Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pop Up Studio Sale

I'm inviting everyone in for just a couple hours to grab the best deals of the year--20% off everything in my studio.  {That means the $145 painting you've wanted is just $116--best deal of the year for just a couple hours}

Original acrylic paintings, original watercolor posters, cards, journals, brave inspiration card decks, Winter Peace card and more.

Come visit me, bring friends, shop for the holidays, shop for yourself, have fun!!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Day 3: Reworks Painting Project

I finished my piece, Upcycled Garden, on Wednesday.  Here are 3 sneak peaks of sculptural elements.  I would be delighted for you to come out on Saturday evening for the Show and Sale.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Day 2: Reworks Painting Project

Today I added the 3D flowers and leaves I created from newspaper I painted yesterday.

A detail that lets you see more of the orange roses.

I'm thinking of turning it upside down before I decide what to do with it tomorrow!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Day 1: Reworks Painting Project

There were many more paint options than I expected.

I started out with a dark green and started layering greens.

When I left for the day I left a good start and I took newspapers that I had painted that I hope to turn into a sculptural element of 3D flowers and leaves.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

National Novel Writing Month

I'm excited to be participating in National Novel Writing Month.  I'm working on a children's novel that I would like to read.  This is where I will be investing my writing energies this month.  I'm hoping to complete the 50,000--that would probably be enough for two juvenile novels.  We'll have to see how this all shakes down?

What project is drawing your creative energy right now?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Brave Maker This Week

Sometimes I don't give myself credit for all the stuff I make every single week.  I'm sure I'm leaving something off the list here, but this is what I've been making this week:

I started on a new painting--much more done than seen below!

Marshmallow souffle?  Nope--smore dessert dip--just add graham crackers.  This small amount is perfect for 2 - 3 people.

Newspaper flower prototype for upcoming Reworks "Make Art Not Waste" Event

I did a bit of a rearrange in my studio.

I'm still creating mini journals so that you can write your story.

I'm also decided this week to do a big writing project in November!

I started projects for a workshop I'm offering next month to create Upcycled Holiday decorations and gifts.  This included making some wool felted garlands, recycled handmade paper books, tags and labels, and magazine page stationary and gift cards.

I continue to write something ever day wether it is part of my book, blog and website posts, yoga scripts, workshop descriptions, or lesson plans to support Will U Learning!

That's what this brave maker has been up to this week!  How about you?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Mystifying Art Show

Enjoy the season and see some spooky art!  Opening is this Friday, 5 p.m. til ??
See if you can find my garden!

Also, pop into my studio to enjoy art that is mostly the opposite of the work upstairs!  
I'll be there from 5 - 8:30.

Write Your Own Story Mini Journals


Those words always make my heart happy.
Are you looking for a little gift to share with many people over the holiday season

I am introducing my Write Your Own Story Mini Journals!

​These amazing little gems started life as a simple little notecard, ordinary paper, and a bit of floss.  When combined with a magic needle they become little treasures that inspire the writer, the artist, the maker, the lover in all of us.  {See all the options HERE NOW!}

Here are some FAQs:

What can I do with my mini journal?

Here are a few of my ideas for your mini journal:
  • Gratitude journal
  • Sketchbook
  • Poetry
  • Love letter
  • Most Important Tasks
  • To do list
  • Portable art journal

Why is it called Write your own story?
People often need permission to do something, so I wrote you a little creative permission slip with it.
Just for you I said,  "
Go ahead! ~ Be Brave! ~ Create!"

How can I use this as a gift?
I have two different ideas for this one.
First it would be wonderful to receive this as snail mail.  Each mini journal comes with its original stationary envelope.  So send that sweet little book as a tangible gift that arrives in the mail box.
​Second, imagine writing a love letter or letter of gratitude of collecting amazing quotes or warm affirmations and recording them in the little book.  It's a gift from the heart that is about to become a cherished treasure.

Where can I buy mini journals?
You may purchase HERE online, visit the ACoT gift gallery, or make arrangements with me to meet up!

How is it packaged?
Each little hand sewn booklet has a simple kraft paper strip that says "Write your own story--Mini journal.  There is a little kraft paper square that suggests used, and together with the journal and envelope snuggled in a clear sleeve.
Do I get to choose the style?
You sure do!  Below you will see all the styles currently available.  I hope you enjoy using or giving these as much as I enjoyed making them!  Go HERE to see all the styles.

Friday, October 16, 2015

What happens when you have a creative dry spell?

What happens when you have a creative dry spell?  For me, I start to panic.  I worry about money.  I think I've made a terrible mistake.

And then I remember:  THIS IS ALL PART OF THE PROCESS!

I just went through about a week of this.  Usually I have way more ideas than I can actualize in the time constraints of being a human on this planet.  Not this time.  All I could see was everything that wasn't working.  And I felt so much fear.

Here is what did work this time:

The big thing was that I started to clean out my home studio that had turned into a storage closet.  I found materials I forgot I had. I looked through old notebooks that were filled with old ideas.  I could see patterns and a few themes that kept repeating.  I found old things I had made, and I was surprised by how cool some of them were.

I started to do some little things I could control.  I worked on my son's Halloween costume.  I paid my bills. {Official least favorite task.  I secretly want to be rich and famous so I can pay my accountant can do this for me!}

I told a couple people I wasn't feeling inspired, and they offered gentle support.  I went to my studio almost every day just like I usually do.  I puttered around.  I tried not to panic.  I tried to be gentle with myself.

I got a little outside affirmation

And then. . . kapow . . . my best idea for teachers in the past couple of months hit me.  And a sweet little artsy idea also hit.  And we are off again on the creative racetrack!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Paranormal Preview

So my art is generally at the opposite pole from paranormal, but I created a piece for a show that is opening here at ACoT a week from tomorrow.

It's titled, "Quite Contrary Garden."

Here are a few sneak peaks:

Monday, October 5, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Winter Peace Premier Greeting Card

I am head over heels excited to present this original piece of art--Winter Peace--as a professionally printed seasonal greeting card.  

I have loved fat little birds for as long as I can remember.  This guy is extra special, and I'm delighted to share him with you.  I completed this piece in the early months of 2015, and I just loved its warmth and simplicity.

I think it makes a fabulous Christmas or New Year card.  It would also make an amazing party invitation, thank you note or just a fun card to send.

These cards are printed on 110 lb. premium card stock with a gloss finish--nice and thick and VERY attractive.  Envelopes are white.  The card is blank inside and waiting for your personalized message.

You may order sets of 10 or 30 HERE.  {There is no charge for shipping during the month of October!}

Individual cards are available in my studio for $ 2.75 each.  {Make an appointment to visit my studio.}

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Host an Art Party

I'm so pleased to announce that I am available to do Art Parties and Trunk Shows in your home with your friends!

Make holiday shopping a piece of cake for you and your friends.  Invite friends and tidy your house and make some snacks.  I will bring a wide assortment of art pieces {from a couple bucks to a couple hundred bucks} to your home.  I will show many original art pieces, suggest how items can be packaged together.  You and your friends will have one of a kind gifts to give this year and the satisfaction of supporting a local artist.

Email me today to schedule your event or ask questions.

Invite your friends over for a creative event together.  Make memories!  Make art!  I will instruct your group in creating one of a kind pieces.  We can paint on canvas, watercolor, or create collages.  I provided all the materials.  This is a wonderful way to celebrate a special event such as a shower, reunion, holiday, or just because.  We can add yoga to give the experience a spa feeling, too.

Email me to schedule your event or ask a question.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Save Some Time Next Weekend

Original Watercolor 

Posters Sale


Online sale begins Friday, Sept. 25.
Studio Sale is Saturday, Sept. 26, 5 - 8 p.m.

Buy more & save more:  1 = $20 or 2 = $36 or 3 = $48
The posters make amazing and inspiring gifts!

The studio sale will be during ACoT's Open House--lots of resident artists in their studios, art to see and buy, live music, refreshments--join the fun!

The online sale will take place HERE.  {Everyday there will be more posters to preview, and Friday the sale will go live!}  See what inspiring art you want to own or give!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Little Bits of Creativity

I was busy writing, and so I didn't really make any art.  I did make a little price sign/collage for Brave Inspiration Card Decks.

It's great to let little bits of creativity overflow into all areas of life.  This makes the world a more beautiful and positive place, too!

Even if you're not doing "creative" work, where can you let creativity in and change the world?

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New Painting

I finished this piece this week.
Nature vs. Civilization
24 x 30 acrylic on canvas
Email me if you want to own this piece of my creativity

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Great Morning Painting

I had a great morning painting! 

 One canvas I never really liked is turning into a tree

The bright background of this piece. . .

. . . became super muted for a darker than usual piece that is on its way--stay tuned!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mums, Rain Barrels, and More

Here's what I'm working on in the studio this week:

I freshened a painting from a couple years ago for the Mum Fest Open House:

I worked on a rain barrel for a local municipal auction that is still in process and clearly this pix are not in the chronological order, but you get the idea!

I also drew a little book to share with Girl Scouts about RELAXING.

And I have a top secret project that will be revealed this Friday.  {The suspense is killing me!}

Cards for the Camino

To all the amazing people who follow my art, I'm not sure if I've told you about the epic adventure my son, Sam, and I are taking...