I’m incredibly honored to create portraits of your beloved furry (and feathery and scaly) family members. I take comfort in knowing that the portraits often give joy and remind you of fond memories of your pets. The stories I read about your pets are sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking. I love helping you celebrate your thriving, happy pets, but I also cherish creating memorial pieces that may help you heal. Regardless of the situation, you can be assured that your portrait is delicately and lovingly rendered.
I am forever grateful to momentarily participate in your lives in a way that is SO meaningful to me. Thank you.
Happy Monday! This is Week 11 of #GoodNaturedSketchbook, which consists mostly of mark-making. I felt pressed for time and creative energy most of the week, so it was a struggle to get something on paper. Some days and weeks are just not easy when doing a daily project, but that’s expected.
Here are the pages’ mediums:
Colorful cross hatching-watercolor
Yellow circles-watercolor and Micron Pen
Pink coral-y pattern-watercolor
Palm leaves-watercolor & gouache
Hamburger-watercolor & gouache
Aqua/green/hot red patterns-gouache
Sketchbook-moleskine art plus
Excited to try out Shibori Indigo Dyeing in next month’s @thecraftersbox! My friend, Rachel of @smileandwave, is leading the April workshop and sharing her expert plant dying knowledge with us. Today is the last day to add your name to the list for this kit, so be sure to head to @thecraftersbox soon!
If you’re not familiar with The Crafter’s Box, they are a subscription service dedicated to slow crafting and bringing you carefully curated maker kits that correspond to expert-led online workshops. I taught my own Crafter’s Box felting workshop back in 2016, and have been eagerly participating in their workshops since. #thecraftersbox
After taking a break from shows last year, I’ve decided to do one or two local events in 2018. The first will be @thelittlecraftshow (don’t let the name fool you—it’s the opposite of little) in Springdale AR on May 12. So if you’re local (or fancy a day trip!), add this to your calendar and come meet and support the amazing artists and artisans. Until then, I’ll be creating and squirreling away smaller pieces (like these toadstools) to be available at the show.
Rounded a curve on a trail during a run and stopped dead. The sprouting green undergrowth, the dramatic shadows, and the bright blue sky made me pause. (And if I’m being honest, I needed to stop to BREATHE because this girl has started trail running again and damn. I hike a LOT, but yikes running is hard.) THIS moment, though, I would have stopped for anyway. #ozarks#arkansas
This cutie is heading to Spain, and I wish I could go with her! Luckily, I’ll be traveling to Italy this summer to teach workshops at @dhgshop in Prato. There are four different classes to choose from (Landscapes, Botanical, Birds, Animals with Fur)—or you can take all four! It will be a very informative and instructive weekend. More info in my profile link. Have a great day, friends!
Hey hey! It’s time for Week 10 of #GoodNaturedSketchbook. This week I was very much into my new gouache paints and trying to keep the pages quick and simple. And weirdly, I painted two pages of cabbages. ♀️ Mediums:
Rainbow pattern- Micron Pen & Gouache
Blind Contour portraits- Micron Pen
Pink marks pattern- Watercolor
Paint by Number replica- Gouache
Broad paint strokes- Watercolor
Quick hike with @brandon__ives (and photo op with our panting pups) today. So thankful for the extensive trail systems and parks here in the Ozark Mountains. Spending time in the woods is required for my sanity.
*Edit-Sold Out* I just checked and there are two seats left in my Painting With Wool workshop later this month at @woodlawnandpopeleighey. Join me and 23 other fiber art enthusiasts for an intro to using wool as an artful medium. Your workshop fee includes all the supplies AND gains you access to the 55th Annual Needlework Show & Sale.
This will be my first time in the DC area, and I’ve blocked off a couple days to explore with @brandon__ives. Tell me where we should go/eat in our limited time. (We’re staying near Old Town Alexandria.) Oh, and I’m really hoping we catch the cherry blossoms.
Fancy spending a Saturday learning techniques for felted pet portraits? Join me at @chirpsandcheers in OKC on April 14 to do just that! I’m offering a six-hour (!) workshop to help you work through a portrait and learn from demonstrations and exercises.
If you’d rather just dip your toes into felting and take an intro Painting With Wool class, join the Friday evening 6-8:30 session. Head to my website for details and registrations. Can’t wait, friends!!
Happy Monday! Here’s Week 9 of #GoodNaturedSketchbook. I love how these sketchbooks become a weird collection of my days but also serve their original purpose of just letting me PRACTICE.
If you’ve been thinking about filling your own sketchbooks, I really encourage you to do so. I tend to learn a lot about myself and my abilities within these tiny pages. Plus, trying out new subjects is way less intimidating on a smaller scale.
Ranunculus Study-Watercolor & Micron Pen
Peach-Acrylic & Japanese Pen Brush
Nose Study-Colored Pencil
Sketchbook-Moleskine Art Plus #artistsoninstagram#fillyoursketchbook@fillyoursketchbook
Fondly remembering this toasty moment from Chicago’s @gpconservatory in February. I’ll be heading to DC, OKC (new-check my website!), San Diego and Austin to teach workshops over the next three months. Summer plans include teaching in Victoria BC, Canada and Prato, Italy. I’m also firming plans for KC, Minneapolis and Cincinnati in late summer and fall! There are at least a few seats left in each of these (except San Diego) so grab one if you’re wanting to explore Painting With Wool.
And if you’d rather commission a piece than DIY, I’m sending a newsletter tomorrow with the date/time of the next release. Hop on the list via daniives.com. #paintingwithwool#needlefelting#goodnaturedworkshop
Commissions update: I thought yesterday was Wednesday when I said that a newsletter with portrait info would be sent on Friday. (It’s been a weird week...) So I’m changing the newsletter to Monday! Hop on my email list via daniives.com. (You can click on the Commissions page for more on those, too.) Happy Friday, friends! #paintingwithwool#petportrait
Don’t you just want to snuggle in with her?? I’m planning on sending out a newsletter this Friday with the upcoming portrait commissions schedule. Get more info and sign up on daniives.com/commissions. #paintingwithwool#petportrait