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Hello Friend  

It has been a while since I have written to you but I am thrilled to announce today my new teaching project. I hope you will consider joining me on this new journey. 

New Course: Intuitive Painting

This is a contemporary watercolor course which allows you to paint when you have the time or energy. It is a go-at-your-own-pace, playful but relaxing, approach to painting. This will help you begin or loosen up existing practice. This is completely virtual and portable course.

This course has beginners in mind and the assignments require no previous drawing or painting skills. We will spend most of our time working in abstraction. This class is also perfect for those who have stopped painting but want to get back into the studio. 

  • Five Modules include: video lectures, demonstrations, material information, sketchbook prompts, activities, and imagination starters. 
  • You will finish this course with some work you can proudly share or hang on your wall. 
  • Learn helpful techniques to shift your mindset to become more gentle with your painter-self. 
  • We will cover topics such as: line, shape, texture, space, depth, and composition but in a new and fresh way that will not intimidate you. 
  • Instructor is available for office hours for feedback and you are invited to a monthly painting meeting to share your work. 

Enrollment will be very limited to ensure you get the attention you need on your journey. Pre-registration for course opens today! This course will become available as a complete set of the modules described above opens December 05, 2020. Introductory price of $149.00 gives you access to the course for one full year. 

Click the blue button below to pre-register. It will open a Google form. 

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I have listened to your comments and designed the perfect signature course for stress free painting! 

Many of you have sent me questions by email, text, DM, and in the comments section of my videos I have been posting on instagram and youtube. I have used this data to build the perfect course for our current time. Using my combined experience teaching college and at a community art center, I address the main blocks to creativity in painting. I have also considered my own journey as a self-taught painter before I entered art school. 

Do any of these apply to you? 

Do you want to paint but don’t know where to start? 

Are you curious about abstraction but don’t know what “the  rules” are or how to apply them? 

Do you feel stuck or stressed out when you try to paint? 

Do you want to paint but need to feel more connected to others who are painting? Are you looking for more connection with your creativity? 

Are you a surface designer or a UX/UI designer who wants to learn to use more analog methods? Or maybe do you just a break from the screen? 

Have you been teaching yourself with workshops and YouTube but it feels disconnected? Do you need a curated collection of tutorials in an order that flows and makes sense? 
I have helped all of these types of people to loosen up and develop a painting practice. This method can fit into your busy life and infuse it with a new sense of creativity. Because of these successes my students have produced, I am confident I can help you with your painting goals or with finding a peaceful way to enjoy your paints you’ve been saving to use someday. 

Studio News: My Work is now on BOOOOOOOM! 

Booooooom! is Canada’s largest art blog. I am completely stoked that you can now see some of my work over on this incredible site. Check it out by clicking here: joy tirade profile


If you are new here or want to know more about my story here is a brief introduction. 

My name is Joy and I use the artist name joy tirade which is an old riot grrrl, punk name someone gave me in the 1990s. I have a bunch of new friends on here so I thought I’d introduce myself. 

My first major introduction to Fine Art was in Houston. It was the year 2001 and I was visiting a friend’s family for the holidays. I went to Museum of Fine Arts and encountered the James Turrell piece called, The Light Inside. This is a light installation in a narrow passageway between two galleries at the Houston Museum of Fine Art. I stood inside the installation for ages, and watched the light ebb from magenta, to violet, to blue.

This magical light pulsed and fell into tempo with my heartbeat and my breath. I became obsessed with art after that moment. It was like falling in love for the first time. I taught myself to paint that year. I had friends that were in art school so I spent a lot of time with them listening to them discussing technique and theory. We had art nights at my big house in Boulder and all of us made work of some kind. I wouldn’t enter art school for a few more years. Eventually, I left San Francisco to attend school in Virginia and completed a degree in Art and Art History from University of Virginia. I am the first in my family to graduate and I was granted entrance into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. My grandmother flew up by herself to watch me walk the lawn.  After a few years I went on to get an MFA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After this I taught Studio Art Courses in a few colleges on the east coast for a several years before relocating my studio to Oakland, California. 

My practice combines painting, experimental video, intermedia, writing, and zine making. In all of my work I am asking questions which explore the qualities and properties of human longing and love. My work also contains a lot of research into phenomenology (the study of the nature of being), technology, and feminism. More at

It is very nice to meet you. 

Congratulations on making it to the end of this newsletter! 

Until we meet again remember to keep your heart open and a brush in your hand. 

joy tirade 
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