It may come as a surprise so some of you who got to know me through one of the class I taught in the last 2 years but Acrylic Paint and I are very old friends. You see on the journey of finding my own voice in art and extending the range of mediums I use, Acrylic kinda got neglected, push over the back of the shelf and I got all excited about watercolour and pencils thinking: where have you been all my life shiny bright new thing, come and hug me! Well, maybe it did not exactly happened like that but close enough! ;)
It felt natural for me when I started to teach to taught what was in that moment the centre of my art. Little did I know Acrylic was not done with me, it courts me in the art store with his bright neon colour gently whispering in my ears: "pitsss! don't forget about me, remember all the good time we had together and how I feel under your fingers…" Unfortunately for him, Watercolour was talking a bit louder to me, I mean have you ever paint with a shimmery Daniels Smith watercolour? It's pure magic I tell you!
But after a while, I discovered mixte media and Acrylic was able to make his return slowly here and there. On occasion, I would paint a portrait with him only and be all surprised of how much I love him still… Then one day as I was reorganising my studio (it happens sometimes) moving stuff around I found this wooden box of oil pastel I bought probably two years before barely untouched and Acrylic was like Oh men remember the parties we had all three of us?! The fun you had mixing both of us together? For some reason that day I listen to him, took out the first canvas journal I ever put together and in a week 4 portraits was done and I was on a roll!
When it came to putting together a plan for my own online class, I wanted to offer something different, looking around, a lot of people were asking me where to buy my canvas journal, I don't think I'm the first person ever to do it but it did not seem to be a common thing so I had my base idea for the class, then was how do I get people to join in? I thought watercolour on canvas, that's not something you see every day, so let's do that. But what about people that have a hate relationship with watercolour? (I don't get that one but I am not judging either) That's the moment my old buddies Acrylic and Oil Pastels threw a party for me! We have been going at it since mid-January the 3 of us and I sincerely having the best time creating that I have in a very long time. Going back to my roots I let go of other people's expectations and created the kind of art I had in my head for a while now. I feel inspire, in control and ready to paint about anything I can think
You can join the class at any moment here
P.S. when I say "other people's expectations" you should read: what I think people want from me… ;)
I also had a lot of great news concerning future projects lately that I cannot share with you just yet but it seem like next year will be a great one!