Color Crush Creative Palette 33: Under One Sky

And hello bright and happy colors! I love the inspiring images in our color palette today and they reminded me of how we are all connected, hence the name Under One Sky. I hope you have a chance to create something inspiring and connect with the Color Crush Community by sharing your work and sharing how this palette inspires you.

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I hope you find the colors easy this week. Red, yellow, orange, teal with white, teal and payne's gray or prussian blue with a touch of white. Easy peasy. Don't forget to give your work breathing space with white, a range of contrasting values (lights and darks) makes for a more interesting painting! Here's a bit of work from my upcoming class Queen of Hearts:

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Workshop: Queen of Hearts

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Queen of Hearts, Mixed Media Class

 "Queen of Hearts", a full day mixed media class with Kellee Wynne Studios. This technique immersive class is a way to experiment with all your creative ideas in one project. Join Kellee in creating your own inspiration deck of cards. We will be exploring extensive collage and painting techniques on a small scale by focusing on a deck of cards as our foundation and using motivational words and quotes to give our creative selves a boost for 2018. We will start with playing with paint on a deck of cards, learning how to add texture, color and composition to collage images, add hand drawn details and learn a few new painting tricks that you can apply to future projects. We will finish with painting a paper mache book box to store all our art cards in. 

CURRENT SCHEDULE FOR QUEEN OF HEARTS:

February 11th in Savage, Md at The Queen's Ink  RESERVE MY SEAT

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Workshop: Timeless Arches

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Timeless Arches, Mixed Media Workshop

 Timeless Arches, a full day mixed media class. Come create projects that will transport you back to a romantic period of time with classic architecture and vintage women. Learn how to create interesting layers of texture in your artwork with paint, paper, mark making and classic line drawing. No worries if you’re not a drawer, we will have architecture templates to make the results effortless. Complete the work with a touch of gold to really make it stand out. We will finish several pieces on beautiful kraft colored print makers paper in varying sizes and one finished painting on 11x14 cradled board, ready to hang!

Current Schedule for Timeless Arches:

 January 13, 2018 in Savage, MD at The Queen's Ink  RESERVE MY SEAT

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Color Crush Creative Palette 32: Letters Home

I've missed you! Did you miss your weekly color palettes? I am so ready to get into the swing of things again and bring you more inspiration and information in 2018 than ever before. I am motivated and looking forward to an ACTION packed year (that's my word of the year!)

Now on to our subtle but scrumptious color palette - Letters Home. It's a muted palette perfect for the softness of the cold winter days up north or the sun bleached days down south, either way, it's up to you to incorporate all or some of these colors into your own artwork. I especially love the chosen inspiration images because of the use of papers and other textiles. How could you be inspired to try something new?

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Dedicate Time for Your Art, Painting With Michelle Heslop

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INRODUCING MICHELLE HESLOP OF @MICHELLEHESLOP

It should come as no surprise that Michelle Heslop uses a lot of water when she paints because her home’s location is just a short walk from the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, Canada. Her recent watercolor and pen work explore the mutable abstract landscapes of the seaside. Michelle says she is always learning and growing but if she had to distill everything she's learned about painting into one sentence it would be to paint when you feel like there really is no time.

 

 In an overly connected technological world, I long to create a place for myself and for others to rest and let their creative minds wander.
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TAKE A LOOK AT MICHELLE'S ART PROCESS

Michelle has always had a strong connection to the natural world that began as a toddler growing up in the country on the prairies. She was the quintessential country kid running and playing outside, even in 30 degrees below freezing. Now she attempts to capture organic forms, lines and textures that invite ease and contemplation for the viewer. Michelle says, "In an overly connected technological world, I long to create a place for myself and for others to rest and let your creative mind wander."

Characterized by layers of vivid colors and natural shapes stitched together with meticulous mark making, each piece represents a dialogue of interconnectedness. Driven by an intense desire to connect with people, nature and my own passions, Michelle seeks to explore this fascination by painting not only painting what she sees but what she feels when she's deeply connected. 

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A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MICHELLE HESLOP:

  1. Michelle Heslop didn't start painting consistently until she was 40 years old. After her two children were born something magical occurred, a creative urge she'd always had was intensified and she needed to create.
  2. A couple of blocks from the Salish Sea, Michelle can look across at the Olympic Mountains in the US. She lives in a 100-year-old house with her husband and two kids where she's waving over to her US art friends...hello!!!
  3. Michelle took break dancing in the 1980's and she wishes she could have continued. Hip-hop has always been on her playlist and now she wants to dance like her daughter. She learn from her every day!
  4. Spending most of her earlier days studying and travelling the world surfing and exploring, Michelle didn't have children until her mid-thirties. Her values today are deeply rooted in those simple days of freedom where the daily priorities were waves and where to get a good Kopi susu.
  5. Besides painting, being on the water is Michelle's happy place. She traded in her surfboard for a paddle board that fits the entire family (it's like a raft!) but her goal is to surf the tropics beside her sweetie again in the near future.

Learn more about Michelle Heslop on her website: michelleheslop.com

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YOUR TURN: Stick With it

Get the paints out and see what you can create in 10-20 minutes. And then carve out YOUR time to paint. Put yourself on the calendar if you have to and paint every single day. Even when you think that what you're making is terrible, keep painting. For every few unsuccessful pieces, a beauty will emerge or even a line or a color combination. Even if you hate it in the moment, give it another chance the next day and build on it. Somehow fresh eyes make all the difference.

Stick with one medium for a while, play with it on different surfaces, different color combinations, different brands...exhaust it completely before moving on. Ignore the constant pull to jump around, change mediums and buy new supplies every weekend. Time will come to try all the different mediums but staying with one for a time will allow you to find your voice.

Daniel Smith Extra Fine Essentials Introductory Watercolor Set,  6 tubes, 5ml

Arches Cold Press Watercolor Block, 9x12

Princeton Artist Brush Select Wave Synthetic Mop Brush, 1"


MICHELLE HESLOP ART GALLERY

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Color Crush Creative Palette 31: Joyeux

This has been the most amazing year and I can't thank you all enough for joining me in the new Color Crush Creative journey! From a spark of an idea in April to a rapidly growing community, CCC is the one thing I am most proud of this year. You bring me so much joy! I look forward to an exciting, creativity filled new year. And oh do I have some wonderful things planned for all you color loving artists! To start with....a free mini course will be available really soon, "Color Your Year 2018" will arrive early January and I cannot wait to dive into a beautiful new year with you by starting with art!

Now introducing our last palette of the year, Joyeux. Again, I have chosen non-traditional colors for the holiday season. This keeps the palette open to all those around the globe to join us in creating, even if Christmas isn't your tradition. And for everyone else, have fun mixing it up for your holiday art...or get started on something for the new year. It's all up to you!

Please help spread the word about our wonderful creative community by sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #cccpalette31 for this palette or #colorcrushcreative for any creative post and give @colorcrushcreative a shout out! Your post may have a chance to be featured on the Color Crush Creative Instagram and facebook feeds.

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MORE COLOR

These colors were right up my ally, and even though I tested them on a simple pattern design, I know they would work great for any type of painting...illustration, landscape, floral, abstract...go for it! I know I will be using this palette again this week.

I used these Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints: Prussian Blue, Phthalo Green, Violet Hue, Magenta, Cadmium Red Medium, Gold and white....I'm going to let you decipher how to use those paint colors to create the six colors of Joyeux!


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Color Crush Creative Palette 30: Fireside

I know it's the busiest time of the year. I am swamped and full of joy. And I'm still with Color Crush Creative 100%. I hope this color palette reminds you of the warm fuzzy feeling by the Fireside, sipping cocoa and hanging out with the ones you love. And I hope more than anything that you take time out for yourself to find peace in this busy time, create something and be grateful for all that has made 2017 a wonderful year!

Please help spread the word about our wonderful creative community by sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #cccpalette30 for this palette or #colorcrushcreative for any creative post and give @colorcrushcreative a shout out! Your post may have a chance to be featured on the Color Crush Creative Instagram and facebook feeds.

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More Color

Can I be honest? This color palette was a real challenge for me! The inspiration images i chose all have a delicate, almost romantic feeling to them, but them best I could pull off was a grungy, wanna-be street style painting. But it's good for me to see what all the Crushers are up against and this week, the challenge to create with this palette will be no exception.

The colors are easy to mix, though. Black is a given. A solid red like Pyrrole or Cadmium Med. will work along with white for the varying shades of pink. And Titan Buff is my go-to for the neutral. But the very light blue...I tested a few shades to get the right one. In the end I settled on a mix of Manganese Blue and a tiny bit of Payne's Gray with a whole lot of white...think 5% blue to 95% white. Go for it and tell me what you think!

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Color Crush Creative Palette 29: Feeling Festive

I couldn't help myself picking this crazy, fun palette this week! With most of the followers of Color Crush Creative being from the western half of the world, it is completely a time of holiday festivities. I'm normally very traditional when it comes to decorating this time of year, but for our global artist community, I wanted to go all out with a wild color palette that is still very celebratory of the season in style and feel. What do you think about PINK and GREEN? Throw in a touch of black and always some white and you have yourself a very expressive palette that could be used in any style of art, but also something festive. Go all out!

Please help spread the word about our wonderful creative community by sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #cccpalette29 for this palette or #colorcrushcreative for any creative post and give @colorcrushcreative a shout out! Your post may have a chance to be featured on the Color Crush Creative Instagram and facebook feeds.

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Did you know that ANY water based medium can be mixed together? You can put acrylic with watercolor or inks with graphite or gouache with craft paint...as long as it's water based, it can go together any way you want. This week, experiment with it all! Pour it all out, mix it up, play with the different mediums until you find the perfect pinks and green to make your next master piece. I just threw everything on my palette and made a mess. It was a blast to just let go. Mistakes are how you learn (you'll hear more about that in our featured blog post below!)


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Make More Mistakes, Painting with Melanie April

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INTRODUCING MELANIE APRIL OF @melanieaprilart

An illustrative watercolor artist from Sarasota, Florida, Melanie April is inspired by nature and color and creates a little moment of magic in each of her paintings. A natural born teacher, Melanie is happiest when she is sharing her knowledge with other artists and even has her own online courses for teaching beginning watercolor.

If you spend a bit of time on her blog you will find a beautiful post written about Vincent Van Gogh and the reason she fell in love with him as an artist. Read about it HERE.

Van Gogh’s genius was not achieved by an innate talent or magic - he worked. His persistence is something I think of often. He respected the ‘doing’ in art.
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TAKE A LOOK AT MELANIE'S ART PROCESS

Melanie April loves painting anything that allows watercolor to be watercolor. She loves the way it moves and flows. She says it's challenging and intriguing, but never boring. Melanie finds that the more she paints, the more she also must have meaning. So she creates intentions with all her paintings - it brings significance and a little magic to the whole process.

Melanie's advice to beginner watercolorists: "Use more water! Use more paint! I know it can be intimidating to start. Just experiment and see what you like. Get to know your paint. Let it flow and move and just fall in love with it first... MAKE MISTAKES, lots of them."

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A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MELANIE APRIL

  1. Melanie April used to have her own store where she sold gifts, art and painted furniture. She loved many things about having her own shop, but found shop-keeping drained her creativity. It's one of the many paths she took figuring out what she doesn't want to do in order to figure out what she does want to do!
  2. She is learning to crochet. It's reminding her how to be a beginner.
  3. Walking the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage by the time she turns 50 is one of Melanie April's big life goals... She has just over 5 years to prepare!
  4. Besides painting, one of her most favorite things to do is rearrange and redecorate her studio and home. Just like Melanie's art - she is inspired by color. She doesn't worry about styles or what 'goes' - if she likes it, she goes for it!
  5. Melanie April writes secret poetry. One day she says she might share it... but for now, it's just for her.

Find out more about Melanie April on her website: melanieaprilart.com

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YOUR TURN: USE LOTS OF WATER AND PAINT

There's no better way to learn than to just do it. Melanie advises not to skimp on the amount of paint and water you use when painting...use it all up because practicing and making mistakes is how you learn what works and what doesn't work.

Try this experiment - make small circles all over the paper and fill them in with water and color just like Melanie April does in her art journal. Here is a list of her favorite supplies so you can get started on your own watercolor journey!

Arches Watercolor Cold Press Paper Pad, 9 x 12, 12 Sheets

Global Art Materials Travelogue Watercolor Book, Square 8.25 x 8.25

Daniel Smith Extra Fine Essentials Introductory Watercolor, 6 tubes, 5ml

Prima Marketing Watercolor Pan Set - Odyssey

Uni-Posca Paint Marker Pen Set - Extra Fine Point Set of 12


MELANIE APRIL ART GALLERY

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Color Crush Creative Palette 28: Loud as a Peacock

Oh, I have been completely captivated by this peacock theme. One may say obsessed! After all my other peacock projects, I decided to experiment with this color palette in watercolor and it was such a blast. Wet your watercolor paper first and then watch the colors flow all over the page. I use QoR by Golden Paints because their pigment load (or saturation) is amazing. Try these colors in either watercolor or acrylic this week to achieve the look of "Loud as a Peacock".

  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cobalt Teal
  • Viridian Green
  • Green Gold
  • Payne's Grey (to mix for a darker shade, like in the eye of the feather)
  • And the best gold paint, Art Alchemy Metalique by Prima!

And if you need more inspiration and ideas, don't forget to follow my Pinterest boards, especially this one - Pinterest Board: Loud as a Peacock

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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!

Please help spread the word about our wonderful creative community by sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #cccpalette27 for this palette or #colorcrushcreative for any creative post and give @colorcrushcreative a shout out! Your post may have a chance to be featured on the Color Crush Creative Instagram and facebook feeds. Thank you for all your effort!

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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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