February is Here!

Time for an update!! January quickly passed us by and somehow we are already into February of the 2016/17 school year! Only three more months with my sweet artists and summer camps will be here before we know it! I have so much to share! In January I began my 5th year owning & operating Alisa Nelson Studio. I absolutely LOVE what I do - getting to share art with others is so much fun and five years ago I never would have imagined it looking like this. I began this semester with my largest student enrollment so far - 4 classes of 33 students. Plus my daughter, who loves art (I hope it sticks! :))  I currently have one opening in my Thursday, 4:15-5:15 class! Contact me asap if you are interested. Also, be on the lookout for 2017 "Let's Create! like the Masters" Summer Art Camps info. I will post dates by the end of the month and enrollment will begin March 1. Yay!! 

Last month we were inspired by Grandma Moses' wonderful art. She didn't begin painting until she was 70, and painted over 1,500 paintings from that time until she passed at age 101! That sure does take all excuses away on trying something new, doesn't it!? I loved several things that she said - "Anyone can paint!" She is definitely a testament to that. She also said, "Paint what you know." You can see that in her amazing story-type landscapes. My students & I agreed that it felt as if you could hop into one of her paintings & interact with the characters & scenes. She also said, "Everyone has something inside to give." Thank you, Grandma Moses, for what you gave to the art community. 

January also included the 2017 Statewide Youth Impressions Juried Art Show, put on each year by the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond. I love having my students participate in this show and share their art with the community. Together we entered 23 wonderful pieces of art, and several of my artists brought home ribbons. 

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Last but not least, Alisa Nelson Studio has been announced as a finalist in the Metro Family, 2017 Family Favorites for art studio/art lessons! I am still blown away by this, but thrilled to be recognized, especially next to the OKC Museum of Art & the FAI, both amazing contributors of art to our city!! 

http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/familyfavorites/

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As an artist, I have been working on several new paintings for my Etsy shop. I will be posting them later this week! I have been working through the muddle of "painters block" and lack of motivation. It's hard to make yourself do something even when you don't feel like it, and believe it or not, sometimes I don't feel like painting. But reading about Grandma Moses really inspired me, as well as working through the book, "Making Art a Practice" by Cat Bennett. "Who knows what will happen or what we inspire with our art? We do not get to see the whole story, ever. We simply offer our art and ourselves...We have something of value to offer, and the world needs it." I thought of Grandma Moses as I read that. So thankful that she began painting and shared her value with the world, not knowing the whole story. Just like a cute art quote I've seen -- "the earth without art is just eh" -- SO true! :)

Happy Creating!