Sunday, May 17, 2015

VIDEO: Art Lesson Student Gallery

Enjoy a video tribute to my students--people that have not only downloaded my Art Lessons from all over the globe but have joined my Facebook Group. I am totally blown away at the tremendous talent!!!

They are sharing what they're learning and I couldn't be more proud!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Peak into My Final Art Lesson YELLOW

Hello Friends! 

My YELLOW Art Lesson, the final 4 in my color series with Cloth Paper Scissors, is available here.


Yellow is a tricky color--some people love it and some people hate it. But as far as mixing and blending goes, it's essential to a watercolorists' palette. I share how I use yellow as a supporting actor to create a magical yet subtle underglaze.




Below is a sneak peek at this fun art lesson. It's a downloadable pdf file with a video link for my instructional demo. This series is very affordable as well!



We start with a glowing wash of yellow watercolor and crayon resist.



And then we add bits of origami, patterned paper, and free-motion sewing to add texture.





Voila! A beautiful mixed-media piece that celebrates your pet! :)

Jeannine Stein, Editorial Director at Cloth Paper Scissors, asked 20 questions of everything you wanted to know about your Art Lessons instructor. Enjoy this fun interview!

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Right now, Cloth Paper Scissors is offering a fantastic deal. All four Art Lessons plus a limited signed "Sailboat Dream" print has been made into a special package bundle.
Click here to purchase!




Sunday, April 12, 2015

Special Offer from Cloth Paper Scissors - An Art Print by Me!

You guys!!! Cloth Paper Scissors (via Interweave Store) is now selling one of my prints 

This signed print measures 8.5" x 10.98” and has a semi-gloss finish. It is anchored on an 11” x 14” acid-free mat board. At $20, these prints arrive ready to frame!! They are very limited in stock, so hurry. And sorry, coupons cannot be applied to this item. [Credit: pretty sailboat paper was collaged out of Roben-Marie Smith's ART POPs cards]


Note: I also sell this print on my etsy store. The difference is my etsy print comes un-matted, uses 120 lb. premium paper, and has a Rumi quote written across the sky. This print runs a little thinner at 90 lb. (feels more like a full color poster print) and the sky lacks any writing on it. But it's still pretty and a great value without needing to buy a separate mat.


This sailboat painting changed my life...scanned right out of my art journal. And now a signed print can be yours to inspire your dreams. Thank you Universe! And thank you Cloth Paper Scissors!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

VIDEO: Art Supplies For Journaling

Hello friends. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments regarding my last post (DLP feature). As always, I am blown away by your kindness!


As promised, here's Part 2 as a continuation from last week's video.
It's all about art supplies....and solar systems :). Enjoy!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Welcome DLP Friends!

Welcome Documented Life Project friends & Art-to-the-5th family

It's such an honor for me to be a DLP featured artist!! April is all about color safari: exploring inks & paints and the art challenge this week is watercolor (yay for me :)

Below is my interpretation.


I must confess. My video was going to be twice as long but I purposely kept the challenge simple and decided to post the other half of the video next week. My soul wanted to play and not stress over creating a detailed step-by-step tutorial.



Creating this video was so refreshing. I didn't have to edit things perfectly. It was published as is. Enjoy!



Gina Kim, 2015 DLP Featured Artist from Gina Kim on Vimeo.



Keep reaching for the stars! 


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Tune in next Saturday, same time (April 11 at 8 a.m. EST) for Part 2: The Art Supplies along with a tour of Stephen's art journal! 

Here's a sneak peek. 




Saturday, March 28, 2015

Three Retro Campers & a Tent

I just listed this in my shop. A bit of retro camper cool to kick off spring! 



Instead of 4 campers, there are only 3. The reason is because behind the upper right quadrant where the tent and tree is, there is a vintage map. Underneath that map is a mistake that I covered up with gesso and gel medium. It'll be our little secret :)

Thanks for visiting! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My 3rd Art Lesson (GREEN) Is Ready!!




It's finally here! Volume 3 Art Lesson is ready to purchase and download.


(Click on above cover to directly go to the shop) 


Below is a sneak peek of what the downloadable pdf pages looks like. 
My students love the step-by-step video!




I love birches. If people have animal-spirits, then I have a tree-spirit. There is a spiritual quality about birches I cannot express with words, but I can try painting them.

See you in class and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NEW Etsy Shop is now open!

You guys!!!! I have a NEW Etsy shop with high quality prints available (finally). Thank you for letting me share my art, heart & soul--it's so easy with everyone's kind encouragement and support.


Simply click on my shop grid above or banner below to get you there, or the url: 



To extend my gratitude and to celebrate my grand opening, 
use coupon: SHOPOPEN20 for 20% off your purchase. 

Code expires Monday 3/16/15.


Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

Finally finished! The color is a bit off b/c I'm using artificial studio light but I couldn't wait to share! 

The horrible dolphin drive season in Taiji, Japan, is over but our fight to end such barbaric practices is not. Please: Do not support dolphin amusement parks or cetacean captivity or any swim-with/feed-the-dolphin programs. These are highly intelligent, self-aware creatures that thrive within a family pod. 

I'm a mother that took her son to see dolphins at zoos and aquariums, but after doing more research, I have made a full-circle, conscious decision to never go back :(. This is my personal journey. I respect other people's choices--I really do! But my art is integrated with the way I feel and what I believe in: freedom, beauty, wonder & compassion. 


The Short-beaked Common Dolphin (the ones I painted here) is one of my favorite dolphin species AND equally the hardest little buggers to paint. But I did it.

Thank you everyone for your kindness!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Love To Complete Your Life

“This is my wish for you: 
Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, 
rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, 
sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, 
beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, 
faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, 
courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth,
love to complete your life.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Pre-Valentines Day! Special Coupon For You!

Happy early Valentine's Day!!!

May your day be full of sweetness.





And here's my treat for you to all my sweet blog followers as well as on Instagram.

In celebration of  Valentine's day tomorrow, enjoy a discount at Interweave today.
 Offer code LUCK40 is only good for today, Friday, so hurry and stock up on all your favorites.



Have a great weekend, dear friends!!! With love all around :)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

UPDATED: Giveaway Winners & My 2nd Art Lesson is Available Now!!!

UPDATE

I'm thrilled to announce that my 2nd Art Lesson in BLUE is available now!!!


(Click on the above sailboat to purchase)


Producing something like this is no easy task. It's one thing to conceive an idea but to execute it beautifully, stunningly, and excellently--I'll say it again--publishing takes it to a whole other level. Many talented hands. Many phone calls. Many hours of editing. One art lesson.

Here's a sneak peek of this downloadable class, which includes a video!



I am so fortunate to work with amazing editors/art designers at Cloth Paper Scissors who believe in my art. It's an incredible feeling to work hard as an artist, and in turn, you're part of an amazing team that advocates for you. My editors are on top of workflow issues, they ensure my videos are high quality, they make numerous color adjustments....and on and on. Editors. Go hug one today, people :)


Hope to see you in class!

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GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCMENT

Thank you ALL for such tremendous enthusiasm about my studio feature with Alisa last week! I also appreciate such kind commenters who expressed themselves here and the numerous new following. Thank you!


OK. Below are the winners, randomly selected by my 3.5 year-old-son. I printed out everyone's comments, cut them into small rectangular strips, and Stephen pulled out five from a basket!



If you see yourself here, please email me your address and select which color (pink or blue chickadee) you'd prefer at ginaleekim@gmail.com.

Share your happy giddiness with me on Instagram @ginaleekim and tag your tweets and images with #ginaprintlove. Enjoy!



Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Studio is Featured on Alisa Burke's Blog!

Hi there! If you're arriving from Alisa's blog, welcome!! 

You're just in time to enjoy a few of my finished watercolor/mixed-media pieces before I bind them into a sketchbook. There's nothing more satisfying than to hold a completed art journal that you've created. Well, coffee may be a stronger contender but it ranks up there!








I know Alisa has previously (and gorgeously) shared on her blog how she binds her sketchbooks. I myself have been using this binding matching for over 2 years now, and I must say, it has been one of the best art supply investments!



 There's true freedom to be able to work on any size watercolor paper and in any order I want. And because I'm working on loose sheets, I can easily go to my sewing machine to add bits of mixed-media pieces...



...like this art tag. It's held inside a transparent pocket that I sewed with a simple straight-stitch. 
[cute feather stamp designed by my friend, Rae]



That's Stephen. His smile says thank you for stopping by! 


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A heartfelt THANK YOU to Alisa Burke. Honestly, I don't know where to begin. She is so lovely and she is so sweet. What a huge honor it is to have my studio featured on her blog today!



So, let's do a giveaway to help us celebrate! Please leave a comment over at Alisa's blog from now until midnight of Monday, February 2, 2015. And then be sure to check back here on:

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
12 noon EST 

I will officially announce 5 lucky winners to receive one of my chickadee fine art prints! 
Go, birdies, go!!!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What a Milestone, Dear Friends!

Hello! 

It's been an incredible week. My next Art Lesson (Vol. 2 - BLUE) is being finalized with the editors & art designers as I type this. And then yesterday, I reached 1000 followers on Instagram! What better way to celebrate this milestone than to acknowledge the two people who influenced my creative journey in a such a profound way:


Pokey Bolton, founder/former editor-in-chief of STUDIOS magazine (as well as founder of Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, host of Quilting Arts TV, chief officer of Quilts, Inc.......and on and on),   truly is my hero. Her creative legacy is huge to me. I still treasure my very first issue of STUDIOS, where Pokey shared not only her beautiful space but how to create a design wall on a dime. 

(photo taken 2009, in my MA art studio)

I revamped Pokey's idea by using black iron garden trellises. I attached s-hooks at various spots in order to hang my paintings, fabric scraps, and works-in-progress. Thank you, Pokey, from the bottom of my heart! This is a total full-circle moment for me, now that I'm a Cloth Paper Scissors Art Lessons instructor. Holy moly. Feeling grateful indeed.



Cate Coulaos Prato, former editor for Cloth Paper Scissors STUDIOS and online editor for Quilting Daily, was the one who discovered me. She was the one who believed in me. And then she featured me in STUDIOS magazine as well as her book Inside the Creative Studio (2011). I think the best e-mail I received from Cate went something like: "Hey Gina, Pokey actually wants a selfie of you with your baby pet rats on your shoulders while you're painting in your studio. Can you send us that?"

Let's just say, little Summer and Autumn were misbehaving and the above was the only shot I could manage with them clinging to my neck LOL! Cate, I love you. Thank you. 


And THANK YOU to all my dear friends and followers.

May we all stay passionate about our dreams.....for believing in them will help us travel far, go deep, and reach high!


p.s. please stay warm everybody!