Friday, May 20, 2016

Around Here Lately...

I'm not sure what it is, but there is something about Spring that makes me want to clean up and organize everything!


This year, that also means sprucing up my website
and de-cluttering & simplifying things here on the blog.


I still have artwork to sort and upload to the website, but I am very happy to have created a new "Freebies & Kindness" section (where you can download my well-traveled "Take What You Need" poster) , and a special spot for my collaborations with Tyler.  I have also dedicated a space specifically for all things silly & random that I can't wait to fill with all sorts of ridiculousness!


In addition to all of that, my first Life Book lesson goes live on Monday!!!  I had so much fun creating the lesson, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone makes!  
(You can still sign up here if you'd like to join in on the fun!)


Tuesday, February 2, 2016


I'm baaaaack!!!

For reasons I will not bore you with in this post, I am officially beginning my new year right now!  Yes, I am a month late, I have no resolutions, and I have no word of the year...

But... What I do have is fresh perspective, a whole lot of enthusiasm, and a motto for the year to come... Let's Dudish!

So, what does "Let's Dudish!" mean?
For me, it's a reminder to:

Stay true to myself, my goals, and the things that make me feel alive.

Say "Yes!" to opportunities that make my heart sing, and politely decline ones that don't speak to my soul or that just don't feel right.

Take better care of myself physically, emotionally, and mentally... 
And, be kind and gentle with myself along the way.

Leave plenty of time for play.

and...

Have fun!


I'm really excited to (finally) be leaping into the new year...
I've missed blogging and YOU!

I would love to hear what your plans are for 2016!
(If you wrote a New Year's post, 
leave me the link in the comments so I can catch up!)


Monday, October 26, 2015

My Very First Video Tutorial!


I am so excited!!!

I am a BIG believer that creating art doesn't have to cost a lot of money.  I believe in saving money where you can, so that you can splurge where you want.  I am also a huge fan of sharing ideas.  (I have even created some written tutorials in the past.)

Today, I am so happy to share my very first video tutorial that combines my belief in saving money, and my love of sharing ideas... How to create a professional looking wrapped gallery canvas using things you probably already have laying around the house!  



I've shared the video over at the Willowing blog and I really hope you'll check it out... Who knows, maybe you'll end up saving so much money on canvases that you'll finally be able to get the supplies you've been wanting to indulge in, or sign up for the class you've been dreaming about taking...  Either way, I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Random Thoughts On A Thursday

Tyler's note

I found this little message yesterday on a scrap sheet of paper... I love nine year old wisdom.

My heart sings every time I receive an email about my "Take What You Need" poster... It is so fun for me to hear about where in the world they end up! (If you'd like to download and/or print it, click here for a high-res. pdf version.)


I am trying to take some of my own advice and be kinder to myself.

One of the ways I've been trying to banish the negativity gremlins and self-doubt monsters from my studio is by listening to audio books that promote positive thinking while I paint.  (As a bonus, I have found that I am more productive when I do.)


I am a big fan of Kind bars... And not just because I love the name (although, I think that's pretty great too)!

I watched the movie "Wild", and now I'm thinking about reading the book.  Usually I read the book before I watch the movie, so that I can create my own images in my head... Do you read the book or watch the movie first?

A collaboration with Tyler.

It is supposed to snow this weekend.

I'm not ready for winter.

Seeing my "Tea and Cake with Gracie" interview is like a ray of sunshine on a chilly day...


I'm so excited to be offering a free art tutorial, a free downloadable print, and giving away the ORIGINAL Frida painting (in the photo above) to one lucky Willowing reader!  To read the interview and enter the Giveaway, please click here.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Yay!!! Registration For Life Book 2016 Opens Today!!!


To say I am excited is a bit of an understatement...

You may recall my mentioning that I will be teaching on Life Book 2016... Well, the time has finally arrived... Registration opens TODAY!

I have submitted my lesson titles and descriptions to Tam, and have begun the super fun process of putting together all of the ideas, tips, and techniques that I want to share with you!  (I can't wait for you to see what I have planned!)  It's sure to be a good time, and I'm joined by 23 incredible teachers to bring 52 (yes, 52!) original offerings over the course of 2016...  It doesn't get much better than that!

To find out more about Life Book 2016, and to join me on this amazing year long creative journey, please click here.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Random Thoughts On A Wednesday


The new "Peanuts Movie" comes out on November 6th.  I'm not sure how the movie will be, but I had a great time turning my family into Peanuts characters on their website: peanutizeme.com.  (They didn't have a goatee option for Bob, so I added that in PicMonkey.)

Tyler has suddenly become very interested in cooking, and as a result has been helping me out in the kitchen a lot more.

I love my Scrub Daddy.



Snail mail makes me happy.  I received the most amazing package with the most adorable gnome socks and a super cute gnome magnet from a wonderful and generous friend... 
She gnomes me so well!

I love puns.

I just finished reading The Bell Jar by, Sylvia Plath, and am currently reading The Alchemist by, Paulo Coelho.  I am going to the library to pick up my reserved  copy of Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic today.  Tyler is reading Wonder by, R.J. Palacio... I read it too and highly recommend it.  (Our copy had a bonus "Julian Chapter" - If you can find a copy that has the extra chapter in it, get that one... The different perspective definitely added something to the book.)

I'm always looking for book recommendations, so I would love to hear what you're reading (or have read and loved).


The countdown clock from october212015.com

The boys and I had a "Back To The Future" marathon this past weekend.  And, as an amazing coincidence, the "future date" in the second movie is coming up on October 21st, 2015! 

I am currently working on a children's book, and really need to get back in the studio...

I hope you'll share some random thoughts with me!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Life Book 2016 Giveaway Winner Announced AND Something For Everyone!


Wow!  I have been blown away by the amazing response to Life Book 2016 so far!  I am really enjoying meeting so many new people - it has me SO excited to teach next year... I wish I could giveaway a spot to all of you!!!  

But since I can't, and since I don't want anyone to walk away empty handed, I drew & painted a FREE (hi-resolution) inspirational piece of art for YOU...

click on image to enlarge, save, print, etc...
(personal use only please)

Please feel free to save it, download it, print it, frame it, hang it, etc... 
(As long as it's for your personal use).
I'm really looking forward to seeing where our imaginations take us next year!!!

Now, onto the Life Book 2016 Giveaway...
(My son, Tyler, was so excited to pick a random name from the hat!)
The winner of 1 spot in the AMAZING year long course is...


Congratulations Kim Costello!

Thank you to everyone for sharing your enthusiasm about Life Book 2016!  (It's totally contagious!)  For those of you still hoping to win a spot, there is still time to enter the other giveaways (see my last post for the list).  And (just in case), please be sure to bookmark this link to sign up for Life Book 2016 when it goes on sale on October 5th!

Don't forget to download my Einstein drawing, and I look forward to seeing you in class!!!


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