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Mindy Lacefield

Hi! My name is Mindy and I am inspired and paint from the nostalgia of my childhood. Channeling my inner 8 year old. Painting my dreams into reality. I teach. I learn. I play. I make mistakes. I celebrate those mistakes because they become happy, magical moments from the Divine.

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this Course

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In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow.  ~Papiha Ghosh







Permission to Play. I just feel the freedom in those words! I hope you'll give yourself permission to play in paint a lot this year. I get asked the question a lot "how do you make painting look so easy? and how did you find your style?" Basically my answer is to play in paint every day and embrace "accidents". That is it. Easier said than done, maybe....but I believe if you love the process of painting and really give yourself permission to play, magic happens. You get lost in the process and time seems to slip away.




Class is now self paced.









More details:


  • Projects from me every month and some months there will be a bonus video or a project from a guest artist.
  • at least 18 projects to keep you inspired through the year.
  • Brian Miller, Consu Tolosa, Victoria Weiss, Ardith Goodwin, and Susana Tavares
  • you'll have forever access to my P2P ruzuku classroom once you sign up. You can work on the projects at your own pace.
  • cost: $95
  • self paced




Permission to Play projects will explore:


  • intuitive painting
  • faces
  • big eyes inspired face
  • using everyday materials for mark making and painting
  • creating pattern and different brushes to create texture
  • scraping paint to create a distressed look
  • painting with your hands
  • building up layers and editing as you go
  • playing with color 
  • and choosing color as to not overwhelm you...but to inspire
  • so much more as I discover on my own and share with you


I'm so thrilled to announce that Victoria Weiss has signed on to be one of our guest artists!! She will be first in the lineup with her project posting in Feb or March. I met Victoria online through the MATS group (Make art that sells hosted by Lilla Rogers).  Victoria made it into the finalist rounds of the Global Talent search competition through the same group. And let me tell you folks, from the list of creatives that is big time HUGE!! I am so honored to have her share her process with you! You can go here to see more of her work ----->> Butterpop Studio


some of her latest work




Play is our brain's favorite way of learning. - Diane Ackerman



Here is a list of the supplies we'll be using in this course:

speedball brayer - you'll see me use the 4" and the 2.5" size (You don't have to have both)

 white gesso

 fan brush - size 8

paynes gray - blick

GAC100 - Golden medium (you can also use a craft acrylic polymer from a craft/hobby store. some have said it works fine)

12x12 canvas (canvas panels or canvas paper is fine)


collage pauge or mod podge - matte

americana craft paint - fiery red (neon) (found at michaels)


prismacolor colored pencils - a few of your favorite colors will be fine


optional -->> these optional items are things you'll see me use but they aren't totally necessary to create the piece. Use what you have.



Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.  ~Heraclitus




How long do I have access to the class? 

You now get forever access to all my classes to work at your own pace.


Do I need to purchase all the supplies at once?

I suggest you watch the videos first before going out and buying everything at once. You may have something already on hand that you can use. The wood boards are what I like to work on but you can work on paper or canvas. Whatever you like the best!


Do you give refunds or can I share the material with others?

After payment is made, sorry no refunds. Please do not share the material or videos with anyone. thank you!


Will there be a Facebook group for this class?

I am no longer managing the FB group since this is now a  self-paced class. If you'd like me to see your work and comment on it/critique please post your work inside the classroom.   OR post on instagram and tag me @mindy_lacefield





What the students say:

Classes by Mindy reminds me of letting things unfold naturally without pressure. Getting in touch with our innermost essence, and the feeling that everything is ok. Supportive , inspirational, fun,loving,and playful .If you want to give yourself a nice gift this year take a class with Mindy - M. Hebert

I have to tell you, I haven't had this much fun in an online class in 5 years. And I have taken approximately 10-12 online classes. I feel like I am finally painting "raw" and free like I have always wanted to. I have been tight, and haven't been able to loosen up, and this class, FINALLY is getting me there. I love the simplicity of black and white and a little color. I love the imperfections of the faces you have taught me how to create. - C. Thomas

Mindy's classes have taught me not to be too restraining....I have opened up to free flowing movement, not over-thinking, moving way outside my comfort zone and actually really enjoying myself...definitely letting go of perfection!!! Thank you Mindy for allowing me to grow in so many different directions within a safe and friendly community!!! - D. Giles


Mindy is a gentle, nurturing guide who will encourage and inspire. Even if you've never painted or drawn you will find yourself delighted by what your own hands can create. Mindy's classes are more than just tutorial videos, you will find her heart and spirit around every corner and bend. You will not only learn and want to learn more but you will also be touched by her caring spirit. Mindy does more than teach, she reaches for your hands, gives you a tender tug and invites you to explore your own talents and even more the joy you can find in your own heart on a creative journey. - S. LaFond

I can't thank you enough for sharing your talent with your classes. I take several of them. They are inspiring, educational, productive and FUN!!!!! - A. Green

There is something irresistible about Mindy Lacefield, her art, and her classes, and I think it's the sincerity and gentleness that shine through all of these. If you are looking to be guided and helped into letting go and creating something that is spontaneous and surprising, then you should take one of her online classes, where you will be taught about the supplies you will use and the techniques you will need, in the most natural way possible. - A. M. Stone

Mindy's primitive portraits classes are so inspiring and have opened me up to a new way of creating. Her lessons are simple and easy to follow. Her encouragement and support throughout the classes is something not easily found but is what makes her so special. Learning to let go and create more intuitively and raw is something I have been longing for in my artwork. Her classes are just what I needed to take my work to the next level! If you have never taken a class with Mindy I highly recommend doing so! You will love it! - C. Bueti