Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ever After 2019 giveaway winner!

Ever After 2019 sign up link < click here to sign up! 

Hello friends.. Thank you all so much for participating in the giveaway! I'm sorry I'm a little late announcing the winner but I've been so busy creating my content for the Ever After 2019 Lesson!
I wish so badly I could give away several spots but I can only do one and I had to be fair so I entered all the names entered into a hat (yes the old fashioned way) because its just so ahrd to choose!)

And the lucky winner is ...Julie Stancato! Congrats! 

So sad not everyone could win but I do have some good news... there is a coupon for 20% off the class available.. please click on link to (with hot pink letters) to sign up until July 6th! 


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Ever After 2019 Blog Hop and giveaway!

Blog Hop and giveaway! 

Hello dear friends... so by now you all know about my exciting news! I'm teaching On Tamara Laportes Ever After 2019 final course! I'm super excited and working on some great ideas and extras besides my lesson to give you!
I can't wait! I thought about all the different things I could do with my course and my fairy tale I've chosen. I haven't said what it is yet but I'll give you a hint... it's something about a shoe! :) but even more exciting is that you can win a free spot on this course that will teach you all kinds of wonderful things by so many amazing teachers!! Oh, my goodness! I'm licking my chops!
 Even more exciting is the fact that I can give away 1 space on this year's Ever After to 1 lucky winner, yay! :) And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! :)
How to enter the give-away :

1. Share this give-away on Instagram-facebook, twitter and Tag me (
2. Follow me on Instagram-leave me a comment on instagram about Ever After 2019-tag three friends-
3.Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join Ever After this year
I will announce the winner in a week!.

Meanwhile here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Ever After this year – they too will be giving away a spot on Ever After so go check them out and enter their give-aways! :).
1st May Tamara Laporte
2nd May Andrea Gomoll
3rd May Danita Art
4th May Effy Wild
5th May Natalie Mecham
6th May Angela Kennedy
7th May Marieke Blokland
8th May Pamela Vosseller
9th May Renee Mueller
10th May Lora Murphy
11th May Maria Pace-Wynter
12th May Patti Ballard
13th May Natalie Neumann
14th May Shilpa Lalit (Artyshils)
15th May Alena Hennessy
16th May Tanya Cole

I'm sending out lots of wishes so that whoever needs this the most can win a spot!
see you soon!
p.s. I will also be announcing real soon what subject I'll be teaching if you don't already know.;)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

An Exciting Announcement

 An Exciting announcement !

Hello Everyone... well.. I promised new things this year and guess what? there is some exciting news! I will be teaching a course on Willowing's Ever after 2019!! I'm so excited and honored to be invited to teach this year! Especially for two reasons... 1.. I LOVE Fairy Tales!! and 2... It's the last year Tam will be doing this course! Sad but true :(
Registration opens TODAY ! Woohoo! Will you follow us down the rabbit hole? :) I sure hope you will!
USE MAGIC2019 for your special Early Bird Discount! (valid until 31st May) We will be spending 4 months making beautiful fairy-tale inspired art and we will develop our own style and unique story while we're at it! Sounds intriguing? Read on! :)
You can find out all the magical details (and sign up with the Early Bird price) by clicking HERE . And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this magical collaborative art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Ever After  and if you want, to find out how you can win a spot! :)
First let me tell you a bit more about Ever After in case you haven't heard about it yet! “Ever After” is a mixed media art & style development course with a fairytale theme hosted by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts. Tam is joined by 15 popular mixed media art teachers who will all share beautiful fairy-tale & myth inspired lessons with you AND they will also divulge all their hints and tips on how they developed their own style and how YOU TOO can find your own unique voice as an artist! :) Yay!
You can find out all the details (and sign up with the Early Bird price) by clicking HERE
My chosen fairy tale is Cinderella! My lesson will be inspired by this fairy tale, I have some fabulous ideas cooking! I've not fully developed my class idea yet, but I'm excited to be sharing some new techniques/ theme/ style with you, much like you can see in these paintings:

                              Registration is NOW OPEN and the class begins on July 1st 2019!

So if you want to start your summer drawing and painting fairy-tales, exploring your own personal story & style and hang out with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, be sure to join us now! :)
xoxo Patti

Monday, April 29, 2019

Girl with a mask...

Girl with a mask

I'm feeling torn. I sometimes think I have art ADD! I'm in love with faces but flowers... oh.. the textures, the color combinations! and then i have a moment when all I can do is draw cute illustrations.. I feel like Dorothy in the wizard of Oz... confused, overwhelmed! I want to do it all and sometimes its so overwhelming I do nothing at all! my days are filled with dancing fairies in my head and color schemes and since i can't do both at the same time I just procrastinate! I clean my art room or a closet while I find old art i couldn't figure out what to do with. sometimes I think I need management! someone who says.. ok.. today you're going to concentrate on making 2 mermaids (gotta be specific)... you cannot get paid , eat or take a break until they are finished! Sometimes it helps to pretend I'm my own boss and I tell myself what the priorities are for the day. That is the hardest thing to do because then I mix in the house chores and errands and things i have to do on a personal level. I seem to work so much better on a last minute "its now or never" basis! Art shows really help but again I get home from a show on Sunday. I rest on Monday (meaning its shipping day (21/2-4 hours for wrapping, labeling and taking orders to post office) Usually will have time for little else. Tuesday.. is movie day cause its $5 tuesdays! yay! and then its dinner and Im too tired for painting after that! Wednesday is procrastination day... cause I can't figure out what I want to paint and Thursday is panic day cause I usually leave on Friday's for shows and I have got to paint something!! so I stay up all night painting at the last minute on Thursday' wondering why I do what I do!! Then its weekend shows and the cycle begins again! UGH!
I love being off for a couple of weeks from shows. It gives me time to recoup from the procrastination-rush-procrastination cycle.

Thats why I am so happy when someone gives me a set project that I have to get done or else! I said last month I felt like new things were going to happen and just then ... I got an invite for something super special.. with direction! with deadlines! with a set theme! super excited to tell you all about it.. but I can't...wa wa wa... not yet! But please stay tuned cause its just around the corner! I'll anounce it on MAY 1ST!!  Come back!! cant wait to tell you!!

Hello again..

3 27 2019

 Hello again..  

                                                                     The Guardians

I've re-emurged!  Yes I'm alive! After a 5 year long hiatus. I am attempting another comeback on my blog... Why? well many reasons. but most importantly, I miss connecting with people and hearing their thoughts and well, getting my thoughts out too. I need an outlet, even if no one reads it! Oh, I still connect on instagram and facebook but blogging is more than social chit chat.. it's a whole journal of thoughts and a different kind of connection. As in a journal, I can write my every thought, and include tid bits of anything I want. I've missed it. I know I don't have too much time because I'm always working, but its so interesting to see where I was when I started this blog. To look back and see where I started doing shows in 2011-12 is very interesting. Now 8 years later, I'm pretty established as an artshow exhibitor "en plein-air" of sorts. I've had ups, downs, and changed my train of thought so many times. I've changed art, gotten better, I think, in some ways and in others I've forgotten the primitive, the rawness and simplicity of my first "public" exhibitions of art. Sometimes I want to go back and start all over to that simplicity. This Blog gives me that. even if I don't post often or only just for me.This year there will be more changes and lots of exciting things to look forward to... I'll be posting about them soon. Meanwhile I'll leave with a few pieces of my new work...
"up and away"- clay and cloth sculpture (shadow box with trinkets) (available on website)

"it's my party" clay sculpture (cigar box lid with ephemera-cloth dress-trinkets) (available on website) 

"You are loved" mixed media original (available only as print- website)