Roxanne says: "Color Meditation Daily Practice by Lisa Solomon is great if you only have 5 minutes a day and you feel like you’re not really an artist because you can’t draw or paint. This class guides you through daily exercises that add a little bit of color and quiet time to your day. It's no problem if you don’t have the fancy watercolor sets that they show. I was able to do most of the exercises with a kids Crayola watercolor set, but if you don’t have that, I was even able to do most of it with ball-point pens in a few different colors! Don’t have watercolor paper? I tried it with both copy paper and magazine subscription cards. You could even use old envelopes or junk mail. This class isn’t about the end product, it’s about taking 5 minutes a day to distract your mind in a simple and colorful way."
Roxanne says: "Pam Garrison and Jennifer Mercede are two artists who work side by side on the same pieces of artwork. They teach Daily Abstract Painting Prompts: Working Collaboratively which you can do a little bit each day or “binge watch" for 2.5 hours since all of the prompts are already available. The main appeal of this class is that the emphasis is on fun. This is a class geared toward anyone who is intimidated by the idea of abstract art. The expectation to create a “great work of art” is dismissed at the start and that takes a lot of pressure off and lets you just experiment and have fun. I found days 27 to 30 particularly helpful because they gave me guidelines to learn to evaluate my art — including techniques like balancing color and shape, pattern repetition, and where your eye goes in a painting. Mostly though, they emphasize trusting your instincts. If you don’t want to commit to this class, Creativebug also films 30 minute live shows focusing on different techniques. One of these is the Collaboration Challenge where Pam and Jennifer work on 2 canvases for 30 minutes and every 2 minutes they switch canvases. It's fun to watch and our family is definitely going to give it a try."