Monday, January 19, 2015

sparkling new offering

The shimmering light is flooding my old home's south windows.  It is the winter's gift, a spilling of sparkles, bright colorful joy...everywhere.

Joyful shimmers.
Yes it says...God is with us.

His goodness and mercy flood our hearts (when we sit still long enough to see, right?), and
the beauty of today's creations - just as they are - in full sparkle.

Can you see winter gifts too?  

My weeks have been filled with family and art.

I decided at the beginning of the year to do some collections of personal art.  Things that I had been meaning to start and complete.  Resting from classes and commissions, I sketched.  Ideas were taken from photos of last year's trips, pent up muses, and bits of things that had been floating around my studio. I gave into the warmth of the open windows (and at night the warm fire) and painted to my heart's content.

It has been quiet, restful, and good.

It is important to care for your inner artist.
She needs quiet moments to pursue her heart's inspirations. make the art.

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As much as I love the restful respite of a warm fire and my own thoughts, I have missed time with you!  It is time to get together and make some beautiful new art~

What do you think?

The best thing I did last year was begin it with a crazy fetish of my favorite block art.  I loved every single project we did together and have displayed and gifted them all year long.

This year I want to jump in again, with both feet, into a wild new mix of color and whimsy. It is surefire way to get creativity flowing and colorful ideas always is!

This class is~

Easy and simple. 

Taking simple supplies (mainly acrylic paints and brushes), blocks of wood or small canvases, and bits of ephemera, we will come up with brilliant little works of art that you will love.  LOVE.  The instructions are easy to follow: videos, descriptions, and easy to follow images that will help you with each step.

Sketch and create in a sitting.

Every project we do is simple enough to complete in a day.  I  will promise to make it simple enough for a novice and easy for seasoned artists to create their own unique pieces.  We will sketch dozens of ideas...dozens.  You will be amazed by what creativity you have in you!

Lovable and inspiring.

You will want to hold and kiss each one...they are that wonderful.

Pretty and practical.  

Beautiful unique art that can also hold favorite verses, recipes, quotes and prayers -- these little pieces are treasures of love and daily use.

Honestly...what can be better than that?

In all of the brilliant new art we came up with in our last class...the sketching ideas just kept growing. I had an sketchbook brimming with new loves.  You too?

 a *brand new collection* of my favorite block art 

You don't have to take the first class to jump into this one (but I know you will want to!).  We will be messy and wild in our explorations of new and playful ideas. Each weekend for four weeks will have a classroom filled with new content.  Can I give you a sample of what I am working on right now?

All new sketches & art include:

baking cakes - a master class
Italian love letters - lettere d'amore
sparkling layers of winter whites

old world doorways & romantic stoops
fresh french bouquets
frolicking sheep & mischievous lambs
home blessings
pocketful-of-sunshine valentines
and little lovebirds 

Block art from past workshops & Stampington's Workshop magazine

Every class I offer is filled with wild new inspirations and sooo many sketches. Every *project day* we spend together will be a treat for us both - creating new winter/spring collections of art, sharing our hearts, and being reminded again and again...
You are a beautifully unique artist and you are so loved!

I will be online each weekend of class and will be in daily support of our online artist community. These are some of the most kind, friendly, helpful, and silly-wonderful friends you could ever meet. We do have the best art-hearted artists around!


A few offerings from last year's workshop.  You can find it HERE.  


 Join me for a brand new & favorite...
(online) Open House
Saturday, January 30

The Open House will have fresh new class offerings, a welcome
 message, helpful hints/tips to get started, and of course delicious sweets.  
Oh, yes...sweets.  

Saturday Mornings:  Love & Whimsy
My Favorite Blocks Collection 2

(early bird price until January 30 - $35)

Online class begins Saturday, February 7

Our class will run live for for 4 consecutive weekends. 
Jump in every weekend for new content and take as long as you need to complete your projects.
You will receive a confirmation email and invitation to the Open House within 24 hours of purchase.  Class login instructions will be emailed the day of class.  


If you need help getting wood blocks, it is simple. Take the list of measurements I will give you to your local hardware store and have them cut the blocks for you.  Some stores charge a small fee.  Kind husbands, brothers, neighbors and friends with a saw are also especially helpful - if you don't have a saw yourself.  I pick up blocks at building sites as well - from the pile of scraps!

 You also have the option of using a canvas, art journal, or any other art medium instead.  Every project is able to be made multiple ways.  Simple! 


Thank You

Thank you for being so patient and kindhearted towards me and my family this winter.  It has been a rough and long recovery for my son as he is regaining his strength from spinal surgery and I am so grateful for your prayers and help during this time.  I was completely worn out!  

I am also thankful for the reminders I have had again and again of the power of prayer, 
I don't understand how prayer works but it does.  I am a witness to its miracles.  

I am grateful for God's love & tenderness towards us in our times of greatest need.  He is love.

I am thinking of you my sweet friends and planning wonderful adventures this year...
May you be so very blessed in this sparkling season of newness. 

In grace & peace, 

If you are interested in the first Saturday Mornings Class...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

expectant hope for the new year

I am sure of this.  

There was a pause in the adventure.  I wish it were not so, I wish I were super-human and could keep up with all that happens around me, but the way my tender-heart is created, I had to pause.

Have you had years like this too? 

Are you going through this right now?

My sweet Joseph, 16, has regained his strength and is almost back to himself.  He went through an exhausting surgery/recovery for major spinal problems this fall.  Unable to attend High School for 6 weeks is rough - especially with a non-homeschooling Mum like me.  He is finally going back to school and is smiling.  It is a miracle what the human body (his body) can endure.

*It is the gifting of prayer...hundreds of prayers were sent our way...and we are forever grateful*

My heart is completely covered with new mends, it looks like a tattered and darned sock. Watching and caring for anyone in pain is difficult, having it be my Joseph was undoing.  I think I aged 5 years.
I definitely have a soft spot for anyone dealing with caregiving.  I have learned a great deal about the stresses and the need for support.  It is so important to have a calm and determined mental state and to be able to talk to someone when you need to.  It is hard work, harder than I knew.  If you are a caregiver (in any form) I am praying with you and for you.  Reach out - don't feel alone.

I have to share this sweet face.  

My collection of lambs keeps growing.  I am adding this sweet lamb this week (after I choose a name).  She graced my holidays and was the perfect lamb-gifting for friends and family this year.  If you are ever in need of a tender-sweet moment alone with these babies, come visit me in the mud and straw here: Yes and Amen 

They have the gift of peaceful love, don't they?



I am excited to have more time and energy to spend here (online) and in my sunny studio this year.
Wonderfully wild and heart-felt things are in the mix for this new year.  I even have a couple of new workshops to add to this season of newness~  

My love-filled series on Pilgrimage is in the works (don't miss this one).  I will be posting details as soon as next week.  Rich in art, divine leading, and adventure, it is just right for this year! 
Starting this early spring...    

And then there is this...

Oh, you know me...addicted as ever.  This is a brand new mix of winter, whim, and wild new art to add to our already lovable collection.  Every little project will be a gift to your creative muse...

This 2nd collection class will begin later this month, January, sign ups start this next week.

I am grateful to be back, thick in paint and sketches, with you again!

In prayerfully anticipation of this new year, 
with a heart full of expectant hope...
Let's jump into this new year of adventure together!  

in His grace & peace,

Saturday, September 13, 2014

the Art of Goodness - Online Workshop

This is an "instant access workshop" - all content is ready for you, no waiting.  
*Same content as our online class last fall, just in a new home!*

Everything is beautiful~ 

The season of autumn opens doors for us into an enchanted world, doesn't it?  

Colors change, light moves, the cold breeze plays with our hair.  We move from a time of busy: planting and playing into a time of settling, harvesting, collecting.  We wake up each day to our world being subtly transformed. It is all about change... 

This is also the time of year we start bringing the enchanted world inside.  

With those thoughts in mind...

I am thrilled to announce and share the next workshop in the mix of fun this year -- 

The Art of Goodness Workshop 

Throughout Autumn, I see the honest and real "goodness" that surrounds us.  A world of wild inspiration, every sense heightened for change, and nature's bitter sweet show of color before her long white sleep.  It is the perfect time for us to capture these moments in our words, our photography, and in our art. 

 Like my other adventures in art, this one is packed full of goodies.  With the gorgeous time of year bringing us new palettes of color and light each day, our sketches will be fresh from our own enchanted lives.  I will of course bring you loads of new sketching ideas and techniques to try...but the most wonderful part of these adventures is seeing YOU come alive in your own art.  

You are the heart of your art...the divine and holy are entwined in your creating.


We will be trying our hands at new sketches, finding ways to bring our own lives into our art in meaningful (and very silly) ways.  I will help you start a new art journal and show you ideas for your own art journaling, I will even show you how to add all the finishing flourishes (sweet bitty details). 

Our sketches will also be enchanted in new ways for the holidays.  I will show you how to create with canvases, wool, watercolors, and favorite wood blocks for all kinds of holiday gifting.  You will have simple and meaning-rich projects to gift and share - even my favorite fall recipes.   Yum.

I couldn't be more excited!  
I love this time of year and I love having art time with YOU. 

Your art inspires and brings so much joy.   

Just a sneak peek of some of the fun!

Yes~ I hope you will jump in and join me...we have so much goodness and adventure to explore!

We will have an autumn FULL of my most favorite projects!  

This instant workshop is packed with creative content and ideas for your autumn art and your early holiday inspiration.  Our sketchbooks will fill up with wildly new ideas and you will be able to art-along with friends on our fun fall adventures~ make sure to join our new facebook group page! 

Plus, you have silly me to keep you going and to hold your hands. 

Honestly...loads of amazing projects to keep your fingers and heart full of creative fun~ 

I do so hope you will join me!  

Don't forget, a special Open House is included in the classroom, don't miss it.
I can't wait to see you~

*Same content as our online class last fall, just in a new home!*

The Art of Goodness Workshop
This is an "instant access workshop" - all content is ready for you, no waiting.  

a great price | so many projects!


You will receive an email confirmation and welcome letter within 24 hours.
   ***I need to have your preferred email address***  


 I am honored to have you as a friend and I am hopeful that the time we have together will be a great blessing to us.  I believe in you.  I believe that you are a beautiful artist with something meaningful to share.  I will be thinking of you and praying over our time together (that is what nuns-in disguise do).    

Sunday, September 7, 2014

i can smell the sunshine in this place

[I decided to pull my current workshop content to the top of the pile and fill these few days with wild romping through fields of alfalfa, belly laughter, and soaking up the illustriousness of summer's glow.  These beautiful models have volunteered to help me in these projects this summer/fall - yes!]

I can smell the sunshine in this place.

Having taught inspiration-collection ideas again and again, I feel, should give me confidence in this creative material. I know this topic. I have tools, ideas, formulas.  I am quite confident in how I derive fresh content for my work.  This is what I do.

But here I am once again...on my knees.

I am always a student.  Always.

The light moves me.

I know this about myself, I am addicted to its romantic call.

This late summer light is an dreamy elusive thing.  I don't know really how to describe it in a way that doesn't sound like I am a floating my boat in my own dream world: warm, heavenly, exquisite, sublime...holy. You know what I am saying, it is that place in our heads and hearts where we have lovely memories stored.  Where everything makes us happy and cry?  All is pretty and overly romantic and not quite real?

I started out this week with plans to get caught up in my stack of projects.  I put my head down, focused on my work...and the light sneaks in and begins to woo.

Well, what do you do with a woo?

Visual artists, photographers, wordsmiths, and those that dwell in spiritual places, you know the words I speak, don't you?  The way you can't help but be lost in that late summer glow.  You have to be out in its ribbons of gold, to find ways to capture its sparkling touch.  It seems this time of year that the world is much more beautiful than you remember.  

This type of inspiration is a beautifully enlightened friend.  I have learned again this week, I must listen.  I must be wooed.  I must be willing to listen to my caring friend (inspiration | revelation | whim).  There are divine moments that are quietly waiting to happen.  I can imagine them or I can live them.  Which do I choose?

There are moments of healing laughter, wildflowers to collect, vistas to explore and sketch, and beautiful images to  

I am also reminded this week of the beauty and poetry in collective work. Combined creativity is always filled with giddy excitement. I realized again this week how healthy it is to get out of my studio and into inspiration-threads with others.  We grow as artists when we spend time together.  

These lovely models, all local ladies, have blessed my evenings with such joyful moments I gratefully treasure and hold with both hands.  I had to be brave to ask and they had to be brave to show up.  We are made for each other!  Thank you.  The collections we have created together will bless students in my fall retreats and in my upcoming online classes.

I think you should join me!

Perhaps it is time for you to chase the summer light?  Today may be the right day for your inspiration collection to begin...again.  Listen to the woo.  Be pulled by the light.  Trust the holy muse and find your shoes.  Just go.  

I can't wait to hear what you find~

In His love & light,

You can find me at these amazing retreats this fall: 

Nurture Your Creative Seed Retreat
(a very small group of fun adventurers...yes!)

(a favorite place with some very best friends!)

*a new favorite*

I have to share one of my favorite new finds.  I was gifted with a copy of the most delicious Bella Grace, a new Stampington & Company publication and I am in love.  The feel of the pages, the rich, dig-deeper content, and the heart connections I feel -- all combine to make this one of those things you treasure and want to share.

Open this sweet magazine and tell me you are not instantly captivated...

I think you may fall in love...Bella Grace

Leave me a comment if you would like one, I have an extra in my studio that I would love to share!

Friday, September 5, 2014

food & art - september

If summer is fading but your market's are flooded with delicious wares, this is just for you!

Farmer's Market Online Workshop:  Information & sign up here!

And last chance for summer art, even a couple originals just added...
My little seasonal shop is only open until September 15. 

love & gesso,

Friday, August 22, 2014

summer of art+love

It has been a summer of art + love.

As a hardworking photographer, I am humbled by the intimate occasions I am invited into.  Each project is unique.  Moments so beautifully tender I often have to fight back tears to get the image I want. I find myself praying (expectantly) for soft filtered sunlight, for divine moments, and for a trusting heart to believe it will happen.  You must be very brave & very humble.  It is true, you must.

I thought you might like a peek?

This beautiful wedding was on a local sheep farm.  When I was told that, how could I say no?  Even though the sheep are away at camp (in the mountains), the bride's dog was here to greet me when I jumped out of my truck.

A bride in the dirt?  At a sheep farm?  In boots?

Oh yes...I knew right then - this was going to be good.


The images that tell a story --they stay with us and captivate our hearts don't you agree?  

Sometimes just being reminded of goodness and love -- seeing it displayed in all its color, story, and glory is enough to keep me going.  It is the divine shimmers that keep me passionately engaged in this life's journey.

We all need these love stories, don't we?  

Thank you Zeb and Aimee for letting me have a glimpse into yours...

With love,

And, the after parties are always a load of fun too...xoxoxo

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