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
some of her latest work

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

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)
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)
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

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 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


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  • I'm going to give away 1 class. (if you've already signed up, no worries....if you win, I'll refund your money)
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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


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 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:
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.....

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My soul, is You.

I drink your your light
It shatters all fear.
My newness glitters on crystals of falling snow
I am one with you.
One with nature.

You embody this new me.
Your goodness travels on each cell.
Alive and replicating.
My bones are you.
My blood is you.

But most importantly
the part that is not seen of me, my soul, is You.

My soul, is You - original

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Story

My spirit resides not in my mind.
It surpasses physical realms.
It feeds on light
glows with the hope of Christ

My life is yours
You are the greatest gift ever told
ever lived

Friday, December 5, 2014

Unique Miracle

The sky looked different tonight
the clouds a pattern and passing unique to its second in time.
Then it changed again.

I love the ongoing-every-second-of-everyday-creativity of our Creator.
The devine design of God overwhelms my soul.
Every second a new miracle exists.
Every second a new unique pattern....shape...smell....blade.....droplet.....color.....chirp

I look up to see a bat looking down at me.
He's flying a path and pattern I'm sure he's never flown before....or maybe he has.
Either way, a miracle

The air thickened with fog sets in.
The smell of morning rain seeps into the ground
Yes, I'm sure it's all new.
To see each day, each second with a newness of each passing miracle is how I hope to live.
This is my prayer, my hope.

Surely God is in this place!

inspired by scripture Genesis 28: 15-17
15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.
16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”
and a quote by Albert Einstein:
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.