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Art to Adore

Happy Friday my readers!

Hope you have some lovely plans for the weekend! I’m actually going to go see Madonna!! Eeek! Kinda a childhood dream so I’m a little giddy! Anyway, before I break out in my Vogue dance…I wanted to share some more gorgeous bird themed artworks! I’ve been working non stop on my Flight & Feather  online workshop so yes, I have birds on the brain….big time!

Enjoy these beautiful and inspiring creations….and go visit these artists’ galleries of work.


Evening by Jeanie Tomanek


Introspection by Alexandra Douglass


Paperbirds by Steven Kenny


Danielle O’Brien


Lynn Watt

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Have a beautiful weekend!




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My Artwork from Katie Kendrick’s Seattle Workshop

Hi there!

Hope everyone got through Monday! Wow, what a whirlwind with Lifebook 2016 opening plus my blog hop with Let’s Face it! Geez! I have really filled up my 2016 teaching schedule and you know what? I like it like that! :)

However, I never got the chance to fill you in on how my weekend away at Katie Kendrick’s amazing workshop went…

Well, it was…as expected – transformative, revealing, emotional, joyous and powerful. Yeah, it was that good!

Here is a pic of one of Katie’s work in progress…


Katie has an exquisite energy that resonated through all in attendance. She truly provided a grounded, meditative and safe place for us to unfurl, explore and simply be present with our creations. Her instruction and deep intention for us was to “Empty ourselves of everything.” She handed out slips of paper with these words boldly typed. I taped mine to my easel as a reminder.


This class was focused on intuitive, expressive work on larger scale canvases. Larger than most of us were comfortable working on (including me)!

My large canvas stared at me blankly and I stared back. I hesitated but with Katie’s gentle guiding the class moved into action as we began making marks with graphite or charcoal using our non-dominate hand. Random marks, whatever felt right or not right…it didn’t matter. Just keep moving! She said more than once “Keep your brain in your hand!” I loved this and reminded myself of this when my critical mind would interrupt the flow.

Before long images began to form…I followed them…without judgement or expectation.

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Ancient faces, native and wild, feathers, orbs, tangled tree roots…these gradually came to life on the canvas. I stayed present as best I could…allowing the creativity to just be. Pure and unchained by my own insecurities. It was really an amazing experience. My soul had been waiting for this opportunity.

The Feathered Ones

Here is the finished piece. I still don’t completely understand what part of me created this…but I have a deep attachment to it. I named it “The Feathered Ones”. This piece was done using charcoal and acrylic paint.

Now, I could have packed up my stuff and gone home a happy camper but the first day was only half done! Yes, I worked rather fast! I couldn’t help it.

So, I picked up a large piece of heavy paper and began the process again…

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one with deer

This lovely lady and her three deer arrived rather quickly. Their shapes almost forming from each other. This one I have called “Awinita”. I used charcoal, ink and acrylic paint.

Exhausted by the time I had finished her and thankful as Day One came to a blissful close.

Bright and early the next day we began our grounding meditation, followed by more creative exercises. I had one last large canvas that needed tending to! I was determined to create one more finished piece!

This one was a rather emotional, it went through several twists and turns. Most of which, surprised and even alarmed me.

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the king's son

Finally arriving at a place where I felt it was complete…I entitled it “The King’s Son”. Done with charcoal, ink, acrylic paint and collage.

I gotta tell you that when I somehow morphed the male figure into a big black bird I was a little freaked out. The woman standing next to me asked me if I was ok…I think I must have looked shocked…or something. I hadn’t expected that, yet I knew it was exactly right.

Here are some details from the piece.

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Okay…so I know that was kinda a long post but I just had to share this incredible experience with you. If you ever get the chance to take a class with Katie do it! Be ready to really challenge yourself and connect deeply with your Art!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!




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Flight & Feather – A New Online Mixed Media and encaustic workshop

Hi there friends!

Hope your week is off to a great start! The Fall weather here has been outstanding and we even managed to get out to the Oregon wine country and picnic with the kids this weekend! We happen to have some lovely friends who have a beautiful vacation rental home out there that I got to help decorate! Very fun to juice up the ole’ interior designer brain that doesn’t get much use anymore!

Anyway, I have some seriously exciting news to share! I have just opened up registration for my new online mixed media and encaustic workshop – Flight & Feather!

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This two week online workshop will explore the magic, grace and beauty of birds! When I look around my studio, I notice how many bird images and sweet stray feathers I have lying about. Birds appear in my work all the time, so I was inspired to create a class all about them!

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We will be completing 4 main projects and several studies and exercises. These creations would make beautiful gifts for loved ones and friends for the upcoming holiday season too!

I made a little video so you can hear more about it…

Things that we will cover in the workshop:

  • A guided tour of Birds in Art throughout history
  • Bird symbolism and mythology
  • Creating bird sketches with ink and charcoal on vintage papers
  • A study of drawing feathers and wings
  • Bird poetry inspired art journal spread
  • How to set up your encaustic wax
  • A bird/woman metamorphosis portrait collage
  • Feather & Wax Collage
  • Landscape/Bird collage with wax, oil sticks and gold leaf

This class is a must for anyone who loves birds and ART!  

I really enjoy guiding and communicating with my students, so I will only be taking a limited number. Registration will close when the classroom reaches maximum occupancy. 


For more info and to register please click the button below.


I look forward to seeing you in class!






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Paint & Pixels Class Starts Soon!

Hello my creative friends,

I hope this email finds you well!

I just wanted to pop in and remind everyone that there are ONLY 2 short weeks till the Paint & Pixels Online Classroom opens!

Robin and I are giddy with anticipation! We can’t wait to share all the power and creative expression that the iPad delivers! You may never create the same way again!

From manipulating your own photography, to digitally painting layered masterpieces, we have covered the gamut! And don’t forget that we will be showing you how to bring in those traditional ART materials too! The marriage of Paint & Pixels is one artistic romance you don’t want to miss! We are pretty sure you are going to fall in love! So many already have!

In fact, due to the overwhelming response to Paint & Pixels we have decided to close registration on September 21st. Exactly one week after class starts. This will allow us to focus on this first group of Paint & Pixels students. We have only a few spots left so if you have been waiting for that perfect day to give yourself this class – now’s the time to act! Remember, as a registered student you will have life-time access to the classroom and all the videos. To learn more and register click the button below…


We also wanted to share with you some of our most recent iPad creations…

These first three were done by Robin. She creates such soft, whimsical beauty while retaining a lovely painterly quality! Love that! I especially adore that last one – Such a tender self-portrait. To see more of Robin’s art please do go visit her gorgeous website!

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I was lucky enough to get a large stunning print of this one from Robin for my birthday! She’s going up in the studio in a beautiful frame. She’s even more exquisite in person!Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.45.48 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.45.17 AM

These last three are by moi…and I can’t even express how much fun it was to create these. I just love how free I can be on the iPad with no worry of messing up! So wonderful for exploring your own style and mark making! Gotta love that UNDO button! Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.44.46 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.44.30 AM Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.44.12 AM

I hope you all have a wonderful week! For those of you who have signed up for Paint & Pixels already we are so excited to have you in class!

Much love to you all!



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Camera Craft Giveaway Winner

Hi there! Happy Friday!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Camera Craft Giveaway! It’s going to be a fantastic class and I loved reading your comments!

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I wish I could get you all in for free but alas…I had to draw a winner! I’m so happy to announce that the winner is Serena Berry!

Congrats Serena! I know you will really enjoy this class and get so much from it! Your photography is already incredibly beautiful, so I am excited to see what you create as you emerge from this transformative workshop! Enjoy every minute!

I encourage those who entered to still sign up! You really don’t want to miss this one! Invest in your creativity!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Much love to you all.






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FREE Mixed Media Art Journaling Video

Hello my creative friends!

How’s the week treating you so far? I meant to get this to you yesterday but I’m afraid I got a little tied up wrapping the videos for the Paint & Pixels Online Workshop! I’m SO excited for class to begin! Not too much longer now…Sept 14th! If you haven’t checked out the info on this Mixed Media & iPad Art class yet…go here for more info.

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So anyways…today is my birthday and in the theme of celebration, I wanted to give you a special treat! I’ve made a lovely FREE  Mixed Media Art Journaling Video for you – documenting my creation of the spread below. It’s full of teaching and tips to get you creating in your art journal too! Plus, my little studio kitten, Leo makes an appearance. He is quite the art admirer. ;)

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I’ve been exploring Art journaling recently and it’s been so enjoyable. What a wonderful way to explore, experiment and play all within my beautiful vintage ledger.

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To go watch to the video go here.

Please do share your creations too! I would love to see what you guys make! Feel free to join my student group on Facebook and start connecting with other creative souls!

Hope you enjoy the video!





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