The Everyday Life of a Working Artist

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Italy ... Here we come agin!

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The boys and I are leaving for Italy today. We were there four years ago and I am so excited that we are going to discover new places and enjoy Italy again! We will be in Florence, Tuscany, Turin, Barolo and the Italian Riviera. 
Throughout out Italy trip I will be posting photos on my Facebook page. Please feel free to paint them! You can paint all of them or one of them. It's up to you. And you can use oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, mixed media or whatever you want. Just have fun!
When you are done with a painting, feel free to post them on my blog here. (Be sure to include the link to the place on your website where they are for sale!). I can't wait to see all of your paintings from Italy. 
Ciao! 
Leslie

Check out my upcoming palette knife painting workshops.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Join me in 2014!

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I am so excited to announce my workshop schedule for 2014. I have six new “Paint Together and Stay Together” workshops which will be held at our new beach house in Ventura, CA. Eight students will stay at the beach house (and yes, you get your own bed!) and an additional four can attend the workshop who don’t need accommodations.  (Please note, you will select your bed type based on the order in which you register. So don't wait too long.) We’ll paint during the day (in studio and plein air) and then cook an incredible meal and talk about our lives, art and who knows what else!  During this time you will rediscover your passion for art, learn the basics pertaining to values and colors and master the techniques of painting with a palette knife! Plus we’ll have lots of chances to get to know each other, share ideas and get all of those questions about your art answered!

I am also traveling in the mid-west and south for three workshops and teaching in the Carriage House in South Pasadena as well.


This year all of my workshops will include a one-on-one marketing consultation. As part of the workshop, each student will meet with me individually to discuss their on-line marketing efforts with a website or blog. 


Sign up now on-line and secure your spot.


Click here for the 2014 schedule. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Relaxing on the Beach

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"Relaxing on the Beach"
Oil, 12" x 12" 
Click here to view and purchase.

Today was a wonderful full day in the studio with some wonderful artists! We painted boats (I know, shocking ...) and we had fun painting them on the beach instead in the water for a change. I finally remembered to take photos while I was creating my painting. So here are the steps!





Of course the finished painting is posted above.

I have a new project I will be working on these next few months. We bought a beach house in Ventura, Ca and I am in charge of the entire remodeling project. When the remodel is complete I will be hosting "paint together and stay together" workshops at the beach cottage. Also, we will be renting the house part time as a weekly vacation rental. I have created a blog that is a journal of my experiences with the remodel. Of course right now there are only the "before pictures" posted. Hopefully I will have some of the "after photos" posted in August! You can follow the blog here

Check out my upcoming palette knife painting workshops. My workshop schedule for 2014 will be announced on July 22, 2013.

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