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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 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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WOW, I’m so excited about new website!


CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT PRIVATE TUTORIAL
Well, I spent the day working on my website and decided to include a page where I can market my Private Tutorials. Is it really this simple. After more than thirty years of teaching both in my own studios and for a wide variety of other venues; everything from Women’s Centres to a lecture for the University of British Columbia Women’s Alumni….well, yes it is. After writing over forty-five course of study and then teaching them to thousands of students, most of which were in individualized semi-private classes, well, it does seem to be this simple! I thought about writing up courses of study on the website but no, that was not simple. This way I can simply do one critique at a time. I am really happy about this.

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