Friday, March 27, 2015

art of spring...open house week


Open House Saturday

Welcome!  

Come on in.  But, leave your shoes on, 
we are headed out...

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Art of Spring: pink cheeks & mud puddles


Our silly & joy filled springtime workshop is almost ready, 
want a sneak peek?




In all of the planning for our *springtime open house*, I have made sure to set out extra jackets, hats and scarves.  Grab what you need, it is still a bit chilly and you will want to be warm.  


Are you ready?  Bundled up?  We are taking a short walk to the outdoor studio. 





Come on in the gate...say hello to the ewes.  
This is what a springtime "welcome to our adventure" is like~
Jump into class with us - we are just getting started this week!

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I hope you will forgive my sheepy addiction, hopeless lamb love affair, woolly affection and know that my heart (and art) are ready for everything that spring has to offer.  

This upcoming month is promising abundant blooms, gifts of newness, and bringing us hopeful messages for our ready hearts.  Let's grab our sketchbooks, we don't want to miss a thing.  



While coming up with ideas, I focused closely on the *short sweet projects* that we can start and finish with ease.  How does that sound?  Like a quick dose of love & inspiration in our busy lives.   
Like a daily creative vitamin?  

Oh, yes...I like that idea.  




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Can I interest you in something delicious?  My sister has cooked up something sweet~

I just peeked in my oven and a plume of steamy scented yeast, cinnamon, cardamom, and orange zest hit me! We're going to enjoy a bit pan of fluffy and fat cinnamon rolls this morning - some plain and some studded with toasted pecans and golden raisins. The orange zest in our dough will be repeated with some zest in our icing drizzles....see how the icing melts down into all the swirls?  
Oh, these are going to be good! 
We're using up the end of the winter oranges today and juicing them into a big stoneware pitcher so you can pour your own. It's refreshingly chilled and such a perfect balance of tart and sweet!  

I have some gorgeous red and green apples that I'm cutting into thick slices and tossing into a pan with a quick knob of farm fresh butter, a  sprinkle of coarse salt, and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Not too much! I'm going to get them warm and starting to sizzle and let the edges get a bit of color before tossing them around in the pan. I want to keep these a little firm so we'll watch them closely and take a taste every once in a while! Just before these come off the stove we'll sprinkle a little nutmeg - or maybe cardamom - over the top and toss them quickly to coat....perfect. 

Our stoneware bowls will look so pretty with those fat rolls and toasty apples. Grab some juice, and a mug of coffee or tea, and lets get going on our projects that are coming up! Make sure you grab one of those flour sack towels from the stack on the table...I think our fingers will be sticky after this yummy meal!


Our scrumptious breakfast menu  |  Rhetta's Spring Table


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While we are all together, I wanted to share the friends that have agreed to take part in this little spring workshop:

Valerie Weller  
Of course I love this girl.  We all do.  You can see her bright & blooming heart through the beauty of her art.  Her sweet additions to our classroom are already making it more lively than usual, her charming rooster is a favorite already!


Rhetta McIff
My sister, my friend and my personal masterchef-foodie-extraordinaire.  Just wait to see what she is dishing up...so good in so many delicious ways!


Farm girls
Some lovely ladies of the farms - with adoring poems & stories to warm our hearts. Thank you for sharing your sweet words in our upcoming class.  xo


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friends of the farm...with their funny little bunny










Please use what you have and what you love.  If you are not sure, wait and see how they are used in the classroom.  I love using items from my own stash, don't you?

Sketchbook and mechanical pencil - the inexpensive ones are great! 


Watercolor paints of your choice, I use several varieties at a time

Watercolor or Neocolor ll in flesh color 


Mix of watercolor brushes, watch first class video for more information 


Black uni-pins - o.1, o.2 and o.3 and a black fine-point sharpie pen


White sharpie fine-point poster paint pen and uniball signo white pen


a couple of small canvases or wood blocks (cut 5" or 6" long from 2x4 wood)


Canvas or wood panel at least an 8x10 size


Watercolor paper (hot pressed 140lb).  A larger sheet or block (I use a 12x16), an 8x8 block or loose sheets (watch the in-class project videos to see what size you want to use) 


"Paper Source" cards or small smooth surface (hot pressed) watercolor paper/cards.  I love these for art journaling watercolors.  Link here.  I use the "ecowhite" cards.  They fit so nicely in an art journal, in a card, or in a frame.


Art journal of your choice (I show you many ideas in video below).  I have purchased one for spring from Badger and Chirp, (an etsy shop I love)

Variety of acrylic paints (I love heavy body acrylics) in spring colors: magenta, yellows, white, greens, blues...


Paint brushes used for acrylic painting (an inexpensive set is great)


acrylic gesso - I use Daler-Rowney simply acrylic gesso - any type will do. 


decoupage or mod podge (matte finish) and a glue stick


Krylon workable fixatif spray 


a mix of few colorful papers, ribbons, photo corners, and a stapler


These links are just to be helpful, I am not compensated for any links I share.



Valerie's projects:



1 sheet of 16 x 20 Arches 140 LB cold press paper

Watercolors (any kind that you like and may use regularly)
(I will share my palette, as I get asked about my paints and colors often- but don't feel compelled to buy all new things)

Watercolor brushes- I like to use a #12 Round, #2 Round, #1" flat wash brush, #3/8" Angle shader or a #1/2" Angle Shader

A bone folder, ruler, and Xacto knife for cutting and folding the arches paper into a journal booklet.

A yard of of grosgrain ribbon

Extra Fine sharpie, or Pentel Stylo (If you have a fancy ink pen like a Lamy Pen, that would work too- but the sharpie is just fine for this process.)

A uniball signo white pen

and a plastic straw

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“Not all of us can do great things. 
But we can do small things with great love.” 

-mother teresa


A little sketch video of springtime goodness. Grab your sketchbook & pencil...
and sketch along with me. We will finish this little watercolor together in class.




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Our spring art will include pencil sketches, watercolors and acrylic projects

pigtails & pigtails
barnyard blessings
boxes of bunnies

friends of the farm
baby bulbs
well loved eggs (oh, my)

a walk to the farm
charming roosters 
(guest artist - Valerie Weller)

lambs in the willows
to market - Daisy & daisies 
(think Downton Abbey)

little black sheep blocks/canvas
piles of vintage quilts 
barn cats
& more...


Our class begins this week, sign up here: 

Art of Spring : pink cheeks & mud puddles



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Art journal helps - some ideas for making your very own at home.

Let's keep it simple. 
Springtime art that is simple, joyful, and nourishing - start to finish. 

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Invite family and friends...such *springtime merriment* - colorful stories from the barnyard, playful sketches and art, and delicious meals should be shared with those we love!   




I will see you on Wednesday~
love & lambs to you,

Junelle




Thursday, March 26, 2015

in anticipation of spring



Can I just tell you how much I adore you?

xo
jj


Saturday, March 7, 2015

pink cheeks & mud puddles





I can feel it already.  

It's just around the corner...

Springtime.

To me, the anticipation of spring is like looking forward to a huge event each year.  The longer days of playful sun, bright blue sky, and a warm breeze makes it easier to get up and about, right?  And add to that - every new gift the season offers: the budding trees, the little shoots of peonies, the migrating birds and the newest babes in the barnyard.  Our list of grateful newness just grows and grows!  

Every single gift makes me smile with joy.  Does it do the same to you, too? 


Obviously the lambs are a HUGE part - my youngest son, helping at the farm

Our new Spring workshop starts in April.   

My heart is full of joyful ideas for a spring class, one that is engaged in the wild and playful abundance that this season offers.  I want to invite you to come with me... to be captivated by what is just outside our doors.  To grab our jackets, muddy boots, and  jump into all new ideas awaiting us.

 Over a dozen, divinely touched, hope-filled, and lighthearted projects 
to gift our hearts and homes. 




The Art of Spring : pink cheeks & mud puddles

Our workshop is already being filled with so many adorable projects in all types of mixed mediums.  
We will be filling our sketchbooks, art journals, canvases, blocks, and spring studios with the this year's most precious things:

pigtails & pigtails
barnyard blessings
boxes of bunnies

friends of the farm
baby bulbs
well loved eggs (oh, my)

a walk to the farm
charming roosters 
(with a lovely guest artist)

lambs in the pussy willows

to market - Daisy & daisies 
(think Downton Abbey)

little black sheep
piles of vintage quilts 
barn cats

and more... 


a welcome message from me each week

& spring treats from my favorite chef - Rhetta - yes!


Our art will include pencil sketches, watercolors and acrylic projects.



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Once purchased, this Art of Spring workshop is yours to keep.
I will send you a confirmation email within 48 hours and a welcome email on the day of class.

Our online Open House will be Saturday, March 28th


The Art of Spring : pink cheeks & mud puddles

 Class begins Wednesday, April 1st 

3 full weeks of workshop instruction 
easy online access 24/7 at your fingertips
every level of ability welcome  
a teacher who adores you and your art 
over a dozen unique and personal art projects (with many extra sketching ideas) 
delicious Springtime recipes and instruction 
merriment & stories from the blessed barnyard 
a riotous & very loving private online facebook group

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$39  
A great price for soooo many projects!  




This is a perfect season to watch with our artful eyes - 
it is brimming with new delights everyday!






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I have an original Art of Spring Workshop and  I love every adorable and meaningful project.  

If you didn't have a chance to take the Original Art of Spring, all of the information is right here:


a 12 project, art-at-your-own-pace,  online workshop 

These are just a few of our projects...so many more! 


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"Life doesn't have to be to perfect to be beautiful"

love & lambs,
Junelle








Thursday, March 5, 2015

happy Saturdays and sweet sheeps




I love Saturdays.

And, even more special?

Saturdays devoted to art.  Oh...I looove that.  

It has been a whirl of colorful fun, a month of weekends devoted to our Saturday Mornings 2 class.  Every bit as fun as the first (I think - even though we did miss Downton Abbey this time), we have been all over the place with colors and styles and fresh ideas.  So many ideas!

We were really quite orderly and well until the Great British Bake Off projects came about, then our classroom really took off with pastries and cakes galore!  We have a bakery full of cakes/cupcakes on facebook that are ready to be shared in the classroom.  

Yum...

Seriously,  it is the wildest and most fun I have had in my studio (and the kitchen) in a long time.  So fun!


  

Just of few of our clever ideas this time around...and the projects are now instantly ready in the classroom.  Just sign up - easy.  Over a dozen projects and many dozens more sketching ideas!  

Here are all the details:  Saturday Mornings 2 : love & whimsy

and our original class (with Downton Abbey):  Saturday Mornings 


If you were on the bench about it, you really shouldn't be...it is really that fun.  They are so Simple.  Adorable.  Doable.  Easily giftable.  And (as I am obligated to state) highly, highly addictive.


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This is also happening this week.



Snow + sheep = a heavenly mix.  

It was quite the morning of wet and woolly fun at the farm.  I can't remember being that soaked (and smiling that big) in a long time.  The sheep were so attentive (because I was laughing).  They were just so adorable in all of that fluffy soft snow.




I even caught a few smiling at me, I am quite sure of it, in their merriment of the big snowflakes falling.  They are such good friends.  Good listeners and so willing to patiently listen to me and all that I have to share.  I remind them of springtime, we talk about the littlest lambs, and share all the hopes and happiness that is yet to be.  (It may sound a bit crazy...but it is true...they are lovely friends to have.)


I hope you will join me here this weekend...for our soon-to-be Springtime Workshop that is in the works.  All of the sweet ideas, details, treats and dates will be available and it is ewe approved.  True, I checked and I can hardly wait to share the fun!



In the grace & peace of the One who loves us like little lambs,
wrapped in His goodness,

jj







Friday, February 13, 2015

paper hearted

From our current Saturday Mornings Class...little heart blocks.

Tenderhearted with my little paper heart.

I think the middle of February has always been this way for me.  The holiday falling between the big deep snowfalls and the wistful way I viewed the ideals of romantic love.  My heart, a mix of every sweet love story you can think of, so caught up in the infatuation of it all.  Honestly, hopeless...I have always been addicted to love.

I am a sappy romantic.
I am a hopeless idealist.
And...I really love...love.



My tenderheartedness comes from a deep place.  
A place that knows love and loss.  

Many, many come from this place.  I am not alone.  We hold hands through these times, don't we? 


Too many times spent hoping, wishing, and kneeling - longing for something different - something to change.  And a tired mind, trying to hard to make up for what the heart wished it had.  
I had a heart that was too broken to be mended and had to be made new.  

Have you ever just asked for a brand new heart? 



It may sound sad, but it isn't.  

There is a gift of new life that accompanies those that fall into the arms of God's grace.  When our own ideas, strength, and desires fall apart and we crumble into his hands.   His heart is for us.  He knows every tear, He comforts every sadness,  He makes us smile (and laugh loudly) with things He knows we love.  

For me today, it is the the dancing lambs in the field and the big owl bobbing his head from the big tree.  He knows.

His love is what our heart wants most of all.
  
Real.  Honest.  Adoring.  Never ending. 


I pray, that if you are in a place of quiet tenderness, wanting and needing to be loved, you will open yourself to what new-heartedness is offered.   Perhaps you will quietly hold out your hands and hold out your heart, and be willing and expectant that God's love will cover, embrace, begin to warm you.  


I can't imagine a better Valentine.  


Grace & Peace, 
jj



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And please don't think for a minute that I don't love a sweet box of chocolates, a bunch of fresh flowers or a little heart shaped note...I do!    



{Paper Hearted}





Yes to this sweet book!

A beautiful friend is sharing a new story.   It is a brand new offering from Courtney Walsh, called Paper Hearts.  A darling story that I can't wait to read.  I am still and will always be a hopeless romantic you know.  Hopeless...Lol! 

I think any beautifully told story that bring our  hearts back to a place of love are worth sharing and telling.  I am so grateful for writers that do just that!  Thank you so much Courtney, for bringing a story to life that makes our hearts so happy!  


I also think her book's trailer is a fun watch, you will love it.   She is also welcoming so many artists and friends to take part in her launching of this precious story, you will want to see how all of these lovely ladies take in the message and thought behind Courtney's Paper Hearted theme.  She is doing a giveaway as well...love that! 














Friday, January 30, 2015

open house - saturday mornings 2


Open House Saturday

I am so happy you are here...Welcome! 

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*Saturday Mornings 2 : love & whimsy*
a favorite blocks collection

A bit of color play and frivolity to cheer up your winter art -
and bring a big dose of love and laughter to your studio!


I adore you...yes I do...


I am hibernating from the cold, can you tell?  Lounging about in my thick sweater and long wool socks,  I am quite the sight.  I hope you are warm enough?  I have your favorite spot ready by the fire.  The hot tea and treats are almost ready.  Curl up, let's grab a bite of food, and chat about our upcoming class...

Winter is perfectly timed for art moments like this.


Debbie McIntyre's winter - thank you for the beautiful snow photo - Old Saybrook, Connecticut
  
As I looked over my journal, my current art, and study materials, I realized I needed a break.  I needed a few lighthearted weekends with my most favorite artist friends (that's YOU).  I am selfish that way.  I think the beauty and silliness of life shouldn't be wasted and I couldn't imagine having all the fun by myself.  No, this is a girlfriends endeavor.  And we are just the artists to take advantage of cold days like this...we will stay in and paint!  

simple supplies + beautiful colors + a big dose of wild inspiration

Yep, it is a perfect mix!

What do you think?  Are you ready for some unpredictable, amusing and whimsical shenanigans?

Yes?

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First let's eat~  

I love it when my sister, Rhetta, makes all the food for my Open House weekends. 
It smells and tastes so good around here!  ((We all love your food my dear! xo))


"The kitchen is warming up this morning with the sound of sweet potatoes being grated into a mound of bright orange on our cutting board. We’re making hash browns in the waffle maker today. Savory or sweet for you?    Well, we will have both!

Apples, nutmeg, cloves, a dash of brown sugar, and salt are blended with our potatoes and pressed in our waffle maker. We’re using coconut oil to keep things from sticking…doesn't it smell so good?  Next we’ll crumble some bacon, grate some sweet red peppers, and add a sprinkle of finely diced onion to the blend. A dash of salt and pepper, and tiny sprinkle of chipotle Tabasco then into the waffle maker!



I just saw the greatest way to make poached eggs in a muffin tin…we are pulling the first tray out of the oven now and they will be perfect on top of our hash browns! How easy was that?!



On the sideboard this morning we have adorable cups and mason jars ready for you to layer with juicy chunks of oranges, pears, kiwi, purple grapes, and pomegranate seeds. Creamy yogurt and a bowl of golden lemon curd are ready to be added to the layers then topped with toasted coconut. My favorite combination of tart and sweet, crunchy and chewy!



I hope you can enjoy every flavorful bite. Mother nature's healing abilities through fresh and colorful food are amazing.  If there is one thing I have learned this last year is that we need to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the moment… 
                        Now who is ready for seconds?"                
-Rhetta 


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*week one - sneak peeks*


sweater trees  |  studio tease  |  valentines, please?


A few things we will be starting with the first week of class...oh, I am excited...

If you have taken a class with me before, you know the drill.  We talk and sketch and come up with way too many good ideas.  Then I ask questions and you answer back (right?).  We laugh and paint and drink coffee.  Everyone gets caught up in all the fun and we forget to make dinner.  

If you haven't taken a class with me before, warn your family...you might forget dinner.  Sorry!



Open House Video | Sketching Trees
(You may need to turn down the volume)


Grab your sketchbook and you can join right in.  We are just starting a fun project that we will be completing together the first week of class.   All you need is a mechanical pencil to get started.

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Our newly updated list of inspirations we are going to be exploring: 

sweater trees (yarn bombing)
and a studio tease 

pocketful-of-sunshine valentines
 little lovebirds 

baking a proper cake - master class
(think "Great Britain bake off")

Italian love letters - lettere d'amore
sparkling layers of winter whites

doorways & romantic stoops
"home blessings"

fresh french bouquets

frolicking sheep & mischievous lambs

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A new materials list - keep it simple: 
(You don't have to purchase all the supplies listed, these are simply a guide for what is used in upcoming projects. I like to use what I have on hand and encourage you to do the same. Be creative!) 
Wood blocks  - typically 2x4's cut in various lengths (3, 4, 5, 6 inches), a 2x6 cut into a squared shape, any other wood pieces you come across.  I cut at least a dozen, at random lengths, at a time, you may want to start with less.  Hardware stores will cut them for you, just ask a nice looking person to help you.  If you don't want to use wood blocks you can use canvases in any size, art journal pages, or simply sketch along with us in your sketchbook.  Once you try a wood block...you will be addicted.  Fair warning.

Sandpaper #100
Sketchbook (one you will use) and mechanical pencils
Book paper, torn from an old book
Pieces of colorful paper.  I recommend cardstock weight (heavier, thicker), but any will do.

Acrylic paints - any colors that you love right now.  Include white/cream and black to your mix.
Heavy body acrylic paints - titanium white (golden brand is what i use) and any other colors you love the most.
Acrylic brushes - in assorted sizes.  Purchase a small inexpensive package if you need variety.

White gesso - I love the cheap gesso (Daler Rowney)
Decoupage or Mod podge - matte finish is my favorite
Neocolor ll crayons or a set of simple watercolors - we use brown quite a bit.
A couple sheets of 8x11 hot pressed (smooth) watercolor paper, you don't need an expensive brand.

Black sharpie fine point pen
White sharpie poster paint pen, fine or medium.  I have a hard time finding these outside of Amazon.com
Rub-ons - a scrapbooking supply that adds a secondary dimension to your work.  (I only use a few)
Texture helps - start collecting little pieces of punchinella, sheet rock tape, or bubble wrap if you like the look of texture in your work. (Find things around your home...be creative)
And: Clear glitter, ribbon, new condiment bottle (I will show you), small sharp scissors.



Home blessing sketches - a week 4 project
In all the courses I have taught (many, many), I have learned that the greatest gifts are found in a collective mix of artists coming together with goodness in their hearts, kindness on their lips, and an eagerness to build inspired moments for all.   
I see you, my friend, as one of these blessed souls.

You are the most important part of your art
(Well...you and your sketchbook!) 

I believe in you.  I know you have it in you to try.  I will be here to hold your hand.




I am honored you will join me and our group of amazing artists as we embark on a new adventure in lighthearted creative play.  You may just find your new creative muse in the mix!


love & gesso
Junelle



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If you haven't signed up, here is the link for you:


Saturday Mornings:  Love & Whimsy
My Favorite Blocks Collection 2

$35




Online class begins Saturday, 

February 7


Our class will run live for for 4 consecutive weekends. 
Jump in every week for new content and take as long as you need to complete your projects.
You will receive a confirmation email and invitation to the Open House within 24 hours of purchase.  Class login instructions will be emailed the day of class.  


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If you would like to try our first Saturday Mornings Class, please do.  It is a crowd favorite, loaded with a dozen more projects to try.  It is available for two (or more) years, no stress.  All of the details and link HERE.


Saturday Mornings Class (the first collection): link HERE.




And, Rhetta's delicious recipe from our open house today...Oh, yum!  


Peeled Sweet Potato Hash Browns
For sweet hash browns:
·         Coconut oil
·         Spice (cinnamon or nutmeg or dash of cloves)
·         Grated Apple

For savory hash browns:
·         use bacon grease instead of the coconut oil
·         grate in a little bit of red or orange pepper or onion
·         add a few bacon crumbles

1.     Heat the waffle iron to its medium setting..
2.     While it’s heating, peel the uncooked sweet potatoes (or yams) and grate them on the large holes of a box grater.
3.     Squeeze the grated potatoes in cloth or paper towels to extract as much moisture as possible.
4.     When the iron is hot (ready light comes on), fill the bottom half with 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil and brush it over the top and bottom irons.
5.     Squeeze the potatoes again to release any excess moisture.
6.     Season the sweet potatoes as desired by mixing spices into the grated potatoes.
7.     Place about 1 cup of potato in the iron, spread it out, and close it. Cook until the hash browns are golden brown and crisp, about eight to ten minutes.
8.     Repeat with the remaining mixture.
Throw an egg on top for a great breakfast, or serve as a side with lunch or dinner.









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