Sunday, September 15, 2013

"The Harvest Queen"

Harvest Queen Collage
My "Harvest Queen"

It’s HARVEST TIME!  Autumn is just around the corner and the stores and markets are full of beautiful and colorful fruits and vegetables.  Bright sunflower and mums of every fall hue can be found on front porches and I’m even starting to see pumpkins and scarecrows in the neighborhood yards.
In celebration of the end of summer (and the end of my vacation), I treated my daughter and myself to a painting workshop entitled, “The Harvest Queen” offered by my wonderful and inspiring instructor, Shiloh Sophia McCloud with guest instructor, Christine Arylo.  Shiloh offers monthly courses online via LiveStream, so students can attend from the comfort of their own homes.  Women from four continents attended “The Harvest Queen”…and the dedicated women from Australia (aka OZ) tuned in to the class before sunrise.  A special Facebook group was set up so that students could interact and post pictures of their work and progress.
My daughter and I had a great time in my studio, sipping wine as we painted.  Before the class started, we decorated the studio for the occasion with a bouquet of flowers, a basket of fruits and veggies and a few candles.
Harvest Queen Decor
Pre-workshop Studio Decor (top)

YouTube Slideshow Showing My Painting Progress (below)
The morning after the workshop, I spent a few hours working on detail work and finishing the canvas edges.  For now, my "Harvest Queen" is residing in my studio.
My Harvest Queen - 24 x 36"

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Meet Ophelia - a Wild & Sweet Queen Bee

Collage of My Painting Process for "The Honey Jar" Workshop
I spent a Wet & Wild....Sweet & Sticky Friday afternoon and evening!
Now...don't y'all let your minds wander TOO FAR astray.  Okay...I'll admit that honey WAS involved too.  And I spent the time doing one of my top five FAV activities.

Can ya guess what I did? ...Yeah, I bet you can!

Actually, I had a great time taking "The Honey Jar" online workshop via LiveStream, with my fabulous mentor and teacher, Visionary Artist - Shiloh Sophia McCloud

The magic of technology allowed me to connect to the course via my laptop right from my studio.  I was able to watch the session on one monitor and interact with my fellow students from around the world throughout the sessions via chat and a special Facebook group.  The students were able to post pictures their progress with each step.  

The sessions are recorded and available after the workshop is over so you can review the material again and again.  Learn more through Cosmic Cowgirls Production and Publishing House!

Last month, I took another session from Shiloh, focused on "BEING ABUNDANCE" following a similar process...
"Being Abundance" Workshop - Painting Steps

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

And So It Beings..."Color of Woman" Teacher Training

And so it begins...I've been accepted to and enrolled in "Color of Woman" Teacher Training - 2013!  I'm on top of the world with a paintbrush and living my dream!

I just know this is the beginning of a very magical adventure of the juciest type...and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

If you'd asked me 6 months ago if I thought I'd be "right here, right now" taking "Color of Woman", I never would have guessed.  What I do know is that I KNEW I wanted to take this course, but figured it would happen next year or the year after after my daughter's wedding and my son's college graduation.  Little did I know that this year's events would draw me like a magnet toward my calling and my future.

I've taken a few online courses involving visionary artist, Shiloh Sophia McCloud, and have been impressed with her incredible art, the amazing community of artists, writers and teachers she's assembled in Red Thread Nation, Cosmic Cowgirls, Red Madonna, Red Key Quest and her publishing company.  Meeting her in New York City and spending time with her, helped validate what a special person she is and what an amazing opportunity was right in front of me.  Shiloh encouraged me to apply and she felt like I did, that this was exactly the place I was supposed to be.

The course has both online and "in-person" components" .  The actual start date is April 1st, but we have early access to the Ning site that acts as our virtual community for the next several months.  I'm going to put my toe in the water tonight and do a little poking around...lots of content to be explored and people to meet.  I'm thrilled, a little scared and full of joy as I enter "Color of Woman"!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New Items for Sale - Abstract, Mixed Media Bracelets & L-O-V-E

I've been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY in my studio...I want/need to raise money for "Color of Woman" teacher certification training with Shiloh Sophia McCloud, so I've put "production art" pieces at a priority level.

I've created several mixed media, abstract bangle bracelets which are getting a varnishing today.  These are fun to make, although they take several hours as each one is comprised of layers of paper, paint, ink, water soluble crayons, etc. and the inside surface is painted with high quality, coppery gold paint from Golden Artist Colors (R)  The pictures don't do them justice and the colors will look richer after layers of polyurethane.  There's a lot of detail on each on...I'll shoot some close ups once they're done.
Mixed Media Abstract Bangle Bracelets

Since I've sold WORDS really quickly, I did another large word this weekend:    
L-O-V-E - This is another mixed media piece with loads of detail.
18w x 7h x 2 1/4 d Mixed Media LOVE

Sunday, March 3, 2013

SOUL~FIRE With Shiloh Sophia McCloud

I just returned from an incredible weekend in New York City!  One of my "heroines", my fan-TAB-u-lous teacher, visionary artist, poet, and spiritual sister, Shiloh Sophia McCloud traveled from California to NYC as she was invited to speak at the United Nations.  Shiloh will be sharing her insights at the UN Commission on the Status of Women Conference on March 4th. While on the East Coast, she decided to hold a small workshop at The New York Open Center and I was so delighted to get a spot in SOUL~FIRE: Ignite Your Calling Painting Workshop - A Day Long Vision Quest with Shiloh Sophia.

Misty Frederick-Ritz & Shiloh Sophia McCloud
My husband (and hero) offered to drive me into Manhattan and we made an adventure of it!  The Friday afternoon traffic was crazy, but we enjoyed an informal "Police escort" as we drove into the city.  Just kidding, but they did seem to be EVERYWHERE!

We arrived at the Hotel Chandler on Friday evening and were excited to receive  a dinner invitation to join Shiloh and a few other classmates and instructors at La Fonda Del Sol, at Grand Central Station.  We walked about 30 minutes through the city, vs taking a cab, and it allowed us to take in the sights and sounds.

Empire State Building 

Grand Central Station

Dinner at La Fonda Del Sol
Dinner conversation was really interesting and thought-provoking and I had a great time getting to know these fine folks.  The food and service were excellent too!

After dinner, we decided to head to Times!  It was bright, busy and BLUSTERY!  We didn't hang out long because we were tired from our drive, so returned to the hotel.  My husband remarked that "The night is young, but WE are NOT!"
Me...freezing, but happy in Times Square, NYC

After a great brunch, I head off to class at The New York Open Center, where I shared a "Day Long Vision Quest" with Shiloh Sophia and about 16 other beautiful souls.  The day was moving, meaningful and will live in my heart and mind forever.  The focus was on finding your calling and living it.

I LOVED meeting the other artists who traveled from around the country to attend and I made some connections that I will keep and cherish for a long time to come.  The workshop was beautifully done and sparked my Soul Fire, as intended.  Shiloh is a special soul...and meeting her in person, along with the other women, was so special.  

Monday, February 18, 2013

D-R-E-A-M in Color

Happy Presidents' Day!  It's sunny and FRIGID outside...wishing for Spring so I can be outside.  At least the sunshine was beautiful, streaming in my studio windows.

Today, I worked on an Altered wooden word to sell.  I'm trying to raise money for art training in California and so, I've switched from creating art for my own pleasure to producing art as a source of income.

D-R-E-A-M is such a lovely word...and one of my favorite things to do, both literally and figuratively!  This piece was done with papers, acrylics, water soluble crayons, inks, etc. and is available for sale in Misty's Art Etsy Shop.

UPDATE 02/18/13:  SOLD!  More similar pieces will be posted for sale soon!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sweet Snow Bear

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I really dislike the Winter months...particularly January and February.  But...I'm trying to make the best of things and find FUN in the midst of it all.

Yesterday, we got dumped on...several inches of wet, heavy  snow in just a few hours.  So, I simply couldn't resist...

I was almost sad to see him deteriorate in the sun today...he kinda captured my heart!  ;)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mixed Media Fairy Godmother, Revisited

I worked on this winged fairy gal several months ago, knowing she wasn't finished, but finally pulled her back out this morning.  I THINK she's done now...not positive  She's 18x24 mixed media on canvas and there's a lotta layers and time put into her.  She has a lot of metalics woven through her wings and a few colored rhinestones on her large wing.

I may have a buyer already for the original, which would be lovely, although sometimes it's hard parting with paintings. I will be selling prints soon!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tribute to the Sandy Hook Souls

Sometimes, my feelings pouring out with paint...  This is "Sandy Hook Stars for Heaven" - stars rising from Earth and journeying to the Mandorla (the almond-shaped Gateway to Heaven).  Acrylics on 12" x 24" canvas.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Listen to Your Heart" 18" x 24" Mixed Media on Canvas

My 2nd painting in a series of pieces developed as part of the Las Promesas course with Shiloh Sophia McCloud, is called "Listen to Your Heart".  I'm happy with the way it turned out

The project started out as a writing exercise and group members were asked to write about what messages our Muses wanted us to hear within a heart drawn in the center of the piece.  I chose to use an 18x24 canvas as my substrate...I'm finding that I really enjoy working on pieces this size.  After drawing my heart and filling it with my message, I decided to add strips of paper with Golden Matte Medium to the outside regions of the heart to serve as a textured background layer under my painting.

Next, we painted over the message with bright colors; drew the outline and then painted in the details.  Each student had a unique perspective on the assignment and our works ended up looking very different from one another's.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Intuitive Painting with Shiloh McCloud and the Red Key Quest

As part of a course I'm taking with Shiloh Sophia McCloud, we're practicing "intuitive painting" and creating a series of works based on the theme of the senses.  We started with the sense of "sight" and we were asked to paint a portal and then use the intuitive painting techniques to paint our Muse and relevant symbos.  My interpretation of the exercise was done on an 18 x 24" canvas and is Mixed Media.
"Wine of Sight" - Mixed Media
Sketch before adding color

Sacred Heart Mixed Media

Mixed media on canvas.  I'm still working on her...but...I know she needs SOMETHING...just not sure WHAT, yet.  Sometimes I have to sit with a painting for a bit before I decide it's done.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

DONE with the "29 Faces in May Challenge"! Here are my Faces 25-29 - Tiny portraits - acrylic on 2"x4" canvases. After I took this shot, I glazed them with a burnt umber/acrylic glazing liquid which made them all have a cohesive look. Didn't photograph well though...

So glad I participated in this challenge!  Great experience with a wonderfully supportive community of artists from around the world.

Face #24 - "29 Faces in May Challenge"

Face #24 - "His Royal Highness" - watercolors and markers on Moleskine watercolor journal paper

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Face #23 - "29 Faces in May Challenge"

Face #23 - "29 Faces in May Challenge" - My first attempt at a Manga-style face - watercolors and markers on Moleskine watercolor journal paper

I'm running a bit behind; however, it's for a good reason!  My husband and I had a fantastic mini-vacation to celebrate our 2nd Wedding Anniversary.  We enjoyed museums, a brewery and winery, several great meals, a stay in a Victorian Bed & Breakfast - The Hartzell House, and took a trip to Fallingwater - an architectural marvel.

The Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast

A Sweet Corner of Our Beautiful Room at Hartzell House

Gourmet Breakfast at Hartzell House...PHENOMENAL!

Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Face #21 - "29 Faces in May Challenge"

Face #21 is in honor of my 2nd wedding anniversary...inspired by the Art Nouveau style.   Quick piece done in Sharpie marker and watercolors on paper.

I decided to turn this into an anniversary present for my hubs...Shutterfly had a sale going on mugs, so...bought two (the image wraps around the whole mug.  The pic below shows different sides of the same mug.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Face #19 - "29 Faces in May Challenge"

Well...I'm at Face #19 and am feeling a bit "faced out"...10 more to go.  Still having fun, but just running out of steam a bit.  Not used to making a piece every day.  This gal is another mixed media piece - watercolor, acrylics, ink, graphite and Prismacolor colored pencils.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Face #18 - "29 Faces in May Challlenge"

The organizer of the "29 Faces in May Challenge" suggested that as a tribute to the late Donna Summer, we draw or paint her face.  I didn't have much time tonight to make art; however, I made time to do a very quick pencil sketch.

Yep...I disco danced to Ms. Summer's music through high school and into college back in the day.  RIP Donna...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Face #17 - "29 Faces In May Challenge" - Quick Sketch

After a long day of travel, I didn't have the energy to do more than a quick sketch...BUT...I kinda like her.  She reminds me of 2 things: 1) A British storybook character  2) Lily Tomlin (Yes, I'm showing my age!).

I may end up coloring her with watercolors or colored pencils...not sure yet.  Another WIP (Work in Progress).


Well...I couldn't stop messing with her, despite being extremely tired.  I got lazy on the shading, but had a good time doodling on her.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Face #16 - Work in Progress

I'm a little ahead of the game and started working on a sketch for Face 16, which ; theoretically, would be "due" tomorrow.  She needs more shading and a rework of some features before adding color.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Face #15 - "29 Faces in May Challenge"

Well...this one is TOTALLY out of the norm for me...and stretching my skills is feeling good, albeit a bit scary!

This gent was inspired by a stone building decoration.  He was created with Prismacolor colored pencils and graphite.

Face #14 - "29 Faces in May Challenge"

Well...didn't plan to paint another face so soon, but got carried away and stayed up WAY TOO LATE, drawing and painting.  I'm really happy with this gal, though.  Mixed media - watercolor, Prismacolor colored pencils, graphite, ink in my Moleskine journal.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Faces 12 and 13 - "29 Faces in May Challenge"

It's been an EXTREMELY busy time for us, so art time has been limited.  I also was struggling a bit with low energy and low creativity.  Typically, I wouldn't do much artwork during times like these; however, the challenge has pushed me to keep on going.

Face #13 - Mad Hatter inspired Face


Face #12 - "Oceana" Monochromatic Face