Birds on a Wire | FREE Online Painting Class

I am soooo excited!! Today I released my very first online painting class! And it’s FREE. 

Yep, I decided to make a free painting class for my subscribers.

You see, before I started painting, I had this yearning to learn. I knew there was something inside me dying to get out. I wanted to be creative and make things, and really, I wanted to paint. Then an online art teacher offered a free class, so I took it, and my whole world changed. I was so proud of my work. I couldn’t believe it came from me! And that kind of started everything.

So I want to pay it forward. One person’s kindness opened up something in me that made a difference in my life. I hope to do the same for someone else.

If you’ve been curious about painting, yet you’ve been shy to pick up a paint brush, I invite you to try this class. It’s free. There’s nothing to lose. And maybe it’ll help you express yourself in a new, creative way. Maybe it’ll make a difference for you.

Here are the details:

In my new class, Birds on a Wire, I share some of my favorite techniques for creating mixed media paintings. We create a set of two paintings, meant to hang side by side. I talk through ways to create a series of paintings that look like they belong together, techniques for creating layered, abstract backgrounds, and how to add detailed elements (in this case, the birds!). This class is for beginner to intermediate painting students. And you don’t even need to be able to draw.

I truly loved creating these paintings, and I hope you will join me in class!

Enter your name and email below to sign up. Once your subscription is confirmed, you will receive an email with a link to the classroom and the secret password. Then you can view the videos anytime you like!

Studio Sessions with Heather Rae Murphy: Episode 4

In this episode of Studio Sessions, I start a brand new painting! You get to see my process from the very beginning, this time starting with a drawing, then adding the first layers of paint. I try out some new mark-making tools that I’m super excited about (I came across these kiddie tools on Amazon, and I was smitten!). Enjoy, friends!


Studio Sessions with Heather Rae Murphy: Episode 3

This week in Studio Sessions, I finish the calla lilies I’ve been working on. Come along with me as I paint these flowers! I’m quite happy with how they turned out — quite different from my usual paintings, yet they still feel like me. 🙂

Studio Sessions with Heather Rae Murphy: Episode 2

Hi, friends! Let’s hope I didn’t leave you hanging too much with the end of last week’s Studio Sessions painting tutorial. In case you were at the edge of your seat, waiting to see what I would do next, here you go! 😉

This week, I continued working on the calla lilies. Although I was a bit nervous about painting them on camera (wow, the camera really does add a different dimension to your painting practice), I’m actually really excited to show you my process.

I hope you’ll press play and make art with me. Enjoy!


Studio Sessions with Heather Rae Murphy: Episode 1

Guess what?! I’ve started a new video series called Studio Sessions with Heather Rae Murphy. It’s a mixed media painting tutorial series.

If you follow me on social media, you may have started to see the series. For my blog followers, I want to be sure you’re in the know and you get weekly updates too. (And, seriously, I’m really excited about this series!)

I’ve been wanting to do a regular video series for a while now. Honestly, I don’t want my art to be a mystery. I want you to be able to see how I create my paintings. I want to share my techniques with you. So after thinking about the different ways to share, I think this is the best idea!

In a way, I think of us as being in this together, this creative journey. And there are no secrets to how I paint. (I mean this from the bottom of my heart…if you’re heart is calling you to paint, do it! You’ll learn the skills. And more importantly, when you create, you’ll get an amazing sense of satisfaction. It’ll make you feel good. I promise.)

Here’s the lowdown: Studio Sessions is a painting tutorial released EVERY WEEK. It’s totally unscripted and unedited (well, except the intro). I sit down and talk you through my current work in progress as I paint. It’s the perfect way to have an art buddy in the room while also seeing how it is I do what I do.

My hope is that you’ll grab your favorite drink, the art/craft project you’re currently working on, and press play. Let’s be art buddies. Come create with me!


I’m Heather, a mixed-media artist with a love of turquoise and whimsy. My passion is helping women begin their creative journeys through teaching painting, yoga, and meditation.