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The Best Advice I Have Ever Received

The Best Advice I Have Ever Received

I guess it wasn’t really advice, but a question.  Have you noticed how questions really get you ….well questioning things?  Don’t ask them unless you’re really ready for a change.  The question was, “Kelli, if you could do anything,  nothing standing in your way, all things possible, what would you most love to do?”  I was 28 and at the time I was trying to make a decision that would be affecting the next twenty to forty years of my life. Okay drama queen, maybe at the very least the next 4 years of my life. Soooo clarity was pretty...Read More
International Artist Magazine

International Artist Magazine

I am so honored to be included in the June/July issue of International Artist Magazine! I am immensely grateful for this opportunity as it is a milestone in my teaching career. This four-part series begins in the June/July 2020 issue of International Artist Magazine, coming out soon. The series will continue into 2021, so grab your copy of Part One in the series by clicking here. I want to take this opportunity to say "thank you" to everyone who has supported me and encouraged my art career. Without you, I would not be where I am today! You are all...Read More
TOP 5 Art Instruction Book Recommendations

TOP 5 Art Instruction Book Recommendations

I am asked this question quite frequently and I can confidently say each one of these books have been fundamental to my development in various ways. Here are my top 5 with links to each book! 1. Problem Solving for Oil Painters by Gregg Kreutz This book has been my painting bible, which is why it's number one! 2. Fill Your Paintings with Light and Color by Kevin D. MacPherson Kevin MacPherson has some really wonderful step-by-step instructions and examples of breaking down light and shadow, as well as understanding color mixing. 3. An Artist Teaches by David A. Leffel...Read More
5 Ways Viewing Art is Critical for Your Wellbeing

5 Ways Viewing Art is Critical for Your Wellbeing

We’ve all heard about the benefits of making art for our well being, but what about the benefits of viewing art? We could take a historical point of view and see how art was the first form of communication and storytelling or how it’s been used to record history and reflect humanity and even been used as propaganda or advertising. All of that is true, but when we are in the presence of a great painting, sculpture or drawing we know that there’s so much more to it because we feel it in that moment. So, the next time you...Read More
8 Ways to Keep Creating During Covid

8 Ways to Keep Creating During Covid

This is a hard time for us. We're scared, worried, anxious, sad or overwhelmed with grief. We wait for the light at the end of this without knowing when it will come. Every day we hope for good news and long for certainty.  We do our best to adjust, adapt and stay optimistic. Some days are better than others.    The worst thing that can happen is we stop creating. However, I've been struggling myself to keep up the fight daily and I've heard others have too. I know there's a sentiment that we should take it easy on ourselves, we shouldn't expect ourselves...Read More
The Method I Used to Create Award-Winning Art

The Method I Used to Create Award-Winning Art

I often get asked how I became an artist making art that sells, gets into shows and wins awards. Many times, people assume that it’s because I went to art school. I can tell you that’s not true. Art school has turned out many artists who gave up as soon as they left. Others assume that I just have IT.IT - meaning inherent talent and opportunities. That’s not right either. I had very little talent, compared to my student peers at art school. I certainly had very few opportunities either. The IT that I had was a beginner’s mind, a...Read More
Connection Over Content

Connection Over Content

We don’t want your content; we want your connection! This is the message I wish I could shout out to the world and to artists right now. For at least the two years in my business, I’ve seen that community and connection is more important, more nurturing and more powerful than just content.  In the last two weeks during this Covid19 crisis, this idea of connection over content has been beautifully proven true. While everyone is isolated and quarantined, my online group is coming together more and more intimately. Instead of growing further apart, they’ve grown closer together. They’ve shared...Read More
Letter of Care

Letter of Care

Here we are on the cusp of spring which should be a joyous time with the hope of new birth and we find ourselves in the middle of this worldwide pandemic. This is NOT what we wanted or what we hoped for.  I've been so concerned about the members of my artistic community, many of whom are at high risk during this time. Many of you are caretakers of elderly parents, many of you are mothers whose children have been sent home and now your plate is even more full.  Many of you are dealing with worry, stress, and anxiety. I've been racking my...Read More
The Secret Language of Painting

The Secret Language of Painting

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 it that you’re confused about right now in your painting process? https://youtu.be/IiELzfGAoRo