Saturday, September 23, 2017


Gone today
September is waning and there has been so much going on.The first workshop is tomorrow, is full, and I am really looking forward to both the teaching and the doing.  
Thanks to friend Laurel I was able this summer to have reproductions on wood of many of my celebrated women. They have been very well received. This lovely lady to the left is a 16x16 reproduction of a portion of a large piece that sold this summer. A fun guy came in on the last weekend and asked if I would take the "Sold" sign off the original. I laughed, but it opened the possibility and so today he picked up his slightly canted version of the original. 
So forward...what will show up tomorrow? I have birds on the brain right now...maybe.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Footprints in the sand
Each day I have started to write a post for this blog lately has ended with one word--"delete." I just could not get out of my own way I guess. Frustrated by many of the things not going my way, I managed to miss all those things that were good. 
I am blessed to be able to do the work that I love. I am grateful to live in this beautiful place where I can walk on the beach each day and see things above and below me that are purely wonderful.
So get off it, Cherril.  Move on and make a fresh start with this new week stretching out ahead.
Play! Let the joy rise up to the surface.

Monday, September 11, 2017


Just did it!
The turnaround for this month's Round Robin Journal just seemed to come up in my face way too fast. Booth teardown from the summer's Sawdust Art Festival, stitches in my hand that hampered, clean and clear stuff that had been waiting too long, appointments put off until now...just too many things screaming to be done. Creative play just did not seem in the cards. Still...I felt guilt at not pushing myself harder. To just write "save for Cherril" seemed a cop-out. So I pulled the journal right back out of the envelope and went to work. Such a satisfying thing to do. Innovative? Ground-breaking? Nope. But an accomplishment nevertheless. Mailing tomorrow...on time even :) And I loved having the creative time and my fingers in paint once again.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


The best of uplift
Be sure to see this invigorating show at the Laguna Playhouse through September 10th. What a treat!
Leaves your head and your heart singing!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Left hand but still much used--normally
Went into the doctor with a painful pimple-sized growth I thought just might be yet another of the skin anomalies. Biopsy said I was correct--squamous cell. No messing around. Sawdust Art Festival or not it was coming off. This made the final week of the show a bit cumbersome, but no more so than the darned humidity and heat!
In so many ways this seemed like another long summer and yet it went by quickly too. It was a good summer all told and I am happy to be rid of the squamous cell dude--stitches out next week and I get to go back to the gym tomorrow and return to creative work next week along with a bit of PT.
Life just gets right in the path of our plans some days, but we adapt, eh?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Just one of many
Got on a Barry Manilow kick this week thanks to one of our local trolley drivers. It got me thinking about what drives me as an artist.  "I've been alive forever....I am music and I write the songs. I write the songs that make the whole world sing. I write the songs of love and special things....Oh my music makes you dance and gives you spirit to take a chance....I write the songs."
My fingers constantly play a song on my steering wheel only I can hear. It feels the same is true in my art. The difference being I do share the art. Anyone is welcome to join in.
The summer long Sawdust Art Festival is drawing to a close. I hope to see some of your there to enjoy the music in the art and in the air.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Sawdust Art Class
While the Sawdust Art Festival continues through the summer I am unable to offer the usual weekend five-hour workshops. However, that does not mean that creativity has to stop for any of us.  Wednesday evenings I teach at the festival itself. The classes alternate: 
In Studio One from 7 to 8:30--$2 to make bookmarks/gift tags with Faith Fontan and me.
        August 2
        August 16
        August 30
In the Jewelry Classroom from 7 to 8:30--$45 gets an hour and a half of mixed media fun with a glass of wine or beer and you take home a finished piece, matted and ready to frame.
         August 9
         August 23
Why not come down to the festival and enjoy the cool breezes, entertainment, an appreciation of many kinds of art, AND a fun mixed media class?  Hope to see you soon!