Friday, July 8, 2016

There still is time to jump is a blessed adventure calling you!

Along with my online *Pilgrimage Workshops* this year, I have some special offerings that you are personally invited to attend.  I would love for you to join me!
I will be traveling in Italy in September.  I will be teaching all kinds of beautiful and meaning rich -- art and faith at two favorite locations: The Art&Faith Retreat in Lake Como and the very next week in Orvieto, Italy.  They are both incredible locations with uniquely wonderful experiences. 
 They are both my favorite!

Travel is always a gift.  Every special trip I have taken has changed me, strengthened me, given me friends I cherish, and wild adventurous experiences.  I have traveled with family and alone to Europe, it really is so simple. The lovely hosts on these weeks to Italy are well traveled and have all the answers and help you could ever need.  I will be with you, too! 

I would love to have you join me for any and all of this amazing adventure.
It is a pilgrimage of a lifetime!!!

Pilgrimage 2016
This September...just enough time to pack and plan.

You are sooo invited to come along with me...
I would love to be with you in Italy!

September 10 - 17 
An unbelievable journey into a fairytale~
one you will love, dream of, and will never ever forget.
I can vividly remember my very first night in Bellagio - it was so enchanting! I had tears of love, joy, gratitude, and awe. I could see clear across the most beautiful lake imaginable with a golden, pink and purple sunset and see the tops of the Alps. It is one of those divine feeling that stays with me. It was truthfully, a life changing trip.

Is it time for you to step into a pilgrimage of your own? 

I so hope you will join me!

Early morning walks, fresh lemon gelatos anytime you need one, and taking in the unbelievable views from your balcony.  And one of my favorites, sipping espressos outside the beautiful church with the locals.  Laughing together as we make fresh pasta, art journal in cafes, drink bellinis, and sit by the pool. Dinners are always extravagant, it is always a visual and culinary treat.  I still dream of the food!

We will immerse ourselves and live our lives (for this time) in these small towns, 
we will be living out our Italian dreams!

Art & Faith:  Breathing in the gift it is to share in God's goodness, creating new art in our Illustrated Bibles, handcrafting a beautiful Italian art journal, playfully sketching the markets, photographing the beauty of the water, painting the gorgeous churches and estates, the unreal landscapes and beautiful people!  The local people stole my heart, they are so lovely and helpful.  It will be another gift to make new friends, right?  

I seriously can't imagine a more amazing place to share with you.  
Italy is an artist's dream...and it will be for us too!

All the details for Bellagio are right here:  Art & Faith Creative Retreat

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Pilgrimage 2016
This September...just enough time to pack and plan

September 18 - 24 

 I have been dreaming of this....

We will walk the streets of pilgrims 
- experience for yourself the wanderlust and holy moments -
let your heart be immersed in love and beauty.  
Join me for a week of pilgrimage in Orvieto, Italy.
All the details are here: Adventures in Italy

Many beautiful images of Orvieto here.
(photos are the Steiner's - our lovely hosts)

I am sooo in love with Italy. 

It is the palette of colors, the softness, the golden filtered light that the sun "gifts" to those that hug the Mediterranean. The beauty here is one of those treasures you have to experience for yourself. For me, it is a dream come true to find our pilgrim feet in this artist sanctuary, me and you. 
We are going to be met (and completely captivated) by divine moments as we share this space - a sweet convent in Orvieto - with our small circle of friends, all-the-while working and playing in our very own Italian studio. 

Just imagine...
waking up in the most beautiful fairytale,
daily exploring and creative play,
 adventures with joyful wild-artist friends,
walking cobblestone streets full of visual delights,
holding & sharing prayers on our pilgrimage paths, 
painting, creating, laughing and eating   
all with a sketchbook (and wine) in hand!  
Yes and Amen to all of above!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Open House -- Traveling Brightly Workshop

Open House Weekend
Hello friends....I am so happy you are here!  Welcome!


Traveling Brightly  
 online open-studio workshop
art journaling + daily discovery + favorite block art
Finding the beauty in life's everyday moments & celebrating them in our art...
(all while laughing at our wild antics)

I have been hoping you would stop by - here's a big hug, a nice warm fire, and a hot cup of tea.  Do you want to put your feet up? 

How are you? 
How is your art?
How is your heart? 

I have been thinking of you.

These winter months can be such a gift of rest, rejuvenation, and for some of us -- hibernation.  They can also be a busy season of new projects and new art.  I think it is reasonable to want a healthy mix of both, don't you?  (That is why they make such darling pajamas, right?  We just get so much done in them some days!)

I am quite sure I could curl up in a big blanket with my sketchbook and be happy every weekend! How about you? 

Grab your sketchbook and join me for an Open House Project!!!

We are just starting a fun project that we will be completing 
together the first week of class.   All you need is a 
sketchbook and a mechanical pencil.  

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This workshop is a wild mix of favorite block art, special sketches, and inspiration from my love of the creative journey...a pilgrimage of faith & art.

It isn't necessary to have taken any previous block art or Pilgrimage courses.  This is just a delightful couple of weeks to get out the bright, sparkling, and joy-filled art that our hearts need and spend a few moments together -- playfully and prayerfully investing in the art our heart's crave.

A collection of spirit filled, lighthearted loves...of taking this journey together
 -- adventures and all --

"We're all just walking each other home." 
 Ram Dass

simple supplies + beautiful colors + a big dose of wild inspiration

A list of some upcoming projects: 

traveling brightly deliveries
hearts grow fonder
light sparkles
the smallest joys
stained-glass mosaic

peaceful toes
Brother Lawrence stories
rooted & grounded in love
fresh french bouquets

daily stretches and creative discoveries
dozens of sketches
amazing creative community of support

and of course, mischievous lambs and others from the 
blessed barnyard!


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Along with our original supplies (that I email you), here are a few extra things to have on hand - keep it simple:  
(You don't have to purchase all the supplies listed, these are simply a guide for what is used in upcoming projects. I like to use what I have on hand and encourage you to do the same. Be creative!) 
Wood blocks  - typically 2x4's cut in various lengths (3, 4, 5, 6 inches), a 2x6 cut into a squared shape, any other wood pieces you come across.  I cut at least a dozen, at random lengths, at a time, you may want to start with less.  Hardware stores will cut them for you, just ask a nice looking person to help you.  If you don't want to use wood blocks you can use canvases in any size, art journal pages, or simply sketch along with us in your sketchbook.  Once you try a wood will be addicted.  Fair warning.

Sandpaper #100
Sketchbook (one you will use) and mechanical pencils
Book paper, torn from an old book
Pieces of colorful paper.  I recommend cardstock weight (heavier, thicker), but any will do.

Acrylic paints - any colors that you love right now.  Include white/cream and black to your mix.
Heavy body acrylic paints - titanium white (golden brand is what i use) and any other colors you love the most.
Acrylic brushes - in assorted sizes.  Purchase a small inexpensive package if you need variety.

White gesso - I love the cheap gesso (Daler Rowney)
Decoupage or Mod podge - matte finish is my favorite
Neocolor ll crayons or a set of simple watercolors - we use brown quite a bit.
A couple sheets of 8x11 hot pressed (smooth) watercolor paper, you don't need an expensive brand.

Black sharpie fine point pen
White sharpie poster paint pen, fine or medium.  I have a hard time finding these outside of
Texture helps - start collecting little pieces of punchinella, sheet rock tape, or bubble wrap if you like the look of texture in your work. (Find things around your creative) 
Clear glitter, ribbons,and small sharp scissors.

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In all the courses I have taught (many, many) I have learned that the greatest gifts are found in a collective mix of artists coming together with goodness in their hearts, kindness on their lips, and an eagerness to build inspired moments for all.   
I see you, my friend, as one of these blessed souls.
You are the most important part of your art
I believe in you.  I know you have it in you...

I am honored you will join me and our group of amazing artists as we embark on a new adventure in lighthearted creative play.  You may just find your new creative muse in the mix!

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love & gesso



Do I need to take a block class (Saturday Mornings) or your pilgrimage class (the Art of Pilgrimage) for this class?  

Nope!  All of my workshops stand independently from one another.  Sometimes it is fun to build upon a collection you may have started earlier, but it isn't necessary.  You are always welcome to jump in and see for is always brand new!

 Traveling Brightly 
 online open-studio workshop
art journaling + daily creative discovery + favorite block art

[ The second in a series of workshops
on Pilgrimage 
-- a beautiful collection for each season]

a perfect mix of all things wonderful --

a light & fun approach to mixed media art, watercolor, and playful

daily sketching, stories, and devotions.

Workshop opens: Wednesday, February 10  


Once purchased each workshop is yours to keep - 
the doors are open anytime!

*If you already purchased this course through our first pilgrimage class, 
you should be receiving a confirmation email from me. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

a new year for...traveling brightly

 I have so much fun each winter -- starting a whole new collection of art. 
I embrace the challenge to find witty new sketches, everything freshly painted & art sparkling new.  The passionate creativity I feel each winter is such a gift.  Do you feel it to?  To embrace these cold dark months as our open studio time is brilliant! (for me - no yard work or lambs needing to be fed)  To dig into something new and see where it goes is pure adventure.  Pure adventure!  Some of my best work is done during these cold winter months.  I think the hibernation must be good for our artist's hands and hearts.  A very strong cup of tea is good too!

If you are brand new to art, or to my love of playful art, welcome!

I am introducing a new course for this year:  Traveling Brightly

If you didn't take my last Pilgrimage course, but think you may want to jump into this workshop, please do!  Each of my Pilgrimage courses will be uniquely their own, you can take the entire series or opt to take any that suit you.  It is completely up to you!  **Once purchased you have access at anytime, they are yours to keep!  

Our adventures in Traveling Brightly include:  
A beautiful way to see the world - We jump joyfully into our art in a brand new way each day.  Each step leads us down a unique path of our very own -- so exciting! 
Daily emails (first 10 days): open gates, gentle graces, wild adventures, and uncharted blessings~
A classroom filled with over a dozen new project ideas & sketches.
A mix of devotions, poetry, prose, and blessings to inspire your journey.
Introductions to some of my favorites: saints, writers, artists, friends, farmers, and sheep.
A joyful and encouraging teacher that delights in you and your art (that's me!) 
An artist community, one that we can love, to eagerly support and collectively share. 
Winter fun -- if you have taken "Saturday Morning" block classes with me before, you know the fun we have!!!  
A brand new collection is waiting...just for you.

We will pour creative helps & love on your own personal projects - finding what really makes your heart and spirit sing.  Let's uncover your own creative path and support your journey!  

We will be seeing and finding, collecting and sketching the divine moments that tend our paths and have new inspirations for our favorite winter projects!
We will create inspiring art -- thick with color, story, blessings, and friendship along the way.  Try your hand at art journal creating or my favorite, block art. You will love it!
We will take artist dates together. What?  Yes...fieldtrips (online)
We will be building space to support each other's creative dreams and nurture hearts - a private facebook group (and I have the best and most loving facebook groups ever)

 Traveling Brightly 
 online open-studio workshop
art journaling + daily creative discovery + favorite block art

[ The second in a series of workshops
on Pilgrimage 
-- a beautiful collection for each season]

a perfect mix of all things wonderful --
a light & fun approach to mixed media art, watercolor, and playful
daily sketching, stories, and devotions.

Workshop opens: Wednesday, February 10 


Once purchased each workshop is yours to keep - 
the doors are open anytime!

*If you already purchased this course through our first pilgrimage class, 
you should be receiving a confirmation email from me. 

I have two amazing trips planned this September. It is the year of Pilgrimage and I am so excited!!!  I would love to have join me in Italy!  Only a few spots left in each week -- Lake Como and Orvieto.  Contact me for really should come with me.  It is life changing, affirming, and heaven on earth for girls like us!!!   

If you didn't get the chance to try our first Pilgrimage are the details.  Jump in and join us -- we are doing a year-long study & artist workshops -- you are welcome to any part of it!  xo

Pilgrimage Online Workshop
wild faith & wild art 

[The first in a series of four workshops
-- a beautiful collection for each season]



The big question is...whether you are going to be able to say 
a hearty yes to your adventure.  

Joseph Campbell

Saturday, October 31, 2015

a holiday workshop (sign up)

As the frosty and sparkling snow begins to fall and the tea kettle sings, I am nestled in my warm kitchen.  I am finding the twinkling lights and wet mittens and boots (that line the kitchen wall) and the warm smells of baking are making me smile (big!).   
I love these moments.  Quiet.  Soft.  Present.  Expectant.  Hope-filled.    

It is a special time of year. A time of sparkles, snuggles, and so-much-love,
 and my heart is spilling with all the joyful thoughts...

and I have all kinds of merriment planned, too.  

Yes, yes I do.

After two tries with the lambs, I had to stay far away from the camera -- 
the sheep thought I brought it just for them, a nibbling treat!

This is a lighthearted and lively, festive and full-of-winter-wonderful, 
project and inspiration filled course!  

Your sketchbook will be full of goodies!  

We will paint and giggle our way into the holidays... are certainly welcome to bring all your family & friends along!

Some things really should be shared~

I am always so ready and excited this time of year.  I love the things that not only spark our creativeness -- but also offer a deeper richness of meaning for our seeking hearts.  I think I have a perfect idea of where to start...

All things Bright and Beautiful 
all Creatures Great and Small
(online workshop)

simple and sweet -- and full of Christmas goodies
a great price for so many adorable projects...too many ideas!

Jump in anytime!!!


**if you are already attending my Donna Downey workshop this November, 
you are already signed up!  xo


snow mums & babes
woolie hat collections
handcrafted card collections

sheep & shepherds
a collection of block art (or canvas art):
a sweet nativity
christmas markets

sparkling ornament blessings
and the friendly beasts

and so many sketching ideas to get you started...

a bunch of gifting ideas - fresh & beautiful

delicious holiday treats, too!


I so hope you can join us!

Just think, a handcrafted holiday - all ready to decorate and gift,
a delightful group of artist friends,
and a heart (and sketchbook) filled with joyful fun!



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