From June 2015

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Desert Recon

Doing my part to the pre-explore the finest desert digs

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So that when you come to The Creative Nomad retreat,

you’ll know where to go . . . 

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for the best music

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the coolest shakes

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an authentic cocktail or two

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or the best coffee south of Seattle.

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This is the hotel where the retreat will be.

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The breakfast here is sooooo delish.

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Trust me.

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But white sands and azure skies are why I really come.

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Well, for that and tiny desert off road adventures.

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Registration opens July 21

for The Creative Nomad retreat.

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Storm Chaser

 

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The craziest warm Santa Ana winds blew all last night.

I woke to a dozen fallen razor-sharp palm fronds in the yard

and a few big dark drops of rain on our driveway.

That’s it.  

Insane winds and giant, but too few, rain drops.

That’s what we call a storm in Southern California!

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“Storm Chaser”, 30×40″ acrylic on canvas.  

Detail shots below.

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The “storm” must have influenced today’s work in the studio –

a long day that produced two works on canvas!

I love it when that happens!

I probably had more fun painting “Storm Chaser” than I’ve ever had with ANY painting.

I was deep in it – hours passed before I knew I needed a break!

I adore the feeling of being “in flow” –

breathing through it, taking risks, letting it all go……

I like this new direction – I’ll likely head that way with the next canvas  – with the full intention to go even deeper.

 

 

 

 

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Not sure, but I think the one below is not complete.

I’ll let it sit a day or two and check back in with it.

I do dig the indigo “glow” . . .

but already seeing ways to go further with the rocks.

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“River Walk”, 30×40″, acrylic on canvas

Detail shot below.

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Happy me - at my first art retreat.

The Journey So Far

In a few weeks I’ll open registration for my first art retreat – The Creative Nomad, An Art Journaling Adventure.  I’m delighted to host two incredible art journaling teachers, Roxanne Coble and Brian Kasstle.  Soon, I’ll share their stories, but today I want to write about my own creative evolution.

I grew up in a very creative household – my Dad is an entrepreneurial artist – he’s built a thriving business!  My Mom is a life-long, self-taught painter.  She’s also an incredibly talented interior designer and home “flipper”.

They probably renovated 10 homes before I moved out at 18 – each place more beautiful than the next.  I received a true hands on DIY education!  Alongside Mom, I painted many walls, planted tons of gardens, customized heaps of furniture and more!  Mom allowed – no encouraged me – to decorate my own bedrooms.

Throughout my young adulthood, I most certainly had a creative soul, although I wouldn’t become a painter for many more years.  I surrounded myself with artistic people.  I sought out creative adventures – attending art fairs, concerts, plays – I adored film, epic books, travel and exotic clothing!

In my late twenties, I partnered with Mom in opening an art gallery and interior design firm in Palm Desert CA.  We had the gallery for years.  I adored working with the artists – we even hosted a weekly radio show featuring talks with our gallery’s artists . . .

All of this – I’ve left out so much for brevity’s sake – is to say that I was a classic “Shadow Artist”.  I had surrounded myself with creatives and had immersed myself in a truly creative lifestyle, yet I wasn’t a capital A “Artist”.

Yes, I was creative – there were hints of it in how I hung our gallery or how I decorated my apartment.  But paint – or draw – or write?  Nope, that wouldn’t come until 6 years ago.  I’m now 54.

My first conscious thought that I might be an Artist arose when my decades-long-journal-keeping-habit began to include imagery.  I don’t remember why or when, but I began pasting in magazine photos.  Soon, quick sketches were also being laid down.  It kind of just happened . . . naturally . . . it evolved.

My curiosity about my new visual journaling style led to the discovery of art journaling.   Books about visual journaling had begun appearing in bookstores – or maybe I’d just opened my eyes.  I was moved to tears by the journals of Dan Eldon and obsessed with the diaries of Peter Beard.

Soon thereafter, I got really brave.  I signed up for an in person 4 day art journaling class with the idolized Sabrina Ward Harrison!  It was really expensive for me – but she was teaching in my neighborhood and it felt like a sign I tell you.  I think it was . . . I HAD to go.

I really didn’t know what I was doing during most of her class, but felt I was home!  I walked away learning so much about living a creative life and diving deep into the creative process.  But honestly, I learned more about what I needed – and I needed more art-making time, more color, more depth, more community!

I began an extensive search for my more and I found it.  My very first painting on canvas grew out of a 6-month online writing/painting mentorship with my beloved Shiloh Sophia McCloud.  I rented a warehouse studio with Mom before I finished my first painting!  My journey was underway and I’ve never looked back.

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Beaming me and Shiloh

My love for art making and creative community has only grown deeper in these past 6 years – I’ve attended many workshops and retreats.  I now know I have a true yearning to support the arts AND a real mission to champion artists – especially young or emerging women artists.  Creating beautiful spaces is still a strong passion.  All of my early wanderings make so much sense to me now.

I have gathered all the tools in my backpack for this new adventure – hosting truly special and memorable art retreats.  I believe it’s what I was built for!

I plan for these retreats to be truly sacred – an escape from your routine, a chance to explore a beautiful destination, a valuable investment in your creative growth and an opportunity to commune with your artistic peers.

Please sign up at the bottom of any page of this website to stay informed.  I promise I won’t bombard you with updates.

Wherever you are on your own artistic journey, I think you’ll want to join us – I can’t wait to welcome you!

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