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Welcome to our {Held}Captive Classroom.

I can't tell you how moved I am to have you here with me and that you have given me the space to share some of my creative process with you.  I'm excited as we delve into painting together.  Lots of painting and discovering together with some other things but our primary focus will be around finding emotional tenderness and then capturing it in your paint, clay and creative process.

 I hope you will find this place a gentle and safe place to create and to share.


Here is a quick welcome and introduction message from me and then we will get some of the admin out of the way before we begin...



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I have created a pinterest board called LOVE for you.

It's filled with emotional images, references, quotes and works and things that I've found emotionally moving and I hope you will too.

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Class Index


  • Understanding and using different supplies - Acrylics / Conte / etc.
  • Understanding and using different brushes
  • Understanding and using different substrates
  1. Let's make our own substrates 
  2. Upcycle / Recycle
  3. Problem solving with canvas

1.  Drawing

The art of showing up daily with your pencil... 

  • Basic drawing
  • Drawing with an eraser
  • Additional Drawing
  • The Art of Seeing - Working with references
  • The Art of Seeing - Self portraiture
  • The Art of Seeing - Chose a reference from a master and study it
  • Charcoal with reference
  • Conte drawing
  • The Art of Playing - 5 minute liquid graphite
  • The Art of Playing - 2 minute continuous line drawing

10 Downloadable lessons.

Supply List

You will need...

  • Moleskine Journal for drawing or any journal of your choice.
  • 2 Mini journals for play
  • HB Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm
  • 4/6B Mechanical Pencil 5.6mm
  • Conte Chalk - Mini pack
  • Charcoal
  • Liquid Graphite
  • Lyra water soluble pencil
  • Eraser

2.  Looking at the Masters

 I have picked three artists who I feel have studied emotion

[insert book titles and images]

3.  Let's Paint - Part 1 - Portraiture

  • Finding emotional tenderness in a single portraits
  • Emotional portraits - working from small to BIG.
  • Emotional self portraiture.
  • Emotional portraits intuitively and referenced.

5 portrait projects in this section

Painting... the art of showing up daily.


Supply List

You will need...

  • Paints - your paint of choice
  • Brushes - your brush of choice
  • Substrates - canvas/paper
  • Stabilo Brown / Red


    Let's Paint - Part 2 - Tender Togetherness

  • A MotherDaughterLove Series - looking at painting this connection.  Learning from the Madonna, the ultimate MotherLove story to our own MotherLovestories.  This is something very dear to my heart and I can't stop painting it - 2 to 3 MotherLove Pieces.
  • A SisterLove Series - I do believe there is a longing in all of us to have beautiful connection with our sisters, whether we have a blood related sister or not.  I think there is a longing in all of us for it - 2 to 3 SisterLove Pieces.
  • A FriendshipLove Series - As I'm getting older, this is something I am loving and appreciating so much in my own life.  The power of soul sister connections.  It's a beautiful thing and I want to paint it - 1 FriendshipLove painting plus a bonus ending with an large FriendshipLove piece bringing it altogether.


4.  PaperClay

  • Introduction and understanding your clay
  • Finding emotion in individual figure / gestures
  • Finding the emotion with multiple figures / gestures
  • Painting our clay sculptures in a way that completes their stories.

Projects - 2 to 3 different projects in Clay

5.  Lomography - Instant Photography

  • Finding tender emotion in your lens.
  • Finding ways to capture daily tenderness.
  • Keepsakes

Playing with our instant cameras / cell phones, with instant printers

Projects - to take our cameras with us wherever we go and capture moments in time - finding beautiful ways to see, feel and love your life, one capture at a time

6.  Closing

Let's get started....