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Tea and cake with Gracie interview

Hello lovely artists and creatives,
I hope you all had a wonderful, restive weekend!

Today I have something very special to share with you!

I was so excited and honored when sweet and lovely Gracie from Willowing.org asked me to be interviewed, and share more of my story with you all!

What’s more, I am offering 3 GIVEAWAYS for you all, yay!

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Take me to the interview! 

A special friendshipMy first giveaway is for everyone! I’m gifting a special, high-resolution printable copy of my painting
“A special friendship”, Yay!
Click here to get to the interview to claim your copy! 🙂

 

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Second I’ve prepared a fun FREE pastel tutorial for you of my painting “A healing touch”.
I hope it inspires you to try it for yourself and that you enjoy watching! 😀

From wherewe standAnd last but certainly not least..
.A chance to win a spot in my brand new Pastel class “Whispers of Nature”!!
Come on over to enter here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paint your Heart and Soul 2019

Hi friends!

I’m really excited to share with you that I’m going to be teaching for the 3rd time in an amazing year-long art course called

“Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019”,

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I’m especially thrilled, because the theme this year is Loosening up and creating intuitive art, and this is exactly what I love to do!

I’m especially excited that our host, Olga Furman has put together such an amazing team of international teachers and artists, and the variety of art techniques we are going to explore is amazing!  All of us are very excited to share our knowledge and tips and tricks with creative people like YOU.

The course includes over 50 downloadable video lessons and PDF documents, which will be provided weekly, starting January 2019.
This course is designed for individuals of all skill levels, ranging from a total beginner (no previous experience in drawing/painting is required prior this course) to an experienced artist! 🙂

 

We will also have a closed FB group where students are encouraged to share their progress, receive support and meet like-minded friends. This is a very friendly and inviting environment. Being a part of the art community has a tremendous positive effect and makes the learning process even more exciting!


 

In this course I’m going to provide two lessons, one on color theory and visual story telling with watercolor, much like me paintings here:

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Plus a fun bonus lesson on our main theme this year, which is staying loose and intuitive!

We will be painting this fun watercolor as we literally add splashes of color, loose line-work, and work very intuitively!

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Click HERE to find out more details about

PAINT YOUR HEART AND SOUL 2019.

This course is now open for registration and if you register by December 5th, you can purchase the course at a DISCOUNTED PRICE of $99 (save $30 from regular price of $129!) Don’t miss out!

And what’s more – I’m going to give one of you a FREE spot in the course, please see details below!

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To enter the Giveaway raffle, do the following: 

⦁ Share this link on your Social Media (FB, Instagram, Pinterest)
⦁ Comment on where you shared the link and I will add you to the raffle.
Each share on a different social media counts as one entry – multiple entries are encouraged!
⦁ Sign up to my newsletter here (if you aren’t already!)

I will announce the lucky winner on Wednesday, the 12th of September.

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

 

I can’t wait to start creating together!

xox,

Katrina

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Art Walk Alchemy 2019

Hello friends and fellow artists!

I’m excited to finally announce that I will be a part of this amazing, brand-new collaborative workshop called

Art Walk Alchemy

There is an amazing line-up of talented teachers and projects, just wait till you read more!

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In this year-long mixed-media course there will be 24 professional artists to educate, inspire, motivate, and celebrate you in your artistic journey. The 2019 theme is Totems and Talismans, and each lesson will incorporate a literal or metaphoric representation of various totems and talismans.

Through this year, you will create twenty-four unique art projects that exhibit different perspectives on this exciting theme. This course is suitable for all artistic levels.

When you sign up for this course you will receive:

  • access to 24 professional artists. Each one will be available to answer questions and support your creativity during their lesson.
  • 24 in-depth video lessons in our favorite six art forms: paper art, clay, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, and painting.
  • a creative community of fellow artists with whom you can exchange comments, share your projects, and interact throughout the entire year.
  • downloadable video lessons.
  • a list of supplies for each lesson. Some supplies will be available in our shop so please check it out. We will also highlight any course packs that we offer.
  • an opportunity to pre-order available course packs.
  • surprises and unexpected freebies throughout the year. (yay!)

 

In my lesson we will be exploring how spirit animals can help us in our everyday lives, each having a special message to bring, and what they can teach us. Depending on where we are in our life journey and what we are currently experiencing, we can call upon certain spirit animals (even mystical ones) to assist us in our journey and help us on the paths we choose to take. I often work spirit animals, and love to paint intuitively with watercolor or ink, combined with pastels or color pencils. So in this lesson we will explore the possibilities of pastels with one of these other medias. We paint a girl (as ourselves) with the spirit animal we wish to call upon for empowerment and guidance. I strongly believe that by painting these spirit animals we can bring them into our lives and call upon them to help us with whatever it is we are trying to express and achieve at that time.

Here are a few examples of what my lesson might look like:

 

I hope you will join us on this magical journey for

Art Walk Alchemy 2019!

(Please make sure to use  my name in the drop-down menu or comment section, so you can support me when you sign up! Thanks so much! xox hugs!)

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xox

Katrina

 

Winners Announced!

Hi friends!

I’ve just announced the giveaway of my class, you can watch the live video here on Facebook where I draw out the winners, congratulations! 🙂

Thank you all SO much for entering in the giveaway and all your wonderful comments, I really appreciate it!!!

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There is already such a wonderful group forming, I hope you will join us for this magical workshop! I’m super excited (and a little bit terrified), as I always am when about to release a new class that I’ve put my heart and soul into! 😀

Make sure to advantage of the early-bird price, ending on the 31st of August! 

 

See you in the classroom! xoxo

Katrina

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Whispers of Nature Giveaway

Hi friends and fellow artists!

I’m super excited to share my new pastel class “Whispers of Nature” with you all!

 So to celebrate this new journey together I would like to

GIVE AWAY 2 FREE SPOTS

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This workshop is for anyone who loves pastel and wants to get familiar with them and discover interesting combinations with mixed media… but most of all this class is for those who want to bring more magic in their art and lives by reconnecting with nature and it’s wonderful spirits, bringing guidance, empowerment and healing!

I will be sharing both my soft pastel and oil pastel techniques, while we explore the animal spirit realm and how we can communicate and work with nature and our power animal guides… A real adventure into the wild!

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All you have to to do to enter the giveaway is:

 

  • Comment here why would you like to take this class
  • Share this blog post on your social media and let me know where you shared! (The more shares, the more chances to win!)

 

I will be choosing the winners on August the 27th, yay! 😀

*If you’ve already signed up no worries, the winners will simply be reimbursed!

 

dav…Ready, set, go!!!

Have fun and good luck! 😀

xox, Katrina

 

 

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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

Winner announced for Around the world

Hello friends and fellow artists!

Today I’m announcing the winner to my giveaway for

Around the World through art!

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Yay!!

Thank you all SO MUCH for participating in the raffle, it was a lot of fun!

You can still join us NOW and ***SAVE $30*** from regular price!!!

OFFER EXPIRES APRIL 11, 2018, MIDNIGHT EST. (REGULAR PRICE $ 119, Early Bird Price $ 89 ONLY!!!!”)

JOIN US IN AROUND THE WORLD THROUGH ART

 

Today I filmed my bonus lesson, where I take you to Tuscany, just one of my many favorite places here in Italy 🙂

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I hope to see you in the classroom! xoxo

Katrina

Around the world through art

Hello dear friends!

Do you love to travel? To go to adventure? To see new places and meet new people? Then I have exciting news for you!!!

A brand new collaborative course, called

“Around The World Through Art”

just opened for registration! Yay!!! And guess what? I’m a guest teacher! Whoo-hoo!

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I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing course, because well, for one I grew up travelling! And I truly believe that getting to know different countries, cultures and lifestyles can not only enrich your lifestyle and broaden your perspective, but also gift you so much in your art!

So Olga Furman had this wonderful idea of creating this amazing collaborative workshop to be able to bring these countries and cultures right to you, isn’t that fun?!

“Around The World through Art” course is a collaboration of 14 international artists from all over the world, and it hosted by artist Olga Furman at OlgaFurmanArt.com

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You are invited to join us for one of a kind, unforgettable adventure!

We will “travel” around the world and create art, inspired by different countries and traditions!

And all that – from the convenience of your own home! 😀

 

 


In this course I’m inviting you with me to “visit”….

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I’m going to be teaching two lessons:

Project #1

The Venetian Mask

luca-bravo-453157We will travel back into the eighteenth century to a very special place where art is everywhere you look. From the narrow noisy streets to the huge piazza with towering domes, from the colorful flowered balconies to the arched bridges overlooking green canals dotted with gondolas… yes, we are talking about the magical city of Venice!

We will discover the dramatic Venetian carnival costumes and extravagant masks which made Venice so world-famous and discover the history of expressive color and artistic creations.

serkan-turk-463683Art lesson: We will paint the portrait of an eighteenth century woman dressed extravagantly for a carnival dance, with mixed media incorporating beautiful collage, and hand-made paper, similar to these paintings below..

 

 

Project #2: (Bonus lesson)

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We move further south down into the beautiful, sun-kissed countryside of Tuscany, where the beautiful colors of vineyards, olive trees and poppy fields warm your heart and awaken your creativity.

Art lesson: We will paint a Tuscan countryside in acrylic using loose, thick brushstrokes and bright splashes of color.

 

 

All the video lessons are downloadable and you get a lifetime access*

 

To find out who are the other artists, what countries you will be visiting” with them and what kind of art will be creating click HERE


  

Join Around The World Through Art

before April 3rd

and get $30 DISCOUNT from regular price!

How amazing is that!!!

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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, do the following

Share this link https://tinyurl.com/yblln93f or my blogpost link with the image below on your Social Media (FB, Instagram, Pinterest)

  1. Comment where you shared it, here in the comments section.

*Each time you shared on different social channel I will enter your name to the draw.

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

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I will announce the lucky winner on the 20th of February!

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

I can’t wait to create together!

xo,

Katrina

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Rekindle your creativity

Hi creative friends and artists

As you know in my last blogpost I was a bit on the down-side and discouraged and had lost that creative fire for a bit. Yes, it happens to all of us!

 

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But just a few days ago, I went to visit a good friend of mine. He began showing me his latest work and I got so inspired and couldn’t wait to get back to my studio and start painting!

 

So today I’m super excited to present to you here on my blog , an amazingly talented photographer Paolo Ricci, who’s work is so inspiring and just plain awesome!

 

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He loves to create these dreamy and fantasy worlds from his imagination with the camera and digital art, just like I so enjoy painting them!

 

 

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Oops I forgot the faucet on again – By Paolo Ricci

His work is not only super inspiring, but I have also had the pleasure to work alongside him, and on the other side of the camera, where we created some super dreamy and fun atmospheres that makes you want to get out your paintbrush start painting!

 

 

 

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The lady of the cliff – by Paolo Ricci

In fact, I have his permission to use all his work as reference photos, which is really exciting, my mind is brimming with ideas already!

 

 

You can check out more of Paolo Ricci’s work over on his website where his incredible work is also available for purchase as digital prints! I have seen some of these large prints and they really create some amazing atmosphere where they are displayed.

I also enjoy the titles as they all have an ironic or comical twist, which is both fun and original.

 

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It’s raining fish – by Paolo Ricci

So without much further ado, I’ll let you check out his work and be inspired!

 

Check out Paolo Ricci’s website here!

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

xox,

Katrina

 

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Katrina Koltes – by Paolo Ricci

 

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