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Thursday, October 23

Brunswick 10 x 10

Last month I contributed to a fun art show in Brunswick called the 10 x 10 Brunswick Benefit Show and Art Sale -- and I'm happy to say I sold one painting!

My two paintings are in the middle! I chose not to frame them because I used Birch Panels.

The sunflower painting is the one that sold, it is one of my favorite ones but I know that it went to a good home.

The proceeds from the sale go to Arts are Elementary which helps Brunswick Elementary schools. I think it was a great success, thanks to all the came out to see all the beautiful work -- and thanks to the person that purchased my painting -- forever grateful for your support!

Have a great day all, it's raining cats and dogs here.

Sunday, October 19

Food…….as always

I think I am as creative in the kitchen as I am in the studio. Sometimes I think about a recipe or particular food I want to cook for days. Even weeks. I do spend a lot of time thinking about how best to make something yummy for my family. I'm not afraid to try something new, I often think that if I wasn't teaching art in the studio for my career I should have been in the kitchen.

But then again, I often just make it up at the last minute because I didn't take the time to plan out dinner and we should be eating soon because our man-boy is starving. For those times I cross my fingers and hope for the best. 

I recently made this amazing raw beet salad. No recipe -- just things that had been bouncing around in my head (much like how a piece of art comes together for me)  fusing themselves together until I was ready to make them for supper.

For this recipe I used a mandolin to matchstick cut: 3 freshly picked and Scrubbed Beets, 1 Macintosh apple and 1/2 of a vidalia onion. I also minced 1 tablespoon of ginger. Then I combined the fresh fruit/veggies  with: 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon coconut sugar and let them sit on the counter for an hour or so while I cooked the rest of the dinner. You could also add carrot, red cabbage, cucumber or even daikon.

My husband STRONGLY dislikes beets and was a little put-off that I would even serve it to him for dinner. ha ha. He went back for seconds and couldn't stop saying how good it was.

Now, if only I could get my BiBimBap to look this good!

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 16

Mixed Media -- Issue THREE!

I'm happy to announce that Mixed Media Issue THREE is ready for you to read over on ISSUU. Just click on the image to link over!

Have a great day, thanks for dropping by!

Girl Scout Troop 2022

I had a sweet group of Girl Scouts come by the studio recently to make a Halloween House. Oh my, they were amazing crafters and glitter flingers.

We had so much fun. I'm still cleaning up glitter. They worked on two badges -- crafting and visiting a local business. It was great to see such young girls craft and really feel good about taking the instructions and then doing their own thing with them. They all had the same materials but the end result was just a little different. It's good to give them permission to create and craft the way they like!

I'm looking forward to having them back again soon!

They were amazing at working with glitter and following instructions!

I couldn't stop smiling!

A heartfelt thank you to Mandy Russell and Troop 2022 for coming to the studio to craft with me!

Monday, October 13

Studio Flowers

I had quite a few friends and family bring flowers for the opening of Merrymeeting Art House -- it warmed my heart to know that so many people are wishing me great success.

I tried to take a still life of all of them -- to remember how amazing they all are!

Sunflowers from my Mom. She knows how much I love sunflowers. They lasted a long time.

From my sweet friend Nim -- so colorful and lovely. She said the white lilies have a special meaning and now I can't remember what she said. As the flowers ended up going I made 3 different arrangements from this huge one -- some of the flowers lasted about 2 weeks!

Pumpkins and squash from my friend Loretta. They are still going strong a month later with another bouquet of sunflowers my Mom brought. 

Hydrangea  from my sweetest friend Kelley. Hand delivered and from her garden. I have another bouquet hand-delivered this week from another friend. Flowers are definitely welcome here!

Thanks all for dropping by today -- have a great week! Happy Columbus Day!!

Thursday, October 9

Private Art Journaling Class at Merrymeeting Art House

I was blessed to have a friend schedule a private "Intro to Art Journal" class at Merrymeeting Art House a few weeks ago. We painted covers for journals, talked about art and enjoyed each others company.

I showed her some of the different journals I keep. But mostly we made art together.

She left with a beautiful journal and I had a few more samples to use for Intro to Art Journaling. 

Thanks for coming Hannah! See you again soon!

Wednesday, October 8

Oh Canada!

I can't believe it's been a month since I blogged last. What a whirlwind of a month -- opening the studio and teaching classes and traveling to Canada seemed to take up the majority of my time -- oh and not to mention that my trusty computer was at the apple store for a facial.

Having my computer away from me for over 10 days really flipped my world upside down. Now I feel myself struggling to get back in the swing of blogging and updating my website. Thankfully I have great friends that help keep me on track.

Teaching in Canada was great fun - the Art House Studio is an amazing space and when I'm ready to expand Merrymeeting Art House -- i will certainly keep her space in mind. It's a great size and the layout and organization are perfect! Her students are pretty amazing too! 

On the way home from teaching at Karen Ellis's studio in Cambridge we had some extra time to spend at the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. I was a little (well -- really who are we kidding --  a whole lot surprised) with how cheesy and Las Vegas -- or country fair like like it was. These dinosaurs were adorning a mini golf site. The main drag had a big statue of Frankenstein and lots of other things that I didn't expect!

I thought that it would be all water and nature and stuff.

You know, kinda like this?

Thankfully I hadn't convinced my husband to go on vacation there to find out my idea of it was busted -- I guess I can cross that off of my bucket list.

Thanks for sticking with me, have a great day and I'll be back more regularly now that life seems to have settled in.

Monday, September 8

Great News about My Artful Life

I've been so overwhelmed and happy with the response to my Artful Life Planner -- thank you all so much!! I also had a few requests for a monthly version.

I'm super excited to announce.....

That I have offered a third download option, the monthly version, as shown below.

The purchase of the planner gives you your choice of (one version of) planners to download and print. You also get:
  • 21 beautiful Original Illustrations ready for you to color them
  • Plenty of pages for notes, doodling and extra planning
  • 2 Mini Year at a Glance Pages to look ahead for easy planning
  • 17 Minute Video to show how to bind your Planner using a Cinch Binding Machine with helpful tips if you do not own this machine
  • A great value at $19.95
  • To purchase, visit Merrymeeting Art House and pay with your paypal account
Thanks for dropping by and sharing in my excitement -- please let me know if you have any questions! 

Thursday, September 4

The Studio Looks Great!

Just a quick drive by to share some pictures of Merrymeeting Art House -- what it looks like inside and pretty near to complete. I have a few things here and there that I want to do but for the most part it's ready for the open house this Friday and Saturday.

I love the table -- it's a perfect size to sit around and create with a group of friends!

So many people donated things -- a heartfelt and huge thanks to everyone that helped! I especially love this little shelf unit -- it's fits perfectly on one wall!

And my Mom brought me my favorite flowers for the first Art Meet-Up.

THANKS everyone for your help and pep talks! Much appreciated for sure! Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3

Daily Practice

I'm still working on my dailies -- though it's taking me a lot more than one day to finish them these days!

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!

Monday, September 1

Summer's Bounty

I love gardening, even if I don't weed as much as I should -- I guess I don't really like the weeds.

My Mom and I made our annual batch of spaghetti sauce last weekend -- it's so delicious!

It's a lot of work -- first we scald the tomatoes to get the skin to come off easily.

Then we squeeze the seeds out and crush them. Meanwhile, one of us is chopping lots of onion and garlic and getting that ready to add the crushed tomatoes.

It takes a couple of hours to get it to the point where the jars are cooling and ready to store for the winter.

Come January when it's cold and wet outside -- I'm reminded of my weedy garden full of yummy tomatoes every time I crack open a jar of this!

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day -- Happy Labor Day.

Saturday, August 30

Merrymeeting Art House

I'd like to introduce you to something near and dear to my heart. A little teaching Art Studio in the heart of my town. A place where I can teach classes to my local community and share what I do -- and do well - without traveling.

Don't get me wrong, I love to travel and teach away from home, but it's going to be amazing to have a place at home too! It's located right on the main street of my town -- on the second story of a quaint old Victorian. The building has a Title Lawyer on the first floor and a small mortgage company on the second floor.


And me now.  The space has a great feel to it -- and the lighting during the day is perfect! I just love it there. It's going to be the perfect place to teach local people mixed media art! 

Thanks for dropping by -- enjoy your day! 

Wednesday, August 27


In life it's so dang easy to walk around seeing the ugly in things -- rather than the beauty or the potential for beauty. I do like to think that I see the potential -- or the possibilities that things can be.

Like this foot stool -- being modeled by my dog, Guinness.

I picked it up at Goodwill for $2.99. The moment I saw it I KNEW it would be the perfect companion to the chair that I recovered last week. The chair had belonged to my Grandmother and was taking up space at my Mom's -- I've been gently suggesting that she make a slipcover for it for years.

She didn't.

I had a plan to recover the ugly foot stool with left over fabric - I was going to cut a top out and then cut a strip for around the sides and sew them together. But just in case, I asked my Guru (Mom) what she would do.

She thought that sewing 4 boxed corners would be an easier and better idea. And, boy oh boy was she right. We had this whole thing done in less than an hour. I can't wait to take it to the studio today and try it out.

The moral of the story -- like Kelly Rae Roberts says -- always be a Possibilitian -- and when they say Mother Knows Best -- a lot of the time they are right! Thanks Mom.

Friday, August 22

For you to be Inspired

I've been looking through flower photos I've taken over the years to help inspire me to draw them again. I think sometimes you need to give yourself a break from doing and just look. Soak it in. See - really see what inspires you. At least that's what I'm doing this week.

I also want to send out a -- a HUGE, HUMUNGO, MAMMOTH shout out and big thanks to all of you that purchased my Artful Life Planner.  I'm amazed at the positive response -- thank you. so much. 

For those of you that don't know what my Artful Life Planner is -- you can read more about it here -- and purchase it here.  It's only on sale until the end of the month - so make sure you purchase soon to save $5.00!

Wednesday, August 20


The latest daily practice page -- completed last week sometime. 

I've been feeling stuck or maybe it's artist block -- in the drawing department lately. I think I need to have another journal that I can create messy, painty pages without worrying about messing up my floral illustrations.