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Gift Guide for the Beauty Chasers | Christmas 2021

We are all beauty chasers in one way or another. My friend Timothy Willard often says that, “Beauty Defies Despair”.  Do we have our eyes open to that beauty?  The beauty that is all around in people, nature, circumstances, love, forgiveness, faith, gathering, the work of our hands, the sound of laughter, the comfort of touch, the gifts of others and a million other moments of beauty that defy despair?   We are a small business, I love to purchase …

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Expressive Ancestor Portraits with Erin Faith Allen | Instant Access

As I was growing up I dreamed of being an archeologist. I had a deep love of history, stories, and the idea of uncovering what was hidden. It was not until I was a working artist that I found it surprising that so many of the other artists that I admired also had this same dream as a child. I find it beautiful to realize that so many of the artists that I connect with create work with layers, stories …

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Proof of Life | Journal Entry No. 10

Proof of Life Journal Entry No. 10 Welcome to the Proof of Life journal entry series. Writing more in general, and specifically with you, is something I hope to continue throughout the year. Like many of you, life has become clearer over the past year and there are many things I have dropped along the way that I deeply desire to pick back up. In turn, there are things I never want to pick up again. From the very beginning, …

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Deconstructed Faces with Kate Thompson | Instant Access!

I have several Kate Thompson works of art in our own home and the more you look, the more you see. What from a distance looks likes a portrait soon becomes lines, texture, layers, history, wire, plaster, and most importantly…a story. Kate is a master at breaking down the face and then adding the most unique elements back into the work. Grab your favorite collections of vintage ephemera, old pieces of cloth, and maybe even a little plaster, and let’s …

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An Artist in Oaxaca | With Tracy Verdugo

In 2018 I knew that 2019 was going to be the last year I led overseas art workshops for the foreseeable future. As much as I loved gathering, teaching and traveling it was the most deep knowing that it was time and I had complete peace about my decision. Then 2020 changed all of our worlds and I was not only grateful that I didn’t have scheduled trips to cancel but it also was a reminder how much I had …

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The November Round-Up | Free Beauty Found on the Internet

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is there if you have your eyes open to it. Sometimes it will be the little things like digging for vintage treasures with dear friends, foraging in the woods, building the first fire of the season in the studio, and the beauty of paint-covered hands. Sometimes you will even find beauty on the internet. I found so many beautiful little treasures on the internet this past month and I wanted to …

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Free Art Video | Beauty in the Mess with Melissa Fink

Join Melissa Fink for Finding Beauty In The Mess. In this free art lesson you will begin by creating a messy, playful piece with no expectation or specific outcome in mind. You will be amazed at the beautiful compositions you will end up finding along the way. In this easy-to-follow lesson, Melissa begins with a mindset of allowing ourselves to feel encouraged and to be reminded, “It doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful.” She uses the simplest of tools, …

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Holiday Home*ologie with Daune Pitman | Instant Access

The holidays are approaching and I KNOW your hearts for family, home and gathering because you share them with me often. I know that you want attention to detail and beauty but most of all you want a home where people feel seen and loved! Women are atmosphere changers of their homes and gatherings and with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner how can we make home the best place to be this holiday? We are in for the …