Friday, January 31, 2014

A Gift

It has been a week of character classes and cupcake still life paintings, beautiful painted ladies and LOTS of lettering.  My job is dreamy and the students who come and go through the week absolutely fill my heart. I Play for a living AND do it with awesome peeps! Truly Can't beat that.
Sidenote: If you're new here and you want to play along with all of my studio goings on from a distance (or just peek at what we are making) be sure and follow our Instagram updates!
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In a crazy frigid, Blizzardy winter like we have had here, I truly love that no matter how cold it gets we have this amazing warm and cheery place to create and grow together!  It has been a Blessing in so many different ways for different people and I pray that only grows with time.
 In other happy news, Outside of the studio I've been finishing up some very special printable kindness cards to give as a gift to anyone who signs up for our newsletter! Spreading kindness is always good and never wasted, and friends, I am all about that!  These mini prints can be printed at 4x6 to give as a card or smaller 2x3 to keep in your wallet and hand out to someone special as you are moved to do so. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Painting your Heart's song"

Hello Friends, I have Great News! 
After a long health battle (another story for another time), and the successful opening of our own studio here at home in 2012, I am finally travelling to teach far and wide once again! 
I locked myself away this winter for a wonderful get away with yummy mounds of my favourite supplies, and some quiet time to search my heart for what it is I wanted to share this year. And the result? Awesome. 
I always come back home after a time like that feeling like I have a bit more of me to give. So refreshed, creativity re-newed, and breathing a little deeper, and THAT is exactly what I have tried to put together for my students.

I developed a brand new 4 day class for 2014, it is geared to smaller more intimate groups where we can really make a heart connection.  
That is what has me going home from the studio each day feeling so very Blessed to have the privilege of doing what I do. And I think that's the part I am most excited for with this new course! 

It will debut in just a few weeks ( February 6-9) at my very own Inspired by CD Muckosky retreat at my pal Donna Downey's studio in North Carolina. 
See her space above, doesn't it look amazing!!!
You can find out everything you need to know about the event here
And so, without further a due let me introduce...

We were each brought into this world with a beautiful purpose. Join me for 4 days where we will take an artful journey to see the value in your layers. It takes time to find quiet and get in touch with your heart, to discover the best corners of who you are, and decide how to let your beauty and your spirit light shine. In this time away from life's 'noise" you will be able to hear what your heart has to say, find your own light within, and use your creative gifts as a way to let that light shine oh so brightly!

 We will begin with lettering styles. Not MY lettering but taking your own lettering, the lettering that only your hand can do, that your kids and your friends associate with you, and using different techniques and mediums to give it a little extra artsy character.

 Then we will be using India ink and nib pens to do some scribbley and scratchy carefree self portraits. The thought of a self portrait is often intimidating, but these are meant to be imperfect. This is not only an introduction to placement of the facial features, but an exercise in really letting go! Letting your pen scribble freely, and your paint drip and pool, and seeing, as your portrait unfolds, how very beautiful you really are (even when life gets a little messy). 

Once we have gotten more comfortable with the flow of the watercolors and the placement of the facial features and shadows, we will create our doll faced "whimsy girls". Just as much heart and YOU-ness will go into these as you choose how to develop your character. With easy to follow steps and fun options to make them your very own, you are guaranteed absolute cuteness! While working on these girls we will explore all of my favourite ways to layer watercolor, acrylic, pastels, caran d'ache crayons, and prismacolor pencil crayons. Each layer brings a little more life to our piece and adds a bit more of your heart to the story. 

Students will head out for the evening with some tips on digging deep, and adding beautiful words to their pieces that will truly reflect their spirit. On our final full day together we will be creating a Big painting on raw canvas and learning to stretch it ourselves! Inspired by all of the freedom we have gained over the weekend we will dive into creating brightly colored backgrounds with messy drips and drizzles and all kinds of fun ways to add texture. On top of our beautiful backgrounds we will bring together all of the skills and mediums we have learnt, for a work of art that has you writing your heart into the background of your piece, then getting expressive with
with words and images that truly have your heart and soul infused in every layer.

It is my hope that you will come away from this time with so much more than fun Art skills and techniques. That you will have found a new freedom, discovered how to hear your heart's song, and been able to see your true beauty as you have bravely spilled your spirit onto canvas.


  I will only be doing six of these in the next year so if you are interested in booking a weekend please email us at and myself or one of my rad peeps will do our best to set up a date for your location!

Blessings, CD

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year

Just wanted to pop in here ( did you hear the door creak?) and wish you all a Very Happy New year from our house to yours! Please come back soon for a visit  or go and like our FB page to keep up to date about all kinds of good things in the works! We have online classes that are going up in the New Year, a special brand new 4 day retreat class announcement, our new website is finally close to finished and so much more! Thanks to all of you who have been far away friends for what feels like a lifetime, I'm so grateful that technology makes us feel just a wee bit closer.

Blessings, CD