#105 Wendy Brightbill: Gathering Beauty in the Everyday

Artist Wendy Brightbill has lived her whole life in Colorado, where she is raising a family with her husband, making art, and teaching classes. Wendy grew up in an artistic home, but really just came back to art after she had a serious car accident. She developed her art style, using oil, acrylics, and watercolors, and she now has many classes on her website where she helps others to find their artistic voice.

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Wendy Brightbill

Wendy's latest class offering is Playing Big Botanical.

Wendy’s website is wendybrightbill.com

You can find her classes at class.wendybrightbill.studio

Her instagram is @wendybrightbill

You can also find her on Facebook.

Her etsy shop is A Girl and Her Brush.

Here is the link to her FREE class 30 Days of Creative Practice.

This is her latest class called Playing Big Botanical.

Here are some great takeaways from this episode:

  1. This first one is actually something Wendy mentioned before we started recording, and it’s such great advice, I wanted to include it here. Wendy suggests offering a free class on your website. That will allow people to get to know you, you’ll gain a sense of trust from them, and they will understand your teaching style. That will make them more likely to sign up for one of your paid classes.
  2. Artwork can be done because you love the process of making, and you don’t need to worry about what the final product will be.
  3. You need to just show up for your artwork. For Wendy, that means continuing to paint, continuing to post it on Instagram and other places, and continuing to just be an artist, every day.
  4. Wendy believes that every time she creates an art class, she gets better as an artist. It allows her to tap into something differently than she normally would. That’s a great reason to make classes!
  5. Wendy started teaching classes through another artist’s website. That was an easier way to start because they will support you and walk you through what you need to do. The first of these sites that she used is jeanneoliver.com.
  6. Wendy now hosts her classes through Teachable and they are accessed right through her website.
  7. If Wendy is offering a big class, she may start promoting it as much as two months out.
  8. Yupo paper does not absorb the paint, it just sits on top of it. So it’s a great choice if you’d like your paint to really flow across the surface.
  9. You can use acrylics mixed with light molding paste and applied with a palette knife to give your painting a thicker appearance.
  10. Just keep making art. You really want to establish a practice of creating art.

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