The greatest creations are those that as you create them, you get lost in your thoughts, by the time you're tired of thinking you're holding in your hands, something from deep within...

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

A magical mushroom... and some words on online classes :)

Hi Everyone :)

As most of you reading this know… I’ve been taking classes online, learning different ways to use products. Love em! It’s been completely mind opening to say the least and I am forever grateful to these teachers who offer and teach these online mixed media classes.

My most recently finished piece, below- originally started through Marilyn Radzat’s Mushroom class. :) As you can see…. this piece had a bit of a mind of its own. I always feel a little weird at first when the direction begins to shift and then so drastically, but really... who am I to fight with my muse and where she wants to lead me? (We argue often enough when she won’t play with me!)

A few months ago, and when I say few I mean a whole lot of them, I signed up for Jean Bernard’s Chair class, which I have yet to make simply due to lack of time. (bad Sprite!) However, through reading her lessons, I must have picked up some of the magic that is her teachings because this piece undoubtedly incorporates the techniques learned through both of these amazing artists.

Let me tell you... it feels incredible when you visualize something and know you can actually create it!

Which leads me to these words on classes since it's come up a few times in discussions. For those who teach them and to those who are interested in taking them.....

We all take them for different reasons and get different things out of them. Although I wandered from these classes, I don't feel that makes me a bad student. I still learned each of the lessons being taught, just used them in different ways. I was able to get out my own vision and wasn't afraid to try to. Isn't that what it's about? I really think so and believe these teachers do too... ;)

I am mostly self taught, but with the recent help and guidance from some terrific mixed media online teachers. I simply cannot recommend taking online classes more. They open your mind to endless possibilities. If you see something you would like to learn and it’s in your budget (even if its not!?) try to take it. The knowledge you get out of them is yours to keep for a life time of creating.

Do it for your creative self and sake of expression. You deserve it.
It took me a very long time to realize that.

A quick thanks to both of these teachers for gently guiding me further down this creative road and for helping me finally express myself through these mediums. I really enjoyed creating this piece, and sharing my vision.

Please, again, accept my apologies for my lack of photography skills.
Hmm, wonder if there's an online class for that! :D
If i get better pics, Ill post them. Maybe next time the lid won't be on backwards!

I went with the slideshow to show the different views and because its not exactly easy to format so many pictures on here but I am fairly sure if you click on them they get bigger and stop moving.

Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to visit me.
Especially when I'm writing books and being all sorts of sappy ;)

hugs n' luv,