Exciting news

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April was a very wet and cold month here in New York City and, deprived of nice and warm weather to go to my favorite gardens, I used the time to get busy in the studio!

So much is happening. I'm teaching at Michaels store in Chelsea twice a week now, offering both watercolor and acrylic painting instruction in various subjects such as landscapes, florals, seascapes, and still life, and I'm also offering botanical art instruction at New York's finest botanical gardens and conservatories on weekends. Teaching alone is keeping me very busy but I have some great projects happening as well.

Some of the projects I can (partially) share, but others are still super secret (for the time being at least). I'm adding the final touches to my first Skillshare class and I cannot wait to share it with everyone. I don't want to give away too much just yet, but as a teaser, I will say that the class involves watercolor and real plants. So exciting! I also have some new, fun products coming to the shop, including eco-friendly handmade papers and botanical jewelry. And, if that weren't enough,  I'm in the very initial stages of creating an oracle deck. But that's all I can say about that, so stay tuned for upcoming news. If you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet, consider doing it. You'll be the first to know what's going on in my studio and the development of my secret projects. And of course, as a subscriber, you get exclusive products, sales, and discounts available only for my subscriber. 

Well, the weather is gorgeous today (finally!), so I best get going and check as many items off my (very long) to-do list, so I can at least spend at least a little time outdoors later in the afternoon.

Have a wonderful day, stay creative, and shine your light brightly to the world!

xo,

Jade

 

 

Do more of what makes you happy

I've had a long dry spell last year and I barely painted at all the entirety of 2017. Needless to say it was a miserable year! I did play here and there with various mixed media projects, and took classes to boost my creative juices, all to no avail. This year though, it's been a whirlwind of creative endeavors happening at the studio! I have so much on my plate, between school, work, family, and try to take my business off the ground, I barely have any time left but trust me, every single second I squeeze in painting time. I haven't felt this gusto in painting in quite a while. Perhaps the enthusiasm comes from a place of deep love for watercolor, my one true love, and botanical art. No matter what new materials and subjects I experiment with, the one thing that never ceases to amaze me, and I never get tired of, is botanical art in  watercolors. I've been cranking up practically a painting a day and even posting little snipets of my process on Instagram, in the form of WIP pictures and short videos. I am on a roll!

Here's my latest creation, a knockout rose and I have to say, I am really satisfied with how it turned out. That speaks a lot considering that I am always hypercritical of my artwork and find it hard to be absolutely pleased. It's paintings like this one that gets me all fired up to keep going. I have so many ideas at the moment, I hardly know where to start! But that beats having no ideas or inspiration. Trust me, that is a bummer!

Hope you all have a great and creative week! Until next time, shine brightly.

xo,

Jade

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