Dream BIG

orange butterfly 72 large size

For the past 4 years I have taken online classes with many instructors on many sites but one has always stood out. The quality, content and wide range of techniques offered is something I am pretty particular about. I love to learn and I do the class when I register for it. I make the time, otherwise what is the point. The continued art education that I have gotten from Jeanne Oliver’s Creative Network rivals Art School in so many ways. As I started doing my own online classes, it has been a HUGE dream of mine, to one day be a featured artist on her network. Guess what? It is here. My art dream happened and I still can’t believe it!

I am thrilled that it is different from her other classes. A lot tighter but also a complete project from start to finish. It represents me in every way – the quirky tunnel of hidden discoveries, the nature elements, the muted color palette – I am highly accounted for! It is realistic yet so easy to do when I break down the steps for you and show you the simple way I build up acrylic washes to achieve my details.

The tunnel is just fascinating, trust me, it is my favorite part of the book. The fact that we take one sheet of mixed media paper and create the book from start to finish is just astonishing! In the Garden: A Tunnel Book Course does just that. It helps you discover the garden in the most wonderful ways yet you get to be the artist and choose the colors that appeal to your taste. It is so fun and I do hope you will join me, I would love to create with you In the Garden!

Here’s the course information http://jeanneoliver.ning.com/group/in-the-garden-a-tunnel-book-course and if you would like to see the beautiful video trailer they created oh my it gorgeous https://vimeo.com/210364646



I have fallen in love with winter white this year, which is strange because I love a lot of color in my home. This display caught my eye and held my attention for several moments, while browsing one of my favorite boutiques in the area. That is huge this holiday, to get hold and retain my focus! Since I am running around with 1000 things on my mind I don’t know if it was the deer, the neutral palette or the wonderful texture the snow globe offered, but it just seemed peaceful. It is powerful when something stops you in your tracks and makes you think about things. These three little items did that for me today and I am thankful for the tranquility it offered. A quiet moment, a refreshing reflection of my life this year and a thought of stillness yet to come. Change is in the air for me and although the holidays are upon us, I am looking forward to celebrating a new year filled with unlimited possibilities. Peace and good tidings to you all!

Beauty Discovered


Discoveries, they are all around you, literally everywhere. Do you see them?
I have the ability and I think the constant curiosity to seek them out as if a game of hide and seek is happening with only us in the room. It is something I naturally do, look for the hidden treasure that no one really takes the time to find. It is part of my nature, my childhood, my genes. My mom will tell you at four years old I was already mesmerized by the clouds and their wonderful shapes. I would point them out because I wanted them to be noticed, seen by all. Can you imagine? It is such a funny thing for her to remember. So it got me thinking about an artist’s eye, is there such a thing? I know plenty of artists who struggle with color, design, composition and such. Do you really think some of these gifts are given at birth? I have to believe they are. I just can’t see an explanation otherwise.
So, during this holiday season, take the time to see the beauty of your friends and family, the gifts they are to your lives. Discovery this with new eyes as if it is the first time. It will have you wondering what else has been hidden, waiting for you to find it!