this is me being spontaneous

Sep 25, 2008 | Entrepreneurship, Life in Progress

hi friends,
i’ve been asked to teach at art+soul next week in portland for a dear teacher/friend who had to cancel her classes at the last minute. this is very spontaneous. not a lot of time to prepare, but the universe has totally aligned on this front and so i’m going for it. i’ll be teaching two different classes, one called transformative letter painting (on wed, oct 1st) and the other called patchwork collage painting (on saturday, oct 4th).

if you are interested in attending art+soul next week and taking a class with me on wed and/or saturday, then please contact art+soul’s organizer glenny directly at glennymoir [at] comcast [dot] net. she will give you all of the details. cost per class is $150 (classes are full days, 9am – 4pm). if you can swing it at the last minute, i’d love it if you’d come and play with me!

For this project we’ll use a variety of mixed media technique to create two paintings that will be wonderfully layered and textured. First we’ll create a colorful and textured background using paints, light molding paste, and collage papers. I’ll then share with you some secrets and tips on how to draw and then paint your subject so that your beautiful backgroud peeks through. I’ll also share with you unintimidating ways to work with oil paints (specifically for the face). We’ll finish up our paintings with details using a white gel pen, charcoal pencils, and more.
Are you like me and have a habit of saving each and every meaningful card, letter, and postcard that arrives in your mailbox? Do you then throw them into one big pile or drawer that often grows larger by the month? Do you often wonder wonder how you can hold on to the meaning of these notes and letters without throwing them away? If so, you are going to love this class. For this project we’ll use some of those meaningful cards and letters to create three wonderfully layered and textured patchwork collage paintings. After we use our old letters + cards to create a meaningful background, we’ll apply paint and inks to give your collage a distressed but cohesive look. Then you’ll learn how to use your fingers to paint faces with various mixed mediums – a fun technique that allows the beloved letters underneath to peek through the skin tones. We’ll define our facial features and our collaged background with with pens, pencils, crayons, and more. In the end, you will have created three meaningful paintings that that pay tribute to those who give us the gift of family and community.

Sending much love,

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  1. Peggy

    I purchased your Taking Flight book and I am flying so high! I made the journal cover and love it.
    I love everything you make. Thank you so much.

  2. carolyne

    kelly this is why so many of us aussie girls want you to come down here……so jealous of those who are able to sit in on one of your classes. i am itching to learn more about your work and how you get your head around these gorgeous prints. please think about it, please!!!

  3. Nona

    Hey Kelly,

    Your techniques sound so great, I wish I could enrol for your classes. Alas I am miles away in India. Will these techniques be written in your book- Taking Flight… I can then buy it from Amazon.
    do reply
    your ardent admirer

  4. Jennifer

    Good luck my dear, I know you will do an amazing job!

  5. stephanie levy

    Portland sounds like the place to be these days!! All the best with your class 🙂 And thanks for dropping by!

  6. Lu

    good luck teach the class. i am sure it will be amazing.

  7. Roberta

    I was so devastated to hear D.J. was sick, because I was SO looking forward to learning her wonderful painting techniques. But Glenny was so quick in responding, and I was completely THRILLED to learn that you would be teaching Wednesday’s class! I just got your book, and am really looking forward to meeting the compassionate and generous soul that you are 🙂

  8. Linnea

    I just saw this… I hope I get into the Saturday class!! Have a great weekend Kelly Rae :o)

  9. meesh


    i'm going to be at art and soul. i make handmade glass beads & jewelry. i am helping a friend with her workshops and i have a table at the saturday evening sale.

    i hope i get to meet you. you are lovely and such an inspiration!

    hope to see you there!


  10. Shannon.Doran.

    ooh maybe someday I’ll live closer to such events. But I absolutely adore the letter transformation, something I’ve never thought of doing!

  11. sara

    Wow – really exciting for you and everyone who will get to take your spontaneous class – I’m certain it will be a real treat! I’m already booked for my Art and Soul classes but perhaps I’ll see you on vendor night!


    …sigh…if only I lived closer…..

    enjoy your time at Art & Soul 🙂

  13. Blaiz

    Although I was sorry that DJ had to cancel because I was really looking forward to taking her Saturday class, I was so excited when I got the message that you were offering a class! I just started following your blog a few months ago!

  14. sarah ahearn bellemare

    yay! good for you! all things happen for a reason! wish i could take your class! have fun- it’ll be fantastic for sure!! xoxo, *s

  15. stacy kathryn

    That is so cool Kelly! I sure wish I could go, would be so awesome to be in your class. Good luck, have fun! You’re going to do a great job.

  16. Steph

    Oooohh I wish I could go, but alas am just a bit too far. 🙂

    Don’t you just love it when the Universe is in alignment? Have fun!

  17. Jill Nalette

    Gosh, if I lived closer I would be there in a heart beat. Have a great time sharing your beauty.
    oxox Smiles,

  18. Liz

    I look at you being all spontaneous in such a glorious way! Am sure the classes will be amazing, have fun fun fun teaching!

  19. Lynn

    My sister (Cindy Dean) and I are very much looking forward to your class. See you Wednesday!
    Lynn Trabold

  20. Stephanie Lee

    Big grins. You’ll be awesome!

  21. Judy Wise

    Kelly and Mati to the rescue! Brava, ladies, these classes sound fabulous. See you both soon. xoxoxoxox

  22. justagirl

    unfortunately even though I have nothing planned that saturday I wont be able to come along… but I hope you have a great time.

  23. Urban Plantation

    Hi Kelly:

    Yes, I think the universe is in play her as well. I’m so sorry DJ is sick as I love her and will miss her at this retreat. However I just realized a couple of days ago that you took the same wallpaper class art Artfest with Anahata. I so look forward to meeting you, getting my book signed and taking off on my new creative journey.

  24. Shalet

    I love your artwork – I wish I could go! You’ll do great I’m sure!

  25. Keli Hansen

    hopeful i'll get into saturday!!! i'm on the "list" and will find out tonight. just very excited for you… hope all will be ok & well for your friend soon…

    a bit spontaneous myself


  26. Cindy Dean

    I will be in your Wednesday class! My sister will be in their too. We are very much looking forward to it! See you next week!


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