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NEW SITE REVEAL: January 3rd 2014!

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the countdown has begun!!!

i have been working very hard on creating a new website for everyone (it has a clean, fresh look with all kinds of new things going on inside my studio)! on the new site you'll be able to take online courses, both beginning (never picked up a paintbrush or worked in a sketchbook before) and intermediate to more advanced techniques (for those of us who have been painting and drawing for a while but want to learn new techniques or want feedback from an experienced community of fellow artists)!
i'm sure that the suspense is going to kill me.  right now January 3rd seems like an eternity away!  in the mean time please feel free to go to the temporary page i have and sign up on my mailing list.  this will ensure that you are the first to know when i have new courses, new artwork or other fun adventures that you won't want to miss!
i also wanted to let you know that in a couple of weeks i'm going to be having a huge, "everything must go" …

“Get Off The Scale!"

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You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance. Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life. It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!” 
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The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap: Celebrate!

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i'm very excited to report that i am participating in the "great big stitched postcard swap: celebrate"
i finished my card for a lovely woman, from australia, named beca (hi beca, i hope you like your postcard!!)
i am posting the image here and i also made a video to show how i made the card.  i hope you enjoy it!

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Day 4: Inspire Your Life In 12 Days

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okay... so this post is a little bit more of a scary one for me! this post is about being afraid to try something new but doing it anyway.
so... gulp, here it goes... last month two very big and important things happened to me. one, my job ended suddenly and two, the day after my job ended, my lower back completely went out and i was bed ridden for almost three weeks. so, "one" last month my job ended (i can hear the gasping! i also gasped because i was not expecting this, at all!) so now i'm unemployed. (believe it or not, that isn't the really scary part.) you see, i have known for some time now what my passion is and yet i have not fully committed myself to it or i guess, to myself. i am an artist and my passion is creating art. i paint, draw, work with clay, sew, write, take photos and teach. so i feel embarrassed sharing all of this with you because i know what to do (for the most part) i've read the books, created the website, the blog, have tak…

Day 3: Inspire Your Life In 12 Days

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today's topic is about spontaneity.  early this afternoon i decided to hop in my car and drive up to edmonds, wa and go to a thrift store that i had not been to before.  while there i found all kinds of little items that made me laugh and reminded me of my sister (she lives about 3 hours + away in the next state so i don't get to see her very much).  i found a pair of high heeled cheetah boots that i took a photo of, for my sister, which did not come off the rack, just in case you're wondering.  i thought they were hilarious to think of wearing!  (a lot of people can pull this look off very well...  i am NOT one of them)  :)
i ended up finding a couple of sweaters and some good, thick cotton socks for winter AND a pair of red shoes. i've always wanted a pair of red leather shoes.  i will take a photo of them for another assignment coming up soon.  i love them.
after the thrift store i decided to drive down along the waterfront and find a parking spot.  i found a good …

Day 2: Inspire Your Life In 12 Days

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this prompt is about inspiration and where you were when it hit. a couple of months ago i was working on a painting called "desir" i had gotten to the part where her hair is and froze in my tracks. i wanted her hair to be amazing, a focal point and i had no idea how i was going to do this. i started in with my brush, painting circles in her hair and did the whole first layer that way. for some reason i noticed a rubber textured tool sitting to the side that i had been playing with off and on in my sketchbook and decided to just be free and move it around on the circles i had just made... OMG!!! it made the coolest patterns!!! i kept going... inspiration had struck in playing and allowing and i ended up adding several more layers using this tool. i guess inspiration can sometimes be found in letting go, trusting and playing!
one of my happy places is in my home right now and especially my "artist's nook" as i call it. its where i paint my larger paintin…

Day 1: Inspire Your Life In 12 Days

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i'm participating in an online workshop called Inspire Your Life In 12 Days in hopes of allowing and finding inspiration in my new life.  the first exercise is about solitude.  i have been consciously spending time alone just listening and reconnecting to my intuition and inner voice.   i'm looking for healing, forgiveness and what's next for me in my life.  i feel so fortunate to be able to have this kind of time in my life right now.  i get to decide what's next and i'm happy to let it unfold each day along with the healing and forgiving myself for shoving what i've wanted down  (my passion, my art) in order to live a life that looked successful but that ultimately was not my passion.
so here's a photo of one of my favorite places to be...  in front of mother ocean...  she's been the most consistant thing in my life and she's always been there to forgive me, to listen to me or to just be with me.  she's been the biggest healing force in my li…