Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Buy Handmade This Holiday Season!

The Town of Snow Hill invites you to the 3rd Annual Fine Art and Craft Sale on
Friday November 2nd from 5-8pm
Saturday November 3rd from 10am- 3pm
located at the Old Firehouse on Green Street.

A beautiful selection of unique handcrafted items by local artists will be for sale–
just in time for your holiday gift shopping!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hidden Talents Discovered!

 ShaDeeLa's workshop on October 13th proved to be a positive affirmation for those students who may have doubted their artistic ability.

This purposely "fast paced" workshop didn't give them too much time to think and demonstrated that a direct and spontaneous approach results in a fresh and less "overworked" painting.
Layering techniques along with depth of field were emphasized. Students left with 3 warm ups and one larger "Fall Bouquet" painting.
 As we all stood back and admired everyone's accomplishments, we proudly said--
 We CAN do it!!!
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Artsy Angels

This past Saturday's “Artfully Altered Angel” workshop was divine!
Students learned many new techniques such as paint crackling, antiquing and decoupaging, as they were guided step-by-step to create their own mixed media Angel.
Personalities began to shine as each student added their own special affirmations and messages to the canvas giving it that personal touch.
Everyone left with a ready to hang “little piece of heaven” to adorn their walls at home or to give as a gift that serves as an inspirational reminder that we are all
surrounded by angels.
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Take the Plunge and Push Past your Self-Imposed Limitations!

ShaDeeLa has two classes coming up that you don't want to miss. As children we were able to experience the sheer joy of creative expression with abandon. We painted, colored with crayons, played with clay and even made mud pies. We didn't care what other people thought and we did it because it fulfilled something within us. As we grew older, belief systems were formed and we began to stifle those creative urges out of fear. Fear of not conforming or being accepted. Many of us considered ourselves to be non-creative and that art and self expression was only for a chosen few. Little did we know that our inner artist still resides deep inside us and is waiting to be unleashed. "Fearless Painting" will allow you to explore and rediscover the joy of creative process without self judgment and limitations. "Journey into the Soul", a two day workshop takes you a little deeper by unlocking pent up energy that is held in the body. Gentle Yoga, breathing techniques, and music opens up the soul and allows energy to flow onto the canvas. No previous painting or yoga experience is required. Just come with an open mind and heart.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Day of Nature Journaling With ShaDeeLa...

On Saturday, June 2nd, the ShaDeeLa team took "Nature Journaling" to a whole new level. The class, led by Dee, began with a sensory exercise. Each person had the opportunity to describe an object using all the senses while the rest of the class (with their eyes closed) had to guess what it was. A great exercise to sharpen the senses and hone in our descriptive language skills.

Participants brought in their own private collection of natural objects ranging from flowers to shells, feathers and bones. The class was guided through a series of "warm-up" exercises focusing on drawing techniques, hand lettering, color application and page layout.

In the center of the room a table filled with nature books, flowers, shells, insects and bird nests offered students all the reference they could possibly imagine.

Using the techniques they learned, students created the first page of their own personal Nature Journal. With an emphasis on "personal style", students were encouraged to explore their own unique way of expression. No "cookie cutter" images here!

Personalities blossomed as we witnessed the power of personal observation unfold onto the pages. It truly opened our eyes to the beauty of nature that we at times seem to take for granted, reminding us to
stop and take time to smell the roses.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

To All Who Have Served...

Thank you.
Happy Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Weekend Warrior

The rug on my porch had seen
 better days…
It was screaming to be saved…
After much research…
not really, it all came down to do I dye it or do I paint it…
I decided to go with what I know best….

Tape the outer edges and using a brush lay down the first coat of base color. 

Don’t worry about getting every nook and cranny.
Roll the second coat. Roll a third coat for extra coverage. 
 Let dry overnight.

Here comes the fun…
Tape out a design or use a stencil.
Paint the second color using the same techniques as the base coat. 


Couple of things to make your DIY project go smoothly— don’t paint on a windy day … make sure the forecast isn’t calling for rain… and use exterior semi-gloss paint, it will weather foot traffic, wine spills and mother nature.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Watercolor Challenge...

Watercolors are my nemesis...
Dee and Deb create beautiful watercolors.
Me, not so much.
Too much paint, too little water, too much water, too little paint.
You get the idea.
But that is all about to change.
 Thanks to my
Watercolor Challenge!
Twenty minutes,
for thirty days,
I will play
with watercolors.
No plan.
No pressure.
Just an open mind
willingness to let it happen.

Monday, April 9, 2012


evoke memories...
capture emotions...
express thoughts.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter...

Hope it is full of sweetness.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Need Color...

Take a stroll in the garden... 
vibrant and bold...

soft and delicate...

dark and daring.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Need Inspiration...

 wake up early...
take a walk...
breathe in nature's beauty.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Oh, What a Workshop...

Captured moments...

Layered colors...

Special memories created...

Written words...

Guidance by Dee...

A soulfilled day.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Melt those Winter Blues away...

with an inspirational ShaDeeLa Workshop!

We are offering four great workshops in February and March at the Kent Island Federation of Arts (KIFA) studio. Located just one mile past the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in the lovely neighborhood of Stevensville, Maryland, the creative atmosphere at KIFA will warm your artistic spirit.

All skill levels are welcome. Early enrollment is encouraged due to limited class size. Call KIFA at 410.643.7424 and register today.

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