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During the month of  January I came across Studioworks Creative Academy through a dear friend that recommended it to me. Her excitement was so contagious that I went to check it for myself. She was right! Ivy Newport has put together a great opportunity. For $19 USD per month you receive a creative membership with  unlimited access to all the classes Ivy has on her website, the new classes to come and also a  beautiful magazine with amazing content. As an introduction to her new magazine “Studioworks Journal” Ivy provided a preview. Well I was so excited to take a peek and she did not disappoint me with the amount of visual content that she had included. Every article has been crafted with care and in a way that  sparks your own creativity from the beginning. The richness of articles, videos and the creative prompts offered is what propels you to learn…

How are you doing with your New Year Resolution? I have always been curious about this trend. I think is a great idea to start the new year with a vision, with desire and with the intention to guide you through out the year. I would like to see statistics of how many keep up until the end of the year. I surely think they deserve a medal. Thinking about those types of resolution knowing myself I think that I’ll tend to get very excited at first and as time moves on my focus would fade away.    So I guess I’m  at the other end of the spectrum I haven’t even considered to start my year with a resolution. Alternatively, in my life words and bible verses have been what has come to my mind and not necessary at the beginning of the year. Sometimes they have come after a…

I was thinking about the days I have spent learning to paint and draw, thinking about what brought me to start. I am aware that I still do not know a lot, even when I have invested in growing my skills, but I am also able to see that I know more than before. I have always had this passion for art even though in the past I never took the time to sit and learn more about it. I just kept day dreaming about how awesome would be to learn how to paint and then seconds later I got busy with my life again. I have had these sporadic moments when I regretted not being proactive in that regard, but then again something else came up and I got entangled in life again. When I was little I was fortunate to have a mom that cared about the things…

I’m so excited to have been able to interview my mentor in art Paivi Eerola creator of Peony and Parakeet.  She is from Finland and worked as a software engineer and industrial designer in the past. Her passion for art has driven her to become a full-time artist. She has developed many classes and I will be forever grateful for encountering her through the internet. I  took my first class in April 2017, and since then I have signed up for many more. She is an amazing teacher always innovating as she looks for ways to boost creativity and imagination. Her classes are easy to follow and she finds ways to connect with you and share different processes that lead a beginner like me to create art. She allows each student to express and communicate through painting and we are not tied up to her personal style. On the contrary, she inspires…

I participated in a free online workshop named “Sketchbook Revival” hosted by Karen Abend and sponsored by Sketchbook Skool. The classes were easy to follow and the videos were filled with a friendly approach. I really appreciated all the effort and care provided by Karen Abend and each instructor during this workshop. I loved the way each  of them gave us a little peek to their work and also allowed us to see what inspired them to create their art. In addition to that they also provided tips on how to motivate our artistic soul to keep creating in the middle of our busy life or in those days when we think that our creativity is not sparking as fast as we would like.   I wanted to share with you my “Sketchbook” journal because I think this is a way to show you how much fun I had during this time. I definitely recommend…

Life happens and it does not stop, it gets involved, it gets tangled up without waiting for anyone. What can I say … I am happy that I had the chance to love, to love deeply and intensely. What beauty it is to be able to surrender completely without expecting anything in return. I have been able to love as a mother and I can say that being a mother has been a wonderful and satisfying adventure. I never knew what kind of mother I would become, and well, I have to confess that maybe I’m a bit overprotective, that I love kissing and hugging my little ones as if there was no tomorrow and like every day is a new beginning. My life matters more now than ever because my children depend on me. The days are brighter since I have them, my heart broadens thinking about them and is…

Well if I describe myself, I will not finish today but I can tell you I like the way I am. I am happy with myself, yes I try to change from time to time and sometimes I have succeeded and in other times I didn’t even start trying. What I know is that this is not the only time I will start something and not finish it, but I’m certain that God is going to finish His master plan in me and I do want to be part of that and I do not want to lose time. I want to see myself in a mirror later on and know that I am better and not just for others to see, but for my own enjoyment. At the end of my days, I wish I could see myself and find out that I’m still me and that I am…

I just found out about this event. It is my first time attending, I’m not sure if they had one in the past, I couldn’t find a review, but it is free so I thought to give it a try and I signed up. The workshop officially begins April 23rd and runs through May 4th. Each day you’ll get an email with links to the two sessions of the day. You’re free to do as many of the sessions as you’d like, from all to just a couple. They give a list of supplies per class, but you are able to use whatever supplies you have on hand. Please come back I’ll post my sketches late on.  Sketchbook Revival here I come! **All sessions will be available until May 18th so there is plenty of time. I think this means that you can not download the classes.

Four months have passed by and I wanted to give a review about Bloom and Fly, created by Päivi Eerola.  I wanted to share with you my take on this art membership in case you are curious or you want to join. I have enjoyed Bloom and Fly a lot. The camaraderie and the intense infusion of inspirational posts that come daily are amazing. Many creative people working constantly, it is equal to a “brain freeze” in an artful manner. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed as it is hard not to spark ideas of your own and have a traffic jam. The range of skills vary and I sometimes feel like a pre-school girl but I’m happy to know that I can grow and achieve pieces that I feel proud of, even when I’m also capable to see that I’m missing techniques or quality. Every month we get to have a…

I have always loved art, the colour, the textures, the way it makes me feel. I wish I could have joined a class early on, but life went on and I didn’t have the opportunity to do it, but instead of keeping on wishing I decided to change my reality and I’m so excited to share with you that in April of 2017 I finally did it! Yes, sometimes those feelings that pull you back are not the ones to hold on to. I will be sincere by telling you that I had also encountered moments of regret regarding the time that I spent wishing and not learning, but I have put them aside by keeping on enjoying the present moment.  I’m still a beginner and I know I have a long journey ahead of me, but I’m enjoying every minute. This is the first post of many more to come. and I invite…