A Video Interview on 21 Secrets Conversations

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a half hour chatting over the computer with Connie Solera of 21 Secrets and Dirty Footprints Studios. Being interviewed on video can be quite intimidating, but Connie is so easy to talk to that our conversation flowed easily and in unexpected directions.
She asks just one question to get the 21 Secrets Conversations series started, that is "Tell me about your journey as an artist?", that's so wide open isn't it?! I was inspired to take it way back to the beginning of my journey and when I moved to New York City after college, I even tell the story of how I met my amazing husband Frank, and I talk about how leading women on art retreats feels a lot like the labor support doula work that I used to do.
To watch the full 20 minute interview head over here! 

P.S. You can still purchase the fantastic line up for 21 Secrets lessons for Autumn 2015 right here! People are already doing some beautiful work in the online group!

52 Paintings :: An Inside look at the Year Long e-Course

52 Paintings :: an inside look at this Year Long E-Course, Community & Self Discovery Through Painting! from Faith Evans-Sills on Vimeo.

It's hard to sum up in words just how wonderful our 52 Paintings Community is, so we made this little window into the experience!
Enjoy, and head OVER HERE if you'd like to join us!

21 Secrets GIVE AWAY!

Monday the 28th is the BIG DAY!!!! 21 Secrets Autumn 2015 comes out, including my painted mandala lesson and 20 other lessons from amazing artists! Don't be left out of the fun~ order your copy now RIGHT HERE.

I'm doing a GIVE AWAY of TWO spots over on my Instagram account,  CLICK HERE to head over to my Instagram feed and click on the first mandala photo for entry details, I'll be announcing the winners of the 2 give away spots over on Instagram at 6pm on Sunday the 27th. 

AND even if you don't win you can CLICK HERE
to purchase you own copy, to be delivered on Monday, yeah!! By this time Monday afternoon you could be diving into all the juicy lessons!


The group of talented people that they have brought together really blows my mind, so many great lessons and techniques to use to pump up our studio practice.

When I'm in the studio one of my favorite things to do is pop on a podcast or video for inspiration and these are just that...videos and instructions that will inspire and guide you as you go at your own pace.

If you aren't familiar with the interactive eBook 21 SECRETS let me fill you in...

Every artist needs 21 SECRETS!

Imagine pulling out your art journal and having 21 talented artists there beside you eager to share their art journaling techniques, approaches, and wisdom with you!
That’s what 21 SECRETS is all about!
With over 25 hours of videos and 150+ pages of full color photos, templates, and detailed clear instructions — the talented teachers of the 21 SECRETS eBook will help you discover new techniques and bold approaches to art journaling that will get you creating with more gusto and joy today!

What You Receive With 21 SECRETS

  • A downloadable 150+ page eBook that contains 21 art journaling workshops packed with 25+ hours of videos, full color photos, templates, and clear instructional content that is yours to keep.
  • Unlimited access to all workshops at once! You pick and choose which ones you do and when.  There is no time limit or deadlines to meet — these workshops are yours to keep!
  • Membership to the private 21 SECRETS Facebook community where you can share, be inspired, and receive warm, supportive feedback.
  • The opportunity to learn a variety of art journaling approaches and techniques from the comfort of your home/studio.
  • Become a vital part of a supportive online artist community that has been growing strong since 2010!  At 21 SECRETS we celebrate everyone’s unique expression and support artists in becoming confident and courageous while creating from the heart!
To see the full list of the season's Workshops and Teachers click here or on the button below, there you'll also get all the information on how to register for instant access to all of the 21 SECRETS lessons!


All of this season's teachers have so much goodness to share, so much talent gathered!


Sending love and HEAPS of inspiration for your journey,

Wild Mama: an Interview on Self Care

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with the inspiring Australian life coach & and Life style journalist Tammy Warner-Wilson during her visit to Charleston a few week ago. After following each other for years on Instagram it felt like having coffee with an old friend, it was simply a joy to flow with our conversation about everything from travel adventures to motherhood mis-adventures and everything in between. Because she loves to inspire women to care for themselves within the busy days of  motherhood, much of our chat focused on self care and nourishment, such good stuff!
Check out the full interview over on her blog HERE.

P.S. Here's a taste of our pictures from our summer travels through Europe, can't wait to share so much more of our journey!

Sending heaps of inspiration~

Life Book 2016 Blog Hop & Give Away!

Hello everyone!
I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2016 next year! I'm thrilled to be a part of the vibrant community of artists that Tam of Willowing Arts has gathered together. Having friends who have participated in past years, I just know that the magic that this course generates really sifts down into every area of your studio practice. Its going to be packed full of juicy ways to connect with, celebrate and honor yourself through art journaling.

And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course!! Keep reading to find out more about Life Book 2016 and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! :)
First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven't heard about it yet! “Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class
organized by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!
You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE.

I am thick in the process of developing my class right now! Here's the description of what my lesson will be....
“Finding Center with Mandalas”

I use Mandala drawing & painting within the layers of my mixed media paintings as a way of keeping myself loose, while at the same time drawing focus & reflection to different areas and quieting the mind. In this lesson we will journey together through the three layer process that I use to create my layered Mandala paintings, adding delicious textural layers and personal flair, celebrating all of the positive elements that make up the rich tapestry of our lives.
We'll explore centering through the use of mandala drawing, much like you can see in this painting:

I'm also super excited to be offering a Bonus Lesson about painting on unconventional surfaces, exploring pattern painting on gathered leaves!! Eeeeeep, so much fun!

Registration opens on October 5th 2015 and the class begins on January 1st 2016.
So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2016 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! :) Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! :)

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop!
I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2016 to 1 lucky winner, yay! :) And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 

Comments are now closed, and the winner has been selected by random lottery <><><> Congratulations Julie of Glitter Girl Blog. Please contact me with your info so that you can be added to Life Book 2016! Thank you to everyone that entered, I wish I could give you each a spot in the class! Sending heaps of inspiration and creative courage to you ALL!

How to enter my give-away:
1. Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join Life Book 2016

2. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter, click here to join my tribe (plus receive a free art print so its a win~win :) 

3. Share this blog post on your social media sites.

I will draw and announce the winner in one week, on Friday, September 18th!

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! So many chances to win :)

7 Sept 2015; Tamara Laporte   http://www.willowing.org/
8 Sept 2015; Annie Hamman   http://anniehamman.com/
9 Sept 2015; Kristin Dudish     http://kristindudish.com/
10 Sept 2015; Effy Wild           http://effywild.com/
YOU ARE HERE:: 11 Sept 2015; Faith Evans-Sills   http://harmonyandfaith.blogspot.com/
12 Sept 2015; Gillian Lee Smith   http://www.gillianleesmithartist.com/
13 Sept 2015; Ivy Newport       http://ivynewport.com/
14 Sept 2015; Jane Davenport   http://janedavenport.com/
15 Sept 2015; Jenny Grant       http://www.flowbyjenny.com/
16 Sept 2015; Angela Kennedy (Pennystamper)   http://pennystamper.blogspot.com
17 Sept 2015; Lisa Viger      http://www.lisaviger.com/
18 Sept 2015; Martha Lever   http://marthalever.blogspot.co.uk/
19 Sept 2015; Mary Beth Shaw   http://www.mbshaw.com/
20 Sept 2015; Melody Ross    http://bravegirlsclub.com/
21 Sept 2015; Pam Carriker    http://pamcarriker.com/
22 Sept 2015; Pauline Agnew    http://www.paulineagnew.com/blog/
23 Sept 2015; Rae Missigman    http://rae-missigman.squarespace.com/
24 Sept 2015; Renata Loree     http://renataloree.com/
25 Sept 2015; Roben-Marie Smith    http://www.robenmarie.com/
26 Sept 2015; Roxanne Coble    http://bybun.com/
27 Sept 2015; Shiloh Sophia McCloud    http://www.shilohsophiastudios.com/blog
28 Sept 2015; Donna Downey     http://donnadowney.typepad.com
29 Sept 2015; Tracy Verdugo     http://artoftracyverdugo.blogspot.co.uk/
30 Sept 2015; Wyanne Thompson     http://www.wyanne.com

Have a great time following the blog hop! I can't wait to announce the winner of the give away spot, I'll be announcing next Friday, September 18th, good luck! :)

52 Paintings E-Course and Community

So, I love sharing about this heart project, my year long e-course:
The ever inspiring Mati McDonough and I teach the course together and right now we are half way through our 52 weeks together. I can hardly believe it! The weekly rhythm of the course has become woven into my everyday, with a demo video from Mati or I on Monday, an Inspiration Day Lesson on Wednesday, and sharing our work together on Friday....all of these have become such a part of my studio life and the group of painters in the class have become a close inspiring community of friends, supporting each other as we dive into our work!
We have our online classroom set up so that people can join us at any time throughout the year, we've just had a few people join us at this half way point, and every single lesson that we have covered so far is available there, to go at your own pace and dive right in where ever you are.
Next Week we begin our third three month module, beginning with The Natural World~inspired by our real or imagined world, 

followed by Soul Animals~ways of bringing animals into your painting

and then Unconventional Surfaces and materials~bringing the outside in,

we spend a month covering each topic incorporating the theme into the weekly rhythm of the class.
That will take us right up to the holidays, when we have a couple of special surprises planned.

For our Inspiration Days in this next module we will cover a series on Self Care as it relates to our studio practice, and then a series of Painter Interviews that we are so excited about, and we're sure to get some really rich dialogue about those topics in the group! Its going to be fantastic and packed with Inspiration.

If all of this is calling to you, you can head over HERE where you'll find all of the registration & cost info, as well as FAQ's!

We started off in the first months of the class sharing our layering process and skill building, as we journey each week through a new way of working and seeing through paint. Then we started accelerating the process and began painting a PAINTING A WEEK! Wooot!
We walk beside you through the year with instructional demo-videos, inspirational prompts, downloads, along with lots of interaction in our private online classroom and in our private FB group. Mati & I provide support, feedback and guidance all along the way. This class is open to all skill levels and all creative spirits looking to deepen their painting practice, broaden their painting skills and work their bravery muscles in the studio!

A little review of the all of the Topics we've covered and Painting Demos we've shared so far if you'd like a quick reference:
Getting Started & Introductions, First Layers Techniques, Exploring Abstraction, Layering with Stencils and Silkscreens, Bringing Words into the Work and Incorporating Geometrics. In the class you will have access to all of these past lessons!

We finished our unit of Geometrics last week and here is some of our gorgeous student work:
Just so you can dive in for some inspiration and feel like you are with me in my studio, here is my introductory video which gives a good taste of where we've journeyed together:

This week in my lesson for the class I'm talking all about drawing inspiration from the Natural World through my travel paintings that I did during our huge trip through Europe this summer, I demo my painting kit supplies and watercolor techniques,

Next week as we really dive into our unit on drawing inspiration from the Natural World and so many ways to bring that into our paintings, its a great time to join in!
We'd love to have you along for this journey with us! Head of here for more info.
Sending heaps of inspiration,

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