Officially Excited!

Well, I’ve shared a bit about working on some things with Derivan Matisse and yesterday I signed on the dotted line to make it official-a product line of new and exciting art supplies! This is something I’m so excited about, things I want for art supplies in my own studio and now I get to help make them available to you as well.

This company produces top-notch artist paints and mediums making it very easy to say yes to working with them. I’ll share more specific details when I can, but I want to thank everyone for the well wishes on Facebook. It is so wonderful to be able to share and celebrate things in that way with each other.

I’ve also been busy getting ready for two upcoming Art Retreats. Here are some samples of what I’m teaching. I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see some of you there!

ART & SOUL Hampton

Renaissance Women

Arcimboldo Style Self Portraits

CREATE Costa Mesa, CA

Painting with PanPastels

Journal in a Day

New News

They’re here! I can’t believe it, my first line of stamps are in my hands!!! And I’m so excited about these because they will take stamping into a whole new, artistic direction!

I love when things work together, coinciding at the perfect time. I know it’s not a coincidence, and am so thankful for the opportunity. Through a rather interesting chain of events, (I’ll be sharing a podcast interview with Rice Freeman-Zachery about this soon) I was lead to one such opportunity-developing a line of products, that are new and innovative, and work in perfect unison with my desire for my line of Sketch Stamps!

Derivan Liquid Pencil is a product I’ve used in articles and in my book, and I’m so excited to have been invited to co create a new line of user-friendly products that will make this fantastic medium applicable to many more aspects of mixed media art. I will also be sharing the stamps and the new products in my only new online workshop for 2011! Stay tuned for Crescendoh updates on this.

This large set of stamps will be part of the class kit!

Which brings me to another adventure! Cortona Italy 2012-Liquid Sketching with me! I cannot tell you how much I’m looking forward to this and to sharing art with a small group as we travel around Cortona!  If you are interested in finding out more, please click the above link to see the fabulous itinerary we have planned! I can’t think of a more enriching experience than sharing a love of art, journaling, and travel with fellow artists.

If you haven’t checked out the Create Mixed Media website yet I encourage you to do so! Lot’s of great articles, podcasts, and Artist Profiles. I’m honored to be the current artist profiled and would love it if you stopped by to leave a comment!

Well, that’s enough of what’s going on for now, believe it or not, there’s even more! I’ll share when I can and thank you all for the encouraging comments and support! I’m so excited to bring you new things and continuing to share the love of art we all have in common.


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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My husband and I often echo this back and forth jokingly. Life is full of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good

Waking up every day, having your family around you, doing what you love for your job, is the Good! We all have something to be thankful for, blessings that make life bearable on even the worst of days. Some days seem overflowing and others can seem void of things to be happy about, but it is possible to find joy and happiness by looking hard and rejoicing in even the smallest blessing. I don’t talk about the truly hard times in my life because even in those times there were things to be thankful for and for me, focusing on them got me through. Sometimes in my journal I will list the good things, it helps me to really grab onto them and hold them tightly to my heart.

The Bad

When we hear of things, like the horrific devastation in Japan, our focus shifts and we realize that what we measure bad with is not adequate. It is unimaginable and we are left without words. Times like this make us appreciate what we have and our hearts go out to those in need. Many artists are now working on ways to reach out through our art. More will be posted about this soon. We all do what we can even when it is just the offering of a whispered prayer on the behalf of someone(s) we will never meet. We lift each other up because we realize it could so easily be us.

The Ugly

This is where the Golden Rule should come into play, but often, sadly, it does not. Out in the online world it can often feel like you are in a closed little community and what you say is not going to be overheard by anyone outside the group.  Once you hit ‘enter’ your words are out there for everyone to see. It’s so easy to tear down instead of build up, this is one side of human nature. Once a negative comment is out there it can rapidly go downhill as people lose the restraint that might be present in a face to face conversation. This happens to most of us and it is unfortunate, but the best way to keep it from happening is to ask yourself if you would say that to the persons face before you hit enter. There are ways to express you opinion that are respectful to the person and everyone has the right to do that, and to their opinion. Voicing our opinions is something we should do! It’s when things degrade to snarky comments that don’t do anything but tear down that things can get ugly.

One thing that I noticed this past week was that my creative muse was here for the Good, and the Bad. It identified with these emotions and artwork poured out in a response to them. Not so with the Ugly. Ugliness stifles the muse within no matter which end of it, giving or receiving, you are on. So I choose today to let Ugly go, it does no one any good and there are so many, much more important things to focus our hearts and creativity on.