Showing posts with label alena hennessy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label alena hennessy. Show all posts

March 9, 2014

3 x 5 on Friday Artist Interviews : Alena Hennessy, Francesca Iannaccone, Christina Rosalie

I recently posted 3 new interview with inspiring artists in my 5 on Friday Interview series on my new blogYou can check them all out here

Also, don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter, where I include links to my weekly artist interviews and you'll be sure not to miss out :)

Among our recent guests: Alena Hennessy, an artist based in Asheville, North Carolina who enchants with her magical mixed media paintings, lovely online classes, and fabulous workshops held worldwide! 

Alena is author of a fabulous book as well - Cultivating Your Creative Life - and the good news is that Alena's has a new book coming out this September! Alena shares many more details about upcoming retreats and other fun things in her interview here.

Francesca Iannacone is an artist and designer from the UK (aka mrs eliot books) + she is simply a lovely person and I adore her artwork :) Francesca lives in North London with her husband and two boys - I'm delighted that she could join us for an interview and share her beautiful prints and designs with us here.

I've also been delighted to welcome Christina Rosalie, a Vermont based writer, artist, creative consultant, and author of A Field Guide to Now : notes on mindfulness and life in the present tense - a gorgeous, inspiring book written and illustrated by Christina (I loved it!). See more of Christina's beautiful artwork and read her inspiring words here.

If you love artist interviews, yummy recipes, e-course + workshop news, be sure to get all my goodies, including my weekly 5 on Friday artist interviews in your inboxwhen you subscribe to my newsletter here.

Sunny hugs from Berlin,

September 1, 2012

Creative Courage Soul Sisters : Part I

There are loads of creative e-courses out these days, I know. A unique strength of Creative Courage is the huge variety of fresh, talented guests I gather to share with us each session. 

I'm so very honored to have these amazing women join us on our new journey this September! Each week, my course features two exclusive interviews where our Soul Sisters will share their secrets on how they have realized their creative goals. Spaces are filling quickly for this session, so please don't hesitate to sign up here

The next session starts in September (my last Creative Courage session for 2012), and I'm delighted to introduce the following incredible guests who will be joining us:


Alena Hennessy does what she loves best, living life as a working artist, author, and teacher. She is deeply inspired to teach others the creative process and to find their own unique voice though art making. She also has a passion for free movement, yoga, plant spirit medicine, and the healing arts.

Alena's book Cultivating Your Creative Life: How to Find Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist, published by Quarry Books, is now available and she is also leading an online workshop called Abundant Wild Life starting in October. 
Her prints and gift-wares can be found through out the US and abroad. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries in major cities though out the United States and has received press from several publications including DwellThe Washington PostReadyMadeRedbookME Home CompanionVictoria, and Natural Health magazine.

Christine Mason Miller is a Santa Barbara based writer, artist, illustrator, seeker, explorer, and author of several books including Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World and Ordinary Sparkling Moments

Christine's mission to inspire has provided the foundation for all of her creative work; the desire to encourage others to pursue their passions and create a meaningful life is the common thread throughout an expansive body of work that includes mixed media collage, commercial illustration, photography, writing, teaching and speaking. 

Arounna Khounnoraj is a cofounder of bookhou, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Toronto, that emphasizes natural handmade materials, editor of the poetic bookhou at home online journal. Together with her husband she creates furniture, textile accessories and home goods, they started the company 10 years ago and currently run their practice out of a studio/storefront in Toronto, Canada.

Arounna’s work includes drawing, sculpture, ceramics and fiber-arts, with a particular focus on screen-printed textiles. In addition, she has also spent 15 years teaching art and design in various institutions inspiring students at all levels from children to college and university.

Combining her studio, shop and home, Arounna has found a way to live a creative life, and to make it part of her everyday experience. 

Victoria Smith is a design expert, photographer, writer, and editor of sfgirlbybay, one of the West Coast's leading design blogs. She is a contributing writer to uppercaseanthology, and 7×7 magazines, and she has also worked as a freelance art buyer and stylist producing photo shoots for advertising agencies and designers on accounts such as condé nast publications, including high profile home and shelter magazines dominoarchitectural digesthouse & gardengourmet and bon appetít.

Victoria has 1/2 million followers on pinterest which include influencers like oprah winfrey and ellen degeneres. She was just mentioned in this forbe’s magazine article: “new web 2.0 phenomenon pinterest saw its success finally take off after after partnering with influential blogger sfgirlbybay.”

Heather Moore is an illustrator, writer and designer from Cape Town, South Africa, creator of the design label Skinny laMinx, owner of the Skinny laMinx store & studio and extremely successful Skinny laMinx online shop

Visit Heather's blog at to find out more about her work, and you can watch a beautiful Etsy produced video profile about her home, studio and work here. (You will love Heather's gorgeous South African accent too!)

Alicia Paulson is a Portland, Oregon based designer, writer, photographer, crafter, and charming, delightful multi-talent. She is the author of the books Stitched in Time and Embroidery Companion, and  the creator of the lush, beautiful Posie gets cozy blog.

Alicia's drop dead gorgeous photographs and her gift with words never fail to cheer me up, to make me hungry, and to desperately want to visit Portland, Oregon. Be sure to visit Alicia here.

Thank you lovelies for taking part!

And I hope you will join us starting in September! Be sure to register today to save your spot here.

Hugs from sunny Berlin and Part II on the way...



August 16, 2012

Creative Courage Fall Session Now Open!


Hi lovelies! I'm delighted to open registration today for our next session of Creative Courage! 

Our Fall Session will run from September 24, 2012 - November 2nd, 2012. I'd love for you to join us! Be sure to sign up today to get your Early Bird Discount.

Creative Courage is an international e-course for women around the world, and I've designed it as a practical guide to help you start making your creative goals real.

As always, I've invited 12 expert guests to join us for brand new, fresh, and exclusive Creative Courage interviews.

I'm thrilled with the amazing group of women who will be joining us! 

Here is a peek at our Fall Session Creative Courage featured interview list:

Alena Hennessy - internationally known artist, designer, illustrator, and author of the gorgeous, new book Cultivating Your Creative Life: Exercises, Activities, and Inspiration for finding Balance, Beauty, and Success as an Artist

Victoria Smith - design expert, photographer, writer, and editor of sfgirlbybay, one of the West Coast's leading design blogs, contributor to many major art and design magazines

Lisa Sonora Beam - mixed media artist, writer, workshop leader, adventurer, and author of The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real

Alicia Paulson - crafter, writer, photographer, multi-talent and author of Stitched in TimeEmbroidery Companion, and creator of the lush, beautiful Posie gets cozy

Christine Mason Miller - artist, illustrator, seeker, explorer, and author of several books including Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World and Ordinary Sparkling Moments

Heather Moore - illustrator and designer from Cape Town, South Africa, creator of the design label Skinny laMinx, owner of the Skinny laMinx store & studio and extremely successful Skinny laMinx online shop

Arounna Khounnoraj - cofounder of bookhou, a multidisciplinary design studio based in Toronto, that emphasizes natural handmade materials, editor of the poetic bookhou at home online journal

Patricia Zapata - designer, illustrator, creator of A Little Hut and Zapata Design boutiques, author of Home, Paper, Scissors: Decorative Paper Accessories for the Home, guest on HGTV's That's Clever

Eleanor Mayrhofer - owner of e.m.papers, designer of unique, printable stationery, paper goods, and invitations, featured in Apartment Therapy, Martha Stewart Weddings, and BRIDES magazine

Heather Braun-Dahl - painter and ceramic artist based in Vancouver, creator of Dahlhaus and the Dahlhaus art shop, featured in InStyle, style at home, and House and Home magazines

Candy Glendening - textile artist and creator of Candied Fabrics, featured in Dyeing to Stitch, a DVD filmed on the set of Quilting Arts TV, prolific art quilter, designer, and author

Susan Schwake - artist, illustrator, owner and artistic director of artstream studios, a contemporary gallery and workshop space, author of the popular new book Art Lab for Kids

These powerful ladies from around the world will share their secrets with us on how they have published books, built online businesses, created workshops and e-courses, opened stores/galleries, been featured for incredible press opportunities, and are now thriving as successful artists, authors, crafters, photographers, and designers.

Creative Courage is 6 weeks of fun, color, inspiration, tools, and resources to kick start your creative life!

Our topics include:
  • clarifying and believing in your creative dreams 
  • pushing through your fears and developing your self-confidence
  • fresh ideas on how to earn more money with your art and creative skills
  • building an online presence to grow your career as an artist
  • making connections and finding press opportunities to spread the word about your work
  • creating artwork without inhibition and how to avoid getting stuck
  • nurturing your body and soul to increase your creativity
  • avoiding burnout and promoting balance in your life
  • finding positive support for your work and building a community 
  • connecting and collaborating with others to energize your creative business
  • developing helpful strategies for time management for busy women
  • and much more! 

I've added new, bonus material for this session as well:
  • tips for using certain colors in your home and studio areas to activate your creativity
  • an expanded bibliography and resource list for continued learning
  • brand new exercises to boost your personal courage and creative spirit

I'll be sharing my experiences as an artist, published illustrator, working mom, and American expat living in Germany. I'll also tell you how my family and I do our best to juggle it all and make our lives more creative, interesting, and rewarding.

You'll be able to connect with like-minded women in our private Creative Courage Facebook and Flickr groups. This supportive, community spirit is one of the very best parts of Creative Courage!

When you sign up for Creative Courage, you will receive:

  • inspirational, visually inspiring daily posts (Monday - Friday) on a private website to encourage, support, and help you start turning your creative dreams into reality
  • weekly video featuring my personal tips for each week's topic
  • colorful PDF worksheets to download, use, and keep forever
  • fun, helpful activities to help clarify your thoughts and strengthen your self-confidence
  • abundant resources with links so that you can explore each topic in depth
  • exclusive, in-depth interviews with an amazing group of 12 of today's top creative experts
  • access to a community of international, like-minded, supportive creative explorers who share your wish of living a richer, fuller, more colorful and joyful life
For more detailed information about the course and to read what previous participants have to say, please visit my Creative Courage information page here.

I encourage you to register for the Creative Courage e-course, open your mind and heart, and start listening to your deepest, truest wishes for your life. 

I'd love for you to take part in the Creative Courage e-course! Get six weeks of fun, color, encouragement, inspiration, love, access to a supportive community, plus 12 exclusive expert interviews for only $99.

Our Fall Session will run from September 24th - November 2nd, 2012.

To sign up for Creative Courage, simply click on the Add To Cart button below to secure a space and complete your registration. You'll be redirected to PayPal to complete your payment, and then you'll receive a welcome and confirmation email from me.

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Thanks so much for your interest, and I look forward to beginning our next session of Creative Courage in September with you



October 6, 2011

alena hennessy : artists who blog

Alena Hennessy is an artist, designer, and author based in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Her extremely popular artwork, designs, apparel, and accessories can be found online and in stores throughout the US, and she is currently working on a new book. Enjoy Alena's sense of humor and lovely artwork in this special interview today!

Alena's blog:
Alena's website:
Alena's shop:
Alena's facebook:

Why did you decide to become an artist and could you imagine doing anything else? If so, what? 

Since I was tiny I have been drawing so its hard for me to say why I "decided" to be an artist. It chose me in a way. But in terms of choosing it as a career, I think I saw there was a real possibility to support yourself creatively via the web. I got inspired by what other artists were doing and knew that I liked to do the same things and so I wanted to give it a real go. I am so grateful I did and when I did, too. I am sure I could do other things too. I love to dance and write (OK those are still considered forms of artistic expression), but maybe teach at a college level or do traveling/consulting or humanitarian work. I once had a job doing window displays and that was pretty fun.

Do you still believe "do what you love and the money will come?"

Absolutely! Its been true in my life and a part of the current book I am writing.

How has the Internet influenced your work as an artist? 

It's what got me started. I am constantly inspired by what other artists/crafters/designers are doing around the world. It keeps us connected and able to support one another. It's a vital tool for visual artists.

Please name 3 of your favorite blogs and tell us why these blogs are special.

design*sponge - I love how Grace has evolved her blog over the years. She wrote about my work the first day my website was live so I feel very loyal to her.

Delicious Days - If you like to cook, this is the blog for you. Its fabulous. I also love blogs that are photo heavy.

Wit & Delight This is kinda random but I like the layout of this blog. I almost used it for my own in fact. There are so many blogs out there, it is nice to change up the design.

What is your greatest fear and what do you do to overcome it?

Wow, well I have a few for sure! I was married for many years and went through a divorce several years back. I am dating some and had one serious relationship since then. So its something to the tune of ending up alone or not falling in love again. Ah, so sad I know.... but I am hopeful! I keep myself in positive thoughts and perception and try to see reality as it is and practice feeling grateful. Opening yourself up to gratitude is an amazing way to shift your state of mind.

Who would you like to trade places with for one day? Why?

Matt Damon's wife?! Haha just kidding. I think Mother Theresa honestly. I greatly admire her humanitarian work and ability to unconditionally love all people.

What are your secrets for managing your time wisely?

Being able to multi-task with ease. Also, prioritizing and working on things in a steady fashion.

If you could live anywhere in the world – all expenses paid – for one year, where would that be? Why?

Oh wow, fabulous question and yet so difficult to answer! Maybe Bali and can I also say Paris? I need to satisfy both sides of personality: one that loves Eastern culture and natural beauty and the other that loves, well, anything Parisian.

How do you maintain a healthy balance between your professional and private life?

I do not have Internet at home and its the best decision ever! But I do come to my studio quite often. If I do not balance the two, I can get kinda wonky so I make sure to keep balanced with play time. Plus I adore my friends and family.

What are your top 5 goals that you’d like to accomplish within the next 5 years? 

One I am accomplishing right now which feels totally amazing and daunting and that is writing a book.

Another is to be a homeowner once again. I love having your own place to call home and to tend a garden and all that domestic bliss stuff.

A third would be to travel more for my work, to teach workshops or to do book signings (especially in Europe!).

A fourth would be to marry Matt Damon. OK kidding.

And my most important goal overall in life is to continue to enjoy it as much as possible.

What is your advice for someone who would like to turn his or her creative dreams into reality?

Stay true, stay focused and know what you want. "Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains" ~William Penn

Thank you Alena! I can't wait to see and read your new book! xo


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