Life Drawing and more!

While studying art, most of the time we used to work with real life sitters and still life setups. Later in life, when photo references became widely available in great quality and variety, I completely switched to using them instead.  Photo references never need to switch a pose, use the bathroom or go home… A couple month ago I got  an advertisement in my mail box for life drawing sessions, which promised models from both genders, and I felt excited. I can’t reallty explain why. I signed up.  At the first session I felt totally out of my comfort zone…  But I couldn’t wait for the next one!

… The model changed her poses so quickly that I didn’t have a chance to turn my page, so I just overlap one sketch onto another one, and another one, and I got 3 poses in the most wonderful composition!  I love when this happens  🙂 .  I painted sketch at home and it turned into the ‘Three Graces Hate Party’ painting.

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“Three Graces Hat Party”,  24″ x 18″ , Sold.

Last week we had a snow storm and all the activities were cancelled. I set up my studio and asked my daughter to sit for me. She got excited, but not for long, LOL.

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I hope you like this video and get inspired! If you don’t have volunteers to sit for you, you can just arrange a still life setup, a couple of apples and a vase could make a very nice composition. Set your timer to 10-30 minutes and give it a try.  Please post what you created in my FB group HERE, I can’t wait to see it!

UPDATES: 

The year long online course I’m hosting this year, Paint Your Heart and Soul, is getting the best reviews from their students! I don’t like to brag but….I’m getting emails from students almost on a daily basis expressing their gratitude and how the course exceeded their expectations. They really like the  techniques and talent out teachers share, the inspiration our students get and the progress they make,  the supportive community where we can open our heart and soul. This week’s lesson was taught by me, and here are just a few examples of students’ work, from the top left: Jennifer McCormick Rikkers, Susan Boles, Karen Stallard Nowviskie‎ and Gita Prana.

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It’s not too late to join us! We just had our 5th lesson out of 40+ lessons this year.  Don’t worry about catching up!  You can start from any lesson, since all projects are totally independent. The course material is available until 2019, so there is plenty of time to do the course in your own pace. And you don’t need any previous experience in drawing and painting!!! Click HERE to read more about it and join!

NEWS

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*I’m teaching in the 21 SECRETS art journaling workshop!!! The theme of the current edition is emBODY and I’m sharing a very personal project, which could be as personal for you too. The course includes lessons from 21 teachers and all of them are super awesome! To find out more and to sign up click HERE

 

Announcing Valentine’s Day SALE!

Painting Dreamy Portraits  $49 (regular price is $60)

Monochrome Love $29 (regular price is $36)

Offer expires 2/14/17 Midnight.

Have a fabulous week and Happy Valentines day!

Hugs and much love to you all!

Olga.

Highlights from my trip to Israel

Hello my dear friends,

Happy belated New Year! I wish all of you that 2017 will bring you only happiness, love and success in new beginnings!

The last two weeks passed like two days, and this is how fast time flies when you enjoy every moment of it. We were visiting my parents and those of my husband’s in Israel. There is nothing like spending time with mom and dad. It is amazing how you become a child again, and the smell of mama’s food brings you back in time. We were talking and laughing, and crying and remembering…

Here are some highlights from our visit there:

Incredibly beautiful beach in Ashkelon, the ancient city in Israel’s south, where my mom and dad live:

Mosaics from Tzipori (Sepphoris),  the capital of Galilee in the Roman era:

Akko (Acre), which used to be an important port city going as far back as the Middle Bronze Age, some 4000 years ago!

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Nimrod Fortress in the Golan Heights, which was built in the 13th century:

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The course I’m hosting this year, Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017, started last week. We all were super excited and my parents were very proud of me. They are totally blown away by all the beautiful art which was posted in the students’ group after the first lesson. Our next lesson is coming up this Wednesday, you can still sign up!

It was really hard to leave, but every “Farewell” brings a new “Hello”. Hopefully we are going to meet soon!

When we got back to the US it was snowing, a real winter wonderland! Home, sweet home! ❤

Have a wonderful Monday my friends,

Big hugs,

Olga ❤

 

 

Paper Bag Art Journal Free tutorial

Hello creative friends!

I finally got some time to edit for you a tutorial about creating Art Journal from brown paper shopping bags. You can substitute those with any paper bags you have available, it could be old gift bags, paper bags from department stores, even sandwich bags will do the job! The variety of different bags in one journal could be really interesting :).

I hope you get inspired and going to make one for yourself! Please share it in our FB Group here: http://tinyurl.com/ze6yfnu . Do you have other ideas for creating a journal from paper bags? I would love to know! ❤

P.S. Just a quick reminder, that Early Bird Registration for Painting Your Heart and Soul 2017 is still available, but not for long!. The offer is good until end of the month.  We are going to start January 4th, and lessons I got from our artist teachers are just really amazing.  Art supplies were already posted in our “classroom” and FB group is forming up. About half thousand people joined us already, we hope you are going to join us too! For more information and to join click to the link below:

https://olgafurmanart.com/paint-your-dream-story-year-long-online-course-2017/

Below is an example of one of 6 (possibly more!) lessons, I’m going to contribute to this course

This is all for today,

Have a wonderful and creative weekend my friends!

Hugs,

Olga ❤

 

 

Portrait painting free tutorial

Hello lovely friends,

Last month I did a free tutorial, using products from Donna Downey beautiful shop.  In a case you didn’t see it yet, I’m posting it here. Be sure to scroll down,  it has 2 parts 🙂

I hope you liked it and I hope, that you are already on the way to your creative space!

But wait!!!

Let me just to remind you, that the registration for a year long brand new course ‘Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017’  is now open and you can get it for an early bird registration, which will not last forever! And even better, you can win a spot in that amazing course! This months schedule for giveaway is:

Oct 3 – Alissa Millsap www.admillsapstudio.com
Oct 10 – Kittania Kristi Miller  www.alwaysartllc.com
Oct 15 – Nikol Wikman www.nikolwikmanart.com
Oct 20 – Danielle Mack www.apaintedpage.com
Oct 23 – Tina Naya’li Berendsohn www.nightblueart.com
Oct 30 – Renata Loree www.renataloree.com
Oct 31 – Stephanie Gagos  www.stephaniegagos.com

To find out more about this amazing course and to join, click the link:

http://tinyurl.com/PaintYourHeartAndSoul

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Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017 Winner announcement

Dear friends,

Thank you everyone who participated in the draw – your support and kindness is appreciated very much! I can’t even express myself in words, how grateful I’m!

The winner of the free spot is DIANA BOYD! Congratulations!!! 

The next Giveaway is Lucy Chen, September 27th !  I followed Lucy’s art journey for over an year  now and absolutely in love with her style, which combines old masters school with a modern approach. Lucy mostly works in acrylics and oils, using colorful and unique palettes.  I’m so happy and honored to have this amazing artist in my team as a teacher in the upcoming course! To find out more about  Lucy Chen and how to enter to her draw for a FREE spot in the course, please visit her website http://lucychenfineart.com/

Good luck!

xox Olga

 

Paint Your Heart and Soul 2017 Giveaway

Frame Artist (21)My Dear friends,

I’m very excited to announce, that I’m hosting a brand new, year long collaborative course “Paint your Heart and Soul 2017”. The lineup of the teachers is amazing! To find out more about the course and to join us, click the link: http://tinyurl.com/PaintYourHeartAndSoul

I’m also very excited to let you know, that we are giving away 18 FREE spots in the course, one from each teacher.

***I’m having my GIVEAWAY September 12!***

To enter the Giveaway do ANY ONE OR ALL of the actions below:

  1.  Share this link on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/PaintYourHeartAndSoul
  2.  Share this link on Instagram, or/and other social media
  3. Purchase this course. If you are going to win you will be refunded the full price

***Multiple entries are encouraged*** – If you do all three, you have 3 times the chance of winning your free spot!

Don’t forget to leave a comment, saying where you shared or/and if you bought the course!
The winner of the FREE spot will be announced on this site.

Good luck!

Xox, Olga

Welcome!

Welcome to my website! I can’t believe I actually have one. I’m not as good in writing, but I will do my best to keep it updated with my new artworks, workshops, online classes and shots from my studio. I love comments, they mean the world to me! Thank you for visiting and I hope to “see” you here again! xox