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Art Journal Weekend Registration is Here!

June 4-7, 2020 Art Journal Weekend with artist Michelle Allen! Limited space, only 8 spots available. Join us for a long weekend full of inspiration, connection, laughing, art instruction, yummy food and being spoiled. Fall in love with all Art Journaling has to offer! This enchanting weekend will be hosted by Michelle & crew in Michelle’s beautiful home located in the…

Art Journal Weekend!!!

June 4th-7th 2020 Art Journal Weekend with artist Michelle Allen! Registration Opens Nov. 1 at noon (PST). I’m are offering early bird registration (10AM (PST))  for those who sign up on my newsletter. Limited space, only 8 spots available. This enchanting weekend will be hosted by Michelle in Michelle’s beautiful home, located in the Portland, Oregon metro area (Vancouver, WA).…

It’s almost Studio Sale time!!!

We’d love for you to join us at our annual sale where we sell close-outs, samples and slightly blemished products, along with everything else. You can seriously find some great deals here! The dates and times are in the images below. I’ll be posting more info on this later and also sending out some specials via our newsletter (upper right corner of this…

Painting in Color Workshop— MEXICO!!!

I am so excited about this opportunity to share my love of creating, explore Oaxaca, Mexico and spend time with like-minded people! Not to mention teach alongside the prolifically talented and fabulous Sunny Carvahlo (check out her work and her workshop post here)! We would LOVE to have you join us on this adventure! Kathie Vezzani, also an artist, has been organizing…

300 Days of Creating – Progress Report

This 300 Days of Creating project has been unbelievably motivating for me! I’m realizing that every day I have a goal to be creative. Even if it doesn’t end up happening, it’s on my mind and something that is present. I’m also realizing how much I love looking back to see what I’ve already accomplished and the progress that’s been made. And…

300 Days of Creating Progress Report

Well, I have to say, this has been a REALLY GOOD challenge for me. I’m already more intentional to be creative knowing that I can’t get behind. And, along with it, I’m FEELING more creative! Below are a sampling of a few of the days so far… 7/300  Thinking a lot about the lack of snow up in our poor…

new goal: 300 days of creativity

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everyone seems to be doing these wonderful and inspiring 365 day art challenges. Everyone that is, like these amazing artists- Pam Garrison, Jennifer Orkin Lewis, and Sonya Penn. Through much thought, I’ve decided to “KIND OF” jump on the bandwagon! I really try to set goals that I think I can achieve. With travel and life,…

My Home Art Studio Tour

in case you didn’t make it out to the Clark County Open Studios this past weekend i thought i’d give you a little “virtual tour” of my home art studio. i will admit, i like organization and places for everything to go. hence, the abundance of dressers and containers. this is where i spend most of my time… unfortunately. i’m thankful to have…

allen designs studio space

over the past several years our business has evolved & changed. to the point that we have a fairly large space upstairs that doesn’t get much use. and it has been killing me. the light is amazing up there! but no longer, we’re taking action! we’ve replaced the ugly brown carpet with salvaged shiplap. and it’s BEAUTIFUL! flooring makes all the difference. (as…

hearts for charity!

a few months back, i was invited by a friend to participate in a charity event, “HeArts of Clark County“, which is raising money for an improved life saving heart room of sorts at PeaceHealth Medical Center. we were asked to paint on fiberglass hearts to be auctioned off at a gala in the fall. above are the humble beginning…

hand lettering & artist’s open studio tour

this year clark county, washington will be having it’s first annual artist’s open studios tour! not sure of the dates, but it will be happening some time this fall. here’s a little logo hand lettering artwork thingy that i’ve been working on. not positive if it will be used or not but it’s been fun nonetheless.     and how…

in the meantime

today was a busy day, full of lots of interruptions & deadlines of sorts. i was determined to get my exciting adventure post done, but it didn’t happen. so… in the meantime i’ll show you a peek at what i’ve been working on. more letters! a couple questions for you, if you don’t mind. do you collect any letters or…

doodles & more

we’ve been busy around here- busy scheming what our 2013 adventures will be. i think this is going to be a big year for allen designs/close2myart as well as for myself. lots of exciting things brewing! and art is a very big part of it. yay for me! how about you, do you take time to list out your goals &…

whatsup?

life has been B.U.S.Y. around here! a good busy. i hosted a baby shower for sweet Katy in our studio. can’t wait till her precious one arrives. i LOVE having a chalkboard wall!!! makes for fun and inexpensive party decor. had our first of two studio sale weekends. AWESOME to see so many of your faces. many thanks to all…

CLOSE2myart whimsical art giveaway!

to celebrate the oncoming of the holiday season & to possibly ease the burden for a few, we figured it was time to do a giveaway! thanks for playing and good luck! 🙂 we are giving away 3 shopping sprees! $100.00, $75.00 and $50.00 there are different 3 ways you can enter (pick any or all!) 1. leave a comment on this post: tell me your “go…

china- hiking, sculpting, eating and art-ing

hiking in china is a new experience for me! i absolutely LOVE doing things i haven’t done before. on occasion, pushing through that edge of fear that tempts you to hold back and play it safe. those are the times i feel so completely alive. this hiking was a little different than i’m used to. it involved a concrete &…

in all her glory

she is finally completed. ©2012 Michelle Allen, Bookworm. Acrylic, pencil and ink on wrapped canvas, 30″ x 40″ x 2.75″. there are many layers involved in this painting. more than i would have preferred to be quite honest. there are many emotions involved. also more than i would have preferred! but in the end, i am pleased…

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