What makes me an Artist

I want to hear what makes you an artist. Tell me in the comments below and you will get a chance to win a free spot in my upcoming Art of the Selfie class.

Enter by October 9, 2015 at 11:59 EST!  The winner will be notified on October 10th.  (If you’ve already registered for the course and you are the lucky winner, I will refund your tuition or give you a gift certificate for my next class.)

Deconstructed Stencil
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #7

Here is a very simple technique to spice up your stenciling. I’m going to show you how to use a single Donna Downey signature stencil on multiple surfaces to create a fun new image, then finish it off with words from another one of Donna’s signature designs. (This is a great way to use some of those Gelli prints you’ve made that you’re not sure what to do with or to bust some of your old scrapbook paper stash!)

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I Grew it Myself
Donna Downey 2015 Artist Gang #6

In 1987, I meet my wife with what I thought was the best pick-up line ever. Unfortunately, it was based on a lie (which she immediately discerned), and it took me over 28 years to make good on that line. Watch how I redeem myself in this instructional video.

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I Grew it Myself

Colors I used…


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Art of the Selfie –
My first online class starts
October 12, 2015!


Our face reveals (and sometimes obscures) so much. As the current fascination with “selfies” attests, humans are endlessly fascinated by catching glimpses of ourselves “as we really look.” In this 6-week journey we will explore the “selfie” as something more than just a photo that you snap of yourself on your mobile device. Self-portraits actually have a rich history and tradition in art. Self-portraits reveal important glimpses into an artist’s world view, conception of self, and expression of style. By creating our own mixed-media “selfies,” we will join a time-honored tradition and – in the process – have the chance to discover a bit more of who we are. We will use paint, collage, pastels, and a variety of other materials and techniques to create a series of six personal 12″ X 12″ self-portraits on wooden panels. You will end up with a mini gallery ready for immediate display.

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detail -He thought he looked spiffy in his new bow tie

He thought he looked spiffy in his new bow tie

50 by 50 painting #03

For this painting, I decided to work large. I used a sheet of 22″X30″ sheet of watercolor paper. I found there was a freedom in working this large, at an easel. And I think he looks spiffy too!

Here’s what I did: