15 daring questions I asked Annie Hamman

Hello dear art friend,
I hope you had a lovely weekend.
Last week I interviewed my good friend and amazing artist Annie Hamman.
Here are 15 daring questions I asked her.

1 Q: If you could not do art for whatever reason, what would be your second choice?
A: Non-traditional healer: reiki practitioner, tarot cards reader, aura work, herbalist.

2 Q: Do you have to look at work of other artists or can you create without looking at something?
A: I can’t create without first looking at something for inspiration and absorb its energy. Whether its other artists work or a sea shell. I have to look, study, engage and feel what i am looking at. Then, i start painting.

3 Q: What’s your scariest experience?
A: Participating in plant medicine healing ceremony. I had to face intense fears of who I am and what my potential is.

4 Q: Is the artist life lonely? How do you deal with that?
A: Artists do have families, but we are often feel different, socially awkward, misunderstood, weird and creatively obsessed. And it does lead to feelings of acute loneliness. Finding a couple of weirdos like me, to be friends with, often helps. I only have a couple.

5 Q: Do you ever get discouraged when a piece doesn’t sell?
A: Yes, I used to be more so in the past. Eventually I started seeing it as an opportunity to own some of my pieces. After a while I look at these on my walls and realize they are my favorite pieces and I actually never wanted to part with them in the first place.

6 Q: How do you price your work?
A: I look at 2 things: what other artists are charging who are on my level of skill and do similar type of art, and another: what are the buyers in my circle are able to pay.

7 Q: What is the biggest challenge in your profession you have faced?
A: Struggle to preserve established style, because others learned to love it, and at the same time struggle to evolve and grow into a different style.

8 Q: Do you have superpower?
A: Yes, i can see into angelic realm.

9 Q: What is your dream project you never dare to try?
A: To write paranormal romance book. I always thought it to be ridiculously silly idea, but the pages of the books sometimes write themselves in my head.

10 Q: What do you most dislike about you?
A: I try very hard to pretend I am normal, instead of just being who I am and don’t care.

11 Q: How is your personality reflected in your art?
A: I tend to portray existential quest and sadness from being in this world, that I often feel in my heart.

12 Q: As an artist, where does your initial drive to create come from?
A: I seem to not have a choice. When I don’t create, I get very unhappy and irritable, and sink into depression.

13 Q: If you were a mythical creature, which one would you be and why?
A: Dragon. There is flying, and power, and majestic beauty.

14 Q: When you experience artist block, what do you do to get into creative flow?

A: I go and start creating anyway, without inspiration. I keep pushing until everything unlocks in a middle of painting, and suddenly it gets resolved.

15 Q: If you had a chance to be transported back in time and learn directly from an old master, who would you choose?
A: Pierre-August Renoir. He was the reason i fell in love with art when i was about 11.
Annie Hamman just opened registration for her online art workshop “Re-Connect to Nature”. It focuses on portraiture art: painting, drawing, sculpture, journaling, all with incorporated nature elements.
The best news is, it has an option of “pay what you can“. How awesome is that!
It starts 1st of July, you can see more info on registration page:

Have a wonderful and creative week,

Big hugs and much love,



21 Secrets is retiring and going out with a bang!

50% off retirement sale

If you love art journaling I would definitely suggest you to check this sale out!  Great lessons to feel your pages with beautiful ideas and meet new artists!

My lesson called “Mother” (project below)  was a part of “Embody” edition.

You can find it HERE

use coupon code: RETIREMENT at check-out to get 50% discount!

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My GIFT to you for Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day! 

My gift for you is this e-print of the painting above!*

To print it on your own printer:

1. Click on the image (or hold your finger, if you are using your phone)

2. Click “Save image”

3. Go to the file you saved and click “Print” (or to “Photos” if you used your phone)

This image is HD and best for  6″x 8″ print

* For personal use only. Sale in any form is prohibited.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Big hugs and much love <3


Sparks of Inspiration – first 3 winners!


It’s 11 PM and I’m finally ready to announce the winners! With the last day of a school break and with multiple posts and participants shares it took quiet some time, but I made it! Thank you ALL who participated!

Drum roll please! And the winners are:




Congratulation! Please send me an email to olga_furman2002@outlook.com

If you didn’t win this time don’t get upset! You still have a good chance to win!

We have 12 more FREE Spots to give away!

To find out when the next draw and how to participate – click HERE

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New video to inspire!



Hello dear friend!

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

A month ago I met with my artist friend Renata Loree and we spend a great time together chatting and painting! We did a FB live, and it was a lot of fun! We didn’t save this one and because many people missed it and by popular request we decided to do it again. Unfortunately FB was down, but we recorded it and now you can watch it!

Don’t forget to participate in the draw for giveaway for a brand new, 4 weeks long collaborative course called Sparks of Inspiration!


*To find out who are the artists-instructors and their schedule for giveaways – click HERE


 I’m giving away 3 free spots to participate in this course. To get in the draw, you’re asked to:

  1. Share the link below on social media:


  1. Leave a comment saying where you shared.

***each time you share on different social media platforms, you will be entered another time***

***if you bought the course and win the spot, you will be fully refunded***

Good luck!



Sparks Of Inspiration – new course!


Hello dear friend!

I wasn’t planning on having any new courses this year, besides PYHaS. The beginning of this year was pretty stressful for me personally.

I haven’t painted for a couple of months, and when I got back to my studio, I didn’t want to do anything. I was looking at this big, expensive fancy paper and it made me feel even less excited.

So I started slowly. I set up a challenge for myself to create something little every day. A few minutes led to half an hour a day. I was using just a few art supplies at a time, plain objects around my house as inspiration and found papers. I didn’t share any of it on social media, it was just for me.

Each day got easier and I felt excited and happy to be in the studio again. It took a few weeks to get back to routine and feel inspired and ready to dive into bigger and more complicated projects.

I shared my idea about daily practice with a few artists who’s work I love and I’m very grateful that they got very excited about it and were willing to share their own experiences. Most of the artist instructors in this course are professionals and make a living by creating art and teaching. I also invited a few artists who have a day job and still practice art on daily basis, so it’s possible!

My hope for this course is to help artists establish a daily practice routine which will not only improve drawing and painting skills, but also spark your inspiration daily, using limited art supplies and objects around you.

You probably think “practicing art 6 days a week? That’s too much!” but I believe in you, you can totally do it! I hope that by the end of the course it will become your lifestyle, just like a cup of coffee in the morning, or any daily routine that makes you happy.

This course is for artists of all levels and even beginners will find it very useful and fun.

You can read all the details about Sparks Of Inspiration  HERE


The participation is open till April 21 midnight EST. The winner will be announced April 22.

I am giving away 3 free spots to participate in this course. To get in the draw, you’re asked to:

  1. Share the link below on social media:


  1. Leave a comment saying where you shared.

***each time you share on different social media platforms, you will be entered another time***

***if you bought the course and win the spot, you will be fully refunded***

We are giving away 15 free spots altogether!

To find out who are the artists-instructors and their schedule for giveaways – click HERE

Thank you for reading it to the very end!

Good luck!




Art Bundle For Good is finally here!


Hi guys, if you are looking for great art classes for affordable price – check it out:

🎉 100 art courses for $97 ONLY! (It makes each lesson just a few pennies! That’s not a mistype 🙂 )

All the courses are self paced with immediate access!

❤️ More information here: https://tinyurl.com/yattvh43

( I’m contributing my class there too! And when you purchase through my link I get rewarded 🙂. Thank you! )



Art Bundle For Good #3

This year I’m contributing “Monochrome Love” e-course for Art Bundle For Good #3.

The bundle includes 100 art related resources, such as art lessons and art business related products. The value is about $4,000 and it will be available for purchase for $97 only starting Thursday, November 8th (make sure to come back around noon EST that for details )


The best part – you can win it! To enter the raffle is absolutely free and very simple –  click HERE

Good luck!

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Thanksgiving Bundle


It happens only once a year and will be available for sale only for a week!

Thanksgiving Bundle is a collaboration of 5 artists: Annie Hamman, Renata Loree, Katrina Koltes, Jeanne-Marie Webb and myself! This is our way to thank you for your love and support and offer you instant access to 8 workshops for affordable price!

The price is reduced from $490 to $147! which makes it just about $18 per each workshop!

What is even better, that we are giving away 100 spots with additional $10 off coupon  (20 coupons per each participating artist). To insure you get the coupon – contact artists via their websites/emails/pm/dm . Pre-registration is closing October 9th, 2018.

The registration opens Wednesday, October 10 at noon, EST.

Happy Holidays! <3

Update: Congratulations Karin Ketterson Robinson, you won $25! Please check your email, associated with PayPal.

The Key to Happiness – September auction

Our auction is now open and many beautiful artworks available for bidding!

Please visit our auction HERE

Participating artists: Bianca Art (Bianca Garcia), Lucy Chen, Robynne Engel Pirkle, Lora Murphy, Lara Provost, PiaRom, Emma Petitt  and  yours truly-Olga Furman.


I’m offering three original paintings on paper. Two of them have bids already (Thank you!) and one is still waiting 🙂1537413970953.JPEG 

Auction is open till September 20, 3:00 PM, unless there are Bidding Wars:





Paint Your Heart and Soul 2019 – Registration is now open!

Hello dear art Friend,

I’m very excited to present you with Larger, Better and Improved edition – PYHaS2019!

I’m over the moon happy to host this amazing course for another year and absolutely thrilled to introduce to you our brilliant, talented, extraordinary Artists, who will be teaching in PYHaS2019! Click HERE to find out details!


In PYHaS2019 we added more lessons to our curriculum, based on academic knowledge, such as: Color Theory, Proportions, Composition and Values (shading)!

But I also wanted to keep Paint Your Heart and Soul enjoyable and relaxing, so lessons are not dependent on each other and you have the freedom to complete lessons in any order. Many students pointed out that this was very important. As a result, PYHaS 2019 is a good mix of academic studies and creative fun!

Our main focus stays on Portraits and Figures: woman, man, children! however students asked for more lessons on a variety of subject matters, and I couldn’t agree more – we need them all to create visual stories! In PYHaS2019 we have more instructors, which means even more lessons, including lessons on painting beautiful landscapes and flowers, pets and other subjects!

For the first time in three years, PYHaS has a theme, or better to say a goal – get loose and expressive! Our wonderful instructors will show you step-by-step how to achieve it!

The price is over 90% off from the value of the course! Only $99 for 55 lessons at least! What???? That’s right! it is less then $2 per lesson while Early Bird offer is still on! (available for limited time only)

For more information about this remarkable course and

to register click HERE


GIVEAWAY – Closed.

We are giving away 28 FREE spots to 28 lucky winners!

One FREE spot per artist-instructor. The raffles for giveaways start next week!

To find  out more about our artist-instructors and their schedule for the raffles – please click HERE

I’m giving away one FREE spot on October 12th, 2018 – Closed.

Congratulations Biruta Moroz for winning a FREE spot in my raffle!!! 

All you have to do is:

  1. Share the link below (copy-paste it) with a picture at the bottom (copy image-paste):


     2. Comment where did you shared (to comment scroll up and click “Add comment” on your left)

  • Each time you share on different social media or on different day – please comment and I will add you to the draw as many times as you shared
  • If you bought the course and won a free spot – we will refund you 100%

Good luck! The winner will be announce on October 12th – please come back to check it out!


Thank you for stopping by!

I hope you will join us!

Olga <3