Royal Bohemian Collection

Born out of a longing of far reaching parts of the world, I introduce to you a new collection of hand painted ornaments featuring all the little luxuries of a life well lived. Inspired by the regal peacock and silk sari ribbon, the Royal Bohemian Collection is a special touch or the perfect gift for a beautiful holiday. Two styles, Karma and Pavo, are both limited edition for 2017 and when they are gone, they are gone. Collect yours now and have a small hand held work of art from the heart of Kellee Wynne Conrad.

The story of the peacock feathers...I've been saving  the feathers for almost a decade now. They came from a loud and whole unpleasant, if not beautiful, peacock that lived on the property of the home I rented in Southern Belgium. Here are excerpts from the blog posts I wrote at the time on my original blog, mylifewithmonkeys.com 

ENOUGH WITH THE PEACOCK ALREADY - April 25, 2007 - I am going on three nights of relatively no sleep all thanks to the fantastic farm animals. I told you we have cows for neighbors, but did I mention the peacocks? I can deal with the cheese factory churning all night, I understand the rooster will crow and the crack of dawn, but a peacock in my tree screaming like a hurt child at 3am is NOT acceptable! Ever since Easter morning this bird has been carrying on and now has found a comfortable spot in the tree in our yard. The boys seem to sleep through it, David claims he isn't bothered, and even my landlord, Vincent, has no issues with the howling bird. But I just can't sleep through the noise. I'm surprised I can even write a coherent sentence, you have no idea how many times I've had to spell check already. Seriously, I think I had better sleep with newborns, and you all know how terribly my newborns slept!

So, I implore you, no I beg you, please find me a solution (short of running it over with my car) to rid my yard of the peacock! I'm searching the internet and hitting all the wrong sights because I can not find an answer to my problem. I think I may just go take a nap...you'd be surprised at how quiet and serene it is here during the day! Seriously, if you loved me at all you would join my secret society A.P.P.P.L. (Anti-Peacock People for a Peaceful Life, or said like apple) and help me get rid of the peacock for good! Then when we have accomplished our main objective we'll move on to more serious issues, like how to reverse global warming, decreasing  our dependency on all petroleum based products, eliminating hydrogenated oils and MSG from our food for good, solving the dying bee issue, and then of course how to stop David from snoring (which also keeps me up at night, but not nearly as bad as the peacock!) Thank you for your time to let me rant, I promise I will fill you in on more important issues later!

KELLEE ONE, PEACOCK ZERO - May 20, 2008 - Maybe my sensibility was off, maybe I've become cold-hearted, maybe I'm the boss and not the peacock! But last night against my better judgment I released a very excitable dog on that peacock who dared to wander back into my yard! And I forgot that the gate was still open, so...
Rest assured the peacock is still alive, although he may need therapy for the rest of his life. My reward for the dog's hard work is a collection of ALL of the peacock's beautiful feathers. Lucky me. And lucky peacock that this was his mechanism for survival. This bird shoots out all his feathers when he is in danger in order to move faster, otherwise I fear Echo would have had him for dinner for sure (and I might have felt guilty). I'm betting that that maybe the last I see of the peacock in my y
ard, at least for this season!


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Color Crush Creative Palette 27: Nature Walk

This week's inspiration is my absolute favorite subject - the great outdoors! And if I do say so, I outdid myself this week with information. I hope you take time to watch my new video and read my blog post. In the meantime, let's get right to it...Nature Walk!

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More Color

As Promised and for the first time ever...I practiced my video making and editing skill with the new color palette. Take a look at how you can be inspired by nature and use unconventional materials to create your next work of art! VIEW HERE

My paint palette this week includes Golden Fluid Paints (reviewed in the video):

  • Thalo and Prussian, equal parts with a bit of white
  • Green-Gold
  • Green-Gold with white
  • Van Dyke Brown Hue with Nikel Azo Gold and some white
  • Nickel Azo Gold with white
  • Titan Buff

 


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Your Best Year 2018

About a year ago I had just about had enough of being in business for myself. Creative entrepreneurship was kicking my ass and I felt like all I was doing was spinning my wheels trying to make things work. I was chasing fireflies. Every time I got close enough to catch a dream, the light would go out and I'd be lost in the dark again. I had tried everything from curating to mentoring, from a New York City exhibit to working with interior designers, but no one thing was the answer that pushed me over the top. I had plateaued. And I was frustrated. I wanted to quit everything.

"I was chasing fireflies. Every time I got close enough to catch a dream, the light would go out and I'd be lost in the dark again."

Then I discovered Your Best Year by Lisa Jacobs. Instead of chasing dreams, I started planning them out. Instead of reaching for the next shiny object, I could analyze what worked and what didn't. Using her beautifully laid out workbook, I was able to see what was time well spent and where I was wasting energy on the things that didn't matter. It was a game changer. I finally had a guide book to help me not only set goals, but to figure out what it was that I wanted in the first place.

So I did QUIT. I quit wasting time, I quit making excuses, and I quit working on projects that did not propel me in the direction of my goals. It was like a light finally went on after all the years I had invested in my art business. Your Best Year really did that for me! From the workbook and goal planner came a clear path on what I felt compelled to paint, who my ideal customer would be, how I wanted to create a financially sustainable business, my true desire to teach artists and my passion project, Color Crush Creative.

I have continued to work with Lisa Jacobs because her advice resonates with me. She not only gets the creative entrepreneur, but she is real and oh so relate-able. Full disclosure - I am a member of Lisa Jacobs' Luminaries Club, an affiliate and I have been using and implementing all of her marketing education. But you should know something about me, I am a skeptic and I don't jump on board with the next big business guru...I stick with the one I know speaks to my heart and my common senses. That's Lisa Jacobs. Marketing Creativity is geared towards artists and makers and that's why it works for me.

I believe every artist should own Your Best Year 2018.

 The new year is right around the corner and a new edition of Your Best Year is ready for download. I can't recommend it enough. It's affordable, inspirational, well thought out and you don't have to wait. You can start Your Best Year now...

Your Best Year 2018 includes: 

  • Prompts, goal-setting exercises, goal-prioritizing exercises and tough questions that MUST be answered in order to create results.
  • Trackers and review to help you make the most of your time with high-efficiency and focus.
  • A place to capture your wins each month, a record of review, a focus on the five pillars, a record of memorable moments, improved habit and performance trackers, a revolutionary goal-setting system, a revolutionary goal-setting worksheet, and a mix of instruction and application.
  • Refreshers on the fundamentals: what to focus on, how to make progress, how to get your goals.
  • Monthly calendar spreads.
  • Introductory chapters that will help you make the most of every season of your life.
  • Examples for every worksheet. No more guessing what an exercise means, examples follow each exercise or instruction.
  • Instructions on how to use this workbook.
  • Decision-making tools that will launch you into the leader’s circle.
  • Vision for success worksheets and creative prompts.
  • Fear-naming exercises and helpful insight.
  • Motivational worksheets to keep your engine running and your creative juices flowing all year long.
  • Monthly tracking tools, weekly reviews, unfinished business eliminators, daily scorecards, and more!

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Color Crush Creative Palette 26: Kindred Spirit

After a fun getaway to Raleigh, NC for a workshop by Robert Burridge, I feel energized, excited, and ready to bring you more of what you've been looking for in your creative life. I believe in continuing education as an artist no matter what your level or experience... and learning from Bob had been on my bucket list for a long time. Take a look at this RECAP of the workshop. Expect to hear more in the coming weeks, plus how this trip has inspired me to develop the right programs for Color Crush Creative. So much good stuff coming for you CRUSHERS!

Now, on with the new palette (finally!). Obviously inspired by the land and nature, Kindred Spirit is all about that which ties us together. The colors are both a balance of warm and cool. I hope you find joy and comfort in these colors and make time for yourself. When you create you connect with all the other kindred spirits that are creating as well. Please share on Instagram using the hashtag #cccpalette26 and tag @colorcrushcreative!

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Color Crush Creative Palette 25: Pacific Northwest

Welcome to a new week of color. This may just be what you're looking for - a little comfort and coziness. Or as the Danish call it, hygge (pronounced hue-gah). It's the word of the year and I think it's a perfect description for this week's palette. These colors remind me of one of my favorite places on Earth, the Pacific Northwest. Fog and water and green mountains and fresh produce and rain and family...and hygge.

Art Book Love

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I'm a hoarder of books. I believe that you can never have too many and continuing education, especially art education, is essential to staying current, growing and learning what you need to be successful at doing what you love. I average about one new book a week. Some really give me the kick I need and others are duds. I take what I can from all of them and then form my own opinions and plan of action for what I want to accomplish. Sometimes i need help with business and other times I'm searching for new techniques or important fundamentals of painting. In either case, I have listed the books I've the loved the most over the last couple years. Maybe one of these will be just the thing you need to boost your creativity?


Favorite Inspiration or Business Art Books

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An absolute MUST for color lovers. Probably the most thorough and well explained book on color theory and mixing that I've seen. 

Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors by Betty Edwards

 
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Color Crush Creative Palette 24: Autumn Harvest

It's that time of year in North America where everything turns to pumpkin spice! It's finally cooling off outside and the leaves are firing up. This palette is perfect for mid-October. I don't have much to say to introduce you to this beautiful palette, except that I hope you put your heart into it. Do it for the process. Do it for yourself. I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of great art this week on the @colorcrushcreative Instagram account.

Color Crush Creative Palette 23: Celebration

I'm so excited for this week because it's about to happen!! We are about to hit 10,000 followers on Instagram! So it's time for a celebration....a celebration of you and all that you do to help grown the community and grow your art practice. I am so grateful for this opportunity to share and interact with you on a daily basis. I am happy to provide creative ideas and helpful information for all the new and seasoned artists out there. I hope this journey has been a fun one for you as well.

Color Crush Creative Palette 22: Simple Pleasures

Are you ready to indulge in a few of your favorite things? That's where my heart is at this week while featuring my absolute favorite color: TEAL. Sometimes when life feels a bit overwhelming or the struggle gets a bit more than I can take, I fall back to Simple Pleasures. It's in the small things that gratitude grows big and life feels a bit more beautiful.

Color Crush Creative Palette 21: Global Market

Hello artists from all over the world! Our little community is spreading and more people are joining daily, but I still feel like we are creating a close network of friends all over the globe. Just for fun, this week let's imagine we can all get together for an adventure at the souk, bazaar, brocante. mercato, farmer's market, swap meet or whatever you might call your local street market. We'll find treasures, laugh like old friends and grab lunch. And maybe if you'd like we can all pull out our sketchbooks and draw together. Ahhh, in my wildest dreams. But in the meantime, let's meet on Instagram @colorcrushcreative and share a bit of ourselves from all over the world!

Color Crush Creative Palette 20: Overgrown

The seasons are changing for those in the northern and southern hemisphere; it's a time associated with all things growing. So, whether you're sowing your seeds or harvesting your crops, this week will be a time to relish in the gift that the earth has given us!

I want to share quote with you from Satish Kumar, a former student of Ghandi's, that I found in Happinez Magazine. It's what inspired my desire to focus on all things from the soil this week in our color palette:

No Room For Fear with Artist Gretchen Warsen

An experimental abstract artist from Massachusetts, Gretchen Warsen takes risks by playing on the revolutionary Yupo paper. Something she has learned over the past two years from listening to artist interviews, and also through her own practice is that the best way to stay inspired and motivated to make art is to just keep making it! It's easier said than done, but even with the pieces that she can tell are headed for the “not-so-good pile,” there is still something she can take away for the next piece—some little hint of an idea or a new technique that can be carried over.