Thursday, July 24, 2014

Primitive Portraits 2 online workshop & GIVEAWAY!!

I'm so excited to announce Primitive Portraits 2. This is a follow-up to my first Primitive Portraits class. The 1st Primitive Portraits would be a pre-requisite for this class. 
There are 6 full projects which includes learning to add texture with muslin fabric and wax. We will do doing less. We will work quickly and intuitively. I will demo how to distress the facial features to create an amazing "un-done" appeal.
And I'm so so thrilled to announce that Christina Romeo is our guest artist!! Her work is so emotional and soulful. I can't wait to share her process with you. Seeing her work back in 2007 inspired me to start trying my hand at painting faces. Christina has been my biggest inspiration these last 7 years and I'm am so thankful and blessed that I happened upon her work through etsy. Seeing her work and watching her evolve has truly changed my life.

Class starts August 18th
early bird registration - through August 11th: $59
Regular registration starts - August 12th: $69

the details
  • You will get 1 year access to the group from the date that you sign up.
  • There will be a facebook group. I'll post a link when the group is ready. You'll see it inside the classroom after you register
  • I will do postings as follows:
  • Starting August 18th, I'll post mondays and Wednesdays.
  • On Wednesday, September 3rd.....we will end on a high note with Christina's project.
  • I will be sending out reminder messages on each Monday and Wednesday.
  • You will also see a full list of the supplies (with links) inside the classroom.

here is a little sneak peek video:


  • I need your help spreading the news about Primitive Portraits 2
  • I'm going to give away 1 class. (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 and how you shared
  • drawing will be done on August 5th. please check back here on that day to see if you won

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Prints In Shop!

I have some new prints available in the shop.

New 8x10 prints

New 11x14 prints in the shop!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Work

I have new originals available in the shop. I am finally back to work after moving my studio and hurting my toe in the process. Working makes me feel normal again. I tend to become neurotic and stressed if I don't paint.....



my soul home

on a hilltop

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Gracie, you came into our lives to inspire us.
You learned to sit.
You learned to walk on a leash.
You brought us joy.

Even though you were timid and a tad anxious,
you gave love.
You adjusted quickly and soon claimed the "toy box" as your bed.
God showed me resilience through a small soul whose heart is not.
You truly lived up to your name.

May your new home be filled with love. And may you teach others as you have subtly taught me that love is not just expands more and more. You are true Grace, my sweet girl.

She is Grace among the chaos.

Gracie girl, I hope you have a wonderful life with your new forever home. You'll always be right my heart

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

40th birthday trip

I turned 40 on July 10th. To celebrate, Tim and I visited San Francisco. We stayed in Sausalito across the bay. We had so much fun. Here are some of the things we did....


Muir Woods

 We saw 2 different Northern spotted owls

Mary Blair Exhibit

Walt Disney family museum

 large story board of steamboat Willie

 The bench where Walt conceived the idea for DisneyLand

 child in every grownup - made me cry

 Mary Blair workspace

 Marc Davis
 Marc Davis concept art for Haunted Mansion

Wine Country

 barrel room - Sebastiani

 grapes with a view - Viansa winery

 Castello di Amorosa

 Super moon over the bay

Monday, July 14, 2014

vacation from Facebook

I am reading a book called Ready Player One. It is for readers in the late 30's and above who remember all the geeky movies from the 80's and who remembers a real, live arcade. The book is all about a high school boy who is chasing after an "easter egg" in a virtual world. All his time is spent with other people inside this world and he is home ordering food online and hasn't left his apartment for 6 months in a race against others to find the egg. I so need this book….for two reasons really….for absolute fun entertainment and to realize that this thing we call Facebook is playing too big of a roll in my own world. I'm beginning to wonder --- if it isn't on Facebook ….did it really happen. The folks who I saw in Muir woods last Friday seemed to be interested in "look at me" shots and being able to post something later on Facebook than seeing the owl right there in front of them. I was right there with them I guess because I immediately took my camera and made a flipagram of my days photos for everyone to see as soon as I could.

Don't get me wrong, there are so many good things about the internet and Facebook but it is time for me to take a few weeks break. I bet the things I do will actually happen without me posting about it. I bet the moments I am still and hear the voice of God inside of me will become louder. I am sure the things I document through words or paint will matter more than the "things I'd post on Facebook about where i've been and ate". I want to matter more than that presence. God is calling me closer to Him. I must make this choice for myself to be still. To listen for what's next.

I am sure the newsfeed will scroll there without me. I am sure I'll miss out on seeing others adventures and meals and beverages. But I must decide what is important now and this break has been calling for a while.

The last time I took a break there were many who were mystified at my absence. You see, I deactivated my account to totally break away. I am not someone who can really do things in moderation. I am working on that….hence this break. But don't fear, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth just because I'm not on Facebook. I am still making art (and probably way more now that the FB distraction isn't in the way) I am still here. hello there….

and…….News coming soon about Primitive Portraits 2!!