Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Alena Hennessy

Painting by Alena Hennessy

"Moody with a pop of happy." These words popped into my head when I first discovered the beautiful work of artist Alena Hennessy. I instantly connected with the lush, colorful worlds she creates in her paintings. Layers and layers of pigment, papers, and drawings create a mysterious depth that draws you in and delights you with a new discovery each time you look.

Painting by Alena Hennessy

Painting by Alena Hennessy

This past June I took a road trip to the Strawberry Patch Summer Market in Nashville, TN and was thrilled to feast my eyes on a collection of her paintings, prints, and handmade jewelry. Meeting Alena in person was a joy, and it was wonderful to discover that the creative force behind the artwork was just as warm and charming as her paintings! Two of my favorite paintings came home with me, and I'm so happy that I can enjoy them every day as I work in my home studio.

The Painting Workshop by Alena Hennessy

Alena shares her work and inspiration through her books including Cultivating Your Creative Life and The Painting Workbook. I'm planning to work my way through the 52 prompts in The Painting Workbook, and I am excited to begin this challenge to myself. Notice the Posca paint pens in the photo? I learned about these through one of Alena's workshops, and I am smitten with them!

Co-Lab Workshop with Alena Hennessy & Susan Tuttle

Alena also teaches online workshops packed with inspiration and innovative techniques. I enjoyed her contributions to Life Book 2014, and I'm currently enrolled in Co-Lab, a collaborative workshop with the talented Susan Tuttle.

A Year of Painting Workshop with Alena Hennessy

A new session of Alena's workshop, A Year of Painting, begins on January 21, 2015, and I can't wait for it to begin! She is generously hosting a giveaway of 5 spots in the course right now, and the winner will be announced on December 25th. I'm throwing my hat in the ring, and I hope you will too. I have a feeling it will be a magical experience!

To learn more about Alena you can visit these links:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Art Journal Adventures Workshop

Art Journal Adventures by Kimberly Jones

I am so excited to announce a brand new workshop for 2015 - Art Journal Adventures! In this fun class, you'll learn how to make your own journal with a quick and easy binding method and a speedy painting technique that creates beautiful backgrounds in a flash.

The journal will have painterly pages ready to be embellished with more techniques and artful supplies...

and plenty of blank pages just waiting for your creative touch! This versatile book can be used to explore art techniques, as a scrapbook, a writing journal, or a place to gather your favorite quotes. Once you learn how the basics of making it, you can recreate the book in any size, color palette, or theme. 

The workshop will be held at Scattered Art in Newburgh, IN on January 9th at 6 pm, or you can attend a daytime session on January 15th at 10 am. The class is $25 and includes all materials. Please call (812) 490-0074 to register. Class space is limited to 8 for each session, so be sure to call soon.  I look forward to seeing there!