Mar 102015

I have developed a new shorter workshop for prior workshop attendees. This workshop focuses on making smaller, 2×3″ mosaics that can then be made into cards. Here is a brief description of the workshop:

Gift Making Jumpstart!

Come spend a morning or afternoon (or both!) in the studio and get a jump start on your gift making for the year. The studio will be setup just like the full Mosaic workshop, and includes iced tea and light snacks. In this workshop, we will complete two 3.5″x5.5″ Chiyogami/Washi Mosaics, which we will mat so they are ready to be given as gifts (frames not included).  You will have the option to warm up with one 2” x 3” mosaics that can be made into a card. The course fee includes all materials to create 1 card and two 3.5″x5.5″ mosaics, cardstock, envelopes, the mats and backboards. Frames may be available for an additional fee at the workshop, or we can place your mosaics in cellophane so they will be ready for wrapping. Spraying will occur every ½ hour, with the final spraying occurring ½ hour before the end of the session. As with the original workshop, you can finish your cards, tidy up your work area or shop while you are waiting for the last of your mosaics to be sprayed and aired out.

Separate morning and afternoon sessions will be held. Join me for both and a complimentary salad bar lunch is included. Call (707) 546-4550 to register.

A Tangled Web or Just Tangled?

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Mar 082015

A friend of mine recently posted some of her Zentangle practice on Facebook, and it was stunning! I know she has only been doing it for a short while, and to see how far she has come is inspiring.

Debbie's First Zentangle

Debbie’s First Zentangle

I have tried Zentangle before, and I didn’t get very far. Seeing how simple it looks initially inspired me to jump right in with both feet – who needs to read up on it? It looked easy – kinda like organized doodling.

So I tried it, and it was fun for a while. In a short while, something else caught my eye, and I moved on.

This is a classic mistake I make – I neglect to get a solid foundation before I start trying to build something. Instead of learning and honing the basics, I want to skip to mastery. I try to run before I’ve mastered walking.

Debbie's Second Zentangle

Debbie’s Second Zentangle

I know that mastery comes from understanding and practicing the basics so often and so completely that utilizing them becomes second nature. So, when I was inspired by my friend’s Tangles, I decided to give Zentangle another try using a different approach.

I decided to read the instructions! I looked into the intention of the creators of the process. I was very impressed by what I learned about the practice, and when I made my first attempts in the spirit intended by the creators, I had an entirely different experience.

The two tangles I’ve included in this article are my first two attempts on March 7, the day this newsletter was written. They were fun, and they took a lot longer than I thought they would. I read the directions, watched the video and took my time.

I’m going to have to try this approach more often.


What Goes Into An Outdoor Show?

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Mar 072015
Most of the booth is out

Most of the booth is out

Have you ever wondered what goes into setting up a booth for an outdoor show – or any show, for that matter? Whether indoors or out, the booth usually looks the same. However, there are some challenges inherent in outdoor shows that make them much more difficult and stressful than indoor shows.

For starters, the vast majority of outdoor shows require setup the morning of the show itself, whereas indoor shows typically allow for setup the day before. So, for an outdoor show that starts at 10:00 a.m., a vendor ideally would be set up by 9:30 because many folks arrive early. The early shoppers tend to be serious shoppers, so if you snooze, you lose.

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What’s It All About?

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Mar 012015
The view under the Ventura  Pier

The view under the Ventura Pier

So, 2015 is the year I committed to revitalizing my blog.  And that commitment raised a natural question: what’s the blog going to be about?

Yes, I’m an artist, and I can certainly blog about my latest creations, inspirations, art community happenings, etc.  That will be a good thing because it will prod me to continue to create new things, to seek new sources of inspiration and to be out and about in the art community. Good for me, good for my readers, good for my community.

But is that enough?

Limiting the blog to my artistic side presents only one facet of who I am. And there is a lot more to me than my artistic expression. So in contemplating this question, “What’s it all about?”, I have considered my experiences and feelings throughout the years I’ve been selling my work. A few things stand out:

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