Friends, it's calendar season! I seriously can't believe it's almost October. Wasn't it just January?? Time is a mind-bending experience sometimes, isn't it?

Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I'm picking up my 2015 calendars from the printer next week, and they'll start shipping out shortly thereafter!

There are 4 different varieties this year. Yes! Four.


Below is the desktop version (which comes in a cool plastic display holder case!):






Below is the desktop version (this one comes in a cool plastic display case, too!)



If you order a calendar between now and the end of September, you can choose a free print to go along with it! Yes. I'll send them both at the same time. :) (Matted prints not included)









Scoop one up, and get ready for 2015! You can find all the calendars in my shop right here.

Happy weekend to you, friends!
xo




On Friday last week I returned home from a joyful trip to Colorado. My time was split between my hometown of Boulder (above, on a glorious morning out walking with my mom!), Denver (where my youngest sister, Bizzy, lives and where I was teaching a painting workshop), and Ft. Collins (where my middle sister, Britt, and her family live).

I didn't spend much time at all in Denver when I was growing up, so it's fun to be there now as an adult. It's such a cool city! I snapped this pic of the capitol building during the lunch break of my workshop:

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Stunning, right? I know. I love Colorado. Union Station, which was not used for quite some time, has reopened as a train station now and is also home to a whole bunch of new restaurants and bars and such. My sister and I took a spin around to check it out, and of course I had to snap a pic of this gorgeous building:

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The workshop I taught was at the inaugural Art Makers Denver event, and oh my goodness it was so much fun! I got to meet several people who've been in my online sphere for quite some time (Hi Lexis! Hi Catherine! Hi Erin!), and everyone who was there was so lovely. 

We carved stamps (here are some of mine that I brought as examples):

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And then we painted and stamped on canvases and boards (there are by one of the students):

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Here are some gorgeous stamps made by someone in class:

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And Sarah Fitzgerald, one of my new favorite artists who works in this incredible Clayboard technique, started out her paintings like this:

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Amazing colors, right? So Autumn-y. Love. I think I'll have to devote another post to her work. Seriously, it's so amazing. Check out her site.

This is what our tables looked like, and they just got messier (read: better) throughout the day:

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After the workshop I headed up to Ft. Collins to hang out with my sister Britt, her husband, and my niece and nephew. They are the CUTEST! We went on a hike on a beautiful morning:

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I got to carry my sweet little niece, who alternated between being happy and cranky:

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She is a little diva, that one! Those 2 kids….. my heart melts every time I see them.

Then it was back to Boulder (I spent a lot of time driving back and forth from town to town!). Thankfully Caroline's and my schedules matched up the last day I was there, so we spent some time walking and chatting in the sun around Wonderland Lake. I love this dear friend of mine so much:

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Oh Boulder, you slay me:

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Sometimes I wonder why I ever moved away. (But I love Portland!)

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In other news, I worked all weekend on my birdhouse for the Put A Bird In It auction here in Portland that's happening on Saturday night, October 11th:

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I was honored to be asked to create a birdhouse for the 2nd year in a row! That's how I got started, above, and here is how it turned out:

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I'm sort-of in love with it. I'm calling it the 'Hanging Tribal Bird Box'. It's for hip birds, obviously.

Also, check out this gorgeous backdrop:

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I ran my third half-marathon last weekend in the Columbia River Gorge here in Oregon, and oh MAN it was stunning. I got to the 10-mile mark and hardly realized how far I'd gone because I was just taking in the views…. the trees, the river, the big sky, the birds. It was so beautiful. These are some of my running buddies (Suzanne is missing, but she'll be at the next race!) and I after the race -- aren't they gorgeous? I'm so lucky to have such fit, strong, fun women to run with. They inspire me so much.

Now, it's back to work. I've got to finish up everything for Pattern Camp, which is starting in just a few short weeks. Are you signed up yet? Over 200 people are, and I can feel the excitement building…. the classroom opens a week from today! Get more details here if you're interested.

Have a super Monday!
xo



In between e-course hoopla the lately (there are almost 200 of you signed up for Pattern Camp already, omg!), I've been painting in small bursts, and this new piece just emerged in the last 2 days.

The background was already painted and ready for layers, so this was Step Two.

I like that it's a bit looser than how I usually paint. Sometimes I get so rigid in my painting that it's nice to loosen up and try something a bit different.

I'm thinking I'm going to find a spot in my house to hang this one for a while…. the original might be a keeper for me, not to sell. It's got some personal meaning to it that I might not want to part with. Sometimes that happens.

Happy weekend! I won't be posting here much next week as I'll be in Colorado teaching a painting workshop at the fantastic Art Makers Denver retreat as well as spending a bit of time visiting my family. Follow me on Instragram, though, if you want to see follow along on my adventures!

xo





I'm in the throes of e-course prep at the moment, getting ready to launch Pattern Camp next week on Thursday 9/11/14. (Are you on the wait list? If so, you'll get a chance to register 2 days early, at a special discounted price! There's still time to get on the list, here.)

While filming some video clips, I thought I'd snap some pics as well, because everything looked so pretty! I seriously can't help myself when it comes to patterns. The more color, the better. The more patterns all mixed together, the better. I have no restraint. ;)

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If you decide to join me for Pattern Camp, you'll learn how to create your very own unique repeat patterns using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. It's going to be a seriously fun time.

If you've dreamt of having your own pattern designs printed on fabric, or iPhone cases, or of making patterned stationery, gift wrap, or greeting cards to sell in your Etsy shop, Pattern Camp is a great place to start. You'll walk away from the course with all the skills you need to start developing your own portfolio of pattern designs. 

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I mean, there are so many things to do with patterns! It never ceases to amaze me. Journals, fabric, rugs, shoes, wall art, bedding, pillows, clothing…… it's practically infinite.

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And I couldn't leave you without a photo of my sweet little helper, Juneau:

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I had a bunch of stuff spread out all over the floor, so obviously she had to get in the middle of it. That face!! I die.

If you have any questions about Pattern Camp, send me an email!

Registration opens next Thursday, 9/11. Unless you're on the wait list -- for those lucky folks, registration will open 2 days earlier, at a discounted price. (You can be one of those folks! Sign up here.)

xo




2015 calendars are here and ready for pre-order!

Which means, fun stuff for you:

For every 2015 calendar pre-ordered between now and the end of September, you will get a FREE PRINT of your choice.

Yes! 

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My calendars are a bit different this year from previous years' calendars. Gotta keep things fresh, right?!

This year these are 2 different calendars, and 2 versions of each of those calendars -- LARGE (11x14"), and DESKTOP(4.75 x 5.5", in a sturdy plastic display case).

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There's the INSPIRATIONAL CALENDAR:


 

Above: Large Inspiration Calendar, 11 x 14", $32 

Below: Desktop Inspiration Calendar, 4.75 x 5.5", comes in a sturdy plastic display case, $20


  

And there's the PATTERN CALENDAR:


 

Above: Large Pattern Calendar, 11 x 14", $32 

Below: Desktop Pattern Calendar, 4.75 x 5.5", comes in a sturdy plastic display case, $20


 

I hope you like them! I'm particularly excited about the inspirational calendars. I think it'll just be awesome to have inspiring phrases hanging on your wall or sitting on your desk, reminding you to look on the bright side and keep your chin up all year long. Who doesn't need that?!

When you pre-order your calendar(s), just let me know which FREE print(s) you'd like in the 'shipping details/instructions' section when you're checking out. Simple!

All pre-ordered calendars will ship in early October.




Also! There are some brand new sea elves today. This group is one of my absolute faves: the Metals Group! Each sea elf is one-of-a-kind and holds a special energy just for you. (You can read more about the sea elves and what makes then so awesome right here.)





They're all shimmery and metallic and tribal-icious. I can't decide which is my favorite (I think it's the black one).






Above: Ganesh of Healing original painting -- 8x8" on canvas

Hola!
How's your day going so far?

I'm feeling sleepy and hungry at the moment. I ran at Mt. Tabor, our local volcano, this morning, and my coach Mary had us practicing enduring longer sprints (uphill) than we normally do -- I'm going to be sore tomorrow! Good sore, obviously. I love the feeling of knowing I got a good workout. And the weather is nice and cool today, so that's a welcome change. It's been so hot in Portland this summer, omg!

Anyway. I just put some new original paintings in my shop this morning. These are them!

At the top there is the Ganesh of Healing original painting. There's a print version, too. (The Ganeshes are some of my most popular images!) 


Above: Seer original painting, 8x8" on canvas



Above: Channeler original painting, 8x8" on canvas


Above: Visionary original painting, 8x8" on canvas


Above: Chosen One original painting, 14x14" on canvas


Above: Uncontained original painting, 16x16" on canvas

There's also a print version of this one.


Above: She Said Yes original painting, 14x14" on canvas

There's also a print version of this one.

Let me know if you have any questions. All paintings are wired on the back and ready to hang -- no frame required.

Hope you love them!




Recently I learned how to create a cyanotype print. I'm finishing up the content for my pattern design book that comes out in Spring 2015, and this was one of the last steps.

What a cool process! I had no idea.


Basically you print out a design or a photo negative on a sheet of transparency film, coat some paper with a special cyanotype solution, place the transparency on top, put it in the sun to expose, and then wash it in water. Voila! You get these gorgeous indigo-colored prints.

Supposedly you can do the same thing with fabric, but I haven't tried that yet.

What a cool and unique way to warp a gift, no?


Here are a couple of things in progress:


I love the beginning stage of painting a canvas, when my only goal is to cover it with color. That's what you see above. I might have a hankering to create some abstract work… we'll see.

And it's been a while since I've created any new Ganesh paintings, so here's one I started the other night:


He will make his way into the shop when finished, along with some others!




I got inspired last week, and I'd had this image in my head for a while that apparently needed to come out, of a man with a red and yellow painted tribal face….. I'm not sure where the image came from, but I guess that doesn't really matter now, does it?

So, in a flurry of paint, I started working on a bunch of different little canvases all at the same time. Here's a peek at a few of them!


That one on the right above (with the pink and red and green face) got painted over because I thought it was hideous and looked like an alien.

I'm excited to see where these experiments will take me! It's fun just messing around artistically without any specific agenda. I don't do it very often, so it felt really good last week.





So, I don't know how it's possible that I've never seen or used a water brush before, but this sweet, simple little tool might just be changing my life. I got some new felt-tip pens, too, and they are just a pleasure to draw with. Having the right tools is really important!

I spent some time tooling around in my sketchbook yesterday and then in Photoshop, trying out the water brush and also some new Photoshop brushes that I bought recently, and I'm officially hooked.

Here's a peek at what that little bear above turned into:


With Bill Murray spurring my along, naturally. ;) (I don't think I'll ever change my desktop wallpaper from this!)

The ICON 8 conference really inspired me to spend more time drawing…. I'm going to do my darndest to become a sketchbook-keeper. Drawing always scares me a little (I have no idea why), but I'm pretty excited to just PLAY and see what happens right now. I'm at a point in my art-making practice where I'm feeling a bit stale in what I've been creating, so I'm really thrilled to have some new tools and fresh inspiration swirling around. I had a hard time falling asleep last night because I was so jazzed about art-making (I haven't felt that way in quite some time)!

I also started playing my guitar again a few weeks ago, which is also something that's scared me for a while… I used to play and write songs all the time, and then got so wrapped up in my art career that it just fell away. Every time I picked it up to try to play again I'd end up feeling defeated; my fingers would hurt, I couldn't play the songs I used to be able to play…. but for some reason this time I haven't put it down, and I've been playing and singing again just for the joy of it, even if it's hard and I'm rusty. And it feels so good! Facing fears + playing + doing things that make me feel joyful seem to be themes in my life lately. Hummingbirds keep showing up, reminding me to be joyful and take everything a bit less seriously….. I am paying attention!






I meant to post these new hamsas yesterday (since I typically post new stuff on Wednesdays), but I was distracted by nervousness when I woke up -- I gave a talk about licensing at the ICON 8 illustration conference here in Portland yesterday morning, which is something I've never done before, and oh my goodness was I nervous!

Thankfully it went really well, and I got a loot of good feedback from the participants. (And it was secretly even kind-of fun once I got started! Who knew speaking in front of crowds could be not so bad after all?) ;)

Anyway, I've got 2 new one-of-a-kind hamsas for you today, before I jet off into the Portland sunshine to do some more conference-y stuff. 

The Hamsa of Protection + Wonder is pictured above.




There's just one of each, so if you'd like to invite some protection, wonder, and/or action into your life, oe of these little beauties is for you!

{Check out all the available hamsas right here.}





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