The Living Studio Video Series {With Gillian Lee Smith}

We have a new video for the Living Studio Video Series!

The free series that is all about your favorite artists sharing how they create wherever they go.

Gillian Lee Smith is our guest artist this month and sharing what the Living Studio means to her!

You will NOT want to miss this inspiring and beautiful look into Gillian’s life and practice.

Here are some of the places you can learn from Gillian…

A Moment in Time Scotland Retreat – here is some info on my retreat that I hold in a tiny fishing village in the North of Scotland twice a year. All places are sold out for 2016 but I will be announcing dates for 2017 soon. Sign up for my mailing list here –

My art website –

My art school website –


Join me for a FREE art video series! In The Living Studio Video Series you will have the opportunity to watch technique and medium videos from some of your favorite artists. The hope is that you will learn what practices different artists use to make their art a daily practice and how they create their studio wherever they go.

My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live.

I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them.

I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in an art museum, painting in the gardens, practicing their watercolors in the mountains or writing at a cafe and I have stopped a moment to envy them.

They were doing it!

They HAD to be creative.

It is a practice and a preparedness that motivates you to create your studio wherever you go.

With practice and always having your tools with you…you live your creativity and the world becomes your studio.

To register to watch this free series…


If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

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  1. Katy Noelle

    I’ve just been thrilled to dip in and check in on your story about your big move. I don’t blog very often (post or visit) but I check in on you a few times a year. 🙂 Anyhoo! To state the obvious – yes! God is SO faithful and SO good!!! He gets us where we need to be. 😉 We have a similar story of how we got to our ‘new’ home. (8 years, now, of moving in but that’s a different story.) What’s similar is the trusting in God and waiting on Him. We had no hope of ever moving but the house we were in – the parsonage – was not working. There was a hopeless sense in all aspects of our life of ‘stuckness’. I, finally, just spent 10 minutes a day waiting on Him. I was beyond all of my prayers, solutions and tries. We just needed help beyond what I could fathom; so, for a year, I just waited – knowing I was helpless and He is faithful!! My husband saw this house by accident and we just KNEW we were supposed to be here!!!! Cutting an awful lot out – our first offer was refused and we thought it was God’s will. Three days later, however, without communication between Tom and I, God moved in both of our hearts that He wanted us here. And, by the funniest long stream of ‘coincidences’, we moved in 2 1/2 months later. A complete plot twist!! 😀

    We had the same situation, saw the property for the first time covered in snow. By the time we closed at the beginning of June, we were in a waking dream – it is so beyond describing how gloriously beautiful it is here. It’s heaven!!!!! God is so good!!! And on the very day that we moved ourselves in to live here, He provided more of what I needed in the diagnoses and revelation that all three of our boys are on the autism spectrum. (Life really wasn’t working – was REALLY confusing for us!!) It’s been a long road but He carries me all the way.

    Your post is incredibly encouraging to me – thank you!!! xo

    and…. I have another question that is completely from another world. LOL! Oh, pleeeeeease, may I ask you to look back to your old home for just a wee moment. Would you tell me if the chalk paint on your kitchen cupboards stood up to the wear and tear of little dirty hands and the splotches of tomato sauce that will inevitably come? I’ve been searching for two days, now, and can’t discern what the answer is (i.e. who do I believe? Well, I know you and trust you!)

    If you have the time…. and, in any case, have fun settling in and making this a home!!!!

    Love to you and your family! xxoo

    1. Katy Noelle

      Pfft! Pffft! pffft! Left this comment on the wrong post! 😛 sigh. I just realized this because I came back to leave another random comment – so, since it’s all random – I’m going to just go with it, today! 😉 You mentioned that you’ve been finishing your paintings with a wax coat. It makes me think of encaustic art which sounds so appealing to me and, even more, encaustic photography is something that I’ve been dying to try. I first learned about it from Rylee Hitchner. I think that I’ll just take some of the wax from the projects that I’m wanting to try with the chalk paint and try it on a photo! 🙂

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