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For those ready to explore the playful freedom of Abstract Art. Play Dates is my 6-week online course that I’ve created just for you!


Whether you are like Mary, who has so many ideas but can’t overcome procrastination. Or Bev, who feels guilty devoting time to what she loves, or Cathy who has always wanted to play with paint—Playdates will help you.

I invite you to join me on this self-paced abstract adventure across 6 different units and over 20 different lessons. The 6 units will inspire you with the following teachings:

  • Stories to tell—speaking with art
  • Finding your voice—discovering your authentic essence
  • Courageous with colour-being brave and bold with vividly contrasting colours
  • Inspired Intuition—allowing your heart to rule
  • Playful-not perfect—letting go of perfection
  • Expressing feelings and healing through art

The course includes videos, resources and audio files you can enjoy over and over again.

You don’t need to be an experienced artist to enjoy this course. I am self-taught all the way! Learning for yourself is one of the great joys and freedom of creativity. The University of Life has taken me a long way—winning prizes, selling work in galleries to important collectors;  solo and group exhibitions and finalling in the prestigious portraiture awards with my first-ever portrait; and learning the spiritual art of Sumi painting in Maui with internationally celebrated, New York-based Max Gimblett

And, guess what? All the time I was playing. Experimenting. Trying things out. Just for fun! Joseph Campbell was right when he said “when you follow your bliss, doors open for you wouldn’t open for anyone else.”

About 3 years into my painting journey…

…I remember thinking ‘I’ve lost my mojo. My art isn’t speaking to me.”

The incessant comparing myself to others who had some kind of “voice. ” I just couldn’t express myself. In 2012 won the Supreme Prize in a prestigious art award. I had a successful exhibition, selling several thousands of dollars of art. People loved the Sumi ink series but I KNEW there was something more inside me, something I wanted to articulate with my painting…something more joyful.

I looked around the art world and found myself drawn to paintings that oozed fresh, fluid, fun energy, paintings that were both mysterious and compelling, paintings that told a story—without sharing their secrets. Paintings that intrigued, entranced and danced. Paintings that spoke to peoples hearts.

me in florence

Fast forward another 8 years, I’ve held successful group and shows, explored a million possibilities, shipped my works to buyers across the globe, travelled the world teaching workshops, made a truckload of mistakes (or happy accidents), shared with my passion and purpose with students online and honed my skills and passion as an artist and as a teacher whose burning desire is to have her students succeed in whatever way is right for them.

I would so love to be your playmate.

I’m excited to show you so many things!

Whether you are a beginner, experienced or a pro who has lost their flow, I can show you how to loosen up, how to create art that speaks, art you love. I can help you take your art to the next level.

Would you love to play?


This is a brilliant course. Perfect in this crazy covid world.”

“That was so much fun. I learned so much and feel so much more confident. I know what I’m doing now!”

“How inspirational you are! I’m enjoying finding out about the artists and styles you comment on and feel excited about my journey so far.”

“I feel more confident and feel that as I continue to ‘play ’ and experiment my work will evolve more and more. It’s a great feeling knowing I have this creative outlet in my life especially nowadays.”

“I’m 72, I’m young at heart and still trying to learn as much as I can so that I can push my art-making to its potential. Thank you for being such an inspiring person.”

Feedback art


Does this course need to be completed in the 6 weeks?

The joy of playing is also having fun—which is flexibility is a given in this self-paced course. Ff you need a longer time frame to complete the course just sing out.

Is it downloaded in one go or staggered over time?

Modules are staggered over time. Each time you complete a module you will be sent the next one. This way you will avoid overwhelm and maximise your joy! 

Is there a time frame to get it done by?

Participants have found 6 weeks is a good amount of time to avoid procrastination or letting other things be prioritized. However, we know stuff comes up. The course must be completed within a maximum of 6 months. You can save the lessons on your computer to spark inspiration and watch them over and over again.


Get in touch with me to play info@cgford.com

feedback Bev

Enjoy an excerpt from Module One:
Playful Ways To Bring Your Creative Vision to Life—Creating Your Passion Journal


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Playdates (0nline)

The Joyful Artist

I am an artist, storyteller, intuitive guide, mentor and Reiki master. All my creations are infused with positive energy , inspiration, and light. I believe in magic and the power of beauty, joy, love, purpose, and creativity to transform your life. My greatest joy is helping your realize your dreams. That makes my soul sing!

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E: hello@thejoyfulartist.co.nz


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