Ok, that’s a really lame title but that was the best title I could come up with…LOL… perhaps I need an afternoon cuppa!
Any whoo, I was blessed to beta test a class by the amazing Sandy Kaye Moss…if you aren’t familiar with her work, check her out on IG. She is the beautiful soul behind my 12 min art creations that add a bit of sanity to my days of chaos. I have been admiring her work for a few months now. Sandy Kaye offers classes in person and I have seen the results of these classes (slight IG stalker), but more than that, is the way she lets her true self shine through, the way you can see her heart in her creations, the way that she encourages folks (me included) to be themselves and create the way we were meant to create, not the way pinterest wants us to create. However, I live in Texas and she lives in Kentucky… and while we might be close, we are not close enough for me to pop over for one of her classes… insert sad face here.
But, then she announced she was going to start offering classes on line, I was doing the happy dance in my car seat (sitting in the parking lot waiting for drum lessons to be done for the teen while the six year old vegged out in the backseat after an hour plus of marital arts … the glamorous life of a home schooling momma!). Any way, that’s probably way more than y’all want to know about my day to day life, but I’m not joking I was literally fist pumping, happy dancing in the seat to my own little beat in my head.
I had a house full of people Saturday evening celebrating my nieces graduation from Texas A&M and when everyone finally cleared out, and the last few dishes were being cleaned up by the drum playing teen, I poured myself a glass of wine and opened my email. To say I was tired, well, that might be an understatement…it was almost midnight and I had been up since five… but, boom, the link to the class was sitting there. Against my better judgement, I opened it and eagerly started cruising around her new online classroom site. I watched the first three videos and went to bed with visions of all kinds of painty and papery goodness dancing in my head.
The next morning, Mother’s Day, I was the first to arise and took advantage of a quiet house and a TDY hubby and binge watched the rest of the class videos. Sandy Kaye’s teaching style can best be described as coffee house conversation. She shared the steps of what she was doing, offering suggestions and inputs and interjecting occasional stories about life in her studio. I have never taken an in person art class but this is what I imagine them being like, the instructor sharing her process and putting you at ease and encouraging you to find your groove/style. After completing all the videos, I raided my supplies and wasn’t the least bit surprised to find I had all I needed to create a fun wall hanging to perfectly suit me! I even had my littlest help me a bit with the first few steps…picking out colors, tearing paper and covering the canvas.
After waiting (some what impatiently) for the first layer to dry (hello humid Texas!), I was able to quickly complete my fun little pup while my older two were at track practice, referring back the videos if I needed a quick reminder of how exactly to proceed.
I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the class, how much this little guy makes me smile and how many other projects my brain is spinning on using this same technique. No spoilers here on how to do it…just a five star recommendation to head on over to Sandy Kaye Moss Studios and sign up for this class…it’s a steal!