Living in Georgia for the last year has been a very interesting and necessary experience, but I miss Oakland, CA and the amazing people I was in community with there. From poets and novelists to tarot readers and artists, I was constantly surrounded by people who understand what the life of a creative can look like.
They understand when you say you "need" to paint or write for the entire weekend. They don't judge you when you've got paint on nearly every pair of jeans you own. It was great to be surrounded by that level of acceptance.
Georgia is different.
But I found an amazing woman to spend time with here and that has made all the difference in this temporary relocation.
Tiare Smith is one of those people that when you meet her, she's EXACTLY the same as when you saw her on Periscope or Ustream or in a video from an online class.
Her energy and laughter is the same. She's just as wonderful off camera as she is on and the art...the art is 1000 times more amazing in person than when you're seeing it on Instagram.
So when I was making my dream team list of instructors for The Journey Within 2016, Tiare's name was on the list for sure. Her artistic style is so distinct and unique that you can't help but be drawn to it. She really hones her craft everyday in an effort to bring joy to those in her community. I know that having her as a part of the course is going to be transformational.
Of course when it came time for her to give me a challenge, I knew she was going to push me out of my comfort zone. And she did!!
TODAY'S CHALLENGE -- from Tiare Smith
The challenge started with me going back into an online class I took with Tiare called Splatter, Splotch, and Splash. She challenged me to get creative and make a fall/winter tree or tree scene using the Splotch Art Technique she teaches in that class.
Here's my page.
What do you think? Are you playing along?
Make sure to check out all the teachers any time.
HERE'S THE LINE UP
December 1 -- Mimi Bondi -- MimiBondi.com
December 2 -- Cindy Gilstrap -- Junque Art Studios
DAY FOUR-->December 4 -- Tiare Smith -- TiareSmith.com
December 7 -- Julie Baker -- Creatively Onward
December 8 -- Amanda Trought -- Reality Arts
December 9 -- Andrea Gomoll -- Cre8tive Cre8tions
December 10 -- Nicole Piar -- GhostKitten.com
December 11 -- Lisa DeYoung -- Mountain Mermaid Studios
December 15 -- Kelly Johnson -- Wings, Worms, and Wonder
December 17 -- Sadelle Wiltshire -- Tangle Vermont
December 18 -- Barb Owen -- HowToGetCreative.com
December 21 -- Hali Karla -- HaliKarla.com
December 22 -- Yuko Miki -- Honeyberry Studios
December 28 -- Virginia Simpson-Magruder -- Kentucky Girl Designs
December 30 -- iHanna -- iHanna.nu
Are you creating with me this month?
Tell me so I can check it out. Follow me on Instagram -- @kialagives and use the hashtag #journeywithin2016 -- see you there.
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I'm Kiala, a student of life first and foremost. And I'm also a published poet, book binder, fountain pen collector, Life Alchemist & Intuitive Soul Guide. I make things, paint things, and write things. I love teaching & empowering women to live with intention. Please, grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, a fountain pen, and your favorite journal. Let's connect!
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