Zen Painting: Pathways and Connections begins October 5th but registration is now open at a special price!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Zen Painting: Pathways and Connections EARLY EARLY Bird Special!

Be A Part Of Something Big!

(An excerpt from my special edition newsletter for ZEN Painting-if you want to be sure not to miss an issue, please click here  to join in the short term publication).

First off, I want to thank EVERYONE for your enthusiasm and excitement around the launching of my new class titled:

You guys are the best and I'm so excited to tell you a little about the class and why this class means so much to me!

Without a doubt, I have worked the longest and hardest at developing this new class prior to launching and it is also probably one of the most significant classes up to now for me personally as an artist and instructor.  Why is that? It's because this whole idea of Zen Painting started about a year ago, but I didn't have time to pursue it until life happened around January of 2016 and I became extremely ill.  I was so weak and exhausted, sick to the core and could barely get off the couch or get out of my bed but at the same time, I needed to work. I just didn't have the energy to go up to my studio outside of my home or even into my studio in my home.

Instead, I grabbed a few supplies left over from my photo shoot for my new abstract book (which is coming out in December 2016, btw!!!!) and created 'seemingly' simple black and white paintings that just made me feel so relaxed and at peace despite the fact that I was physically feeling awful.  My blood pressure was through the roof, I couldn't hold down any food and very little drink, anything that I did eat or drink didn't stay in me long, but when I was creating these pieces, I felt the pain go away and I somehow felt better. Something else happened during this time of creating this new collection--I could really, I mean REALLY, see myself growing by leaps and bounds.  It's as if I'm hitting my stride and enjoying painting even more than ever before....and honestly I was in love with creating even before all of this, so as you can imagine, my feeling of euphoria has been like falling in love with something or someone all over again.

About 8 weeks after I first became ill,I began exercising and pursuing weight loss that was not related to being sick, but rather had to do with becoming healthier.  I started adding more color, layers, and depth to my compositions and they have since taken on a life of their own.

(ReMe student work)

 I've taught this class in person to our ReMe Retreat on Ocracoke Island last May and since that time I've been working with new ideas, new compositions and tons of ways to explain to YOU how to achieve the look of this style of art which I'm calling "Zen Painting".

(ReMe students Brittany Gabel and Mary Green-Stone)

Working on an online class to me is a HUGE undertaking and I needed the time to recover and to clear out time in my work schedule to dedicate to YOU as this is one of my most important classes to share with all of my wonderful and amazing students. I want you all to feel the same sense of peace and confidence when you create that I have come to. I want you to be brave and unafraid of stretching your wings. I want you to fall in love with what you do, just like I have.

 And most of all, I want to be fully present to give to you everything I have as an instructor.

The time is almost here to do just that!!!! 

Zen Painting: Pathways and Connections will be released  October 5th, 2016!!!  Registration is now open for YOU to join now!

The EARLIER you sign up for this class, the more you'll save! 

8/12-8/18:  Pre-sale price of $89
8/19-9/14   Early Registration begins at the price of $95
9/15/-10/5  Sale Price changes to $99

10/5 at 12 noon (or before) EST. Zen Painting: Pathways and Connections launches!

10/6 and beyond- Retail price for Zen Painting: Pathways and Connections  will be $109

 As You can see from all the fun pictures I've been showing, this class is going to be tons of fun, but I'm sure you'll want to know a little bit more about what we will be doing so here is an overview of the class:

Our Zen Painting Chapters Will Include the Following Lessons:

Chapter 1:  Beginning Basics
Learn how to use the assorted supplies and create a library of creative inspiration in the studio and assignments outside of your work space. We’ll create texture and patterns in a variety of ways that you’ll be able to incorporate in your work during subsequent chapters.

Chapter 2:  Black and White Minis
During this chapter we will explore creating a collective set of black and white tiles that could stand on their own or be a part of a 4 piece set.  We’ll learn about incorporating patterns that work well together, how to shade and layer using a grayscale along with building depth through pen and assorted water media products.

Chapter 3:  Connections
Building on what we’ve learned in previous chapters we will work in a mostly neutral palette to build a peaceful (with of course a touch of whimsy) abstract painting with the theme of “Connections”.  Be amazed at how interesting and dramatic a simple color palette can be when you infuse complex and layered patterns along with shading in your work.

Chapter 4:  Pathways
Be bold and go a bit larger with this work!  Winding pathways, bridges, and more connections will be our theme for this project.  Learn how to glaze colors using a tried and true method the Old Masters used in oil paintings.  We will discuss color, color mixing techniques, and how to make your palette work seamlessly throughout your abstract composition.

Chapter 5:  Flow
Add new products to our mix to create contemporary water colors in a mixed media work of art.  Discover how to ‘go with the flow’ and become Zen with the outcome of this fun filled project.

Chapter 6:   Start to Finish
Sit back and relax while your instructor completes a Zen painting from start to finish.  Blending a hands on learning from our previous chapters with a visual style show cased in this start to finish painting, you will walk away with all the skills necessary to begin painting intense and abstract works of art.

Chapter 7: Final Commentary
All good things must come to an end, during this last chapter we will review projects, discuss ways to enhance work or changes that could be made, as well as finishing options.

 Zen Painting Students will learn about:  
  •  Creating lines with drama, using shading and negative spaces to build depth, creating texture with writing instruments, how to create water color effect with acrylics, tips and techniques for working on unique surfaces, along with much, much more!
  • This course will incorporate approximately 6-7 hours of video content!
  • Open ended workshop! No expiration date. Access your class 24/7!
  • Private Facebook Group for students to share, ask questions and meet other Zen Painters.  Instructor will visit daily other than planned travel days during the first several weeks of the class opening and frequently thereafter. 
  •   We will also have 2-one hour live chats during the first 6 weeks of the course.

 Skill Level:
  • Beginners and up
  • Students should have access to high speed internet as the videos will be high quality files and may require buffering prior to watching if you are in a remote area without high speed service.
  • Basic computer operating skills to navigate our website.
  • Videos are streaming and NOT downloadable.

 One other point I want to bring up--the supply list will be out in a few weeks as I want to be sure it coordinates as closely as possible to the lessons so you don't have to buy things we won't be using.  With that said, if you are one of our valued international student, I want to be sure you can get your hands on Ampersand surfaces (Gessobord) and  Golden's High Flow Paint. Those are 2  of the must haves for the paintings to coordinate with my lessons.

Are you ready to take advantage of the sale price for this jam packed class??   Join Zen Painting: Pathways and Connections, click


Thank you so much for listening to my story and for sharing your enthusiasm for this 'baby' of mine about to be born!

*This newsletter is short term and will end publication after the class is released. If you'd like to be on my regular monthly newsletter for a wide variety of inspiration, class updates, art business tips and more, join my monthly newsletter by clicking HERE.

If you just can't wait for class to start and want to join in one of my workshops or  purchase one of my DVD's , I have a special sale going on in my shop for my classes!

Check out my sale prices on my online classes through the end of the week!

Maybe creating isn't for you but you love the look of #zenpaintings ,  take a look at the pieces I have featured (with more coming in the next few days!)

Shop over at the Interweave store for one of my DVDS!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Artsy News and Upcoming Events!


Hello My Friends!

I hope your summer is going well!   I just returned from a whirlwind 4 weeks of travel for work and vacation, crisscrossing from North Carolina to Dallas, Texas;  Melbourne, Florida, up to Western NY, back to North Carolina and then ending up in Williamsburg, Va for s teaching, workshops, visiting family and friends, along with some fun in the sun, water parks  and amusement park with my boys     It's definitely been fun in the sun along with tons of artsy goodness, meeting several of you for the first time along with reconnecting with many of you after a few years have passed. It's amazing how small the world is and how our paths cross many times in this wonderful and wild journey of life.

 It's definitely been a great summer of adventure including  tons of artsy goodness, meeting several of you for the first time along with reconnecting with many of you after a few years have passed. It's amazing how small the world is and how our paths cross many times in this wonderful and wild journey of life.

Today I wanted to share with you some of the exciting new events coming up that I'd love for you to join in on (or share if you wouldn't mind!!), as well as a great special going on for several of my online classes!

First up:   Last minute Lucy's....I'll be heading to the beautiful Whidbey Island (off the coast of Washington State) for a 2 day Jam Packed and Abstract workshop, July 25-26.    We have JUST a couple of spaces remaining, if you are interested!  Participants will get to experiment with several of the exercises featured in my upcoming book, "Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink"  due out at the end of 2016!

For more information on the workshop at the Pacific Northwest School of Art, click HERE.

Next on the list of big events coming up is my newest class offering, Zen Painting. I'll be heading back to Missouri to be hosted by Kristen Powers of Rubbermoon Studios for a Zen Painting and Abstract weekend, September 30th-October 2nd.  This weekend retreat is almost fully all inclusive, your lodging, food, classes and supplies are included!  We do have a second option if you'd rather no have it inclusive but the savings you will experience (and less worry) by letting us take care of everything is huge!     Check out our facebook event to find out more info!  We are over half way sold out already so don't delay, this is another one of those experiences that you won't ant to miss!

For more information and links to register, please click HERE

Big NEWS-In case you haven't heard, we are changing locations for our fall ReMe retreat to the Sandhills of North Carolina.  With an easy drive from several major cities, and about an hour commute from the RDU airport, we think you will find this option an extraordinary opportunity to be a part that is something more than just another art retreat.  


ReMe-The Sandhills will include most meals, all events, all your classes, supplies and many many extras.   Lodging is offered to our ReMe guests for a discounted price at one of our local hotels who is partnering up with ReMe for this event.   Check in is Wednesday, October 19th mid afternoon and the fun will begin that evening, running through Sunday, October 23rd.     For more information, registration and tons of pictures of past ReMe retreats, Please click HERE

More class fun coming up:

August 6th-  Funky Little Fish at Jerry's Artarama in Raleigh.

August 27th-Dirty Flirty Birds at Creative Studios in Vass, NC

Stay tuned for a few more classes coming up that will be announced soon!!

For those of you who are unable to travel to an in person workshop--no fear!  We have a special going on over at Creative Workshops:  

 30% off  all my online work shop and tutorials offered over there!

These "Christmas in July" prices  are  the lowest they will be all year, please join in on the fun before this super duper special goes away at the end of July!!!!

24/7 on going access to each of the classes!  

Are you ready for a new online class?????  I know I'm long overdue to produce one for you, hold on to your seats...there's going to be a BIG announcement within the next couple of weeks!  I have one more big trip coming up for teaching, after I return from that I'll be ready to begin on my new class.   

Can you guess what it'll be on?????

Friday, July 01, 2016

Big Sale, New Events and More!

Big news!  We are having a sale over at Creative Workshops this month on all of my classes. This is the lowest price of the year! Students can save 30% off of my whole library of classes.  Enjoy your summer by immersing yourself in fabulous creativity!!  

To see what classes are available, including my newest class offering, "Dirty Flirty Birds", click HERE and Enjoy!

In other news this week,  I'll be heading back to Missouri for an Absolutely Abstract, Zen Painting Weekend hosted by Kristen Powers of Rubber Moon Studios!   This is an all inclusive weekend other than your travel, just join in and enjoy!   For more information on how to register for what surely will be an amazing time together, click here...but don't delay--we are already about 1/2 sold out!  Reserve your space by clicking HERE

In just about 3 weeks, I'll be heading to Whidbey Island for an exciting and JAMPACKED 2 days of Abstract painting!  This is my first time ever in Washington state and I can't tell you how excited I am to not only be teaching a course on abstract painting, but to be in such a beautiful location with my sweet students.  We have just a few spaces remaining so grab your brushes and join us!

For more information,  please click HERE !  

I hope to see you there!

Until next time!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Happy Online Birthday !

coupon code for jodi ohl's etsy shop

It's hard to believe that I started teaching online 7 years ago this month!!  Holy cow!  That decision probably is one of the main catalysts that set me off on the path to working full time as an artist.

It was from there I built the confidence to send work off to magazine publishers and have now been featured in close to 30 articles and collaborative ventures internationally.

The teaching, however, has by far my most treasured experience. Through online teaching I have met literally 1000's of students and artists from around the world that have changed my life for the better.  They add to my life far more than I add to theirs.

Leaping from online teaching to face to face teaching around the country and in Canada most recently, I have connected with many that I met first initially online or some that have read about my work in magazines.    It's been so wonderful to meet the face behind the screen friend I have come to know!

Truly amazing how one or decisions in our life can lead to amazing turning points that can forever change us.  

This month my first online class turns 7 .  In celebration of that milestone, I created a special coupon code you can use in my shop as a thank you!

Use coupon code:   happyonlinebirthday from now until June 19th, 2016.

Save 15.00 off any purchase of 99.00 or more (That's the price of my latest class  Dirty Flirty Birds). You can use it for the class or any artwork over that price.. 

Take a look and see if anything speaks to you!

Thank you for following me in this journey!