Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spirit energy

I want to paint something I've never painted before.
I want to make bold brush strokes up against the meandering vulnerable line of charcoal.
I want to make scribble marks from my 3 year old self.
I long to listen and welcome fear only to squash it by pushing forward.
I want to show up every day.
I long to work and muddle and mess it up...only to bear witness to miracles. To discovery.
Embracing fear...kissing it on the cheek goodbye.

There is aliveness in moving paint.
There is awakening and spirit energy.
Dancing together with color.
Creativity overcomes.
It brings light where there was only darkness.
Rainbow reflections in water.
A simple morning
Fleeting but sweet




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Truth has a name

Truth has a name

Truth
His Sovereign hands light my journey
This darkness of life, I no longer have to fear

His voice is heard. I the sheep. He the Shepard.
He speaks to me in dreams.
Somewhere in the thin air of sleep and awake-ness the spirit energy is alive
I reach for the words, the images, the closeness
I long to write. I long to paint.

Because of Truth.....
my freedom energy lies still in the grass, Face upturned to the One who sent me.
He knows my name.
He creates in me, Peace.
He creates in me, creativity.
He creates in me, Love.
He creates in me, Hope.
He creates in me, Freedom.

Truth has a name. And his name is Jesus.
For this Truth, I live.
For this Truth, I glorify.
For this Truth, I become more me.
For this Truth, I give.
For this Truth, is the reason I will never truly die.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Paper Hearts blog hop




I'm so honored and thrilled to be a part of Courtney Walsh's blog hop for her new novel, Paper Hearts. I have only read the first couple of chapters so far, but I think it offers a sweet, tender look into love....

Thank you Courtney for inviting me to be a part of this beautiful release. I'm so excited to see it nestled in the hands of so many. And such a perfect time to start....right here at Valentine's day!




You can get your copy here

check out the book trailer here:



Here is what I created to celebrate Courtney's new book....
Paper hearts journal page:

and a sneak peek into creating....






I'm excited to participate in the #shareyourheart campaign and especially excited because you have a chance to WIN a pretty awesome prize! All you have to do is find Courtney on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/courtneywalshwrites), and SHARE the Paper Hearts Book Trailer with your friends...Then enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below! That's it, easy as pie! 










Here is the list of amazing blog hoppers:


February 8:
Scrapbooking & Cards Today http://www.scrapbookandcardstodaymag.typepad.com/      Jennifer McGuire http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/
February 9:
February 10:
Mindy Lacefield http://www.timssally.com/
February 11:
Brave Girls Club/Kathy Wilkins http://bravegirlsclub.com/
Tyndale/Crazy 4 Fiction http://www.crazy4fiction.com/
February 12:
February 13:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Congrats!! Permission to Play giveaway winner

Congrats to Anna Maria Stone! you have won the Permission to Play giveaway. Thank you dear girl and all the others who have helped me spread the word about this new class offering. Hand-to-heart-grateful for all of you!!

Anna Maria, I have sent you an invitation to the classroom.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Permission to Play

In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow.  ~Papiha Ghosh





Permission to Play. I just feel the freedom in those words! I hope you'll give yourself permission to play in paint a lot this year. I get asked the question a lot "how do you make painting look so easy? and how did you find your style?" Basically my answer is to play in paint every day and embrace "accidents". That is it. Easier said than done, maybe....but I believe if you love the process of painting and really give yourself permission to play, magic happens. You get lost in the process and time seems to slip away.

Class begins February 1st, 2015. Sign up anytime.



More details:
  • Projects from me every month and some months there will be a bonus video or a project from a guest artist.
  • at least 18 projects to keep you inspired through the year.
  • more Guest artists TBA later
  • you'll have forever access to my P2P ruzuku classroom once you sign up. You can work on the projects at your own pace.
  • I'm offering a payment plan for 11 months for $11.50 - see below
  • OR a one time payment of $95 (save about $30)
  • 1st project will post Feb 2nd.

Permission to Play projects will explore:
  • intuitive painting
  • faces
  • big eyes inspired face
  • using everyday materials for mark making and painting
  • creating pattern and different brushes to create texture
  • scraping paint to create a distressed look
  • painting with your hands
  • building up layers and editing as you go
  • playing with color 
  • and choosing color as to not overwhelm you...but to inspire
  • so much more as I discover on my own and share with you

I'm so thrilled to announce that Victoria Weiss has signed on to be one of our guest artists!! She will be first in the lineup with her project posting in Feb or March. I met Victoria online through the MATS group (Make art that sells hosted by Lilla Rogers).  Victoria made it into the finalist rounds of the Global Talent search competition through the same group. And let me tell you folks, from the list of creatives that is big time HUGE!! I am so honored to have her share her process with you! You can go here to see more of her work ----->> Butterpop Studio
Victoria
some of her latest work






Play is our brain's favorite way of learning. - Diane Ackerman




SUPPLIES
Here is a list of the supplies we'll be using in this course:
speedball brayer - you'll see me use the 4" and the 2.5" size (You don't have to have both)
 white gesso
 fan brush - size 8
paynes gray - blick
GAC100 - Golden medium (you can also use a craft acrylic polymer from a craft/hobby store. some have said it works fine)
12x12 canvas (canvas panels or canvas paper is fine)
ephemera
collage pauge or mod podge - matte
set of brushes- I like hogs hair and dina wakley brushes
americana craft paint - fiery red (neon) (found at michaels)
scissors
prismacolor colored pencils - a few of your favorite colors will be fine

optional -->> these optional items are things you'll see me use but they aren't totally necessary to create the piece. Use what you have.


Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.  ~Heraclitus


FAQ:
How long do I have access to the class? 
You now get forever access to all my classes to work at your own pace.

Do I need to purchase all the supplies at once?
I suggest you watch the videos first before going out and buying everything at once. You may have something already on hand that you can use. The wood boards are what I like to work on but you can work on paper or canvas. Whatever you like the best!

Do you give refunds or can I share the material with others?
After payment is made, sorry no refunds. Please do not share the material or videos with anyone. thank you!

Will there be a Facebook group for this class?
Yes. It's the perfect way to connect and share. You don't have to share, but from the past...we've had amazing supportive, encouraging community of folks. You will, no doubt, meet some long-time friends.

Can I pay for a couple months using the installment plan and then opt out anytime throughout the year? No, sorry. I have included a payment plan this time around because there are several folks who have asked me about having one. The payment plan will bill your credit card 11 times for $11.50....once monthly. This is meant only to be a courtesy and not pick-n-choose time payment plan. Once you sign up, your credit card will be billed each month for 11 months. The 11 month total comes to $126.50 so you will save money by signing up for the one time payment.



What the students say:
Classes by Mindy reminds me of letting things unfold naturally without pressure. Getting in touch with our innermost essence, and the feeling that everything is ok. Supportive , inspirational, fun,loving,and playful .If you want to give yourself a nice gift this year take a class with Mindy - M. Hebert

I have to tell you, I haven't had this much fun in an online class in 5 years. And I have taken approximately 10-12 online classes. I feel like I am finally painting "raw" and free like I have always wanted to. I have been tight, and haven't been able to loosen up, and this class, FINALLY is getting me there. I love the simplicity of black and white and a little color. I love the imperfections of the faces you have taught me how to create. - C. Thomas

Mindy's classes have taught me not to be too restraining....I have opened up to free flowing movement, not over-thinking, moving way outside my comfort zone and actually really enjoying myself...definitely letting go of perfection!!! Thank you Mindy for allowing me to grow in so many different directions within a safe and friendly community!!! - D. Giles


Mindy is a gentle, nurturing guide who will encourage and inspire. Even if you've never painted or drawn you will find yourself delighted by what your own hands can create. Mindy's classes are more than just tutorial videos, you will find her heart and spirit around every corner and bend. You will not only learn and want to learn more but you will also be touched by her caring spirit. Mindy does more than teach, she reaches for your hands, gives you a tender tug and invites you to explore your own talents and even more the joy you can find in your own heart on a creative journey. - S. LaFond

I can't thank you enough for sharing your talent with others....me....through your classes. I take several of them. They are inspiring, educational, productive and FUN!!!!! - A. Green


There is something irresistible about Mindy Lacefield, her art, and her classes, and I think it's the sincerity and gentleness that shine through all of these. If you are looking to be guided and helped into letting go and creating something that is spontaneous and surprising, then you should take one of her online classes, where you will be taught about the supplies you will use and the techniques you will need, in the most natural way possible. - A. M. Stone


Mindy's primitive portraits classes are so inspiring and have opened me up to a new way of creating. Her lessons are simple and easy to follow. Her encouragement and support throughout the classes is something not easily found but is what makes her so special. Learning to let go and create more intuitively and raw is something I have been longing for in my artwork. Her classes are just what I needed to take my work to the next level! If you have never taken a class with Mindy I highly recommend doing so! You will love it! - C. Bueti






GIVEAWAY!

  • I need your help spreading the news about Permission to Play
  • I'm going to give away 1 class. (if you've already signed up, no worries....if you win, I'll refund your money)
  • Please share this blog post link on your blog, pinterest, instagram, or Facebook
  • come back here and let me know - leave your name, email address, and how you shared
  • drawing will be done on January 26th, 2015 (also please leave your email on your comment so that I can send you an invitation to the class if you win)








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Choose one:






Friday, January 9, 2015

Big eyed girls ....Mindy Style

So if you haven't seen the movie, Big Eyes....I highly encourage you to go! It will so inspire you, especially if you are a painter. I have been dreaming of painting these eyes every night. There has been some sort of awakening that I really can't explain.

I have even surprised my Primitive Portraits 3 students with a how to paint a large eyed girl....Mindy style. I of course did not want to copy Mrs. Keane's magical work but who cannot be inspired by such mystery deep set in those eyes. They truly hold something formidable and unexplainable. That is THE reason I love art so much. It has such a power to move, to awaken, yet bring mystery and intrigue.

If you haven't signed up for Primitive Portraits 3 yet, you can still do so ---->> HERE

Here is the project that I'll be teaching you. Dotty.





Also, I have created several of these sweeties and they are available in my shop


You can also find many of them as stickers (and prints, totes, shirts, etc) here in my printables shop




Monday, December 29, 2014

2014

I love looking back on the year. I love looking at the colors that inspired me and how they changed, evolved. I love the feeling of "I can't believe I created that"....and also the desire in me that says..."I so badly wish to create like that again". There are highs and lows throughout the journey of a year of art-making. Most of the time, in the process, I don't know what I'm doing. 2014 was a year to embrace that space of uncomfortableness. It's a space of growing...of newness.

Devoting my life to following Christ and sharing my faith through art has brought me so much joy. I feel more me. I feel more sure. I feel more....well everything. There is a Light so bright that I can't help but share. There is a Peace veil I walk around with.....a calm truth.



May 2015 bring you Peace, Light and Joy!

I also wanted to share with you a response to this basic question:

Q. Please help me with painting faces. I don't think I'm doing it right. You make it look so easy. Can you help me out?

My answer: First off you should be very proud of these faces! They are beautifully primitive and raw. In the process of painting, it sometimes "feels like" you should work to tighten up and get them "right" but you are doing what the lessons teach....to stay loose. Embrace that! and I applaud you for that. Most folks don't even grasp what you have grasped. They work and work until it's overworked. (I have done this so many times and it's ok too. To overwork something is good. Now you know where to ease up and just let it be)

And as far as me making it look easy, I agree. It is easy for me now. And it will be for you too. Keep in mind, I have been painting almost every day for the last 8 years. I always urge folks to go back and look at my earlier work: https://www.flickr.com/photos/timssally/sets/72157600457334817/
As you can see I started out very humble but as you scroll down, you can see my practice starts to slowly pay off.  I painted a whole year before I even tried my hand at painting faces I went to art school from 2006 to 2009 (not finishing) and I would run home as fast as I could to paint and draw how "I wanted to". Art school gets no credit for helping me find my style. (My Divine God and happy accidents gets all the credit!) 

I also worked as a makeup artist for 6 years before I started painting with acrylics. I feel that helped me to learn the basics of color and how it works in the face. (Although I will say that painting a 3 dimensional face is totally different than painting flat. When you are painting flat you have to give the illusion that it has more dimension than it does.)

The secret is to paint every day. There really is no magic potion other than that. And if you love painting you will want to paint every day. Don't stop at these faces. Keep going. Fill up your whole journal with faces. And then compare at the end. I guarantee that you'll surprise yourself.

I wish you the best......! Keep pushing through....




Here is a sampling of some of my favorite paintings that I created in 2014.....