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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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