Author: Kelli Folsom

What is your commitment level?

What is your commitment level?

On a scale of 1-10, how committed are you to your art path? I hope you said 10 because that’s really the only level of commitment that works.When we have one foot in and one foot out, it allows us to have a reason to fail, to quit and to play the victim. If you’re finding yourself in any of these states it’s because you’re not 100% committed.Is you’re wobbling on your commitment, what could you do to strengthen it? Amber and ClementineOil on panel, 9" x 12" What would allow you to be totally committed and not look back?I...Read More
The Art of the Rose

The Art of the Rose

I remember a day when trying to paint a rose would make me swear, break a paintbrush and open a bottle of wine. The amount of frustration I’d feel would make me want to give up and avoid them forever! Pink Rose 6" x 6", Oil on panelFrom day 27 of the #stradaeasel challenge Often times I would avoid them for a while to lick my wounds and go back to something easier. Eventually, I’d circle back around and get up the courage to TRY AGAIN. One of my Vital Art Sessions members Pam shared this quote with our group:...Read More
Star of the Show featuring Cindy Mac

Star of the Show featuring Cindy Mac

I was recently accepted into The American Impressionist Society (AIS) Small Works Showcase. The particular painting that was accepted, came on the heels of completing Kelli’s Finding Your Artistic Voice Course. We had just completed the segment on identifying our Mirror Mentors, Artists from past and present who speak to us on a deep level. It was then I was able to reconnect with my deep lifelong passion and identity towards The Impressionists and Art History in general. (It reminded me that the first and only master copy I’ve ever done was of Manet’s Blue Venice Canal painting in 7th...Read More
Sabotaged by Shame?

Sabotaged by Shame?

Are you being sabotaged by shame? I know many of us are participating in the Strada Challenge. Here we are day 22 out of the 31 days working from life Strada Challenge. Rice Basket and Pear18"x14", Oil on panel I know many are wanting to through in the towel. I don’t blame you. I’m not gonna lie I have too from time to time. Thoughts of “I’m too busy. This is too hard. As if I don’t have enough to do already!” Start to kick in. And worst of all the pressure we can put on ourselves to perform since...Read More
Immersion Workshop For April 2020

Immersion Workshop For April 2020

Dates & Pricing 4/28/2020 - 5/1/2020 $1,500.00 Location Kelli's StudioPrism Workspaces999 Vallejo Dr. Studio GDenver, Colorado 80247 Contact Info Kelli Folsom [email protected] Additional Info What's with this Immersion Workshop? Get into the Kelli's mind as she sets up a gallery still life. Watch the painting unfold up close from beginning to end in real time over the week. No short demonstrations. Observe Kelli from preparing her palette, choosing and mixing colors, how much medium she uses to cleaning her brushes. You can ask questions anytime along the way.  This is STRICTLY LIMITED to only 4 students and will be held in...Read More
Scottsdale Artists School Workshop 2021

Scottsdale Artists School Workshop 2021

Update January 26, 2021: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Scottsdale Artists' School has rescheduled the November 2021 workshop. The workshop has been rescheduled for December 2021. Please visit their website for more information: https://scottsdaleartschool.org/coronavirus-covid-19/ . Dates & Pricing 12/7/2021 - 12/11/2021 Location Scottsdale Artists’ School 3720 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 United States Contact Info Kelli Folsom [email protected] Additional Info Painting still life has long been a way to learn the fundamentals of painting as it is perhaps the most convenient way to study values, color relationships, form and drawing. This is the first step, but what comes...Read More
Oil Painters of America 2019 Western Regional Exhibition

Oil Painters of America 2019 Western Regional Exhibition

Dates & Times 11/11/2019 - 11/30/2019Reception: 11/1/2019 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 PM Location Sorrel Sky Gallery125 W Palace AvenueSanta Fe, NM 87501 Additional Info I am proud to announce the Provencal Sunflowers is included in Oil Painters of America 2019 Western Regional Exhibition! The event will take place in Santa Fe, NM. Oil Painters of America (OPA) is an organization that is "dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art." With that, I'm proud and honored to be chosen by them! I hope that my work truly promote and represent the representational arts.
Winners of VITAL Art Sessions Still Life Competition!

Winners of VITAL Art Sessions Still Life Competition!

As you may know I have created a new online course program called VITAL art sessions. Last year was my first year doing this and I have to tell you that my heart is so full working with so many wonderful artists! I love being able to pass on what I have learned as an artist to more and more people. One of the the keys to my artistic development was the importance of competitions. I do not consider myself that competitive and frankly competitions are always a risk for rejection.....and well that's never a fun experience.  However, competitions always...Read More
What They Don’t Teach You in Art School

What They Don’t Teach You in Art School

Lately, I have been reflecting a lot of my art school days and what they didn’t teach you there. It was so great to have 4 years of uninterrupted focus on the fundamentals, technique, and attempting to master the skill set of art making. It was so great to be in this little bubble where the world revolved around art. Every day I struggled to improve and my entire focus was achieving that technical and aesthetic improvement. My entire focus was on excelling at my craft. Sometimes a secondary focus would be on trying to figure out what great art...Read More
Starving Artist – What Are Your Beliefs?

Starving Artist – What Are Your Beliefs?

So last year I read this book on the myth of the starving artist, by Jeff Goins, along with a whole other slew of books about how to sell art online, how to sell to interior designers, etc, etc, etc. So obviously I was a little obsessed with this topic. Last year, I also signed up for a motivational course called the 100 day challenge and my goal was how could I sell some artwork? This was my frustration, my conundrum, my quest for answers last year. I thought I had done everything right. I went to art school, got...Read More