting fairy-tales, exploring your own personal story and style and hang out with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, be sure to join once registration opens! :) Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! :)


Good luck with the draw!



Blog Hop Dates Blog Hop Schedule Site
2nd May 2016 Tamara Laporte http://www.willowing.org
3rd May 2016 Micki Wilde http://thesecrethermit.blogspot.co.uk/
4th May 2016 Andrea Gomoll http://www.andrea-gomoll.de
5th May 2016 Carla Sonheim http://www.carlasonheim.com
6th May 2016 Annie Hamman http://anniehamman.com
7th May 2016 Karine Bosse http://www.kabostudio.com
8th May 2016 Cinnamon Cooney http://hartparty.blogspot.co.uk/
9th May 2016 Mystele Kirkeeng http://www.mystele.com
10th May 2016 Galia Alena http://www.galiaalena.com/
11th May 2016 Jane Davenport http://www.janedavenport.com
12th May 2016 Rachelle Panagarry http://www.rachellepanagarry.com/
13th May 2016 Effy Wild http://effybird.com

Students work and testimonials from Fearless Expression


  Fearless Expression workshop is up and running since 29 of February and new students are coming in every day. We have lots of magnificent art created by very talented artists. There are fabulous works of arts done with kids, and one mother have done it with each of her 4 kids! And there are really beautiful works of art produced by artists by themselves, without children, using fearless techniques learned from Tallulah and me. Below are some of the students works, and there are so many more, I wish I could proudly display them all here, but in this case the page will go on an on!

If you are still thinking about signing up, it's absolutely not too late. I am here for support and daily check our FB group to comment on new entries. Everyone in the group is very kind and gentle with comment, we get encouragement from each other daily. Registration page is HERE.

Here are few testimonials:

You are so wow just wow! I haven't ever been a technical painter, I have no formal training and have always felt this has held me back. In your fearless expression class, I have felt like I can finally give myself permission to do my art the way I was meant to. From the heart and soul, not worried about whether I am "good enough" to call myself an artist. I want to thank you for this! For me it's hard to be vulnerable and let my guard down, and with your class, it has given me courage to take back my worth! It's so liberating every time I do a piece from your class, collaboration with Rosie or watch Rosie! It has not only changed my perception of art/creating, but on life in general! You my friend are doing such amazing work on a soul level! I hope you realize how inspiring you are! – Sara Burch

I've spent the last hour or two watching videos and I've enjoyed them so much... you guys are just a joy to watch and I've had lots of fun and been really inspired. I've given another layer to my first canvas and annihilated another unwanted picture! Thank you again, I really feel that with your help (and Tallulah's!) I'm growing as an artist. You guys are fab! – Jo Hudson

To read more testimonials please CLICK HERE.






Story Art Stages


Hello Dear Artists! The busy season is in. It is especially evident in the tourist town of Hermanus South Africa, that I am in. Tourists are living us all out of town, lol! No parking, no tables in the restaurants, almost no air left, he-he. But well, we Hermanians know special secret places to hang out…

I’ve been busy with all sorts of things art lately.

Below are my recent story art works and reference images I used for them. Some of you have seen it on FB and Instagram, but I wanted to share here stages of my work and how they arrived where they arrived.

“Hanging out with the angels” had 3 different girls put together in it, plus 3 separate pairs of feet plus two pairs of arms plus a bird. Below are stages of this work:

13' 14



And here are the reference images I used to put it together:








“Crescere. Grow” was inspired by an image found on Pinterest, plus ballerina feet:





I have had inquires on whether I am going to make bigger e-course related to story art, and I am considering to cook up something like 3-4 weeks long next year closer to June. I would love to hear if any of you would be interested.

As many of you know I am also participating on collaborative 1 year long e-courses, that start on 1st of January 2016. In Life Book I am doing collaboration with Tallulah on 18th January and Intuitive art (much like my story art but without reference) in August.

On Let’s Face it I teach palette knife technique in colourful face and 1 full body piece also related to story art. 16 fabulous portrait teachers will be teaching there for the whole year!

Only 2 weeks left until these two incredible workshops start!

Will chat to all of you later in few days with more arty things. I am planning few blog posts this months, please forgive me – I just have too much to share. :)

Let's Face It!



Dear creative friends!

I cannot believe 2015 is coming to an end, and what a creative year it has been! I am almost overwhelmed to think about next busy year ahead of me. It seems like I will be teaching in 3 large workshops together with other teachers. Plus 3 entries for Stencil Girl Products – wow!

I know some of you have been asking my to refer you to a fresh face painting workshop out there, and I could not give a definite answer on it up until my new discovery now:


The recent invitation I have received and accepted was from all year round workshop “Let’s Face It 2016” hosted by wonderful Kara Bullock. 17 fabulous teachers will be presenting videos for the whole year on huge variety of techniques related to painting faces: realistic, expressive, whimsical, profiles, three quarter, face forward, with shoulders and even with whole body attached to it, lol. Everything is covered on faces, plus more. I will be doing face profile in acrylics with palette knives and later in the year whole body: face, figure, hands, feet, plus detailed composition all around, almost like in my workshop “Soulful Art” , but well different.

Prepare to be amazed! Who are the teachers? Some girls I know via FB and they are totally awesome: Olga Furman, Ivette Newport, Robin Laws, Angela Kennedy, and many more names you will recognize if you go to check out this page: LETS FACE IT

Look at some other teachers’ work! OMG, I wanna paint like that:



Juna Biagioni

Ady Almanza

Lucy Brydon

I will be honest, if I wasn’t invited as a teacher there – I would have signed up! Because it is always an awesome idea to learn painting faces from others. I adore faces and so very very excited to be a student of this course, let alone teaching in it!

I hope to see some of you on the workshop next year and lets create together. (Shshshsh.... I believe it is last couple of weeks of early bird discount there!)

Accidental Painter Of Angels


It’s been couple of years since I noticed winged or saint looking women appear in my art. I go through mostly same process every time, that I described in my Soulful Art Workshop, where I gather together collage elements, shuffle them around until they form a story, then draw it into composition and start to paint. I almost never have a plan for an angel or a saint. I am just thinking of painting a girl with dreamy soulful expression. More often than not, some kind of wing would appear behind my girl, I wouldn’t even notice it at first, but then eventually I would – and then I accentuate it even more, or leave it as is. Laughingly, I started calling myself “accidental painter of angels”. Whether I want it or not – they come. This one I completed today. She doesn’t really have a wing, unless what you see on the right  - is kind of a hint for it. This time, she really wanted a halo, so I gave it to her. “It goes with my complexion”, she said. Whatever you want. Although I haven’t painted you yet, you already exist, the way you want to.





Here are few stages of this artwork. Originally I planned to paint it very light, almost white throughout, but it did not result in that way. It wanted drama and mystery, and vibrant vibe. Ok, I will roll with it.



I called one below "the ugly stage"! All artworks go through it before emerging on the other side:





Final result. "Messenger." Acrylics on canvas. 22'X28'. Canvas border is 1.5' thick. Original available in my Etsy Shop.

Here are the images that inspired me while creating this artwork.





Art supplies used:

Acrylics, Golden range: Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold, Hansa Yellow Opaque, Cadmium Red Light, Prussian Blue, Titanium White. On the dress I used Golden Open Slow Drying Acrylic in Titanium White. It really helped me with drying time to scratch out those patterns patiently.

Tree branches stencil is from thecraftersworkshop.com

Large leaves stencil on the left top corner, and circle writings stencil behind girl’s head are from: stencilgirlproducts. com

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