Thursday, December 29, 2011


I love taking classes. I love learning new things. Once a week, I take a painting class which I believe is a great replacement to therapy. It is relaxing and I am spending time with positive, encouraging, and artistic people. I love my Tuesdays because I know that no matter what I paint or how I paint, I am going to leave class feeling great.

My skill as a painter is definitely improving. The biggest problem I have right now is determining what I am going to paint next. I am a massing a file of things I want to paint. Mostly this file contains things I see online. 

Currently, I have two painting in various stages of completion. Next Tuesday, I am starting on a completely new painting even though I have not yet finished the other two. I think it is good to have multiples, it gives me time to plan my next move. It is also helpful to let certain things dry before you move on. So much of it, is a layering process and there is nothing worse than going too far and muddying your canvas because you didn't allow the color underneath the time it needed to dry.

The continuation of the Peacock Dress

I think she is turning out nicely. She is far from finished. I don't know how much longer she will take but honestly, I am not at all concerned with that. In this case, the journey is definitely part of the reward.

January 7th I am taking a "Soap Making" class. It is through the University of Missouri extension and costs only $15.00. We will be working with glycerin but learning about goat milk soap. I am curious about this. Who knows what this new skill will bring me or where it will take me next.

Not only am I taking classes, I will be teaching a series of jewelry making classes at Creative Concepts located here in Springfield, Missouri.

The January Schedule is as follows:

Necklace Design, tools and techniques - January 5, 2012 at 6 pm
Bracelet Design, tools and techniques - January 12, 2012 at 6 pm
The Art of Pearl Knotting - January 19, 2012 at 6 pm
Everything Earrings - January 26, 2012 at 6 pm

Each class is $25 plus the cost of supplies. The classes are two hours long and the students will leave with a finished piece of jewelry and the know how. Years ago, I took a class on Jewelry making and that skill has served me very well. It will be fun to pass on what I know to someone else.


Anonymous said...

K! The Peacock dress is awesome, and don't you just LOVE the process. My art teacher said that is what it is all about :)

Congratulations on instructing the jewelry class, Kudos to you!

Happy New Year!

helen aka elena

Catfish Tales said...

You are lucky. In Holland it's not so easy and/or convenient to take such classes. My man teaches portrait painting by request, he used to be a school art teacher. The evening courses he now teaches are like the hobby classes you take, but they are expensive here. I used to do stained glass when I was younger and living back in the States. To take a class like that now here would be costly and involve a lot of travel. Enjoy this part of living in America that is a luxury I now miss!

The Poetry Palace said...

love the image, what a story,

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Janet said...

The painting is turning out beautifully, Kristen!

I saw the jewelry classes on the Creative Concepts' January (online) schedule just yesterday. I wondered if you were involved with those... :)

BAS said...

I just thought to check on your painting. Tis coming along very nice. Will be stunning. Congrats on the skills you've developed and the artful eyes you have. Happy New Year to you and Steve.