Sunday, November 2, 2014

The 2014 Twelve Artsy Ornaments of Christmas Workshop

Christmas is literally just around the corner and the fabulous Christy Tomlinson is hosting her annual 12 Artsy Ornaments class!

I am really excited to be a part of it this year!  I am always a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to holiday decorating and gift buying.
Getting ready for this class has given me a jump start.

Class begins December 2nd!

 I will be teaching mini journal ornaments.  Here's a peek. :)

mini journals with trees and stars

mini journal with St. Lucia

joyful making, so excited to give these for holiday gifts! 

Below is a sampling of projects from past classes

For more info and to sign up, just click HERE!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Life Book 2015 Here we come!!!

Sign up is now open!!!  Click the link below or the button on the sidebar.  So excited to see you there♥♥♥

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Thursday, September 18, 2014


Happy PPF!  Summer is still hanging on here, a little rain the other day but i'ts supposed to be 90 this weekend! 
I'm sharing several paintings from the past few weeks and a few pics from our summer beach trip with the family, and my birthday.  Seems like we didn't do much this summer and now school has started.  My boy is a freshman in high school and my daughter started her 3rd year of college this week.  My life is whooshing right past me and I want to hold on.  

With my happy in the sun

My sweet babes on the beach

surprise 4oth at the beach for my sister, the grandkids helped with the candle. 

My Dad and my little nephew in the early morning

Adorable nephews♥

My Lucy, she needs a haircut

Hiking near the beach. These little guys are the best of friends

My niece and I trying to smile in the bright sun
My friends Judy, Shellie, and I  having an art day on my birthday 

Making a wish!  I love this yellow shirt, I wear it a lot. 

My dad loves birds so I painted one for his birthday.

Here are several more paintings from the last few weeks.  
portrait: acrylic and charcoal

Wishing you a Happy Weekend!!!

Thank you to those that stopped by and left a comment about the Life Book giveaway, the winner was announced HERE today.  

Blog Hop Winner!

Hello Friends! 

Thank you all for welcoming me to Life Book . I enjoyed reading each of your comments and connecting with you here.  

I asked you each to share what art means to you, here's what some of you shared:

Art in any form, is an aspect of the matter the skill level or medium, whether it's paint, pencil, camera, or junk and glue...creating anything is speaking from the soul and putting it out into the world somehow. It's a piece of you, from the concept to the realization. You've made something no person has ever in the history of ever made before! -Jenne Feeney

Art keeps me from becoming OLD inside & out. It saves my sanity! -Sinderella Studio

art is the way. It creates a path, a way, for me to be in the world. It exposes and creates meaning. -Cynthia Lee

Art is like air...I need it to breathe, to be myself, to be whole. I may not create every day (which is one reason I want to take this class so desperately) but there is not ever a day when art does not impact my life. Be it the artists on facebook that I follow, the graffiti on the street, the doodles on a notepad or the galleries that I pass. Art is life. -All Shiny & New

art is…speaking freely, without words. -Joy Matthews

As I sat here and read through each of your comments I felt connected to you and wish I could give each of you a free spot in the course.  I hope to you to see you all there!

Here's the winning comment:

'Art' is ...freedom, dreaming, creating, being happy, learning, meeting,... I just started painting and drawing this year, and it feels good! :)

Fingers crossed!!!
Smiles from Belgium,
Saskia :)

Art is truly a universal language transcending all barriers.  
For me personally, art has kept me going when life seemed unbearable.  
Art saves me each day and I am thankful. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lifebook 2015!!!

Happy Day, Life Book 2015 is around the corner!

I am so excited that I can finally say out loud that I will be one of the teachers!!!  

In case you didn't know, Life Book is a year-long mixed media art class created by the lovely Tam of Willowing.

1 amazing course offering instruction, tips and tricks from 25 different teachers.  All your beautiful creations will be bound into a beautiful book of your life at the end of the year. 

8th September 2014 - Tamara Laporte -
9th September 2014 - Jane Davenport -
10th September 2014 - Joanne Sharpe -
11th September 2014 -  Jenny Lee Wentworth -
12th September 2014 -  Violette Clark -
13th September 2014 -  Chris Zydel -
14th September 2014 -  Danielle Donaldson -
15th September 2014 -  Effy Wild -
16th September 2014 -  Flora Bowley -
17th September 2014 -  Alisa Burke -
18th September 2014 -  Lynzee Lynx -
19th September 2014 -  Jeanne Oliver -
20th September 2014 -  Andrea Gomoll -
21st September 2014 -  Kristin van Valkenburgh -
22nd September 2014 -  Jill K. Berry -
23rd September 2014 -  Alena Hennessy -
24th September 2014 -  Juliette Crane -
25th September 2014 -  Jenny Doh -
26th September 2014 -  Mati Rose McDonough -
27th September 2014 -  Patti Ballard -
28th September 2014 -  Rachael Rice -
29th September 2014 -  Roben Marie Smith -
30th September 2014 -  Andrea Schroeder -
1st October 2014 -  Lynn Whipple -
2nd October 2014 -  Donna Downey -

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We will each be offering a free spot on Life Book.  

Just leave a comment telling me what art means to you!  

Extra entries will be added for those that share this post on facebook, instagram, or twitter.

The winner will be announced next Thursday September 18th!

Thank you Tam for welcoming me on this amazing journey.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's a Blog Hop

My online friend Blenda Tyvoll invited me to take part in a blog hop.  Blenda is an uber talented artist and a super sweet lady.  Blenda is an artist mostly working in mixed media. You can see examples of her work HERE, and HERE.  I love her paintings of trees and birds.  As an Oregonian she is surrounded with natures inspiration. 

For the blog hop, I've been asked to answer 3 questions and then link to 3 other artist/bloggers.  Here goes:

1.       How does my creating process work?
My process is not always the same.  I may start with a sketch or I may just start adding layers of paint and see where it leads me.  I like to keep it interesting. 
I try to keep myself open to change as I start a piece.  I may start out with a particular vision but sometimes the work takes on its own direction so I try not get stuck forcing the original idea.  Creating is therapeutic for me so the process of layering and changing is just as important as the end result. 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My work mainly consists of female figures and portraiture.  I make an effort to make sure every face is different and the features are not always perfect.  Every woman is different, and there is great beauty in our diversity.  
I try to emote feeling in my work and draw the viewer in through the eyes of my paintings. 

3. What am I working on?
Right now I'm working on a piece I call, "We are Three"  Pictured below are some progression shots.

I'm linking to these talented friends:

Friday, June 20, 2014

Paintings from the last several months♥

Slowly getting back into blogging, it's been so long I almost forgot how. :)
Life has been nonstop work, baseball, laundry...and of course, painting. 
My hubby has been working hard in the garden and I can't wait for the tomatoes and zuchini!
My sweet boy officially graduated from the 8th grade, next stop high school!
Summer is here in Oregon and it is so beautiful.  We're ready for camping and day trips to the beach.  So thankful for sunshine!
Here's a few pics of my garden, my little graduate, and several paintings I've worked on over the last few months. 


beginning stage of a painting