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Hello to my friends around the world!

I am so happy to have Karen’s okay to go ahead and share her newsletter.  Every month, I receive it and enjoy the poems, her thoughts and her awesome paintings as well as her news.  I always feel better after reading it.  So I invite you to enjoy it this month along with me.  You will also see that she has included a write up about me!  Near the bottom!  So please share this post on Linked in, Twitter or wherever else you wish to share it. 

I send to all of you – Love and Light,

Laara WilliamSen,

International professional painter,

Art educator, Vancouver Lower Mainland, B.C. CANADA

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The first month of a year always feels fresh. The cold atmosphere makes everything smell fresh; snow transforms the outer world. It is an open time, a time to wonder. Wondering can take us back to a place within, when curiosity was a constant presence.For nearly a month our garden has been visited by this sparrow hawk. It is beautiful, sleek and decisive. (There are many more feathers on the ground than in previous winters.)
“When Hawk swoops into your life be ready for a whole new level of awareness developing in your mind and spirit. Hawk bears observation skills and broad perspectives on His wings. You could not ask for a better companion…..
Hawk is often a messenger from Angels, Devas and the Divine. He signals a time in your life when you need to focus on what’s ahead and prepare for a leadership role. Your global vision is a potent helpmate in this. Just as the Hawk, you are ready to fly higher than ever before.” 
For more on how animals are harbingers of many things, visit here: https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/spirit-totem-power-animal-meanings/birds/hawk-symbolism-meaning/For a few days, I wondered how they knew when Hawk was about. The feeder would be full, and seed scattered on the ground; but the garden bare of birds. Later in the day, 14 morning doves would be feasting away, and more than 20 sparrows taking raucous turns at the stocked tube. Sometimes this dance of present/absent goes on all day.I wonder what the birds do when they get cold. I often wonder where birds sleep at night. I wonder what they dream about. What do birds see out of their eyes? Do they take in a lot more information than we do; and is time faster or slower in their experience of it?
I’ve often wondered what the clouds do at night; what might they wish for?
I’m less interested in wondering about things I can easily answer. What a mean, tight place that puts the imagination!What are you wondering about?

Below: Little Cloud Wants Something Else, 18k gold on patterned, prepared paper, image 12″ diameter, overall, 31″x23.25″, $1,800.

Please join me on Tuesday evening, February 6, from 5:30-7:30pm for this opening reception:

The Impact of Art: artists find refuge and regeneration through their art

Art Times Two        the gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine
731 Alexander Road, suite 200, Princeton, NJ 08540
www.arttimestwogallery.com

Anne Elliott, Karen Fitzgerald, Shellie Jacobson, Charlene Lutz, Sarah Morejohn, Maria Pisano
curated by Madelaine Shellaby

The exhibition runs through August, 2018.

Here are new things I am working on: a suite of paintings with black backgrounds. On the left, Night Clouds, image 11″ diameter, oil on prepared paper, 19.5″x14.5″ overall. On the Right, Night Clouds, image 18″ diameter, oil on prepared paper, 31″x26″ overall. Left, $800.; right, $2,000.
Here is a feature about my work at Alpha and Omega Arts:

http://alphaomegaarts.blogspot.com/2018/01/inspire-me-karen-fitzgerald-of-northern.html

There’s a terrific exhibition at the Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery through March 10, 2018.

Séance, by Carla Rae Johnson.

She says this about her work:
“My sculpture is directly connected to ideas and often addresses issues of social, political, and cultural import.   As an artist, I find the most challenging forms and concepts at the intersection of the visual and the verbal.  Begun in 2000, “The Séance Series” suggests imagined meetings between unlikely pairs; creative individuals that never met during their lifetimes:   Emily Dickinson with Marcel Duchamp, Hildegard of Bingen with Herman Melville, Bessie Smith with Ludwig van Beethoven and Audre Lorde with Abraham Lincoln.

Each of the pairs in “ The Séance Series” plays a game. Lorde and Lincoln play “bridge.”   This bridge is not a card game, but a physical, symbolic span across an obstacle.   I think Audre Lorde would have confronted Lincoln on issues of race, power, and privilege, so it is Lincoln who must build the bridge.   Not a straightforward crossing, this is a difficult, jagged transition; composed of huge steps, twists, inclines, and internal tensions.   At the top of the center of the crossing is a “spirit-level” symbolic of the quest to equalize and create a more level ground.   Beneath the bridge sits the “house.” Emblematic of the existing social structure, “the master’s house,” is the obstacle that must be bridged with understanding and common ground, level ground, so that together Lorde and Lincoln can dismantle its walls and work toward a just future.

Above Right: Audre Lorde Meets Abraham Lincoln, from The Séance Series, 2nd view, wood & rope, 75″x96″x48″, 2007

Above Left: Hildegard von Bingen Meets Herman Melville, from The Séance Series, DETAIL, wood (maple), 54″x36″x71”, 2001

You can find gallery hours and directions here:
http://www.sunywcc.edu/about/smartarts/gallery/

Elinore Schnurr is a co-traveler – a terrific artist who works in Long Island City. We have known each other many years. Currently, you can commission, or acquire one of Elinore’s excellent paintings at a 15% discount: simply contact her and use this code (18*1504) when you finalize your purchase.

Don’t procrastinate – this special offer is only available through this newsletter, and it will expire on March 31, 2018.

http://www.elinoreschnurr.com/

Above: LOOKING IN ON FLORENT II   oil on board  18” x 22”   2013 (framed) $ 2,200.00

Florent was an all night diner on Gansevoort Street in the Meat Packing District in Manhattan, close to where the Whitney Museum is now. The food was cheap, the ambience was artists. This view caught a glimpse of the interior from outside the window as I passed by on a busy Saturdayafternoon.
Below: THE UN AND CHRYSLER BUILDINGS AT SUNRISE  oil on linen  24″ x 29”   2017
$ 4,600  (strip-framed)
There is a short time, called “slack tide,” when the currents change direction and the river becomes still like glass. That is the only time we see reflections of the buildings on the river. At sunrise in summer, the light turns stone and glass into one of the natural wonders of our planet.

Do you wonder how you can find career development support?

Look below!

Artists! I am putting together a pilot course so that you can achieve local and international exhibitions, and recognition through The Professional Development Mentoring for Artists course.  I will be teaching the foundation of professional career development through written and live classes, with coaching in between classes based on my career of thirty years as an art educator and international professional painter.

I am excited about serving the larger online world of artists.  I want to help you achieve your successful art career.

So that I can refine my content and better understand what you may need, please book a free one hour online coaching call with me.

http://www.laarawilliamsenschoolofart.com/courses/initial-free-one-hour-consultation/

I’m looking forward to chatting with you about your work, and what your career dreams are!

This year we continue our Second Decade Campaign

Please join us: send a gift in any amount.

http://www.artconnectsnewyork.org

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Hello to all my friends around the world

and a special invitation to those friends living in the Lower Mainland of B.C. Canada

Please come help restore the Fairy Houses at Redwood Park!

Recently some rather nasty pranksters destroyed all the fairy houses in Redwood Park, so artists, children, parents and others in the community have banded together to help restore these fairy houses! This imaginative project has been a favorite place for the wee people and regular people to visit for years.  Redwood Park is located at 17900  20 Ave, Surrey, B.C., Canada.

Calling all people to help restore the missing and destroyed Fairy Houses at Redwood Park!

We invite you to create your version of a wee people house!  All  you have to do is have some fun making it and then take it to the Redwood Park and install it there!

 

 

Have fun creating a wee people house for Redwood Park!

 

We hope that you and your family will contribute to keep the magic alive!

 

 

The very idea of Sprites, Pixies and Elves can help us to remember the awe and wonder of childhood!

 

 

 

 

Come and enjoy this forest wonderland!

 

We hope you can bring a little house as an offering to the playful and joyful spirit of the child within us all!

 

VISIT REDWOOD PARK

17900  20 Ave, Surrey, BC

Here is a link to a beautiful post about the park

Redwood Park; Fairytale Forest – British Columbia Mom

and

Here is a link to a map!

Redwood Park 

 

Redwood Park in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Address17900 20 Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 9V2

 

Also check out these pictures before the pranksters hit!  We need to help restore this magical wonderland!

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Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter and art educator for over 35 years! 10,000 happy students!

So I hope to see you there!  And I wish you all sparkles and joy and laughter!

Sincerely, Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter and art educator

Vancouver Lower Mainland, B.C. Canada

www.laarawilliamsenschoolofart.com

www.artprintsforcharity.com


Hello to all of my friends around the world,

I am so pleased and excited to share the good news that I am opening my Laara WilliamSen School of Art online August 31st.  I hope you will have a look www.laarawilliamsen.com and please share this news with others.  What is especially unique about Laara WilliamSen School of Art is that I will be doing mainly Private Tutorials.  This is explained below!

 

DO WHAT YOU LOVE!

Discover the inspiration and confidence to create your dreams!

I have overcome huge difficulties in my life and I’ve also realized my highest dreams. To accomplish this, I sought out specialized education and training.

I have experienced deep artistic frustration, suffered from car accidents, recovered from cancer twice, was  a widow at a young age, raised two children with varying teenage problems and my home was destroyed by fire.  There are actually more life challenges but these were the major ones. By using my positive belief system and creativity, have overcome them all.  I am not kidding you!

So, I most likely do understand how you are feeling.  That is why I designed these courses, both from my experiences and my training, to help you succeed and do what you love!

During the more than 30 years of operating my own art school, I formed three departments;

Painting and Drawing,

Creative Life Skills and

Healing Art.

I believe deeply that the very best way for you to learn is through Private Tutorial.  Then you progress at your own pace in an individualized program tailored to your particular requirements.

I am very passionate about facilitating for each person privately whether you are developing your painting and drawing, learning new creative life skills or struggling with illness.

My goal is to assist you to reach clarity of vision and do what you love!

FREE OFFER

Right now I am offering up to July 15th  “How to be a Professional Artist” only until July 15th, 2017.

My enrollment is limited so grab this course if you wish to develop your Artist Statement, C.V. and learn how to do Proposals for galleries, art centers and local and international exhibitions.  It is my joy to offer this to 5 students only!  

GET STARTED NOW! www.laarawilliamsenschoolofart.com 

 

When the course opens August 31st, 2017 the full fees are $1,800.00 so get your spot today!  I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Testimonials

“Laara WilliamSen is a gem of a person.  As an Artist, her paintings are filled with Light. As an Art Educator, her recommendations are multi fold.    She….. encourages  artists to practice more, catch up with their vision, while simultaneously looking at the loop holes to achieve the best of their true potential.  Thank you Laara for the love and support you given to me all through the years!”

Kanwal Zafar, Contemporary Fine Artist, Islamabad, Pakistan April 5, 2017

 

“ I can’t say enough positive things about Laara WilliamSen!  She not only taught me the techniques of painting, she gave me the confidence to do it!  She encourages me to paint freely, making each painting a true expression of myself!   She was exactly what I was looking for in a teacher who has also become a friend!”

 

April 2017, Marcia Fraser, South Surrey, B.C. Canada

 

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Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter and art educator for over 35 years! 10,000 happy students!

I am sending everyone lots of Love and Light

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painterArt educator

Vancouver area, B.C. CANADA

email laara@laarawilliamsenschoolofart.com


Laara WilliamSen, International professional painter and art educator for over 35 years! 10,000 happy students!

 

 

EMAIL laara63@gmail.com to receive a 60 min. Free Consultation/Coaching Session!

THIS WEEKEND ONLY Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th.  Book now to reserve your time with me.  I have a very LIMITED ENROLLMENT so please get started today!  10,000 happy students and over 30 years experience.  I am so looking forward to meeting you!  Laara 

PS Email right now.  You don’t want to miss out on this incredible offer!  laara63@gmail.com

 

Hello to my friends around the world!

This weekend I am offering FREE 15 minute ART CONSULTATIONS by Skype or Google Hang out!

What is an Art Consultation!

That is when you can ask me any questions you have about your paintings, drawings or about becoming a professional artist.

I will take a look at some of your paintings and give you an outline of your composition: rhythm, colors, balance, tones

and help you to find the beginnings or the development of your own unique art language! Or offer some practical suggestions for becoming a professional artist!

It is my joy to get to know you!  You can email me at laara63@gmail.com and I will call you on Skype!

This offer is just for 48 hours.  Looking forward to meeting up with you before Monday, April 3rd!  Let’s get started!

 

Laara WilliamSen, Art educator, 10,000 happy students, over 35 years teaching art!

FEATURED ART BY STUDENT

DORIS ANDERSON, Canadian Abstract Painter

FREEDOM Original Acrylic NFS held in private collection in Canada (c) Copyrighted 2013 All Rights Reserved

 

COMING SOON

FREE ONE HOUR CONSULTATIONS – one on one, online time with Laara to give you tons of valuable information to help you to go further with your with your creativity, life skills or healing art to assist your physical health!

THE OPENING OF LAARA WILLIAMSEN SCHOOL OF ART

Courses: PAINTING & DRAWING, CREATIVE LIFE SKILLS & HEALING ART May 31st, 2017

SPECIAL OFFER FOR 48 HOURS ONLY / ENDED

So let’s get started now!  Contact me for your FREE ONE HOUR CONSULTATION No obligation!

laara63@gmail.com

Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter and art educator

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Hello to my Friends around the world!

I am so excited to tell you that the solo exhibition of my original artworks at the Pelican Rouge Cafe has expanded into A SILENT AUCTION

with 50% of all proceeds being donated to

 

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THE PEACE ARCH HOSPITAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION.

Also Dr. Jane Wu the Director of ICU and Doctor at Peace Arch Hospital and painter is offering five of her own original colorful paintings.  Her paintings are open bidding with 75% of all proceeds to benefit Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation! 

The exhibition will run from November 1st to 30th.

On November 30th from 7 – 9pm there is a reception to meet me and there will be a representation of The Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation there as well to answer any questions.

So hop on down and place your silent bid today.   Here are just three of the artworks that are going for a very low minimum bid!

The Silent Auction is taking place at the Pelican Rouge Cafe, 15142 North Bluff Road, White Rock, B.C. !

We will also be celebrating the opening of http://artprintsforcharity.com which donates 50% of all proceeds to Better At Home Quesnel and Sali.  Read all about them on the charities page on the website!

Please Share this information with anyone you wish or on Twitter, Facebook, Linked in or anywhere else!

Thank you so much for all of your past acknowledgements and support,

Love and Light to All

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

South Surrey (Vancouver area) B.C. CANADA

 

THE ELEMENTS - Earth, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Earth, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS - Water and Air Original Acrylics Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 MINUMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 All rights reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Water and Air Original Acrylics Laara WilliamSen (c) Copyrighted 2013 MINUMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 All rights reserved

THE ELEMENTS - Water, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 CAN Copyrighted All Rights Reserved

THE ELEMENTS – Water, Original Acrylic painting by Laara WilliamSen, (c) 2013 MINIMUM BID JUST $1,000.00 CAN Copyrighted All Rights Reserved


Hello to my friends around the world!

I hope that you are enjoying the Autumn weather and that all is well in your world!

GOOD NEWS!

The author Darlene Pagan has chosen my painting THE ELEMENTS Fire #6 for the cover of her latest book of poetry called ‘SETTING THE FIRES.’  Darlene is a very talented author and I am honored to have this painting serve such an eclectic purpose.    Below is a photograph of the cover! For a limited time you can visit http://www.airliepress.org to purchase “SETTING THE FIRES” at a prepublication price of $12.00.  You will have the ever expanding experience of discovery by purchasing this amazing poetry book!

 

SETTING THE FIRES Darlene Pagan www.airliepress.org cover painting Laara WilliamSen cover design Airlie Press (c) 2015 Copyrighted

SETTING THE FIRES Darlene Pagan http://www.airliepress.org cover painting Laara WilliamSen cover design Airlie Press (c) 2015 Copyrighted

 

 

REVIEWS OF “SETTING THE FIRES“ Poetry book by Darlene Pagen

 

“Oh, Darlene Pagan, where have you been all my reading life with your hard-hitting poems, your luminous words, your insights and mesmerizing cadences, your stories, your quirky visions, your lines so sharp and well-honed they glint like a knife edge as they cut through to the heart, your singular strategies with language, metaphor, with silences and syntax, your way of looking at the world? Here are poems I’ve been hungering to read, the poet I’ve been waiting to discover.”

  • JULIA ALVAREZ, author of Homecoming, The Woman I Kept to Myself, In the Time of the Butterflies.  

 

“A lively sensibility is at work and play in Setting the Fires.  Irreverent and fully American, these poems are crackling with irrepressible humor and an eye for the quirky detail.  I also admire their clear language and scopy of subject matter, from childhood to adulthood, from the personal to the political, they leave a record of a self wide awake to the world.“

  • DORIANNE LAUX, author of sThe Book of men, Facts About the Moon.

 

 

“In SETTING THE FIRES, by Darlene Pagan, fire is a literal combustion and a huger that claims both the natural world and the human heart.  Whether in the passion between lovers, the wonder of childhood, the threat of violence, or in the seed of inspiration, fire is an element of loss and destruction necessary for renewal and cleansing. 

Darlene Pagan is the auther of a chapbook of poems BLUE GHOSTS (Finishing Line Press 2011).  Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including Field Magazine, Calyx, Hiram Poetry Revoew and Literal Latte, and earned national awards and nominations for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net.  She teaches at Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon.“Text above is copyrighted (c) 2015 by Airlie Press, Portland, Oregon.  Published with permission of the author, Darlene Pagan.

 

I highly recommend that you take a peek at the preview of SETTING THE FIRES and get your copy at prepublication price of $12.00 http://www.airliepress.org 

 

 

I send to you my very best wishes for rainy days with good soup, cosy nights with a good book, long walks in the autumn leaves and of course lots of Love and Light,

Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

http://laarawilliamsen.yolasite.com/

 

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5 ELEMENTS - Earth #4 Original acrylic 24 x 36 inches April 2013 (c) - Copyrighted All rights reserved - Copy - CopyHello my Dear Fiends around the world!

I am absolutely thrilled to share with you that I am the solo artist at the Carl Benz Cloud University online for the month of September, 2015!

Here is the website address: https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

They did an interview with me that I found totally engaging and I hope you will enjoy this too.  I also have 30 images up for you to view; some new and some old but all of my favorites.  My biography is there as well as my artist statement.

And many thanks to my good friend Immo Jalass who recommended me for this exhibition!  Thanks Immo!  None of this would have been possible without you!  Also I really appreciate the introduction that you wrote and I also hope that viewers may have a playful and possible spiritual experience while visiting!  You can view his amazing digital artworks here: http://galeriejalass.tripod.com/

Very Best Regards and many thanks to the Chancellor of The Carl Benz Cloud University, Mr. Manfred Schoenebeck for accepting my artworks for this solo exhibition and special thanks to Mr. Hans-Peter Bergner, the IT Consultant who did all of the exhibition online editing!

I am also delighted to mention that Sherri of Belle Fusion has accepted me along with seven others to be a part of an advertisement through Van City that will be going out to 4.3 million people this week!  Here is her tagline about me!

Laara WilliamSen  – Discover and Experience her dynamic paintings! Her paintings are held in private collections around the world and the permanent collections of PAUL GETTY III MUSEUM, Italy, BUIRO KULTURY, Poland and THE BOSTON ART LIBRARY, U.S.A.  https://www.benz-academy.org/en/culture/exhibition/Laara.WilliamSen

This advertisment is about an upcoming Allure + Prestige: Picasso & Rembrandt event in Vancouver on September 17th.  For more information about this event please go to facebook Belle Fusion Art Event Group.

Most of all thank you to you my dear friends for your ongoing support over the years!  This is what means the most to me.  I wish you all much success, happiness and peaceful times!

Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

 

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I AM SO HAPPY TO SHARE THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT

DORIS ANDERSON,

CANADIAN ABSTRACT PAINTER.

She is having her very first solo exhibition in May, 2015!

 

HELLO BABY GIRL Original acrylic 8 x 10 inches by Doris Anderson, Vancouver area, B.C., Canada doristheartist.wordpress.com  (c) 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved SOLD 2014 Collector in Florida, USA

HELLO BABY GIRL Original acrylic 8 x 10 inches by Doris Anderson, Vancouver area, B.C., Canada doristheartist.wordpress.com (c) 2014 Copyrighted All Rights Reserved SOLD 2014 Collector in Florida, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, I hope to see you on May 24th!  Sincerely Doris

Invitation

 

to attend

 

“FREEDOM OF THE HEART”

 

a solo exhibition of original acrylics

 

by

 

DORIS ANDERSON

 

Canadian Abstract Painter

 

at

 

The Good Day Sunshine Café

2950 King George Blvd #100, South Surrey, BC Hours : Monday closed Tues – Friday  8-5 Saturday 9-5 Sunday10-4

 

May 2nd to May 31st, 2015

 

MEET THE ARTIST PARTY

May 24th, 2015

1pm to 4pm

 

For further information about this solo exhibition call 778 241 6926 

and to view more of her artworks please visit http://doristheartist.wordpress.com

 

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Thanks to all of my good friends around the world for having a look at Doris Anderson’s invitation!

 

I send you my very best wishes and I hope you are enjoying Spring.

 

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Sincerely

Laara WilliamSen

International professional painter

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

http://laarawilliamseninternationalprofessionalpainter.wordpress.com

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