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“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”  -Pericles


What a busy week!

New brushstrokes, new art lessons, LOTS going on!

Let’s begin with my own art practice this past week.  I continue to contemplate Monuments and how I want to represent them, how I feel about them.

It’s tricky because I don’t want to JUST paint what I see.  I’m striving to share the soul of the place with you, the viewer.  These Monuments are beautifully warm and energetic landscapes…the dance between them, my brush, and your eyes captures my heart and attention.

We’ll see what happens as this series progresses…  I am grateful to have this time at my easel.    

So many AWESOME Artists the past week allowed me to be their Art Guide!

  • We painted our fur family members at Paw-Casso (hosted by Dee-O-Gee) on Wednesday!  At each class, I have adults come to paint despite what their nerves might be telling them.  They are uncomfortable…and they show up anyways.  There is so much to be learned on the other side of fear.  Cheers to everyone who took the risk and created with me!
  • Mini-Artist’s created landscapes with layers of color, pattern, and repetition at Great Beginnings Montessori on Tuesday!  These kids will try anything, and they are immersed in the present.  I love teaching them and seeing their creativity explode and grow!
  • Collaborative Art Projects are one of my favorite processes!  Watching, and helping, a group work toward a singular artwork is absolutly inspiring.  We are better together!  They learn and grow so much from one another. This week, we painted a vibrant landscape full of jumping trout and blue waters…on a saw!

Another amazing week filled with my own art and sharing art with some amazing people!

This week!

Join me at Dry Hills Distillery for Sip and Paint night this coming Thursday night (May 4th).  
More cool collaborative art projects coming up at Hawthorne Elementary School before the end of the year!

Whatever you can do to create this week…cook, dance, paint…just get out and do it.  You’ll thank yourself afterwards.

Until next week!

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Corks and Canvas is a blast.

Art-making, in all of its forms, is a magical process.

I see a value in all of the ways we can create, one VERY fun way is a night out with great friends, food, wine, and a paintbrush.

Last night, at Riverside Country Club, I guided twelve ladies through a dandelion-inspired springtime painting.

Blue sky, bright colors, sunshine, and a slight breeze blowing the dandelion across the canvas…

Here, we begin by filling up the background with blue, yellow, and white.

corks blueKey thoughts- just jump in! 🙂

“An Artist never makes a mistake, they just change their mind.”

As the years go by, somehow we become amazingly fearful of risk-taking.  Even when the consequences are a canvas, we worry incessantly about right or wrong.  My advice, let loose, and AIM to be at least a little bit uncomfortable.  Celebrate that!  That uncomfortable feeling is the sweet spot to learning and growth.

After the background and edges have a full coat of paint on them, we start to plan out the dandelions, stems, and grass.



This might be my favorite part, the layers of color and slow buildup of depth.

From larger brushes and broad brushstrokes we slowly transition to smaller brushes and more detail.



corks done

Beautiful art created by beautiful people.

My job is done, though I’m not sure I can really call it a “job” if it’s this much fun. 🙂

  • Next class at Riverside is a mini-artists (aka kids) only class on May 3rd.
  • Corks and Canvas for adults on May 1oth.

Join us!

A huge thank you to Riverside Country Club and the one and only Mandy Dredge for making these events happen!!