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Posted July 21st, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

Coaching- It’s Not Just For Athletes

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

What do you think of when you hear the word coaching? Basketball players, soccer players, sweaty locker rooms with a bunch of athletes getting yelled at?

Well, this week I’m off to Asheville for my mastermind retreat with  one of my coaches, Christine Kane.   And I assure you , there will be no sweaty athletes there.  We will be spending 2 days focusing on our next steps, goals, mindsets and overall big picture on our businesses.  I’m very excited, but sad too, because this is the last one after working with her for 2 years.  I’ve made so many great friends and gotten such huge support for my dreams.

  I hope you get support for whatever it is that matters most to you, because without it, we just tend to drift along.  Fear, lack of confidence, misconceptions all get in the way.  A good coach can help you bust all that up.  Yeah, you have to do the work, but you don’t have to re-invent the wheel!  

Here’s  just one result I have gotten from working with my coaches:  I have been writing articles and submitting them to Quilting Arts magazine.  I finally got one in the DEC/JAN issue.  So stay tuned about that!

 At this point, I’d like to humbly suggest either my Private Coaching Program for art quilters who are serious about their art making (see below).  But also, I’m adding the Master Art Quilters Guild, the new group coaching program, for those of you who like to work with others.  You may have seen the email about it last week, but in case you didn’t, just click HERE for more info.

That’s it from me, hope you have a wonderful, creative week!


 

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too! CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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Coming About
Posted July 14th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

Coming About

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers! Have you ever been on a sailboat?  I love the quiet, the smell of the ocean, the concentration on which way the wind is blowing and is the sail luffing?  We sailors have a term called “coming about”.  It means when you are changing direction or tacks according to a change in the wind, or to take advantage of the wind.  The mainsail needs to swing quickly across the bow, and the sailor needs to say “Coming About!”, less the other folks in the boat get whacked by the sail and catapulted into the sea.  Everyone aboard needs to coordinate their body weight and movements quickly so the boat doesn’t capsize.

It’s mid -Summer and I like to pause and reflect about the year so far.  How’s your year going?  What are you most proud of?  What would you still like to accomplish in the days ahead?  Is it time for you to “come about” in some area of your life?

This is not a rhetorical question.  I challenge you (gently) to ask yourself, and share below in the comments what you most truly want to be, do and have in the next 3-6 months.

Ok, I’ll start, since I brought it up!  I intend to be more calm, centered and find joy in everyday things.  I would like more than anything to move people with my art work so much that they collect it for their home or place of work.  I plan to research and find gallery representation to help me with that. And finally, I wish to share all that I know with you, my readers, and fellow artists so that we can together bring joy and beauty to the world around us.

It’s my firm belief that the world with all it’s war, poverty, and suffering needs artists.  The more artists the better.  We are the dreamers, the visionaries, the creators.  We inspire, lead and teach others. Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now….

So tell me, what’s your most fervent wish for yourself, your art making or your whatever makes you tick?  Let’s start a good thread here and keep the conversation going.  Be brave. After all, isn’t that what making art is all about?  Expressing yourself.

Ok, it’s back to the studio for me.  I’m working on quilting my abstracts, and dreaming up new art.  Here’s a pic of the new one:

Coming About

Coming About

 

I think I’ll call it Coming About, inspired by sailing on a blue ocean, and changing direction with the wind.

Speaking of the ocean, how about a beachy challenge?  If you love the beach like I do, and have always wanted to make a beach themed art quilt, I’m issuing a challenge for the next month or so.  Anyone can participate, regardless of skill level.  As an added bonus, .a lucky winner gets a free 1 hour art quilt coaching session with moi. Sounds fun?  It will be, let me know in the comments if you are in.

 

ROXY RECOMMENDS  See my work and purchase it at Cary Gallery of Artists

Energy Series & little art quilt cubes

Energy Series & little art quilt cubes

Follow Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art’s board textures on Pinterest.


 

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too! CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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improved sea scape
Posted July 8th, 2014 by Roxane Lessa

July Sunday Art Quilting Salon!

Hi Everyone! A big welcome to all the new readers!

SUNDAY ART QUILTING SALON

is coming up this Sunday.  Reserve your spot NOW before I run out of space. Last time we worked together to give each other ideas for improving a UFO.  Example:  one of the ladies was working on an undersea piece.  She had some lovely elements that weren’t showing up, because they were melting into the background.  (Reminder: previous post on Valuing Value).

Black and white before picture

Black and white before picture

Notice how the reeds on the right side are disappearing.  We also decided the upper right corner needed something with a darker value to relate it to the bottom half of the piece.  So here’s what she did:

improved sea scape

improved sea scape

See how the lighter value green reeds stand out now?  And the little purple fishies at the top add a bit of dark and interest to the top area.  Well done!  It’s so lively and fun, don’t you think?

If you would like some help with designing your own art quilt or are stuck with a UFO, bring it along to the next Sunday Salon.  It will be July 13th from 1-4 pm. Get some one-on-one coaching, and group advice from the other artists. We’ll have ice tea and lots of fun!  And let’s not forget, you can now buy gorgeous fabric for your art work at Cary Quilting Co. during the salon.  Just click here to reserve your spot.

ROXY RECOMMENDS  See my work and purchase it at Cary Gallery of Artists

Energy Series & little art quilt cubes

Energy Series & little art quilt cubes

Follow Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art’s board textures on Pinterest.


 

PRIVATE ART QUILTING MASTERY COACHING

I want you to make the most amazing, original art quilts that you can.  That is why I am now accepting private students who are serious about their creative expression in the world of art quilting.  Take advantage of my 15+ years as a textile artist, and speed up your learning curve. To work with me privately, please set up your initial, no obligation,  free Get Creative Call here: Schedule Appointment You can find out more by clicking on the Testimonials and Private Coaching tabs to the right in the sidebar or at the menu at the top. Did You Know? That I am on Pinterest?  Did you know that there are many amazing art quilts and traditional quilts being pinned every day, just waiting for you to look at? Never before has so much inspiration been in one place.  It’s like having an art museum in your hands.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are many, many types of things being pinned. It’s super easy to get started.  You can take a look at my pins, which are organized on different “boards” HERE.  Once you are on that page, you can click on the Get Started Button to make your own page on Pinterest.  Then start pinning!  I can spend a lot of time on Pinterest, because it’s all visual.  And I have a feeling, you will too! CUSTOM COMMISSIONS And don’t forget, I make custom commissions too! Read what my client Glenda had to say about her custom commission experience: “Normally, I would be anxious about commissioning someone to do a work of art such as this. However, I felt a connection to you when Leigh showed me your work. It resonated with me and when I met you, you seemed almost a personification of your work. I immediately felt comfortable with you and knew that what you would create would be stunning. And it is!” About Roxane Roxane-Web-Images-007 Roxane is a full time studio textile artist and teacher with two girls and 1 fat cat. She is a 2012 Niche Award Winner and exhibits her work all over the world. Her work is in several private collections and loves doing custom commissions.  For more info go to http://roxanelessa.com. If you and a small group of folks want a more private instruction experience, call me. We can work out a studio workshop in my studio. Just drop me an email: roxane@roxanelessa.com Permission to duplicate: You certainly can use this blog, just be sure to credit me and include this link, Roxane Lessa. Hey, if you like this blog, please hit the FB or Twitter icon in the top right sidebar and share with others! That’s why they are there…..:)

 

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