Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

A Closer Look at My October 2015 Classes

Here is my list of classes for October 2015.

I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught for groups as well as private classes at stores, museums, schools, backyards, garages, studios and private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling and private art classes.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more.

Please note the small supply list for each class.

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (27 different online workshops as of March 2015.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Thank YOU for your interest!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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I've spent most of today prepping for my Fremont classes this coming weekend. Cutting board. Tearing paper. Just a little bit more left to do. Taking a break now and listening to Old Time Radio on WBAI. Looking forward to the William Conrad episodes they're supposed to play (for his birthday.) I'll spend the rest of the day in my journal, staring at the moon, an evening walk, nose in a book and with The Doctor. Here's to an enchanting Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Home. A very good but very long day. 

Up at 6 a.m. Out the door by 7. Starbucks. Black, unsweetened iced tea. Class with a great group of women at The Making Place. The latest Art Journaling (I rarely buy it but my friend, Taylor, is in it.) A 100° car ride home (the ac is broken so windows were cranked with Hardline and Oingo Boingo on the CD player. Autumn always means Danny Elfman on the radio for me.) 2 1/2 -hours later, home. I prefer an early class start time (less traffic.) 20 minutes. Change of clothes. Back in the car. Gallery Nucleus in Arcadia. Yuri Norstein. Francheska Yurbusova. Tale of Tales. Hedgehog in the Fog. Animation happiness. Decisions. Wolf or Hedgehog. Wolf always wins. Print. Magnets. Barron Storey in Juztapoz from years ago for $2. Late supper of pizza and greens at Zelo Pizza in Monrovia. Filling the car with gas for the gazillionth time this week. Milk at Vons. Home. Pajamas. Scream Queens. Bed. Dreams.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh On My Shelf

I forgot to include this one in the photo:

I have been moving books around and cleaning the last few days (for those of you who were wondering, we survived the inspection.) I started thinking about the number of Vincent Van Gogh books that I have (the amount almost rivals my Frida Kahlo (this post needs to be updated!) and Corita Kent collections.) 

I started with the hardcover copy of The Letters of Van Gogh found at Iliad Books. It's a weighty tome but it has illustrations and it's a great book for an artist to keep in their library. Well, with all of the traveling that I sometimes do, I didn't want to lug the hardcover copy around so I opted for an inexpensive Penguin edition paperback. A short time after buying that, I wandered into Alias Books West and found a copy of Van Gogh: A Self-Portrait edited by W.H. Auden. How could I pass that up? Well, I did. At first. I thought about it and came back the next week. Luckily, it was still there. It's been by my bed ever since. I picked up the various Van Gogh books either at used bookstores or on sale (Taschen always has a great clearance sale and I found a copy of their Vincent book a few years ago.) The jewel of my collection is Van Gogh at Work which I hunted down at the Vroman's sale a couple of years ago. 

There are a few Van Gogh books that I am missing:

I just found an inexpensive copy online and ordered it today.

Ever Yours: The Essential Letters 

I keep trying to talk myself out of this. Do I really need yet another book of Van Gogh letters? This edition is absolutely gorgeous. I find it extremely hard to resist flipping through it whenever I see it in a bookstore. If I see it used, I may pick it up someday.

Vincent van Gogh: The Letters: The Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition (Vol. 1-6) 

This. This is the book that beats all of the other letters of Van Gogh books. I don't have it but I am lusting after it. It's $600 so, for now, all I can do is to dream about it.

I know that I'm like a broken record saying this but if you haven't seen it, you need to watch an episode of Doctor Who entitled, "Vincent and the Doctor." Don't look it up. Don't do anything but find it to watch. Trust me. 

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”

-Vincent Van Gogh 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Preparing for our yearly apartment inspection tomorrow and trying not to lose my mind in the meantime. The Powers That Be have no idea how much creativity resides in the (neat and clean) little piles around my apartment!

Also prepping for my upcoming workshops (Escondido, Torrance, Fremont (in Northern California), Austin, TX, Los Angeles and Glendale, AZ.)  

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Funny how often we are learning. We think that as we age that we, "know it all." Pffft. We've barely scratched the surface. With Tristan in college and me being his chauffeur (until he gets his license and I'm comfortable with him driving to and from Valencia on a daily basis), I'm learning new things. 

I'm learning how to find and make the time for what needs to be done in addition to what I want to do (four hours of daily driving adds up.) I'm learning how to let go of the ties a little bit. He's learning things at his school that will hopefully help lead him down the path that he is so eager to be on. I went from being a daughter living at home in Massachusetts to being a new wife living a continent away from her family to being a Mom to suddenly being the Mom of a college student. Always learning. Always growing. Trying to keep an open mind (and heart) and focus on what I'm gaining instead of what I feel like I'm sometimes losing. Pouring my heart out onto my pages as much as possible and cherishing the car time with my kid. Learning new things again.

Monday, September 21, 2015

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Quick reminder for my Southern Californian students, I have two classes scheduled locally this weekend and next month, I only have one scheduled in Los Angeles (I'm still looking for new venues!):

Saturday in Escondido:

26th The Making Place Escondido The Artist's Playground 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Learn how to combine your precious bits of ephemera into a truly one of a kind artist’s journal. Create a playground of self expression and discovery. You will learn how to step back and see things in your artwork that you haven’t noticed before.
I have been working on this class for over two years now and am very eager to share it with you. You will be inspired in this class.

Supply list: scissors, a selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad (if you have one), 1″ brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes) OR a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don’t want to use all of your waxed paper for this.) 
Sunday in Torrance:

27th Scrampers Torrance The Painted Book 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
By popular demand, I'm teaching a brand new mixed media class. Roll up your sleeves, don your aprons and prepare to get messy! We'll explore a variety of mediums including watercolor, gouache, and much, much more. Create richly painted pages which you will assemble into a canvas covered book. Learn new ways of exploring color and layering in this unique four hour workshop.

Supply list: Apron, tacky glue, scissors, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels OR an old rag, permanent black ink pad, and 1" brush to paint and glue (I like chip or bristle brushes).

21st The Making Place Escondido TBA
Thank YOU for your interest!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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It's been one of those days where I've managed to do a little of everything from cleaning to reading (The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop.) I finished writing my handouts for Fremont (about forty pages for four classes.) 

Now, it's 4 p.m. on Sunday which means it's time to listen to The Golden Age of Radio (aka Old Time Radio) on WBAI and work in my journal. Later on, it'll be time for a walk and to finish watching Svengoolie and his airing of Abbott and Costello's "Hold That Ghost." Looks like Halloween is starting early (yay!)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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540. That's the number of miles I logged driving Tristan back and forth to CalArts this week. While my poor car probably isn't too happy about it (in a week, we tend to log more miles on foot in this family then by car), Tristan is thrilled. He's quite happy with his classes and the school!

Spending the weekend prepping for my Fremont classes. I have one class handout left to write and then I'll start buying and cutting the supplies. Really looking forward to trekking North during my favorite month of the year!

I'll be spending the evening doing what other Whovians across the world will be doing and I can't wait.  

"I am not a good man! I'm not a bad man. I'm not a hero. I'm definitely not a president, and no, I'm not an officer. You know who I am? I... am... an idiot! With a box and a screwdriver. Passing through. Helping out. Learning."
-The 12th Doctor

Thursday, September 17, 2015

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FYI, if you live near an Aaron Brothers store, you may want to check their clearance section (or maybe near the front register) as they've put Molotow and Sharpie paint markers on clearance. That's my PSA for the day!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Books On My WishList 2015



















What am I missing? What books are you looking forward to this year?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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By chance, has anyone been to the Disney and Dali exhibit at the Disney Museum in San Francisco? I'm hoping to go next month when I teach in Fremont and I'm curious to hear reviews. I loved the Mary Blair exhibit last year.

Quick shout out, I have two local classes (Escondido and Torrance) scheduled for next weekend. My Northern California, Texas and Arizona classes are also around the corner. I hope to see you there.

Monday, September 14, 2015

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I've had him pose every year since pre-kindergarten for a photo in front of our apartment. I'm still surprised that he let me walk him to take the next photo this morning (yes, wearing his obligatory first day Aquaman t-shirt.) He's excited. We're excited. Looking forward to seeing what this semester brings for him!

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Simple mark making. Adding color. Layers. Thoughts. Explorations. Unfolding and becoming ourselves onto the page.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

What I'm Reading

Louise Bourgeois 

 “The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.”
― Louise Bourgeois

I started reading Louise Bourgeois Destruction of the Father / Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923-1997 last night. It's pulled me in. Lisa Congdon recommended it somewhere (I can't remember if it was her Instagram page or her blog.) Maybe it was Brainpickings that recommended it and I saw Lisa's art of Louise. Anyways, I'm reading it now. I'm not the only one who recommends it (lots of lovely photos of the inside of the book can be found here.)

 “It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.”
― Louise Bourgeois


Friday, September 11, 2015


Tucked in a corner at a Starbucks in Valencia waiting for Tristan to finalize his class schedule. I think we've clocked more miles driving back and forth in three days than we do in a month. The school isn't that far but Tristan seems ready and willing to be free and on his own. I'm not ready to let go yet... I'll be driving him but he has dreams of staying at the school as much as possible. I have different dreams of a weekly 9-5 schedule for him and then family time in the evenings and weekends (as well as to and from school until he gets his license.) We'll see what unfolds... 

For now, I'll grab work time when I can get it. Have journal will travel. Holding onto heartstrings.

(This is a new journal and a work in progress. I'll be sharing photos on Instagram. Back to posting my regular, finished journal pages on the blog this weekend.)