Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Art Inspiration: The Knights of the Round Table

 "As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others."

- Audrey Hepburn


According to an old British legend, King Arthur created a round table to seat his knights.  Arthur wanted for all of his knights to know that they were all equaly important to him.  The act of creating the table was a symbolic reminder of how they wanted for their community to be structured without heirarchy.


Inspired by this idea I painted a table that now sits at the center of Studio Alchemy

For me this table symbolically represents how our art community here welcomes everyone as equals.  Each person has something important to say through the symbolic language of their artwork.  


I had members of our art community trace their handprints onto the table.


Next I asked them what their favorite symbols were.  I painted those symbols into the center of their handprints.

Now we have a centerpiece for our community that we can enjoy when we gather together for years to come!  


Hear the full story on the latest episode of The Alchemy of Art Podcast
Available on iTunes or any podcast platform.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Alchemy of Art Episode 78 The Knights of the Round Table

 


Today’s episode of the Alchemy of Art podcast features a chat about how to build community and incorporate others into your creative projects inspired by the knights of the round table!


On the Alchemy of Art podcast we chat about the creative process and philosophy.  Each episode includes stories, dreams and reflections to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/. Take online creativity classes at:  https://the-alchemy-of-painting.teachable.com/courses  Read or listen to the book, “Start Selling Your Art: A Guide to Starting an Art Business” on Amazon and Audible. 


Friday, August 27, 2021

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 77 The Oracle and the Key

 


Today’s episode of the Alchemy of Art podcast features a discussion on how artists have used dreams to come up with new material from the ancient Greeks at the Oracle at Delphi to Salvador Dali.

On the Alchemy of Art podcast we chat about the creative process and philosophy. Each episode includes stories, dreams and reflections to inspire you and keep you going. Hosted by Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker. Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/. Buy the new book or Audible sound recording "Start Selling Your Art: A Guide to Starting an Art Business." Take online creativity classes at: https://the-alchemy-of-painting.teachable.com/courses


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 76 The Art of Utopia

 



Today’s episode of the Alchemy of Art podcast features a chat about the history of Sir Thomas More's book Utopia and the lessons to be learned from Utopian ideals.

On the Alchemy of Art podcast we chat about the creative process and philosophy.  Each episode includes stories, dreams and reflections to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker. Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/. Take online creativity classes at:  https://the-alchemy-of-painting.teachable.com/courses


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

A Midsummer Night's Dream

 "I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream."

- Shakespeare "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

 The Lover's Dream, Oil on Canvas, Original painting available $319

A few weeks ago I dreamed that I had a large lion as a pet.  He was sitting on my lap in the garden being very cuddly.  I realized that I should take him inside because he could hurt someone.

Do you ever wonder what dreams like this could mean?    

  William Bell Scott Illustration 1860

I believe that the lion symbolized the "wild" side of myself that could hurt someone's feelings if I am not careful. As we have been gathering together again after being vaccinated I have felt afraid of forgetting my manners! 

  A Midsummer Night's Dream, Original painting available $319.

The lesson I learned from this dream is that the wild side of myself is powerful but also very cuddly and gentle.  I can tame the beast. 

 The Mother's Dream, Original painting available $319

This past spring I dived into the world of dream analysis and took Robert Moss's Dream Teacher Training.  I learned the many ways to interpret dreams and how to guide dream sharing groups.

If you love dreamwork I invite you to join our new Dream Sharing Group:


Studio Alchemy Dream Sharing Group
Thursday, July 22nd 7-9pm
If you have been looking for a group to help interpret your nighttime dreams this is the group for you!  $15.

"And sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow's eye, Steal me awhile from mine own company."
- Shakespeare "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Thursday, July 1, 2021

New Seaside Paintings and Upcoming Classes!


Hello My Fellow Art Lovers- 

 Sunset in Beaufort, Acrylic on Canvas, SOLD

Most people are rowing against the current of life. Instead of turning the boat around, all they need to do is let go of the oars.
― Ester Hicks

 
 
Greetings my friends!  I am back from vacationing with my family at the beach. 

 Father's Day at the Beach, Acrylic on Canvas, SOLD

Do you want fresh paintings for your walls? 
Stop by my art studio, Studio Alchemy, this Friday night from 6-9pm or Saturday from 10am-4pm to say hello!  

 The Dock at Sunset, Acrylic on Canvas, $369.


Want to paint with me?  
I am excited to announce upcoming workshops and classes listed below!   

I am limiting our class sizes so if you'd like to join our small but mighty group be sure to register as soon as possible.  


Abstract Painting Party: Color Harmony SOLD OUT
Thursday July 15th 9am- noon  


Abstract Painting Party:  Mixed Media  ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!
Sunday July 25 1-4pm  
Do you want to experiment with mixed media painting?  In this workshop you will learn how to mix acrylic paints with collage materials to make your own unique piece of artwork.  All materials provided  $48


Studio Alchemy Dream Sharing Group
Thursday, July 22nd 7-9pm
If you have been looking for a group to help interpret your nighttime dreams this is the group for you!  $15.


Learn to Paint: Sunrises and Sunsets ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!
4 Week Class starts Thursday August 5th 9am-noon  $189


Learn to Paint: Animals  ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT!
4 Week Class starts Thursday September 2nd 6-9pm  $189

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Strawberries, Roses and new Classes!

 

 Roses in May, Vita Copyright 2021, Acrylic on Canvas


Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It'll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they'll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields... and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?
― J.R.R. Tolkien

 Strawberry Season, Vita Copyright 2021, Acrylic on Canvas
Yes!  For the first time I have successful grown strawberries.  Whoohoo!  


I remember picking strawberries with my grandfather.  He grew gardens everywhere he lived- including in the desert in Afghanistan!  I aspired to be that resilient.

"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste."
- Goethe


The time is ripe to enjoy the garden before the bugs start bitting!


When the sun sets I've been bringing the paints and plants inside.  This painting was made in the traditional botanical style with a flat black background.


Want to paint with me?  
I am excited to announce upcoming workshops and classes at the Studio Alchemy Gallery listed below!  At last it is time to get away from the grind and nurture our creativity.  

I am limiting our class sizes so if you'd like to join our small but mighty group be sure to register as soon as possible.  


Abstract Painting Party: Color Harmony 
Thursday July 15th 9am- noon  
Do you want to create your own unique abstract painting?  In this workshop you will learn how to use the color wheel to make beautiful color combinations then create your own piece to take home.  All materials provided $48


Abstract Painting Party:  Mixed Media
Sunday July 25 1-4pm  
Do you want to experiment with mixed media painting?  In this workshop you will learn how to mix acrylic paints with collage materials to make your own unique piece of artwork.  All materials provided  $48


Learn to Paint: Sunrises and Sunsets 
4 Week Class starts Thursday August 5th 9am-noon  $189


Learn to Paint: Animals
4 Week Class starts Thursday September 2nd 6-9pm  $189

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Alchemy of Art Podcast Episode 75 Should you quit your dayjob?

 


Do you fantasize that you'd love to quit your day job to pursue a career in art?  Today’s episode of the Alchemy of Art podcast features a chat on whether you should quit your day job or not and how best to do it.

On the Alchemy of Art podcast we chat about the creative process and philosophy.  Each episode includes stories, dreams and reflections to inspire you and keep you going.  Hosted by Vita, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.  Find out more at https://studioalchemy.art/. Take online creativity classes at:  https://the-alchemy-of-painting.teachable.com/courses


Listin below, on iTunes or any podcast platform:

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

New Alchemy of Art Podcasts!

 Two new Alchemy of Art Podcasts were released this month!  


Today's podcast features tips on how to find more time to create your art.  
Listen on iTunes, any podcast platform or here...




Episode 73 of the Alchemy of Art Podcast features ideas on how to set up the artist studio of your dreams!  On this episode I share the story of how I went from painting on the kitchen table to running my own art gallery.  
Listen on iTunes, any podcast platform or here...




Saturday, April 17, 2021

How to Paint Folk Art Cabinets

 Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

- William Morris


After my last newsletter I got a bunch of questions about the cabinets I hand painted in the studio.  


My design was inspired by traditional folk art painted furniture like this cabinet from Scandinavia.  I especially love how symmetrical and balanced their designs are.

First I installed the cabinets and stained the wood.  Then...

I created stencils out of nice stiff paper and...

parts of an old organ I found at an antique store.


I traced the stencils onto the cabinets with pencil then filled in with black paint.  I carefully measured each point so that I would have perfect symmetry.  (My neighborhood has lots of crows and cats that inspired this panel!)


I also created some stencil designs in color on the pantry door.


This is the only cabinet I painted asymmetrically.  I was inspired by British folk designs like this one...



To finish the cabinets I put a layer of polyurethane on to protect them from stains.


Want to explore the studio in person?  

Visit us:
First Fridays from 6-9pm
Saturdays from 10am-4pm


Located at 1116 E. North Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46202