Grunge, Ink Presale on NOW-Save 15.00!

Grunge, Ink Presale on NOW-Save 15.00!
New Open Ended Online Class begins 9/12/14

NEW Online Class: "Extreme Portraits"

NEW Online Class: "Extreme Portraits"
Now open ended. Join in anytime!

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

She's A Girl That's Untangling




A few months ago as I was preparing for my first round of classes at Art Is You in Memphis--I took out my watercolors and practiced working on my "Girl Untangled" and couldn't help but notice how delicious these colors were sitting on my palette almost like little jars of hard candy ready for consumption.   Watercolors were my first love when I started painting years ago. I loved the free flowing movement you could achieve that was somewhat unpredictable and a bit softer around the edges.   At the time, I just needed to flow with out barriers. Working in that medium allowed me to do just that. Funny how you are drawn creatively to exactly what you need when you need it (if you are open to that type of inspiration)

You can see from my original sample that the background is a melding of many different colors but the added surprise elements come from the doodles and candy like colors surrounding this "Girl Untangled".   In addition to first loving watercolors, I have always loved doing portraits and have seen an evolution of myself with each and every one that I do.   Creating portraits whether realistic or stylized can be another way to immerse yourself into an almost meditative state of creativity. At least for me, I almost make up stories about my subjects.  I've been told that many look like me. Not that I go around with head dresses or crazy jewelry or outfits (well maybe sometimes), but it's hard not to capture your own likeness at times even in the smallest of ways.


Not all watercolor artists use pen in their work, but we aren't regular artists, are we?  As a mixed media artist, I tend to try new things a lot, see what works, what doesn't, and push the boundaries from the traditional method of operation.    Doodling and watercolor seem to go hand in hand to me.  It is fairly portable, a great way to get lost, and most definitely a fun way to de-stress while still creating beautiful pieces of art that aren't exactly 'traditional'.
I'll be teaching this class again in October at Art is You in Stamford, Ct. If you are looking to explore watercolor (we will be using Twinkling H20's that I will be providing for you!!),  doodling and portraiture, consider taking this class with me.  We touch on drawing facial features so that you have a well rounded understanding on how to not just paint, but draw your "Girl Untangled" as well. I step out each of the steps for you and with you before we go on to our main project.
As you can see from this picture and my sample projects, I am one that uses a lot of color, even in my faces.  I don't know about you, but even without makeup, my skin tone is about 40 colors. :)  I can help you think outside the box and explore the 'not-so-traditional'.  You don't have to follow a formula.  You can just be you.  We will be working on traditional watercolor paper for this class, and truly, other than a few brushes and some pens--I have most everything taken care of for you.
Consider joining me and see how you can combine Twinkling H20s (watercolors), doodling, and portrait work in a relaxing atmosphere full of creative types just like you.  You'll walk in the class room by yourself or with a friend and walk out a new person with a new sisterhood of people just like you (oh and a super cool work of art, too!).

Take a look at some of the lovely students from Memphis and their girls in progress.  You can do this, too!    To find out more information on this class offering: Girl Untangled  click HERE.


UPDATE--PLEASE NOTE:  Registration for Art Is You this October in Stamford, CT  closes September 15th!!!! You need to register before then to get the classes of your choice and participate in the event.  (You can add on classes later if avail and not sold out..but you have to pick your main selections before the closing date of September 15th).
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My other classes at Art is You:
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Monday, September 01, 2014

Is There A Right Answer?

It was recently asked of me by a business coach,  am I an Artist who Teaches, or a Teacher who is an Artist?  My first response was that I am an Artist who Teaches but then as the discussion dug down deeper about what I do and why I do what I do...the question surfaced again,  "So I ask you again, are you an Artist who Teaches or a Teacher who is an Artist? Because you do realize all we have talked about for the last hour is about your teaching!"   I never really thought about it in those terms before and I'm not sure that there is any one right answer, but I do know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching art to my students who after several years of doing this --are all scattered throughout the world.  Some, I'm lucky enough to have met in person but even those who I connect with online are are ones that I'm blessed to have in my life. I'm lucky all the way around, whichever way you look at it and whoever it is I am, or whoever it is that I've become. I enjoy both creating art, and teaching about it.



I love seeing my students smiles when they are having fun and in their element. Or hearing about a breakthrough when they create something they didn't think they could do when first walking through the door.   I enjoy  them quietly (or not so quietly!!! )  share stories and getting to know one another as the day(s) progress during a workshop and retreat.

I feel compelled to share my own stories so that the students feel that we are connected in ways that they hadn't ever realized so that they know that they can do this or that too!   It isn't that hard once you roll up your sleeves and dig in.  You took the first step by showing up, now allow your muse to appear on the canvas. She may not be pretty at first but as you work through that awkward stage, you will come out on the other side to something amazing!  There are always many breakthroughs, some easier than others to work past but they are all, they are ALL....worth it!

Admittedly, I don't know all the rules or even all the answers but I will share with you practices and techniques I've come to favor and employ in my own work-the why behind what I do, what I use, and how I do it is shared and broken down so that you feel empowered to create from whatever stage in the journey you are on. There is something for everyone to learn, every day, and every time.

I teach you how to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes because Lord knows I make enough myself but I don't give up. Even when I give up, I don't give up if that makes sense. I figure out how to move past a slip up and turn it into a "Holy cow, I can't believe this worked or look at what this turned into now!".  Some of my best discoveries have come from mistakes or some of my best paintings were ones that I renovated the second or third time around.

Honestly, it is hard to master anything in one day or a several hours but I strive to give you the tools that you need when you walk out  of the classroom (or finish an online workshop) to lay the foundation to mastery, and the knowledge to realize that mastery is hardly ever found because we ALL continue to grow and evolve the more and more we do something.     I hope I give you, the student,  confidence to know that you are more than capable of greatness.   That is a secret sauce that goes into what I do when I teach.

I hope that when I teach you, you see that even seemingly simply design has many layers of love and time put into it. That good things don't just happen immediately but they do happen with more work, more love, more details, and more time put into them.  I hope that when I ask you to find that place that makes you happy when you create, you dig deep and find somewhere you can build on as you compose your own mini masterpiece that makes you smile while you immerse yourself in the process.

Going back to the original question, am I an Artist who Teaches, or a Teacher is an Artist--I think the answer is clear. I am a Teacher who at the core of her being,  couldn't do what she does without being an artist first and foremost.  They are all connected. I hope I can connect with you if you are ready to be one of my students now or in the future. Either way, we are connected and not that different from one another, I've seen and heard it many times over.   I know this above all, I enjoy what I do immensely and I have passion for who I've become and can't wait to share it with anyone who is willing to participate, listen, and create with me-or on the flip side, collect and cherish the art I've brought into this world.

That's the mark I've made so far in this journey.   The calling, the purpose after the main purpose which is to be a mother to my boys.  It's all connected in many ways. :)  I hope you find a calling or purpose that fills your heart with passion.



(All the above pictures feature classes I'll be teaching at Create in Dallas Texas in about 2 weeks!!!)

Waterflowing Selfie,  Mini City,  Glazed and Not so Confused, Angelic Inspirations,  and Ornamental--can be purchased through the Create Texas Website. Stop by HERE to find more information. PLUS I will also be vending at the artist faire that Friday evening. 

Dates for the event are September 17th-21st , 2014.



There are many opportunities to learn and enjoy yourself in one of my many classes over the next few months both in person and online! I'm going to feature some of those events/classes over the next few days so stay tuned!!!    My newest online class is being released,  September 12th.  We are offering a pre-sale price on this workshop  "Grunge Ink" through the opening so don't miss out on the opportunity to explore contemporary abstracts on a unique surface!

Stop here for more details and to register :)  

Monday, August 04, 2014

Believe it or Not...I do write a Newsletter Occasionally:)

Lots of great information in this one, including a short story on embracing what you do..even if you don't know why you are drawn to do it in the first place.


Click here to read more!



To subscribe to my future issues, click on the top left button on the newsletter screen and you'll be taken to the page to subscribe.  Easy peezy! :)

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Podcast: Online Video Teaching (An interview with me hosted by Cara from Icreateflix)

I don't do interviews often but when I do...I guess I have a lot to say!!   This is a jam packed podcast with my friend Cara over at Icreateflix.com.   Cara called me up to chat about art,  following your dreams and  how I got started teaching online art classes (PLUS lots of great tips for YOU if you decide to follow that same path).  

Here's more from Cara's intro on the episode:

*WARING THIS IS AN EXTRA LONG EPISODE OVER 1 1/2 HOURS PACKED FULL OF CONTENT ABOUT ONLINE VIDEO TEACHING ALL OUR EPISODES ARE USUALLY UNDER AN HOUR BUT THIS WAS TO JUICY TO CUT DOWN
Join Jodi Ohl and I today as we talk about the Hot Topic  “Online Video Teaching”.  Jodi has done over 16 online courses and I am the content developer for iCreateFlix.com, where I support many artists from around the country who offer their content online.
 In this extra special episode Jodi and I talk candidly about building your class, filming it and then the editing process. You will want to grab your pen and paper to take notes on this one!
Jodi is not only a full time mixed media artist but also a wonderful teacher who travels the country teaching art at live events and retreats. She has been and continues to be published in various major publications regularly. She became a full time artist two years ago and hasn’t looked back since as she is “Living The Creative Life” everyday.
VISIT www.iCreateFlix HERE:
To see classes Jodi offers on icreateflix.com visit:
* Please note the last 10 mins of programing we experience audio difficulties which is were we are talking about one of the retreats that Jodi is a founder in called REME to find out more about this retreat visit here:

Here's our podcast:  (click the image to be taken to blog talk radio)



Check out my latest class,  Twinks on Yupo over on Icreateflix!  Sale price now through 8/4--save 15.00!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In the Creative Spotlight!

Well isn't this just the coolest....I had a big ole feature today on Icreateflix.com's newsletters!!


If you have a moment, check it out and see what Cara's braggin on me for today :)))

Thanks Cara for the spotlight!! 

To see what the big DEALIO is, click HERE!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Twinks On Yupo with- Jodi Ohl Beginner Workshop by Jodi Ohl - iCreateFlix.com



Just a quickie post to let you know I'm running a super special on one of my online classes. We are expanding our audience by offering this fun filled water media class over at Icreateflix.com.   Officially the class opens on 8/1/14. When you pre-register, we are offering a 15.00 discount off the regular price.  You will have extended access of this class over at Icreateflix which is HUGE.!   Work at you own pace, 24/7!







Did I mention the fact that the folks over at Colourarte are offering the first students to sign up for Twinks on Yupo  a 90 day coupon that can be used multiple times for supply purchases on their webstore?  Order from their extensive catalog of over 200 Twinkling H20 colors!!



*This class features contemporary watercolor painting using Twinkling H20s on Yupo paper.



What are you waiting for?   Join us today and save!



*After 8/1 the price for the class will be 60.00

23  videos and over 4 hours of content!



*This is a re-release of my class so if you've already taken Twinks On Yupo this is the same content as offered on Colourarte.  Please note, the special offer is only for the class on icreateflix.com :)



Twinks On Yupo with- Jodi Ohl Beginner Workshop by Jodi Ohl - iCreateFlix.com





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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

News and Specials for YOU!

Hello July!   


Lots of fun stuff going on in my neck of the woods, how about you?    Next week I'm heading to New Jersey for the 3rd year teaching at Create Mixed Media Retreats.  Funny how time sneaks up on you, in my head I had all of June to prepare for it, and in a lot of ways I did...samples done, extra inventory for the art show stocked up--but man oh man, where did June go? I'm doing the 'last minute' dance as I speak!  In addition to getting ready for Create (which by the way, there are still seats open in any of my 5 classes~ check out the listings HERE!) If you can't join me in NJ...no fear, I am also going to be in Chicago in August, and Dallas in September.  Check out all of the listings here, and if you have ANY questions just let me know! You can email me at  jodiohl AT hotmail dot com.   As most of my students know by now, I load them up with info, techniques, freebies, prizes and more during the course of each jam packed workshop!
http://newjersey.createmixedmediaretreat.com/ehome/82156/artistinstructors/?&&#O
"Mini City"

https://www.etsy.com/listing/192222444/unique-modern-abstract-painting-full-of?ref=shop_home_active_13
In addition to my funky houses, don't be surprised to see lots of colorful and texture filled abstracts. I'm loving them more and more as I grow as an artist.  Abstracts are a lot harder to do well then most people assume, well I love a challenge and see lots of potential for growth...and maybe even more classes down the road!.    This piece, "Fear Nothing" represents a bit of transformation for me in my style,  yet still remains true to my love for strong, unique color combinations and layers of  juicy texture.  BTW..I'm offering a VERY short term and super duper special in my shop starting today and running through the 4th.  Take 20% off with this code:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JodiOhl

http://www.colourarte.com/online-classes/
Other fun stuff happening in June...I spent the large majority of my time working on my online class, "Extreme Portraits".  Oh my.  The group of students I've had to the pleasure of working with have just been amazing.  I can't believe some of the work that's been created!!!  While the live portion of the class is winding down, it's not too late to join in on the fun as the self study portion is accessible from the time you sign up and on for 12 months. As a teacher, I still am available if you have questions even though it's a self study. What are you waiting for? Sign up here, today!
For the latest classes information, be sure to check out the top tabs on my blog (BTW...there is a few pieces of BIG EXCITING news coming about upcoming workshops...one just may be an INTERNATIONAL ONE!!!!!).
Upcoming workshops in person:
http://sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/p/2014-workshops.html
 More Online classes:
http://sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

Stop by ReMe to win one of two big prizes this week from Jean Skipper!

http://remeretreats.blogspot.com/


 I'm sure there's much more I forgot to mention but I don't want y'all to be as overloaded as me! I'll leave you with this reminder:

Our Dreams are Only One Yes Away...
Follow your heart and put your feet in motion towards them!

Until next time! 
Artfully Yours,
Jodi Ohl

Monday, June 09, 2014

Memories Of May ReMe Blog Hop

http://remeretreats.blogspot.com/2014/06/today-kicks-off-magical-memory-tour-of.html
Today kicks off a "Magical Memory Tour" of our first ReMe Retreat event (experience...retreat..life changing moments..what words truly fit?) where all of the founders of ReMe including myself,  Jean Skipper, Penny Arrowood, and Theresa Zurku   and even some of the students of our May event are sharing some of the wonderful memories that we made just a short month ago, so you can be a part of it all, too!
 Each Monday in June we will be having a blog hop starting on the blogs of each of the participants then landing on our ReMe blog where you also have an opportunity to win a handmade goodie or treasure from our event. The giveaways will all be hosted on ReMe where you simply have to leave a comment to enter to win!  Ez Peezy..right? 


The smile on my face is saying I can not believe that after 2 years of planning, in only a few short hours we are about to embark on a journey of a lifetime. This shot was taken as I waited for my fellow partners in crime down in Whale Bone Junction  Sunday morning prior to the event.   We all caught up with each other there so we could finish of the last of our shopping and put the final details on all the necessities we needed to gather to make this the most memorable event our guests had ever experienced.

You can't help but to get excited about a journey when you are surrounded by sand dunes, water, and anticipation, right??   The Outer Banks is unlike any other place I've been..not that I've been tons of places, but I know we have a treasure of the world right in our back yard here in North Carolina.  

As we all met, finished our shopping--it was time to head on the Hatteras ferry to Ocracoke. That part of the trip itself really set the tone for the week ahead...relaxing, inspiring, anticipatory, and full of pure joy and happiness.  There was no doubt in my mind that we were on our way to create something magical between us...but at the same time, you can't help be just a little anxious. Would everyone get along? Would the event run smoothly?  Would our guests be happy?  Could we actually pull this off??

The answers lie ahead......stop by on the ReMe blog for the rest of the story and to enter to win an original painting of mine!




Friday, June 06, 2014

Live Painting...a peek behind the scenes!

Ya...I had to 'work' the other weekend. Funny how when you do what you love, it doesn't seem like work at all. Not that it's not hard, tiring, draining at times especially when you work for yourself it's hard to know when to draw the line between stopping and starting...but it's also fun, exciting, inspirational, and I'm completely blessed to be able to share what I do with others.
 Spreading the love, one brush stroke at a time. Here's a fun little video of me starting an abstract--36 x 60 during our downtown street festival in Aberdeen, NC. I was asked to put up a booth with my art in it but after just coming back from two major events in Memphis and the Outerbanks, I didn't really have enough work ready to show in a festival but I'm always up for a paint a thon! 

Over the course of 3 hours and really hot temperatures, a gust of wind that toppled the tent and blew over a framed piece I had...I still created with abandon and fun. I took it home and tweaked the details and composition a bit more over the last couple of weeks. At the end of the video you'll see the finished piece. Hope you enjoy and I hope it inspires you to go out and create something with your own hands. It's an amazing feeling. Trust me.    36 x 60 " Aligning Forces"  you can see this piece in person at my friend Bryon Morris's shop that will be opening soon downtown Aberdeen (a custom frame shop a couple doors down from his Barber Shop). Be sure to come back on Monday as I'm kicking off the ReMe blog hop "Memories of May" where we are going to showcase pics from our May ReMe retreat, share thoughts of the experience from our guests and of course there are going to be some fantastic prizes to give away..like for me, I may just be giving away an ORIGINAL painting!! :))) Every Monday in June starting June 9th there will be chances to win big and be a part of the adventure.


Friday, May 30, 2014

A Week In Review....and something New...

Happy Friday~! What a fun week this has been since we last chatted. The boys and I took a mini trip to the amusement park/waterpark near Charlotte and met up with some family we hadn't seen in awhile. We chilled in the evening at a cushy hotel before making the trip back home with a detour at Mary's lake house in Mt. Gilead for more fun in the sun, tubing, wave runners, swimming, cook out and of course just a couple adult beverages with dinner for us old folks:)
All good things and what the doctor ordered after a busy couple of weeks...ummm month or two.

After the super soaker mega fun weekend, back to work this week on tying up loose ends on some projects, gallery filling, I have been focused on and getting my new class rolling over at Dreaming in Color, "Extreme Portraits".

Just a few days in and the students are already doing a great job with their studies and warm ups. As a teacher, I strive hard to give you the whys behind the 'what to do next steps' so that you build a solid foundation of learning, not just for the project at hand but for your future as an artist. This class is loaded with information, challenges, exercises, and technique tips and tricks. It's not too late to join us, why not give Extreme Portraits a shot and go to the coolest school this summer:)
http://www.dreamingcolor.com/arte-village/?course=jodis-new-class


Class Description:
Are you looking for ways to build more depth in your portrait painting? Extreme Portraits is the newest portrait class offered by Jodi Ohl that will help you take your portrait work to the next level, even to a cutting edge extreme. In each of the lessons covering a span of six weeks, you will find easy to follow directions and content that is rich in information that you can use not just in your portrait work, but a variety of mixed media applications.
In the fall of 2012 Jodi released Painterly in Pink, an online class which focused heavily on drawing before painting the mixed media stylized portraits and now we are excited to present the much anticipated offering of Extreme Portraits


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Well that's about it for today unless you want to hear about my adventures in not really dating online..I could tell you some stories about some crazy people that seem to find me..lol   A couple of nice ones but for the most part I've had not the greatest luck. My friend Deb says not to talk like that because I will draw more crazies in towards me if that's what I verbalize so I'm hesitant to say anything other than I can see a 45-50 year old Jared Leto type coming into my life very soon with a beach house, place at the mountains or the propensity to drive to either or for weekend getaways at rentals, a good sense of humor, kind heart, trustworthy with a sense of adventure, along with moral character, handy with things around the house or sense to know when to call in the troops..not a couch potato but not a thrill seeker-great if you love music and can sing or play the guitar...i may be getting to picky here....lol , can grill and cook like Michael Symon but be romantic and must love kids, dogs and icecream.

I'm sure there's more but I need to get back to work :)   

Have a great weekend and never forget to smile, laugh a lot and  don't be afraid of living your life.  This is our one and only chance to make memories:)