by Ursula

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Adventures

The new year has started out in full swing and would like to share the news with you.

Our Soul Sisters United Art Collective has begun and our third auction is scheduled for February 1 and 2.  We would love for you to join us and see all the amazing art that has been created to auction off.  There are ten of us all together, each with their own unique style and beautiful work.  The link is posted onto the right side of my blog.

Thank you DecoArt for believing in me and allowing me to be part of the Media team again this year.
There are free tutorials and videos for your viewing each month.  A great team of artists and a wonderful company with great product.  Did you know that DecoArt is debuting a line of tube acrylics in February?  How exciting and can't wait to use them!  My first lesson will be live on February 9.  

The first Splatter Art Studio (Springfield, Mo) class is scheduled for January 23.   Most of you cannot attend, but you can paint the project as I have an e-packet listed in my Etsy shop.  Come on over and download the class!  "Under The Rose" I would love to see your finished project.  All directions and full photos are listed in the packet.

Have you subscribed to Interactive Artist Magazine?  It's a great e magazine and they will be featuring one of my designs in the upcoming February issue.  visit: www.

So, as you can see, the studio has been a busy place of activity and creativity. 
Stay tuned for more updates......

Feeling blessed!

Monday, January 2, 2017

It's here, a fresh new year!

"Hope", to expect with confidence.  To cherish a desire with anticipation.    


My chosen word for 2017 is hope.  Synonyms include; aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, goal, plan, design and dream.

It didn't come to me until yesterday when I opened up my daily devotional.  There it was, in big bold letters, my word for the year ahead.  I knew it was perfect and great timing on the first day of January!

Last year most certainly had it's challenges, as my husband and I both lost our mothers.  We also lost our precious little West Highland Terrier of eleven years.

My word is very fitting as we embark upon new adventures, new possibilities and hope for every day living.

Some new and exciting things are on the horizon and I look forward to sharing them with you in the days ahead.  

As I close, I will leave you with this thought, this scripture....but as for me, I will always have hope.  Psalm 71:14

May our choices reflect our hopes, not our fears.



Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas......

May you enjoy the spirit of the season.

and keep it in your hearts all year long.

Wishing you the merriest Christmas and many blessings for the New Year.

See you in the New Year!



Monday, November 14, 2016

A Time of Thanksgiving

Connected Together through art......

Thankful for the opportunity to share what I have been working on and opportunities that have come my way.

The first being, Soul Sisters United Artist Collective.  This is a group of ten very talented artists that I have been asked to be a part of.  We will have a live themed auction each month.  

My hope is that you join us and see all the beautiful art created for you.  Our first auction will be November 29 and then again in January.  
Our administrators have worked very hard to bring this together and each artist has created beautiful works of art to send to your homes.  You can't but help love our theme and realize it has a very timely message.  "Healing the World One Painting at a Time".

Secondly, I am working on an on line class that will launch in February through Kelly Hoernig's web site.  I am very excited to share some of my techniques and paintings with you.  The focus of the class will be creating texture, depth and color.  Using different mediums, techniques, and putting your personality into each project.  

I will close with a quote from Robert Henri.  "Every artist dips his brush in his soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures".

Let's create a more colorful world together.

Ursula xo


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Life has been a little busier than usual.

It seems as though everything  happens at once.  Which has been the case in my neck of the woods.
I have had some great classes going at Splatter Art Studio here in Springfield for the past month.  The girls amaze me with their talents and excitement for each new project I present.  Keeping up with new projects each week sure has kept me on my toes.

Here is a peek at the last project they painted of a rooster with a barn wood background.  I planned most classes to go two weeks, but they surprise me and finish them each session.

                                A sample of a few of the paintings. There were seven all together.

During this month, I was asked to do an art show at the design store I work at part time.  So, I got busy and painted every chance I had.  Because of the internet, I sold 5 pieces and am very pleased.  
I struggled with the oil painting below, but it became the shows favorite and I had more than one offer to purchase it.

This past weekend has not only been busy with the show, but I attended a conference for three days.  It was and is sponsored by a local church and has grown and over 7,000 women attended from all over the country.  This years them was "She Believes"  A wonderful Alice In Wonderland theme and production at the beginning, great speakers such as Sheila Walsh and a few others.   
I cannot put into words what I received from this conference and the message still resonates with me.
"She believes and everything changes"

Yes, it has been a whirlwind month, but treasure each experience even though my body feels a little weary at the end of the day.

We are all exactly where we need to be.

See you soon.

Monday, September 26, 2016

                                               Hello Fall!

                                        "Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower."

It is hard for me to believe that fall is actually here and I do wonder where the summer has gone.

 So many fun things and activities seem to happen during the fall months, beginning with October.  I love to see the mums and pumpkins on people's porches.  The crisp morning air, sweaters in the evening, bonfires and fall sunshine glistening on the turning leaves.  Only to mention a few favorites.

I adore painting pumpkins.  This particular painting is on a fabric canvas and has a 2 inch burlap edge, so it is ready to hang.  The fabric and the paints interacted well together, adding unexpected washes of color within.  I couldn't resist but to add a little alcohol ink and watch it spread into the other colors.  These are the fun, scary painting techniques where you don't have much control.  It could have been a huge mistake, but I took the risk and liked the outcome.

I will be participating in my first art show in October.  Speaking of scary, it is a little, but then I am excited as well.  It will be a small sampling of my work inside an interior design and gift shop in our town.  It has forced me to finally get moving and order those business cards I have been putting off!

I Just finished this piece on a 9x16 cradled wood canvas, using a mixed media background.  I have been inspired by the wild sunflowers and Black Eyed Susan's that grow along the country highways this time of year.   I picked a few on my way home from the Kansas City workshop.  Not only did I bring the flowers home, but also some poison ivy as a souvenir! 

One more thing to mention before I sign off.  My first e-packet is available for download. Hooray!!

 I just listed it on my Etsy shop.  The link is over to the right of this post, click on and shop. Or, leave a message on this post, with your email address, I will email the pdf download directly into your mail box via paypal for a promotion cost of $10.00.  

Full instructions and photos are attached.  It is a fun and easy mixed media project on a canvas board.

                                                              Title:  Under The Rose

Enjoy the cooler temps and the new season.

                                              Keep believing, keep going and keep your heart open.

                                                                         Ursula xo

Friday, September 16, 2016

Alla Prima, meaning wet-on-wet.  A painting technique used mostly in oil painting, in which layers of wet paint are applied to previously administered layers of wet paint.

I just returned from a three day Alla Prima workshop, creating and learning with Kelly Berkley at her studio just outside Kansas City.  This was the second workshop I have attended in her lovely country studio.  The drive is a little less than three hours.  That is unless you are with a good friend and the two of you miss the turn off because you are engaged in stimulating conversation.

We went up a day early to take advantage of the spa amenities at the historic Elms hotel where we stayed.  It is the largest spa of it's kind in the state of Missouri.  The experience was like none other!

We had a smaller group this year and it was so good to see familiar faces and to meet new friends. 

                  Here we are with our completed pieces, missing Lisa, who had to leave early.

We had time to relax and sit out by the creek, walk on her land and enjoy the gourmet coffee and treats that were served each morning.

Just being around other creatives is a learning experience in itself.  Having a community (tribe) to help and support you, throw ideas out, share their journey, all make for a great time of learning and fun.

The evenings were always entertaining and Tryphena even played the piano for us inside the restaurant.  The weather was so mild that we were able to eat outside in the garden surrounded by flowers, urns and statues.

This was my favorite piece that I created.  Learning to use the oils and mediums was a bit of a challenge for me.  Even though I have been using the water soluble oils at home, I had to think a little differently.  We all chose various Malcolm Liepke images.  It was most fun to see everyone's choices and the finished paintings.

Lauri's grandson was just born a few days prior to the workshop and she chose the technique on her own photo of this precious boy.  She did a remarkable job!

                                       This was my final piece, full of challenge and learning.

                            Here is a table full of completed paintings, joy and inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed this brief journey of my weekend workshop/retreat.  It was worth every penny and I will remember, the fun and laughter (lots of laughter) the three days produced.

The final evening was spent out on the large deck, overlooking the woods and creek.  Enjoying music, food and home made wine.  Priceless!

I hope to return next year for our guest artist, Stanka Kordic.   Same time, same place........................

Until next time!