A Little Inspiration Package for You . . .

Art to the 5th is Bundling up a little present just for you!  Haven't had a chance to take any of our on-line lessons?  Now's your chance . . . we are bundling up ALL of our classes into one tidy package and wrapping it in a bow, attaching an amazing price to it for a very limited time, just for you!

You can find out all about it HERE.

The Eyes Have It!

Psssssttttttt . . . . before I get started you guys . . .


I am going to be a teacher at BRAVE GIRL UNIVERSITY beginning September 1st! Dozens of teachers and classes, all in one place, together with the Fabulous Melody Ross and all the Brave Girl Staff!  Whoot! Come join the party and get all the details RIGHT HERE!

Whew!  That was exciting!

August Theme
Faces, the Human Form & Characters
Week 31 - August 1
Art Challenge: Expressive Faces
Journal Prompt:  What I see clearly now

I can hear the gasps from the group as you clicked on the blog and discovered this month was about faces and the human form!  OMGEEEEEEEE!  "How am I ever going to do that?" I hear you asking yourselves that questions.

My answer is . . . you ARE able to do it if you just PRACTICE!  And believe me, you are going to have a ton of creepy, weird, odd faces as you start to figure it out.  I have been drawing faces for years and years and I still get bizarre shapes and ugly chicks!  Embrace it people!  Keep practicing and find your own "style." There is nothing wrong with creepy, weird, and odd.  In fact - I kind of like it.  Don't strive to create a realistic portrait right off the bat - it won't happen.  It just won't.

But if you want to get there, like I said, you have to PRACTICE!  For me, the eyes are the most important feature in the face.  It's the "focal" point. Other than proportion, If you can nail the eyes, you've got it!  I have filled so many sketchbooks full of nothing but "body parts" as I was learning to draw. . . noses, ears, lips, eyes.  Over and over and over again until it became muscle memory.

There are a lot of FREE YouTube tutorials on face drawing and many good books.  These are my 3 favorites - I've added links below to find them easier.  These are my go to reference books for sketching just about anything, especially faces.

So for today's challenge, I practice what I think is the most important feature on the face . . . the eyes!  I have so many sketchbooks full of nothing but "body parts." Over the years, I drew images over and over again until muscle memory set in and they became natural and easy to me.  Practice, practice, practice.  Like learning to write, you had to trace those letters over and over again . . . the same goes with art.  Keep trying!

And lucky for you, our featured artist this week is the fabulous Jane Davenport, who creates faces like no one else.  Her classes on portraits and the human form are fantastic, so be sure to stop by her blog and check her out.

I'll be looking forward to all those faces this week - Don't be afraid - YOU CAN DO THIS!

This week our featured artist is: Jane Davenport!

Jane's take on this challenge can be found HERE.

For more information on this week's challenge you can find us here:

Instagram: #documentedlife #documentedlifeproject

Looking for previous challenges? click HERE

Visit our blogs: Sandi KeeneRoben-Marie SmithRae Missigman

Join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!  Find us on Instagram: #documentedlife

I'm Teaching at Brave Girl University!

I have been holding in the most WONDERFUL secret but now I can SHARE the news!!!

I am humbled, honored, and excited to be a Teacher at the all new BRAVE GIRL UNIVERSITY!

Brave Girl University will open its “doors” on September 1st of this year.  It’s a monthly subscription (no contracts…sign up or cancel at any time) that offers classes not only by Melody Ross, but by artists and teachers from all over the world, including ME!

You’ll get access to hundreds and hundreds of classes from lots of different teachers on all kinds of different topics, using many different techniques.  The September 1st launch of Brave Girl University is only the beginning…new teachers and new classes will be added all the time, which will make it an incredible, diverse and growing library!  Your $24.99 monthly subscription gives you access to everything in Brave Girl University, so you can choose what to work on and when to work on it. To get all the details and/or enroll, click HERE.

As a teacher for Brave Girl University, I have an affiliate relationship with Brave Girls Club, which means I will be paid a portion of each monthly subscription fee that comes through me.  If you heard about Brave Girl University through me or if I’ve sold you on its awesomeness, please sign up using the link here on my website so I get credit for the work I’ve done to tell you about it.

I am proud to call myself a Brave Girl Alum, having attended Brave Girl Camp in 2010 and returning several times after as a staff member.  The amazing women and men of Brave Girls Club have servant's hearts and are some of the dearest people in my life. This is more than a business arrangement for me . . . it is deeply personal and I stand behind and with this community in their mission to spread kindness, love and strength to women around the world. You can read more about my Brave Girl Camp experience HERE.

Wandering Again!

Any idea what the picture below means? I'll give you a hint . . . vintage wallpaper, Fabriano watercolour paper, and an old text book, gutted.

It means I'm getting ready to travel AGAIN!

For this trip, instead of buying my usual Iona Handcrafted Sketchbooks, I decided to create my own book!  Getting inspiration from Mary Ann Moss, I prepared a little book to record my upcoming trip to GREECE and TURKEY! Mary Ann is a Wanderer, just like me - and she makes gorgeous books to take along on her journeys.  Do check out her blog and her classes.  Did I mention she was amazing?

This little book is so luscious, I cannot wait to dig in!

Want to know what other art supplies I carry with me on my travels? I explain it all here:

Traveling Art Kit from Lorraine Bell on Vimeo.

This video shows in detail what artist Lorraine Bell uses when she travels to create her amazing art journals and stories on the road.

So I'm off to the beautiful turquoise waters and white-washed islands of Greece for some fun, sun and relaxation! Wish I could take you along with me!

The Gift

July Theme
Week 30 - July 25
Art Challenge: Real Life

Journal Prompt:  At this Moment

It started with a little sketch . . . it always starts with a sketch - haha!

And then I pulled out these . . .

And I colored and blended and colored and blended.  *tip - use odorless mineral spirits and a blending stump to blend pencil crayons - luscious! And of course,I had to add this quote . . . just perfect for the challenge this week!

Then I found some pretty paper in this AWESOME book (I also subscribe to their magazine!)

I cut out some SWEET little wing shapes . . .

And then my girl learned how to fly!

Yesterday's the past,

Tomorrow's the future,

but today is a gift.

That's why it's called

the present.

~ Bil Keane

I hope your week is full of gifts - and here is one right now:  Please welcome our amazing Featured Artist this Week:

Jeanne Oliver!

See her post HERE

For more information on this week's challenge you can find us here:

Instagram: #documentedlife #documentedlifeproject

Looking for previous challenges? click HERE

Visit our blogs: Sandi KeeneRoben-Marie SmithRae Missigman

Join us on The Art to the 5th™ Academy™ - a thriving "community" and classroom for "The Original" Documented Life Project™!  Find us on Instagram: #documentedlife