Artist Profile- Melanie Rivers

Why do you create art? 

I create art to experience the present moment. I tend to be someone who worries a lot and creating art makes all of that melt away. I enter into a state of flow where I do not feel time and I experience serenity. It is also a form of expression for me where I can work out a feeling or I can connect to a wiser part of myself.


Tell us about your journey to become an artist?

Seven years ago, I did not even imagine that I would be creating art. My mom and husband are artists and I did not see myself this way at all. I had absolutely no artistic skill. I could do was draw stick people and I didn’t understand how to work with colours or any art supply. When I was looking for a way to relax, I saw a 30 day doodle challenge. I joined and immediately saw the benefits of engaging with creativity. Shortly after, I took my first painting workshop and went straight to the art store to pick up a set of paints and brushes. My little art cabinet had 10 things in it!! I never looked back. Every day I engage with art and creativity in some way (and I have a lot more art supplies!!). I’ve learned from so many amazing art teachers around the world through online art classes.

Melanie Rivers
What is currently inspiring you?

I am reawakening my inner writer and I love to incorporate story and poetry with my art. Each painting takes its own journey, I just follow it and capture the story at the end. It is another form of expression and way to engage with my creativity. Combining painting and story telling together is very rewarding for me.

What does your creative Practice look like? 

Each time I go to the canvass I set an intention for creating. Do I want to learn a new skill today? Express an emotion? Get grounded? Play? Find an answer to a life question? From there I decide whether I am going to do a lesson, use my non-dominant hand, paint with my fingers, use large or small brushes, create a story, or do some journaling with the piece.


How do you keep your creative practice fresh and inspired? 

I am incredibly inspired by the online art community. I regularly take classes and I gain so much inspiration from all the artists I am connected to on Instagram and Facebook. When I see beautiful art, I can’t help but get off the couch to go to my art table and create myself.

raven-voice Melanie Rivers

How has your process evolved? 

I kept waiting for my own style to emerge. Teachers kept saying it would and to just keep painting. I found it by paying attention to what brought me joy and following the techniques and colours that I love. For me, this is incorporating antique book pages, using beautiful patterned paper, incorporating story, painting expressive female faces, and using layers and texture.


What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your creative journey? 

I wish I had known that creating art is a learned skill, not some innate talent. With time, skill and style evolve. For me, this evolved because I focused on enjoying myself while I painted over any other focus. As long as I enjoyed myself, I kept creating, which in turn meant my skill and style evolved.

moon-woman Melanie Rivers
Do you have a Creative Self Care Practice? 

I strongly believe in building a self-compassionate art practice. My inner art critic often tells me that ‘I am not doing it right’, ‘I’m not experienced or skilled enough’, that ‘I don’t have anything important to say’… Does that sound familiar?? So, I breathe and am kind to myself. I tell myself that it is just paint, I am learning, and that the most important thing for me is to enjoy the process of creating. I have recently re-engaged with art journaling and find this an incredible way to nurture my creative practice.

Where can we find you? 

WebsiteInstagramPinterestFacebookYoutube channelCreative Retreat 2019

Melanie’s husband’s website as mentioned in our chat: Splashing Eagle

Melanie has created 2 wonderful lessons for the Make Create Express Workshop- here is a peek at one of them:

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Journey

Presented by Melanie Rivers

A journey—the unknown, adventure and possibilities, a becoming, an un-becoming… In this mixed media lesson, we will explore the idea of a journey and portray this through imagery, color and writing. We will create an expressive female portrait in acrylic paints and I’ll lead you through writing a short poem (3-5 lines) to capture her journey story --real or imagined.

Blog Hop Winners

Make Create Express Free Creative Retreat Weekend

Thank you thank you to all the people who participated in our Blog Hop Giveaway!!

& the winners are … Drum Roll …

Jerney Marisha- Randi Kuhne
Louise Gale - Clare Chambers
Leslie Wood- Rebecca Torti
Katrina Koltes - Donna Thomas
Renata Loree - Deanna Lee Heitschmidt
Jenny Grant - Christin Clausén
Melanie Rivers - Rebecca Ruff
Hali Karla - Lauren M. (Mack)
Fonda Clark Haight - Barbara Youngman
Mariëlle Stolp - Michelle Davis
Muriel Stegers - Faye Pedri
Kiala Givehand - Tanja Sandmann
Connie Solera - TBA
Karine Bossé - TBA
& the final two - Aimee Mattila & Debbie Carr

We will be in touch with you all over the next few days :)

The Early Bird Price for the year long Make Create Express workshop ends this weekend.

And if you haven’t already- sign up for the FREE weekend happening this weekend HERE

Artist Profile- Renata Loree

 
 

Renata has created 2 wonderful lessons for the Make Create Express Workshop- here is a peek at one of them:

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Love & After

I am often asked how I create a journal page. This particular process is my favorite. I usually start with images and then some colors and see where it takes me. The details I add come spontaneously to my mind and I usually add on what ever needs to come to the surface and if it becomes covered later then that is the process. The final stage is then adding some doodles with gel pens to complete the story.

Artist Profile- Jenny Grant

Why do you create art?

I create art because it is something deep inside of me that tells me that this is the right thing to do. Making art stirs my soul! This process is hard to describe but when I find my flow I just paint and when I step back after a session in flow I often get surprised by what I have created. The feeling and energy I get when the painting is taking shape is magical. It fills me with energy and can energize me for several days.

Tell us about your journey to become an artist?

I have always been creative and painted, since I was a kid. For many years I painted with almost only water colours. I always had a picture in my mind when I started and I almost always got disappointed that I could not transfer the picture onto the paper in a good enough way.

I have always been very fascinated by mixed media. 10 yours ago I got the courage to start to experiment on my own and I just loved it. When the media stopped setting the boundaries something opened up inside me. The braver I got the more intuitive my process became. I started to let the painting decide what it wanted to be and tried to stop the pictures in my head to decide.

When I got pregnant with my third child I got a leave of absence from my job and we moved a couple of years to New Zealand. I decided that this was the time for me to pursue my hobby of painting and start to build a business. I painted a lot and I started to call myself an artist. I started to exhibit my art in real galleries and I started to run art workshops for kids.

When we moved back to Sweden two years later I went back to work part time and I continued to build my business in Sweden. 2017 I left my part time job and I started to run my art business full time.

Share Jenny Grant
What is currently inspiring you?

I get very inspired by other artist. I love following artists on-line, both how their art develops but also how they develop their art business and how they develop as humans. I love the energy in galleries and museums but the best is working together with other creative souls and be creative together and collaborate in the creative process. The energy around creative people is what inspires me the most at the moment!

What does your creative Practice look like?

When I start a blank canvas I very seldom have a picture in my mind. I start with adding paper collage as a meditative practice; I write words and poetry that pop into my mind, onto the canvas. These layers and words inspire me through the process. I add each layer based on my feeling at that moment. I am big advocate of Jackson Browns sayings “Don’t wait for inspiration - it will find you”.

I let my feelings and the layers guide me through the process. I might see something in the paint or I get an urge to paint something special. The images might take a major part in the final painting or it may not. I continue the next layer and focus on what I like. This process is hard to describe but when I find my flow I just paint and when I step back after a session in flow I often get surprised by what I have created.

I work in many layers that ad great depth to my art. When I get stuck, I just keep going, I grab a colour and I work a lot with my own stencils and stamps to push through the obstacle and bad feelings. I work hard to concur my inner critique. My imagery and colours grow through the process.

I let my work-in-progress hang on the walls in the studio so that I can see and feel them. When I get inspired or see something I grab the painting and add paint to it, in the middle of something else.

I work with mixed media - acrylic paint, watercolour, ink, colour pencils, wax, fabrics, paper, photos... anything that comes my way. With layers on layers my work becomes very rich with every layer adding depth and texture. People usually find my art very peaceful even though it is quite busy and colourful.

Brave soul Jenny Grant
How do you keep your creative practice fresh and inspired?

One of my favorite ways to relax, learn new techniques and just play is in a handmade junk journal. Not a bought nice art journal with white clean beautiful pages or a precious art journal where every page is perfect. But in a grungy, “ugly” junk journal made out of scrap paper. A journal where the process is the important part and the result and outcome is secondary.

For me art journaling is my resting place where I give myself time to recover. My art journaling process is totally free from requirements, rules, results or obligations. For me it is a way for my creative soul to be totally free and a way to find the unique creative source within myself. Art Journaling is a very important part of my creative process and it also allows me to relax, to let go and to find my flow. I feel safe working in my art journal. For me art journaling opens up the magic of what is unique within me.

What sort of creative walls do you hit and what do you do to move through them?

I usually start my painting sessions and every new canvas with paper collage. I do this to get going and to get rid of the white surface which I find very intimidating. It is a very meditative process and gets me into my flow.

One of the hurdles in my process is the “ugly phase”, this is somewhere mid through the painting when nothing works and I have no clue what to do next. I let my paintings hang on the walls so I can see them all the time even though I do not like them until I feel what to do next. I try not to use my brain too much in this phase but only feel what I want to do without analysing the consequences.

Another thing that I found helping me through the process is to not finish any part of the painting at an early stage. If I do a face I move between all the parts throughout the process, I do not finish anything until the last couple of strokes. I also leave the eyes “open”, I do not paint the iris or the pupil, until the last couple of stages. I have found that that gives me the opportunity to ”see” the soul of the face throughout the process.

Another key is to trust the process and just continue and be brave… all through the ugly phase … and when I do I usually come out the other side with something that is soulful and has some magical beauty in it.

My Power Jenny Grant
How has your process evolved?

I have not always been painting mixed media and certainly not faces. I have always been creative and painted, since I was a kid. For many years I painted with almost only water colours. I always had a picture in my mind when I started and I almost always got disappointed that I could not transfer the picture onto the paper in a good enough way.

I have always been very fascinated by mixed media. 10 yours ago I got the courage to start to experiment on my own and I just loved it. When the media stopped setting the boundaries something opened up inside me. The braver I got the more intuitive my process became. I started to let the painting decide what it wanted to be and tried to stop the pictures in my head to decide. I started to see eyes everywhere in the paint. I was very hesitant but decided to be brave and actually draw what I saw. It was a slow but very rewarding process. I used to be very critical to my own drawings and paintings and especially faces that I “knew” I could not draw… but when I started to let my heart and soul steer my creative process and I dared to continue even though I didn’t like what I saw, something magical started to happen.

I am so happy that this transformation took place and that I started to trust the process and be brave enough to let my paintings get into “the ugly” stage without putting me off. What I found was that if I continued, even though I hated the look of it, I could push through and end up with something that I really liked. The more I practiced, the braver I got and the more I pushed the boundaries, the more I loved it.

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What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your creative journey?

I would have liked to really feel and follow what I enjoy doing. When I really listened and followed to the things that makes my heart tick and I incorporate and work with these things I started to find my own voice and get that into my work.

I believe that we can reach very far if we do listen to our hearts, our intuition, our inner voice or inner Witch or Wizard. And I do believe that by doing what we love and enjoy doing our soul gets into our work.

When we use the processes and techniques, rules about color, values and composition that we have learnt, we can make great paintings. BUT when we listen to our heart and use our feelings, to steer us, we find our own voice and our own language and the soul gets into our work!

Let go and just do it!! This is the most important advice to find my own flow. As soon as I get stuck for one reason or another I just have to let go and just continue. I think this is not only a good advice in my art process but also a good advice of how to live my life. Let go of the past and just do what I need to do to go forward!

Do you have a Creative Self Care Practice?

For me art journaling is a resting place where I give my self time to recover. My art journaling process is totally free from requirements, rules, results or obligations. For me it is a way for my creative soul to be totally free and a way to find the unique creative source within myself. Art Journaling is an important part of my creative process and it also allows me to relax, to let go and to find my flow. When working in my art journal I feel safe. For me art journaling opens up the magic of what is unique within me.

Where can we find you?

Mail: jenny@flowbyjenny.com
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Jenny has created 2 wonderful lessons for the Make Create Express Workshop- here is a peek at one of them:

art journalling workshop with Jenny Grant

The Path is the Goal

In this lesson I will bring you into my magic world of art journaling and give you an input in how I practice to find my flow and my creative spark. I will create with collage and paint on a spread in an old book. For me, art journaling is my resting place where I give my self time to recover. My art journaling process is totally free from requirements, rules, results or obligations. It is a way for my creative soul to be totally free and a way to find connection to the creative source within. Art Journaling is a very important part of my creative process and I’m excited to show you how it helps me to relax, to let go and to find my flow! Ultimately, art journaling opens up the magic of what is unique within me! The process, the path, is the important part, the result is secondary.

Bloghop Giveaway- Make Create Express

Blog Hop Giveaway

Woot woot- it's Give Away Time and it is going to be a big one!!

We are less than 2 weeks out from the {Free} Make Create Express Creative Retreat Weekend and to celebrate we are having a BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY giving away 15 places in the Make Create Express- The Creative Journey Continues year long workshop!!

To Enter just share this Giveaway on Facebook (be sure to tell me in the comments here on the blog) and then pop on over to each of the artists in the giveaway’s blog hop and share their giveaways for additional chances (see dates and links below).

I will announce the ALL winners here on the 30th of June (each artist will also announce their winners on their blogs as well).

For extra entries (be sure to let me know in the comments):

☆ share this competition on other social media places such as your blog, twitter, pinterest, google, or other social network platform & leave me a comment.

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Good luck

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Join the daily giveaways by visiting the artist’s blogs below on the day of their giveaway. Good luck everyone!!

23rd of June: Jerney Marisha Louise Gale Leslie Wood

24th of June: Katrina Koltes Renata Loree

25th of June: Jenny Grant Melanie Rivers

26th of June: Hali Karla Fonda Clark Haight Muriel Stegers

27th of June: Mariëlle Stolp Kiala Givehand

28th of June: Connie Solera Karine Bossé

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Artist Profile- Katrina Koltes

The black pearl Katrina Koltes
Why do you create art?

For me creating has become a part of me, it’s like breathing: I can’t live without it!

Art is my way of telling my story, my self expression, and sharing my message with the world.

Tell us about your journey to become an artist?

My journey to become an artist was not an easy one. When I realized I wasn’t going to be able to afford art university I got very discouraged and gave up on my dreams of becoming a full-time artist. I pretty much didn’t do any art at all for over 15 years! Then a few years ago, I started to fall into a deep depression, unhappy and unfulfilled doing a day job I couldn’t care anything for. I knew there must be something more to this life than just working to live. I went through a total physical breakdown, spent some time in the hospital and then on my own, away from everyone, to find my self again. Those were very difficult and dark times, but they guided me back to the light, back to my art. I started to make art again, I started to take online classes, learn all I could, I deeply wanted to express myself and tell my story through art. I started to realize that this was my “calling”, my real meaning in life. To make art from my soul, share it with the world, and help others who were going through similar journeys.

Tell us about your journey to claim the title artist?

I don’t really know how it all happened, but one day I found myself teaching online classes, and enjoying sharing my techniques and inspiration with others. If you would have told me that 5 years ago I would have though you’re crazy, lol! I am normally very camera shy and certianly don’t like crowds. I’m really quite an introvert. When I began my journey as an art teacher it was like climbing a mountain, but once you get to the top you have an overwhelming sensation that it was worth it all!

I also began five years ago by making a promise to myself. I decided I would make some form of art every day, no excuses. I either sketch, paint or even just scribble something in my journal, to keep my inspiration flowing and keep practicing and learning. I’ve found that this has been so important for my growth as an artist.

A second chance Katrina Koltes
What is it about making art that stirs your soul?

Everything. When I create I go into a zone where nothing matters but that moment then and there. My whole soul goes into that painting. Sometimes I even cry, I get the shivers, I get mad, it’s all those pent up emotions inside me that find their way out through art.

What is currently inspiring you?

I have really been called lately to paint about saving the earth and working our light. I feel nature is crying out to us for help, and wants to get a message across. I also have been working closely with my animal guides. They are ever near with their words of wisdom and guidance in my everyday life.

What does your creative Practice look like?

I often paint for upcoming auctions or film lessons for classes. When I paint for auctions I am free to paint what I am feeling that day, whatever message I want to bring in my painting. When I am working on a class I’l have a certain theme or goal in mind and work from there. If I have a little free time inbetween I practice in my journal.

How do you keep your creative practice fresh and inspired?

I try to either meditate or go for nature walks to keep my inspiration flowing. I find that nature can sooth my soul and inspire my creativity. Meditating brings me visions and insight.

What sort of creative walls do you hit?

When I’m having a stressing day with my kids or at home sometimes I get to my art table and don’t feel like creating a thing! I’m stressed out, frustrated, and am afraid anything I paint will end up in the trash. (well, it usually does in those cases, lol!)

Earth Guardian Katrina Koltes
What do you do to move through them?

I find that if I take time to center myself in first and get quiet, I can tune onto my intuition and block out all the noise, making space for my soul to speak. Taking a nature walk too helps calm my nerves, de-stress, and tune into the magic.

How has your process evolved?

I think I know now when I have a message I need to get across. Sometimes it’s so strong and comes in signs, wither from my animal guides, or from dreams, or during meditation and dream journeying.

I used to have a hard time forming what I had in my mind onto the canvas. But with practice and really tuning in, it has become so much easier.

What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your creative journey?

I wish I had started my creative journey earlier. I wasted so many years I could have used to learn, and move forward in my journey. Now with two small kids it is a daily challenge to find enough time and space to create. It’s a daily struggle, but so worth it!

Do you have a Creative Self Care Practice?

Self care? What’s that? Haha, just kidding…

Seriously I don’t get much time for self care with two small kids, being a full time artist and teacher, and a house to look after. But that being said, I have been trying to take some time lately, like once a month to go for a massage or facial or something. Even just a morning for myself, where I can relax and regenerate, take a walk or swim, or go art supply shopping ;D.

Do you have any creative rituals?

I sure do! I love to meditate before I paint, even if it’s not long, just enough time to center in. I have lots of crystals I like to work with, and a few sets of oracle cards I like to do a reading too.

I light a scented candle or inscence, play some soft music and really get in the flow. It makes such a difference when I finally get to the canvas.

Touched by nature Katrina Koltes
Do you only teach workshops online? Or also in-person?

I’ve been teaching online now since 4 years. I really love to connect with people that way, and am blessed for this online community of like-minded creatives.

This summer I’m also going to be teaching in-person at a creative retreat on the north-west coast of Ireland! I’m so excited for this opportunity and am really looking forward to this new adventure! It’s been my heart’s desire for some time now to be able to connect in-person with my students and what better place then the land of magic and myth? We still have a few spots left too, so you can check it out on my website. :)

Where can we find you?

I’m always on facebook as I have a creative community there, but you can also find me on other platforms like Instagram and yYoutube (where I post all my timelapse videos,etc)

Them there’s my website ofcourse where you’ll find all my free tutorials, workshops, shop and galleries. And when you sign up for my newsletter you get access to my subscriber tutorials, giveaways and class discounts! :)

Website
Facebook page
Facebook creative community
Instagram
YouTube
Pinterest

Katrina has created 2 wonderful lessons for the Make Create Express Workshop- here is a peek at one of them:

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Earth guardian

Since a few years I have started working more closely with spirit animals and totems, and love to include them in my art. In this lesson we will create our spirit animal guardian with oil pastels. I will share my blending techniques, and how I like to use non-traditional colors and elements to create a story. We will work very intuitively, staying open to any changes or directions our intuition takes us. By painting our spirit animal we will be welcoming it's guidance and magic in our lives.

Artist Profile- Tiare Smith

Apologies for my camera who decided not to play fair for this lovely convo.
We’d love you to join our conversation down below in the comments.

Why do you create art?

I create because I must. It is in my bones and it frees my soul and emotion.  It allows me to honor who I am, where I come from and my heart. 

Tell us about your journey to become an artist? 

I have always been artsy, creative. I have always been a maker. I was born with it flowing through my blood. However, I did have a time when I lost my way from art but not from creativity. Always making with my hands but I had totally left the idea of drawing and I started scrapbooking instead. This happened because a college drawing class sucked the life right out of me for 18 years. Eeeek!  Crazy how that happened but being forced to draw what did not move me, moved me away from my pencil. I reclaimed my creativity in a burst of tears and emotion the first time I picked up a pencil after that. 

Tell us about your journey to claim the title artist? 

Honestly, you can claim it whenever you want, when you feel it in your heart. This part is super personal some have rules on what it means, some do not. Some need others to give them the thumbs up or validate them.  Don’t get me wrong those things are wonderful and surely validating.  However, I’m not so much into rules. I make things I love and there are others who love it too. It’s art because I say it is or because you say it is. I pour my heart onto a canvas…I call it art and that’s that. I am an artist! 

Ariana Tiare Smith
What is it about making art that stirs your soul? 

Freedom. Play. No rules. Doing whatever I like. Making images that represent me and represent those I love, those who have informed my life, those who have gone before me. Losing myself in the process, not needing to be perfect. Play. Color. Texture. EVERYTHING!

What is currently inspiring you? 

Always, inspired by the idea of freely creating, of freedom. I am inspired by color. I am inspired by amazing, beautiful images of black women and the beautiful memories and stories my life holds.  I’m also inspired by newness, trying new things, doing something different, honoring myself however I come forth.  

What does your creative Practice look like? 

Chaos. Sometimes it’s regular and steady, sometimes sporadic, sometimes in a complete lull. It varies depending on the day. However, I do try to make it a priority to do art at least 4 days a week.  

Moon Dance Tiare Smith

How do you keep your creative practice fresh and inspired?

I am a flaky creator. I am ok with that. It means that, I follow my heart, my creative desire. I get bored easily, so I just change it up to whatever sparks me at that time.  


What sort of creative walls do you hit? 

Boredom. I sometimes get tired of creating the same thing again and again. Sometimes, I do not feel very inspired.  Sometimes, I just simply cannot drag myself to the studio. I think this is fairly normal for most creatives. 


What do you do to move through them? 

Often, I allow a moment to rest and be ok with not creating. I think we sometimes need these moments. However, when I need to push….pushing myself into my room and putting that first dab of color on the canvas often moves me forward. Also, taking time to look at art helps, as well. 

Bronzed with Elegance Tiare Smith

How has your process evolved?

I think as we learn, grow, change our process does too. I use different tools, techniques than I once used. I also think that I have moved more and more into creating freely and at times emotionally rather than following a formula. 


What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your creative journey?

I only wish that I had returned to my pencil sooner and that I had not allowed a class to deter me from my art. I also wish that I had thought about freedom in creativity more and not following the rules set forth or the trends. 

Do you have a Creative Self Care Practice? 

Well, I simply have a self-care practice, period. I spend time daily in dedication, gratitude and yoga. I spend time playing and laughing. I spend time regularly exercising and eating healthy (on most days). I sleep. I laugh. I cry. I allow myself to just be who I am and I keep loving, supportive people in my circle and push out anyone who isn’t.

Sassy Girl Tiare Smith

Where can we find you? 

You can find me:
Blog
Facebook
Instagram

Tiare has created 2 wonderful lessons for the Make Create Express Workshop- here is a peek at one of them:

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Night Moves

Presented by Tiare Smith

Come dance with me beneath the moon. Set your spirit, set your soul, set your art free in this wonderful mixed media class. Explore fun techniques, blending color and the female form.a

Creative Invitation

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In the lead up to the Make Create Express FREE Creative Retreat Weekend we thought it would be fun to have a Creative Invitation- This is not a challenge but an invitation, an invitation to share a bit about our creative lives and practices and a chance to take a peek into the creative lives and practices of other artists and creative collaborators- Do join us, we’d love to see into your creative practice too.

Starts on the 22nd of June

How does it work?

  • Simple, each day, starting from the 22nd of June, share a photo and some words inspired by the prompts above, so on the 22nd- favourite creation, on the 23rd- your creative space and so on.

  • Be sure to follow us over on Instagram @artismagic.online or at Facebook for the daily prompt breakdown.

  • You can share them on Facebook, Instagram or your blog.

  • If you are sharing on Instagram please use the hashtags #creativeinvitation19 & #artismagiconline so we can find you all.

  • If you are sharing on your blog please come back here and share your link with us in the comments.

  • If you are sharing on Facebook you might like to join our Art is Magic Community Group

That’s it- Let’s have some fun with this, and get to know each other better. And do please share and invite other creatives you know to play.

Truly Madly Deeply

Curious why this is not a challenge:

“Yes, I fully believe that the muses LOVE to find you working away when they come to visit, but more than that they LOVE to find you open and receptive and listening to them. Sometimes that requires Being not Doing, that requires space, an opening- room to listen, room to hear. Yes the challenge is instrumental in getting me to the blank page/canvas, for stretching my practice, for providing new opportunities but this is art making, this is the contemplative practice, this is creative play and it should never fall on to that "to do" list, it should always live on the "get to do" list…” Read more HERE