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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. 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 …

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For Such a Time As This {You are included in the adventure}

This morning I went on an early morning jog real quick before I needed to make breakfast for Jack and Maddy. Jack started high school last week (he has homeschooled up until now) and Maddy is starting a new two day a week school program for homeschoolers (that is 30 minutes away). I will still be homeschooling Benjamin this year and he will continue to go to his one day a week enrichment school. I love early morning runs or …

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Catching the California Light {our recent trip to the sand and waves}

We just returned from two weeks in southern California and we are still adjusting to missing our friends and the ocean. Our trip was magical in so many ways and the friends we stayed with lavished us with open arms, good food, laughter and incredible adventures. After our time with friends we stayed a few days with Kelly’s family and then made our way to Santa Ana and Studio Cresendoh. I had two of the best days ever teaching and …

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Seattle {I laugh a lot with you}

**Today is the last day to get 50% off my online classes and to enter for all of the giveaways being offered on THIS post** {Did you know I hate to fly?} Seattle is one of my favorite places in this country. I don’t know if it is the mountains mixed with the green trees and the water or the artsy vibe that is everywhere I go. {A little plane sketching to keep my mind off how much I hate …

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The Living Studio {Lake Como}

**SOLD OUT** Do you remember when I first told you about my idea for The Living Studio {city art walks around the world}? “I wanted each retreat to be one of a kind. Each city has a heartbeat all its own and I wanted to hear it and share it. I wanted the retreat to revolve around the exhibits, some of the best food a city has to offer, finding the perfect cafe, creating art each day inspired by the …

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San Miguel {and lessons learned from my friend}

If you are lucky enough you will find a friend that will deal with desperate phone calls and pleas to fly to Mexico to create art. If you are lucky. I wouldn’t have taken this trip without Alexis.  So glad I don’t know what it would have been like without her. If you have followed my blog you know that I always say that Alexis was the best treasure I ever brought back from France and it is so true. …

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Italy {Bellagio and Off To Florence}

I have loved looking through my Italy Instagram photos for these posts. I didn’t pick up my camera very often and I have to admit that using mainly my phone made me enjoy the moments more. I want to make a book with all of the Italy Instagram photos and I will let you know what company I go with (and how it turns out). We are now on days 5, 6, 7 and 8. You can read about the …

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Italy {Days Three and Four}

I mentioned in my last post that I didn’t sleep the whole night before I was to teach my first class in Bellagio. You can get really tired after teaching for hours anyway…but add no sleep and you can be in trouble fast:-) So, I knew my only choice was to get a good breakfast and pray. That is exactly what we did. The only place I knew I could get a gluten free and protein breakfast was at our …

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Italy {days one and two}

{all photos in this post were taken with my phone camera} Before I share anything I have to start here…. The fedora. I have begged Kelly to wear hats for years. I think he finally just felt sorry for me and how pathetic I look when I beg. It only took going to Italy to convince him to trust me:-) My mom came from Illinois to watch the kids for two weeks. Two. Weeks. She still was smiling when we …

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Introvert {extrovert}

{all photos from a recent trip with friends to wine country} I used to think I was an extrovert. What I am discovering is that I am an introvert (AKA hermit) and an occasional extrovert (AKA party animal). Every 2-4 months or so I will get together with friends here in the US. Sometimes it is for business (teaching a class etc) and sometimes just for fun. If you read my blog you might think I am extremely social, travel …

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Creating Along The Water {Washington is good for your soul}

I recently returned from teaching at Nurture Your Creative Seed. This was the first retreat of Serena Berry {and I am sure so many more will be coming}. I came in a day early to play with my good friends Lissa and Kim. We ate our way through the city {the best way to see any city} and I always love seeing their sweet faces in person. Lots of laughter binds me to women and both of these ladies have …

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The Living Studio {City Art Walks Around The World}

Last fall as I was walking with Kelly through the Tuileries Gardens I instantly knew what kind of art retreat I wanted to create. I am not the person that dreams of having art retreats or had even been planning to ever create one. There are so many beautiful and amazing art retreats that it didn’t even seem necessary….until now! I wanted to do something different than anyone else I knew. The idea of creating art with you in Paris …

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I Had To Step Away {A Quick Roundup}

{All of the photos in this post are from my recent trip back to Montgomery, Alabama.  We walked through my old college and walked around my grandma’s neighborhood. Always beautiful} Early Friday morning I boarded a plane to Montgomery, Alabama for a memorial service. I was meeting my mom and most of her family to honor the life of my step-grandfather. My grandmother, Jeanne Shaffer, passed away almost 6 years ago and she was really the one that made sure …

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My Cup Runneth Over {the perfect break at the perfect time}

My Grandma Jeanne would look around the room at her large family, raise her glass, smile and then say, “My cup runneth over”. That is all she needed to say. We knew exactly what she meant and we felt the same thing. It was an abundance of heart and love. It was that overflowing abundance that is often very hard to put into words. I find myself saying my grandma’s sweet words more and more. We have been working so …

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Being In The Moment {Instagram, Paris and Normandy}

While I was in Paris and Normandy I found myself reaching for my iPhone more and more. With my camera phone, Instagram, fun filters and editing it is so easy to capture moments and love the results. I find that my kids smile more with the camera phone, I can take photos of myself and friends with ease and I catch the little moments more. I just find that images are captured that truly show us in the moment…and I …

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All Kinds of Good Stuff

It is that time of year again! It is our annual PRINT SALE! This only happens once a year and it is big! All prints are 50% off for this week only. (and this price includes shipping too) Amazing price and a good time to stock up for Christmas, birthday presents and yourself:-) Go HERE to see the prints and all prices have already been adjusted. This is for this week only and we won’t have this sale again until …

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Paris {Day Two}

I thought going to bed with the windows open and listening to the sound of the busy cafes below was pure music…. Waking up to the sound of the street coming alive was even better. As we were getting ready for our day we could hear the streets being swept, carts being rolled out, children going to school and Rue Cler coming alive. As we walked out of our hotel we passed open shops and street vendors ready for their …

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Paris {Day One}

When you touch down in another country you are most likely dealing with exhaustion, excitement and coffee shakes all at the same time. You may also be walking around in a state of tired delusion. That was us the first day. We flew through the night and landed at 8am Paris time. We dropped our bags off at our sweet hotel on Rue Cler and headed out. Kelly had never been to Paris before so our first stop was the …