Painting in Color, Oaxaca with Michelle Allen and Sunny Carvalho

Can you see me jumping up and down?! I am so excited that my friends Sunny Carvalho and Michelle Allen have agreed to do a workshop in Oaxaca. Their whimsical, colorful style of painting is absolutely perfect for Oaxaca and its colorful array of artists who use a lot of animal imagery in their paintings….

Meet the Artist Lynn Whipple: A Q&A

“Creativity = Happiness” by Lynn Whipple Over the next few months I want to introduce you to our wonderful teaching artists in a bit more depth! And, since Lynn Whipple is repeating her wonderful class, “The Joy of Collage,” we’ll talk with Lynn today! (Then when you receive instruction and feedback in a class, you can know who…

Paint Mexico City – Part Two

Classes with Judy Wise and Katie Kendrick are filled with painting lessons, techniques and wonderful projects. This trip did not disappoint. Judy started by talking about perspective and composition and then how to paint faces using the local paint that she loves using while in Mexico. We proceeded to paint faces that we would later…

More waxy goodness from Encausticamp

It’s been a whirlwind since I returned from Encausticamp 2014. It was great catching up with friends that I made from last year, and creating new friendships. There was laughter, drinking wine in the evenings, some crazy antics with bottle openings and dancing to “Oh Mickey.” Beautiful creations were everywhere and Seattle was wax bombed…

Delightful assemblages a la Greg Hanson

Portland assemblage artist, Greg Hanson introduced me to the world of assemblage. I love his delightful, whimsical sense of humor in his pieces. Here are just two of his new creations for this year. You can go here to see some of the others. While there, take time to look at some of his postings…

Exquisite Enigmas

This workshop with Andrea Matus deMeng was all about wearing masks or creating ones for the images that we selected to collage, paint and add ephemera to. We learned how to use Aves clay which I already use in my assemblage work (and highly recommend), to make additions to our pieces by molding, sculpting and…

Marquis de Scroll

Packing for an art retreat that you fly to is quite different from driving to one in terms of limitations. For me, I do not like to “pre-design” a project. I am very much in the moment, auditioning colors, images, ephemera as I create and so I like options. This five foot long scroll took…

Illuminated Manuscripts

One of my very first workshop teachers was Andrea DeMeng at the now defunct Artfest three years ago. She has been instrumental in my growth as an artist and I have sought opportunities to take classes with her because I know that her workshops will be unique, layered and intriguing. So when I saw that…

Wounded Beauty

Another three-layered mixed media piece using mica, transparency, images and paper. Available

Beadist Jan Huling’s Amazing Art

Jan Huling describes herself as someone who will transform just about any object into a dreamy piece of ornamental luxury. She says she’s not a nudist or even a Buddhist, but a beadist practicing a labor of love within her studio across New York’s great Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey. Her brother, John Schwab,…

Todo dulce in Puebla, Mexico

This month’s culinary trip with Culinary Adventures (my other job) was to Mexico City, but first I visited mi amiga, Ana Elena Martinez, a wonderful pastry chef who lives in Puebla, Puebla. Together, we are the “keepers” of information for Marilyn Tausend, the owner of Culinary Adventures, Inc. For over 16 years we have worked…