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The Holiday Shop | We Can’t Wait To Wrap These Up For You!

Thank you for the honor of curating this collection for you! It has always been important to us to offer artisan products that are unique, beautiful to use and add to your creative process. We even have some brand new art supplies and all of our artisan supplies have been re-stocked! We look forward to wrapping up these artisan goods for you or a friend. Don’t forget that we also have gift certificates that are good for live workshops, our …

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Inspiration is Everywhere | What I am Reading,Watching, Listening to, Learning and What Encourages Play!

I know we just had the November Round-Up but I wanted to share more of what I am reading, watching, listening to and learning etc. There is so much beauty all around us and we have to be choosy to make sure that what we consume (watch, read, listen to, learn) feeds us in beautiful ways. BUT the other message I am writing about is about not just being a consumer of all the beauty. Sit in the quiet. Be …

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Registration Open | 2023 Live Art + Business Workshops!

We are beyond excited to announce our 2023 live workshops here at our home, land and studio!  I was smiling the whole time we were creating all of the images. This year you will see almost all brand new workshops and some with content I have never offered before live. I am also offering two really special faith based (Christian) workshops and one is in collaboration with Jessi Green! Thank you to each one of you that makes coming to …

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Diane Reeves New Gallery Show | Your Family is So Big

Many of you love our team member Diane Reeves from either coming to a live workshop here at our studio, taking her online course Line and Form or watching her An Artist Studio video.  We wanted to share the beautiful news that Diane has a brand new body of work that she will be sharing at Surface Gallery beginning this Friday night. If you are near Colorado Springs you must take the time to see her brilliant new work and …

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Beach Cottage Chronicles | Alexis Garrett Featured

  For those of you that have been here for awhile you will have heard about my friend and cherished friendship with Alexis Garrett. We met over 13 years ago on a trip to France. I have always teased that she was the most precious treasure I brought back from that adventure. We have traveled the world together ever since, spent time with each other’s family, I laugh harder with her than anyone in the world, create art together, each …

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Who Is Interested in a Fall Live Art Workshop?

We have the unexpected opportunity to host a September Field Notes | Flora and Fauna live workshop here at our studio, home and land. We held this workshop for the first time a few weeks ago and the response was so beautiful that we would love to offer another one. Create your own field notebook, cyanotype prints, botanical ink sketches, plein air painting, natural dying, nature walks, pigment and brush making, stitching, and more. We are currently looking to see …

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I am Featured | Art Supplies by Uppercase

    It was the biggest joy when I first received the invitation from Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine to be in her next Encyclopedia of Inspiration (if you know you KNOW). They are so beautifully and intentionally created and FULL of inspiration. This newest edition is all about ART SUPPLIES and I am beyond honored to be shared in these pages along with so many I adore and work with like @greenleafblue @la_maison_du_pastel @leslierottnerart @mystele1 @naturalearthpaint @peerlesswatercolors @pegandawl @robenmarie …

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June Round-Up | Free Beauty Found on the Internet

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is all around me if I have my eyes open to it. Sometimes I find it in weeding the garden, bare feet to the ground with a cup of coffee in hand, the beauty of a workshop and the women sprinkled all over our land, reading a book with words that drip with intention, a day of doing absolutely nothing, random texts that speak life over me, incorporating something from our …

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The Beauty Chaser Collection | Shop Now

Beauty matters. My whole life I have been a beauty chaser and have often been made fun of because of it. I still pursued it, gathered it, and had my eyes and heart open to it. Being a beauty chaser is more about the heart than the eyes. Have a heart to truly see the beauty that is right in front of you. It is all around. I promise. There are days it is harder to find but that should …

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April Round-Up | Free Beauty Found on the Internet

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is all around me if I have my eyes open to it. Sometimes I find it in funny texts, my office being put back together after a year, little peeks of spring, being in the passenger seat as Ben drives, laughing with Maddy, watching Jack share his compositions with the world, long talks with a good friend, sun on my face and sunset with Kelly and a great glass of wine. …

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Back in Stock | Natural Drawing Pigments

We love working with artisans to bring you gorgeous products that enrich your art. life and home. We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Wallace Seymour to offer you natural drawing pigments sourced from all over Europe. This is a product that I personally wanted to use myself in my own work and after much searching I realized they were not available here in the US. We wanted to change that! We just restocked the pigments you loved the …

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Heading to Round Top, Texas | My Favorites

  I have been enjoying the spring and fall antiques shows in Round Top, Texas for the past five years. This show has been going on for fifty years so I am definitely a newbie! I have also been blessed to have book signings, teach a live art workshop and also speak at The Gathering in Round Top. I have so many sweet memories with family and friends and I hope to continue going year after year.  Each time I …

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Natural Drawing Pigments | Now in the Shop!

We love working with artisans to bring you gorgeous products that enrich your art. life and home. We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Wallace Seymour to offer you natural drawing pigments sourced from all over Europe. This is a product that I personally wanted to use myself in my own work and after much searching I realized they were not available here in the US. We wanted to change that! We have stocked their whole collection and we …

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March Round-Up | Free Beauty Found on the Internet

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is all around me if I have my eyes open to it. Sometimes I find it snuggled up watching a movie with my kids, watching our daughter come home from college just to go to the Daddy Daughter Ball where she is the oldest daughter there, when the mountains turn payne’s grey as the sun sets, early morning walks with Kelly, watching our oldest and seeing how wise he has become, …

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An Artist Studio | With Jeanne Oliver

    As a creative, one of my favorite things in the world is to step into the creative space of another. I love when an artist shares their space, how they use it, a peek into their favorite tools and even what they are currently working on. I hope you will join me for the brand new An Artist Studio series! I will kick off the series and then each month a different artist will welcome us into their …

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January Round-Up | Free Beauty Found on the Internet

I am constantly in awe of the beauty that is all around me if I have my eyes open to it. Sometimes I find it putting away all of the Christmas decorations, helping the big kids get back to college, putting the studio in order, a second cup of coffee, the joy of reading the last page of a book, and drives down roads I have never been before. Sometimes I even find beauty on the internet. I found so …

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I Am a Maker

    I guess I knew I was a maker almost before I knew anything else was true. Like breathing, I knew to make.   I was the maker on the sidewalk with chalk covered hands, in the front sunroom of the house on Center Street playing school, under the big pines writing in my journal imagining myself as an author, in the barn loft putting on a sold-out play, sketching in the backseat of the car, making up commercials …

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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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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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The August Roundup |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 helping your daughter pack up her room as she heads to college, a Facetime from our oldest wanting my help with his new apartment, our youngest sharing how he is feeling about being the only kid at home, spending the afternoon talking with my mom, pulling weeds as I listen to an encouraging …

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The Roundup |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 the sound of the fountain as I am pulling weeds in the garden, the kids wanting to tell me about their day, an orange and pink sunset, the horses neighing across the road and even beauty found on the internet given by complete strangers. I found so many beautiful little treasures on the …

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Transitions | Our daughter is heading to college

I like schedules, planning, knowing what is coming, and pretty much pretending that I am in control which I know deep down I am not at all. I don’t like change and transitions are hard for me. When there are lots of changes I feel it like a small storm under the surface and I try to slowly navigate the emotions but sometimes I push them aside to deal with another day because…well, they are hard. Sometimes even the most …

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Free Art Lesson | Brave Color Mixing with Hayley Morgan

Join Hayley Morgan for Brave Color Mixing. In this free art lesson you will create your own imaginative palette. In this easy to follow lesson Hayley will show you step by step how to color mix as she also shares more about her own choices and the colors she likes to combine in paintings.  Her color choices are fresh and fun and will grow your own confidence in mixing your own palettes.       The video lesson is free but …

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An Artist in Florence | With Melissa McArdle

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 …