Dreams, Mystery, Magic

Hello friends,

It’s a really exciting day for me today… I will be having my first SOLO AUCTION EVER! omg…!

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New Phototastic CollageI have been soooo busy these last months painting and creating in preparation for this event.

It’s hard to imagine that just a couple years ago I was sitting at a check-in desk dreaming of becoming a full-time artist.

I worked for years in the airport, crazy night shifts, double shifts, stressing hours and passengers, working over weekends and holidays, just work work work like crazy. And I was extremely unhappy. When you do something you aren’t passionate about, when you get up at 3:00 am to do an early shift just so you can have the afternoon free and do some art, or stay up after the kids go to bed and paint knowing you only have 3 hours of sleep before you have to go to work.. These are all things that make you wonder, what the heck? Why don’t I defy all reason and follow my dream? Why don’t I take that leap, leave all else behind and be the one thing that I ever wanted to be since I was little? When I sneaked paper and pencil in bed after lights out to draw under a flashlight, or kept a broken oil pastel in my pocket ruining my best skirt? When all the kids where playing ball in the yard while I sketched my stories on paper…

The guardianAnd then one day that young teenager full of hopes and dreams, had her world suddenly fall apart. A dark cloud passed over my life and I forgot about my oil pastels, my paper and pencil, I forgot about everything. I did what I must to survive. I put my dreams aside, and “got on” with life.

Many years passed after that, where I hardly even picked up a pencil. I pretty much had locked away my dreams and threw away the key…

Then, one day, not many years ago things started to change. The dream I held on to as a kid started to re-surface. I tried my best to push it back, to ignore the calling. I had a family now to support after all, weren’t artists always portrayed as starving people dressed in rags? (lol!) In any case, I fell into a deep depression, thinking I would always be stuck in a job I wasn’t passionate about, doing something I couldn’t care less about, draining me day after day. I felt completely numb inside. Everything seemed impossible, like a weight that pulled me down down down to the very depths of desperation. My body had a sudden and total collapse. I just…stopped functioning.

And as I lay in that hospital bed I thought, “what the hell am I doing? Nobody is going to change this life for me, I have to do something about it and right away, before it’s too late…”

New Phototastic Collage3That year for me was one of the most difficult of my life. I went through some very dark times, my life turned upside down, the “old me” faded away and began to make space for the new me.

An open page… A new start.

It took still some more years until I finally could leave my job and become a full-time artist. It’s a big step and a difficult one, but here I am. It’s not impossible. I am following that dream of that little girl who longed to be an artist. Of that teenager who was too hurt, and too afraid to follow her dream, and so locked it away for what seemed like forever.

And tomorrow, for the first time I am having an online solo auction, two days just for me to share my art in the spotlight, and I’m scared like crazy. I’m filled with uncertainty…

I keep wondering, will anyone show up? What if I’m not good enough? And that, I imagine, is something we all experience as artists. Heck, every time I put out a new online class, I have the same fear, the same uncertainty.

But then I think of all those years I wasted away, and think, “no…NO more fear. No more uncertainties. We are the ones who make our own life my friends, we make our own dreams. Never hold them back.

Always move forward, no matter how scary it is.

 

I want to thank you all for your continued support, encouragement, and love! I certainly wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all of you who follow me, encourage me, and believe in me. And a HUGE thank you to dear Olga Furman, for believing in me and making this possible ❤ ❤ ❤  New Phototastic Collage2

I hope to see you there tomorrow, even just to cheer me on, or who knows, maybe you will find something you can treasure in your homes. 🙂

I will have over 30 original pieces between paintings, drawings, and clay sculptures, of all sizes and prices ranges, plus some reproductions.  A little something for everyone, plus lots of fun giveaways! 🙂

We start tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12pm Eastern time.. I hope to see you there! 🙂

To join the event at the Heartful Soul AC you can click here (remember to click on “going” so you can see the posts!)

Much love xo,

Katrina

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Ever After 2018 – Blog Hop & Give Away!

Hi everyone!

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I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Ever After again this year, woohoo! 😀

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! 🙂

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 14 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 deets (and sign up with the Early Bird price) by clicking HERE


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My chosen fairy tale is the Lady Galadriel, also known as the “Lady of light” from Lord of the rings, and I have some fabulous ideas cooking!

I’ve not fully developed my class idea yet, but I’m excited to be sharing with you my love for painting Elves and everything fantasy, much like you can see in these paintings!

Registration opens on May 15th 2018 and the class begins on July 1st 2018.

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! 🙂


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Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! 🙂 I can give away 1 space on this year’s 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! 🙂

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 (click here)

3. Leave a comment below!

I will announce the winner on the 20th of May! (anyone already signed up will simply be reimbursed!)

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

  1. 30th April Tamara Laporte willowing.org/blog
  2. 1st May Ady Almanza adrianaalmanza.blogspot.de
  3. 2nd May Andrea Gomoll andrea-gomoll.de/blog
  4. 3rd May Renata Loree renataloree.com
  5. 4th May Cristin Stevenson pantheartist.com/blog
  6. 5th May Danielle Donaldson danielledonaldson.com/blog
  7. 6th May Effy Wild effywild.com
  8. 7th May Tiare Smith tiaresmith.com
  9. 8th May Kara Bullock karabullockart.com/blog
  10. 9th May Katrina Koltes katrinakoltes.com/blog
  11. 10th May Lindsay Weirich the Frugal Crafter thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com
  12. 11th May Lucy Chen lucychenfineart.com/blog
  13. 12th May Marielle Stolp mariellestolp.wordpress.com/blog
  14. 13th May Micki Wilde thesecrethermit.blogspot.co.uk
  15. 14th May Regina Lord blog.creativekismet.com

 

Remember to keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! 🙂

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Have a great time following the blog hop! 🙂
xoxo

Katrina