Thursday, June 16, 2011

Aged Ancestors

Many people have probably heard "when God closes a door, He always opens a window".

(sometimes I have trouble seeing the window - it must be the tinted glass)

It's true though - it may not be on the timeline you planned but it will happen - have faith and keep looking, you WILL find it.

Recently, a friend of mine, Kim Purcell (genuine soul and artist extraordinaire), opened an art studio and gallery in Senoia, Ga. called Creative Canvas.  There, she offers painting classes (and you can bring your favorite beverage) for any skill level and even if you have never painted before.  Kim is an enthusiatic and encouraging teacher.  She really loves helping people bring their inner artist to the surface.

In the spirit of living fearlessly (pushing aside the "who the heck am I to be teaching an art class?" - just keeping it real folks), I decided to go through that window and ask her if she might need some people to teach some classes.  And, by the way, have I thought of any classes to teach yet?   Um . . . no (go through the darn window - you will figure it out later - stop over thinking it).  Does anyone else ever over think it?  I sure do.

Well, Kim said yes.  Yes?! Yes??  Oh gosh - now I do have to figure out what I am going to teach!

I am so honored and excited to have this opportunity.
It is such a blessing to be able to share what I love in a way that gives immediate gratification while bringing enjoyment to someone else.

So . . . I decided my first class would be a simple mixed media class with enough elements to, hopefully, keep it interesting enough.  I am calling it Aged Ancestors.

The base is a cover from an old hardback book which I adhered ephemera to and washed with ivory paint.

I am going to bring an assortment of new and vintage goodies for people to play with.

A little dabbling of the charcoal pencil as inspired by the work of Sally Jean.
{Sally Jean Alexander has always been one of my favorite "rock star" artists - her book "Pretty Little Things" resides on my bookshelf and I adore all of the wonderful projects within).

This piece would not escape being adorned by some textile love.
If you know me, you probably saw this coming.

Also, I wanted to share that if you are interested in having an art party, workshop or just a girl's craft night out, Creative Canvas is a quaint venue backdropped by the charming, little "Mayberry", town of Senoia, Ga. Just give Kim a call and she can schedule your function or a few hours of bliss for your group. ;)

Thank you for stopping by sweet friends!
Keep looking for those windows . . .
xo's ~ Heidi


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Congratulations, Heidi! That's exciting and I keep my fingers cross that your class will be fully booked out.

Vicki said...

That is so exciting that you will be teaching! I love the project you created. Not too difficult but lots of new things to try and will probably have them hooked by the end!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Oh Heidi, how wonderful you are sharing your talent ... I know there are many ladies who will enjoy learning from you.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Heidi I love your sweet book! it is so darling! Anyone would be so lucky to take this class from YOU!!!