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Do you like croissants? In Paris? 💌🐩

Christina and Anna, founders of Deep Travel Workshops, have taken groups around the world on art and writing tours and are experienced travelers, guides, sense of humorians and lovely people. You are in good hands. I am your art guide. Painting, art supplies, sketching, anything at all around visually documenting this journey. We'll be using gouache and/or watercolor on this trip (easy, portable, great results perfect for all levels. No experience necessary!) Please email me if you have any art supply questions. The preview mini guide is here with details, cost, dates and more.

Carpe Diem Papers News! November at home….but April in Paris?

I hope this finds you very well and enjoying the season. It’s been a particularly beautiful autumn here in southern Oregon. Before the holiday hustle really takes hold…imagine this.

Springtime in Paris. Specifically, April 4-10 2020…in Paris. Cafés, museums, galleries, boat ride along the Seine, eclectic Parisian shops, French food, vintage book stalls, cafés , la patisserie, staying in the Marais and…painting your journey as you go. Sound merveilleux? My friends at Deep Travel Workshops are hosting this unique one week trip next April. My role in this incredible journey? Art instructor, guide, painting enthusiast, cheerleader and all round biggest fan of giving yourself this gift of art, time, creativity and community.

The itinerary is taking shape, the group is small and we are so excited to share this trip! Tell me more s’il vous plaît….?

During our week

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Bonjour (and April in Paris)

What is it about Paris? Other than everything…for most everybody…?  For me it represents history, architecture, culture, the arts, the dedication to a life lived in the small beautiful details. The people watching. The air, the color, the river, the romance, the food, the coffee, the fashion, the freedom. I’m not alone. It’s been many […]

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Oil v. Acrylic Part II

Hello from Atlanta, GA! I’m in the swing of trade show season but wanted to follow up on my painting experiment. First and most satisfying result: I finished the 30 paintings! No small feat when life happens, days turn into a few days into a weekend into…oh shoot, it’s Christmas! But I stuck with it, […]

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Oil v. Acrylic

Somewhere between now and March 3rd (which is when Madame Blog here tells me I last posted) I have been slowly, quietly, nervously experimenting with a new medium: oil paints. I decided to conduct a 30 day challenge for myself: 30 paintings in 30ish days. I didn’t quite make it, I think I got to […]

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Pretty in Pink

This post if proof that role of artist-business-blogger-marketer-shipper-packer-traveler-sales is one role too many. If I had remembered and was organized enough, I would have posted this BEFORE the Pretty in Pink Art Reception…not a day and a half AFTER. Ooops. (Event on Friday night was lovely, it was pink, there was cake, wine, lots of […]

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Sailing into the New Year

Wait! It’s January and business as usual already! That peaceful dreamy holiday respite is long gone and it is work mode. (Ok, I have amnesia, holidays are rarely peaceful and dreamy.) Show season has officially started and I’m Atlanta bound to exhibit Carpe Diem Papers at Atlanta AmericasMart. This is the time of year I’m […]

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Happy New Year! xo

Hello, 2019! xo I really love the first day of the new year. So brand new, fresh as clean sheets on a newly made bed. Usually I take time to write goals, lists, reflect on the good, the bad, the ugly, how to improve, how to audit and adjust the course of life or business […]

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Asking for Help: Part 1 Our Pack

Hey, guess what took me 40+ years to learn? It’s ok to ask for help. Help comes in all varieties, the serious kind, life transitions, relationships, family, career and health. Those are the biggins and somehow it seems easier or more acceptable to reach out during those times. For me, it’s the not so dire […]

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Bateau Parisien

It is October and I’m painting Christmas. It is Oregon and I am painting France. To be more specific, it is Ashland and I am painting Paris. I’m here and there, living in a quaint small town, dreaming of the beauty and bustle of the city of lights but honestly, very grateful to be right […]

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The Classics

I’ve recently talked about, written about and definitely jabbered on about my recent creative slump/fatigue/blank wall now what feeling I’ve had about painting. Good news, it’s gone! Bad news, it will be back. I had an artist friend in the similar situation ask me what I do when I feel like this and because I […]

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