Trending Articles

Friends of SOAR

For great posts about the business of art, check out The Artsy Shark HERE!
ArtistsBillofRights.org reviews competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyrights and highlighting those that don't. Art Matters! publishes calls to artists, and not all of them may be compliant with ABoR's standards. Visit their site to learn more.
We support the Embedded Metadata Manifesto.  Metadata is information such as copyright notice and contact info you can embed in your images to protect your intellectual property, save time when uploading to social sites and promote your art. Click to visit the site and learn more.

Blog Detour

Hi friends!My blog has moved to a brighter happier website home with more windows and a place to sit down a while. Come on over! And because Google and blogger and other technical Wizard of Oz things, I can’t seem to remove this one. See you …

Continue reading Blog Detour

Fancy Cake

I adore life’s simple fancy pleasures.  Great coffee, perfect pastries, new art supplies. If you’re looking for an uplifting creative afternoon that combine all three, come join us for the next Poets & Painters at Pennington Farms in the Apple…

Continue reading Fancy Cake

Poets & Painters & Cakes!

Poets & Painters & Cakes Workshop

Hello, Southern Oregon friends! This soggy January day seemed a good time to think of something sweet on the near horizon & so…Mindy Carpenter & I are happy to announce another Poets & Painters workshop at Pennington Farms …this time featuring their decadent cakes! At our last workshop at Pennington’s, we spied some swanky cakes beneath glass cloches & decided that we wanted to paint (& eat!) them, too. Here’s one of Mindy’s delightful cake paintings: ​ In addition to your spacious painting time, I will give you an easy prompt for crafting a poem inspired by the confections. Zero pressure! And you do not have to read anything aloud. This workshop is more like a “playshop”; it’s all about having fun 🙂 So grab a friend (or a Valentine!) and come play with us: When: Saturday, February 10 from 11-3 pm Where: Pennington Farms | 11341 Williams Highway |

Continue reading Poets & Painters & Cakes!

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

You know that magical sliver of time after New Year’s where it seems like exercise, creativity, weight loss, financial and wellness goals are not only possible, but they are bright and shiny beacons you can’t wait to swim across frigid water to? Me nei…

Continue reading Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Going home

I’m going home on Wednesday. The home of the heart. The motherland, where I grew up, where I keep my passport, my memories. I didn’t purposely leave Victoria to not live there for 20 plus years. It was one travel decision after university that lead to …

Continue reading Going home

Going home

I’m going home on Wednesday. The home of the heart. The motherland, where I grew up, where I keep my passport, my memories. I didn’t purposely leave Victoria to not live there for 20 plus years. It was one travel decision after university that lead to …

Continue reading Going home

Pink Layer Cake

This blog post brought to you by time passing very quickly, a new website being built, many workshops, a social media and marketing overhaul, travel, and truth time, the fear and inability to log into  and navigate my new website on my own and for…

Continue reading Pink Layer Cake

Reminder: Poets & Painters Workshop Nov 11 - Register Now!!

Poets & Painters & Pie workshop with Anna Elkins and Mindy Carpenter at Pennington Farms, Applegate Vallte Valley, November 11, 2017

Hello creative friend! I hope this finds you very well on this cozy fall day. 🍁🍂 I’m writing today to let you know that the next Poets & Painters (& Pie) Workshop is coming up right around the corner. Last one of 2017…hope you can join us! This time it’s at the charming historic Pennington Farms Bakery in the Applegate. This is a fun inspiring day of writing & painting, pie indulging & coffee sipping. Anna Elkins leads you through a freestyle writing & poetry exercise (hint: it will involve pie) & I will guide us through a still life painting of…you guessed it, pie, seasonal flora & vintage props. If you haven’t been to Pennington Farms, the entire surrounding is a painting waiting to happen. Inspiration everywhere! And workshop promise: you will leave with a finished painting. ❤️🎨 Please email: [email protected] to hold your spot. Treat yourself to a

Continue reading Reminder: Poets & Painters Workshop Nov 11 – Register Now!!

Dahlia in a jar

Hello Dahlin. What’s up in the world of art painting running a small business? On today’s menu, we have Website Redesign! I hear you, collective groan all around from those who have done it, are doing, are resisting doing it. There have been some bumps…

Continue reading Dahlia in a jar

Breaking Surface by Mark Nepo

A lovely friend shared this poem with me today. I like Mark Nepo a lot but had never heard this before. In the spirit of keep on keeping on at our art and craft and whatever it is that is calling us.Let no one keep you from your journey,no rabbi or pri…

Continue reading Breaking Surface by Mark Nepo