Sunday, August 17, 2014

Create Chicago workshops

Oh what fun we had at Create Chicago....
My workshops were filled with happy campers....we let the creativity flow....
thanks to everyone for a great week!

 a beautiful 3 mile hike before my workshops started.......

 Color pencil journaling









 Animal Cracker Portraits.....







 Planed and Folded Wooden Book




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Create Chicago in 2 weeks!

It's almost time for Create Chicago! I'll be teaching 3 workshops and have some delightful offerings   at the vender show on Friday night.....

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Owl Prince" 
Helen Shafer Garcia

Planed and Folded Wooden Book
 Off to Random Arts next week to teach some fab workshops  on August 8,9,10 in Saluda, North Carolina! "Owl Prince" is a sample work for Color Pencil Surfaces. He is a youngster so I thought he should be a Prince with his grand crown. Come join us at Random Arts for these great workshops!
Mr. Organic Crow



Saturday, July 5, 2014

Juneau in June

Alaska has always been on my bucket list so when my friends Mary and Margie invited me to teach up in Juneau I jumped on it! The gals were beyond gracious and excellent hosts. They took my friend Beth and I everywhere ...the best trails...the best coffee joints...the best tram...well ...the only tram in town! I captured some of our adventures in my journal...and some photos as well.......enjoy...

 Journaling at Jenson-Olson Arboretum 
Mary, one of my hosts, is hidden by the pink lilac bush....the island in the background is the Shrine of St. Therese...we held the workshop in one of the cabins on the shoreline. 

here's our workshop students...happy campers! 

the City Museum held an exhibit called "The Empty Chair" about the forced resettlement of the Japanese community in Juneau. The artist invited people to make paper cranes as part of the assemblage. My friend Beth and I failed origami......but we tried! ...we blamed the instructions.....
finding the best coffee cups to collage.....
Mary took us to the Gold mining museum and Maggie took us to dinner after a hike. 
This is a combo of the two places...
and here are two guys that really were not sitting together in the restaurant. 
Waiting for our whale watching tour...
our hike at the timberline on Mt. Roberts
Harv and Marv's whale watching tour was the best! Small fast boat...there were only 5 of us including our wonderful and kind Captain Steve.  Highly recommended! Yes...that is a pod of Orcas! 

11:30 at night....summer solstice 
Thanks again Margie and Mary for a fantastic week in Juneau! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Images from Idaho

Spent a glorious week near Sandpoint, Idaho with art friends who are so gifted and just super nice! We created paintings at Catherine Earle's workshop for 3 days, shopped till we dropped for Johnny Was clothes, ate beautifully presented meals by our host, Donna Stewart in her gorgeous mountain hilltop home, worked in our journals, hiked after a picnic on the beach.....shall I go on? What a perfect week! Life is good........
Catherine just opened her solo show at Art Spirit Gallery....beautiful works!

Heads up on my gigs for the rest of year...sign up soon!
Random Arts, Saluda, North Carolina
Create Chicago
Create Texas
Create Seattle


working on my paintings created with Catherine's techniques

Our art gang...Deena, Catherine, and Donna...oh and me! 
Donna's lilacs in her mountain home
Donna's grilled Copper River Salmon dinner...did I mention that she's a master chef? 

Catherine's kitty
Farmer's market day
Mineral Bay on  Pend Oreille Lake
Hike above the bay