Welcome to Part 2: Unleashing Your Joy!
In Part 1, we went inward a bit, silencing the noise so that we could come up with our personal mantras. And now, in Part 2, we’re ready to unleash our joy on the canvas as we begin to paint our mantras into gorgeous paintings. I’m so excited.
My friend Lynx will be joining me as my on-air student and you’ll meet her in the welcome video below. You’re going to love having her a part of the videos, not just because she is delightful but because her canvases go in such different directions than mine that it will give you another perspective and more ideas on directions you can take with your own paintings.
Please watch the welcome video:
I encourage you to go through the lessons in order, from start to finish, as all the art lessons build upon each other as we move forward in the course. The demo lessons in this section are quite long and filled with all sorts of goodness. Each lesson includes several different sections, including a demo video (or two), supplies used, personal stories, faq’s, and so much more. They will take some time to work through, so please go at a pace that works for you! We’ll start off with simple painting techniques, building more and more layers as we go. Feel free to use whatever size canvases that you feel comfortable working on as we move along in the course. Make just one painting, or make 10. It’s totally up to you!
I encourage you to watch the demo videos in full screen mode. You can do this by clicking on the four arrows at the bottom right of the screen. The videos mimic demos that I would do in an in-person workshop, so please feel free to work on your canvas as I work on mine, following right along with me as you watch the videos!
In addition to the videos, each lesson is supplemented with tons of photos, giving you an alternate, close-up view of the the same techniques covered in the videos, but on different canvases.
Every lesson includes a list of supplies (with links!) that we used during in the video. I hope this is helpful to you in the event that you want to purchase the exact supply we used in the videos.
Let art out. Let love in.
In addition to sharing my techniques and process with you, I’ve included a section called “Let Art Out, Let Love In” in most of the lessons in Part 2. As I’ve made my way into the creative life, I’ve learned that the process of painting and creating art is one big giant playground in which to learn a ton of life’s lessons around healing, courage, imperfections, change, and so much more. Simply put, what comes up for us on the canvas also comes up for us in life, and when we’re willing to truly allow and surrender to the process of creating art, we inevitably let love in. I’ve captured the essence of those lessons in the “Let Art Out, Let Love In” sections. May they speak to your soul, and inspire you to consider how painting is so much more than just putting some paint on a canvas – that it’s a much deeper journey, an excavation of who we are and who we want to become.
Hello Soul, Hello Intention
Most of the lessons in Part 2 also include a section called “Hello Soul, Hello Intention.” I’ll share my personal intention for the lesson’s painting session – things like practice courage! allow the unfolding! be free! – and then I’ll invite you to do the same. I can’t tell you how important this piece is. It’s a time for us to get centered in our bodies and in our hearts before diving into our creative process.
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
“The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.” – G.K. Chesterton
A big part of unleashing our joy will be accessing our inner child – that part of ourselves that was once willing to make bold moves and be fearlessly creative, before we learned that there were so-called rules to making art. She’s free, unconscious in her choices, extremely curious, open, and most of all she is having loads of fun splashing paint everywhere.
Here’s to unlearning and unleashing together! It’s going to be so much fun. So much.
XO, Kelly Rae