Thursday, January 18, 2018

exploring we will go

Fort Clatsop is a part of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks and it is one of our favorite places for hiking and exploration!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

my winter uniform

When you work for yourself and many of your days are spent alone in the studio, getting dressed (in something other than jammy pants and t-shirt) is a VERY good thing! Even though I spend a lot of time creating alone, I've made it a priority to get dressed and once in while I like to share some of the clothing that makes me very happy! This winter I've got a simple little uniform for myself:

While leggings and a sweater are super comfy and casual-I've found that adding a statement scarf and a fitted jacket helps me look a little more put together. And I can transition from making art to running errands without feeling like a slob!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

updates from the studio- NEW classes are here!

I've been working hard on new online classes and I am super excited to announce my winter/spring 2018 lineup! I've got an early bird sale happening on new classes until Jan 28th so get em' cheap if you register early!

begins JAN 29th
$30.00 EARLY BIRD $25.00
I love drawing and painting in my art journal but I also really love using words, lyrics, quotes and my own writing and poetry on those pages. In this class we will work through a variety of poetry and free writing prompts and turn them into art! We will explore handwriting, expressive free writing, color, composition and a variety of creative ways to turn those words into art.
more information or register HERE

begins FEB 19th
$15.00 EARLY BIRD $10.00
There is something so colorful and expressive about creating with pastels. In this class we will use my favorite subject: flowers, to explore a variety of expressive ways to use pastels.
more information or register HERE

begins MARCH 12th
$15.00 EARLY BIRD $10.00
One of my favorite creative tools is a brayer. 
When working with paint, a brayer can be a really fun alternative to using a paint brush! In this class we will be ditching those brushes and exploring all kinds of ways to use a brayer to add color, create patter and texture, make mark, layer and spread that paint! 

more information or register HERE

begins APRIL 2ND
$30.00 EARLY BIRD $25.00
While I love to work on large surfaces, I've learned over time that working small- like really small can really push your creativity. In this class we will be exploring small surfaces. From painting on tiny canvas to drawing on small surfaces to creating tiny art journals, I will share some of my favorite ways to create miniature art!
more information or register HERE

$75.00 EARLY BIRD $65.00
More information or register HERE

12 months of downloads & prompts
$65.00 EARLY BIRD $50.00
More information or register HERE

I am super excited to announce "Art Journal With Me"- a 12 month bundle of downloads, inspiration and prompts!

"Art Journal With Me" is 12 months of digital downloads to print, prompts and tutorials for your art journaling process!

Purchase a bundle for $65 $50 and you will receive-
5 digital downloads each month (colorful paper, patterns, art, quotes and more).
In addition, you will also receive a video tutorial, tips and prompts to go along with those downloads for 12 months.
That is a total of 60 pages and 12 videos!
You will receive access to a private website where you can download 5 new creative downloads and an art journal lesson on the 15th of each month.

The bundle begins January 15, 2018 and ends December 15, 2018.

Purchase the bundle at any time within the 12 months and you will receive all monthly pages and future pages until December 15, 2018.

Downloads are all created by me and the theme will vary throughout the months.

Designs have been scanned at a high resolution for crisp and clear printing. All of the downloads are PDF's.

Downloads are designed to print on a 8.5 X 11 piece of paper.

Use your favorite paper and print out as many as you like!


Thursday, January 04, 2018

healthy salmon chowder

Living on the Oregon Coast we are surrounded by wild, fresh fish and it's a big part of our family diet. One of my favorite meals in the winter is a big hearty bowl of chowder. But these days, I am eating very clean and healthy with zero gluten and very little dairy so I've come up with my own version of a salmon chowder. It's not the same as that heavy chowder loaded with butter, cream and sodium that I can get at my local fish market. Instead it tastes light, crisp and totally satisfies my chowder cravings.

1 cup of fish stock (homemade stock is even better)
2 cups of coconut milk
2 poached wild salmon fillets
2-3 tsp coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
5 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
3 stocks of celery, chopped
3 potatoes, cubed
1bay leaf
1 teaspoon of fresh dill, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cook the vegetables in coconut oil on low for about 20-30 minutes.
Pour the coconut milk and fish broth over the vegetables and bay leaf and bring to a simmer.
Add cubes of salmon to the vegetables and broth and cook on low heat.
Dish and serve with fresh dill and parsley sprinkled on top.



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