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My Journey In Morocco | Part II

  You can find Part One HERE. As soon as I was undressed (down to my underwear because that was what I was told) I put on a robe and was met outside the small changing space and taken down the dark hallway with all lights putting off a soft red glow. At the end of the hallway they opened the door and I walked into a small dark room filled with steam, the scent of eucalyptus, a stone bench …

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My Journey In Morocco | Part I

Last summer as we were getting out of the car to head to our town pool I had an email come into my inbox telling me that registration had just opened for my friend Michelle Fletcher’s first big workshop in Morocco. I have been friends with Michelle for many years now. Through art and business, our hearts have been tied together. She made some huge life changes within the past three years and I had been so inspired by her …

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Join Me In North Carolina In 5 Weeks | Donna Downey Studios

I will be coming back to the Donna Downey Studios and we will have two days to play with storytelling through our art with fabric dying, journal making, sketching, paint, collage and more. Whether your subject matter is landscapes, portraits, or still life, you will learn how to incorporate a story into your art. This will be the first time I teach this workshop live and I can’t wait to have you join me! I am honored to be teaching …

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Registration Closes Tomorrow! | Live Business Workshop Palm Springs

Everything your business needs is everything you have always been! It took me most of my life to let that truth sink in and your business is the same way! Your business needs your gifts, your passions and your story to be set apart! If you are ready to take your business and dreams to the next level then I hope you will join me this coming January for my next live business workshop in Palm Springs, CA! (for those that …

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Creatively Made Business | Palm Springs Retreat

Everything your business needs is everything you have always been! If you are ready to create a life and business that looks like no one else then it is time to see all of your gifts with fresh eyes. This past March we held our first live business workshop here at our studio and it was more than I could have EVER imagined. The women, the businesses, the dreams, the struggles, the connections and how they left ON FIRE! I …

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Our One Year Milestone and Walking Through Storms | Part One

    Last year on May 4, 2017, I was just wrapping up an all-day workshop in my studio with local teenagers. The teachers and students had just walked onto the bus when I started to walk back down our gravel driveway as I saw Kelly approaching me. He let me know that he had just received some shocking news and my first response (in total me style) was, “Does it have anything to do with money”? I don’t like …

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One-Day Art Workshop In Franklin, TN | Registration Open

***THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT*** The official launch date of my new book, The Painted Art Journal, is July 4th and because we were going to already be in Nashville and Franklin, TN at this time we decided to celebrate at our home away from home! We have been shown such overwhelming kindness in Tennessee and we are excited and humbled to tell you that Kim Leggett of City Farmhouse will be hosting my one-day art workshop on June 29th …

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Because You Asked!

Because you asked we really tried! I am now teaching THREE live workshops this year in my studio. We have released all of them so you know exactly what I am teaching over the whole year. I hope by releasing them all that it helps you know which one is for you! I would love to create with you in my studio. Giving yourself the time to gather and create with others is an art changing gift. ***We are happy …

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Being a Tourist in Denver | Top Spots on My Birthday

I am a birthday girl and try to squeeze every last bit out of it on that day. When people say they don’t really care about their bday’s I do not relate to those people. At all. One day all about me and what I want to do and everyone smiles the whole day while they do my things? Perfection. If I am being completely honest I believe it is more like birthWEEK. If I am really lucky I start …

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An Artist In France | Art and Words from the Living Studio Along the Seine Artists

  The Living Studio workshops were created because there was a void in the art workshop world. The Living Studio would be about exploring a new place and creating art everywhere we went.  When we had scheduled classes they would be shorter to give you the techniques to get back to the museums, the cafes, the gardens and to have your sketchbook with you the whole time. I knew this style of workshop would not be for everyone but for …

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France | Where Beauty Is The Function

  Jet lag is still my sidekick as I try to settle back into day-to-day life after France. These extra days of adjusting are also good for my heart and mind as I process once again the beautiful opportunity of travel. As I download photos, unpack my suitcase, wash too many loads of laundry, unwrap French treasures, and put away art supplies I am given the gift of remembering, honoring and reflecting on this time away.       I …

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Come With Me To Italy in 2017! {get away, connect with your gifts, go on an adventure}

Cobblestone walkways, candlelight dinners with pasta that melts in your mouth, hikes to castle ruins with Lake Como and the prealps as your backdrop, dips in the pool, rides around Lake Como in a vintage motor boat, the smell of Jasmine as you walk throughout the village, the best espresso of your life as you take a break in the afternoon and watch the locals, late afternoon showers that cool the village down and the breeze blows through your apartment …

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The Big Picture Free Video | Honoring your gifts, finding balance and living a creative life that you love

Being a wife, mom, friend, business owner, household manager, school juggler and creative are some of the hats I wear. I know you are the same and probably more. I also know that if I am not intentional with my marriage, children, schooling, business, creative time etc. than I miss out on opportunities of being present in each of these areas. I am not saying it is easy but it is very much worth it. Being intentional and seeing the …

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If Adventure, Creating and Travel Speak To You {I have something for you}

Sometimes we get to be wild explorers and travel far away, other times we can connect with other creatives not far from home and at other times we have the joy of hunkering down right where we live and creating among our day to day life.  Each one of these are life giving and creative building travels. I love that my travels have allowed me to build beautiful new friendships, sketch among stained glass windows and old wooden pews, sip …

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A Sold Out Workshop on a Sold Out Ship {one spot just opened}

******ONE spot just opened for this sold out art workshop on this sold out ship****** Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other …

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Last Days To Get $1000 off!

******The ship has offered us $1000 off until the end of April!  If you have been on the fence about coming on The Living Studio Along the Seine I wanted to give you a reminder about the discount. The retreat is filling up and I want you to get this discount if you are wanting to join us (the price is already reflected on the prices below).  The price will go up on May 1st!.  If you have ANY questions …

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The Living Studio Along the Seine River Cruise

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things. We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things. I have an …

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Extra Special Retreats Coming…

I love to travel, explore new parts of the world, try new foods, take in the local culture, take my time in an art museum and find the perfect place to create. Creating art and traveling has helped me to grow as an artist in ways I could have never imaged. Recently, one of my students was talking to a group of women and shared about my workshops. Her words made their way back to me and she later wrote …

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A Still Heart and Loud Laughter {Part Two}

I can often be heard saying that I feel peace in the country and alive in the city. I have had multiple international trips where I have purposely chosen to spend time in both the city and countryside…and the combo is magic! My trip began in Gardenstown, Scotland in a tiny fishing village by the sea. I shared a peek into my time in a previous post. When it was time to say goodbye to the sea and our cab …

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The Living Studio Along the Danube {Prague, Vienna, Budapest and more}

Ever since I have been a little girl I have been a lover of history, architecture, art and I have ALWAYS known…I would travel. I am greatly driven by my desire to learn, explore and to discover more of this world. My family makes choices all of the time that will make it possible for us to travel more and to have less of other things. We want to collect adventures and memories and not just things. I have an …

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Is The World Your Studio? {a glimpse into Savannah}

A few years ago when I came up with the concept behind The Living Studio I had hopes of traveling with women, connecting with different cities and creating outside the studio. My heart’s desire was to encourage women to get out of their comfort zone and to implement daily practicing. I wanted us to become those we had maybe admired for years in the parks, museums, cafes.  To become those that were creating whenever the opportunity arose. As of this …

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The Living Studio Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone that shared their excitement over the new Living Studio retreats and the online series coming soon! Thank you for also sharing the two new retreats coming up in 2015. I would love to explore and create with you in Savannah, Georgia or Normandy, France! The winner of The Living Studio giveaway of the portable art studio, all of the courses on my creative network and the $200 Dick Blick gift card is… lynda dunham-watkins commented: November …

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The Official Launch of The Living Studio {and a huge giveaway too}

I have been waiting to do an official launch of the new The Living Studio | City Art Walks Around The World retreats and online classes! This is almost two years in the making and it is beyond fun to finally see it coming together. I was waiting until I could do a huge giveaway and to also give you a hint at what will be coming in the new year. My heart behind The Living Studio is that we …

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The Living Studio Normandy, France {registration is open}

My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live. I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them. This unique retreat combines my love of travel and creating and connecting with other women. I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in …

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The Living Studio Savannah, Georgia {come explore and create with me}

This past summer I was able to launch The Living Studio | City Art Walks Around The World in Bellagio, Italy. It was an incredible collaboration with veteran retreat creator Laura McCollough. My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live. I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them. …