Home for a couple of days and then off to Costa Mesa and CREATE! I can’t wait to share all the happenings of this past week with you, but you’ll have to wait just a bit. I did get to stare at some eye candy for at least some of the time;-)

You really just never know who you’ll run into!

I had the good fortune to meet my editor Elaine Lipson for the first time as well! She’s awesome and I hope to work her again someday.

and it’s always so much fun to meet other artists and make new friends like Paula Phillips!

This week I’m heading to Costa Mesa and so looking forward to meeting many online friends in real life! I’m packing up my art kits and supplies, hoping to keep my suitcase under the 78lbs it was for the last venture, but no promises there.

Journal in a Day

Painting with PanPastels

Hope to see some of you there!

From Rio to WA inspiration is everywhere!

What a fun and crazy week I had! When you’re married to a pilot you learn to fly by the seat of your pants! With our 11th anniversary approaching a trip came open and by sheer luck and miracles my husband was able to pick it up. 3 days and 2 nights in RIO!!!  I won’t go into the whole ‘How to get a Visa in two days or less’ scenario, but many thanks to one really nice person at the Brazilian Consulate in Chicago and thanks to Kinko’s for being open for passport photos at 1:30am!

Without much sleep we hit the streets and lovely streets they were!

And we had caipirinhas on the beach…

Copacabana Beach…

Shrimp anyone?

On to Christ the Redeemer what a view, this was my favorite part of the whole trip even though I was sick.

of course I had to take a few minutes to journal about the experience

One overnight flight and I was back in the USA and heading to Washington state. I got to visit my family and teach a workshop in Port Angeles!

Fun with PanPastels, encaustic, acrylics, collage and more!

and who should come to take my class but the daughter of one of my BFF’s from high school!

Everyone did such an awesome job, so much fun!!! Thank you all for the good time and yummy catered lunch Art Supplies Unlimited!