Behind the E-course

alphabet dance If you have been hanging around here or facebook or instagram, you may have noticed me mentioning The Alphabet Dance, my e-course! I thought it would be a good time to share a little backstory, why the course rocks, and starting your own daily creative practice.

To start I am super passionate about art, and wanting to teach it. I haven't had a ton of chances in my life yet to teach, but I am turning that around slowly but surely. This e-course started out as a vision to start teaching, and yes I really do prefer in person sessions but for right now this is where I am at. Back in August I finally settled into my new studio and wanted to get back into making art again after almost a two year hiatus. I thought of how I could keep myself motivated, have a daily challenge, and make art everyday. It started with the alphabet, setting a few rules and then just beginning! Today I am starting round five of the challenge, and this e-course blossomed out of it because I wanted to share my excitement with you.

One of the best parts about working through the alphabet with limits to art supplies and what media you are going to tackle is that there is always an end in sight. You work through the letters, look back at all 26 paintings and can move on knowing that you just learned a whole lot about creating in a certain style. It has been a way for me to use art supplies around my studio I haven't touched in years, hone in on styles and ways of creating, exploring my ability to create digitally as well as traditionally. Needless to say this has been a journey.

I'd love for you to join me on this adventure and work through one round of the alphabet in mixed media. It's actually quite simple, and I'll be here to encourage and support you along the way. Today is the last day to get in on the boxed version, where you will get all the supplies you need to create your entire alphabet. Have a bunch of supplies? Just sign-up for the un-boxed version and you'll still have access to all the great content i've created for you!

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The Alphabet Dance

A fun, new exciting project I started over the summer called the Alphabet Dance is about to start its 3rd round. I'm wrapping up the birds this week, and next week flowers will be blooming!  I've been having so much fun with this little daily project. alphabet dance

I started this little project as a kick in the butt to get creating again and also so I could explore some different mediums. Working through this project from A-Z allows me the time to really get to know the process and dive in whole heartedly, because just dipping your toe in here and there doesn't give you a really good feeling as to whether this is something you will love or hate. If I am still interested in creating in that medium after 26 days then it will definitely become a part of my workflow.  So far I've done collage, digital illustration, and now i'm on to watercolors. I have learned so much already, and am figuring out new ways to bring these mediums into my own work. You can follow my progress over here on tumblr.