Monday, July 21, 2014

Words To Live By


"Our way is not soft grass, it's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun."

~Ruth Westheimer


I'm sharing a little sunny wisdom circle today to go along with the beautiful season in my part of the world.  Sunshine is abundant and the world around me is alive with color and sparkle.


Doodling a Mandala, or Wisdom Circle, as I like to call them, is a very important part of my creativity.  Especially at times when I am crazy busy and locked into deadlines and commissions. Sometimes I find it necessary to work in the abstract and represent the essence of my moments, rather than the images.


The simplicity of repeating patterns and the joy of color flow is soothing, energizing, and meditative.  It helps center me, relax me, and bring me back to my core.


My online mini-class, "Wisdom Circles" is a beautiful, gentle little class that guides you through this simple process.  Using Arthurian legend as an anchor it takes you on lovely journey through creating mandalas of dreams and desire.


"Wisdom Circles" is self-guided, open access, and on sale now.  

You get access to all the materials from Day 1, and access is indefinite.  So you can come and go from the class as often as you like, for as long as you like.

If you would like more information, or would like to register, please click here.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a beautiful week. xx

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Sketches - Week 20

Tea Is Served

Welcome to Friday Sketches.

This week I'm sketching Tea Time.  I've been doing lots of stuff with the kids and missing many of my usual quiet moments with a hot cup of tea.  A very important element to my day and to my sanity.

Tea Is Served

My "Intro To Watercolor" class that at I've been teaching all summer has ended and it was absolutely joyful.  A beautiful group of students with loads of energy and talent.  I'm now preparing for two more classes that start next week at the Waterloo Center for the Arts.

The kids have another month before they go back to school, so I'll be running around wishing I had eight arms for a little longer yet.

Tea Is Served

This sketch I did some time ago.  It is watercolor and ink in a Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Sketchbook.

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Here are some of the wonderful art that participants of last week's Friday Sketches have shared.  Be sure to check out their blogs.

W14 7 8 hummus raspberry pepper 300dpi 1
D. Katie Powell
Lunar Moondae
Through My Window

A quick visit to a peaceful outdoor museum and checked out Turku port area
Sue Shorman Art & Design

Journal52 Week 25 Nature Inspired
Sentiments & Scrapbooks

Hawkeseye's Nest

Pigment Of My Imagination
Passion For Paper
If you'd like to share your Friday Sketches, please click the link below.  And remember to put a link back here in your post.

Happy Friday and thanks for checking in. xx

Monday, July 14, 2014

Splash & Scribble

Scribbling ideas for my upcoming workshop for 21 Secrets FALL.  My workshop is called "Splash & Scribble".  
The blackberries watercolor sketch in this photo was inspired by the beautiful sketches of Richard Sheppard, The Artist on the Road.
21 Secrets begins on October 1st and is on sale now.  Click here for more information.

It's been a huge summer so far. I've been crazy busy with young kids and all the stuff that goes along with them.  In between family (which always takes priority), I've been teaching live classes at the Waterloo Center for the Arts and prepping and filming for my upcoming Fall schedule of online classes.  This means that blogging has taken a slight back seat for now.  Apologies to those of you who check in regularly but when the kids go back to school I'll have more time blog.

So this week I'm thinking about my offering for 21 Secrets FALL and scribbling lots of ideas.  My workshop for this program is called "Splash & Scribble" and it's all about quick and colorful art journal illustration. I've been playing around with ideas, techniques, and subject matter. 

I love the simple, whimsical, quick way of illustrating icons of everyday life, especially the garden.  It's a great way to improve your artistic technique as well as make your art journal pages more recognizable and meaningful.

21 Secrets FALL is an art-journal program that offers 21 online workshops with 21 fabulous teachers. It's on sale now, so if you'd like more info on this amazing program, please click here.

Have a great week and thanks for checking in. xx

Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Sketches - Week 19


Welcome to Friday Sketches.  This week I'm still sketching my "Icons of Summer".

It's been a beautiful week for me, completely consumed with summer activities with my children and enjoy a little sketching time in between filming for my upcoming Watercolor Pencils class.


The gardens around me are in their total summer glory and deciding which of the exquisite scenes I look out on to sketch is the biggest challenge for me right now.


With children around, simple fast gesture sketches in ink or pencil, with light washes of watercolor are the best. 


This page of sunflowers was done in a Stillman & Birn "Epsilon" Series Sketchbook in ink and watercolor. 


What have you been creating this week??

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Here is just a little inspiration from some of the participants of last weeks Friday Sketches. 

Hawkesey'e heART
Learning To Just Breathe

The Art Of Stamping
W14 7 3 ONE BOOK
Lunar Moondae
Guess who got a set of Neocolor crayons for her birthday???
That’s right- THIS LUCKY GIRL!
Hats off to this amazing artist for the inspiration.
My Colorful Romance
Deb's Stamp Pad
Passion For Paper
Prachee :)
To see all the entries for Week 18, please click here.  Be sure to click through their links and leave them a comment.

If you'd like to share what you're creating, please link up using the Link below. You have all week to join in.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for checking in. xx

(Linking to Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Every Day)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday Sketches - Week 18

Welcome to Friday Sketches, and if you are in the USA, Happy 4th July.

Summer Sketches

This week my Friday Sketches are all about the images of summer.

Summer Sketches

So I thought I would share some summer sketches I did on my recent trip to Australia. 

Summer Sketches

Sketching is a far better way to capture moments, especially when you travel.

When we sketch what we see, the impressions of sounds, colors, and textures are etched far deeper onto our psyche that any photograph can ever go.

Summer Sketches

Each of these images recalls powerful memories of my recent time in Australia.

Summer Sketches

What are some of the images of summer for you?  Or if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, then what does winter look like?

Here are some images of the amazing work done by participants of last weeks Friday Sketches.  Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hi.

The Slip Cover
W14 5 16 New Moon
Lumar Moondae
Prachee :)

Passion For Paper

In Laila's Corner
The Art Of Stamping

Pencil & Wing
Art Beyond Boredom
Artwork By JM
W14 6 10 She Dreams During the Dark of the Moon 4 copy
D.Katie Powell Art
Deb's Stamp Pad

Learning To Just Breathe
Hawkeseye's HeART
Joy Corcoran
If you'd like to share what you've been doing in your sketchbook, be sure to click the link below.  And please remember to put a link back here in your blog post.

Thanks for stopping by. xx

(Linking to PPF, AJED & CED)