Life is good :)

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I finally feel like things are falling into place for us. It’s been a BIG struggle and a rough few years for my family but we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now. We are still getting settled into our home but have already started some fun routines, for instance we go on a walk around the block with the neighbors almost nightly after dinner. The kids ride their bikes or scooters, they walk their dogs and we get a little park time with the kids if it’s not too late. The kids want to play outside more than be in which in this day and age is AMAZING! I was always playing outside as a kid. I climbed trees, built forts, made jumps for our bikes and rode all over the neighborhood playing with neighbor kids. I didn’t think we’d find that in a neighborhood these days but we did! The houses immediately surrounding us have a total of  16 kids and that’s not including our 2. Our driveway turns into a personal game area, art pad and more, they play hopscotch, 4-square, draw with chalk, play basketball and just play in it. We’ve had sleepovers with our neighbor brothers which are a blast and of course POOL time! we will be living in it this summer. I couldn’t be happier here at our new home and I know my kids are super thrilled to have a play date almost daily. Our neighbors have a trampoline too and our neighbors in NY had one as well, it’s like we never skipped a beat! My heart is happy in a lot of things right now. It’s good to be settled. I can’t wait until we can start making the house ours, repainting and doing things that we want to do in the house. I need to have a house warming party soon!

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Super happy!!! God really blessed us here! We have built friendships fast and it was soo needed for us! I hope we’re here for a VERY long time!

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In ART news: I wanted to share my latest piece of art. This was a canvas I struggled over for a very long time!! Over a month, I kept adding layer upon layer and hated it each time. I then decided to turn it horizontal and it came to me! It is one of those pieces I’m shocked that I actually created. If someone else had made this I’d be ooing and ahing over it but I made it and it’s at my house! NUTS! I plan on getting it scanned for prints, cards and canvases. I originally named it “Lady in the Mist” but someone made the suggestion on FB to call her “The Light Bearer” and I decided that fit her better. Super happy with how she turned out! What do you think?

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This is what she originally looked like.

 

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Then I hated her and turned her into this:

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After this I kept adding on the layers and she looked worse! LOL It was a lesson in perseverance for me because I almost gessoed her and started over when all I needed to do was to turn the canvas. Don’t give up!!

On May 2nd Faith Arts Village Orlando (FAVO) is having their grand opening since the renovations and I’m participating! There was a chance to paint on a 5′ piece of vinyl wallpaper for FAVO and then they’re going to auction them off to help offset the costs of the renovations. This is what I created.

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I can’t wait to see what all the other artists are doing. I will have a small table set up with prints, cards, originals and jewelry that night from 5-9 pm.

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In other art news I am pleased to say that I’ve been offered an amazing opportunity to work with a woman I love and respect in the art world! I am now the virtual assistant to e’Layne Koenigsberg in her two businesses (Art by e’Layne and 3 Hip Chics). I get to work alongside her and her partner Lora Lee Davids, they are a dynamic duo! I am so excited because it’s something I can do from home while I’m here with the kiddos! Never heard of her? Pick of a copy of Somerset Studio and the other mags and you’ll see her everywhere! I am so excited about where this will lead for me as well. I haven’t worked for anyone in over 10 years! We both think this is a win win! I’m so glad I met you a few years ago e’Layne! We were supposed to cross paths for sure!

Here’s to a happy 2014!

xoxo

Aimée

 

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Happy Easter & a Teaser

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Took the photo in Miami. :)

Took the photo in Miami. 🙂

Wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Easter! As a Christian Easter is a special day. HE is Risen! Our day will be filled with church in the morning and a HUGE egg hunt followed by time as a family and hopefully a nap! 🙂

Tomorrow also happens to be my Robin’s Nest project due date! Stop on over to the blog and see what I created this month! Here’s a sneak peek!

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Whatever could it be? Come on over and see! Hope you enjoy it!

Also just a reminder you can still sign up for my online art class Painting From Your Soul, the class is open until October 30th! Come paint with me!! While you’re there check out the other cool classes!!

Have an amazing weekend and do something creative!

xoxo

Aimée

Are you ready to paint from your soul?

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I’m THRILLED to announce that my latest class airs tomorrow!! I would love to have you in my class! Does your art need a boost? Would you like to learn how to paint freely, see hidden shapes inside your collages that create characters? Well then please join me over at the Graceful Artist! The class is open until October of this year so you’ll have plenty of time to watch the videos and do your work at your pace. You will be included in my secret FB group that is just for students in the class, post and talk in there about your projects. cheerexample  

Come join the fun and paint with me!!! Would love to see you there! Just click on the link above to sign up! Hurry up, the bell rings tomorrow and you don’t want to be late to class!

xoxo

Aimée

Sassy Siren

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Hi guys!

Today is the big day that my Soul Food class aired! I was super nervous and excited about it yesterday but happy I can share it now with everyone. She was under wraps for months as I waited and waited to show her off. This morning to my surprise one of the Soul Food students (Gina Morley) came up with an amazing poem to go with it. In my class videos I challenged them to tell me her story (as I’m not good at making them up). This is so perfect and must accompany the photos! Enjoy!

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The Sassy Siren

“Shall we dance?”

Sang the Siren to the Scallops passing by.

“Though you haven’t any legs, I am sure that you could try!”

But they shut their shells in horror at the thought of such a thing!

A Scallop and a siren…together…in a Fling?”

“Shall we dance?”

Sang the Siren as she spied a Pod of Whales.

But they shrieked and screamed and panicked.

Then they splashed her with their tails.

Still in her finest Ball-gown, 

She continues on her quest.

Knowing when it comes to dancing….

Sailors ALWAYS prove the best.

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xoxo

Aimée

Art Lessons!

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I had the honor and privilege to teach two amazing artists at my home the other night. It was a first for all of us and we all were a bit nervous. It was an evening lesson and it ended up being a late night because they wanted to finish the pieces they started. They blew me away and already had ideas of what they wanted to create. I’m really looking forward to our next lesson. I think I found something I want to be able to do, teach art. I’m happy they were willing to drive from over an hour away to come to my little garage studio. Just look at their amazing pieces!

The girls working hard. They were a joy!! Can't wait till our next lesson!

The girls working hard. They were a joy!! Can’t wait till our next lesson!

Jordan wants to be a musician and a youth pastor. She writes her own music!

Jordan is a musician and wants to be a youth pastor as well as a musician. She writes her own music!

Maci wants to be a fashion designer. I love how her dress turned out. :)

Maci wants to be a fashion designer. I love how her dress turned out. 🙂

You girls rock!! Thanks to your Mama for googling me and seeking out lessons. It was a great way to get into teaching. I can tell we’re going to have a lot of fun! If you’re looking for a great wedding Photographer in Central Florida their parents are amazing at it!

If you’re local and interested in private lessons just contact me 🙂

XOXO

Aimée

Self Portrait and some news

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"Life is canvas ... the colors are you." ~ A-ha

“Life is canvas … the colors are you.” ~ A-ha

I used to created digital portraits all the time many years ago. Not once did I ever think to make one of myself until last week when I saw a local call to artists. So strange to me. I’m super happy with how it turned out. I used images of a few of my mixed media paintings in my hair. It blows me away but someone actually purchased this on canvas for their daughter’s beauty salon. I will be hanging in a salon, SO COOL! Just wanted to share!

Life has been hectic lately but things are moving along. I’ve been dealing with sickies with my kiddos as well as myself. My studio is set up in the garage since the move and I’m hoping it can stay out there through the summer but FL summer’s are stupid hot and not sure how much time I’ll actually spend out there if it’s unbearable.

This week I’m branching out and doing something new, I’ll be doing a private art lesson on Wednesday night which excites and freaks me out at the same time because I’m so scattered when I do my art! Wish me luck!

The #twitterartexhibit is next week at City Arts Factory in Orlando and it is benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance’s special needs classes. I am honored to be a part of such a cool event. I created a few post cards last year for the exhibit that was in California. This year it’s local and I’ll be able to attend and volunteer, can’t wait!! That same day my Soul Food class airs! That also freaks me out! I hope people learn my from quirky and often disorganized way of doing art. I’ve been super busy so no blog posts, hopefully this will hold you over for awhile. LOL

That’s it for now!!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Aimée