For the Love of Instagram - 50K Celebration Sale

Hello Everyone!

Well, I just reached a fairly big milestone over on Instagram, 50,000 followers! I don't usually go in for celebrating these things but it has made me think about just how important Instagram has been in my creative life. 

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Without a platform to share my work and connect with others I am not sure that I would have kept turning up regularly to paint.

The encouragement to keep creating, to not be afraid to mess up and to embrace every opportunity to learn ... set me on a path that I could never have predicted. 

Through Instagram I forged connections, built an unwavering commitment to my craft and grew a profile that enabled me to leave my office job and make a living as an artist. I am so very grateful! 

To celebrate and say thank you, I am running a sale on my online classes

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Use code THANKYOU at checkout to receive 20% off The Melting Pot and/or Flourish and Flow. Offer ends 5pm, 18 July 2018, ACST! ⠀

 

How to Press Autumn Leaves

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Yesterday I went to Stirling in the Adelaide Hills to gather inspiration for my next online class and I was reminded yet again that nature does it best!

The hills were alive with Autumn colour! 

I couldn't resist crunching through the leaves and collecting beautiful specimens to bring home. With my arms full of leaves, I knew that I needed to preserve them in some way but I didn't have the patience to press the leaves under heavy books like I used to do when I was a child. I wondered if there was another way? Google to the rescue! A quick search (thank you WikiHow) and I discovered that you can press leaves in the microwave! Who knew? 

I placed each leaf between two sheets of kitchen towel, popped a baking dish on top to help hold it flat and microwaved for 30 seconds to 1 minute. So simple and effective. 

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As the pile of pressed leaves grew, my crafty side went into overdrive thinking about all the things that I could do with them although honestly they look great just as they are in a basket on my coffee table!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Melting Pot of Mixed Media Goodness

UPDATE to post 30/04/2018 - coupon code for class, extended until 1 May 2018, see below for details. 

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When it comes to adding energy and life into your paintings, mark making is your friend! It's the little details that make a difference. With marks you can infuse personality into your work, express emotions and tell your story in your own unique way. 

A painting rich in marks, keeps the viewer interested. Have you ever seen a painting and felt completely captivated, like you could look at it again and again and always discover something new.? That's the magic of mark-making!

And there are so many ways to make your mark. Big loose brush-strokes, delicate pen-work, playful scribbles, bold lines, repetitive patterns ..... 

In my new online mini class, The Melting Pot, we playfully explore different ways of mark making using a variety of mixed media supplies. Watercolour, ink, pastels, pens, pencil, acrylic paint. It's a melting pot of mixed media goodness. 

We also look at how one painting can become an incredible idea generator. Inspiring new trains of thought and ultimately new paintings! 

If you haven't seen the promotional video, you can see it here: 

The early-bird 25% off discount is available until 1 May 2018, 5pm ACST. Use coupon code ARTJOY at check-out to make this mini course super affordable - 26.25 USD / 34.65 AUD. 

 

Behind The Scenes - Filming an Online Class

Today's post is a guest post from Richie of Reel Social Media. Richie provides an insight into the behind the scenes angst and excitement of filming my first online art class, 'The Melting Pot'

That’s the beauty of ART,
it’s the unexpected things that happen.
— Laura Horn

All the hard work is done, all that remained now was for one artist to take a very brave step and put herself out there, out into the world of internet teaching. 

Laura had a vision, she knew exactly how she wanted to paint,  but she did not know how to articulate how this process begins let alone how it continues to grow, change and evolve into a finished piece. This was a process that normally took place in a very quiet, private, home studio where no explanation was needed, it was stress free and simple............................. Until now.

Now Laura had to try and convey not only what the process entailed, but how she felt while she painted. For a quietly spoken and shy person it was challenging for both of us to come up with a way we could film the process without disrupting the creative energy required to complete a piece of art. So we sat down and had a cup of tea. (I had a tim-tam or two).

We planned and planned and planned, nothing seemed to flow, we spoke about direction, location, lighting, camera angles, audio and on and on we planned, still nothing gelled, it still felt contrived (which it is) but we want it to be natural, organic and beautifully simple. 

We set up and started and about 5 minutes in we stopped and tore up the script (not literally, we did not have a script). I asked her to trust me, she was unsure as this is a very emotional and personal project. It had to be perfect. I asked her to trust me and she did, I told her to do what she does best, PAINT. I removed all pressure of getting the shot and we threw PERFECT out the window. I told her my video was going to be a MELTING POT just like her painting and we will allow the unsuspected to happen. 

I decided to flip the shot order on its head. Laura could not see how this would work and even when I explained it to her she was still unsure but she trusted me, something she would only do once. (Don't mess this up Richie).

So I did something so simple and so right that we missed it in the planning stage. I told her to PAINT. Don't think about the introduction, don't think about the layers, don't think about the art supplies and the techniques, just PAINT. 

And the unexpected happened. Laura began to paint. She fell in love and it was instant. She knew I was there and the cameras where running but she was present in her painting. She began to speak simple clear words and sentences explaining what, why and how she was doing what she was doing. It was natural, unplanned and beautifully imperfect. It was ART. 

We shot all the painting's layers in one day. Then we came back and shot the intro and outro a day later. We had fallen into a trap, the trap of perfection and order. It was not until we stopped striving for perfection and decided to shoot in any order we liked it lifted the pressure to be something or someone she was not. She became what she already was, she was Laura Horn, she just happens to be an amazing artist.

To find out more about The Melting Pot click here. The earlybird disount of 25% off the full price is available until 30 April 2018. Use the coupon code ARTLOVE at checkout. Class starts on 1 May 2018. I hope to see you in the classroom!