I think we're often taught not to get our hopes up, just in case things don't work out. 

But I think Elizabeth Gilbert is right -- not allowing ourselves to hope + dream + get excited about something with your whole heart sends a message to the universe that says: "I don't trust that this is truly possible." Or "I don't trust that I'm truly good enough to receive what I want." Or "I don't trust that I have what it takes to make this dream reality."

So today I say: LET'S GET OUR HOPES UP!

I want all my dreams to become a reality. Hello, universe, I'm hopeful!

What are you hopeful about with your whole heart today? For me, it's that I can create an amazing pattern design e-course to launch in the fall. This feels really big and scary to me, and I want to fully trust that I can do it and that it will be amazing + helpful to a lot of people. (If you want to get on the wait list for that, by the way, click here!)

What are your big hopes + trust for today?


ps - Happy 4th of July + long weekend to those of you in the USA! I hope tomorrow is filled with backyard BBQs, sunshine, and fireworks. :)

Good morning! I have some brand new hamsas to share with you this morning. This current batch is my favorite so far -- especially the black and white one above. Man, I love black and white.

Each hamsa is one-of-a-kind, crafted lovingly by moi (while watching Ugly Betty reruns on Hulu, if you want to know the real truth... haha). They each have a word/energy stamped on the back, so they'll invite both protection and that special energy into your life. Hamsas are often hung in homes to protect against the Evil Eye.

Just click on the links below each photo to see each hamsa individually, or see all the available hamsas together right hereHope you enjoy this week's goodies and find one you can't live without!

Good morning!

I wanted to start the week off feeling productive, so I set about creating a new repeat pattern first thing this morning. I haven't been creating any new patterns at all lately (which is crazy, because it's my favorite thing ever), so that's got to change.

I'm really enjoying the colors in this one -- nice and summery, which is appropriate here given that it's supposed to be 87 degrees today and a whopping 97 tomorrow. Whoa! Hello, summer.

Anyway, this new pattern is called 'Electra'. Available for licensing! I think this would make an awesome bedspread, don't you? Or curtains on bright white walls!

In other news, Ryan and I are currently in the process of purchasing our house (the one we live in now, so we won't have to move! Hooray!), and one of the first things I'm going to do is paint all the walls white. I CANNOT WAIT.

I've got a new print in the shop today featuring sweet sweet Hummingbird. She's inspiring me lately since my several recent encounters with her. I saw my cat Anika quietly watching a hummingbird that hovered close to her in our backyard last week. Normally she gets all agitated when she sees birds and starts doing this funny quivering mouth thing, and her tail starts thrashing, but she just sat and quietly watched this teeny, hovering bird. It was such a beautiful, quiet little scene to witness. 

I've been playing around with mixed media elements in my paintings, glueing in bits of paper and collage elements. You can see a bit of a map mixed in there. I'm excited about experimenting with these techniques and seeing what unfolds in my work.

You can find the new print right here in my shop.
Hope you like it!

To celebrate the solstice over the weekend, some friends and I drove out into the Columbia River Gorge, crossed over the Columbia River from Oregon to Washington, and visited the ancient petroglyphs (rock etchings) + pictographs (rock painting) at Horse Thief Lake. In particular we went to visit Tsagaglalal (also called She Who Watches) -- that's her above. She sits looking toward the Oregon hills, watching over the river. The legend goes:

A woman had a house where the village of Nixluidix was later built. She was chief of all who lived in the region. That was a long time before Coyote came up the river and changed things and people were not yet real people. After a time Coyote in his travels came to this place and asked the inhabitants if they were living well or ill. They sent him to their chief who lived up on the rocks, where she could look down on the village and know what was going on.

Coyote climbed up to the house on the rocks and asked "What kind of living do you give these people? Do you treat them well or are you one of those evil women?" "I am teaching them to live well and build good houses," she said.

"Soon the world will change," said Coyote, "and women will no longer be chiefs." Then he changed her into a rock with the command, "You shall stay here and watch over the people who live here."

All the people know that Tsagaglalal sees all things, for whenever they are looking at her those large eyes are watching them.

-"Stone Age on the Columbia River" by Emory Strong, 1959  (via lensjoy.com)


There were a lot of other petroglyphs and pictographs to see in the area, too. I loved the owl above, and this funny guy, who our guide told us was a water spirit:


Here's a wonderful deer etching:


And high on the rocks along the trail, we saw a lot of these red paintings, often with red wavy lines indicating water, rayed arches, people, and animals. Isn't it amazing to imagine what these Mative American's lives were like?

No one quite knows how old these rock paintings and etchings are, but we did learn that the Columbia River Gorge has been inhabited continuously for 10,000 years -- incredible, right?

Apparently the walls of the gorge were/are covered in these types of paintings, but many of them were covered when The Dalles Dam was built in 1959 and the water levels rose. What a shame.


This visit piqued my interest in ancient cave paintings -- have you seen any of these ancient artworks anywhere in the world? Do tell!

On the way back we stopped at Horsetail Falls (also in the gorge) and went on a short hike from there up to Ponytail Falls. This is Horsetail Falls:


And this is Ponytail Falls:


There's a path behind Ponytail Falls on which you can walk, AND you can go in! So we did:


It was cold and exhilarating! What a way to celebrate the solstice. I am SO glad it's summer!

I painted over this little canvas so many times, I thought I was going to have to throw it away. I wish I had a before photo for you -- it was truly hideous at the start! (I'm not being mean to myself here -- sometimes this happens, where a painting is just plain bad in the beginning. All part of the process! I'll never forget a painting professor of mine telling me in college that you have to be willing to make the bad art in order to make way for the good art. So true.)

The canvas sat staring at me for weeks, taunting me in its ugliness, until one day I picked it up and glued some paper onto it. And then started painting some red leaves, and a white bloom.

And then a donkey showed up (inspired by my trip to Morocco and a recent visit to Apifera Farm for Pie Day!) -- can you see him?

And here's the finished piece. It's called 'Be Here Now' -- prints are newly available in the shop right here.

It's a good feeling when I can transform something ugly into something I love. :)
Hope you like it!

Good morning, loves. I have some brand new hamsas for you today! I spent all afternoon yesterday finishing these up, along with some special order hamsas (email me if you want to special order one! Commissioned hamsas are very welcome) -- I am just having so much fun making these. It feels so good to be inspired by something fun and new. 

Anyway, here are the 5 new guys for the week. All one-of-a-kind, made with tons of love.

You can also click here to see all the hamsas on one page.
Hope you love them and see one that speaks to your heart and has to be yours!

The idea of teaching has always scared me. I've said no to most teaching opportunities that have come my way, never feeling very called to it or interested in being with other people in that way. Maybe I've never felt "good enough" or "successful enough" to warrant teaching other people what I know.

Until lately. Yes, it still scares me (like, a lot!). But something is opening up inside of me, and I'm finally beginning to realize that we each have unique gifts and experiences and stories that the world needs. And that includes me.

I keep being reminded of the idea that when you keep your light hidden (you don't share your story and your experiences, you don't speak up, you don't feel confident in what you have to offer), you're actually robbing the world of a little piece of what's going to elevate us all and move us forward. You never know when the words that come out of your mouth will be exactly the words that another person needs to hear. When your words will change someone's life or spark a new way of thinking. When you will help someone connect some dots that they couldn't connect before. We all have a responsibility to share what we know with one another. I've been playing small and letting scary things stop me, and I'm done with that baloney!

And so, with that in mind, I'm moving bravely forward into some in-person teaching opportunities. (Yikes! And yay!) I'd love to have you join me for either of the two workshops below. One is here in Portland, where I live, and one is in Denver, right next door to my hometown of Boulder. Let me know if you have any questions about either one!

Here are the details:

Wednesday July 12, 2014:

I'm giving a licensing lecture and Q+A right here in Portland at the ICON8 conference.  

If you'll be at the ICON8 conference, come get all your questions about licensing answered in this intimate lecture/Q+A. Register right here.

September 14-16, 2014:

I'm teaching 3 days of workshops in Denver during the first-annual Art Makers Denver event. 

Registration closes on June 30th -- you can sign up to come paint with me, and there are lots of other artists teaching as well. Check out the website for more info! I'd love to meet you there. We'll be getting our paint on! 

And of course, as I announced yesterday, I'll be launching an online pattern design course in the fall as well, and you can get on the wait list for that right here.

Hope this helps inspire you to do something brave and bold and scary and light-shining today! (Feel the fear and do it anyway, right? One of my favorite mottos...)

Good morning, loves!

Many of you have been asking me for quite a long time now when I'm going to be offering an online pattern design e-course. My answer, to you and to myself, has always been "yeah, I'd love to do that.... someday."

Well friends, that someday is finally coming. I'm excited to announce that Pattern Camp will launch in the fall. Yes! It won't be your typical e-course, though..... it's going to be structured a bit differently (but that's a secret for right now!).

If you have wanted to learn how to make repeat patterns but have been unsure of where and how to begin, this course will be for you. We will start from the beginning. The course will be based around designing patterns in Adobe Illustrator, and you will not need any prior knowledge of how to use Illustrator -- complete beginners will be absolutely welcome!

Videos, tutorials, and live Q+A's will guide you through the tools, techniques, and tricks to get you quickly on your way to proficiency in the program + creating your own beautiful patterns.

If you're interested in letting me guide you in how to create your own pattern designs, jump on the wait list below! You'll get details and have a chance to register before anyone else.

I'm really excited to create + share this with you! I hope you're excited, too. It's going to be epic and awesome. Patterns are my jam, and I can't wait to teach you how to make them!

Good morning, friends! I've been hard at work on some new one-of-a-kind hamsas, and I have 3 new ones for you this morning. 

Last week's sold pretty quickly, which made me so happy + excited! It's always a little nerve-wracking to create something new and put it out into the world.... will it resonate with people? Will they sell? So I'm thrilled that they were well-received and scooped up right away!

So, I'll just let these 3 pretties speak for themselves and trust that they'll make their way to their exact perfect homes, as last week's did. If you see one you like, snag it now! Just click on the links or images to go directly to that specific hamsa.

Above: Protection + Faith (this one has a crystal from California in it!)

And you can find all the hamsas together in my shop right here.

Hope you love them! I'll have more new ones for you next week....

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