Find Your Style • NEW EBook!

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WOW!~ ITs here! 😀

Excited to share with you today, the release of a wonderful resource for artists, both new and established- it’s called “Find Your Style” and its the latest, greatest project from artist and teacher Kristal Norton, available for purchase as a downloadable ebook.

I was SO excited when I was asked to contribute my personal experience in finding my own artistic style-but what a question! My mind was spinning…  Where to begin? How did I find my style? What has my journey as an artist looked like? And what would I recommend to others? Thinking back through my artist’s journey, especially over the last 20 years, was a surprisingly emotional job! 

In trying to extract the essence of some of the lessons I’ve learned (and continuing to learn!)  I found some core beliefs within myself:

Finding your style means to be willing to reinvent yourself as an artist and be willing to ditch current style and “artistic” safety nets. Then do it again. And again, and again. 

I knew instinctively that I’d only find my true style, my language, by “going there”; to those emotional, obscure places within.

Wow- man, I WISH someone had written this for me 10 -20 years ago! Who hasn’t struggled with finding their style, their voice, their authenticity as an artist?

This book is packed full of advice and support. I find that in listening to other artists stories I begin to validate my own story, I feel instantly connected to a greater path taken. Artists can be so insular in our pursuits- this ebook is an amazing break from that and about a topic we can all relate to. 

Twelve artists were all asked the same questions about our style, and I LOVE the variation in responses.

Even though we all have traveled beautifully diverse paths there are some underlying themes of exploration, courage, and transformation in each of our stories as artists.

Now it’s your turn too! I also truly believe we keep transforming, not just in our daily lives but as our lives as artists. Indeed when I was invited, I thought, “Oh Boy! I JUST stumbled upon yet another new way of working…making me feel once again, at once both at the crux of discovery and joy, but yet vulnerable too.

Take a gander, soak it in. Know we all struggle and we all doubt, but that we also have triumphs and high points in our artistic journeys. My hope is that you can relate to our stories- that in this ebook, you find advice for those moments of feeling stuck or in doubt. I know I have enjoyed reading each artist’s journey and learned much already! There are so many great pointers here that I will also take into my practice. 

Below are the wonderfully talented artists who contributed to the book!  You can read more about the book and purchase your copy here for just $33. A portion of the purchases will help support the artists (including myself) who contributed to this book. Thank you for your support and I hope you find inspiration and comradery within the pages of this book.

I’d love to know your story and how you found your style, or struggles and triumphs too!

 

 

My Illustrated Coloring Book • Color Quest, Vol 1

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It’s here! 8 pages of my original hand drawn illustrations….all bound together in a coloring book.

I was so inspired by the Color for Clarity project I kept drawing until I had enough to publish my own coloring book.
Color Quest • Volume 1 (featuring the art of Rachel Urista) is a collection of my own illustrations, mainly animal and nature inspired.

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You’ll  love the fun and imaginative Pacific Northwest inspired drawings. With each illustration, I constructed a whole world for you to jump into and explore while you color.

Oh, the best part (in my opinion!) is the nice and thick paper that works great with watercolors and ink! It will hold colored pencil and crayons too.

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Available for sale at my ETSY SHOP for $10ea.
For sale locally in Corvallis at Pegasus Art Gallery, Grass Roots Bookstore, Studio262 and at my studio.
The art studio will be open this Thursday, December 17th for the next Artwalk! Hope to see you there!

Coloring for Clarity • A Coloring Book for You!

 

12038135_1077582285594719_1670975302395647944_nWhoo hoo!  I finally get to spill the beans on another great project I’ve been working on for you…Coloring book pages with an amazing group of artists at Color For Clarity

Color for Clarity is a collaboration with amazing artist Kristal Norton and 5 artists to bring you one awesome jam packed coloring book with 6 unique styles, with each page will featuring a word, question, or quote to prompt further mindful exploration.

Stay tuned…. This baby will be printed and ready just in time for the holidays this November!

Want to learn more and stay updated? Visit the webpage and sign up for updates at: http://ColorForClarity.com

Below is a sneek peek at some of my pages and some of my favorite tools and some pages in progress.

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Art Journal Workshop • A Journey back to Creativity

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Yesterday I held a great art journaling workshop at Imagine Coffee.  A really fantastic way to start off at the new venue!

Everyone did really great work! Best part by far- seeing students reconnect with their creativity. Watching them as they splattered paint, ripped paper and played with colors brought me so much joy!!! What wonderful energy they brought to the workshop!

Art Journaling really has great capacity for good! Heart is feeling full. I humbled to be a part of their creative journey.

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All images used with permission from my most amazing students.
A HUGE Thank you to all my students and to Imagine Coffee for hosting.
I can’t wait until our next session! Until then, Happy Journaling!
 
If you would like to know more about my monthly Art Journaling Workshops, see my Classes and Events Page.
 

Hot Off the Press!! And FREE Book Giveaway!

“14 Artist Journals” is finally here!!  
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A few words from the Author, Orly Avineri:

14 Artist Journals is a wondrous grouping of journal pages from fourteen impassioned individuals. In it I reveal the delicate worlds of creative types for whom visual journaling had become a spiritual practice, an honest and raw expression of who they are. The book sustains my belief that all individuals have the capacity to make changes that are needed in their lives through the act of creating and to find new ways to advance their physical, emotional, and relational well-being. It makes known that art journaling is most definitely one such way.

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I simply can’t wait to have this book in my hands. It is filled to the brim with 14 different artists personal journal pages. I am honored to be one of the 14 artists included, as it is truly a unique and amazing peek at lush, colorful, inspirational, thought-provoking pages from our personal journals.

Check out the Artists: Nathalie Nayer, Tracy V. Moore, Erin Faith Allen, Seth Apter, Juliana Coles, Maya Dunsky, Pnina Gold, Jesse Reno, Brian Kasstle, Hana Klos, Gil Avineri, Darcy Ruth Ritzau, and Vered Gersztenkorn.

Head on over to Orly Avineris blog  for more details.  The best place to purchase it is through CreateSpace eStore.

Be sure to check out Orlys blog for a FREE book giveaway Feb. 14th! Leave a thought in her blog post comment box to get a chance to win an inscribed copy of 14 Artist Journals (-: Winner will be announced in the morning of Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14.

Introducing…Orly Avineri – ONE Artists Journey- The BOOK – Book Give Away and Blog Hop!

I am so excited to announce my dear friend Orly Avineri’s Book is now available!

Created by from a collection of over four years of artwork in the form of blog posts, “One Artist Journal” is just gorgeous!

The book is lush with colors textures and words that will make you want to curl up with a hot cup of tea and immerse yourself in it. I love to get lost in her artwork, feel the colors and emotions from her blog posts, now I can hold them in my hands in her book. The colorful pages are just as intense as the walls of her warm inviting home, the place of her incredible workshops in Southern California.

What a journey…Looking back some years, who would have thought that a chance meeting while apartment hunting would grow into an honored friendship, one so instrumental in my life; Orly introduced to me the world of art journaling and blogging, which I at first only tentatively approached. Her encouraging words along this time have been priceless, and I cherish our time together, as we are no longer city neighbors!

I also remember distinctly four years ago, Orly saying she was going to create a book of her art. I though “what a wonderful idea!” So when a day came that Orly asked for my technical advice to format her book I said “YES, Yes!!” I am really so happy to apply my design skills to projects that I believe in dearly – projects that can inspire, support and create feelings of love, wonder and add positivity to the world – and this is one of them!  Now, I am truly honored to tell the world Orly Avineri’s book is here! She is not only an inspiration to all artists and all creative types out there, but more than that, she is an inspiration to all, showing us we can follow our dreams 🙂

This is a book to be cherished, as it was made with lots of love and inspiration.
Looking at her blog is a must! Stop by and soak in the richness of her work and see more photos of the book http://oneartistjournal.com/

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You can purchase Orly’s Book at any of these three places:

1. Support Orly best by ordering through her eStore https://www.createspace.com/3868179

2. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/One-Artist-Journal-Orly-Avineri/dp/1477401415/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336760543&sr=8-1

3. While attending one of Orly’s wonderful workshops in Southern California.

It is worth mentioning the best place to purchase from is her eStore, where the most proceeds go to the artist herself, the other two produce almost nothing for the creator.  As Kelly Kilmer beautifully stresses: “a couple of bucks vs. Amazon’s pennies.”

Book Giveaway Details: To enter the drawing to receive Orly’s book leave a comment to my post on her blog http://oneartistjournal.com/ . The winner will be announced the next  Friday, May 25.
Blog hop Info! Hop Around! 😀
As a way to support Orly’s Book project we are doing a blog hop! Below is a full list of participants, stop in and visit!

Brian kasstle: apaperbear.wordpress.com

Carla Sonheim: carlasonheim.wordpress.com

Cindy Woods O’Leary: artfuljourneyretreat.blogspot.com

Donna Cetorelli: solegarden.com

Dorit Elisha: lifeasafiveringcircus.blogspot.com

Erin Faith Allen: callofthewildsoul.com

Gina Rossi Armfield: sweetsistergina.typepad.com

Glenda Hoagland: pilgrimsthoughts.blogspot.com

Irene Rafael: irenerafael.blogspot.com

Jane LaFazio: janeville.blogspot.com

jill Berry: jillberrydesign.com/blog

Kelly Kilmer: KellyKilmer.blogspot.com

Liesel Lund: liesel.typepad.com

Monica Moran: thecreativebeast.blogspot.com

Pnina Gold: pearlandroses.wordpress.com

Seth Apter: thealteredpage.blogspot.com

Teesha Moore: teeshascircus.blogspot.com

ARTFEST 2012- Signing up for Spring!

Spring break is here at the college town and my own art-filled Spring is just beginning!

The final count down is here… Two days and we are off to PortTownsend, WA for ARTFEST 2012!

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Three full days of intensive artful workshops! I am really, really excited to finally go! My good friends have been going and teaching for a few years now and have been urging me to go for a while now.

I will be taking three specific classes:

Day 1: Vintage Colorbook by Lisa Bebi

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Ohhhhhhhhh so yummy dreamy colorful and emotional ways to use acrylics. Can’t wait to have some specific tools in my pockets and my dreamy visions here in Oregon can come to life on canvas!! 😀

Day 2: Flexible Stuffable Journal by LK Ludwig

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Incredible! Can’t wait to stitch and fold. I have made my own books before in college, and they are labors of love! Ready to jump back in and learn new techniques! So fun to be able to make my own sketch books and journals, customize the paper and create custom covers. I’ve been gathering the supplies for this one, and lovelingly fingering different papers, already stitching and folding in my minds eye.

Day 3: Collection or Obsession By Roxanne Padgett

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heheee! This one is right up my alley. I naturally collect twigs, rocks, sand and shells from all my favorite places.  To have a place, to create something from these items of obsession is going to be great! 😀 I have been collecting more than usual in preparation for this class. Take a look below for some of my newest favorite places and collections…