Off and running.....    February 11 2008
Wow, the New Year just began and I already feel so far behind! How does that happen??!! I am just getting ready for quite a bit of travel. Off to Baltimore at the end of the month for the National Polymer Clay Guild annual conference, Synergy. Home for a few weeks then off to teach in Boston, then back to the West Coast for Artfest in the Seattle area, followed by a quick trip to Santa Fe. In between, I have been super busy creating a few new pieces for the vendor shows that go along with these venues. I took a workshop with Lisa Bebi (www.lisabebiart.com) last week and realized how I have missed painting. It was really fun combining collage (family photos)with paint and I hope to do a bit more as time permits. That is also the nice part about Project 8, getting a chance to work in various mediums that I haven't had time to dabble in. So off to go play....


Happy New Year    January 07 2008
Here's to a wonderful and creative New Year! I am starting off the new year with quite a full calendar. I have posted workshops where I will be teaching throughout the year under the Events/Workshop button. One of the venues is a new retreat in Wisconsin. You can find out more information about it at: www.raevns-nest-art-retreat.com Please email me with any questions. I also am involved in Leighanna Lights, Project Eight, which has 8 artists creating 8 canvases that are 8 x 8 inches for the first 8 months of the year! Sounds like fun...I am working on my first piece right now. You can see it at http://project-eight.blogspot.com. I am also fortunate to have work included in 3 wonderful new books this year! Will keep you posted on release dates. Enjoy every day of 2008!


End of 2007    December 17 2007
As 2007 draws to a close, I am so grateful for the many opportunities I have had throughout the year to truly "live my passion" and create art. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and have met so many wonderful people doing just that. Each year brings new possibilities and 2008 is already shaping up to be one of the busiest yet! I thank each and every one of you who have shared this artistic journey, from those who have been students to those who have purchased artwork to all of you who have been so supportive in words and deeds. Thank-you one and all. Happy Holidays and I wish you all the best in the New Year.


Happy Holidays!    December 06 2007
Another year has just about been wrapped up. It has been a great year full of new opportunities and ideas. There are so many new directions that I want to take in my work in the coming year. The last event of this year is Carmel Valley Artists this Saturday from 9:30-3:30, rain or shine (and I'm pretty sure it will rain)and contrary to what the flyer said, I will be there! The first six months of 2008 promise to be very busy as I will be on a plane EVERY month! I will fill you in the next time I write....but for now, Happy Holidays to You and Yours and Wishing you all the Best in the New Year.


Last events of the Year!    November 12 2007
Thank you to everyone who came to Trios Gallery for my book signing and reception. It was an awesome crowd and we raised lots of money for Synergy which in turn will help artists affected by the recent wildfires. There are a few upcoming events that I would like to share, that I will be a part of. The first is the Talmadge Art show which will be Sunday, Nov. 18th at the Women's Club in downtown San Diego. Then on Friday, Dec 1st, I will be doing another book signing at Gee gee's Stamps and Stuff in Carlsbad from 3-6pm. GeeGee's is a great place to buy all types of altered art supplies. Lastly, I will be participating in Carmel Valley Artists on Saturday, December 8th at the Karl Strauss Brewery in Sorrento Valley. For additional information on any of these events, please email me. In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Hard to believe it is already that time of year again!


October's Wrath    October 28 2007
Once again San Diego has been ravaged by Santa Ana fueled wildfires. It is hard to believe that it was almost 4 years to the day of the Cedar Fire. This time we personally had to evacuate, but were lucky to come home to our house still standing. Countless others were not so fortunate. To this end, my book signing at Trios Gallery in Solana Beach on November 10, 4-7pm, will be a fundraiser for those affected and displaced by the fires. In particular, artists who may have lost their homes and studios. One hundred percent of the proceeds of all book sales will go to helping others in need. Please join me for this event and help those who need our help. Also coming up in November is the Talmadge Art Show....more on that later!


Local Workshop     September 17 2007
Just wanted to let those of you who expressed interest in a local workshop know that I will be doing a workshop, Urban Icons, on Saturday, October 20th from 9-4 in Leucadia. For more information, please email me! I also wanted to mention that I will be team teaching a workshop in Cortona (Tuscany) Italy with my good buddy, Lynn Leahy (www.lynnleahy.com) in September 08! A long ways off, but something to plan for!


September News    September 04 2007
Wow, summer is officially over in my house! It is back to work in my studio....can't wait. I have so many little treasures that I bought during my summer travels and I have been waiting to start using them in some new pieces. My solo show was hung at the Institute of Mosaic Art in Oakland and it runs the month of September. Both workshops at the Institute are sold out! I will be flying back to Oakland on Sept. 7th for the opening reception and book signing and to teach the first workshop. I was able to attend the Sausalito Festival of the Arts while in the Bay Area and saw some amazing artwork. Very inspirational and I have added a few new links to a couple of artists whose work I fell in love with. I also had the pleasure of meeting Kelly Rae Roberts who is in the process of writing a book for North Light. A few months back she asked me to be a contributor in her book, so I am included in a chapter called, Facing Your Fears. Coming up next month is my book signing at Trios Gallery...but more on that later and more on upcoming local shows this fall. Lastly, I will once again be teaching 2 workshops at Artfest in Port Townsend next April, however, registration opened today (Sept. 4th) and it often sells out, so make sure to check out the link to Artfest above for more info.


Almost August!    July 30 2007
Whew! The summer is flying by and I have hardly been home! While the traveling is wonderful, I miss being in my studio creating art....but that will have to wait until September! My workshop in Minneapolis is now full and I am looking forward to being in the Twin Cities. I have had many wonderful comments about my new book, Mixed Media Mosaics, and it seems to be doing quite well and for that I am thankful. I am now selling signed copies of my book from my website for $28.00 which includes shipping. Please email me if you would like one. Amidst all of my travels, I found out that a few of my pieces were selected and won second and third place in the National Polymer Clay Guild's juried show, Progress and Possibilities 07. They can be viewed at www.npcg.org. under the category Mixed Media. I also recently found out that I will be teaching at Artfest in 2008. I am looking forward to being back there once again. (Last year the SAMA show dates conflicted with it.)In the meantime, I am getting ready for my solo show and workshop at the Institute of Mosaic Art. That's it for a bit!


So summer is here!    June 09 2007
Now that summer is here, my studio goes into hibernation mode as we begin our travels, which includes another trip to Argentina. I will be out of the country collecting little treasures, memories and inpsiration to use in upcoming work! My workshop in Minneapolis is beginning to fill but has 5 spots left, for more information and to sign up for it, please go to www.claysquared.com and you can find out all the details. My solo show opens at the Institute of Mosaic Art on September 1st and runs until October 1st. I will be doing a book signing there on September 8th. For info please go to www.instituteofmosaicart.com. Lastly, the biggest news of all is, that my book, Mixed Media Mosaics, is finally OUT! Yippee! I received a few advance copies but I know they are now shipping from Amazon as well. A little later in the summer I will have signed copies available to buy from my website. The book turned out beautifully with many thanks to all of those folks at North Light who put it all together. There are many more exciting things coming up in the future and I will keep you updated on those events as they get closer. For now, have a wonderful summer!