It felt really good to be back in the swing of things. Yesterday I was feeling much better about everything and I made wonderful progress on my next "Painting With Friends" pattern. In fact, I finished the painting part of the design completely.
Many people ask me how the "Painting With Friends" program works. I thought that I would give a bit of an explanation again because of the many recent inquiries I have received.
Painting With Friends is the name that a group of artists works and publishes under. I guess it is like a painting co-op. It is centered around the very talented prim artist Terrye French. Terrye is one of the most talented, giving and prolific people I have ever seen. She has so many ideas, that she realizes that there is no way that she would be able to develop them all into painting patterns. Several years ago, Terrye and Deb Antonick teamed up and created the Painting With Friends group. Since Terrye wanted to focus mainly on drawing and designing, and Deb was excellent at organization and a wonderful designer in her own rite, they decided to work together to form a group of designers that would develop and sell patterns based on Terrye's drawings.
It works like this . . .
Terrye creates line drawings and sketches of her ideas for patterns and sends them to Deb. Deb coordinates the distribution to the line drawings to the artists who are part of the team. The artist uses the line work any way she wishes and develops the pattern to sell under the "Painting With Friends" label.
It is that simple and works wonderfully for all involved.
I love being part of this program because not only does it allow me to work with a very talented team of artists, but it also allows me to work outside my usual 'comfort zone' and expand my abilities. I love receiving Terrye's adorable drawings! As soon as I see them, I begin to think about how I want to present them as the finished project. I love the fact that we get to use them any way we wish, as it really encourages me as an individual artist to impart my own style and creativity into the project. There are very few restrictions, and as long as we follow some basic guidelines, we are pretty much free to do what we please.
I look at the Painting With Friends designs as something that is win/win all around. Terrye gets to do what she loves – creating and drawing, we get to enjoy the process of designing with a 'helping start' from a very talented artist, and the public gets a wealth of amazing prim designs – each with a different style and personality which reflects the artist who created it, yet with the cohesiveness and style that Terrye is known for. I think it is awesome!
For myself, I love being a part of this group. For the most part, I work on my own and create my own designs. That is all well and good and I do enjoy having the freedom to do whatever I choose, but there are also times when I would like to have the feedback of others, and work as part of a larger team. This allows me to do both. I can work on my own patterns when I please, and also work with the Painting With Friends group whenever I choose. Since I don't have a painting group or any group type of interaction in my area, it is a great way for me to build friendships, reach out to new customers, and enjoy stress-free painting. It is wonderful when I feel 'stuck' to be able to take one of Terrye's designs and develop it into a pattern. For me it is sometimes the most difficult part of the process, and I love how fun and whimsical Terrye's drawings are. They always put a smile on my face.
Last month however, Terrye suffered a stroke. We were all devastated with this news, and hope that she is able to make a full recovery. It is wonderful to see the painting community band together in support of Terrye. We all wish her a speedy recovery and all the best.
I was given this and one additional drawing prior to Terrye becoming ill. While I was painting it and developing it, I was filled with emotion. I thought about all the people's lives that Terrye has touched and all the joy she brings to so many through her art and how unselfish and sharing she is with everyone. I hope with all my heart that she recovers fully and once again is able to create. I know with each drawing, she gives us part of herself.
I finished the painting part of my "Summertime Tea" banner yesterday. I am happy with it and it makes me smile. I wanted to make something bright and cheerful and representative of what the Painting With Friends group stands for. Friendship. Creativity. Sharing.
Here is a picture of the finished banner:
I still need to do some color correction and take photos in the proper light. But you can get the idea. I created a welcome banner that will work with the wood piece header I made for my Springtime Iris pattern (SLDP220) . Like the iris, it is painted on durable Roc-Lon fabric so it can be hung outdoors. I love painting on Roc-Lon! I also love that you can cut the edges to any shape you wish without worrying about fraying.
The designs is themed for summer, including little bees:
and even ants:
The buttons, sunflowers and strawberries are all sparkled, as well as the bee's wings. It isn't over-sparkly but just enough to shimmer in the sunlight. I used DecoArt Glamour Dust paint to achieve this subtle effect.
Today I will be spending the day writing up the pattern, and I should have it available by tomorrow.
If you like this design, I invite you to visit the Painting With Friends Blogspot page to see all the new designs by Terrye and her friends. You can also purchase Painting With Friends patterns on Etsy at the Painting With Friends Etsy Store. All the patterns are available as PDF files, and they are very reasonably priced. Terrye even has some wonderful "Collections" of many patterns for a minimal price. I know you will really love them!
I also encourage you to visit Deb Antonick's site Painting with Deb. Deb is another fantastic artist and has many incredible designs. She gives so much to the painting community and has dedicated her life to painting and helping others learn to paint as well. And without her, the Painting With Friends program wouldn't be possible.
I love my creative friends. Not only from the painting community, but those who are in the woodworking community as well. While it is wonderful to be a free-lance designer and be able to work on my own, I wouldn't want to be on this journey without the many creative friends that I have met along the way. The friendship, support and love of creating has been a binding force that has not only helped us all, but has helped the arts as well through sharing. For me, it is a happy place in this sometimes overwhelming and troubled world. Painting and creating with my "friends" really makes my life better.
I wouldn't want it to be any other way.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"