by Ursula Wollenberg

A journey of art and creativity.

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

I am often asked how does one get inspired.

Where does inspiration come from?  The notion of inspiration as a process, looking outside ourselves.  It is often described as a spiritual event.  
We look around us and see the world and how we relate to it.
"Prayer is when you speak to God, and inspiration, intuition and creativity is when God speaks to you."

We welcome and open ourselves to the creative process and the connection to our inspiration.

Inspiration can come from anywhere, turning a mere thought into a reality.

There are times when I go down to my studio, grab a canvas and do not know where to begin.  Looking at a blank canvas can be very intimidating.  As would be a blank page waiting for words to fill it.  
Set limitations for yourself  take the leap of faith and begin.  Staring with that first word or priming the canvas with a coat of paint or gesso.  
Searching Pinterest, learning from the "Old Masters", picking up a magazine, walking in nature and listening to that inner connection.

My last few paintings were inspired by a class creating watercolors on Yupo paper.  I learned so much and continued to explore the possibilities this medium provided.  

One of the ladies in class had on an elephant shirt.  Needless to say, when I returned home, I continued the techniques I learned in class and painted my own elephant.  And oh, was he fun!

Love the freedom this paper gives, watching the colors intermingle, run and play with one another.  Adding drips, spraying the piece with alcohol, using inks, the possibilities were endless.

Inspiration can come in many forms, doodling, watching a you tube video,  taking an online class and just watching the videos.  I find I am inspired by watching others paint and create.  Just watching how they hold the brush, or add an unexpected color.

Let your imagination soar, try new mediums, experiment, explore, live and create.

The word "inspire" relates to the words "aspire".  The Latin word is inspir.,
which comes from inspirare., which means to "Breath Into".

Explore, Listen, Breath Into and Create!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

It is hard to believe that the 4th of July is coming up very soon.  It is the end of June and summer has just begun.

Camp has come and gone in a flash.  So many months of training, preparation, excitement and now it is only a memory.  It was a wonderful experience and I will never forget the faces of my two girls.  I was their counselor for the entire week, spending nearly every second with them.  Some of the other campers tugged at my heart as well.  It wasn't an easy week, it had it's share of drama and tears.  I watched some of the other staff members and was blown away by their dedication and commitment to these kids.  It was my first year, but many have done this for 5 years or more.  

Royal Family is a wonderful organization and relies on donations to operate their camps for foster kids throughout the country.  

I painted this blue girl after my return from camp.  Watercolor and stabilo pencil.  I did not intend on painting her blue.  I picked up what I thought was a black stabilo pencil and began to draw her outline.  I soon realized that the pencil was blue and just continued with the blue theme.
She is beautiful on the outside, emotive color and expression depict that there is something that she has hidden within.   Very much like the kids at our camp last week.

If you have the time; watch the movie ,"Camp".  It is based on a true story and worth watching.  Giving you a little insight into the world of these kids.

Oh, and guess what??  I caught my first fish!!

Until next time.
Happy summer!!
Ursula xo


Friday, June 16, 2017

June is my favorite month of the year.  The spring rains subside, everything is green and the flowers are in full bloom.

Our deer population has grown by two.  As I look out my window, I can see mama and her two spotted fawns grazing in our yard. Such a beautiful site.  The birds, chipmunks and our garden bunny have also been very busy. 

                        The studio has also been a place of new creations and good news.  

Painting World magazine featured my Rooster/Sunflower painting in the June issue.  It is such a nice article, they made me proud.  I used a variety of mixed media materials, DecoArt paints and mediums.  Collage and even added a sunflower.

                                         Loved creating the barn like, textured background.

My Floral Expressions, on line class, opened up this week as well.   It is hosted by Kara Bullock and she did a beautiful job putting the class together.  It is not too late to join.  Some of the students have posted their work on our private Facebook page so far,  and it is so exciting to see their work.  

                                        Floral Expressions, under classes

                                                     Here is the fun bonus lesson.  

I will be taking a break for a week, as I attend a Royal Family Kids camp where I will be a counselor.
This camp is for children from the foster care system.  There will be 33 kids and I will be responsible for two precious girls.  This will be my first year and I am excited and apprehensive all at the same time.
I would appreciate your prayers for all the kids, counselors and workers involved for the week.

I will see you after camp!  
Ursula xo

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It's a wrap.

Finished up the final videos to my on line workshop.

        Loved painting this little sheep on a wood canvas board.  He/She is the bonus lesson for the class.

I had to film in between jack hammers and back hoes.  We are having our backyard remodeled so to speak.  Tearing out concrete and the old pool that has had a huge leak for the last 5 years or more.  I hope the mess and expense will be worth it in the end.

So, a little challenging, but managed to get the filming in between their breaks, as it was quite loud. And capturing the sunlight in between the drizzle and clouds.  My table sits in the sun room, looking out at the big mess.

There are three main projects, a warm up lesson and a bonus lesson, with this little sheep painting.          She even has flowers in her hair!  And, if you like sunflowers, this is a fun project to do using black gesso!

For more information, and to sign up for my class titled:  Floral Expressions.  Visit:

Thanks for stopping by and happy painting!!

Ursula  xo