Saturday's Demo At Keeton's

11:14 AM

Sketch and painting fast. The journaling was
added after the demo.
What fun! We had a blast Saturday at the demo on Art Journaling at Keeton's Office and Art Supplies in Bradenton. Lots of wonderful folks showed up and asked all kinds of questions.

We discussed art journaling, materials, tools, making mistakes, getting started, and everything in-between. My favorite question from the audience was "You don't tear out many pages from your journal, do you?"

My response was, "No, no I don't. My sketchbooks are for me and it gives me the opportunity to see where I've been and where I'm going." If I removed pages, it would be much harder to see progress whenever I looked back through them.

My wonderful husband was there as my wingman, cameraman, technical advisor, and all-around supporter. I could not do what I do without him! (Thanks, Honey!)

One of the funny (as in "odd") things to me is always "seeing" myself at one of these events. As I went through the photos (which I hated them all), I could not help but laugh at some of my expressions.

Some of them made me look like I was imploring someone to like my page, others looked like I smell something awful, about to sneeze or was savoring a wonderful bit of chocolate.

I decided to share some of the funnier ones. Most are slightly fuzzy as I moved around quite a bit proving to be a difficult subject to capture. I also noticed I was flapping my hands around in almost every frame.

Well, it was a demo after all!

I hope if you're local or in town, you can join me for "An Imaginary Visit To The Beach" on October 11th from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon!

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  1. You are so honest! I recently did a demo and it was a little daunting to paint while people watched-- that big mirror overhead is both great and totally weird! I hope all of your sessions are well attended and I look forward to seeing what comes out of them on your blog.

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    1. I couldn't see the mirror so that didn't bother me overmuch. What did bother me is I had an hour and a half for the demo and I had no I idea where I was in the timeframe. I told my husband we were going to have to come up with a signal system. He suggested I use my digital timer instead.

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  2. I've never demonstrated with a mirror overhead. I think I'd wear a hat like they do in old movie casinos ... and try to forget what is up there. As for all the hand flapping ... good to landed long enough to demo -- lol.

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    1. Yes, I did "land" long enough! The mirror didn't really faze me other than I wasn't really sure what the audience could see. I figured someone would holler out if they couldn't see what they wanted to…and no one did.

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  3. I talk with my hands too. Someone once asked me if I was Italian. Ha.... I am sure your participants were thrilled with your demo. I don't tear out pages either. Some are hieious. ugh.

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    1. Being married to an Italian, I'm wondering if that's where I got it from, but he doesn't flap around. I'm sure you think they're much worse than really are. I often hate a page at the time and then decide later that while I may not like it, it's not as horrible as I originally thought.

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  4. Laure - It was fun to see you at work. I am sure everyone enjoyed this demo. I would have been so nervous but you looked quite cool and calm. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

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  5. Your work is amazing and I'm so excited to be part of your October 11th class! However, I need your advice - where do I buy the supplies? I'm from Punta Gorda and tried our local Michael's and they don't carry the 25 fold out palette, nor do they carry the waterbrush your list has. Thank you in advance for your guidance!

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    1. How exciting! I'm so glad you're coming. Do you have a Hobby Lobby near you? If so, they have the palette. A 20 well palette will work as well. The biggest thing is to get something fairly small and foldable so that it can easily be carried around.

      Brushes…I always order my water brushes from MarkerSupply.com. Try this link: http://www.markersupply.com/zigwacosybrp.html I order all four, but if you're just starting out, and don't want to order them all, go with the large round.

      If you have traditional brushes and want to use those, that works too. Let me know if I can help further!

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    2. If you need to speak to me directly, scroll down to the bottom of the page and use the contact form.

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    3. Thanks! I am brand new to watercolor, so I didn't have any supplies. thank you for the advice and I have just ordered the brushes online and will go to Hobby Lobby later today. Excited to join the class. See you next Saturday!

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  6. Hi Laure, I didn't manage to get over there.. was taking my mom somewhere instead....but next time maybe!! Glad it went well

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