Getting Artsy

With Kiplee Art, Everett

Many of you know that I’m a landscape photographer. I’d like to think of myself as a fairly decent one anyway. What you might not know, is that I’m not all that experienced or confident when it comes to other forms of art. I’ve never considered myself as someone who can draw, let alone paint (although, I did paint myself an adorable turtle at Glazed & Amazed in Edmonds last Mother’s Day).

When my mini me, The SnoCo Kid, took up sketching with her friends at school this year, however, I got to thinking it might be time to change that. I do have my cool mom cred to keep up after all and my delicious cookies are only going to get me so far.

Lucky for me, I’d recently begun to follow Everett artist Kippi Lee Leonard (Kiplee Art) on Instagram. Her work spoke to me, not just because it was beautiful, but because she was able to confidently accomplish what I felt I could not, conveying her vision of art using different mediums. From oil and acrylic, and pastel to gelato, charcoal, and alcohol ink, Kippi can make masterpieces from it all, so why couldn’t I.

Even luckier for me, she just so happens to teach art classes. What better way to spend quality time with my daughter, learn something new, and build my art experience and confidence, then being taught by an artist who’s work I absolutely love?

This is where this story starts to get a bit funny. You see, when it came to the various painting classes available, I was very methodical in picking one. My lack of confidence in my art skills made the abstract class “the” choice. How could I mess up something meant to be messy and look like nothing in particular at all?

If you’re thinking the funny part is me managing to mess it up anyway, you would be right. What I produced, versus what everyone else in the class did was very different and far from abstract as far as I was concerned. I wasn’t the best at following directions and put way too much thought it to what I was doing when I shouldn’t have been thinking at all.

I’m not sure I can be faulted for that though as photographers are a detail and thought filled bunch. If you are playing close attention, you probably realized that my finished painting might just look a bit like November’s cover photo, which just so happened to have been taken about two weeks before the class. You’d be right, I was definitely influenced by the Fall colors and landscape of that day, and from that specific location, when painting.

Kipee on the other hand called what I created, “subjective abstract.” Non-confident me spent some time Googling this term once at home and can’t say 

with confidence whether that term and what I painted are really the same thing (although, I did find some paintings under the “abstract” term that are along the lines of mine, so who knows).

Abstract or not abstract question aside, I am happy to report I am quite pleased with what I created. It may not be in the leauge of Kipee’s work, but it’s not half bad and shows that I might just have a knack for more than just photography and no reason to lack artistic confidence. For that, I owe a big thank you to my instructor.

 

The class, and her teaching style, was nothing short of amazing. Sipping mimosas while creating didn’t hurt either. My daughter and I had a blast, as did everyone else there. It was fun, it was silly, and everyone walked away feeling like they had created a work of art. I for one, happen to think that they did.

Most of their work was so awesome, it left me wishing I had followed the directions a bit more and put less thought in my work. There’s always next time though, and I think there will be lots of next times. Then again, I could always pick a class that lets me throw all my thoughts and details out there on the canvas. Only time will tell.

If you are a budding artist, or thinking of trying something new, I highly recommend one of Kiplee’s classes. Besides being a blast, they are affordable and include everything you need to create your own little masterpiece. If you are fortunate enough, you might find that you aren’t to shabby at painting and that it might just be the hobby/profession you hadn’t considered.

As an added bonus, you also get the opportunity to check out some of her own masterpieces on display throughout her home and classroom space.

You can find out more about Kipee, check out her artwork, and sign up for a class at kipleeart.com.

Meet the Artist: Kiplee Lee Leonard

Kipee’s jorurney as an artist began after a trip to Florence , Italy. While there she did as most tourist do, take in the work of Renaissance artists, the masters. It was their artwork that inspired her to buy her first art kit upon returning home, and she hasn’t looked back.

Instead she has spent the last four years experimenting with different mediums and styles. The artwork that has resulted form it is nothing short of amazing and has been featured as part of the Everett Art Walk and local businesses in the city.

Having seen her work in person on more than one occassion (in fact I own the Botanical below), I can attest to the beauty, passion, and thought found in each and every piece.

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