I am beyond excited!! I am going to be on the radio show with Suzi Blu and Kelly tonight at 9pm EST!! You can listen at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/suzi-blu or call in at (347) 308-8822 to ask questions.
Right now I am doing a little jig!! So let me fill you in.
When I was a kid (don't all stories begin that way these days?) I used to love sketching. And in my teens I was sketching portraits. And I loved it! But then college and assignments and jobs happened. And I gave up sketching - I didn't have time for it. I was busy studying and hanging out with friends and interviewing .... But then I came to Boston and went to the Museum of Fine Arts. And then I found other museums in the Boston area like DeCordova and Harvard's Fogg museum. And each time I went to a museum the spark was rekindled and the feeling to create grew stronger and stronger. I did many different things - I knitted, I did origami, I learned Sogetsu ikebana, I painted silk scarves, I learned rubber stamping. It was a journey and still is (remember I talked about the Being Creative series yesterday -I will yap a lot more about it then... I promise).
But one day over a year and half back, I stumbled across Suzi Blu's Petite Doll (http://suziblu.ning.com/)in a Somerset Studio magazine. I had never heard of anything like this! An online art class, really? A place where I get to watch a video of an artist at work and ask questions and go at my own pace? Wow!! It was manna from heaven. So that night I eagerly signed up. And since then I have loved every minute of it.
The first class I took was called Petite Dolls - a class where we learned to draw cute doll faces! Really, it is true - Suzi actually broke it down and gave so many examples. And she let us download the videos. OMG!!! It was and is phenomenal. She talked about color pencils and shades and showed how she colored, how she used beeswax. And that was just the beginning. I have taken more classes with her, and she teaches so many techniques and with so many different materials. And she is so approachable and the atmosphere on her site is so positive! I highly recommend it. And you can upload your pictures and she gives constructive criticism. I consider Suzi as one of the pioneers of teaching art online. And she gives so much of herself - a famous artist but so, so nice!
So right now, at this very minute, I am pinching myself that I get to chat with her on radio. I am also sharing some of the work I created after taking her classes. This is a huge step for me but I had promised to share more hadn't I?
So if you have been thinking of an art class take a look around at http://suziblu.ning.com/. Go on, take that leap, you never know what you can achieve until you have tried.