Author: Kelli Folsom

The Masterpiece Trap

The Masterpiece Trap

Who’s up for a Painting Challenge this March 22nd-27th!? And it’s completely FREE! Join the private Facebook group for a chance to study with me! Gain early access to win points and prizes! There will be special pre-challenge exercises that will be worth extra points as well! This challenge is not open to current or past Vital Art Sessions members! Click this link to join: http://bit.ly/2wrevGQ. Join the group to answer this week's question! What is your biggest obstacle right now in finishing a painting? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4b0WvwZ9zs&t=1s
Action is the Antidote

Action is the Antidote

Who's up for a Painting Challenge this March 22nd-27th!? And it's completely FREE! Join the private Facebook group for a chance to study with me! Gain early access to win points and prizes! There will be special pre-challenge exercises that will be worth extra points as well! Click this link to join: http://bit.ly/2wrevGQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLBGu2bMMl8
How to Paint Brass

How to Paint Brass

I hope you enjoy this video where I break down for you painting brass in under 10 minutes and 5 easy steps. I don't believe that painting instruction needs to be complicated and neither does painting. Let me know what your biggest takeaway was in the comments below.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mx0DpcyGrE&t=281s
29th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils

29th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Dates & Times Show Dates: May 15 - June 13, 2020Convention Dates: May 12 - 17 2020 Location RS Hanna Gallery244 West Main StreetFredericksburg, TX, 78624 Additional Info I am proud to announce that Salt Glazed Jar and Cantaloupe is included in Oil Painters of America's 29th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils! The event will take place in Fredericksburg, TX. Oil Painters of America (OPA) is an organization that is "dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art". I have been a member of OPA since 2011. Oil Painters of America truly helped jumpstart my career. I...Read More
Keys to Success in Painting and Business

Keys to Success in Painting and Business

1. Challenge your perceptions  Our perceptions can be formed by many things including our beliefs, environment, and models of behavior we’ve experienced before.  Our perceptions or misconceptions can really limit us both in painting and in business. I urge you to question things, don’t make assumptions and be open to explore new ideas or thoughts. We all tend to want to box things in, define and make concrete conclusions. This isn’t an open system, but a closed one. It will always limit what’s possible for you. Be like a scientist posing questions, postulating theories and doing experiments. You’re far more...Read More
How to Be a Student

How to Be a Student

I’ve been a student of art since 2008 and in that time, I’ve learned that not only to you must learn how to paint, you also must learn how to learn. I’ve learned many of these lessons the hard way especially in the earlier days when learning can be the most challenging to our sensitivities. Others I’ve learned later after many years of teaching myself and letting go of my ego which can come more with maturity and success oddly enough. So, I wanted to share with you some of my top recommendations on how to be a student because...Read More
What is your commitment level?

What is your commitment level?

On a scale of 1-10, how committed are you to your art path? I hope you said 10 because that’s really the only level of commitment that works.When we have one foot in and one foot out, it allows us to have a reason to fail, to quit and to play the victim. If you’re finding yourself in any of these states it’s because you’re not 100% committed.Is you’re wobbling on your commitment, what could you do to strengthen it? Amber and ClementineOil on panel, 9" x 12" What would allow you to be totally committed and not look back?I...Read More
The Art of the Rose

The Art of the Rose

I remember a day when trying to paint a rose would make me swear, break a paintbrush and open a bottle of wine. The amount of frustration I’d feel would make me want to give up and avoid them forever! Pink Rose 6" x 6", Oil on panelFrom day 27 of the #stradaeasel challenge Often times I would avoid them for a while to lick my wounds and go back to something easier. Eventually, I’d circle back around and get up the courage to TRY AGAIN. One of my Vital Art Sessions members Pam shared this quote with our group:...Read More
Star of the Show featuring Cindy Mac

Star of the Show featuring Cindy Mac

I was recently accepted into The American Impressionist Society (AIS) Small Works Showcase. The particular painting that was accepted, came on the heels of completing Kelli’s Finding Your Artistic Voice Course. We had just completed the segment on identifying our Mirror Mentors, Artists from past and present who speak to us on a deep level. It was then I was able to reconnect with my deep lifelong passion and identity towards The Impressionists and Art History in general. (It reminded me that the first and only master copy I’ve ever done was of Manet’s Blue Venice Canal painting in 7th...Read More
Sabotaged by Shame?

Sabotaged by Shame?

Are you being sabotaged by shame? I know many of us are participating in the Strada Challenge. Here we are day 22 out of the 31 days working from life Strada Challenge. Rice Basket and Pear18"x14", Oil on panel I know many are wanting to through in the towel. I don’t blame you. I’m not gonna lie I have too from time to time. Thoughts of “I’m too busy. This is too hard. As if I don’t have enough to do already!” Start to kick in. And worst of all the pressure we can put on ourselves to perform since...Read More