by Ursula Wollenberg

A journey of art and creativity.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018 - Join us today!


Treat yourself to a year of art.  You will not be disappointed.

Click on the link, under, Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018, to the right of this page and it will take you directly to the page.  (Under Life is Art)


Monday, October 30, 2017


I have had some fun using techniques learned in my last workshop I attended and with some new DecoArt products.

I thought it would be fun to share the process of this acrylic Hydrangea Floral painting; "Gratitude."

I have Hydrangea in my home year round, they are probably my most favorite of all flowers.

Hydrangea symbolize heartfelt emotions of any kind.  A bouquet can be used to express gratitude for being understood., the white meaning purity, grace and abundance.  As a fourth wedding flower, it's meaning is of grace and beauty.

       It seems very fitting to add them to our upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving and abundance.

All the DecoArt products used, are new to the line.

I began with a Canson Watercolor board.  I love using these for both, acrylics and watercolors.  

I added a thin layer of DecoArt Vintage Effect wash to the background.  A color wash paint.

The outline was created with a stabilo pencil and then paint was generously applied with a palette knife.

Most of the painting is layered with the palette knife.

I enjoy using the DecoArt Premium Acrylic Paints.  They have a nice, thick consistency and worked well with this painting technique.

The vase was the only area brushed in.  Highlights and shadows were layered with the palette knife.

I finished by using a 2" soft brayer and added more of the teal colors and white.  Adding a little more interest and texture throughout the painting.

I couldn't help but add some drips of color onto the table cloth.

Finished with a spray of matte varnish and it is ready to frame!

My hope is that you experiment and play with these new products from the line.   There is no end as to what we can create given a little paint and imagination.

With "gratitude",


p.s.  If you haven't signed up for Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018, early bird pricing is still available through this month (November).  Click on the link oner to the right side of this post and it will take you right to Paint Your Hear and Soul 2018.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bits and Pieces

Let's just sit and chat as it has been a while since I have posted.  Life just seems to go by quickly and we can miss the beauty of what each day can bring if we don't stop and listen.

I feel as though this is the path I have been walking on of late.  Rushing here and there, worrying about work, schedules, deadlines and dirty laundry!  Letting the little things get in the way of the blessings that we  have each day.

Since I have written, I attended a wonderful workshop in Kansas City, studying under Stanka Kordic.
We watched her demonstrate with such ease and perfection.  She taught us the difference between opaque and transparent.  Going back and forth between energetic and quiet in your composition.  Listening to my intuitive self as I create each piece of art.  Something I need to apply, not only to my art, but to life as well.  I look forward to using these skills as I grow my art and to step back and take the time to find balance in my own life's journey.

Plan on taking some time for yourself today, listen and enjoy the little blessings of the day.

I plan on doing just that!  A visit to the spa and a facial await me later today.  Oh yes!

Until next time..


Monday, October 2, 2017

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.

Summer has waved goodbye and fall is in the air.  As F. Scott Fitzgerald quoted, "Life Starts All over again when it gets crisp in the fall."

Happy Fall Everyone!


p.s.  Visit Interactive Artist Magazine for full step by step instructions on the Fall Still-Life painted with DecoArt acrylics and media paint.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

So excited to share this news and class with you!

                           So honored to be among such talented artists for this year long class.

I have been a student in the class and can tell you that it is packed with great and diversified projects. Each artist bringing their own style and techniques along with their lessons. This is the second year and it is bigger and better!!

So honored to be among such a talented group of artists to share this year long journey with you.

I will be teaching two projects, one is a watercolor technique painting and the other is a floral painting, using oils and texture mediums.

Early bird pricing is $90 with life time access.  The url may be found on this blog.  Click on  the url, at the bottom of the page to register.  Please register with the url at the bottom of the screen.  This is the only way I receive credit.  Thank you!

And guess what!?  I am giving away a free spot to the class.  Comment and share and you will be entered into the drawing.  If you have already registered, we will issue you a refund.

I will announce the winner of my give-a-way September 29!

Hope to see you in class.  It's going to be awesome!

Class link:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mingling among "The Masters"

The last few weeks have been a time of exploration and experimentation for me.  During those times of exploration, I began studying the masters paintings.  Beginning with Matisse, I painted a couple of pieces inspired by his work.

I love the bright colors and bold simplification of his work.  His "Ballerina" and my interpretation of the piece.  Using his form and my own color palette, created one of my own favorite ballerina paintings.  Painted with DecoArt acrylics and Titanium White Oil stick.

We were privileged to visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this past weekend.  The museum is privileged to have added the remarkable collection donated by Henry and Marion Bloch.

The collection was added just this last spring and is a treat to the senses.   Seeing these wonderful paintings up close and personal was an emotional and delightful experience.

Viewing Monet's Water Lily painting from a distance.  It was much larger than I thought it was and, a little hard to photograph.  

                      Love the close up, the brush strokes and see how abstract it actually is.  

I had to visit the pastel room more than once.  Degas and Renoir right next to one another.  Up close and personal.  Be still my heart!

                                         From Manet to Matisse, a delight to the senses.

Of course there were many other artists idisplayed n the museum.  Another favorite  of mine, John Singer Sargent.  " Mrs. Cecil Wade, 1886.

The photo does not do the color and light justice.  The whites just seem to  sparkle against the contrast of the dark and subtle background.

The museum was most definitely the highlight of our weekend trip.  We were there most of the day and didn't see everything.  The new addition of the Bloch building and his private collection made our visit even more special and exciting.

If you are ever in the Kansas City area, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a must!

Such inspiration and too many photos to post.  Until next time.

Ursula xo

Sunday, August 6, 2017

"The only way to make sense of a change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."  Alan W.  Watts.

This is a new month, a new beginning, new focus, new intentions and hopefully new results.

I have decided to leave the group, Soul Sisters United Art collective that I have been a part of for the past year.  It wasn't an easy decision and thought about it for the last couple of months.  But, I felt it was time.

Freeing up space and time for new things on the horizon.  Giving my all to learning, sharing and teaching my art.  It always takes a while to trust yourself to take that first step.  Trusting in yourself and moving on.  

Working on some new ideas and going back to my watercolor roots.  In my last post, I shared some of my watercolors on Yupo paper.  You can go to Youtube and see a short video titled. "Watercolor Still-Life on Yupo Paper. "  I hope to add another this coming week.  

I wanted to add acrylics on this next piece and almost gave up half way through the process. Painted on a watercolor board.  The bird seemed to emerge out of the watercolor and ink background., thus, the title: "Emerge".  The bird and tree stump are painted with DecoArt fluid acrylics.   Giving them a little more strength in the midst of the soft surrounding colors. 

In addition, the fall issue of Somerset Apprentice is featuring another of my journal pages.  The magazine goes on sale the end of this month.   So honored to be featured once again.

So excited for my next big adventure, but I need to keep it under wraps for just a little longer. 

Stay tuned!

"And suddenly you know; it's time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings."

Ursula xo