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Summer workshops in Provence are back! This was a week of exploring Provence and walking in the footsteps of Cézanne and Van Gogh. We experienced the creative process, learned to mix a harmonious palette of colors and spent lots of time painting plein air. Not to mention the culinary and musical delights shared with new friends.
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SPRING TOUR 2021

A long-awaited, jubilant journey back to America after this exceptionally long travel hiatus... Jill Steenhuis recounts her most recent exhibit in Jackson, Mississippi for the "Art, Soul & Bloom" event organized by the Garden Club of Jackson, hosted at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Happy New Year 2021

In her annual newsletter to friends and family, Jill Steenhuis sends greetings and wishes for the new year. She takes us on an inner journey, into her time of meditation in which she explores the gift of time, and the abundance of time that has been given her this past year. She shares her daily prayer: “Please, Lord, give me time to be silent, to listen to You, to listen to my soul rather than to the world. Give me time to paint so intensely that I will find my way to that unknown beauty that is there waiting to be revealed. I know I cannot perceive the mystery if I do not allow time to contemplate it.”

My Father’s Boots

It was unexpected - I felt my father's presence as I cleaned off his riding boots and prepared them for a painting session. I had thought about doing this many times before, but had never actually taken the time to do it. A flood of memories and sensations washed over me as I painted his boots. I lived and remembered and loved.

6. Art Mentors

Samuel Bjorklund taught Jill to always draw, focusing on the process rather than the outcome. François de Asis challenged Jill to paint quickly in order to achieve a spontaneous, fresh and authentic brushstroke. Both artists inspired Jill in her artistic journey and helped shape her into the artist she is today.

5. Finding My Way

Jill recounts some of the challenges and doubts that she was confronted with as she charted her course as a full-time artist. She describes her determination, discipline, but above all her blind faith - trusting her insticts that the path she was on was guiding her to exactly where she needed to be.
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