Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Create Your Own zines!

Zines are such a great tool for artists whether you use them for tutorials, art inspiration or little stories. My zines have been super popular and I would love to show you an easy way to create zines and booklets. Sign up for my Patreon $20 tier by October 31st, and receive the Create Your Own Zine class FREE. Good only through the end of the month! 

Or if you want to sign up for the class only, it is available HERE for $25.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Let's go to Taos!

Enchanted Story Journal
Taos, NM
Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Historic Inn and conference center

Imagine waking up nestled in a space where writers and artists slept... like Ansel Adams, 
Georgia O'keefe, Dennis Hopper, and Willa Cather. Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a place where these creatives retreated to spend time focusing on their craft. Carl Jung even stayed here. 
Mabel provided a place to nurture their creativity. It was a time for reflection. Focus. And 
free from distractions. Mabel's is such a special place wrapping you in culture and magic and 
I am honored to be teaching here.

Join me in the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House March 10-14th, 2020 for 4 nights and 
3 full days of creative time.  I’ll be leading you through painting exercises and break out 
demo’s each day. 
We will explore animals that speak to us as well as those we might encounter in 
magical Taos, NM. One night, with windows open, I heard the coyotes call. Chilling yet beautiful.
Vulnerable yet empowering. Just as our art. A freedom in the call. In art.

Diving into what it means to foster happy accidents by working quickly and channeling 
our inner child, we will scribble and enjoy the process, not worrying about the outcome. 
Creating is a part of the journey and every mark and “mistake” should be celebrated. 
Therein, lies the magic of the creative process. We will create with the mindset of what
it means to be free to be YOU.

I have stayed at Mabel’s twice in the last several years and have dreamed of 
teaching there one day. Mabel’s is a place that holds a rich history of hosting artists 
and writers such as Willa Cather, Georgia O’Keefe, and Dennis Hopper. 
The food is incredible. The indescribable rich nostalgia grips at you. 
That is really the only way that I know how to describe this place. 

I expect, as all the workshops at Mabels do, to fill quickly. Space is limited to a rather 
small group to really connect and fellowship. We will journal our stories. Paint with curiosity. And embrace the you-ness of you. Where does your story take you?

Breakfasts and Lunches are included as well as one dinner on our last night. 
You will be on your own for dinner the other 3 nights. There are lots of great 
restaurants close to Mabel’s.

Supplies: The supply list will be emailed to you about a month or two before the workshop begins.

Are you ready to register?!

Please do the following: 

1. fill out the registration form: HERE

2. Wait for me to send you a request via PayPal for registration fee.

  • $1395 for single occupancy
  • $1295 for double occupancy (a room that you’ll share with someone. 
    If you happen to know another attendant that is coming, please let me know on the 
    registration form and we’ll put you together)

  • Rooms will be on a first come, first get basis! Check out all the rooms over on Mabel’s website 
    (but PLEASE DON’T pay for a room there!)
  • Let me know your first and 2nd choice of rooms

  • If you'd like to come a day early or stay an extra day, please 
contact Mabels at 575-751-9686

    --payment plans available upon request. Please leave your name and email address 
    in the comments and we will email and give you the details. (your comment will not be published. 
    only I will see it.)

    *Cancellation policy:
    Due to my contract with Mabel’s below is my cancellation policy for attendees:
    • If you have to cancel before January 9th, you will receive a full refund minus $100
    • If you cancel after January 9th, and I have someone on the waiting list to take your spot, 
      you will receive a refund minus $250
    • If we don’t have anyone on the waiting list and you cannot find someone to take 
      your space, then unfortunately no refund will be given. 

    Special note about Mabel’s: Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a retreat-style facility with 
    no air-conditioning, televisions, alarm clocks or telephones. 
    There is wi-fi only in the main living area. You will have access to this area 24 hours a day. 
    Please visit for more info and learn more about this 
    beautiful place!

    Friday, October 4, 2019


    I am super thrilled to announce I am now on Patreon!!

    Patreon is a cool platform for artists to offer content to those patrons (that is you) who pledge to a tier. If you love Watercolor then the Watercolor Wallflower is your tier. If you love both watercolor and mixed media then hop into the Messy Inner Child. I love Patreon's versatility for offering different options for content. 

    Patreon allows me to interact with you more, and offer up things the main public will never see!

    My family is fully supported from my art for the past year and a half. My husband (and biz partner) takes care of the accounting, Etsy shop, shipping, scanning, product designing and tons of other admin stuff. This really frees me up to create more art and more content for you! Your support means so so much to me....thank you, thank you!

    I have a video to give you a peek into what I'll be offering!

    Here is the first Messy Inner Child lesson:

    And here are my cute illustrations for the tiers!! Just creating these cute drawings for the tiers was so much fun

    If you love art supplies!

    If you love watercolor!

    If you like getting messy with acrylics and mixed media.

    If you love original art, this is your tier!

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019

    Elf Magic open for registration!!

    Are you ready for some Elf Magic?!
    We will be drawing and sketching and painting with watercolors and acrylic paint.
    I have loved painting these cute big eyed girls and just had to share this process. I have had fun experimenting too with my new favorite watercolors... the kuretake japanese 48 color palette. If you are looking to transition from acrylic to watercolor or wanting to experiment with watercolor, you will have fun with these. They layer beautifully with awesome coverage but you can also thin them with water and they act more like a traditional watercolor.


    I have a teaser video here :

    Here is another elf we will be creating:

    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Elf girls

    I have been drawing these cute big eyed girls lately. I've been having fun sketching on the couch at night while we watch tv. It keeps my hands I seem to get a bit antsy if my hands aren't moving (and online shopping can get old.... and!)

    Here is the first Elf girl I drew:

    The original is available in my big cartel shop

    And I filmed the girl below and will be creating a class on these Elf girls
    Registration will open soon!

    Wednesday, September 4, 2019

    a fresh change....

    Do you love that feeling of change? Sometimes uncomfortable. Sometimes exciting. Sometimes a little bit of both.
    I have been feeling this shift coming on and I really didn't know what direction it would lead me. Trusting that over time and with lots of work, I could grab hold a bit better. It's revealing itself.

    I am listening.

    I am feeling the need to draw more. To expand my library of imagery. To create mindful little things. Instead of "letting it happen". I am a lover of the happy accident, yes. But perhaps in another form.

    Here I go with my change.
    working with gouache, colored pencil, and watercolor.

    I am unsure where this will go. But I'll be here listening and ready to go where He leads me.

    here are some new happy's that I've been working on:
    birds, cabins, kokeshi, pumpkin, owls, witches, lil kids

    These are in my Big Cartel shop now

    Monday, August 26, 2019

    Campfire and Wonder Wander Journaling

    I remember camping a lot as a kid. Like every weekend when I went home with my Dad. I loved the camping part but I will say lots and lots of work. My favorite times, were when me and my Dad would get up early before everyone else and go fishing. Just him and me and the early morning breeze off the lake. Such good times.

    I created this darling Campfire girl piece for a new class by Trista Hertz and her Wonder Wander journaling online class. I am one of her guest artists for her Fall series of lessons! I used the Jane Davenport watercolor set as well as some Watercolor pencils. I would love if you joined us over at Trista's class that begins soon. Let's celebrate my favorite time of year! Time for sweaters, pumpkin spice latte, and the sound of the crickets chirping under the stars.

    Ready?   REGISTER here