Monday, November 28, 2016

Soul Sisters United Artist Collective

Thrilled to announce the launch of our new Soul Sisters United Artist Collective auction.  

We will host one auction per month.  I am very excited to announce that tomorrow,  November 29 will be our first auction.  We have all worked very hard to bring you original pieces of art with the theme of "Connected Together" .  A very timely message in our world at the moment.  
 Connected by Love
Nature's Muse

Both of these pieces are acrylic and  will be available, beginning tomorrow and through Nov. 30.
Please join us and see all the beautiful work and excitement of our first on line auction.

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 Sister 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!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

I went to look for a new spiral notebook and found the perfect one at TJ Maxx.  It was the only one of it's kind, and the words seemed to jump right out at me.
So perfect and has become my mantra over the past year.  Working more diligently towards my goals.

My friend and I are headed to Excelsior Springs (up near Kansas City) this weekend. We will be staying at the historic Elms Hotel and spa.  Pampering ourselves for a spa day before heading to Kelly Berkey's studio for three days of painting.  It will be like a homecoming, as we were there for a workshop last year.  It will be so fun working in her free standing studio and seeing familiar faces once again.

Painting in oils is rather a new medium for me. Exploring it this past year.  I am enjoying working with the water soluble oils.  Easy clean up, no odor and can even do washes with it. The workshop is mainly oil, an Alla Prima Portrait Workshop, capturing expression.  I will take tons of pictures and share our three days of painting and exploring the local restaurants and activities of this quaint town.

This is a painting I have started in oils this week.  I will post progress and or finished still life in my next blog post.

                                                                 A nice beginning. (even snuck some acrylic in there)

And speaking of flowers, my latest project just went live on the DecoArt media blog.  This however is not in oils.  All you need to paint your own is a vintage book cover, ribbon, torn watercolor paper, fluid acrylics and gesso.

Hope you try and enjoy!

Looking forward to sharing the workshop journey with you on the next post.  
Plus, something new is on it's way!  Stay tuned.

Ursula xo

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Let Your Imagination Soar....

                                 and allow yourself to play!

I have been listening to Kelly Hoering's Periscope segment each night.  She will broadcast again tonight and through the rest of the month.   We need to hear things over and over again.  Each time we hear them, they resonate with us in a different way.  Or sometimes don't even hear the message the first time.

Her advice last night was to take time to play with things in your studio.  Things that have been sitting on a shelf for some time.  I get so use to grabbing the same supplies each time and forget what I actually own.

So, after stressing and painting for a new class project over the weekend, I had time to explore and play.  What fun it was.!  I used some texture tools I received from DecoArt.  Applying them to this mini oil canvas.

                                          Loved dragging it through the paint and the effect it gave.

I got out my crackle medium and added it to the background of another canvas that I had already started and scraped off.
It was so fun creating and moving away from the usual.  Playing with what I had on my shelf.

The first painting was one that I started a while ago.  I did not like the direction it was going, so I put it aside.  Another tip, finish something that you have started!

  So, I began to play with the shapes I had first put onto the swan painting.  Added more color, collage and began to enjoy and like what was happening on the page.  This is a 12 x 12 sheet of 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper.  

I began to feel the freedom of the running paint and actually enjoyed what was happening on the page.

I added the words, "Let Your Imagination Soar"

Have some fun today.  We don't always have to create a masterpiece, but you never know what will happen when you just take the time to PLAY!!

See you soon.