We were very fortunate that the first 'blizzard' of the season wasn't as fierce as predicted.
Oh – we got snow alright. And some pretty intense howling winds as well. It is hard to say how much we wound up with in the end, but I am thinking it averaged about a foot. With the wind so strong you can see grassy areas in places and the drifts are two feet high in others. Such is winter in Nova Scotia.
I never mind the cold and snow. I much prefer it to the sometimes muggy heat that summer brings. My thoughts are that you can always add more clothing if you are cold (or a nearby cat to warm you!) but once you are naked or nearly naked, if you are hot, you are stuck. Although living here near the ocean seems to moderate things a bit. We don't get those blistering hot, humid days that I grew up with in Chicago. It is far more bearable for me.
Seasons come and go and to me that is just part of living. I would miss not having four seasons and even when I am housebound in the winter months, there is always plenty of fun things to fill my days.
Besides – why complain about things you can't change? It seems such a waste of energy to me.
I have slated this week to work on a new project that I am truly excited about. A couple of months ago, I was invited to participate in an online series of classes called Art Play Date 2015.
For those of you who have never heard of it, I will explain it here. . .
Art Play Date began last year and is the brain child of Kelly Heornig. I knew Kelly back when I lived in Chicago, as I met her through our Society of Decorative Painters painting group. Kelly positively LIVES for art! She is a wonderful artist and teacher in a variety of different media – painting, colored pencils, mixed media, etc. Her work is some of the best that I have seen and I have always admired her and have been lucky enough to take some of her classes. You can visit her website here: Kelly Hoernig
What I always liked about Kelly was her astute business sense. She always not only studied art, but she studied the business of art and creating. Many times over the years as I have been working to develop my own business, I thought of Kelly and her pursuit of business knowledge and professionalism and she remained somewhat of a role model. I was thrilled a couple of years ago when I reconnected with her on Facebook, as I was able to follow her again and see what she was up to.
Last year she launched her first Art Play Date, in which she gathered 24 top-notch teachers in the decorative painting industry and together they offered an online course available to anyone who was interested. The premise of the Art Play Date was as follows – 24 teachers teaching 24 different projects in 24 weeks for one set price. The cost for the course was $99, which meant that each project only cost the participant just over $4. With the 'bonus' projects, it came to less than that.
Throughout the time frame of the course, each Monday the participants were given links to the new class, presented by a new teacher. The class included both written instructions that could be downloaded, as well as accompanying videos of the teachers creating the projects themselves. The teachers also made themselves available to personally answer any questions or concerns that the student had. It was widely successful and it gave the students the opportunity to learn with their favorite teachers, and also sample some other teaching styles as well. It was like going to convention without the time, cost or expense of travelling. And they could learn at their leisure in their own homes.
The videos and lessons would be available for a full year. This meant that if students were busy when their favorite class was being conducted, they would be able to come back later. They are able to download the patterns and written instructions as well, so that they will have them in their archives for keeps. Most of the teachers will also be available way past the year, as most of them are like me and once we hook up with someone on Facebook or online, we are friends for life! :)
The teachers get paid from a central pool, but also by those going through their affiliate link that they set up on their site. (The more that sign up through a certain teacher, the more she gets paid.) I will be working to add the link to my own site in the next few days. The first day that people can sign up is February 1st and I want to be ready.
I love this program because it is geared for ALL levels of painting and creating. Because of the great diversity among the teachers, the students are exposed to many different teaching styles and techniques. We each have our own favorite thing to do and because we love what we are teaching, I feel that we are going to give great classes. For myself – I love to "play" with different EASY techniques that both woodworkers AND painters can use to create. I am finishing up my project today, but I can give you a sneak peek at it now . . .
It is coming out so COOL and is going to be so much FUN to teach this! I am very, very EXCITED!
I promise to tell more about Art Play Date 2015 in future posts. I hope that some of you consider joining me on this wonderful journey. You may find yourself learning some really cool new techniques. I KNOW you are going to have FUN!!!
One final thing – I wanted to showcase a new plaque pattern that Keith put up on the site last night:
The SLDK539 Proud Woodworker plaque also includes "Teacher" and "Scroller" versions (Click the link here to see: SLDK539 - Proud Woodworker, Scroller, Teacher Pattern) It is a great new addition to his word art plaques! :)
Until then – have a great Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"