Monday, October 31, 2011

Socks and Warts

Hello beautiful scary friends,
Yesterday, I sorted my sock drawer.
Yes, I really really did.
In this picture, I Photoshopped the warts off my neck.
Yes, I really really did. 
I have no secrets. 
Over the weekend the very cute and talented Carrie of Hip Chick Designs did an impromptu interview with me.
So now that you know about my socks and my warts, you might want to pop over and read more about me.
This is Carrie, I know you know her. 
Thank you Carrie.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

What a Great Question

In my haste to announce Faces In Collage, I do believe I left some things to your imaginations.  There were several questions and I would like to address them here and now. 
1.  How long will I be able to register?  Will you be closing registration?
As with all my classes, once I open the registration, I don't close it. That means, if you can't jump in right in the beginning, you can sign up any time after that.  Anytime.
2.  How long will the class be available?
My classes have no end date.  This means the class material and videos will be there for you to visit and watch when it is convenient to you.  If you have a conflict after signing up and can't get back for three months, it will all still be there. 
3.  When can we get the supply list?
I'm hoping that I will be able to send out the classroom invitations today.  The supply list is one thing that is holding me up mainly because it is so short. I know. Makes no sense.
4.  Will we be able to download the videos?
For now, I don't plan to make download available.  But you will have access to them for an indefinite time period in the classroom. 
5.  Do you plan to offer a DVD of the class?
At the moment, no.  But I'm still on the fence with that and so as they say, never say never.
6.  Is the class interactive?
This is such a great question.  And yes, I do consider all my classes interactive.  And I feel like the interaction is so convenient because it is all within the classroom.  

One thing I do that I think is a little different in my classes is the Gallery(forum) that is within the group/class. I encourage the students to share there finished pieces as well as "in progress" pieces. Then I give them a gentle critique or answer questions they might have.  I try to do this early in the morning and easily spend as much as 30 minutes on each critique.  When I say gentle, I mean constructive in a teaching way. Then the other students are there to give support and encouragement.  I also have my forums and comment walls set so you can get an email with the full text and don't have to POP over to the site if you don't want to.   I encourage students to "follow" all the class forums because there is a lot of information shared through interaction.  The class is very organic in that way because a lot of knowledge is shared through interaction as the class progresses.

So if you have a question that I missed.  Please do ask.  I will answer them in the comments.  But if you want to email me at sktomlinson at g mail dot com.

Thank you for the great response to this course.  I promise it will not disappoint. 
♥ Sharon

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Class Announcement

Cost: $ 68..00
Registration:  Open
Classroom Invitation:  November 1, 2011
Start Date:  Friday, November 4, 2011

I continue to be obsessed with faces and painting faces and now, I have added collage to the mix.

This is a mixed media workshop about painting collaged faces and discovering that the collage images inspire the story. It could be a story that you have no idea you are going to paint. When that happens, the thrill is huge and that is what I hope to share.

Additionally, I want to share with you how I got comfortable with all the collage fodder and where I look for more and how I organize it.

Most of all this is about painting collaged faces.  I demonstrate using metallic paints for flesh as well as other paint media.

The class is full of videos demonstrating my painting techniques from start to finish; it is all there.

The supply list is short and is available on the main page in the classroom

Hey beautiful artist,
The classroom is not quiet ready for you.
So, you will not receive the class invitation email until November 1st. 
Then the videos will start on Friday November 4th.
The videos will be offered over a three week period. 
Thanks to everyone who encouraged me with this project. 
I ♥ you!
I appreciate you!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Class Collage in Progress

The weekend is almost gone but I have worked my fanny off on my new class, Faces In Collage

I'm dying to show you the finished painting from this face in collage. 
Can't do it. 
It's in the class!!!
Now I'm going to sit and conjure up all the details so I can announce them to you. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Faces In Collage

This is what I'm up to.
Coming Soon!!!!
a new online class
Faces In Collage

I will have all the exciting details very quickly.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Do you have one of these?

I woke in the night remembering that I had this Jeep Collins hammered brass necklace. I had a piece that dangled from it and I don't even remember what that was.  

But look look look how perfectly it holds my pendant!

I'm not a big jewelry wearer, but I can do this. 
So perfect!

I still have several pendants available in my shop. 

And here is a site that has some variations of this necklace.
And here is an Etsy that has one.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Collage Crazy

Sometimes, I start painting the face first.  This time I started with the background.  I stepped away from the desk and when I came back, my eye translated the green leaf as a bird.  That is what I love about collage.

Then I started painting the face and I got excited about purple lips.  And so it goes.  Purplish face.  That reminded me of my Faces In Technicolor class (still available). 

At some point, I saw the little green tip of a leaf under the purple bird as a bird head so I painted it and realized it was the whole bird.  That is what I love about collage. 

I think I said that. 

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Collage Obsessed Now

It's official. 
I am totally fasinated with collage. 
But I still don't like: 
collecting papers
storing papers
the mess of papers

Going now to clean the mess of papers.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Another Collage in the works

I'm working on the inside cover of the record album.
Turns out it is the ladder and of course the circles that I find appealing about the magazine photo of the last post. 
I'm still working on this and I don't think you can tell but I used metallic paints again on her face......
which is my new favorite thing. 
Gotta go....
Have a great weekend. 

Monday, October 03, 2011

More about collage

There is just something about this magazine photo that I like. I can't say what it is. But I have been staring at it all weekend. Maybe you like it too.  If so, I have left it HUGE and if you click on it you can capture it and save it to use in your next collage.

Before I share with you more about collage, I want to thank all of you you for the at-a-girl about my last collage painting.  You have no idea how your words feed me, warm me, and make me smile. 

I'll be brief now:  
1. I don't like the time spent trying to decide what collage papers I should glue down.
2. For that matter, I don't like the time spent collecting collage papers. 
3. I know there should be a certain amount of spontaneity.
4. If you don't have interesting collage papers, you can't make an interesting collage. 
5. I'm not crazy about the mess of papers.
6. I like the painting part and once I get the paint brush in my hand, all the uncomfortable stuff goes away.

So, after all that, I think the most important thing is having a nice mix of interesting collage papers.