A year of change, letting go, learning and gratitude.

Whoosh! Blursday everyday! Deep contemplation! An introverts dream! Change, upset, gratitude, tears repeat!

Any one of these could be the title of a post about 2020. It’s the only year I can recall, in which everyone anxiously awaits its end. Me, not so much!

It’s been challenging, sad and difficult, as it has for everyone, but personally I am ending this year deeply steeped in gratitude… for a year that has given more than it has taken. I know I am one of the lucky ones… and that is not lost on me.

Given all the free time… I have taken countless art classes and workshops,  foraged for seeds, stitched by hand, improved my intuition skills, become a better cook, healed emotional wounds, meditated more regularly, walked new trails, improved my relationship and best of all “stressed” less.

Although the year started with plans that will never manifest, as well as, things looking dire — having had so much quiet time created a cushion to land, when tragedy, pain and sadness came. Art provided the most constant healing outlet for me. It has provided assurance, that no matter what art was created in quiet, it can soothe hurt and provide answers… and for this I am grateful. I hope that I will be guided to share this knowledge and these gifts with others, in the coming years.

All the best to anyone reading this. May you find joy in art making too.

Are you willing to do what it takes?

I took up the piano at 40. I’d always wanted to play and thought, no time like the present! Not having studied the piano or music for that matter my whole life, it was clumsy and difficult. I learned to play a few tunes, although not very well. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, it was disheartening. …

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Art Lounge on 101: Closing!

This past year Cindy Blumkin and I enjoyed bringing Art Lounge on 101 to the San Diego community. We loved planning with amazing teachers creative outlets for experienced and novice art students, and providing an intimate environment for these art and craft classes. It has been a pure delight! Although the process has been rewarding, we realize our …

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Morocco Exhibit: Before, During & After

journey (n.) —1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time. 2. passage or progress from one stage to another. Whether physical, mental or spiritual, we tend to describe our journeys in the state of “during”—what we did or felt while we went through the actual experience. But what about …

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What’s driving you?

Recently I got to take a few art pieces out of storage, some of which I hadn’t seen in awhile. Seeing it now, old work sitting next to newer pieces, I was struck with a few thoughts… 1. My color palette is consistent, no matter what I do. I love color and use it freely. 2. Patterns, overlapping patterns …

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Altering reality!

While in Morocco I did a lot of research… discovering new patterns, colors, textures and any visual inspiration I could find. These discoveries came wrapped in a whole new light as I explored them as an artist. During my stay, spending time with fellow art residents and being introduced to local artisans, artists, designers and crafts people… well let’s …

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A Year in Review: 2016

Wow… can you believe it’s almost 2017? It feels like just yesterday I was planning my trip to Morocco… and that was already over 7 months ago! This year has been one of great changes—personally, professionally and artistically. The year started off on one of the highest notes possible—an once-in-a-lifetime 6-week artist residency in Morocco. …

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Things take time!

Instant gratification… Who doesn’t love a little from time to time? I know I do, but things take time. Especially making art. I am often shocked by how long it takes to make things! Then I remember that it’s in the making, the processing, the imagining that the pleasure occurs. Once I remember, I remind …

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In Light… Learning New Techniques

This past weekend, I had the good fortune of meeting and learning from Helen Hiebert in a 2-day workshop aptly titled, “Illuminating Workshop!” The workshop was filled with all my favorite artist friends from San Diego Book Arts. We learned how to make a flexible paper material lined with copper wire, which was then transformed …

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If I Call it a Book—SDBA Showcase

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” –Thomas Merton Going to Morocco this past spring was a truly life changing experience, that I’m only just now starting to put into words. My artwork, as always, has allowed me to process and interpret what is going on both inside and …

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Wanderlust

I’ve got the bug, and it’s BAD… Being away for 6 weeks this past winter was great! No dishes, no cooking, no car. But rather than satiate me it’s just made me want to get up and go even more. Where to? Now I am thinking about crossing something else off my bucket list… Driving …

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Working with a Local Craftsman

Layachi has been working with leather since he was a child. He started at around 9-years-old. He was probably fetching pelts and tea at that age, his hands too small to hold the tools, but no matter he is a MASTER craftsman now, and an amazingly nice guy. While in Tetouan, Morocco in February-March 2016 …

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Summer Solstice Arts Experience

Celebrate the start of a new season with artwork, demos, live music, spiritual readings, henna, food and drinks… and more! Join me and fellow artist, LON as we kick-off our yearlong exhibition. In the spirit of celebration, LON and I will be participating in a discussion panel, and hosting a live art demo. We’ll also …

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Art Groove Turns 10!

“Art Groove 2016” Adult Summer Workshops Friday August 19–Wednesday August 24, 2016 All skill levels are welcome for this amazing experience! Camp de Benneville Pines is celebrating their 10th annual summer art camp this August 19-24th! Join us for a week of creative enrichment while relaxing in the beauty of the San Bernardino National Forest. …

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Intro to Art Journaling Class!

JOIN US!!! Introducing: Creative Exploration through Art Journaling Sunday, April 17, 2016 10AM-2PM This includes a 30-minute break, so please bring a snack/lunch. Plan to arrive 10-25 minutes early, we’ll begin on time Cost: $65, includes some supplies. RSVP by April 10, 2016: artloungeon101@gmail.com use “Art Journaling” as subject line. Art Journaling is a fun, intuitive art making …

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Morocco Brings Change

2016: Just back from Morocco… and I feel deeply affected by my experiences there. It seems that I go to Morocco to somehow initiate BIG changes in my life. This was my fifth trip and I do already feel changed, sure more is coming. The biggest change is that I am embarking on a new …

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The Healing Garden

Encinitas, California is a magical place. It’s filled with wonderful places that help heal and restore. One such place is The Center for Creative Renewal. This oasis was started by art therapist Ellen Speert, and has been offering artists a quiet place to rejuvenate since 1981. Their mission is to “provide an environment of creativity, stimulation and professionalism, …

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Kelly Kilmer comes to San Diego

My favorite new thing… short, one day workshops… especially suited for experienced art journalers. These give participants an opportunity to create while working side-by-side, sharing in a favorite creative art-making activity, inspiring one another and having fun! And that is exactly what we did when Kelly Kilmer came to town for a one day mini-workshop. Kelly is …

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Nancy Walter: Now Available Online

We’ve gone virtual! 2015 has been a year of immense change and growth here at Nancy Walter Printmaker. And a huge part of that is adding to the ways that we can get our artwork into your hands. I’ve been fortunate enough to partner with an AMAZING network of reps that work tirelessly to distribute my …

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Mermaid Journal Spread

Sometimes days go by and I haven’t had the time to sit down to make something. I feel bad, guilty and wonder why. Especially after I clear the workspace and start on a project, image or journal page. Because once I start, and push past the resistance, and discomfort of having been away for image …

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A Surreal Experience

Many years ago I learned about Soul Collage and eventually took the training to become a facilitator. I love the process, but I don’t have a calling to teach it. Taking a class however, is loads of fun. A wonderful art therapist, Ellen Speert lives nearby. She created The Center for Creative Renewal. She teaches a process …

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Keep Austin Weird… and Reading

Everything is bigger in Texas… the music, the food… the bookstores. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places, but nowhere is quite like Austin, Texas. Its inability to be contained in a little box, with easy descriptors is emblematic of not only its location in the state, but the …

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Music for Airports

When I first moved to New York city back in the early 80’s I roomed with a friend who introduced me to Brian Eno’s Brian Eno—Music for Airports. I was instantly hooked. This was way before “ambient” music, when all the sounds were created, no doubt, on some electronic device… and hence labeled “electronic music.” …

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Step-by-Step Art Journal: Page 1

The slideshow above chronicles a few of the steps in creating this completed art journal page. (I get so focused that stopping to take progress photos can be somewhat challenging for me…) Although I do tend to work in pristine, store-bought journals, I began this particular journal with a book from the “Free Rack” at the …

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Artist in Residency 2016

I’ve recently discussed the notion of being open to change and new opportunities — as well as patience and timing. Well, the time for GOOD and EXCITING and REWARDING opportunity has come! I have been selected for a 4-week artist in residency program in Morocco in February 2016 with Green Olive Arts. (It’s hard not to write this with …

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Getting “Grungy” with Seth Apter

The San Diego Book Arts (SDBA) recently welcomed back Seth Apter for two two-day workshops in San Diego. I attended the first workshop, “Cover to Cover,” which was held September 16 & 17, 2015. This workshop was about using mixed-media techniques to create a one-of-a-kind, unconventional artist’s book. Using vintage book covers as the base, and making a series of double-sided “pages” filled edge …

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SDBA Group Show Entry

I am a member of  the San Diego Book Arts (SDBA). The group is made up of about 150 artists who are involved to varying degrees in book arts. I decided to get involved with this particular group because it’s so active… They host so many wonderful workshops lead by brilliant teachers. Most of the workshops are …

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Hoarders? Pack-Rats? Collectors?

Bringing this up is going to ruffle some feathers. But are all artists “Hoarders?” I’m curious! Last weekend while dropping off some art supplies for a big garage sale/bake sale fundraiser for the San Diego Book Arts I experienced something that peaked my curiosity. Several of my friends were gathered… unpacking bags and boxes filled …

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Make Someone Happy!

Making someone happy can be simple. In fact the simpler the better… make the next pot of coffee, bring them toast in bed, pay for lunch or make something from scratch—cookies or art or a cocktail! Do it without expectation. It feels so good. You’ll be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner. Oh and if you …

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What are Book Arts?

As a member of the San Diego Book Arts this is a question I hear often and the answer is quite broad. Most folks think of book arts as hand made book structures, with front and back covers and interior pages, made much like the books we read or journal in. But book arts is …

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New Product News!

Hear ye! Hear ye! (Excuse me, I’ve always wanted to say that before making an announcement.) We recently added several new products to our catalog, and I am excited to say that they are doing really well. Our reps at Gifts of Nature have been busy at the Los Angeles show and their efforts are paying …

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Is change good?

Depends on how you look at things! As adults we understand that nothing remains the same and that things are always changing. Yet as soon as we get comfortable (complacent, laissez-faire) inevitably something shakes us and slaps us across the face. It’s as if the Universe is saying “WAKE UP things are about to change.” …

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Sign Up Today for Art Camp!

Art Groove: Summer Adult Art Camp AUGUST 21–27, 2015 CAMP DE BENNEVILLE PINES 41750 JENKS LAKE RD. WEST, ANGELUS OAKS, CA 92305-9789 COST: $945 ($995 AFTER MAY 31, 2015) Includes instruction, workshops, materials, food, lodging and all standard activities available at de Benneville Pines. Each camper will choose an area of study; drawing, painting, photography, …

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The Little Things

It’s the little things that make one’s life interesting and worth living! Depending on the day, joy comes from different events. Snuggling with my dogs, listening to the rain, walking on a beautiful trail, Gelli printing with friends… or laying in bed watching a movie! Sometimes it’s the little things that others do. A sign …

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Interest in Pinterest!

I LOVE Pinterest. I have two accounts, and pin almost daily. I was an early adopter. I encouraged my friends to pin. I love it because it doesn’t take up any space in my life yet I have catalogs of amazing, inspiring images, recipes and words of encouragement when I need them. And best of …

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Jesse Reno Rocks

Raw, open and expressive are the qualities that both describe the artist and his art. Intuitive painting, using the most basic essential tools which include red, blue, yellow, black and white acrylic paint, four brushes, four pastel sticks and a pencil, oh and Bristol board.

It’s what’s inside that matters not the materials. Jesse Reno teaches us to see in a new way…

Sign up for his next workshop. Better be quick He’s a rising star.

You Are Powerful!

If you believe in a Universal Intelligence. If you believe in God. If you believe in possibility. Be reminded of this… anything is possible and you can make it happen! Focus, stay positive and allow yourself to be guided. Then wait for the magic and be ready for the unexpected! You are powerful beyond measure.

One Step at a time!

Progress takes time. Whether you are coming up with new ideas or figuring out what comes next—time for quiet and contemplation are required. Over the last several months, I’ve been busy working on new designs and products. This endeavor has been exhausting and revealing, not to mention FUN! But now it’s time to put my energy in …

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Spring is in the Air

It is late spring. The birds are busy with babies, the plants are blooming… and the studio is buzzing with renewed energy and big plans. We are developing new products, getting new cards printed, creating a line of several different types of goodies. We have deadlines with shows coming up. We recently changed our work schedules …

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Longing for Connection

I’ve moved around and traveled a bunch, so I have friends, family and connections in many places. I miss these folks! These relationships are filled with memories, rich histories and lots of laughs… I love the variety of gifts each relationship offers. Since everyone is scattered, staying in touch is important (and sometimes difficult). The …

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Beautiful Artwork, Close to Home

Interested in my artwork, but don’t know where to find it? Check out this new feature I just added to the store locator page that makes it super easy to find the store closest to you. All you have to do is put in your zip code and Google maps does the rest! At present, most of …

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Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

Every artist has a few other artists that not only inspire them, but guide and influence their work, whether in major or minor ways. At the top of my list is Jean-Michel Basquiat. My attraction to his work, aside from the beauty of his raw aesthetic, is the honesty and purity of his expression. As far …

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Art Journaling with Orly Avineri

Over the past several months, I’ve been learning about and experimenting with art journaling. My teacher Pnina Gold recently urged me to sign-up for a two-day workshop with Art Journaler extraordinaire Orly Avineri to expand my technique and perspective. Twelve of us, including Orly, attended the workshop, which took place this past weekend at the beautiful home …

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Art Camp for Art Lovers

Photo: www.examiner.com This summer, from August 22st though August 26th, I’ll be immersing myself in art along with 50-70 other artists. It’s Art Camp for grown-ups! Although the schedule hasn’t been cemented, and the brochure and website aren’t yet produced… it’s happening. The morning hours will be filled with painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, or photography. …

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Art making is the new therapy!

Something is happening. Something is breaking open. Something is being born. Art journaling is the new therapy… and much like meeting with a licensed professional, it’s all a process. Sometimes scary, sometimes frustrating, but always worthwhile. What is art journaling? It’s an intuitive creative exercise that allows spontaneous self expression with no end in mind. …

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Mercury!

Mercury goes retrograde three to four times a year for weeks at a time. This last one was a doozie. It causes indecision, doubt and oh so many computer issues—communication of any type, is always tested. For me, this retrograde was internal. It was like an internal battle or argument… all happening in my head. …

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Exhale. Create space.

Discarding things that have outlived their usefulness shifts the energy and calls in the new. So in honor of the New Year and our New Mantra, “Just Breathe,” we’re doing just that — making space, throwing out, re-organizing, making sense of the chaos and focusing on the important things. It’ll take the form of recycling, trashing …

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Facing Fear with Art Journaling

My goals for the new year always seem to formulate early, so it comes as no surprise that the last few weeks have been filled with thoughts of what needs attention or change in 2015. My goal for this next year is to address the fear that comes with a certain kind of uncertainty. Some …

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Art is Collaboration

We often make art an individual experience, but over the years, I have found that my best work comes out of collaboration. Working with other artists stretches you to try new things and allows you to see your work from the perspective of others. It also gives individuals the opportunity to blend their abilities with the insight of others. …

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Just a little thank you

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust The other day, we received this thank you note in the mail from a customer. This sweet note made us truly grateful to have customer’s who love the work we create. Thank you …

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Seven Sutras Greeting Cards

Every great business, has great partnerships. And we’re always excited about the new developments in our relationship with The Chopra Center in Carlsbad, CA. After having great success with our hand-finished, individual Sutra panels, we are happy to announce that we are now offering these designs as greeting cards. The series was designed as a limited edition and …

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Individually Wrapped Bookmarks

Lovely presentation now in stores. We are now carrying individually wrapped bookmarks to accompany our greeting cards. These clear bags make it easier for customers to display their inventory. Bookmarks can either be hung on a peg board or placed in a container. If you would like to purchase these or any of our other …

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Holy 108 — It must be a sign!

I am so excited. The first order for 108 greeting cards happened today. 108 has long been considered a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. Having personally experienced the effects of the purification ritual of 108 sun salutations, I can vouch for the power of that number. After the process I experienced such clarity of …

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It’s a Blizzard!

Fellow SDBA* member Gina Pisello gave a mini workshop on folding. This is the sample I made in her workshop. It’s called a Blizzard fold. It’s quite complicated and even with instructions I am not sure I’ll be able to duplicate it. But it was so fun. And dear, patient Gina is so adept at …

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Teaching others to play!

High on a hill, overlooking the coastline of north county we gathered to share, learn and play. Since I cannot contain myself, I am now showing others what fun it can be to play, be spontaneous and see what happens. All in the name of Gelli printing. Eight attendees came to my first class… it …

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Experiment to keep it fresh

According to Pema Chödrön, “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” This speaks to me deeply. Learning new techniques, new processes and new materials keeps my creative engine sharp…  constantly thinking up new things to make or how to adapt. I love “LEARNING“. Pictured …

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Sunday Blues

Friends complain that I am never available, always busy doing or learning something new. This weekend was no exception. I  spend the whole day Sunday learning “Dyeing Silk Shibori Style with Indigo”, in San Diego with Ruth Eileen Dorn. What can I say… I love learning new tricks. I will photograph my scarfs (and t-shirts) …

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In Stores Soon!

See the video! I am so excited to announce that starting July 1, 2014 we will have 36 greeting cards and 12 bookmarks available for purchase and for sale (wholesale vendors).  Details to come. Stay tuned. You can also see all the card images.

It must be a sign!

How many times have I uttered those words! It’s the way I view the world… everything is a sign… even when it isn’t! HA! But this will be a sign… I have just started putting together a bunch of images and as soon as I return from New Orleans I am going to start this …

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No Excuses

Rather than fret about why I haven’t posted in ages… let me just say this… I have a new addiction that is consuming me. GELLI PRINTING. I am LOVING the process. Whenever I have a free moment… I get into the studio and start printing. It is meditative  and allows me to simply “play”. I …

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Om

If you’ve practiced yoga, the “practice” generally starts with an Om incantation. We chant Om to align ourselves with our higher self, God and the Universe. It is calming, centering and energizing. It is often chanted with “Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” meaning peace. Pranayama (breathing asana) then follows… Om has it’s roots in Hinduism. This symbol …

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Make it bigger!

Imagine my delight when Roger arrived with this canvas wrap today! He was so excited and I was thrilled. The color (which is better in real life),  looks almost identical to the original. We are going to have these available in teal, a gold/brown and red! The original is about 16 x 12. The fine …

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We are all Bodhisattvas

Is the Bodhisattva, Buddha? The figure in this image is a Bodhisattva. Is it Buddha? A Bodhisattva is the “not yet awakened” Buddha, an ordinary seeker who has decided to live his or her life on a path to Buddha. Most people follow their desires or karma. For a Bodhisattva, the motivation for living is …

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Pure Play

Letting go is the motto of the month. Not just “any” letting go, but specifically letting go of “making mistakes”. It is truly impossible to express oneself through art without the willingness to MAKE MISTAKES!!!! But I caught myself, and on more than one occasion, wanting to lay down a line of ink, or scribble …

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Think more Creatively…

Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, says “By opening access to the part of your mind that works in a style conducive to creative, intuitive thought, you will learn a fundamental skill of visual arts; how to put down on paper what you see in front of your eyes …

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Gelli is how I roll!

Playing with color, new materials and experimenting with friends is the name of the game… Saturday, I needed a boost… to offset the contraction of the opening of my show “Luminous” (which was a blast, but the aftershock is always a bummer). So I headed to San Diego and met up with Kathy and Lydia …

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Mixed Bag Coming Soon

The life of a “visual creative” seems expected to me, having always lived my life this way. We creatives, have certain tendencies which make us comfortable with one another. We feel at home in each other’s living space, generally filled with hand-made things, walls covered in art and bric-a-brac collected from our travels. We love …

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In the mood… for rain

Click here and listen… while you read this post. The rain always signifies a fresh start to me, a clean slate. The sounds of the rain falling, gushing out the drains, splashing as cars drive by and the constant, steady drone of sleep inducing sound. The color; vibrant, intense, altered pigment of plants in the …

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Chance Meeting Spurs Creative Friendship

At the Encinitas library, one evening, last year,  I overheard Greg Brown talking about cyanotypes and asked if he’d teach me how to make them. In exchange, I offered to teach him how to make monotypes, my specialty. We struck a deal, and an instant friendship was formed. Over several months we learned each others …

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Portfolio of Images

The unveiling. I am overjoyed to be sharing this with you. I spend my life communicating through images. The work presented here is informed by my exterior travels to exotic places like India, Morocco and the desert. The overlapping layers in my work represent my travels inward on the path to self knowledge. They express …

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Abstract. Landscape. Figurative. Minimal.

Anything is possible… don’t “qualify” yourself. Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) was recommended by a printmaking friend, as an artist I should research, because of the breadth of style which he explored and mastered throughout his career. Not one to dismiss his muse, Diebenkorn allowed the process to change course radically, and often. He was a master …

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Valentine Winner!

As promised, some lucky so-and-so would take home this lovely Giclée on Valentine’s day. The winner is “Pol Stafford”. His name was randomly selected and I know that Ganesh will have a good home with Pol. Thanks to all of you who entered… and be on the lookout for our next give-away!

One of my favorite places.

See the Video: I love to travel. I wish I did it more. Sometimes I just get in the car and go. One of my favorite places on earth happens to be close by, so I feel gratitude for having Joshua Tree within driving distance because it’s one of the most magical places on earth. …

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Salvation! Out in the middle of Nowhere.

The news came, while I was en route from Joshua Tree to Encinitas yesterday morning. A sadness came over me. “Leonard Knight died in his sleep early this morning”, the voice announced. Leonard created Salvation Mountain. He dedicated his life to God, his message of Love and creating this magical place. Salvation Mountain, just east …

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Pearls of Wisdom from a Trusted Source

I love Ira Glass. I can remember the first time I heard Ira’s voice on This American Life (for those of you who don’t know who he is… he hosts This American Life out of Chicago). I can remember the show (although not the title)… and the story about a guy who raised bugs in …

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LUMINOUS: Light and Transparency on Paper

This spring, the city of Encinitas will be hosting a fun show featuring the cyanotypes of my friend and printmaking buddy Greg Brown, and my monotypes. We were very excited to be selected from a large group of artists for this year’s line up. It’s a special show for us. First, that we get to …

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Enter to Win!

Register today for a chance to win this 16 x 20 Giclée print ready for framing. The lucky winner will be announced on February 14th, 2014. This playful composite image of Ganesh is a combo of one of my photos and an abstract monotype. The finished piece is printed on 300LB cotton paper. FEEL THE …

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Loving Kindness of Strangers

A few weeks ago a perfect stranger named Jennifer, left a note on my windshield letting me know that she thought she’d witnessed someone hitting my car. She wasn’t 100% positive, but she took the time to write the note, take down the make and model of the vehicle, the license plate number and leave …

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Thank You

While enjoying my coffee, snuggled in bed with all the dogs this morning, I read an interesting article about hand written “thank you” cards. A good time of year to be reminded of the value of such notes.  Especially notes of thanks. My art coach, Alyson Stanfield, agrees and has emphasized the importance of hand …

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Save the Date & Join Us!

Group Art Show: ArtSpeaks: Expressions of Hope and Healing Opening Reception: Saturday November 16, 5:00 – 7:30 PM Ambient sounds provided by Dr. Cliff Oliver. Enjoy the ancient Australian didgeridoo and the Native American flute — world music to calm the soul and inspire your imagination. What happens when seven artists come together through a …

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Happy Rainbow Ganesh!

Big delivery on the way to The Chopra Center in Carlsbad this week! New, in the batch of goodies, is a fun piece created for the teachers who will be training there this month. 8 Limbs of Yoga is part of their curriculum. I wanted to add a little levity and energy and came up …

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Big News!

Last Friday was a good day! The Visual Art Selection Committee selected me along with my friend Greg Brown to exhibit together, in the Encinitas Civic Arts Program in 2014. Our show entitled “Luminous: Light and Transparency on Paper” will be mounted at the end of February and up until mid April. This is very …

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Ganesh or Ganesha.

I prayed to Ganesha, and believe the prayer was answered. Known for being the remover of obstacles, I set my sight on crisp images. Here’s one. Greeting cards, perhaps! Part of a series I am planning for the holiday fair! Giclée anyone?  

Hundreds of mini art pieces!

What an exciting day! Business cards arrived. Generally, that wouldn’t make one THIS happy. But today, a box of literally hundreds of mini art pieces arrived. It was like opening a big box of candy. Now, I can’t wait to pass them out.

Accomplishing just about anything!

Every few months I catch myself getting so distracted that I don’t get anything done — it’s being in the “zone”, only it’s the wrong one. This “distracted zone”, is insidious, addictive and numbing. My breathing is shallow and I cannot focus, read or create. I remember the days of getting so much accomplished, which …

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Going Manual is a Choice!

I took an amazing photography class with an wonderful teacher — Rod Deutschmann. Photography is one of my interests. I integrate it in my work and I love documenting things of interest. I am given to using the manual settings on my SLR, but sometimes frustration takes over and I find myself reverting to the …

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Surrender to what is

The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace becomes transmuted into peace. Anything you accept fully will take you into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. — Eckhard Tolle Sent from a good, good friend… reminding me to surrender!

Inspiration… with paint.

Inspiration can influence one’s work, how one sees, how one thinks and how one feels. Alexa Meade, who was on Ted recently, had that effect on me. Alexa was divinely inspired to paint, and was given a series of steps to land her there instead of in Washington, behind a desk. Often artists are asked… …

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What a Cut Up!

Just love a long weekend… the Pazzle was cranking. A few weeks ago I’d used paper stencils for some new monotypes I am developing. The thickness of the stock caused the printing paper to wrinkle and this was upsetting, as the originals would need matting… and I generally use “museum mounting” for my art pieces. …

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My New (Art) Website!

It’s Official!!! This is a huge step for me. Huge. Many have suggested that I should take this step, but I haven’t been ready… until now. So here it is. Living my dream of bringing my own art to the world. A few things to note. Art shown on this site is for The Chopra …

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Sneak Peek!

It’s great when the muse is active. And so I have been busy honoring the process. Here’s a sneak peek at some new pieces that I am ironing out. Hamsa hands. These “hands of protection” are of special interest to me as they are used in many cultures around the globe, crossing borders and the …

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Cut it out!

Generally I will keep a print that I have rejected for “some reason”. I have accumulated a hefty stack of them… “rejects”! If you work with “dry media” as I do (many printmakers use wet or damp paper), you can always go back at any time and re-register your paper and add something to it. …

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Collage Like Newman

Making art and exploring as a group is an important part of my process — since much of my creative time is spent alone in the studio. Even with a lot on my plate, it’s important to grease the creative wheel occassionally. So I headed down to the San Diego Museum of art to attend …

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Preet

I have stepped into a new time-space continuum. There is no beginning, middle or end, simply noticing all that is present. If anything appeals to my senses or calls me, gets me to notice, then I allow myself to take note, take photos, draw sketches… anything that will file for later use. I am learning …

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Alchemy

The sculptures speak to me. I narrow in on the details and transform what I see into a new view. These elaborate details will soon be covered in delicate lines. Transformation.

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