Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Drum Roll Please ...........

Sticky post so scroll down for more recent posts 

I am thrilled to announce that Soul Food is back for 2015!! There have been a few changes to the way it was in 2014 hence the new name, Slimeline Soul Food. I am over the moon excited to be teaching this round as well!! 


A brand new Soul Food class will run at Community Thrive, from February 1 through April 30, 2015.
You can expect: 
  • 3 Head Chefs: Mystele Kirkeeng, Heather Santos and Jeanette House
  • 17 Sous-Chefs
  • 2 video instruction mixed media lessons per week for 3 months
  • Each artist’s favourite comfort food cooking recipe
  • All downloadable videos
  • Classroom access through Dec 31, 2015
  • Access to a private Soul Food community group on Facebook
Registration will open on January 1, 2015, and you will need to be a member at Community Thrive in order to purchase and participate in Soul Food. 
The community is free to join and you can register here. When your registration is approved, you’ll find the Soul Food purchase link here [from January 1, 2015].
The purchase price for SF 2015 is $65 USD.
  • 10% discount available to our SF 2014 alumni
Everyone who purchases SF 2015 can also take advantage of:
  • 10% discount on Slimline SF 2014 [featuring the head Chefs' 17 lessons]
  • 10% discount on a new class that we'll be announcing on April 1, 2015!
In the meantime, there’s lots happening at Community Thrive to keep you playing: themed art challengesfree mini classes, and other online classes are all available now; and a new round of Mystele’s popular Gut Art class will open in October 2014.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This really didn't start as having a bubble theme. It was more of a play with abstraction and glazing with watercolors. Some of those bubbles have layers and layers of different hues and it was amazing to watch how they changed and evolved. 
 A few of those bubbles have DecoArt Media Line Fluid Acrylics in Interfence Magenta and Violet over the layers of watercolors and copics. They are much more transparent than what they appear here. And YES!! You read that correctly, copics!! I haven't used them much at all in the past few years and it was so fun to see how wonderfully they worked on this hot pressed watercolor paper and a basecoat of watercolors. I noticed some of my nibs became tinted by some of the darker blues and purples but I scribbled off any excess pigments before putting them away and they seemed to have survived just fine. BUT as always, when I try something like this I know I am taking a risk of ruining a nib or two. 
For now, she's done but I have a feeling I'll be doing some ink work in her hair ;)
Thanks so much for swinging by!!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pods and Leaves

Here's my latest painting:

I used DecoArt Media Line Fluid Acrylics in Diarylide Yellow, Quinachridone Magenta, Dioxazine Purple and some Cobalt Turquoise  Hue and Titanium White for the background. 
I've used alcohol drips in a lot of past paintings but never in the extent that I did on this one.  I was TOTALLY inspired by this video by Andy Skinner:

I want to play with this again and again =0)


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Scraping Leftovers

When I created my last painting (scroll down for yesterdays post) I ended up with a large puddle of heavy body white paint and a nice size puddle of a violet purple. I hate to let that much go to waste so I scraped it into an old book that was laying on my table. I had been using the old text pages for collage. The pages are so thin that I glued a few together to give it some ooomph. 

And then the purple using my palette knife for both:
Here I was adding some texture into the wet paint with a little square of shelf liner:
Then it's just play time:
 Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Inks
Then spritzed with water. It is magic to watch pigments travel through water!!!
 Added turquoise chevron with my fav chevron roller (sorry, can no longer find some place that sells this!!) 

Some splatter of DecoArt Americana Neon paint in Sizzling Pink
And three different styles of washi tape here and there to finish it off. Well actually the washi tape was done before the pink splatters ;)
This was really quick and so much fun to just play!! 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Feeling Nostalgic

Painting this one really had me feeling nostalgic!! I am owing it to the fact that both my brother and I are expecting new grandbabies. Talking to my DIL about all of the planning she is doing to get ready for their (our) new bundle, whom I'm already calling "nugget",  has probably helped spur that nostalgic feeling =0)

I used the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics which are a dream to paint with! They are so fluid and transparent. If you've never used fluid acrylics before just remember a little dab will do ya' =0)
 I also used DecoArt Americana's as well as my trusty Prismacolor pencils for details. 
I'm not sure I'm loving all of that baby's breath in her hair but I think I was channeling my inner 80's bride.. lol! 
Can you see all the text showing through in her face? And I hadn't planned this next part but love the unexpected surprise of having two different styles of French writing show through on her chest (or heart). 
My grandfather was the youngest in his family and the only boy. I have fond memories of sitting listening to him and all of his sisters speak together in french. It was so beautiful and try as I could, none of it "stuck". I wish I had been a little older and exposed to them more <3 
Like I said, feeling all sorts of nostalgia with this one!!
Thanks for taking a swing by =0)