Life Book 2018 Blog Hop & Give Away!

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Hello everyone!

I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2018 next year!

I am SO thrilled and honored to be apart of this year’s amazing line-up and create some soulful art with all of you! Woohoo! 😀

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And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year-long art course! Keep reading to find out more about Life Book 2018 and to find out how you can win a spot! 🙂

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First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven’t heard about it yet! “Life Book, a celebration and honoring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! PLUS this year, Life Book is going to be bigger and better by including another 12 fantastic artists and wellness guides who will focus on additional personal development practices and other art modalities, like sculpting, photography & writing!
Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! You will
also be introduced to yoga, aromatherapy, dance and angel energy and other wellness exercises to help support your personal development journey more holistically and imagine the fun we will have getting introduced to and acquainted with some of the other wonderful art forms out there! You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 16500+ people in the past!) by clicking

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I haven’t fully developed my class idea yet, but I have plenty ideas already and am super excited to be sharing my story and journey of healing through art with you! I love to express my voice and feelings through art, much like you can see in these paintings:

 

Registration opens on September 12th 2017 and the class begins on January 1st 2018.
So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2018 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! 🙂 Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! 🙂

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂

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I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2018 to 1 lucky winner, yay! 🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂
How to enter the give-away:
1. Share this give-away on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+

2. Sign up to my newsletter pop-up

3. Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join Life Book 2018!

I will announce the winner on the 15th of September! (anybody already signed up before this date will simply be reimbursed)

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂

Saturday 19th August 2017 -> Tamara Laporte

Sunday 20th August 2017 -> Devorah Spilman 

Sunday 20th August 2017 -> Juna Biagioni

Monday 21st August 2017 -> Christie Drahnak 

Tuesday 22nd August 2017 -> Gabrielle J-C 

Tuesday 22nd August 2017 -> Laura Horn

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 -> Marielle Stolp 

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 -> Danielle Mack 

Thursday 24th August 2017 -> Lucy Brydon 

Friday 25th August 2017 -> Sarah Trumpp

Friday 25th August 2017 -> Effy Wild

Saturday 26th August 2017 -> Mystele Kirkeeng 

Sunday 27th August 2017 -> Deanna Jinjoe

Sunday 27th August 2017 -> Alena Hennessy

Monday 28th August 2017 -> Sharon Harkness-Dobler 

Tuesday 29th August 2017 -> Sophie Adamou 

Tuesday 29th August 2017  ->Amanda Grace 

Wednesday 30th August 2017 -> Jane Spakowsky 

Thursday 31st August 2017 -> Nanda Boukes 

Thursday 31st August 2017 -> Flora Bowley 

Friday 1st September 2017 -> Andrea Gomoll 

Saturday 2nd September 2017 -> Jo Klima 

Sunday 3rd September 2017 -> S Rebecca Leigh

Sunday 3rd September 2017 -> Julie Gibbons

Monday 4th September 2017 -> Ivy Newport

Tuesday 5th September 2017 -> Tara Marie Jack

Tuesday 5th September 2017 -> Annie Hamman

Wednesday 6th September 2017 -> Joy Ting Charde

Thursday 7th September 2017 -> Tara Morris

Thursday 7th September 2017 -> Louise Gale

Friday 8th September 2017 -> Wyanne Thompson

Saturday 9th September 2017 -> Katrina Koltes

Sunday 10th September 2017 -> Kathy Glynn

Monday 11th September 2017 -> Jeanne Marie Webb

 

Have a great time following the blog hop! 🙂
xoxo

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I’m Teaching in Paint Your Heart & Soul 2018!

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Hello, Art Lovers!

I’m SO excited to share that I’m going be to be teaching again in the amazing year long course called “Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018.” Woohoo! 😀

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This awesome course is a collaboration with 24 out of this world artists and instructors, who paint gorgeous, soulful art using a unique variety of styles and techniques.

We will share our knowledge, tips and tricks in order to create beautiful art!

This course is designed for individuals of all skill levels, ranging from a total beginner to an experienced artist!

In this course I’m going to teach two lessons:

For my main lesson we will painting our own story as a child portrait, similar to the image below. We will create this using acrylic and mixed media, adding a dramatic backdrop to tell our story in a unique and expressive way.

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For my bonus lesson, we will paint an intuitive painting with abstract background layers, much like the images below. We will combine this with a portrait in a more unusual angle, adding our spirit or power animal to tell a visual story.  

I am so excited to share these lessons with you and create some magic together! 😀

Click here to find out more about PAINT YOUR HEART AND SOUL 2018.

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This course is now open for registration, and if you register by December 1st, you can purchase the course at a DISCOUNTED PRICE! How awesome is that?

And what’s more is that I’m going to give one of you a FREE spot in the course!

GIVEAWAY

To enter the Giveaway, please do the following:

1. Share this image with the link below on your Social Media (FB, Instagram, Pinterest, etc)

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2.) Comment where you shared it, below. Each time you shared on different social channel I will enter your name to the draw, and why you would like to take this class!

Each share counts as one entry – multiple entries are encouraged!

I will announce the lucky winner on the 16th of September,  woohoo!

If you’ve already paid for the course and win the spot, you will get a full refund!

SIGN UP NOW FOR PYH&S 2018

 

I can’t wait to create together and hope to see you in class!

Oh another surprise! This past year’s Paint Your Heart and soul 2017 is going on a special, end-of-the-year discount for only $90! Get instant access to all the wonderful lessons from this year!

I was one of the surprise teachers this year, and my mixed media lesson was called “Soul Whispers”

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To read more about it, or sign up for PHY&S 2017 click here:

Sign up for Paint your heart and soul 2017

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xox,

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Give away winners announced for Watercolor Dreams!

 

 

Hello friends, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for all your entries to the giveaway, and all your sweet words of encouragement and sharing your dreams!

There were over 220 entries, so as you can imagine I couldn’t keep myself to gifting just 2… I just couldn’t help it! So actually, I decided I am giving 5 scholarships…..YES 5!!! 😀

This is in special thanks to all of you who have supported my journey and encourage me daily to be a full-time artist and follow my dreams, and in doing so, help you along with following yours! ;P

So without much further ado, here are the names of the lucky winners! 😀

  1. Paulette Sheffield
  2. Amista Nielson
  3. Joelene Mitchell
  4. Michelle Fore Wimmers
  5. Van Hann 

 

Thank you all once again for your support, & I hope you will join me in this fun watercolor adventure this September!

Early bird registration opens tomorrow,  exciting!! So don’t forget to come check out the dedicated page here on my website!

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Much love to you all, and hope to see you there! xox,

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Watercolor dreams giveaway!

Hello friends and wonderful creatives!

I’m SUPER excited to share my new class “Watercolor dreams” with you!

I’ve been filming like crazy the last few weeks, and will be working all through August to get this class out to you for September the 1st!

This class is all about painting beautiful, dreamy, soulful and expressive portraits in watercolor, all the while adding additional elements to tell a visual story.  Watch the video to see more!

 

 

If you have done any of my classes before, you know I love to put so much content, techniques, and creative passion into it! This class has taken me many months of planning, exploring and experimenting new techniques, and really developing my own style and voice so that I can share all these awesome goodies with you!

As in all my workshops, I love to give a chance for you to win a giveaway spot!

So this week I will be holding a double giveaway right here on my blog! I will announce the 2 winners the day before registration opens, on the July the 31st! Woohoo!

How to enter: Please comment here below on my blog on why you would love to take this class! And please sign up to my newsletter (if you haven’t already!)

(Any shares on Facebook or social media about the giveaway and class would be greatly appreciated!) ;P   

Early bird registration will open the 1st of August and lasts till August 20th, while the classroom opens September the 1st! I will also be opening a Facebook group toward the end of August so we can all connect there and you can share your beautiful art from the class!

Here is just a little sneak peek of some of the projects we will be doing… The full description of the projects, supply list, and structure of the class will be revealed on the registration page August 1st!

I really hope you will join me in this fun, creative adventure, and I’m SO looking forward to announcing the winners! woohoo! 😀

much love, xo

Katrina

FREE online creative weekend!

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Hello wonderful artists and creative souls!

I hope you are all enjoying your week!

I am finally getting back my strength, little by little, after a very nasty flu. I constantly have to remind myself about my limits in pregnancy, and try to slow down every once in while… Not easy, lol! I’m now at the half-way mark at 20 weeks, how exciting! 😀

I have so much to do and I am constantly filled with new inspiration! And as you can see I have been SO busy over the last weeks creating up a storm for both Ever After 2017 and for this awesome Creative online retreat!

Break Free

In the FREE 2 day online retreat, I will be offering this lesson on my acrylic painting, I share with you one of my methods of just letting go and trusting the process. I hope to inspire you to “Break free” and create expressive, emotional portraits, much like in my class “The art of expression”. I believe that sometimes we need to express our emotions and feelings in some way or other, but for fear, we don’t, and we keep it to ourselves. But by letting go and expressing through our art,  we open that window into our feelings, that small peek into what is really happening behind the scenes. A glimpse into our soul.

Here are the other 15 other artists who will be offering some awesome lessons as well!  Learn more about it here:

FREE ONLINE CREATIVE RETREAT

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Ongoing Retreat

(Take advantage of the Early bird price before the retreat begins)

Your creative journey should not be limited to one weekend so we’ve created the ONGOING RETREAT PACKAGE. This includes extended access to the lesson from the weekend of the retreat as well as a new lesson sent out weekly over the next five months. Join us as we make Creative Retreat a practice to sustain our path, nurture our souls and support our creative unfolding.

In my lesson for the ongoing retreat, we will be learning to “Be Brave”!

Be braveIn continuation to my first lesson, we continue to explore the power of visual story telling through our art. Sometimes we have subconscious feelings we can’t really place, but are there nonetheless, weighing us down. When we begin to just let go, and play in our journal, not worrying about perfection, we leave space for those feelings to surface. I also believe that by using limited tools and color palette, again we can stay focused and let those emotions flow. I hope you enjoy this lesson as much as I did! Sometimes letting go of those raw emotions can be really liberating!

I can’t wait to share this all with you an hope you will join me and these other 15 amazing artists/mentors/teachers for a creative overload!

SIGN UP HERE

With much love,

xox

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P.S!

Don’t forget that the early bird price for

EVER AFTER 2017

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is still on, it’s going to be an amazing and fun class this year, woohoo!

SIGN UP HERE

to claim your spot!

xox

 

Winner announcement for Ever After 2017!

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Hello everyone! 😀

I just drew my winner today, how exciting! Here is a little video of it ;P

 

 

Congrats LIA HALL!! And thank you ALL SO MUCH for entering the giveaway! That was fun!

More exciting news is that REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR

EVER AFTER 2017

Woohoo! 😀

There is an awesome early-bird price if you use the code MAGIC2017

SIGN UP HERE

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I’ve been busy busy busy filming and editing my lesson, and I can’t wait to share it with you! This is the painting we will be doing together, our Mother Nature 🙂

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I will be sharing with you some of my very favorite tips and techniques along with all my favorite ways to develop your own style and create something that tells your story too!

Come and check it out all packages here!

(Don’t forget to use the early-bird promo MAGIC2017)

I hope you all have a wonderful, creative weekend, and stay tuned for more exciting news coming up soon! 🙂

See you in class…

xoxo

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Ever After 2017 – Blog Hop & Give Away!

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Hello everyone!
I have some wonderful news! I am going to be teaching on Ever After this year! You all know how I absolutely LOVE story telling and fairy tale art, so this is really exciting for me! You can imagine all the ideas and stories forming in my mind right now! 😛

 

And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this magical new collaborative art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Ever After  and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! 🙂

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First let me tell you a bit more about Ever After in case you haven’t heard about it yet! “Ever After” is a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 15 popular mixed media art teachers who will all share beautiful fairy-tale & myth inspired lessons with you AND they will also divulge all their hints and tips on how they developed their own style and how YOU TOO can find your own unique voice as an artist! 🙂 Yay!
You can find out all the dates (and sign up with the Early Bird price) by clicking HERE 
My chosen fairy tale is “Mother Nature, the myth of Gaia

 

My lesson will be inspired by this fairy tale, I have some fabulous ideas cooking! I’ve not fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing this theme with you, as I have a deep love for nature and many of my paintings reflect this. I also adore using watercolor and mixed media , and can’t wait till we can explore and discover this medium together, and how it can make your painting magical and unique. You can see an example in some of my paintings, and how I like to “tell a  visual story” as well.

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Registration opens on May 17th 2017 and the class begins on July 1st 2017. So if you want to start your summer drawing and painting fairy-tales, exploring your own personal story and style and hang out with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, be sure to join once registration opens! 🙂 Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! 🙂
Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂 I can give away 1 space on Ever After to 1 lucky winner, yay! 🙂 And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 🙂

 

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How to enter the give-away:

  1. Share this give-away on Facebook or twitter (or other social media)
  2. Sign up to my newsletter (if you haven’t already!)
  3. Leave a comment below letting us know which fairy tale or myth character you would love to be, and why!

I will announce the winner on the 18th of May in my newsletter and on Facebook!

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Ever After – they too will be giving away a spot on Ever After so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 🙂

I hope to see you there in July! Thank you and good luck!

xox, Katrina

 

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2nd May 2017  Tamara Laporte willowing.org/blog
3rd May 2017 Andrea Gomoll andrea-gomoll.de/blog
4th May 2017 Danita Art blog.danitaart.com
5th May 2017 Effy Wild effywild.com
6th May 2017 Kara Bullock karabullockart.com/2017/03/happily-ever-after
7th May 2017 Karine Bosse kabostudio.com/blog
8th May 2017 Katrina Koltes katrinakoltes.com/2017
9th May 2017 Marielle Stolp mariellestolp.wordpress.com/blog
10th May 2017 Micki Wilde thesecrethermit.blogspot.co.uk
11th May 2017 Roberta Laliberte prairiefairydesigns.com/blog
12th May 2017 Sarah Trumpp wonderstrumpet.com
13th May 2017 Stephen Lursen stephenlursen.com/blogs/stephen-lursen-art
14th May 2017 Tiare Smith tiaresmith.com
15th May 2017 Toni Burt toniburt.com.au/blog
16th May 2017 Ivy Newport graceandivy.wordpress.com

 

 

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TODAY IS THE BIG DAY!

Good morning everyone!

I’ve been up since early this morning as I am way too excited to lounge in bed lol.. it’s one of those days, sort of like when you are about to travel and go somewhere you’ve never been, where you just can’t sit still.. well today is the day I have been waiting for since the last few months!

As a lot of you know I am have been painting up a storm, 25 pieces to be exact, each with a very special story of their own.. These months haven’t been easy, I am in my fourth month of pregnancy now, but the first three where pretty rough with lots of nausea and exhaustion, and I was still working at my day job in the airport too till not long ago..

But one thing that kept me going was my dream. We all have a dream since we were little right? I only started pulling this dream out of the closet about 2 years ago. Everyone (including me) thought it was ridiculous, a full time artist? “Don’t artists starve and dress in rags?” lol, who wants to live like that?

No, I was determined, I can do this I thought, or at least die trying! I’ve wasted way too many years watching others fulfill their dreams while I sat by and sighed thinking, “If only I could”…Then one day, I started to go into depression. I didn’t want to go on anymore. I had a huge collapse, my body didn’t respond to my brain anymore, it just sort of…shut down. And as I lay in that hospital bed I couldn’t stop thinking, this is not me, this is not who I was meant to be! I can’t let my life pass me by without even trying!!

And so, I slowly pulled out of that dark place, and started to pick up the pieces again. I went through a really dark and difficult time that year.. of searching, of change, of discovery, of trying to put myself back together, piece by piece. But most of all, of really listening to my heart. I felt I had totally forgotten how to do that…

And so I started painting, and painting, and really just getting everything out, all the past of keeping everything inside, it all just started to pour out… I had finally found a way to tell my own story. To share my voice. And I started to heal. Heal from depression, heal from a past a trauma I had tried shut out but never really heled from. I began to listen to that still small voice inside that I had ignored for way too long.

And I painted, every day, as much as I could, every chance I had. I lacked technique so I signed up for online courses, selling my first paintings at whatever price I could so I could use that money to sign up for another online course and another.. I was desperate to learn all I could, I wanted to be able to best portray what my heart wanted to say, through my art.

In the beginning there were a lot of discouragements, a lot of asking and getting no answers, but I didn’t let that discourage me, to the contrary, I let it encourage me to try harder! And then, finally, things started to fall in place. Now, almost three years later since that fateful day I look back and realize how far I have come, and how far I still have to go. But I look forward, always, and remind myself every day how blessed I am.

I now am able share my art, to teach online and share my passion and heart with others, I am now able to tell my story, to speak my voice, and not hold back. Because I tried.

I won’t be silent anymore and watch the world pass me by. I wont hold back ever again… only move forward. And do my best to encourage you all to do the same. We only live this life once, why not make it an amazing one! 🙂

So keep following your dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem, and don’t look back…

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

And if you have some time today, it would make me SO happy if you’d stop by at the SPRING AUCTION today where I will have those 25 of my pieces up I was telling you about, even just for a word of encouragement. 🙂

This auction, hosted my the amazing Stephanie Gagos, is already underway since the 18th and is running for 12 days, with 21 amazing artists, each day a different one. I have been blown away by the talent and heart of these fellow artists, and of course, of our amazing host Stephanie that makes this all possible.. Thank you Stephanie, and all of you dear friends for making possible to follow our dreams. ❤

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

CLICK HERE TO GO THE SPRING AUCTION PAGE

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The secret is out!

Hello fellow artists!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and had some time to create!

I have been soooo busy lately, filming for my new class “The art of expression”, which is now open for registration, woohoo!

I also have been waiting to spill a very exciting secret, and now I can finally say that I am one of the surprise teachers for the year-long course “PAINT YOUR HEART AND SOUL”, hosted by the wonderful Olga Furman!

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Read all about it

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Her teaching, along with many other talented artists have made this class AMAZING, and I can honestly say that the students work coming from there has been mind blowing! This year-long workshop is packed with different techniques and inspiration boosts every week to keep you creating all year long!  

So, all this to say that I am super excited and honored to announce my project for this class, which will go online on the 29th of March!

Painting from my heart and soul is what my art is all about.

 It’s the most important thing for me when I paint, to transmit and connect through art, baring a little bit of my soul so that others can relate and be inspired.

It’s never easy to put yourself out there.

 For many years I was afraid to do this.

But I learned through many hardships and soul searching that it is a vital part of me and my life as an artist. Art has healed me, and given me the strength to pull through hard times.

And so, my friends, this is what this lesson will be about.

It’s called “Soul Whispers”, and that, if we get quiet enough, we can really hear what our heart and soul has to say.

It doesn’t speak out loud, but in soft whispers that guide us and give us the answers we are looking for.

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I hope you will join us in this amazing workshop, and join me in this special lesson of painting with your heart.

I will be showing you my special technique of layering with watercolor and acrylics, to create a beautiful luminous effect, while we work very intuitively and let our painting guide us and show us how it wants to unfold.

I hope you are excited as I am for this lesson and can’t wait to see you in class!

Xox

Katrina        

Sign up for PAINT YOUR HEART AND SOUL

HERE

Soul Whispers

If I could see, or even feel
That light that shines deep within..
I let my thoughts and mind go quiet
And really listen to the silence.
I hear my souls’ gentle whispers
Comforting from all the violence.
That light that glows from the heart
Envelops me with its warmth.
It heals my soul, slowly transforming,
Filling me with life once more.
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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!

Hello fellow artists!

I hope you are enjoying your week!

I am SUPER excited to announce that REGISTRATION to my brand new class

 “THE ART OF EXPRESSION – Painting with feeling” is NOW OPEN! Woohoo!

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It’s always a challenge for me to make a workshop, both physically and mentally. A lot of work goes into it behind the scenes and sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed. But I don’t let that discourage me! I plunge forward and meet the challenge face-on.

I guess after so many years of waiting around for things to happen I finally woke up and thought, hey Kate, nothing’s going to fall in your lap, you have to work for it, really hard, every day.

And I do. I practice constantly. If I don’t know how to open a website I google it and study on how to do it on my own. If haven’t the slightest clue on how to do edit a video, I learn how.

 I’m always jugging a hundred things at the same time and it keeps me inspired and so busy that often I forget to eat, lol. But that’s what artists do right? Life as an artist isn’t easy, it’s hard work. But it’s SO worth it!!

When I see somebody can relate and resonate with my work it makes me inspires me to do more! When somebody tells me they are inspired by my work, I can’t wait to inspire again! It’s one of the most wonderful things about being an artist.

 Connecting with others through art.

Through expression in our art.

 And that’s what my new workshop is all about. Expressing and connecting though art.

I hope you will join me on this amazing journey, and so we can continue to inspire each other.

 I hope you will have the courage to create with me while we let down our boundaries and really let our feelings come to the fore.

It may not be easy…. For me it never is. 

Because when releasing our emotions and just expressing we feel vulnerable.

But that’s the beauty of it.

  That’s when people see your artwork and think, hey, how did she know exactly what I was feeling today!?

Because it’s a form of communication, of expression and of baring your soul, so that others can do the same. 

It’s painting with FEELING that makes the difference. And I can’t wait to inspire you to do just that. 

I hope to see you in the classroom!

Xox

Katrina