5 Reasons You Should Join us in Marrakech!


Hi There Creative Soul,
We're heading to back to the amazing inspirational city of Marrakech, Morocco for our 4th Art Retreat there!
November 8-13, 2019
If you've been dreaming of joining us on this adventure, please know that we will not be running a Morocco Retreat in 2020 so now is your chance to jump in with us! There are so many reasons to give yourself this GIFT, here are a few of our favorites....

No. 1: THE ADVENTURE!
It goes without saying that traveling to Marrakech is certainly an adventure! Any journey that we make outside of our comfort join will be an adventure on some level. I know that before I visited for the first time I longed to see the winding maze-like streets of the Marrakech Medina (old town) and to shop the glorious textiles in the ancient Souk Markets! Morocco was at the top of my "must visit" list for years, but I couldn't get my head around the logistics of how to plan such a big trip, where to go, what to see....and I definitely didn't want to do it alone! Once we began running our Retreats I knew that we needed to visit Marrakech, and it has really been such a dream getting to know this amazing city, people and culture! Traveling there with a group of women was the perfect way to do it, and we want to give that to you.....dive right into the adventure since we've figured out all the HARD PARTS!



No. 2: THE SISTERHOOD!
Can we even say enough about this aspect of the Retreats? I don't think so!! IT is truly the most special pocket of time that we share together with the women on the Retreats! Connections are our favorite thing about our Retreats. When we leave our families and the responsibilities of our day-to-day lives, it opens up new space for us to feel, think and grow. For me right away I start to feel a deeper connection to myself, that soft quiet part of who I am at the core, she is able to feel louder and more free when I take this time to go away and re-connect with her. Connecting with other women when we are all experiencing this re-awakened sense of connection to ourselves and inspiration, well that has created amazing bonds of friendship & lifelong connection. There is nothing better!



No. 3: THE SHOPPING!
You've probably heard about the shopping in Marrakech, do you wonder how good can it really be? We are here to tell you, it is everything you have heard and more. The gorgeous Marrakech Souks full of hand made goods truly holds some of the best shopping in the world. During our 3 previous trips we've learned about our favorite places to shop...and we have found the most amazing guide who takes us to all of his favorite places. The amount of hand crafted work feels endless, its a feast for the eyes. We especially have fallen in love with the rugs, as you can see in our shop Zuzu Bazaar, where we've brought back some of our favorites!! Finding YOUR favorites during the trip is the experience to always remember, and living with these finds in our homes afterwards makes us happy every day!




No. 4: THE INSPIRATION:
In planning our Retreats we imagine the most delicious days EVER, we ask ourselves what would we want to do above all else, and then we invite you to come along with us! Picture yourself in absolute technicolor, life changing Marrakech heaven! Intricate patterns, saturated colors, secret gardens, new sites and sounds, all await you at every turn. Your senses are overwhelmed in the best way possible, and then we settle down each day to paint it out, capturing all of that inspiration to take back to your home studio with you. We always create so many paintings inspired by our time there, and this processing of the visual impressions and inspiration lasts for years....we have had Retreat participants tell us that it has changed the course of their work. Its amazing!



No. 5: THE ART!
Last, but certainly not least are the transformative art workshops that we offer daily during the retreat! Mati & I will lead you through workshops on capturing inspiration with watercolor paint, providing you with the opportunity to meet the projects wherever you are in your art practice. These deeply Inspiring Watercolor Painting lessons will be based on our popular course: IN THE FLOW. You’ll gain so many new skills, ideas, prompts & new ways of approaching your work, these lessons will take your painting practice to the next level! We explore local symbols, colors & designs as we work in our rooftop studio there in Marrakech, bringing in the local culture and expanding our own personal vocabulary of marks & shapes. Painting there is full of so much joy and inspiration!




And the VERY BEST PART is that you get to learn on the Retreats with both Mati and I IN-PERSON!
We LOVE getting to know our students in this intimate way in a small group. We don't offer very many in-person classes these days, so our in-person Retreats are really such a special time! We'd love to paint and share this adventure with you!!
See you in Morocco!
Sending so much Inspiration your way,
xoFaith




Celebrating Big, Bold, Colorful Summertime with a New Painting Series!



We're in full-on Summertime glory over here. It's big, bright, hot, slow and it couldn't be better. Summer is a season marked by sunflowers, trees dripping with scented crepe myrtle blossoms here in Charleston, our local farmer's market is full of fruit......everything is colorful, bright and blossoming. My latest collection of paintings celebrates all of this, I'm calling this my Woven Color Series, each piece encapsulates a bit of this exquisite time of year! Find your favorite July 10th at Noon EST when the entire series of 13 paintings is released in my web-shop.

 

 

Summer is such a beautiful season, a time to relax the grip on schedule and soak in the joy of aliveness. Honestly, its my absolute favorite, a time that I look forward to all year long. Every summer I make a point to slow down with my kids, to take it all in and taste every single bit!

We spent a couple weeks in June as a family driving through the American Southwest, where along with glorious natural beauty, we saw so many amazing ancient symbolic petroglyphs (4000 yrs old!). I was especially drawn to their use of the arch form. I've continued to play with it in this recent series, working with ideas of portals, doorways, bridges, passages & reflections. I love thinking about how as artists we are connecting to the thread of creativity, expression and universal symbols, coming to us through the long lineage of time....each of us saying I am here and this is what I see & feel!


Visit the whole Woven Color Series right HERE. As a special Thank You for being a part of my creative community use code LIVELOVE for free shipping on your order.

Sending you a bit of the magic of Summertime where ever you are!

With inspiration,

xoFaith

 


Celebrating 10 years online: my online journey Part 1




Over the holidays I spent time mentally reviewing 2018, and I realized that in April 2018 I passed my 10 year online business anniversary without even realizing it!

Time moves so quickly but dates and celebrating anniversaries hold deep meaning for me so, as a way of honoring a decade online (11 years this coming April!) I thought I’d share a bit of my story, I hope it encourages other artists, especially mama artists, to continue pursuing your creative dreams!

In April 2008 I began my online presence starting a blog and an Etsy shop. At the time I was a full time mama to my then 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter. 




But I had always painted, earning my MFA in painting in 2002 from Parsons where I met my husband. I knew that I always wanted to be a mother AND an artist, so as I had babies I vowed to myself that I would continue painting through the years of having young children. It wasn’t easy and there were times when I had to accept that my art was taking a back seat to my babies, but I did it, I continued painting in stolen chunks of time mostly as they slept. I also hired an amazing babysitter, a girl from our church who was wonderful with the kids, who came one day a week. That day was my dedicated painting day and I treasured it! I became friends with a fellow mama who owned an art gallery in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. She started showing my work in 2004, and continued up until we left NYC in 2011, showing and selling there gave me great motivation to keep painting, and I’m forever grateful to her for this! Sadly she died in 2013 of breast cancer.

During those years as I was painting during the kid’s nap time in my home studio at our house in Brooklyn, I found myself one afternoon in 2008 on the blog of the artist Marisa of Creative Thursday, and on a whim I signed up for her class called In The Fish Bowl, all about developing an online presence....this was even before social media. In that online class I met so many amazing creative women who I’m still friends with almost 11 years later in this online community. I began blogging then and selling prints & cards of my art in my Etsy shop through the encouragement & community that I started to grow online. I read other creative blogs daily, it was such an exciting time realizing the power of the internet to expand my audience and connect with creatives around the world! 


When I started this blog I mainly alternated posts about my family along with posts about my art, and crafts that I would do with my kids. Blogging helped me to weave more creativity into the long days alone with young children, anything could become a chance to tell a story about our days and what we did together. I shared my paintings often, and bits of my process, and I started to be interviewed on other blogs. In 2008 I also completed my training to be a Labor Support Doula, and began attending births in New York City, which was amazing work that I loved, supporting other woman through such a transformative life experience was ground breaking for me, I learned that supporting other women was something that brought me great joy.

The archives of this blog have become a beautiful way to go back and look at the time, as a a dairy of my days when my oldest kids were small, and it is also a memory book of our life in Brooklyn. Around the time that I started this blog, and selling my work online, I also began to feel constricted by my life in New York City. I had lived there since 1995, and while it was exciting when I was younger, the day to day slog of pushing my two kids in a double stroller everywhere while carrying groceries and everything else we needed in all kinds of weather....well all of it just started to feel so hard. The pace of NYC also was a mental burden that began to wear on me, I longed to have more calm in my day-to-day, to connect more with natural beauty and for my kids to grow up with more access to nature.

So in 2010, just as my Etsy shop was really taking off with the sale of prints and cards of my art, we decided that it was time for us to seriously consider leaving New York!

Continued in Part 2, coming soon!

Studio Chat with Faith & Mati: The Story of our Book!

Hi Beautiful Painters!

We're back with another Studio Chat for you as part of our video chat series, where we gather questions from our students, hot topics that we want to chat about, and then dive deeply into these questions and all things creative.

This week we share the story of how our book Painting the Sacred Within came to be, and we talk about the title and some of the personal meaning behind it!





In today's video we mention the year long class that our book is based on. This class, also called Painting the Sacred Within has been enjoyed by hundreds of our students and its now available in an easy monthly format! We have a membership option, where you can sign up to have a new episode delivered to your in-box on the 1st of every month.

Every month, we share a series of fresh videos, inspirational content, start to finish painting demos and peeks into our studios. These monthly episodes are all centered around a monthly theme that will closely follow the chapter themes in our new book Painting The Sacred Within! This class will work well as a supplement to our book, fleshing out the themes & techniques that we offer there, in our videos we want you to feel like you're painting right along with us!

To find out all of the monthly themes that we cover, and more about how you can learn from us in these video lessons head over HERE.
We've made the price point on these monthly episodes super affordable, only $18 for a monthly subscription, or $25 to purchase instant and forever access to the monthly episodes individually.

Looking forward to sharing all of this with you,
xoFaith

My Favorite Watercolor Paints

Of all the many questions that I get from students and other artists, through emails and DM's, by far the most common question is a surprising one:

More than anything else people want to know what my favorite watercolor paints are! 



Since I get this question so much I felt that it needed its own post. Really, its pretty simple, like with any art supplies I am always drawn to colors, before anything else. So, that means that I try any products, both high and low end, if I like the colors. With that as my compass, I have found some beautiful serendipitous surprises like this set:



Its the cheapest set that I own and yet it was the set that was in many of the photographs in my book, and over and over again this is the set that people ask about, and its only $10.99!!!! Head over here to buy it.

Then there is the set pictured bellow, I like to pair it with the set above. Its a German brand called Angora, available here.



 Here are these two sets together in a shot with my demo painting from the first chapter of my book:


Having all those colors at my finger tips is dreamy!!

I also love to take my watercolors along with me when I travel, so over the past couple of years I have worked on streamlining my travel painting kit. Here are my two favorite travel watercolor painting sets, they are by AQUAnaut and Bianyo, both are available on Amazon, here and here.



 Another of my favorite travel watercolor sets is pictured here in the top left corner of the image.....



 And again pictured here, next to this lesson on embracing the messy!! This is the Jane Davenport travel set, it comes in both a Bright and a Neutral color way, and I never travel without both of those sets these days!!



Recently I have also been experimenting with this sweet higher end set by Daniel Smith. I love that these paints have actual ground up minerals and gems like Amethyst, Jade and Hematite, in the paint, eeeeep!!! So much good energy!


My favorite watercolor paper is hands down Arche brand, this size pad in particular is the pad that I always come back to.
If you'd like to get instant access learning, all about my Watercolor Painting Practice, how I gather inspiration through watercolor at home and when I travel, what else I pack in my travel painting kit, developing a daily practice of seeing, and so much more.
Check out my Online Class, Episode 1: Inspiration is Everywhere :: Developing a Daily Practice of Seeing, available for instant & forever access for only $39!


 In this instant access class I share my favorite ways to work with watercolor.


The class includes 6 start to finish watercolor painting demo videos, a video unit on all of my favorite "must have" supplies in my studio, videos on getting to know more about me and my co-teacher Mati McDonough, as well as a fun unit on color treasure hunting!



While I'm at it another question that I get asked all the time is about these glass jars of brightly colored paints that also appear all over my book and often in my Instagram feed. These are Flashe brand Vinyl paints and they are available HERE! They are some of my favorites to layer with acrylic paint, I love them!


Enjoy and Happy Painting!!!
xoFaith

Collaboration with Lou & Grey


It was such a special pleasure to have 4 of my watercolor paintings purchased by the Anne Taylor Inc. company Lou & Grey last year, to become fabric designs in their Autumn 2016 collection!

In the summer of 2015 I began diving deeply into my explorations in watercolor painting, I was especially inspired that summer by a month long trip to Europe in which I took just a few supplies with me. I traveled with a watercolor painting set, a roll of sable brushes, and a couple of cold pressed Arche watercolor paper pads. With these simple tools I painted daily on that trip, gathering color & shape inspiration from all the beautiful spots we traveled through. Lou & Grey purchased the paintings the following Autumn and all 4 of the paintings that became part of the Lou & Grey collection were created on that trip!

Seeing my paintings turned into fabric was a complete JOY and now I love wearing the pieces from the collection!!





This is the original triangle piece that the pictured fabric pattern was created from.














This project reminds me that big or small you just never know where your explorations will take you!
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