Monday, February 27, 2017


Studio play
Sunday's Studio Workshop produced some award-worthy play from all of the participants. And, oh, the fun that we had doing it! Play was definitely the watch word as everyone moved quickly to try new techniques just to see what transpired. We laughed. We shared stories. We found wonderful connections. The day itself proved to be very award-worthy for all...and not need for statuettes to take home.

Next Sunday's workshop will be taught by guest artist Michelle Burt. She will lead you through all the steps to create a beautiful 12 x 16 acrylic painting of a seascape...something you will be proud to gift or hang on your wall! This is a wonderful opportunity. Won't you join us?

Who knew you could turn the ordinary flotsam and jetsam of junk mail and other toss-outs into a playful art journal? On Sunday, March 19th Studio Workshops will host guest artist Cindy Schaben who will guide us through turning the mundane into the beautiful, playful, and rich and colorful.

A sampling of junk mail
A sample page

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Down it came!
No, this tree didn't crash through the roof of the studio in this storm but a previous one years ago. The tree is long gone now so this cannot happen again. But as I lugged pails of water up from the flooded basement I was reminded that things could be worse. What's a little water after all?
Instead, the studio is clean and ready for the fun classes coming up over the next few weeks.
I will be teaching my usual mixed media playtime on 2/26 with some new students and some returning ones. We will play with old and new techniques and take home lots of fun pieces.
Then, on March 5th, another guest artist will show up. Michelle Burt will teach her fantastic acrylic seascape painting class where everyone will go home with a beautiful 12 x 16 painting on canvas.
I am excited about the possibilities and happy that the storm did not do more least here. It's time to get creative and begin the move into spring!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


What a wonderful Bag Lady Day!! The participating women came together with laughter, good hearts, and an amazing amount of unforeseen past connections. The five hours passed too quickly and we did linger a bit after to finish up and chat and laugh some more while making plans to get together again.
The first of the guest artists in the Make Art in Laguna plan was nothing short of a HUGE success by all measures.

Here is a display of most of the bags

Just a few

Friday, February 10, 2017


Too much fun!!
I have been having a good time playing with possible techniques in anticipation of tomorrow's fun class taught in my studio by friend Catharine Cooper. I am really glad to be able to offer some fun classes taught by others as well as my own mixed media playtimes. It seems that with the auspicious happening of a full snow moon, a lunar eclipse, and the new year comet all occuring in the course of the next 24 hours, we are set for some powerful creativity.
We will be making our first bag for charity's sake, the second for ourselves, and who knows? there may even be time for a third one. In any case, a lot of fun with some great folks. I look forward to being the student.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


I had to laugh aloud this morning when I read my horoscope for the day:  There are people who are daunted by pressures of "having fun," unsure exactly how such a thing should be accomplished.  These people need you.
I guess we all want to feel needed, especially as life's changes take place through the years. 
Well, I'm here.  Wanna have some creative fun? (This feels a little like "for a good time, call....") I'm always up for it, whether it is through the scheduled mixed media workshops (see right column under "Pages") or unscheduled creative play time in the studio.  I'm your gal! (I guess "for a good time, call..." wasn't so far off after all, now that I think on it.