Thursday, August 29, 2019

Save the Date! October 11-13th Fremont, CA

“I am always doing what I cannot do yet in order to learn how to do it.”-Van Gogh 

New Workshops, new stories, new inspiration... coming soon...

Save the Date!

October 11-13th

Maria's Home Studio in Fremont, CA

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Durfort, France Part Six

Sunday morning we headed from Durfort to Blan in search of treasures!

France is famous for its brocantes and flea markets. Directions aren't given in terms of miles or kilometers. It's more, "You're going to go up, up, up and then down, down, down..." We found our way to Blan by following other cars who looked like they were looking for the market as well.

We separated and made plans to meet back. Quickly walking up and down the aisles looking for what sang to us...

I was head over heels in love with the postcards I found. The seller wasn't the nicest human, and (contrary to some of the stories I was told before our trip), the *only* French person our entire trip that was rude but I wanted these postcards and these postcards, I would have! 

If you want postcards, the seller had many. He also had the albums below (which I didn't buy though I was quite tempted... his attitude dissuaded me!)



Our stop in Blan was quick as the brocante in Lautrec was waiting for us!

The brocante in Lautrec was PURE HEAVEN. I wish we had had more time, funds and storage space for most of it! I could have spent all weekend walking around looking at the treasures. Alas, half of our group was still not 100% well so we limited our time there. I would go back just for this market!  

We found Angoulême winner Emil Ferris' My Favorite Thing is Monsters in the South of France! Photo op time! We love Emil and her work! She is a very good monster!

The pony tailed gentleman had one of my favorite things from the entire trip! A gorgeous wedding certificate from the 1700's. After I told our group about it, we went back so I could show them the other papers he had.

Lunch in the car and back to Durfort we trekked (going down, down, down the hill...)

Treasures at La Cascade.

Some studio time before supper.

Salad and bread. David was always happy to see a fresh baguette.

The postcards from Blan and Lautrec (the wedding certificate is the largest document.) The seller in Blan thought I was looking at the "pretty girls" on the front. Sorry, buddy, I wanted the gorgeous handwriting on the back! I have plans for these (and the others I bought...stay tuned!)


I didn't take many photos while teaching in Durfort as I was focused on teaching but am grateful for what I did manage to take. Most of our group was sick at this point but they were all determined to make the most of it. They knew their limits and did what they could, when they could.

A work in progress page from my journal that evolved into something else (I had plans for it but wasn't sure exactly what it would ended up becoming postcards and part of another project...)
More soon...
Links of Interest
Durfort, France Part Une

Monday, August 26, 2019

2019 Workshops

Here is my current list of workshops for 2019. Please check back as I will update this list often.

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 a wide range of ages from individuals to small groups to large gatherings. I have held classes at stores, museums, backyards, garages, studios, public and private schools as well as private homes. I also am available for teaching home schooling 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.


I don't travel light (see photos here.) 

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 (28 different online workshops as of December 2017.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

Information on my latest online workshop, An Artist's Study can be found here.

Thank YOU for your interest!

*Please note that I can also send gift certificates for workshops via email. Why not give the gift of creativity?


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

With Gratitude...


A heartfelt thank you to those who bought journals, shared the link or popped in to see what I had available. I'll be packaging them up and sending them to their new homes very soon. Above are the books that are still available.

Also, if you ordered Coccoina glue sticks from me (thank you), they have arrived. I'll be packaging and shipping those out this week as well. I'll post to social media when they go in the mail. 


Interested in limited edition, high quality reproductions of my work? I'll be taking orders for my Dear Vincent Project (available as a unique book as well as deck of forty journal post cards) through August 23rd Noon PDT (more information available here. Catch them while you can. They will NOT be reprinted.)

Tristan and his girlfriend, Samantha, are going to be visiting us later this week. I'm knee deep trying to clean my studio (aka my corner of the living room) so postings may be light the next few days. I'll see what I can do...

Back to work!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Saturday, September 28th The Art Spirit: Juicy Living A Creative Smorgasbord Session THREE

Join me for a workshop full of color, paste, paper, layers, unraveling, laughter, inspiration and creative frenzy! Come one! Come all! I have been waiting years to teach these extended workshops and I hope to see you there.


The Art Spirit: Juicy Living A Creative Smorgasbord Session THREE at Designing Letters studio (now with air conditioning!) in Mar Vista (Los Angeles)

Saturday, September 28th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Each session stands on its own. Take one, or take all and you will walk away with fresh, new ideas, inspiration as well as unique and personal journal pages

Workshops are open to the public.

This fresh, new workshop teaches a variety of NEW ideas involving collage, creative processing, self expression, composition, design, layering, painting and much, much more.

My workshops are always about inspiring creativity, generating ideas and learning how to see. The ideas can be translated into a variety of art forms. Use your art journal "as is" or for a springboard of inspiration for other art forms and living a creative life!

Please note there is a small supply list.

More details will be sent upon registration.

Beginners to advanced are welcome in ALL of the classes.
Interested in signing up? Questions? Please email Kelly for more info!

You may send someone else in your place if you are unable to attend the workshop, or you will receive a kit for the class. You can either pay via paypal (see button below) or send a check or money order. Once you've signed up for the workshop, you will be sent the address and directions to the workshop location. If you have ANY questions you can email me. I will also give you my cell phone number so you contact me.

The class fee includes a vast array of mediums and materials to complete the necessary project. It is well known that I do not travel light to any of my classes. I will be bringing such things are: 

  • all materials necessary to complete the project (handmade paper, decorative paper, board, glue, etc...)
  • bookbinding supplies (thread, awl, needles)
  • rubber stamps 
  • ink pads 
  • decorative tape
  • stencils
  • pens and markers
  • gel medium
  • collage ephemera and much, much more.
I do not travel light to my classes at all.

“The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”

Robert Henri, author of The Art Spirit, is one of my favorite artists, writers and creative individuals.

Every time I open up a copy of his book I discover a new gem that inspires me to create. I am a firm believer in the fact that inspiration is truly everywhere and that as humans we are driven to make and create.

“In every human being there is the artist, and whatever his activity, he has an equal chance with any to express the result of his growth and his contact with life. I don't believe any real artist cares whether what he does is 'art' or not. Who, after all, knows what art is?”

Immerse yourself in daily sessions of creativity and inspiration. Each session has a different focus. In Session Three, you will create a completely unique journal! Begin the workshop with luscious layers of paper, paint and pen. Then, step back and look at your pages with fresh eyes. You will then deconstruct these pages to create an entirely NEW journal. Using the key elements and principles of art in fun, fresh ways, you will learn new techniques for collage, mixed media, acrylic painting, journaling, color theory, composition, design and much, much more. Learn new ideas and techniques in creative self expression. Gain confidence in your work, know your tools and your capability to brainstorm and problem solve.

“The artist must be a student.”

As always, my class is geared towards beginner to advanced, there is something for everyone in this workshop. I have been keeping a journal for over 35 years and an art journal for 21 of those years. I am always trying to learn new ways, techniques and approaches to creating. There is always something new to learn and experience.

“The end will be what it will be. The object is intense living, fulfillment; the great happiness in creation.”

As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Supply list: an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), baby wipes, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes, a water brush pen (OR an extra fine, detail paint brush *ONLY* IF you have one),  a few of your favorite LARGE glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that's more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES), 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.)
Each session stands on its own. 
You have the option of taking a stand alone sessions or multiple ones. Each one is unique.


Saturday, September 28th
Session Three
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In this workshop, we will begin by layering paint, paper and pen. After some time, we will revisit what we've made with new eyes and ideas. Using what we've spent the morning making, we'll start to revise and revisit our pages. You will have the option of making one substantial journal or making a variety of different sized, smaller journals. Focus is on construction, deconstruction and reworking.
Objectives in this workshop: new exercises in book making, layering in both paint, paper and pen, mixed media techniques, collage and decollage, construction and deconstruction, revising, revisiting and reworking, learning to see, expanding on so called "mistakes", etc... 

I hope to see you there!