Monday, March 31, 2014

Give Yourself the Gift of "Art Is...You"


Registration for Art Is...You Mixed Media Art Retreats is open and it's time to check out all the amazing workshops and register NOW to ensure your first choice in classes.

This all inclusive retreat is like no other! It is MORE than art around every corner, it's about friendship and support and laughter and camaraderie and more! You will be renewed creatively, make new friendships and remember this experience for a lifetime.


On Saturday October 11th I'll be teaching Mini-Masterpiece Pendants in Stamford, CT where we'll use a variety of mixed media and distressing techniques to create wearable works of art. I hope you'll join me for what's sure to be a fabulously fun time!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Been Journalin'

Sometimes "life" gets in the way of my creative time. When that happens, about the only art I create is in my art journal. That's where I've been this winter. Been journalin'.







Do you have journal pages to share? Perhaps some you'd like to see published? Well then, visit Create Mixed Media and check out their call to art journalers!

© Nancy Lefko

Monday, February 3, 2014

What To Do with the Post-Super Bowl Blues

Why leap into your art journal of course! But first, try your hand at some stamp carving...very therapeutic.

Step 1: Sketch your image onto a carving block.

Step 2: Copy over with black Sharpie®

Step 3: Carve, while watching "Everybody Loves Raymond" repeats with son #2. (This is the therapeutic part.)

Step 4: Using Staz-On® ink, stamp in your journals.

Step 5: Add color with markers and watercolors.

© Nancy Lefko

Friday, January 17, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ BEGINNING


For every journey, the first step is just the BEGINNING...and from there, destiny awaits.

To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

An art print of this mixed media collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Illustration Friday ~ TIME


What a perfect prompt for the new year...TIME. At this point in the year we might feel as if we have nothing but time; and sometimes not. Time is a funny thing. It can be your servant or your master. My journal page reflects my feelings about TIME...some of the time.

To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

© Nancy Lefko

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Time to Register


Registration for Art Is...You Mixed Media Art Retreats has opened! It's time to check out all the amazing workshops and register NOW to ensure your first choice in classes.

This all inclusive retreat is like no other! It is MORE than art around every corner, it's about friendship and support and laughter and camaraderie and more! You will be renewed creatively, make new friendships and remember this experience for a lifetime.


On Saturday October 11th I'll be teaching Mini-Masterpiece Pendants in Stamford, CT where we'll use a variety of mixed media and distressing techniques to create wearable works of art. I hope you'll join me for what's sure to be a fabulously fun time!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Illustration Friday ~ SECRET

Uh oh...no SECRET is safe when these two get together!

To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

This framed original mixed media collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Mixed Media Artist by Seth Apter

When my dear friend, the uber-talented artist Seth Apter, asked me to contribute to his second book, I was over-the-moon thrilled! Seth's first book, "The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed," was a tremendous success and I knew that his second book would be equally grand.

Seth's newly released book, "The Mixed Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams From Over 40 Amazing Artists," is sure to please! Today, on his blog, Seth is highlighting the 14 Gallery Artists featured in the book. I am so very pleased to be among them.

The prompt for my artwork was "Out of the Blue," and my finished piece represents how the swift passage of time hits us like a "bolt out of the blue," especially in regard to how quickly our children grow. The piece was created on gallery wrapped canvas and was covered with dressmaker's tissue and an acrylic wash.

My original intent was to preserve the numerals 1 and 2 from the tissue, but ultimately that plan changed.

Additional color was added to create a timeworn patina, similar to the verdigris of weathered copper. A numeral three was added with modeling paste to represent my three boys.



It seemed only fitting that clocks and wings represent the swift passage of time. A distressed watch face was used as well as a watchmaker's vial that I'd been saving for a special piece of art; "time in a bottle," as they say.

It was indeed an honor to be included in Seth's wonderful new book! Certainly you'll want to include this new release on your list of "must-have" books!


© Nancy Lefko, Seth Apter and F&W Publishing

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Sketchbook Challenge ~ MOON & STARS

The Sketchbook Challenge theme for November is MOON & STARS.

I grabbed a little bit of time to work in my sweet little art journal created by the uber-talented Elizabeth Duke and gifted to me at the Art Is...You Art Retreat.

I've really been enjoying the no-stress, no- mess activity of simple journaling with an extra-fine point black Sharpie and my travel watercolor set.

If you need a little push to get yourself creating...then the Sketchbook Challenge is just for you!

© Nancy Lefko

Friday, October 18, 2013

Illustration Friday ~ ENTANGLED


Watch out...you don't want to become ENTANGLED in her web.

To see the myriad of takes on this prompt, hop on over to Illustration Friday and check out all of the marvelous artwork there is to see.

This original mixed media collage is available in my Etsy shop.

© Nancy Lefko

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thankful

I am blessed to live in a truly beautiful place. Peterborough is a lovely small town nestled in the mountains of southwestern New Hampshire. Like many people, I have become so used to the beauty around me that I've come to take it for granted.

Driving home this morning after dropping my youngest son at school, I traversed the canopied streets back home realizing that in perhaps a matter of days, the beautiful fall foliage would all come down. When we get to this time of year it only takes one strong rainstorm to bring the remaining leaves down.

I decided I would be sure to make time for a walk through our beautiful neighborhood, camera in hand, and record nature's fall splendor.

I am so very thankful to be living in such a wonderful place. We came to New Hampshire in 1990 and I'm always grateful that our life journey brought us here. (Well, maybe not so grateful in the dead of winter.)

Today's walk was just what I needed. Complete solitude. Not one single car on the road. Silence interrupted only by the wind through the leaves, the chirping of crickets and occasional birdsong. My "photo assignment" kept my mind focused on my surroundings and offered a much needed respite from too many troubling thoughts.

Each step along my way brought another glorious vista or interesting object nestled in nature.

Although I saw no one else along my hike, I did catch the eye of a rather curious cow.

The larger than life landscape before me was dazzling, but the small and unassuming natural elements were equally as grand.

All along the way there was beauty, both natural and man-made.

I walked as far as I could on our dead end street then turned around and enjoyed all the beauty on my way back home.

As I walked up the hill towards home, I was feeling thankful for my spot in this beautiful town. More thankful than I have in awhile...because I took the time to notice.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"Get Thee to an Art Retreat"

Wiser words were never spoken. Although the Art Is...You Art Retreats abound with art and creativity, there is so much more you receive from the experience. Camaraderie, generosity, friendship, laughter, inspiration, support and love are around every corner. Event organizers, Sallianne McClelland & Ellen Legare, work tirelessly year-round to ensure that the events are all you'd ever want & MORE!

This year I taught "Little Book of Secrets," a class where we created small journals using mixed media techniques and filled them with art journaling. I strive each year to make the student kits not only complete, but attractive, fun and filled with special goodies.

As in past years, I was blessed with a lovely group of students who took to the techniques like fish to water and in no time were creating gorgeous journals!



Each student created two beautiful little journal books...each very unique with the artist's personal touch.


Art Is...You brings joy not only to attendees and faculty, but stretches far and wide to bring joy to others. This year's "Living in Generosity" event provided art journals & kits to needy women and children as well as dresses & dolls for young girls in need.

After a day filled to the brim with creativity, there is always time to relax and laugh with friends whom we seldom see...time to catch up over drinks and a nice meal.

All too soon it is time to say goodbye and we look forward to the next time we are reunited.

YES..."get thee to an art retreat"...and if you want to attend the "best-of-the-best" then you need look no further than Art Is...You Art Retreats. In 2014 the AIY family will be traveling to Dixie, Australia, California and back to Connecticut. You owe it to yourself to join in the fun!

© Nancy Lefko