Thursday, August 21, 2014

feeling the love

feeling the love….
summer. gardens full of sunflowers.  chickens scratching
 in the dirt.  honeybees foraging.  annual beach trip with our friends.  rainbows after storms.  girls just being girls.  relaxing. reading lots of library books.  making lots of art.  being love.

this video makes me happy

upcoming workshops:
i will be teaching "collage play" at random arts in saluda, nc, oct. 11 and 12. i love the fun vibe there….jane makes it comfortable and cozy and there's shopping too! art supplies and cool clothes…a little bit of everything :)this makes it so convenient when traveling, as she will have plenty of supplies for the workshop!  it's a great place to visit, especially in october.  we will make a hand stitched, coptic bound journal and fill the pages with collage and my "explosion journaling" techniques. i will demo some of my favorite collage and journaling techniques and photo transfers! FUN~~~~~  there's a beautiful waterfall just up the street that is well worth the short hike…
reserve a room and come on! 

 "a painted journal" here in my "heARTspace" studio in wilmington, nc, oct. 18 and 19. my friend jenny wentworth and i will be teaching a collaborative workshop where we will make a hand stitched , hard cover journal and learn techniques to paint, collage and decorate the cover, then jenny will teach her beautiful portrait techniques to fill the pages. a quiet and intimate setting, filled with soulful creativity, you will not want to miss it!!

"plaster covered heirloom journal" at the cameron art museum, museum school on nov. 1 and 2.  my friend melissa manley and i are happy to be teaching this class for the second time! you will leave with a beautiful, tactile, heirloom quality, plaster covered journal.  melissa and i both bring to the table our shared expertise and knowledge….collage and journaling techniques and lots of plaster ideas along with our shared passion for teaching art.  we have such fun teaching together and it's contagious.  please join us if you can for this awesome workshop! 

(carolyn with her plaster covered journal at the last workshop)

and here are some of my
 journal pages, a little art and bookmaking from this summer. 

(this piece was inspired by michael franti when he was here and was auctioned for "do it for the love foundation".

making art at the beautiful "wrightsville beach rocks" location. heart filled journaling...

art on the porch during a visit to my friend in nags head, nc.

feeling the love is all about doing whatever it is that defines what you love to do.  for me, (besides the obvious, like spending time with family and friends, etc.) that means creating.  a lot.  everyday. it means surrounding myself with people that bring light and love into my world, and me doing the same for them.  it means taking really good care of myself in every way possible.  and being fully present with friends and family. and raising my bees and my chickens….growing my own food.  feeling the love, is being the love….keeping the peace and knowing when to say yes…knowing when to say no. 

choose joy.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"A Painted Journal" collaborative workshop with Jenny Wentworth in Wilmington NC

Jenny Wentworth and I will be teaching a collaborative workshop here at my "heARTspace studio" in Wilmington NC, October 18 and 19.   We will make a beautiful hard covered art journal filled with Fabriano Hot Press Watercolor Paper.  We will paint, collage and finish the cover with some of my favorite collage and mixed-media techniques, then fill it with beautiful paintings.  Jenny is know for her soulful and dreamy painted figures and faces.  She will take you step by step into her world of painting, sharing with you her very own techniques and secrets along the way.  You will go home with a beautiful, coptic bound art journal with your  paintings, and lots of ideas to keep it rolling when you are in your own studio.

You can find all the information HERE to sign up for this awesome workshop.
"heARTspace studio" is a cozy and intimate setting with limited space.  Please sign up early to ensure you have a spot.  Limited to 10 students!

we will make this journal and begin to fill it with beautiful paintings under jenny's instruction

simple coptic binding, matte board cover and beautiful hot press fabriano watercolor paper

a blank canvas for you artistic adventure….

my journal cover~

Jenny, Judy, and me in Judy's studio during my visit to Oregon~

Making art in the hotel lobby with Jenny and my girls~

Jenny whipped this up for me in my little art journal ! 

See you in Wilmington!! 

Monday, May 5, 2014

blog tour…and teaching plaster heirloom journal making

blog tour….

while heavily anticipating spring and all the beauty that surrounds us during this spectacular season, i have received an invitation from my friend suzanne to join a blog tour.
i had just gotten home from a big trip to oregon and washington and was feeling a bit overwhelmed getting back into the swing of things at home, but said "yes"!  i am honored to be part of this virtual blog tour and look forward to seeing where it all goes.

1.  what am i working on?

wow, this is such a loaded question!  what am i not working on??
so, i'm working on cleaning out the refrigerator and trying to get a little more organized around my house and yard….fresh flowers in the gardens, my new bee hives, building a chicken coop for 3 chickens i am getting from a friend and much more.  all of this excites me so and i am inspired in ways that keep me going creatively as well.  so, seriously~~~  i'm working on (constantly it seems)  to stay grounded and keep my focus on my dreams…..taking my art in new direction and building on the foundation which i have been working on for so long now.  i'm working on staying dedicated to such things as my yoga practice when all else seems to get in the way…..balancing taking care of me while also raising a family, being a wife, and doing all the things we all want to do.  i'm simplifying.  and working on sustainability.  and trying all the while to keep the little voices in my head from bringing me down, as they often can when all is going so great.  i am teaching, learning and beginning in many ways to find myself.

2.  how does my work differ from others of its genre?

my work is just a reflection of me.  it's my vision, my journey and my imagination that i work from.  i am so inspired by so many artists and have struggled in the past to find my own way.  i received a great compliment from an artist i admire dearly while i was in oregon.  she referred to my paintings as "my style"….and that truly made my day.  although it changes with my moods and my feelings or even the seasons, i use my imagination to paint and journal.  i often work with the sound of a memory in my mind, drawing from real life experiences and also nature, the sea, the mountains.  i gather many things along the way and incorporate them into my work.  my mom's writing journals are stacked in my art studio and i tear bits and pieces from them to add to collages and all of my mixed-media paintings.  she is all around me and in all that i do~

3.  why do i write/create what i do?

i create to keep myself afloat.  from a young age, i kept journals, sketched on anything i could find and was constantly making things….whether it be macrame, pinch pots, pillow cases with little needlework,  knitted scarves, prints with potato stamps….i was always creating something!  i create because i have to.  i want to document this journey, so i work in my art journal everyday.  i often wonder what will happen to them when i am gone from this little life…and imagine my daughters sitting down with my journals one day, as i have done with my mom's journals.

4.  how does my writing/creating process work?

i crave mornings.  upon waking and making my tea, i end up outside in nature, and then in my art studio.  i start my day each morning with journaling and then see where it leads me. often, sketches in my journal lead to paintings or some type of mixed media art.  inspiration comes from within, from my memories, from photos, the sea, and all kinds of places.  there are times when i wake in the night with an idea that i have to write down and then am inspired the next day to follow through.  it seems that my brain is always thinking up ideas and ways to make things….i get quiet at the end of the day and use my lavender and serenity oils in my diffuser to assist with relaxation and sleep ;)

my friend melissa manley and i co-taught this weekend at the museum school at the cameron art museum!  we had the most awesome students and they created beautiful plaster covered heirloom journals filled with texture, color and energy.  teaching art brings me joy…xo

carolyn with her beautiful journal

my journal before paint.

etta's journal with a little bird house tucked into the plaster and the beautiful texture she created.

first layer of paint on mine before about 3 more layers…and still working~

we had a great time teaching this class and will offer it again in the fall.  i am also working on an online class and will have more info. in the near future.

as for the blog tour……i have asked a few friends to participate and they have declined due to the time constraint and the awesome things they have going on that are keeping them busy.  so, instead of saying that it stops with me, i would love for any of you reading to join in and just leave a comment on my blog with your blog site listed !!!  all you have to do is answer the questions i have answered and then ask 3 others to do the same.  they will answer the same questions a week later than you and you will list their blog addresses on your blog!  it's simple and fun!  join if you feel you have the time and would like to share your story.  

embrace all of your moments that add up to this thing called life..
explore…create…and share~

Thursday, April 24, 2014

trust creates peace…. and a big pacific northwest family vacation!

 trust creates peace~
new journal pages and a big trip to the pacific northwest.
i made this little handmade journal to take out to oregon and washington with me.
we just had our big trip out to the pacific northwest coast and it was awesome!

"trust creates peace" explosion journal page

i will be doing another journal workshop at wrightsville beach rocks in june…
this is one of the fun things we will be making~

we arrived to portland late friday night (the 11th)
i couldn't wait to see judy again and meet jenny wentworth for the first time!
we all met up at the portland saturday market downtown under the burnside bridge.
i was SO happy to see them~~~

we all walked around downtown portland for a little while.  
the girls loved the downtown view of the river and bridges.

we enjoyed lunch together at one of judy's favorite vietnamese restaurants in the hawthorne district.

then we were off to judy's house to make art with her and jenny.
the girls had fun in the studio with us!  

i asked judy where her trash can was, and this is what she handed me…..
even her trash can was artistic!  she added paper mache to a bag and painted it.
……so clever and so cute!  i just loved this :)

jenny is working on another beautiful portrait~
her style is so unique and her faces are dreamy….

judy has beautiful art everywhere you look!  
a vase and portrait from misty caught my eye….i love her style and her!

when judy came to visit and teach at my house in wilmington, she brought some of her journals with her……the collection she has at home is absolutely beautiful.  filled with her beautiful journaling style and handmade by her.  (drooling)…...

we had such a wonderful day~ 
jenny made some delicious brownies…(with blackbeans)!!
yes, they were yummy…..

judy is one of the kindest humans i know.  she always has a smile on her face…
she's the artist who shares and shares and loves and loves…..
what an appropriate last name she has!

we spent the day in judy's studio soaking up the creative energy and having so much fun.
judy's husband, john showed us around his gardens and it was amazing to see.  he has so many different varieties growing….and the yard is gorgeous.  it was a perfect day.

saying goodbye to jenny and judy until the end of our trip~~~

on sunday, we took a drive up to the multnomah falls just outside of portland.
the bridge was closed for repair, but we got to see it from a distance.  it was magnificent….
after visiting the falls, we enjoyed trouncing around downtown oregon.

next stop….cannon beach oregon~ it's as beautiful as the photos and so intense.
there were birds flying all around the top of haystack rock.  

luckily hagan noticed on the way home from dinner that the tide was low….we went back to explore and it was so cool to see all the marine life under and around the rocks.  pacific sea stars, huge anemone   and lots of mussels attached to the rocks.

the girls loved it here.  it's so different from our east coast !

pacific coast sand dollar…...

just a little ride up the coast to indian beach.  
so different from cannon beach, but so close by~

the drive up was beautiful….thick forest and tall , tall trees.

now, off to washington state….more HUGE trees!

and more rocky beaches~~~

taking time to journal at the lodge where we stayed.  
using pieces of collage paper from judy~ xo

la push beach was beautiful….so many rocks and lots of huge trees washed up on the beach.  the girls loved it here.  

next stop….seattle!
we had a great time in seattle.  i got to meet some friends from misty's full circle class at pike's place market….we walked all over seattle, then headed back to portland the following day.  

i went to the chihuly exhibit in downtown seattle.  it was amazing.  
i've never seen so much glass. wow~

a few more journal pages….

a view of the river from downtown portland...

japanese gardens with lenny and the girls and jenny wentworth…

making a little art in the hotel lobby with jenny ….waiting for judy to join us for dinner!

sushi!  downtown portland at koji sushi bar….i thought we would never get there….we walked and walked and walked.  i saw so much of portland on the way there and back !!! it was delicious…..

judy and me on the walk back~~~

i asked jenny to put a little something in my art journal….and this is what i got!!!
LOVE this face.  she whipped this right up and it's beautiful.

my journal page with a little love note from hagan…..

this is my first journal page from home.
"now i know"…..

we had such a great pacific coast vacation.  i'm blessed to have seen so much and been to so many places.  we are home again, safe and sound.  it's good to be home.