The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn

The Power of Letting Go Painting with Erika Wynn for Kellee Wynne Studios.jpg

INTRODUCING ERIkA WYNN OF @heartilluminate

Erika Wynn is an artist, screen printer and yoga instructor living in Michigan. She is inspired by energy, birth and all things BRIGHT & BOLD! And her daughter Violet is one of her biggest inspirations.

This spring (2018) Erika will launch her new line of screen printed clothes with her signature style and bold colors. Learn more here: www.heartilluminate.com

There was a huge stretch of time that I struggled with finding inspiration, struggled with what my style and voice looked and sounded like. These things you cannot force. I took time and space away from art to nurture myself in other ways. Now I barely have enough free time to make all the art I envision. Just a testimony to the power of letting go.
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 30.jpg

TAKE A LOOK AT ERICA'S CREATIVE PROCESS:

Erika's primary inspiration is here personal yoga practice. She loves to explore the energetic realm of movement and consciousness. She says it helps clear her mind, cultivate attention and create space for her work to come through. And Erika also loves painting with her two year old daughter, Violet. She teaches through example how to loosen up, let go and have fun!

Erica Wynn artist spotlight on Kellee Wynne Studios.jpg
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 33.jpg

A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ERIkA

  1. Erika is a lefty! She always finds solidarity in other left handed people.
  2. From Vinyasa, to prenatal and chair yoga, Erika has been teaching yoga in a wide variety of classes for the last eight years.
  3. Traveling is Erika's passion and she has been all over Europe, Canada and the US. Her first plane ride was when she was only 3 months old!
  4. Erika has been a dancer her whole life. She began ballet at the age of 4.
  5. And she swears like a sailor! Of course not in class or infront of her daughter. :)
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 40.jpg
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 38.jpg
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 34.jpg

YOUR TURN: repeating themes in bold colors

Erika's inspiration comes from repeating shapes and themes in her artwork alongside bright and bold colors.. The Ginkgo leaf is one of these objects that makes it's way into her artwork.

Try this - draw an object that sparks your interest and use the same idea ten different ways. How many works of art can you create with just one simple design concept? Start with a sketch and then draw the outline on your canvas with a watercolor pen (if you don't like what you draw you can wipe it off). Use a sharpie to draw a bold outline and then fill in the details with bright paint.

Erika's Favorite Supplies:

Black Sharpie Pens

Watercolor Markers

Gold Leaf Set

Golden Heavy Body Paints

The Power of Letting Go,  Painting with Erika Wynn 37.jpg

ERIKA WYNN ART GALLERY

The Power of Letting Go,  Painting with Erika Wynn 23.jpg
The Power of Letting Go,  Painting with Erika Wynn 35.jpg
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 8.jpg
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 32.jpg
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 25.jpg
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 6.jpg
The Power of Letting Go, Painting with Erika Wynn 15.jpg

Don't forget to sign up for "Color for Your Inbox" and get the one email you'll look forward to all week! @colorcrushcreative always delivers great tips and tricks for artists and the best color palettes to help you with your creative journey!

Color Crush Creative Palette 40: Garden Room

Who is ready for spring? I need green and growing and bright sunny days, especially after our freak March snowstorm covering most of the Northeast. My solution is to grow as much as possible in my home and because of that I have dubbed my dining room as my new garden room. You can do that right?

Enjoy playing with our 40th palette with the lush greens and perfectly contrasting peaches! And in two weeks Color My Life begins. It's a free ecourse and I highly suggest you sign up now. You'll find the link in the current events section down below. Also, don't forget to schedule some time to come paint with me, new workshops are being added regularly.

Please show love to others who are sharing their work by taking a moment to leave comments and encouraging words to those who use our hashtags. Use #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post and #cccpalette40 for this week's color combination. And don't forget to tag @colorcrushcreative on your posts. Spread the love - the smallest gesture can mean a lot!

Color Crush Creative Palette 40, Kellee Wynne Studios, Garden Room.jpg

I know what you are all really waiting for today...sign up for Color My Life 2018 starts now! This is a FREE online art course focusing on...you guessed it - COLOR! Beginning April 6th you will have all access to Color My Life, a complete two week introduction to color, paint and play. There's no obligation, just a whole lot of fun with a vibrant art community. What are you waiting for, your life deserves color!  TAKE ME TO THE FREE ECOURSE


Hey artists! Sign up for "Color for Your Inbox" and get the one email you'll look forward to all week! @colorcrushcreative always delivers great tips and tricks for artists and the best color palettes to help you with your creative journey!

Color Crush Creative Palette 39: Happy Dance

The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement for me! So may new opportunities and projects are happening that I am doing a "Happy Dance"!! My upcoming art classes at Queen's Ink are filling up and I can't wait to teach my new True Colors painting program. On the horizon - additional new in-person workshops, including traveling locations in 2019. A huge art exhibit in April showing 40+ of my paintings in Annapolis. And finally - new online format for learning all about color and painting coming this spring! I have a lot of reasons to do a Happy Dance, and that is the name of the new palette.

Last week I hit publish on a new color mixing and painting video and everyone seemed to love it. thank you for the great response! Here's the link if you haven't had a chance to see it yet: PLAY VIDEO

Please show love to others who are sharing their work by taking a moment to leave comments and encouraging words to those who use our hashtags. Use #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post and #cccpalette39for this week's color combination. And don't forget to tag @colorcrushcreative on your posts. Spread the love - the smallest gesture can mean a lot!

Color Crush Creative Palette 39, Kellee Wynne Studios, Happy Dance.jpg

More Color

On first impact, Happy Dance is an overload of joyous color. I love how the palette came together in theory...but in reality I am finally seeing the biggest pitfall that artists have faced while creating with Color Crush Creative palettes over the last year. Over saturation. Here's my discovery as I worked out the mixing and then turned to paint with the newly whipped up colors - using only six colors is usually hindering the ability to create a balanced, eye pleasing painting. With exception to illustrative artwork, I can see that if you LITERALLY use just the six colors your work will be problematic. Here are a few reasons why I see it happening:

  • Not enough range of value (lights and darks)
  • No variation in intensity (saturated vs. muted)
  • Not enough white space (a place for the eye to rest)
  • Lack of personal expression....

Let me explain the last one. You do not have to take only the six given colors and ignore your intuition. Look again at the inspiration images for any palette over the last 39 palettes and you will see plenty of variation withing the given color palettes. The goal is to be inspired by the colors and let them be the overall dominant pattern, but to create a variance and rhythm all of your own.

Honestly, I am not pleased with the painting I created in this photo. But I wanted to show you what I mean by over saturation - or more importantly, not having a value range. The sky is light but the rest of the colors are very similar in value and intensity. I love rich colors, but I know that it's better to compliment them with some subdued hues to make them pop. I will explore this palette more and see what I can share with you next week.

Try these colors for mixing (and keep mixing to find the right ratios) - Quinacridone Magenta and Phthalo Blue with some white for ALL the shades of purple. Yellow and red and white for the pale orange. Phthalo green with white or Teal with a little yellow and white for the green. Good Luck!

Kellee Wynne Studios Color Crush Creative palette 39, Happy Dance.jpg

Hey artists! Sign up for "Color for Your Inbox" and get the one email you'll look forward to all week! @colorcrushcreative always delivers great tips and tricks for artists and the best color palettes to help you with your creative journey!

Workshop: Technique Tsunami

Technique Tsunami Mixed Media Workshop Day 2 with Kellee Wynne Studios 7.jpg

TECHNIQUE TSUNAMI - MIXED MEDIA DECONSTRUCTED

This two day event will open a floodgate of exciting new methods for creating mixed media abstract artwork. Join Kellee Wynne as she shares all the secrets to her layered method of acrylic painting on paper. From spray paint to collage and mark making to stencils, this class has it all, including foundation work in color, composition and design. We will learn how to turn your play into a completed work of art. Everything you learn in Technique Tsunami can stand on its own to create new paintings, add new ideas to your personal artwork or bring new life to your personal art journal. Don’t get bogged down in your old routine, let’s shake things up with paint, paper and play!

 

Sign up for either class or both, you’ll get a complete but different lesson each day.

 

In both classes we will learn:

  • First marks - deciding how to start your painting.

  • Learn the elements of visual language.

  • Picking colors and mixing them with confidence.

  • Learn how to use layer upon layers of glowing transparent paint.

  • How to work out tricky compositions.

  • What to do when everything goes wrong.

  • Evaluate your own work and put the final touches on your painting.

 

Day 1:

  • Create organic, loose shapes inspired by nature.

  • Watch paint drip, run and flow with a spray bottle, rubbing alcohol and high flow mediums.

  • Learn new ways to add texture to your work with heavy body mediums.

  • Play with graphite and charcoal and soft pastel to make your mark.

  • Scrape, scratch, scumble and spray wet paint for altered effects.

  • Add touches of oil pastel, water soluble crayon and more.

  • Use multiple stencils and mark making tools all on one painting successfully.

 

Day 2:

  • Inspiration from unexpected places - peeling paint, old signs, rust and history of time revealing itself

  • Learn how to boldly use collage on your work or subtly hide it in paint to reveal new layers

  • Play with Tar Gel medium to make your own collage papers

  • Use spray paint as a resist or to make bold marks.

  • Use up old supplies like leftover alphabets, rub-ons, chipboard and more

  • Experiment with different types of paint pens and markers.

  • Turn typeface or even your handwriting into another visual element of your artworK

CURRENT SCHEDULE FOR TECHNIQUE TSUNAMI

JUNE 9TH AND 10TH, 2018 10:30-5:30 AT THE QUEENS INK IN SAVAGE, MARYLAND NOTIFY ME WHEN TICKETS GO ON SALE

Technique Tsunami Mixed Media Workshop Day 1 with Kellee Wynne Studios 5.jpg

Unable to make it to this workshop, missed the date or want to know about future workshops with Kellee Wynne Studios? Sign up for the workshop notification email list:

 

Do you see a class that you wish you could take but live too far away? Kellee Wynne Studios travels! Please contact Kellee at hello@kelleewynnestudios if you would like to propose a destination workshop!

Color Crush Creative Palette 38: Treat Yourself

Maybe what makes this community genuine is that we are all real people, with real lives and just trying to connect in a real genuine way. That's me, just a real person behind the screen! I'm a mom to three redheaded boys, wife to a pretty cool guy (who still doesn't understand the art career, lol), homemaker, friend, social media addict, sharer, writer, reader, traveler, Netflix fan, plant lover, new yogi, art teacher and full-time artist. Whew!

As you have all been encouraging me to go easy on myself, I want to let you know that I'm ok with the palette getting to you late, and I hope you are as well. So, with that in mind, you can see why I decided to name this week's palette "Treat Yourself" because, dear artists, we really need to be good to ourselves so that our creativity can flow and we can make the world a better, more beautiful place.

Please show love to others who are sharing their work by taking a moment to leave comments and encouraging words to those who use our hashtags. Use #colorcrushcreative for any colorful post and #cccpalette38 for this week's color combination. And don't forget to tag @colorcrushcreative on your posts. Spread the love - the smallest gesture can mean a lot!

Color Crush Creative Palette 38, Kellee Wynne Studios, Treat Yourself.jpg

Alas, I did not take time to play this week with the palette (you know, taking a breather!). But I have an idea of a few colors you could use a jumping off spot to mix up your own magic. It will take practice in mixing. the more you do it the better you will get. Try these in any medium (and remember that acrylic dries darker):

  • Payne's Grey mixed with white for the blue-grey
  • Teal and a bit of Cadmium Yellow light (or Hansa or any lemony yellow) with a whole lot of white to make a nice minty green
  • A tiny bit of Payne's grey with mostly white for the light grey
  • Orange with white or any yellow with a dab of red plus a lot of white.
  • Cadmium or Hansa Yellow light
  • Yellow Ochre

Hey artists! Sign up for "Color for Your Inbox" and get the one email you'll look forward to all week! @colorcrushcreative always delivers great tips and tricks for artists and the best color palettes to help you with your creative journey!

We are All Creative Beings, Painting With Kara Aina

We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 1.jpg

INTRODUCING KARA AINA OF @KARA.AINA.ART

Kara Aina went to art school earning a BFA in Intaglio and Lithography. Afterwards she focused on her family and career as an art teacher and did not prioritize her own art. She often told herself that it wasn’t her “season” to devote time to her art and that it felt “selfish” to deprive her family of the time and resources it would take for her to pursue it. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Through a series of events Kara realized that she was not doing anything to replenish herself. She came to the realization that prioritizing art was essential to her well-being and happiness and thus, that of her family as well.

I realized that I needed to carve out time for my art because that nobody was going to give me permission or carve it out for me.
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 29.jpg

TAKE A LOOK AT KARA'S ART PROCESS:

When meeting even the minimum amount of time for daily creative outlet, Kara finds that she can still be pleased because it means that she is still progressing towards something that she is so passionate about and that refuels her. For Kara, creativity is the ability to gather multiple elements (inspiration, mediums, images, sounds, etc.) and create something that wasn’t there before. Often it involves being vulnerable and it takes bravery to create elements that are meaningful, make sense of the world around us or transcend traditional ideas or rules. Creativity also takes patience, commitment and perseverance.

Kara says, "I strongly believe that we are all creative creatures in one way or another. I don’t think we can ever be the truest version of ourselves if we don’t carve out time for our creativity."

We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative.jpg
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 4.jpg

A FEW FUN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT KARA AINA:

  1. Kara is not only a mother to 4 sons (ages 17, 14, 12 and 10) but a full time art teacher to nearly 600 students grades 1-8!
  2. While Kara and her husband were dating they went swing dancing several nights a week and at their wedding reception they performed a swing number for our guests.
  3. Hailing from Eastern Canada, Kara was enrolled in French Immersion classes from 1st-12th grade. This began her multilingual journey. She also took Spanish in High School and at University, lived in Japan for nearly 2 years and learned Japanese and Portuguese while she was there.
  4. Kara moved to the US when she married her husband in 1999, but because all her family still lives in Canada it has taken her longer to make the decision to become a US citizen than anticipated. As much as she loves the US, she also loves Canada and is grateful for the freedoms and opportunities that they have both provided her.
  5. Besides painting, Kara loves to garden, sew, run and hike, go on road trips with her family, watch movies with her husband, travel with her sisters.
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 2.jpg
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 17.jpg
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 6.jpg

YOUR TURN: LET IT FLOW

Kara's inspiration comes from connections and interactions with nature, shapes, patterns and colors from the world around her. Each mark is a gesture of those elements as she allows the watercolor paint to flow onto her paper.

Try this - get a really large sheet of watercolor paper and let the paint flow off your brush in grand gestures and small marks until the whole page is filled with colorful energy. Don't overthink the process, just go with the flow!

Kara's Favorite Supplies:

Schmincke Horadam Aquarelle half-pan paint set, metal tin with 12 colors

Princeton Heritage, Golden Taklon for Watercolor and Acrylic, Synthetic Sable, Professional Series Set

Arches Watercolor block, 140lb./300 gsm, cold press, 12x16

Tombow Mono Drawing Pen Set, 3 pack

Uni-ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen

We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 15.jpg

Kara Aina Art Gallery:

We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 5.jpg
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 14.jpg
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 16.jpg
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 23.jpg
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 9.jpg
We are All Creative Beings, Painting with Kara  Aina for Kellee Wynne Studios and Color Crush Creative 27.jpg

Don't forget to sign up for "Color for Your Inbox" and get the one email you'll look forward to all week! @colorcrushcreative always delivers great tips and tricks for artists and the best color palettes to help you with your creative journey!

Workshop: True Colors Series

True Colors Acrylic Painting workshop, abstract floral, seascapes and modern landscape Painting class with Kellee Wynne Studios.jpg

TRUE COLORS PAINTING WORKSHOP SERIES

Introducing “True Colors”, a new series of painting courses designed by Kellee Wynne Studios to help any artist learn the foundation of acrylic painting while still having fun. Let’s build confidence while finding your true style in an easy, relaxed setting. By painting in an abstract manner, you can approach the canvas with the confidence of knowing that anything goes when you’re creating loose and free. 

“Abstract Floral Painting” is the first class in the 3 part series that is perfect for artists at any level, from beginner to experienced.. Each class is a stand alone class and will have individualized, thorough instructions. Take one class or take all three to dive deeper into your art practice through acrylic painting. Other classes offered: Mini Seascape Painting and Modern Landscape Painting

What we will learn in the True Colors Painting series:

  • Which paints and mediums to use in acrylic painting.
  • How to choose and mix colors.
  • The best ways to start a painting.
  • What makes a good composition.
  • Techniques to build layers of paint with luminous results.
  • How to add texture to make the painting pop.
  • Discover the best way to make mixed media work for you.
  • When to finish a painting and make your final mark.
  • Learn how to analyze your own artwork. 

 

CURRENT SCHEDULE FOR TRUE COLORS:

ABSTRACT FLORALS: March 17TH, 2018, 10:30 - 5:30 at The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland RESERVE MY SPOT NOW

MINI SEASCAPES: May 12th 10:30 - 5:30 at The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland RESERVE MY SPOT NOW

MODERN LANDSCAPE: July 14TH, 2018, 10:30 - 5:30 at The Queen's Ink in Savage Maryland rESERVE MY SPOT NOW

Kellee Wynne Studios True Colors Acrylic Painting  - Abstract Florals workshop 9.jpg

Unable to make it to this workshop, missed the date or want to know about future workshops with Kellee Wynne Studios? Sign up for the workshop notification email list:

Do you see a class that you wish you could take but live too far away? Kellee Wynne Studios travels! Please contact Kellee at hello@kelleewynnestudios if you would like to propose a destination workshop!

Color Crush Creative Palette 37: Cross My Heart

You have my heart! All you Crushers taking a risk and sharing your art and putting your heart on the line to share a piece of yourself. It takes courage every day, no matter how long you've been doing this or how many times you've shared your work. So I commend you and I honor the fact that you have joined me on this journey through Color Crush Creative. I truly love this calling and I am in it with all my heart. So this week we are going just plain heart crazy! Paint, doodle, cut, paste, big, small, simple, elaborate, colorful or muted...anything goes, just show me your hearts!

And please, please, show love to others who are sharing their work by taking a moment to leave comments and encouraging words to those who use our hashtags. (#colorcrushcreative & #cccpalette37) And don't forget to tag @colorcrushcreative on your heart posts. Spread the love this week - the smallest gesture can mean a lot!

Color Crush Creative Palette 37, Kellee Wynne Studios, Cross My Heart.jpg

Here's a quick little project for you. I used up some leftover paint from another project on some inexpensive sheets of watercolor paper. Start with a dark color, like indigo or purple and then layer a thick, bright color on top. While the paint is still wet, use the back end of your brush to scratch into the paint. This allows the under layer to show through and makes a great texture. Allow it to dry completely and then cut out hearts. Voila! But remember - there are no color restrictions or rules to follow this week except to make lots of hearts - anyway you wish!

More Color Palette practice, Cross my Heart 37 Kellee Wynne Studios for Color Crush Creative 3.jpg

Hey artists! Sign up for "Color for Your Inbox" and get the one email you'll look forward to all week! @colorcrushcreative always delivers great tips and tricks for artists and the best color palettes to help you with your creative journey!

Color Crush Creative Palette 36: Perfect Day

It's the Perfect Day! Of course, I believe every day is the perfect day if you make up your mind to do so. Today is a little more special for me, though, because it is the 20th anniversary of the day I met my husband. Twenty freaking long years! It's hard to believe, but I'm so happy to have him as my partner for life. There are a few things I've learned about how to have the BEST DAY EVER and it all comes from how you look at life. I wrote down my ideas on this a few years ago and recently shared it in THIS blog post. Might be the boost you are looking for?

I hope you enjoy these (almost springtime) happy colors this week. Read below in "More Color" if you need extra help in color mixing. Please help spread the word about our wonderful creative community by sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #cccpalette36 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.

Color Crush Creative Palette 36, Kellee Wynne Studios, Perfect Day.jpg

Sometimes mixing the palette can be a little more tricky than other times. I'm going to try to help guide you through my process in deciphering which colors to use to get the right mix but I hope this plants a seed in you to start visualizing the colors and how to achieve the right hue. It takes practice, but the mor eyou do it, the closer you'll come to being a color master!

You may know by now that I am a huge Golden Acrylic paint fan girl. It's my favorite paint by a long shot. But from time to time I do use other paints. I hope if you use a different brand or different medium you can find the closest match possible to the colors I use. I try to keep with common hues. However, today I tried out using Holbein Acryla Gouache. It was a love/hate experience and I am not sure I would use them again. I also painted something new and out of my comfort zone. Here's to trying new things! But to help you along, I will use the names of common acrylic paint instead of the exotic names of these gouache paints. Here we go:

  • Cadmium red/ pyrolle red,
  • Cadmium yellow med/ Hansa yellow med
  • Green-gold,
  • Grey (or white and black),
  • Turquoise
  • Teal (or white and turquoise)
  • Lots of titanium white
  1. Dusty pink. A little bit of red and a lot of white...to "gray" it out use the tiniest dab of green-gold. The key is to use the opposite color on the color wheel if you want to tone down a color.
  2. Pale orange. Mix a bit of red with yellow (more yellow since red has a strong tint, adjust until you get the right shade, not too pink, not too yellow) and then add a dab of that to a whole lot of white. I told you you'd need a lot of white.
  3. Green - I used green-gold with just a slight bit of teal and white to shift it from being just a bit too yellow. You could use it straight from the tube, though.
  4. Slightly greenish gray and a very light tint at that. I used a light grey from the tube but you could easily mix a tiny bit of black with a lot of white. To change the color to a warmer green-gray, use a tiny, very tiny bit of green-gold. Too much and you'll know right away because it will look more yellow than gray.
  5. Teal, well, right from the bottle and you're probably fine here. Maybe a bit more white. Or a lot of white with a bit of turquoise and you'll get pretty close. Just remember this is not a baby blue, it needs to be on the green-blue spectrum.
  6. Turquoise. But very dark might mean that you should add a tiny bit of red to deepen it. Just be careful or it'' turn purple really quickly.

**Note - acrylic always dries darker than you would expect. Test out your samples and if they do not dry in the shade you were hoping for - it means you need more white. Color mixing takes time a practice, but it's worth it!


Hey artists! Sign up for "Color for Your Inbox" and get the one email you'll look forward to all week! @colorcrushcreative always delivers great tips and tricks for artists and the best color palettes to help you with your creative journey!

Rise and Art - to Support Emerging Women Artists

Rise and Art to Support Emerging Women Artists Kellee Wynne Conrad 4.jpg

Calling all emerging Wonder Women Artists! We want to help you RISE.  I have been asked to join Rise and Art - a new program designed to help emerging women artists with grant money and social media boosts. You must know by now that I am all about supporting other artists, so this is a perfect opportunity to give more. The "Lifters" (established female artists) will sell a few select pieces of art to raise money for the grant applicants and then supports them on their way to making art as a career.

YOU can help up and coming women artists by buying some art through the program. I have selected 14 works from my mini seascape series and half of each purchase will go towards the new grant program.

 
Rise and Art to Support Emerging Women Artists Kellee Wynne Conrad 1.jpg

CALLING ALL EMERGING FEMALE ARTISTS!

Are you an emerging Female artist in the United States with less than 1000 Instagram followers and a goal to make a living from your art career? This may be the right program for you! We are currently taking applications for the first round of $500 grants.

Learn more about Rise and Art on the Instagram feed @rise_and_art

Or Download the application HERE

Rise and Art to Support Emerging Women Artists Kellee Wynne Conrad.jpg
 

Color Crush Palette 35: Singing the Blues

This week I'm Singing the Blues, even if I'm in a good mood! Because this palette is all about blue - Royal Blue to be exact. This is a color stretch for me because I always turn to turquoise and other green-blues, but this week we'll go all out on the Bluest Blues. Make this color your main focus, but do add white and other pops of colors to pull it all together.

Color Crush palette 34: Crushing It!

Are you ready for another week bursting with wild color? I had to name this palette "Crushing It!" because we all are. Color Crush Creative Instagram just hit 15k followers. I am seeing more positive creatives sharing every day. We have a new game in the Color Crush Creative Club called Crush Rush! that participants can earn rewards when they play (but you never know when the game will start!). And I have so many really fun things planned for this year, like ecourses, workshops, retreats and travel, that I can hardly contain myself. Yeah, I like how 2018 is shaping up so far. Hope it's looking bright for you as well!