21 SECRETS Conversations with Darrah Parker



21 SECRETS Conversations is a weekly interview series where I ask one of my 21 SECRETS teachers every Wednesday:


What has your journey as an artist been like?


From art school graduates to self trained sensations, to tender newbies --- each artist has an inspiring story to share that is filled with joy, challenges, and a creative spirit that keeps on flowing!

You can view past 21 SECRETS Conversations HERE and be sure to sign up for the 21 SECRETS Conversations emails HERE where you'll receive weekly art journal prompts and discounts on our 21 SECRETS workshops!

Today our special guest is Darrah Parker!


Darrah Parker is a Seattle-based lifestyle photographer, specializing in photographing newborns, families, and portraits in authentic, meaningful ways. In her spare time she follows her daughter around with her camera, capturing the messy moments of motherhood and trying to freeze time. She shares her approach to photography in her e-course, The Slice of Life Project, and her approach to savoring motherhood in her other e-course, Lens Mama.

You can find Darrah online HERE and she is bringing her workshop Snap It: Photographing Life As It Is to 21 SECRETS Spring 2015 coming out April 1st & on sale NOW!

Come join the Conversation below!



That Red Says It All




I love this painting.

And even better yet, I loved every second of painting it.





Every moment felt like a complete surprise.  A new discovery.

A welcome home.





Every brushstroke fell into place.

Every line was followed by a symphony of sighs.




And that red.





That red says it all.

21 SECRETS Conversations with Sheri Ponzi




21 SECRETS Conversations is a weekly interview series where I ask one of my 21 SECRETS teachers every Wednesday:


What has your journey as an artist been like?


From art school graduates to self trained sensations, to tender newbies --- each artist has an inspiring story to share that is filled with joy, challenges, and a creative spirit that keeps on flowing!

You can view past 21 SECRETS Conversations HERE and be sure to sign up for the 21 SECRETS Conversations emails HERE where you'll receive weekly art journal prompts and discounts on our 21 SECRETS workshops!

Today our special guest is Sheri Ponzi!





Sheri Ponzi is an Artist, a Healer, a Magic-Maker and a Mermaid-In-Disguise.

Sheri's work encourages a deep knowing, honoring, and celebrating of the Divinity in each of us.  She believes that as we recognize the truth of our own Sacred selves,  we open to previously unimagined possibilities, and can then claim a life that reflects our heart's desire.

Sheri's intent is to provide a safe and nurturing space to allow you to paint and experience life through the lens of the Magical Creative Spirit that resides in each of us.  

You can find Sheri online HERE.  Plus, she is teaching her workshop My Magical Paintbrush in 21 SECRETS Spring 2015 that comes out April 1st! On sale now HERE!

Come join our conversation below!





Bless My Rebel Heart, I Love Painting Faces




A couple years ago I went through a period where I didn't want to paint faces, because everyone paints faces.

There's a part of me that always wants to be some kind of rebel -- that relishes in being an odd ball -- who finds pride in refusing to conform.






But then I realized how silly I was being. 

I love painting faces.  





It feels like magic every time a new face surfaces through a pool of color, line, and patterns.

Though the real secret is that each face is a facet of myself that's being revealed.

Each face is a part of my story that is told without ever whispering a word.

Art Is Not A Luxury, It's A Necessity




So I just got back from a beautiful vacation in sunny, warm West Palm Beach, Florida where one of my oldest and dearest friends Mary lives with her beautiful family!

Not only did Mary host us for the week in her bright and colorful home, she also generously invited me to lead a FEARLESS® Painting Circle there on Saturday as well!





I was so honored and humbled to be joined by a circle of talented women that journeyed from all over Florida, Georgia, and even as far away as Texas to FEARLESS® Paint their blessed hearts out with me!

Each woman's courage and spirit touched me deeply.

There's nothing like being in a circle of artists that makes my heart feel complete.







Our concept that we were exploring together that day in Circle was freedom.

What does it mean to feel, express, and most of all possess freedom as an artist?








For me, freedom lies in owning one's own mark in the world.

Freedom is that sweet spot where things just gel together!

Freedom is being truly, 100% me.








Each of the FEARLESS® Painters spent some time exploring and truly embracing what their mark looks like right here, right now.  

It was really fun to see how each woman already possesses a unique style and voice to their work -- no matter what level or background they have.

We began the day by actually taking a look at some art work Mary's 5 year old daughter created -- and seeing no matter what age we are our expression is truly our own and our style is already present.

It was my intention to have the women leave the circle with  more love in their heart's than fear when it came to embracing their gifts as an artist.








What truly makes my heart sing when I look at these photos is how every single woman is painting something entirely different -- something that is completely true to who they are.

I want my painters to leave with a deeper understanding of who they are as artists and NOT create a water down version of my painting to take home with them.






But one of the things that I loved most about our day FEARLESS® Painting together is that our little ones got to see a group of adults playing and totally immersed in art making!

In the end, this is why I truly do this work.

This is why I believe so strongly in gathering women together in circle  -- in helping artists let go of  their fears and blocks around being an artist and just relax into the truth of who they are.

I want our little one's to inherit a world where art is not a luxury but a necessity to life.
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If you feel the same way, than I invite you to join me at Paint FEARLESS® Mexico happening in August!  

CLICK HERE for more info!


Or if you need some support & inspiration for gathering your own Creative Circles than be sure to CLICK HERE and grab a copy of my Creative Circles Guidebook! 



BIG Hugs! BIG Love! 
Connie

21 SECRETS Conversations with Jennibellie




21 SECRETS Conversations is a weekly interview series where I ask one of my 21 SECRETS teachers every Wednesday:


What has your journey as an artist been like?


From art school graduates to self trained sensations, to tender newbies --- each artist has an inspiring story to share that is filled with joy, challenges, and a creative spirit that keeps on flowing!

You can view past 21 SECRETS Conversations HERE and be sure to sign up for the 21 SECRETS Conversations emails HERE where you'll receive weekly art journal prompts and discounts on our 21 SECRETS workshops!

Today our special guest is Jennibellie!



Jennibellie is an artist in a few different areas but mostly an art journaler and recycle artist, meaning her number.1 supply is trash. Jennibellie is passionate about unleashing the creative instinct, both in herself and helping it be released in others.  Jennibellie feels sharing & creating community is very important to develop ourselves, our art, our skills, our knowledge and to provide loving encouragement with one another. Jennibellie creates lots of youtube tutorials & also has free classes and groups located on her ning art community.

You can find Jennibellie online HERE and she is bringing her workshop Affirmation Artistry to 21 SECRETS Spring 2015 coming out April 1st & on sale NOW!

Come join the Conversation below!




Art Journaling? Or Visual Journaling? What's the Dif?!


The lovely and talented Kristal Norton asked a group of us artists 

"What's the difference between art journaling and visual journaling?"

What came next is an interesting dialogue that you can check out in the video below!


21 SECRETS Conversations with Juliette Crane!




 21 SECRETS Conversations is a weekly interview series where I ask one of my 21 SECRETS teachers every Wednesday:


What has your journey as an artist been like?

From art school graduates to self trained sensations, to tender newbies --- each artist has an inspiring story to share that is filled with joy, challenges, and a creative spirit that keeps on flowing!

You can view past 21 SECRETS Conversations HERE and be sure to sign up for the 21 SECRETS Conversations emails HERE where you'll receive weekly art journal prompts and discounts on our 21 SECRETS workshops!

Today our special guest is Juliette Crane!



Juliette Crane is a full-time artist, teacher, storyteller and adventurer. She is the author of Inspired by the Little Things and the creator of a series of online classes that help thousands around the world overcome creative blocks and strengthen their unique style. From her How To Paint An Owl, How To Paint A Girl, and How To Create Whimsical Animals classes to her mixed media workshops Serendipity and Bliss.

Having fun, learning to let go and not being afraid to cover up her paintings have become essential to Juliette’s creative process. She’s fallen in love with mixed media painting and out of all of the painting techniques she’s ever tried, the one thing she always returns to is remembering to have fun with whatever it is she’s creating. This brings joy into the process, which inevitably gets infused into your artwork and always makes anyone who sees it smile.

Her work has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Oprah.com, and Stampington & Company publications. 

You can find Juliette online HERE.  Plus she is teaching her workshop Make Believe in 21 SECRETS Spring 2015 --- coming out April 1st & on sale now!

Check out our Conversation below!



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