Art2Life Free Workshop

Last year I met Alice Sheridan, Alice Sheridan Art, in London. I’ve been following and paying attention to Alice on Instagram – Alice Sheridan and Facebook since 2017. I love her art, her approach to making her art and art business. During our meeting, I asked her what she was doing to grow her art and her art business. Alice is as approachable in life as she is on social media. I remember her first FB Live and thought to myself, “If Alice can do this so can I!”.  I’ve since joined her Connected Artist Club where I receive art and business consulting through online course work, weekly calls, a private FB group, and more.  Regarding my creative development, Alice referred me to Nicholas Wilton, creator of the Art2Life workshop. I enrolled in Nicholas’s free 2020 Art2Life Week-Long Workshop in 2019. It’s a weeklong FREE workshop and well worth the commitment even if you don’t go on to enroll in the full course. I took a leap of faith and enrolled in the 12-week online course. My primary medium is watercolor. But I wanted to take my art-practice and process to the next level. While Nicholas teaches this course in acrylics, it was just what I needed to break away from self-limiting mental habits I’d developed over the last decade working in watercolor. I’m still integrating and transferring the CVP course information into my painting process in watercolor and I highly recommend this program if you, like me, are feeling stuck in your creative development in painting. Check out the free 2020 program which starts on  February 14, 2020.  

Learn the totally new approach to making personal, powerful, stunningly authentic art  

You’re invited to join Nicholas Wilton, the founder of Art2Life, in this free 3-part online workshop: 

It is time to make the art that only YOU can create 

In this free 3-part online workshop, you’ll discover:

  • The 2 crucial but often ignored ingredients of strong, impactful artwork, and how to use them to immediately improve your art
  • A powerful new tool for discerning what your art needs at any given time, and how to correct course when you get stuck or make a mistake
  • How to create more depth and complexity in your art, no matter how much experience you have (hint: these are the keys to creating seductive, sellable artwork)
  • Strategies for refining your unique style and voice, so you can stop comparing yourself to others and make art that makes you come alive
  • A method for making art that feels more spacious, joyful, and personal to you — even when you’re in a funk or short on time

Fri, FEB 14
The FREE ART2LIFE WORKSHOPFree Workshop – Register Here starts.
I will be introducing DESIGN Art2Life Principle #1… And answering questions!

Sat, FEB 15
In the Art2Life Artists Facebook Group regarding DESIGN Art2Life Principle #1 (12pm – 1pm PST)

Mon, FEB 17
I will be introducing VALUE Art2Life Principle #2 … And answering questions!

Tue, FEB 18
In the Art2Life Artists Facebook Group regarding VALUE Art2Life Principle #2 (12pm – 1pm PST)

Wed, FEB 19
I will be introducing COLOR Art2Life Principle #3… And answering questions!

Thu, FEB 20
In the Art2Life Artists Facebook Group regarding COLOR Art2Life Principle #3 (12pm – 1pm PST)

Thu, FEB 20
Live Call about putting it all together – in the Art2Life Artists Facebook Group (6pm-9pm) Special Early Bird CVP enrollment offer

Fri, FEB 21
Enrollment starts for the general public …And the whole team will be answering questions!

Fri, FEB 21
Live Call about putting it all together – in the Art2Life Artists Facebook Group (12pm-3pm PST)
(This is a repeat of #1 for those who couldn’t see #1)

Resolutions for growth are in full swing!

Announcing our newest location for watercolor technique and color theory classes in Falcon, CO, starting January 2020, under the direction of Jana L Bussanich Artist Studio with our instructor, Leslie, Leslie McCrea Art. 

If you are local ( and even if you’re not!) tell your friends in Falcon, Peyton and the Black Forrest areas that we’re heading East with accessible, affordable, high-quality art instruction!

Jana Bussanich Art provides personalized art creation, consulting and Instructional services by highly qualified artists and instructors.

We’ve planned all year for this announcement. Our popular watercolor technique and color theory classes are coming to Falcon, CO in January 2020. Registration opening soon!

Classes Held at Three Locations:

Jana L. Bussanich Art & Instruction

218 W. Colorado Ave. Suite 1111, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 

Cottonwood Center for the Arts 

427 E. Colorado Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Falcon, CO (coming soon)

In Painting, The Conditions Will Never Be Perfect.

A morning monologue about waiting for the right moment to make our work and a little about the color red.

The conditions for making a painting are never perfect. If they had to be, the work would never get done. During a visit to London in October, I stumbled into Chinatown at the end of the day. I entered through one of the gates, rounded the corner to see people bustling down the middle of the busy street. The light of the setting sun was falling perfectly under the threat of rain clouds looming overhead. The dark shapes and contrasting filtered white light formed the cast shadows of the people in the street. These shapes lead my eye to a focal point on the horizon. The warmth of the red Chinese lanterns, illuminated by a sliver of silvery light from the sun, hung in stark contrast to tall buildings from which they are attached. Unaware of themselves as subjects for my next painting, the scene arrested me. I stopped in the middle of the road and shot a dozen reference photos.


The inspiration photo was taken in London’s  Chinatown ©janalbussanich2019

Photos, for me, are paintings made with a camera in my hand. I see pictures made with paint when I look through the lens of my camera. But here’s the thing. I could have easily missed this moment altogether. I was in an unfamiliar part of East London, the rain was looming, people were hurriedly moving past me, I felt slightly cold and was debating the need to dig my raincoat out of my bag. I was hungry, or was it hangry? Aware of darkness falling, with a 15-minute walk to the Central Line and a 30-minute ride on the crowded London Tube, were all good reasons not to slow down long enough to capture the scene. Maybe I’ll come back to Chinatown tomorrow? I could be more intentional about my visit if I weren’t feeling tired. I wonder if the sun will be shining or if the clouds will form themselves in the same way tomorrow? Maybe I should check tomorrow’s weather on the Weather App? With each question, the golden light was disappearing. Experience has taught me that these moments are fleeting and that once passed, they’re gone forever.

A few days later, in Wales, I finally had some time to make the painting inspired by my visit to Chinatown. I had not planned to paint big on this trip, so I did a small sketch in my art journal. I was about 1/2 way through it when I knew enough to start again on a larger piece of paper.


Art Journal Sketch – ©janalbussanich2019

Because I travel light, I did not have any large sizes of loose paper to work on. But my colleague, UK Artist Jean Perrett, offered me a sheet of some handmade paper that she had brought to Wales for our painting holiday.

What I love about this piece – Chinatown London: Lifted – is that it embodies some of the challenges artists encounter as they try to bring their art into tangible form. Sometimes the difficulty is a lack of funding to buy materials. Other times its scarcity of products. But often, it’s all the things I mentioned above that become roadblocks to making our art. For this piece, the unique and unfamiliar paper presented challenges because it’s not my usual ground for painting. Soft and slightly flimsy for a medium-weight handmade paper, it behaved and took on paint water differently. So not only was I creating a new idea in my art, I was trying to make this paper my friend at the same time. Getting to know your medium of choice and the tools of your craft is essential and an often unknown part of the learning process for those who are new to painting.

I’m celebrating 10 years of painting with water media this year. From the beginning, my work is marked by the use of Vermillion or Chinese Red. I’ve painted red trucks, poppies, trees, and skies. Red is considered the color of life. It is associated with blood and eternity. It’s use dates back to 7,000 to 8,000 BC. I don’t know why I like it so much. I just know that it’s part of my palette, and anytime I avoid it, my paintings feel like they are missing part of me. It feels like I didn’t show up on the paper.

Chinatown London: Lifted

Watercolor and Caran d’Ache Classic Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels on handmade cotton rag paper. 23.75″x15″ Framed with glass mat Available ©janalbussanich©2019

This painting is a breakthrough piece for me. It represents a different era in my work. As a result of this piece (+ 10 years), I’ve just completed a body of work that was not possible without this one to open the space for them to be. And, this is what I love most about it.

Join me next weekend for a Holiday Open Studio in the historic Old North End of Colorado Springs, CO, USA.