February 27 - March 3, 2014
An Artful Journey is a fabulous, all-inclusive, 3-day retreat held in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California. I'll be teaching a journal workshop with painted photos, a book bag, and loads of fun, mixed media technique. Come join the fun!
April 4 - 6, 2014 Come visit beautiful Florida in the spring! I'll be teaching a 3 day journal workshop at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida. We'll have fun painting photos and creating a journal.
Workshop in Bruges, Belgium. Stay Tuned for details! ***********This 2014 workshop has been postponed. Don't give up though... the coordinator is working hard to make it happen in 2015! ***********
I'm SO excited about teaching in Belgium! It will include photo walks in Bruges (Belgium's Little Venice of the North) where we'll explore, photograph and soak up the ambience of this beautiful city. We'll then paint and create with our photos and make an art journal filled with wonderful Belgium memories.
October 23-26, 2014 Come take a workshop with me at Donna Downey Studios in Huntersville, North Carolina! We'll go on a photo walk, print some of the photos that we take, then paint on them, and create something fabulous. I'm not sure of the details yet, but as soon as I know, I'll let you know!
I will be teaching at An Artful Journey in February, and have been making samples for class. We'll be making journals and painting birds, and I'm loving working with my bird photos. The workshop is filled, but I'll be teaching a similar workshop in Florida, April 4-6, at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps in Lake Worth and there are still spots available. I would love to see you there!
Last June, while teaching at Donna Downey's Studio in North Carolina (yay, I get to teach there again in October!), I went to the Raptor Center and photographed gorgeous owls, eagles, and other raptors. One of them was the inspiration for this painting: You know I love crows... here's a journal I just finished for another class sample: Sorry, a few of the photos below are a bit dark-Inside cover lining:Another lining:And here's another book bag:
I really enjoy making these little scrap journals. This one has vintage fabric, silk, and velvet along with hand painted fabric. I'll be teaching a similar journal in Florida this coming spring. It's a private workshop, so it's not listed on my class schedule. While there, I'll also be teaching a journal with painted photos here. So excited about this trip! And I'm beyond thrilled about bird photography while there. All together, about 3 dreamy weeks in sunny Florida, teaching and birding. Can't wait!
I've been sick for a few months (ongoing adrenal problems), but getting better now, so it's time to catch up on my blog! I just finished a journal that I started last June, and am really happy with it. I hadn't created in so long that I was nervous my creativity wouldn't come back. Happily, it's back and I'm so thankful to be creating again.
I'll be teaching variations of these techniques next year in California, Florida, and North Carolina. Details are listed on the side bar. I hope to see you there!
--A special thanks to my students for sharing photos... I didn't have time to take many!
WOW. What a fabulous time I had in North Carolina teaching at Donna Downey Studios! So much fun and laughter, mixed with tons of creativity, learning, and finished books! I highly recommend taking a workshop at Donna's gorgeous studio/store! You will love it!From the moment you arrive, you're completely taken care of. Not one detail is missed, with each student's comfort always top priority (and the instructor too). The food is fabulous, and is catered by Donna's mom, “Grandma Cookie”. She's a fabulous cook, and addresses any food issue you might have.
And if you have a sweet tooth... that's taken care of too! The "candy-bar" is open all day long...
Special care is taken to make sure each guest has everything they might need or want. Amazing. Everything is provided, and the tables are well stocked with supplies when you arrive.
And she has EIGHT machines for students to borrow!
Even the bathroom is decorated with fun, embellished paint brushes hanging on the walls. I have a new brush that Donna sent home with me that I'll get creative with and send back.
And I can't forget to mention the store mascot...Karma. Donna's 10 week old puppy was always in her puppy pocket. Isn't she the cutest thing?
Class time was wonderful, and I was thrilled that almost all of my 24 students finished their journal! And Olga even finished TWO! So fun.
Following are random shots of class projects at different stages of completion. I'm sorry I don't have names to go with everyone's fabulous work. I wish I had had time to go through each journal without rushing, but class is always like that- never enough time. These girls were amazing with all the work they produced! One night, instead of dinner at the store, we were treated to a stretch limo ride out to dinner. So fun to jam most of us into the limo and enjoy a fun evening out. Disco lights and a live band playing oldies but goodies topped off the fun.
And great news! I've been invited to return and teach again next year! Can't wait. It will be October 23-26, 2014! Save the date! We will go on a photo walk, laugh, create with our photos, eat good food, and learn lots!
This shows the signature wraps in the front of the journal:Painted photo and pages:Ready to journal on:sweetly feast on life:
Unfinished front cover. Still needs to be bound and words added:
breaking rules, being brave:
Last page and signature wraps: Back cover:
I still have some embellishment and the binding to do, but I've started another book and will work on both. Here's the cover for the new book:
Wow, life happened...for about a year! An update is long over due. So much has happened, and I'm thrilled to be back and creating again. Thanks to everyone who emailed and asked about me.
We've moved to eastern Washington where Quail rule, and we love it here (there are tons of Quail everywhere!). I just finished having an art room installed in our new home, and absolutely love it. I'm thankful and thrilled to be able to create in such an inspirational and dreamy space.
Let's see...what else... Since we last talked, I've taught in Italy and spent a week in Venice after teaching.
It was one of the most amazing places I've ever been.
I must go back one day. The romantic decay and grunge,
wandering with camera in hand without any destination in mind,
the constant lapping of the water on the edges of crumbling buildings,
and the dreamy textures and color were all intoxicating and so inspiring.
I loved wandering, getting lost, and soaking it all in.
I'm getting ready to teach in North Carolina next month at Donna Downey Studios (class has filled). Here's the cover of the journal that I'll be demoing:
It's going to be such a fun workshop. When I get back, I'm finally going to be able to start on an online workshop. All of that life that's been going on here has prevented me from doing it, but I think it's finally going to happen. I'll be sending out a newsletter as soon as I have details. It will be a journal of some sort.
I'm also excited about teaching at An Artful Journey again next February. I taught there earlier this year and had such a wonderful time. Love Love Love working with Cindy, and I'm so excited to begin preparing for next year. I'm going to teach a journal and a bag. Not sure about the journal details yet, but here's a sample of the bag:
That's the short version ... I'm determined not to let so much time go by before I check in again! Hope you're all having a creative and wonderful day.