Thursday, December 2, 2021


thru december 19th

This is such a great opportunity to buy from your local artists, support them, and give unique and interesting personal gifts to family and friends. There is a lot to do besides purchase gifts too...entertainment, good food, music, Santa, holiday decorations. Check it out and come to Laguna any time the next three weekends.


Monday, November 8, 2021


 I have to admit that often I say my inspiration arrives, as for Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes, in last-minute panic.

This time the arrival was far more peaceful and kind of developed over a bit of time.

In September student Camillia (always full of laughter and joy) brought me a crow card she had purchased on her magnificent summer trip to visit baseball parks. I was enamored, but did not see myself doing anything like it.

Yet, the seed was planted. Seems as soon as everything was boxed and ready for the Sawdust Festival's Winter Fantasy I had time on my hands for pure play. Why it went to creating stamps that then became printed cards I can't really say. But there it is. Six individual, different designs--all crows of course! It was a lot of fun. Now what to do with them? Send short personal notes, I suppose. Or make more. Or......????

Sunday, October 31, 2021


 For several years now I have been fortunate to be involved in Round Robin Art Journal creations. At first, I have to admit, I was dragging my feet a bit. Wondered just how much fun it could be to do a different journal of someone else's every month.

Well, now I am a convert. The journal on the left is the last one that came to me for this year of 2021. The pages seemed to have an awful lot of birds displayed so I thought they probably needed a tree. 

Thus, my own contribution...a place of rest for all the birds. And a bit of rest for all of us participants til next year's Round Robin.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021


 This angel of thanksgiving has arrived just a little bit early. Grateful for rain however light or heavy, she just decided to arrive as a treat before the ghouls show up for Halloween.

Other gratitudes that I share with her are for the joys of living here on this beautiful coast, getting to the booster of Covid vaccines, time with family and friends, GREAT groups for mixed media workshops, the blessing of pre-sales even before the Sawdust's Winter Fantasy begins,  the opportunities to give back through the Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund, and soooo much more. 

Life is good!

Sunday, October 17, 2021


I wake happy. 
Starting out happy just seems to set things up for the rest of the day to me.

So this is all by way of a small explanation for why I call my workshops "playtime." One of our greatest gifts is the ability to play and while art like so much else can be pretty serious stuff, to play at art opens up exploration and experiments galore.


So playtime it is and there is another mixed media playtime workshop on the calendar for October 24th that is filled with some new and old playmates. I am really looking forward to the fun.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021



Friend Catharine has been doing a lot of paint pour lately. So, as I finally got myself to the drive-thru carwash yesterday, I was struck by the similarity of the soap on the window to some paint pour techniques.

Do you suppose there's any future for using soap pour techniques?😜

I'm excited to be hosting another mixed media workshop this month, though I think we will probably skip the soap pour technique. Still, there will be plenty to do and I look forward to having a group of vaccinated creatives at play here.

Friday, August 13, 2021

When the world gives you...

 ...well, not quite lemons, but the wrong size tiles. While I did a "repeat" order it turned out not to be and so the tiles (made in yet another foreign country, this time Turkey) were too small by a bit over a quarter inch. So what to do with them?

Since I had only used five of them I guess all of my time was not wasted. And my mind is busily trying to find alternate ways to use them, so....

Guess all is not lost. Lemonade will come :) Just a few more showers and long walks oughta get it made.