Thursday, April 22, 2021

Just a Reminder!

This is just a short reminder that registration closes on SATURDAY NIGHT, APRIL 24 for "The Illustrated Life: Journaling in Ink & Watercolour" online course. Please go HERE to read all about the course. This is for YOU, or someone you know that would LOVE to capture their memories, in their own hand, to enjoy for a lifetime! Anyone can do it, from the person who has never painted before, right up to professional artists seeking new, quick ways to capture their travels. BTW, it also makes a fantastic Mother's Day gift!!


Thanks so much for your time and your interest in my art journey. You matter to me more than you could ever know!

Blessings and Happy Earth Day 🌎
Sharon

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

"The Illustrated Life: Journaling in Ink & Watercolour" online course is opening!!

I hope this finds you well and happy! I am excited to let you know that I am once again opening registration for 'The Illustrated Life: Journaling in Ink & Watercolour' online course. NOW is the perfect time to take your sketchbook outdoors to capture what you are loving. Registration for the course begins on Tuesday April 20 and runs only until Saturday April 24.

Inside the course there are SIX full demonstrations broken down into manageable sections, making them easy to follow along. There are also lessons on finding inspiration, complete supply explanations, lessons on colour mixing, and SO MUCH MORE!

In addition, there is a very active free Facebook group where you can see other's sketches, post your work, and get encouragement for the journey. I respond to every post, so you get continual access to me to help you, answer any questions you might have, and to make helpful suggestions and support you on your sketching path.

You will find out all the information on the course you need HERE. There is a video there that explains how the course works, as well as FAQ's to answer any questions you might have and more.

As well, I have decided to do a LIVE ZOOM CALL to talk about the many benefits of plein air (outside) sketching, and to take questions about the course. The call will be on Tuesday April 20th at 7pm Mountain time. If you would be interested in joining me for the live call, please click HERE to register. The call will be recorded if you are unable to join live, you only need to email me to ask for the replay.



TESTIMONIALS


I have had 75 people go through the course now and this is what some of them had to say:

Dorothy S. said " What appeals to me is I get to learn how to draw quick and simple sketches to help me capture my adventures. I am not good at retaining memories and the feelings that I felt.  Sharon's explanations of using the pen to make containers for the shapes, and what to look for as the focus of your sketch, was fantastic. The lessons on colour mixing were a wonderful thing for me. I struggle with consistent mixing and the cool/warm colour stuff.  I get and understand the instructions because her delivery is easy for me to understand. I have learned so much from just these videos." 

Beth H. said: "I think your course is a good entryway into experiencing art, the creative process, even for those who have not been creative in the past.  Participants can be surprised by what they create with line and colour, especially if their stumbling block is, "I don't know how to draw".  I'm not sure what group this taps into, but when I think about this past summer, top of mind is the afternoon spent in the backyard, being outside and painting a sketch.  It was a way to enjoy my environment, made me feel like a kid again, even though I now have some physical limitations.  I'm wondering if gardeners, would be a group?  I spend time making my yard look beautiful, I finally had a way to experience it in a new way; to keep enjoying it and take it in. There is something about the process that is very therapeutic; increases mindfulness.  Mindfulness is a popular buzzword, so somehow it creates a path to mindfulness for the super busy woman sandwiched between children and aging parents. .... like my daughter.  It's like the Calgon bath that takes them away.  Also can give them a fresh perspective on their surroundings (that they might be tired of or feel trapped in) or remind them of why they used to enjoy something..."

Finally, Nancy said "The simplification of the sketching process was key for me.  Although I have taken a sketchbook when travelling, I often got bogged down with too much detail. This method with the watercolour works so well.  I have taken other courses from Sharon and enjoy her style of painting and instruction."


 

I sincerely hope that you will join me on the call, and then to join the course. See for yourself how relaxing, meditative and life-giving pen and ink sketching can be!

Blessings,
Sharon



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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Is finding artwork for your home stressful or joyful?? I can help!

I know that it can be a scary thing to purchase original artwork for your home, and want you to know that I offer a couple of different services that can help.  I want you to feel comfortable purchasing artwork from me, so I will do my best to make that process smooth and easy. 

Firstly, I can bring a few different pieces to your home, if you live in the Calgary area, for you to try out for up to a week, to see if it brings you the joy you were hoping for. Just let me know which pieces you might be interested in, and we can set up a time for a visit (masked and distanced of course). This lets you try it before you buy it!

Another thing that I can do, is to send you a photo of what a piece might look like in the spot you are wanting to fill in your home. You simply email me a photo of your room and let me know what pieces you might be interested in. With the magic of digital editing, I can superimpose the work on the wall so you can get a good idea of what the work would look like. 

The painting below is called "Magic Kingdom", and it is 24x30" acrylic on gallery (deep) canvas. I wonder what it would look like in your home???


You can see more of my art on my new website at https://www.sharonlynnwilliams.com. Please let me know if there is anything there that interests you!! ❤️

See you soon!
Sharon

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

New year, new blog posts!

Hello friends! I know I have been rather sporadic at keeping this blog updated, but I hope to do a better job going forward. All I am promising is that I am going to try to make at least one new post per month, maybe more if the inspiration hits. I think part of the problem is, I don't know who you are, so I really don't know who I am talking to! With this in mind, would you please take a moment to comment below this post and tell me a bit about yourself, if you are an artist and at what level, and what you would be interested in seeing me post here. I really want to talk about the kinds of things that you would find useful and informative, so thanks, in advance!


Last post, I mentioned that I have a brand spanking new website at http://sharonlynnwilliams.com. I hope you have had the chance to check it out, and hopefully subscribed to my newsletter. The newsletter contains new work that my subscribers get first dibs on, as well as news of exhibitions and classes, as well as any interesting art stories that I find on my travels on the net. If you didn't already, please go over there and do that. I will wait here for you!

You did that, right? Good, and thanks again. 

One thing that has been very interesting in my art life is that I have just formed a group for artists called 4C Artist's Network. The 4C relates to my mission statement to provide transformational content in the context of committed community -4 C's, get it? And it is also cool that when you read 4C, you might hear the word 'Foresee', which speaks to the intention of the group which is to help artists reach higher in their work and their business -you do know that artists run businesses, don't you? Especially if they want their work to be seen in the world. So the group is teaching all things art as well as all things business, with a little of the life of an artist thrown in. And don't forget the all important mindset issues. Who hasn't gone through the artist's cycle:
"I think this work is wonderful!", 
which leads to "maybe it isn't as good as I think it is",
which leads to "actually it sucks", 
which leads to "I am an imposter", 
to "maybe this isn't so bad", 
hopefully finally to end with "This work is wonderful!"


At least I hope we all end up in that place!

As a bonus for sticking with me for this long, I am sharing my latest work with you. 




This is called "Baby, It's Cold Outside!" and is 16x36" acrylic on gallery canvas. These little creatures keep my entertained all winter!


And its partner, "Take Out", also 16x36" acrylic on gallery canvas. I have been very fortunate when huge flocks of Bohemian Waxwings descend on my Mountain Ash tree each winter, stripping it bare in minutes.

See you next month!
Sharon




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Friday, November 27, 2020

I have a brand, spanking new WEBSITE!!

I have been working hard on this NEW WEBSITE, and I would love for you to check it out!  I would love to hear what you think about it. 

I have also decided that it was once again time to get this blog back into action. I would love to hear any topics that you would like me to talk about -this can be about anything to do about painting, or art business or anything else you would like to talk about! 

Did you know that I have a new online art workshop? You can find out all about it HERE. Enrolment is now open, but only until Nov 30, so get on it fast. Give the gift of creativity to yourself or a loved one this Christmas!

I will be seeing you again soon! Stay safe.





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Monday, June 22, 2020

Cast is off, so now it is time to PAINT!


           


Hello all! I hope this finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying summer! I can hardly understand where the last months have gone, it is all sort of 'in a fog'! But Q3 is on our doorstep and it is time to get back down to 'brass tacks' as my dear Mom would have said (what does that even mean anyway??)

So, in case I forgot to tell you, I had surgery on May 11 to remove a bone in my hand, as severe arthritis was causing me a LOT of trouble. Apparently, removing the bone that my thumb was having trouble moving against, is the permanent fix for this type of thing. And I am right in the majority who need it: female over 65 who uses her hands for her livelihood. After 5 weeks in a cast, I am now castless, and no doubt overusing my hand! But it is gardening season (my garden has never looked better!), and I have SO many paintings inside me to come out!

I did get to do a few paintings in the last while, learning how to do things with my left, very uncooperative hand. I did the above painting ("Wild Beauty", 12x12" acrylic and collage) with one brush in my left (non-dominant) hand, and another in my right, stuck into my cast, using both hands at once -kind of fun, as long as I wasn't expecting anything to turn out. But I am pleasantly surprised how this one turned out. It will be available at the newly opened Leighton Art Centre, as part of their Summer Salon. In the meantime, I have the 5 paintings below in the Clothesline Sale -click HERE to see the show.

Blessings!
Sharon

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Friday, May 8, 2020

New oil and cold wax demonstration -"Mountainside"


Hello all -hope you are all well and happy! I wanted you to know that I just published a new video with another demonstration of my oil and cold wax painting. I am posting it in this post, but if it will not play from here, then you will have to go to my Youtube channel to watch it (link is https://youtu.be/-fSYGnqqLTc)  I would love to hear from you with comments and questions, and would like to know if you are enjoying these free teachings. Any suggestions you have for content would be most helpful, and will help direct my future videos. Thanks!


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Monday, May 4, 2020

Mountain Painting Demonstration Part 2


Here is part 2 of my Mountain Painting demonstration in oil and cold wax. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions?
Enjoy!


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Friday, May 1, 2020

Mountain Painting Demo -Video #1 -Preparation & Planning







Mountain Painting in Oil and Cold Wax -video number 1


Hello friends: I shot 3 videos live on Instagram that I am now posting here for posterity, so if you didn't catch them there, you can now see them here! You will notice that the video won't play from this email, but if you click the title, it will take you to Youtube and play the video. I will post part 2 and 3 in this next week.

I really enjoyed doing this video, although the learning curve was very STEEP. In the end, I had to learn how to go live on IGTV, how to edit movies in iMovie, how to set up a Youtube channel, and how to post video to my blog. That is a lot of learning in a short space of time, but I must tell you, I wasn't sitting around worrying about the state of our world, which was a very good thing.

I would be very interested to know how many of you are keen to follow some of this online learning with me, so please feel free to shoot me a note. As this blog is now part of my website, http://sharonlynnwilliams.com, you will notice that there is an opt-on page there. This is to give you the opportunity to sign up for my quarterly newsletter, where I tell you about what is coming up with shows and classes, some thoughts about life as an artist and my inspiration, as well as some of my new work. As a thank you for signing up, I will give you a beautiful painting to put as the wallpaper on your phone screen with each instalment. How is that for a good deal!!

Stay safe
Sharon

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