I have a couple of gifts for you today...
Not the least of which (out of all she said to me) was the fact that she challenged me..."called me out", was I think the way she lovingly put it, to keep making art videos. The rest of what she said will stay between us, but suffice it to say, I have a couple of new dreams and goals as a result.
I joked in my guest-artist video in the NEW online course by Jeanne Oliver "Reflections - Paint Your Story" (it's never too late to sign up - here is all the information) that I was going to develop my own - my very own - online course entitled "The Art of Winter Optimism".
I meant it as a joke...mostly. But the idea...that "art of winter optimism"...stuck with me. As one who struggles with winter blues and blahs, I feel anything I can do to encourage those of you who know what I'm talking about - well, it would be a public service for sure.
Therefore, I decided to use the idea as my next free art journaling video. These videos are a great deal of work for me. I've been almost all day getting this one up for you - and working with a head cold does not help my ability to surf the dang learning curve.
This could, in fact, be a full-blown art course - and I still may build a course entitled "The Art of Winter Optimism". Just putting that out there. Check the date - late January 2016. You saw it here first. I'm overflowing with ideas for a fun, artsy course that would have to launch NEXT January. Stay tuned.
I also want to offer you a FREE 8x10" digital download of the above image (which is also the image I created in this video). It isn't super fancy, and it was painted in a journal, after all, but I'm partial to it, because of the message behind it. If you feel the least bit partial too, it's yours. Your image will be all cropped and color corrected and ready to print and frame. Your image will NOT be watermarked. Email me with your best email address by clicking this link. Hint: purchase some textured printer paper, and it will print up beautifully. Mat it and frame it inexpensively at Hobby Lobby and enjoy.
Once I receive your email address, I will send you the digital download as an attachment. You have my permission to print it however you like - make cards or give it as a gift. Even though it is a print of a two-page journal spread, it is textured and interesting, with all the detail of the original. All I ask in exchange is your email address (obviously) and that, if you give this print away as a gift, that you credit yours truly as the artist.
Lastly, here is my other gift to you...the video. Hope it encourages a few winter-weary hearts out there...