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Nautical Parlour

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Emerson I love this quote, this sentiment and this reminder to be present and appreciate life’s lovely moments as well as it’s ebb and flow. Especially this week. Thanksgiving week, a week by definition, a time to be even more […]

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Paris in April: An Artist Life Workshop

I’m not sure what is more exciting, painting in Paris, sitting in a café in Paris, roaming the gorgeous streets with no other purpose than experiencing beauty and architecture, sitting in a park absorbing life and culture, visiting world renowned galleries, shops and museums or….visually documenting all this in the beauty and comfort of a […]

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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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Paint Brushes

Let’s talk tools of the trade. I’m looking at my supplies more closely recently–oils v. acrylics, canvas v. masonite board or panels, “everyday” brushes v. investment brushes, spray varnish v. gloss medium…and on. I changed up my brushes a few months ago. The whole truth is that my aunt in Victoria was taking a painting […]

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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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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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New Cards & Hello from Atlanta

Hello from Atlanta, GA!! Trade show season is in full swing! It’s that time of year for a new greeting card launch (yay!!!), lots of travel, hotel rooms,  airports, booths, seeing customers in person and meeting new ones. I’m extra excited this show because I have a dozen new cards to show, have them in […]

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San Francisco/Bay Area Trade show

Hi friends! Indie Market Bay Area starts today! San Francisco and Bay area retail buyers, come on over to Point Richmond for a beautifully curated trade show. Sunday-Tuesday, 10-6pm at the Craneway Pavillion. Gorgeous building, view of the bay and a unique and lovely assortment of wholesalers there. Carpe Diem Papers is there with elizabethW […]

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