Reverse Auction for Japan

A little while back when all eyes were on the devastation that hit Japan, Jenny Doh sent out a request to several artist to create a piece of work that would later be auctioned off, all proceeds going to help those suffering.

Of course I said ‘yes’ as did all of the others asked. To suffer like that is beyond imagining and we all know art can heal in many different ways.

I would like to encourage you to go to the REVERSE AUCTION FOR JAPAN and consider buying a piece of artwork. We all have different ways we can reach out to those in need.

‘There are No Words’ PCarriker 2011 11×14 Liquid Pencil on 140lb watercolor paper

Wow! This just SOLD but there are many more pieces still available so please stop by

When Life Gets You Down

Put on a tutu!

In your favorite color, Cobalt Teal for me!

It’s hard not to feel better when you wear a tutu! We all have those days when we need to twirl and feel girlie and just lighten up a bit! Yesterday was one of those days where I was feeling kind of beat down. But I know that even though I can’t please everyone, I can strive to be true to myself and to do the best job I can.

Do you need a tutu day? Check out Carrie Clayden’s awesome website and see who else wears a tutu!

www.hipchickdesignsca.com

Thank you Carrie for sending me this fun present, it’s the perfect thing to get me out of my funk!

On a more serious note, I invite you to read my Art Saves story and see the daily links this week on Crescendoh

Day 15-Book Blog Tour

Today we are off to my friend Julie Bergmann’s blog! Julie and I also met a few years ago at the ZNE ConvenZioNE

Pictured here Donna Cook, Brandie Butcher-Isley, me, Lisa Kettell, and Julie Bergmann

We hit it off right away and I ended up going back to CA to visit, the both of us heading up to Stampington & Co where we had fun competing each other in one of Jenny Doh’s funny videos!

I love this picture, it’s Jenny Doh telling Julie her work is on the cover of Art Doll!

And speaking of Jenny, she has asked me back as an alumni curator on Crescendoh. My Art Saves story is deeply personal, about something that was and is still going on in my family. I invite you to read it in the hopes that by sharing we all find comfort.

Julie is one of those people you meet that you just know you would have been friends with even back in school. Take a few minutes and go check out her website full of lovely creations!

Blog Tour Schedule

1-Mar
Jenny Doh http://jennydoh.typepad.com/

2-Mar
Suzi Blu http://www.suziblu.typepad.com/

3-Mar
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

4-Mar
Suzan Buckner http://www.thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/

5-Mar
Sue Pelletier http://www.suepelletierlaughpaint.com/

6-Mar
All Norah’s Art http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/

7-Mar
Lisa Kettell http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

8-Mar
Nancy Lefko http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/

9-Mar
Chrysti Hydeck http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti

10-Mar
Lisa Bebi http://lisabebi.blogspot.com/

11-Mar
Jodi Ohl http://www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/

12-Mar
Laurie Blau-Marshall http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com

13-Mar
Dawn Edmonson http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com

14-Mar
Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/

15-Mar

Julie Bergman http://juliebergmann.typepad.com/pinkparismatch/

16-Mar

Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.blogspot.com/

Book Blog Tour!

I’m very excited to announce that my book is being launched with a Blog Tour! Each day for the next couple of weeks there will be a different stop and you will be able to see some amazing websites and blogs, many of them from the contributors from my book!

The tour starts tomorrow with Jenny Doh.  Please be sure to stop by Jenny’s blog to put your name in the hat to win a copy of my book, admission to my latest (and only new online workshop for 2011) featuring MY NEW LINE OF PORTRAIT SKETCH STAMPS!!

The full line of these stamps will be available in the Shop at Crescendoh, and the class kit will include two of these in a large size especially developed for the workshop!

We will use the stamps to learn to draw and paint faces using mediums you might not normally use, learning to mix colors, sketch, shade, and draw your own faces. The really cool thing about these stamps is that you can continue on with what you learn in class and use them to develop your own style of portraits!

All you have to do is leave Jenny a comment and she will pick a name on March 5th!!

This is a picture of my first visit to Stampington & Co. I cannot even tell you what it felt like to see my name on Jenny’s white board that day. I was in awe of her energy, enthusiasm and utter professionalism while remaining open, approachable and friendly. Jenny inspires me to keep moving forward without fear. Bouncing ideas around with her makes me realize that you aren’t ever ‘done’, you just keep moving ahead to the next thing, big or small. It’s the forward motion that gets those creative juices bubbling. I can’t thank her enough for providing opportunities for artists to share their love of art with others. So take a minute and pop on over to her blog and check out all the exciting things she has going on!

Art at the Speed of Life Blog Tour

1-Mar
Jenny Doh  http://jennydoh.typepad.com/

2-Mar
Suzi Blu  http://www.suziblu.typepad.com/

3-Mar
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

4-Mar
Suzan Buckner  http://www.thriftycollageartist.blogspot.com/

5-Mar
Sue Pelletier  http://www.suepelletierlaughpaint.com/

6-Mar
All Norah’s Art   http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/

7-Mar
Lisa Kettell   http://faerieenchantment.blogspot.com/

8-Mar
Nancy Lefko  http://nancylefko.blogspot.com/

9-Mar
Chrysti Hydeck  http://alwayschrysti.com/always-chrysti

10-Mar
Lisa Bebi  http://lisabebi.blogspot.com/

11-Mar
Jodi Ohl http://www.sweetrepeats.blogspot.com/

12-Mar
Laurie Blau-Marshall http://loudlife-laurieblaumarshall.blogspot.com

13-Mar
Dawn Edmonson       http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com

14-Mar
Paulette Insall http://www.pauletteinsall.com/blog

March 15

Julie Bergman http://juliebergmann.typepad.com/pinkparismatch/

16-Mar

Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.blogspot.com/

Falling for Fall

With the return of Fantasy Football, I’ve found more time to work in my art journal. While my household of men aren’t obsessed with the game, (they don’t schedule everything else around it) they do like it, so while they gather around the big screen TV, I sit in my favorite chair, with my feet propped up on the ottoman and journal to my hearts content.

I’m still loving to play with my Conte Crayons and plan to use these as my journal tool of choice in Paris this December. Be sure to check out my Teaching page for the latest news on upcoming workshops. Hope to be adding another live venue soon.

Maybe I’ll be able to steal a few moments tonight to finish this page up.

I also like to knit a bit and usually look for one or two cool little projects to work on during the colder weather. I knitted and felted this knitting bag a couple of years ago in my felted purse craze. This year I’m going to start with a fun Cabbage Rose Cuff from a kit I got at Crescendoh.

What are you looking forward to this Fall?