I recently started taking an online painting course, A Year of Painting with Alena Hennessy. I have followed her for ages, have one of her books, and just love her art. She’s had this course the past few years and I see it pop up to register and always wait too long to sign up, but this year, I finally did it and am so glad that I did! Even just one week in, I’ve learned a ton and have been experimenting with new-to-me media and things I haven’t used in years.
The first exercise is all about layering colours and different media- watercolour, acrylic, paint pen, you name it! Creating a piece around your intention for the New Year.
I watched the first lesson and was so stoked to get going, so I cranked up my fave playlist and got busy. Alena recommends creating practice pieces first, very smart, and she does 2 at a time, so I gave it go. I added some lettering by hand but wasn’t happy with it so Photoshop to the rescue! I added in new lettering, and some hearts for good measure, digitally, much better.
Then I got addicted to the process and started my “final” piece, not quite finished yet.
In the meantime, I was supposed to working on some client work this weekend but got sidetracked with some more ideas.
Society 6 just launched yoga mats, and I thought this art would make super cool yoga mats, so I went forth and made the artwork for that format- it took a lot of finessing in Photoshop, as I expected but I think it worked!
Check it out!
I’d so totally do yoga if I had this mat, lol.
And of course I added them both on all the usual goodies like mugs n’ stuff.
But wait! Several people suggested doing fabric, and I could’t resist. Figuring out the repeat was a bit of a challenge but it worked, whew! I think it would amazing printed on the Celosia Velvet for pillows, or on sateen for a pretty spring dress, or on Linen Cotton Canvas for a tote, or……!
Finally, this art will be going to my agent for potential licensing, uploading as we speak! Hopefully it finds a fun new home.
And I promise to tackle my client work next!
I have a fun new project launching shortly, just working on some examples to share. Stay tuned and thanks so much as always for supporting me and my work!