Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Life Book 2016 is HERE!!

Life Book 2016 is now OPEN! I have an amazing, affirming, and juicy lesson planned for the course. There are 20+ other awesome artists contributing. Come play and paint with us! Just follow THIS LINK to register! 

Check out this lovely video below!

See you there! 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Winner of LIFE BOOK 2016 Giveaway!

Congrats to Jean, of Pages in Time blog! You're the winner of the Life Book 2016 giveaway! Please let me know via email which email you'd like to use for the class!! All the best! I know you'll love it!!

I hope to see you all there at Life Book 2016! I'm working on bringing you two awesome lessons, and the others instructors are going to wow you as well!" target="ejejcsingle">Click here to view more details</a>


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Teaching on LIFE BOOK 2016 and a GIVEAWAY!!

Hello everyone!

I have some wonderful & exciting news! I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2016 next year!" target="ejejcsingle"

I can't even begin to explain how happy I am to be a part of this lovely course. It's a wonderful opportunity for artistic and personal growth :).

And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away 1 space on this amazing year long art course! Keep reading if you want to find out more about Life Book 2016 and if you want to find out how you can win a spot! :)" target="ejejcsingle"

First let me tell you a bit more about Life Book in case you haven't heard about it yet!

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!" target="ejejcsingle"

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 8700 people in the past!) by clicking HERE.

I haven't fully developed my class idea yet, but I'm excited to be sharing with you how to find your own voice in your art through personally meaningful symbolism and how to build texture with mediums and pastes, much like you can see in these paintings:

I will also be making a BONUS class on sacred self care and we'll be making a watercolor as well as a raw food smoothie.

Registration opens for LifeBOOK 20166 on October 5th 2015 and the class begins on January 1st 2016.

So if you want to start the year with a fabulous creative BANG and spend 2016 with a wonderful creative community of like-minded souls, learning more about art and how to be kinder and more loving towards yourself, be sure to join once registration opens! :)

Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! :)

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! :)

I can give away 1 space on Life Book 2016 to 1 lucky winner, yay! :) And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winner a space by entering all the other giveaways also! :)

How to enter the give-away:

1. Share this give-away on Facebook or twitter
2. Sign up to my newsletter (click HERE)
3. Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join Life Book 2016

I will announce the winner on Thursday, September 24th.

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their giveaways! :)" target="ejejcsingle"

7 Sept 2015 Tamara Laporte
8 Sept 2015 Annie Hamman
9 Sept 2015 Kristin Dudish
10 Sept 2015 Effy Wild
11 Sept 2015 Faith Evans-Sills
12 Sept 2015 Gillian Lee Smith
13 Sept 2015 Ivy Newport
14 Sept 2015 Jane Davenport
15 Sept 2015 Jenny Grant
16 Sept 2015 Angela Kennedy (Pennystamper)
17 Sept 2015 Lisa Viger
18 Sept 2015 Martha Lever
19 Sept 2015 Mary Beth Shaw
20 Sept 2015 Melody Ross
21 Sept 2015 Pam Carriker
22 Sept 2015 Pauline Agnew
23 Sept 2015 Rae Missigman
24 Sept 2015 Renata Loree
25 Sept 2015 Roben-Marie Smith
26 Sept 2015 Roxanne Coble
27 Sept 2015 Shiloh Sophia McCloud
28 Sept 2015 Donna Downey
29 Sept 2015 Tracy Verdugo
30 Sept 2015 Wyanne Thompson

Have a great time following the blog hop! I'm SO looking forward to seeing you in the course next year!! :)


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Golden Hour: And then there was light ...

The Golden Hour:

"In photography, the golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour, especially in cinematography) is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer compared to when the Sun is higher in the sky."

Indulge me. Just for a moment. I want to share this stunning, heart opening, light filled evening {and a few collected words} with you ...

Awake my dear 
Be kind to your sleeping heart. 
Take it out into the vast fields of light 
and let it breathe. 
~ Hafiz

Even if your life is now a cage,
For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,
Is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain
You hold the title to... - See more at:
Light will someday split you open
Even if your life is now a cage,
For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,
Is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain
You hold the title to... - See more at:

Light will someday split you open
Even if your life is now a cage,
For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,
Is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain
You hold the title to ...
~ Hafiz

Even if your life is now a cage,
For a divine seed, the crown of destiny,
Is hidden and sown on an ancient, fertile plain
You hold the title to... - See more at:

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; 
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
  ~ Plato

 Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr

There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
  ~ BrenĂ© Brown

We went down into the silent garden.
Dawn is the time when nothing breathes,
the hour of silence.
Everything is transfixed,
only the light moves.
~ Leonora Carrington

Choose a place where you won't do harm - yes, choose a place where you won't do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine.
~ E.M. Forrester

Fear can only grow in darkness. Once you face fear with light, you win.
~ Steve Maraboli

Love is not consolation. It is light.
~ Simone Weil

Light is more important than the lantern,
The poem more important than the notebook.
~ Nizar Quabanni

She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.
~ Jerry Spinelli

The rose shadows said that they loved the sun, but that they also loved the dark, where their roots grew through the lightless mystery of the earth. The roses said: You do not have to choose.
~ Robin McKinley

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Video below ...

When I was a kid I went to a private school for gifted kids, called Gibson School for the Gifted, in Dearborn, Michigan. It was modeled after the Sumerhill school in England and run democratically. Students were in control of their curriculum.

We called the teachers by their first names and decided for ourselves what we would do each day. We sat on cushions instead of at desks and each had our own stereo and headphones. I played my 8 track of the Bay City Rollers in mine most of the time. It was a long time ago, don't judge.

Judy Greer, an actress who everyone has seen but no one remembers the name of, is the only "famous" alumni I can think of.

It was predicted I would become infamous, but that hasn't happened ... not yet.

Anyway, this school was special, unique, and awesome and nearly everything I love or am interested in or inspired by today, I discovered there. I think it's a brilliant way to educate children, whether they're gifted or not and all kids should be lucky enough to experience a joy in learning that profound.

Sadly, it closed a few years ago and the golden age of alternative education seems, unfortunately, to be dead. I will read something interesting, make something, or think outside the box every day because of its influence.

Probably had a little to do with why I decided to streak my hair purple the other day, although PMS seems to have also been a factor. But I digress. One of the things we explored in my time at this wonderful, magical school was film making. Back when film actually had to be developed, we had access to a 16MM camera. We also had a chance to try the thing that really intrigued me ... animation. I've been fascinated with it ever since.

I've been playing with digital images lately. I love it. Images can be made almost as quickly as they are thought of ...  and it seems to scratch a mental itch like nothing else can.

I was under a time limit to make prints for a local art fair and turned to Photoshop and digital ... and am so happy with the process. It's far more creative than I anticipated. It's freeing in a way that I haven't experienced with images much before. (Will have these in an Etsy shop soon, I think).

Tactile wise, it leaves a lot to be desired. There's not much touching thngs or moving about. The creative action is all in the head and not in the body, which leaves something to be desired. But, as a mental exercise, it can't be beat.

While looking through some old images for digital collage possibilities, I ran across these plates from a book on an old device from the late 1800s called the  Zoopraxiscope.

A Zoopraxiscope is "an early device for displaying motion pictures. Created by photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge in 1879, it may be considered the first movie projector."

"The zoopraxiscope projected images from rotating glass disks in rapid succession to give the impression of motion."

The disks look like record albums with images around the edges. It was cutting edge then and would have required an epic break with conventional thought and a huge creative leap by Muybridge. He may have fit in at Gibson, now that I think about it.

Anyway, I took a few of the Zoopraxiscope plates, fiddled with them in Photoshop, and made some images from them.

I took a few of the images, fiddled with them in Photoshop, and made some animations out of them. This is what happened ...