winner. winner. chicken dinner. (life book 20I5)

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Leroy, my trusty studio companion has picked the Life Book 20I5 FREE SPOT. Thank you for all the sweet comments and playing along. And now for the winner……(leroy, start the drum roll.)

( You will soon be contacted with all the details.)

Be sure to check out all Life Book 20I5 teachers on the Blog Hop.

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Come join me for Life Book 2015 and don’t forget registration opens October 6th. And if you sign up through me, well lets just say there is an awesome prize for one very lucky girl! Just click here to get more juicy information. This is really going to be a fun ride.

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creativeGIRL class love.

classgoodness 580x580 creativeGIRL class love. Last week my first solo online class went live.  Wow. This online class thing is a whole new world to me. So much to share and learn and move forward with! (btw. the class content is available for a year so you can still get your creative on.  creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadows). and thank you again jeanne oliver for giving me the opportunity to shine.

(An amazingly awesome bit of love from kooky makes about my class inserted here)

My work always features translucency which is one of the many things I love about Danielle’s work. This made it easy to copy her techniques step by step in a few pieces but then create a piece of my own by substituting some of the materials with ones I love working with & changing the subject matter to things I love to paint.’ Thank you for such an awesome class. You and your badass self rock!

And about that creative practicing thing. you can read more about it HERE. Seriously. This class is such an inspiring example of positive and creative sharing and practicing. it makes my heart happy.

Over the course of the “live” week of my class, several members asked (in different ways) how to feel comfortable sharing and owning their work. it took me a while to find the right words. the words that might make sense to peeps. and then i think i put the right words together.

When comparison monsters rear their ugly heads and scare you out of sharing. (I know you know what I am talking about.)

I think (and this is totally my opinion) that often when I felt most insecure or worried about sharing stuff is when I hadn’t made the process or the piece my own. That step where you take the stuff from all that you see, all the classes you take, all the creative dreaming you do, and make it your own. That is not to say sharing the process (like when you are working on a specific project in my class) is a bad thing – it is an awesome thing!

True creative souls LOVE to build each other up and share the good, bad and ugly. BUT when you look at your work and feel like you have made something the world hasn’t seen – that is when comparison doesn’t matter and confidence takes over. Each of you have that in you. Take bits and pieces of what you learn and see and make it your own. You go, girls. You go!

So that sums it up. And then beautiful things happen. Here are some of the pieces my little creative souls made in the last couple of weeks. After watching me. After practicing my stuff. They made it theirs. I love that I can see little bits of me in them. And I love that they shared and owned it. Like rockstars.

  • doodle flower by Sara Fitton, Ditsy Bird Designs - http://instagram.com/ditsybird
  • creativeFAIRY by  Veronica Hurly – FB
  • girl with words by Lindsay Ostrom – blog
  • rainbowish portrait by kooky makes -FB
  • beautiful flowers by daria pneva – blog
  • lovely blooms by lisa wright – FB

I am off for a great graduation adventure this weekend. cuteGIRL is so excited as is her super proud mom. catch all y’all on the flipside. it’s time to hit it!

who wants a spot in christy tomlinson’s boot series workshop?


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So excited to offer a spot in christy tomlinson’s new online course! you will love her new perspective that she has embraced with these super cute projects and lessons. just leave a comment about your fave pair of boots or your dream boots (just to make it fun) and I will draw a winner on Saturday, March 29th. Good luck, peeps!


The Boot Series Workshop

This workshop is a 3 week online workshop on sketching, creating and painting my boot series girls using watercolors! This class starts Tuesday, April 1st and once it starts you will have access to this workshop for 2 full years! Want to know more? here we go!

Christy’s wanted me to be sure to share the fabulous projects she will sharing with you over the course….

In week one, we will go over my inspiration process. I will share with you where I find inspiration and how to sketch them! Boots in particular can be hard and tricky to sketch, because you have to make sure you capture the depth of of the foot in the drawing. I will share with you the right and wrong way to this process, so you can see both!

 I will show you how to sketch with a simply mechanical pencil, but also how to sketch using a stabilo which gives a cool shading affect when wet! The results are very different but both are very fun!

 I will share with you my process for sketching, boots and clothing of ALL kinds! I will go over ideas for digging into your own closest to find inspiration for sketching as well! We will sketch several girls from lots of different season including spring, summer, winter, fall and even special holidays! It’s going to be so much fun!

Week two we will start the week by going over  the basics of watercolors and brushes.  I will share with you my techniques on what are my favorite watercolor mediums to use (as there are several options out there) and what works best for the techniques I do!

 We will go over watercolor brushes, how different brushes & watercolors give you different looks and different results. THEN we will paint our sketches using the knowledge we have learned! I  will go in depth on how I paint, shade, and highlight my girls and make the sketches start to come to life!

Week three I will share with you the final details on how I make my watercolors come to life! I will share with you my techniques on doodling using several different types of pen. Different pens to create different affects including using both black and white pens!  I will also show you a extra fun twist by adding texture to watercolors with the use of stamps, Rubons and patterns. I will show you how to add the detail that is what makes it truly YOU and whimsical and fun.I will share with you my favorite pens for doodling and my favorite pens for adding additional shading and even highlighting.

 I will also share you with some quick ideas for taking your watercolor supplies on the go! It will be a SUPER fun week!

I so hope you will join me in this fun new workshop! 

To join in on the fun – you can register at:


creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadows


creativeGIRL final logo 580x412 creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadowsI am so stinkin’ excited to share that I am FINALLY teaching my very own online class. (Hopefully the first of many) Jeanne Oliver has graciously offered to play hostess-with-the-mostest.

creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows.

 Once upon a time there was a tiny-ish girl who loved to cut, draw, and paint. She saw things in the sunshine and shadows that other people never seemed to notice. She bounced all that wonderfulness around inside her noggin for a bit, and out popped magical pieces of art that told her stories when words couldn’t.

I’m that girl, and guess what? I want to share a part of my creativeSTORY with you. YES YOU!

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The Land of Light and Shadow is a one week course with me (creativeGIRL) that will inspire you to add depth to your work by using a bunch of super fun techniques. You’ll play with all sorts of mediums including pencil and pen work, watercolors, acrylics and patterned paper creating yummy layers. And just when you think you are done, you’ll practice adding highlights and tucking in shadows here and there to make your art sparkle. Sounds awesome, right?

Please join me the week of April 28th for a romp with watercolors and white pens and all sorts of creative shenanigans into The Land of Light and Shadows.

This is a one week class with everything instantly available on April 28th!

The course has an early registration price of $28.  After April 1st the price goes to $34

So hurry my little earlybirds! Go grab your spot today right here: creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows

help find Lela’s voice. an original up for auction.

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I am auctioning an original piece to raise awareness and help Lela and other children with CAS. I will pay for shipping and as the bid gets higher -the possibility of extra goodies being tucked in your package gets better and better. I am starting the bid at $80. Please watch Lela’s video on youtube in the link below. If you are unable to donate but would like to help – please share my post with your family and friends! If you want to bid – just add your amount in a comment here or my fb page – I will keep both updated.

If you would like to look at the piece that is up for auction – here you go! solitaryGIRL

Lela has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) which is a speech motor planning disorder in which she has trouble saying sounds, syllables and words. With CAS, the brain has trouble planning to move the body parts (lips, jaws, tongue) needed for speech. Research shows that children with CAS have more success with frequent and intensive speech therapy.

Lela is a happy little girl with a great sense of humor and desire to communicate. For now they primarily use sign language, get her the needed speech and occupational therapy, practice-practice-practice, and look forward to the day that she finds her voice and can fully get to know our little girl.

Lela’s parents put together a short video to show you how Lela communicates with them. You’ll see there is so much more happening receptively than expressively.

VIDEO: How Lela communicates

They are raising money for CASANA, the only organization in the United States dedicated solely to strengthening the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia, so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop to their full potential.

Donate to Team Lela

If you are in the Denver area, please join them for the Walk on September 14! Just click through to Lela’s team page, then click on “Join our Team” and join Team Lela!

If you would like to learn more about apraxia, here’s the CASANA website

— with Greg Essmeier.


a declaration of you. celebration.

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I am so happy to be a part of The Declaration of You’s BlogLovin’ Tour, which includes over 200 other creative bloggers. Learn more — and join us! – by clicking hereThe Declaration of You, published by North Light Craft Books is ready and waiting for you to dive into the pages and find your own creative voice.

This week’s posts are all about CELEBRATION. Celebration of our creative that is present in all us. And how we share it. And love it.

Perfect timing for me. I just returned from an adventure with my cohort in crime, Marilyn. We packed her car full of art supplies and a couple of clothing changes and headed down to LA at Studio Crescendoh for the opportunity to learn from one of my favorite artists, Jennifer Mercede.

I started this year with the resolve to learn how to embrace my process with more love (for myself and my gifts) by focusing on how other artists stay open to reinventing themselves and moving forward with their art. And moving through ruts and snags. And techniques of course.

To truly celebrate the process.

And it was all of that. And more.

(Art can be isolating. I am, for the most part, a very creative hermit.) And I (re)realized that part of the process is connecting with the community of like-minded souls that surround me. Even if they are 6 hours away.

I got in the car and we told stories and laughed. And ate bad food. And loved each other up. We might have even cried. Maybe. But there was way more laughing – as it should be on a road trip.

Two-days in the studio. Surrounded by paint and ideas and even more giggling. And scribbling. (And blind-contour drawing with a nude model.) And it was awesome. It connected me to the girl who got to take classes like Advanced Watercolor and Life Drawing. And lots of inner-hand-clapping. Celebrating a rediscovered gift. YAY. ME.

Repeat above road trip. With even better stories.

All in all, a true celebration of the process.  Not just the time in the studio. But the times in between that tie it all together.  That’s what makes sense of why I do what I do with my art in the breaks between the everyday and sleep.

One exercise Jennifer asked us to participate in was a journaling assignment of sorts (not a write it down girl) of anything that came through our noggins. Nonsense. Thoughts. Complete Randomness.  I am going to put a twist on it here and encourage you to share some random words in a comment after reading this post about celebration.

donuts. wonky parking. smells. too many of them. good food. friends. feeling tired but full. good to go. so many doodles. literally. it is what it is. yellow, really? wow. blind. planet of the apes. overwhelm. uncomfortable. tired. really. but good. and i miss marilyn. so much. the end. so, so, so many layers.

I can’t wait to be a part of The Declaration of You’s Facebook party TODAY at 9:30-10a PST/11:30a-12p CST/12:30-1p EST. We’ll be chatting in real time about CELEBRATION over at facebook.com/TheDeclarationOfYou. Hope you can join us!

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etsy shop. it’s open people.

i hope that you will take a minute or two to stop by my new etsy shop. this is where all of my originals will be offered and hopefully prints and such in the near future. and give me feedback. fave me. pin me. you get it.

defining a true personal strength.

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i thought i would verbalize my complete disdain for all things IT related. oh. and learning new computer programs.

this is the thing (a mantra of sorts).

in order to determine if you have a true personal strength for something that seems to bring out the worst in you or saps you of your good energy – a task, a skill, a trait – you need to answer YES to two questions. (and there cannot be a considerable pause when answering – not even a little bit)

  1. Are you good at it?
  2. Do you like to do it?

Pretty basic. But really. That is it. YES to both.

I am good at learning new programs. I am relentless in my quest to conquer the beast. I will NOT give up. And I do feel pretty frickin good when I master it.

BUT I HATE IT. I hate thinking I get it only to not really get it. I hate getting it then forgetting it and having to relearn. I hate having to ask questions in the stupid HELP box.

Does that make sense?

give it a whirl. the next time you procrastinate. hesitate. grumble in your head. or decide it isn’t worth delegating. or skipping. or not doing altogether. ask yourself.

  1. Are you good at it?
  2. Do you like to do it?

if you figure out it isn’t a strength of yours. think about how much energy you are using. and is it worth it. and btw. in my experience. once you have deciphered where you really stand. usually it doesn’t change. even if you want it to. and that is ok.

could you have someone do it for you? could you trade for it? could you just not do it and do something else instead?

tell a friend in need.

i am sorry i can’t help you with that. i know it looks like i am a stud but it actually is not a strength of mine. i am happy to help in this way though. i love to do it and am good at it, too!”

and sometimes. you don’t have a choice. like me with the stupid second job program. it’s my job. no two ways around it. but.

i can take breaks.

i can ask questions from an expert.

i can give myself a bit of grace by repeating. this is not a strength but i can do it. this is not a strength but i can do it. this is not a strength but i can do it.

for me. i still bang my head. or maybe drop the f-bomb a few times. knowing i have a ton of true personal strengths. and tons of things that i am not so good at and love to do. too many to list. just not this.

badass unicorns and a BIG dose of refocus.

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Tomorrow I begin my 30-day social media rehab course with Tiffany Han, Life/Creative/BIGdream coach.

Quite honestly, I don’t know what is in store for me. But. It has to be better than my haphazard attempts to piece all this stuff together. There has to be a better way to feel connected, to focus on my art and myself.

Pretty sure that I can just throw it out there HERE (on this website) because my audience is limited. Safety in small numbers.

So, with all of that said.

I am applying for a new job while I am gone.

director of nevertheless, badASS, happy & co.

hope the interview goes well and i get the gig. it’s a start-up and I know the chick who is doing the interviewing (she is quite a perfectionist/pessimist/wallower/hand-thrower-up-in-the-air/stomp-her-foot in the unfairness of it all kind of girl – at least that’s what I have heard through social media)

feel free to leave some love for me. i would love to have a big-filled-up-pocket of it when i return.

ps. i am going to finish my version of badASS unicorn while I am off the proverbial tech juice. stay tuned.



30-Day Social Media Rehab

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It starts in pretty darn soon. I am in. Are YOU?

let’s scheme and dream together

with the amazing Tiffany Han as our fearless, ass-kicking leader.

the specifics are here.