Hi! I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season!
Now we can look forward with that wonderful feeling of fresh starts, new ideas, clearing out, and opening to new adventures. I think as human beings one of our greatest gifts is that we can continue to grow and expand who we are and how we express ourselves. I have intentionally sought out adventures in my life- an Outward Bound leadership semester, two years of Peace Corps in Thailand, a two month solo road trip around the U.S...starting my own jewelry business which morphed into teaching art workshops... what I love is that the journey just keeps unfolding.
Lately my passion has been getting up early and (in winter) even before the sun is up, I have a layer of juicy paint covering the panel. There are many things that we do that keep us focused in the moment...And for me painting is so deliciously fun that I leave all other thoughts behind.
I love the early morning-the day full of possibilites-but not yet demanding my attention. Warming up with my cup of tea, enjoying a moment of peaceful bliss. These are the quiet, little moments that make life richer for their peace and reflection. The painting below was inspired by this time. The roses are my way of ignoring the winter outside and pretending it is otherwise!
Tea Bliss, 12" x 12", oil on museum quality panel
New directions for 2015-
I will be offering my first on-line art class (coming late Jan. or early Feb.-when I know I can promise it-I will!). I'm starting with one of my most popular classes-Beginning Watercolor. After that I will offer an art journaling class, a mixed media class, and then a more advanced watercolor class. It will so nice to be able to now offer a class to those of you who don't live near Seattle! : )
Many people believe that watercolor is hard and so they don't ever try it. That is so not true! You can easily create amazing effects with watercolor and it is so fun! Often people tell me "I want the pre-beginners class". That is this class. I love to go in depth and explain what materials I like to use and why, how to get watercolor to work for you and not against you, the different qualities of paint, how to mix an entire color wheel from just 3 colors, how to control the amount of water on your brush, and most of all--all sorts of fun ways to work with it to get different effects. I'm really looking forward to sharing this and knowing that others are growing their watercolor wings and playing! : ) If you are interested in getting all the details-please sign up for my newsletter here-http://www.liesellund.com/workshops_online.php
I'm very excited for this year and more unfolding adventures! I toast you with my cup of tea-Wishing you the very best New Year! May 2015 bring you unending delight!
(Seattle area folks-my winter class schedule is up!)