Perpetual Student

 When I was a young mom, with five children close in age, I found that I needed to "get away" now and then....ANYONE RELATE?  My choice was to take a class...and so I did for years and years.

As I look back over SOOOO many years, I note a pattern as I am still taking classes. But is it a different experience today!!  Where previous classes were composed of sitting in a classroom or art studio with lots of people, today  (for me) it is "online learning" which can be done with or without communication.  

There is an explosion of online classes available: photography, illustration, painting, textiles to name a few. Believe me I have signed up for many a class.  Online versus "in person" has definite perks: don't have to get dressed up, travel, can do it at 3:00am, etc. However I have found my commitment level has not kept up.  In other words, I may sign up for a class, but not start it until it is finished, or start and stop...start and stop..and... and worse...just plain forget about it.  But it doesn't stop me from signing up for something that is totally enticing and "I am positive I will do it this time."  ANYONE RELATE?  

There are some marvelous instructors, some very intriguing subject matter... some of you might be interested in some of the best I have "hung out with."  Now and then I would love to share with you the classes, instructors and a bit of what I have done.

So lets start with something really, really, super really FUN.  
is hugely popular.
Mindy is a charming southern gal, with loads of ideas for
painting the cutest little characters....
I have taken several of her classes and actually completed a few of the projects with my own interpretations.  
This is a great place for those who are beginner, or wish to be beginner, to those with more painting experience.
The way she teaches painting and collage everyone can do. This is a huge plus...

I am taking Primitive Faces II...mine aren't as primitive as Mindy demonstrates but that is okay.  
These two I just completed this week. 

Two years ago I got the BIG idea of painting a "personalized" canvas for five or our grandchildren.  It was lots of fun and done in a bit of Mindy's artistic style. The pieces are large and framed in simple black frames. 

If you are so inclined to try a class, even if you know very little about paints and STUFF....Mindy's courses are a fantastic place to start.

Let me know what you think....or perhaps you have a suggestion of a great instructor and can add it to the comments section.

I would ask that you not print, distribute or use these images.  They are quite personal.


  1. Man, can I relate! A perpetual undergraduate would be my title. Your paintings are adorable. Makes me want to check it out but I've sworn to take no more classes this year. Let's see if that really works.

  2. Sharon, these are so adorable. Like you I'm a class junkie. I have to hold back from getting involved in more than one at a time.

  3. I love reading your posts. You have been such an inspiration through your artwork and your views. thanks for sharing.

  4. Sharon, I love how you inspire with your artwork and your sharing. Thank-you!


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