Monday, August 17, 2015


I am a Birder. I am just beginning but this has been coming for a while. It all started when a Black crowned night heron flew into our dining room window.
(sadly upon his crash he perished but I was glad to see he was nearing the older stage of his life)
found on pinterest

I realize now that he was an older mature night heron after purchasing  this book locally...

So far I have identified 14 birds in my neighborhood. I have heard the call of a pileated woodpecker (and have seen them in the past) but my count began July 25th and I am starting from scratch with my list. When I was in my early 30s, I saw a huge bald eagle fly over my car as I was traveling back home to Batesville. I have only seen 1 small one since then. I hope it isn't another 30 years before I see another! I love how the Bald Eagles are unmistakable. Majestic and bright white feet and head!

I am in desperate need of some binoculars! Most birds are too far away or are moving too quickly for me to identify. Right now my favorite bird is the kind bird. They are white and black and sit at the very tops of the trees (learned this from the book above). The book helped me in identifying this bird. Believe me, there are lots of black and white birds in North America.

I just love how they sit high and look down on their surroundings. There song is quiet joyous and optimistic. Look for a kingbird high up and chirping. He is one determined, happy bird.

As I am sitting here writing this blog post, a hummingbird came to visit. After looking at my book, I realize she is a ruby throated hummingbird. (however she does not have the ruby throat as the male boasts) But she was divine. She checked me and the poodles out pretty closely. Within about 5 feet. She is a brave girl, indeed!

Birding is a bit overwhelming in the beginning. There are over 10,200 different species of birds. There are less than 1000 species in North America.....and probably fewer in your area. In the area that I'm in, there are about 300 or so birds. So as you travel you may see different ones. Add them to your list and take photos if you can. 
Here is a photo of a magpie I took during my stay in Taos this past July. While there I met another birder. Her name is Laura and she spotted her 391st bird while on the trip!! I had so much fun getting to know her and talk about birds with her. She is so inspiring!

ps. The ibird app is a great app for help in identifying birds. I love the "sounds" feature! It helps you identify the song of the bird. Because most of the time you'll hear birds before you see them.

Other birds that I can't put on my list but have seen in the past are:
  1. Northern flicker - yellow shafted (I buried him after he was hit by a car in the front of our house)
  2. bald eagle
  3. pileated woodpecker
  4. Tanager
  5. black crowned night heron

Happy birding!

Brave Girls University!

If you follow me on Facebook, then you may already know that I am teaching at Brave Girls University beginning this September 1st. BGU is a monthly subscription-based online school that offers many creative projects. There are over 100 teachers....and I just received the list!! Just look at all the talent. I am so honored to be among these A-mazing creatives!!

If you haven't saved your spot yet, you can head over ----> HERE
We'd love to see your there!

Here is an exclusive journaling project that I'll be sharing:

Also, you'll see that my first class, Paint Your Story will be featured there as well.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Danielle Donaldson's new book - Creative Girl

I am so so excited about Danielle's new book, Creative Girl!  What I love most about this book is that Danielle uses watercolor in a unique mixed media way. I really had no idea that watercolors could be layered and worked they way she works them. I'll be honest, watercolors are not in my comfort zone...but after reading this book I felt so inspired and compelled to create! Thank you Danielle for your inspiration.

I wanted to talk you along as I created something inspired from this amazing book:

music by the AMAZING Kate Mann!!

here is the supply list for this project:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Divine Within

My Surrender makes me complete.
my vulnerability applauded.
my mistakes are cherished.
because once I knew the me that failed and feared.

Then I became one who never tried anything new.
I forgot to just Play and be ok with the chaos.
I failed yet again.
Hope told me to trust
to have faith in my own divineness within

I grabbed hold....tightly at first
Then was able to fully let go.

Monday, July 20, 2015

new Seth Apter stencils!

I had the amazing opportunity to meet Seth Apter back last April in Kansas City at art and soul. After I returned home, he sent me an email asking if I'd like to create a project with his new stencils. Uh, hello ! yes of course I'd LOVE that! I'm so excited to share with you this process that I used for my journal.

here are some close up shots:

Also, I'd love to give you the materials I used for this specific project:

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Congrats to Raw Simplicity giveaway winners!!

I'm here to announce Susana Burns and Kim Hine are the winners of the Raw Simplicity giveaway!! congrats, lovely ladies!! I sent you an email invitation to the classroom. thank you to everyone who shared and help spread the word about my new class!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Raw Simplicity online course

We are going to keep it simple. If you find yourself obsessively "tidying up" your paintings and drawings, then this class is for you. Restraint never looked so good!
Join me for 4 projects/exercises to loosen you up.......
Class begins: August 3rd and projects will post Monday, Wed, Fri, and then again on Monday. The supply list will be sent to you on July 27th and you can also find the links below. After August 3rd, 2015....the class will be a self paced class for you to work through on your own.
Price: $39
projects include:
  1. tag project to help loosen you up
  2. primitive animal exercise
  3. finished piece on watercolor paper
  4. finished work on wood board 

READY? sign up ------>>> HERE

GUEST ARTIST: Nolwenn Petitbois!!
I am a young woman born and raised in France during more than 23 years before becoming an expatriate with a husband and two young daughters, in Vancouver (Canada). I was a very creative child but put it aside during teenagehood. I am an avid journaler, I’ve written diaries since I’m 7 or so and writing is really something I need to free my Soul. I realized that the emotions and events are often better on paper than consuming me from the inside. - Nolwenn

Here is a list of all the supplies for this class:

paint colors you'll see me use:

How long do I have access to the class? 
You now get forever access to all my classes to work at your own pace.

Do I need to purchase all the supplies at once?
I suggest you watch the videos first before going out and buying everything at once. You may have something already on hand that you can use. The wood boards are what I like to work on but you can work on paper or canvas. Whatever you like the best!

Do you give refunds or can I share the material with others?
After payment is made, sorry no refunds. Please do not share the material or videos with anyone. thank you!

Will there be a Facebook group for this class?
No, for this class we will be sharing and commenting inside the classroom.


I need your help spreading the news about Raw Simplicity
  • I'm going to give away 2 spots. (if you've already signed up, no worries....if you win, I'll refund your money)
  • Please share this blog post link on your blog, pinterest, instagram, or Facebook
  • come back here and let me know - leave your name, email address, and how you shared
  • drawing will be done on Saturday, July 19th 2015 (also please leave your email on your comment so that I can send you an invitation to the class if you win)

Here is an Instagram photo for you to download: