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Registration opened yesterday for The Creative Nomad and already there’s only 5 spaces left!  

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UPDATE AS OF 7/25 3PM PT:  3 SPACES LEFT & WHILE THERE’S

OTHER HOTEL ROOMS AVAILABLE TO CHOOSE FROM THERE IS

ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT WITH

THE OUTDOOR FIREPLACE ON THE LARGE PATIO!!

IT’S THE COOLEST WAY TO PLAY!

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Hoping you’ll join us . . .

All details and registration is found here.

 

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An Interview With Brian Kasstle

Over the past couple of years,

I’ve come to know Brian Kasstle

during art journaling workshops we’ve both attended.  

I was always too shy to rip his journal from his hands

and take a closer look, but oh I sure wanted to!  

So when he and I met up a few weeks ago

and he brought a stack with him, I didn’t hold back!  

His journals are rich and thick with color, texture,

collage and meaning!  

Damn if they don’t even smell good!

I’m so so happy to feature

a few of his art journal pages

and a brief interview here today.  

Brian is one of two amazing teachers

I’ve scheduled for the upcoming 

The Creative Nomad, An Art Journaling Adventure.

The retreat will take place at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club

in Palm Springs CA, January 21-24, 2016.

Registration for The Creative Nomad opens July 21!

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*When did you first know you were an “artist” – tell me about the journey to claiming that.

Growing up in Montana, I recall drawing a picture as a child and my mother looking at my drawing and mentioning “you are not as artistic as your brother and your sister”. It was a very simple harmless statement. Yet I internalized it and from that moment on I believed it and did not think I was an artist for many years.

I took the very minimum of art classes as a kid and young adult.  I just never tried – I felt that was not for me. In college I had an interest in pottery and I focused on that as a creative outlet as a young adult.

I moved to California and took a few basic art classes out of what I finally realized as a need to be creative. One day one of my instructors in an intro to art class took me aside after one of my assignments and asked “you are an art major correct?” I told her “No, my focus was psychology and counseling.”

She commented that I, more than any one in her class, showed the most promise as an artist and that she hoped I would continue to be an artist. It scared me. It went against anything I believed about myself. I did not take further art classes for several years. I eventually took a life drawing class and it peaked my interest again in art.

I was looking for an art outlet and scrapbooking looked interesting, but I quickly found it was not for me. I did realize my interest was in paper. I was still searching. I found some online classes for art journaling with Mary Ann Moss. I took several from her and loved it.

I was looking for local Los Angeles art journaling classes and found Orly Avineri and her workshops. I devoured every class she took. One day, after a class, the owner of the shop where Orly was teaching asked me if I was an artist. I said “no”.

Orly bolted out of the back of the shop and took me aside. She looked me in the eye and said, “Brian you ARE an Artist, believe it!” I took personal classes with Orly and she pushed and prodded me to teach and share the techniques I was learning on my own.

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*What inspires you as an artist – what are your influences – the things that spark your desire to make art…?

What inspires me as an artist is varied. I enjoy living a creative life. I garden, I love to cook, and keep a vintage home. I try to do it all in an expressive, creative way. That tends to inspire me.

I get creative ideas doing the most mundane of things. I might see a metal door and it might spark an idea for a journal cover. I enjoy seeing graffiti in my travels in Los Angeles.

Some of my artist inspirations are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg, Dan Eldon, Lyle Carbajal, Massimo Nota. The journals of Bob Fisher and Tracy V. Moore, Orly Avineri, Juliana Coles and Seth Apter. Also, the countless graffiti artists I find out and about in my travels.

What inspires me to do make art? Life! Once I start art journaling, it is something I just HAVE to do! It is a part of my life.

*What methods do you use to keep yourself fresh and inspired?  (ie.  “Artist dates” (what’s your ideal “artist date”, play dates with other artists, etc.)

I have do have frequent artist dates with friends. I recently went on a weekend long retreat with a dear friend up at another friend’s cabin in the mountains of Lake Arrowhead, California.

We made wonderful food, had some deep sharing, lots of laughter – we journaled and took a couple side trips. That is my perfect idea of an artist date. I also have several collaborations with friends which keep my on my toes. Those collaborations are winding down, so I want to focus on some other areas, which I will get into later.

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*How do you balance your work life/family life/creative life?

I work 40 hours a week in the airline industry. Creating keeps me sane. I am very lucky in that I am off work usually at 1:30pm.  I have lots of free time for creating and down time before my partner returns home.

I really try to live a creative life. We have a vintage home we love and a beautiful garden that also inspires me. I love to cook and have friends over. We enjoy traveling, which I also find very inspiring.

*What drew you to teaching?

I started teaching at the urging of Orly Avineri. She saw my drive to help others and to share the techniques I was learning. What keeps me teaching is spreading the fun and the many introspective aspects of working in your journal.

*Why do you love it?

I love seeing folks that have never done art journaling, or think they are not “artists” blossom and create beautiful, meaningful spreads. This creates an excitement in them and a drive to go on and do it on their own. I love seeing that spark, and you can actually see the joy in their faces when they are so happy with their spreads and learn something about themselves.

Another aspect I love about teaching is you can teach a room full of 20-30 people and each and every one of their spreads will be completely different and will be meaningful to them.

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*What are your desires for your students?

I hope to impart in my students that they can do art journaling on their own, and to continue and grow and learn. My spreads mostly occur over time – fifteen, 30 minutes here and there – in a few days time you have a beautiful spread.

 *What’s next for you creatively?

I love art journaling and it will always be my first love, but I really have an urge to work on large canvas and translate what I do to larger canvases.

*Anything else you want readers to know about you?

I really would like folks to know that I started from a belief that I was in no way artistic. I worked hard, I did lots and lots of ugly spreads. I found my artistic self. I actually never have creative blocks. I constantly come up with ideas. Just having my journals around me and touching my paints, pens, paper inspires me.

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See more of Brian’s fascinating art work on his blog:

Http://apaperbear.wordpress.com

You can also find him here:

tumblr: http://artistjournals.tumblr.com

flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/grizzzcub/

twitter: @BKasstle

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Join Brian Kasstle, Roxanne Coble and me

live at the upcoming four day art journaling adventure,

The Creative Nomad.

Registration opens July 21!

Space is very limited.

I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!

(Stay informed by signing up for Dream Digger Studio

updates at the bottom right of any page on this website.)

Also, I’ve posted an interview with The Creative Nomad’s

second teacher, Roxanne Coble, here.


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An Interview with Roxanne Coble

Today, I am SO happy to feature a few art images

and a brief interview with art journal artist Roxanne Coble.  

If you are an art journaling devotee like me,

you may recognize Roxanne as the “cover girl”

and featured artist profile in the Spring 2015 issue

of Art Journaling magazine.

I believe you can still order that magazine here!

I recently had the pleasure to meet Roxanne

and let me tell you her journals are beyond gorgeous!

When we met, Roxanne toted along a couple of

her journals for me to look at – incredibly beautiful!  

They are so rich with layers and meaning . . . See?

I could’ve spent hours pouring through them.

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Roxanne is one of two incredible teachers I’ve scheduled for

The Creative Nomad, An Art Journaling Adventure.

The retreat will take place at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club

in Palm Springs CA, January 21-24, 2016.  

Registration for The Creative Nomad opens July 21! 

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*Roxanne, when did you first know you were an “artist” – tell me about the journey to claiming that.

My need to create, draw, and doodle, began at a very young age. Creativity and making art has been a consistent driving force in my life. But actually calling myself an ‘artist’ is something I will admit I have struggled with.

For the longest time I felt like it was a title I could only earn through a certain level of formal training. This idea was of course further reinforced during my time in art school. It wasn’t until I fell into mixed media and my own artistic style that I was able to break free from that kind of mindset.

*What inspires you as an artist – what are your influences – the things that spark your desire to make art….

My desire to make art comes from an inner need to create. I make art everyday, because I feel like I physically and emotionally need to! My work is deeply connected to my personal life and lived experiences so that is usually my primary source of inspiration. With a background in Art History, I’m also constantly drawn to the “greats”. Right now I’m on an Egon Schiele kick – and I’m sure next week it will be someone else!

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*What methods do you use to keep yourself fresh and inspired?  (ie. “artist dates” (what’s your ideal “artist date”, play dates with other artists, etc.)

I actually have a bit of that stereotypical artist personality, in that I’m a total introvert and prefer to work alone. For me, art journaling is a very personal and often a meditative experience – which is why I’m usually working solo.

As a means of keeping things fresh and inspired, I openly embrace the idea of ‘play’. That is, sometimes I will play and experiment with materials to get unplanned but unique results. This usually snowballs into new techniques, or modes of art making.

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*How do you balance your work life/family life/creative life?

At the moment I’m in a transition period and am pursuing art full time. That being said, art is a priority and at the forefront of my daily to do list. I’m thankful that I have a husband (who is also a creative type) that supports all of my creative endeavors (and mess around the house).

*What drew you to teaching?  Why do you love it?

I’ve had such wonderful workshop experiences over the past few years, so it was only natural to be drawn to it. I’m a big believer in sharing artistic knowledge. I’ve gained skills and techniques from so many throughout my journey as an artist, so I want to continue that cycle and pass on what I know. This also deeply coincides with my passion for mixed media art, and sharing this passion is something that simply feels right.

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*What are your desires for your students?

I want my students to walk away from class feeling challenged, inspired, and with new approaches to apply to their own art making practices. I believe it’s important to break free from your normal mode of making art, so I try to facilitate that during my workshops. In my own experience, I find that those times when I feel frustrated or even uncomfortable is when I begin to make great strides in my art making.

*What’s next for you creatively?

I always have a lengthy list of project ideas – things ranging from new types of journals, various illustration series, and applying my mixed media style to new media forms.

From a business perspective, I’m in the midst of launching my own series of online classes. It’s been a long time in the making, so I’m looking forward to finally putting it out in the world!

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See more of Roxanne’s art,

view her great new video series

“Ask the Artist” AND stay up to date on her

upcoming online classes at her website:

http//:bybun.com

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Join Roxanne Coble, Brian Kasstle and me

live at the upcoming four day art journaling adventure,

The Creative Nomad.

Registration opens July 21!

Space is very limited.

I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!

(Stay informed by signing up for Dream Digger Studio 

updates at the bottom right of any page on this website.)

Also, I’ve posted an interview with The Creative Nomad’s 

second teacher, Brian Kasstle here.

Check it out!

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Desert Recon

Doing my part to the pre-explore the finest desert digs

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So that when you come to The Creative Nomad retreat,

you’ll know where to go . . . 

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for the best music

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the coolest shakes

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an authentic cocktail or two

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or the best coffee south of Seattle.

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This is the hotel where the retreat will be.

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The breakfast here is sooooo delish.

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Trust me.

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But white sands and azure skies are why I really come.

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Well, for that and tiny desert off road adventures.

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Registration opens July 21

for The Creative Nomad retreat.