new blog series & a giveaway!


it’s no secret that I’m addicted to pinterest. I mean, aren’t we all? as a creative, it’s a great resource to gather ideas, brainstorm projects, and just get inspired. being that I’m constantly pinning, I thought it might be cool to share what’s inspiring me here on the blog every now and then. going forward I’ll be calling this series ‘pinned’.

this week’s pins are inspired by the class I have created for the LOVE ART HAPPY LIFE e-course (that kicks off january 1st!). if you remember my last post about the online course, my class is inspired by the artist egon schiele – who is both a personal favorite and a direct inspiration in my own artwork. there’s something so ugly-beautiful about his work that you can’t help but stare right at it, and embrace the unfinished sort of quality of his figures. naturally I’ll be fusing this into my love art happy life class, where we’ll be putting schiele-inspired figures right into our journal pages…

and while I’m at it, I’m going to giveaway ONE FREE SPOT FOR THE LOVE ART HAPPY LIFE E-COURSE! to enter, simply comment below and tell me why you want to take the class. a winner will be selected at random on wednesday, december 2nd by 12pm pst.

another FYI: the class is on sale right now at an early bird rate that ends on nov 30th! the giveaway will still be open for those who buy a seat in class (I don’t want you guys to miss on out a good deal!)

+ images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

workshop at the PV art center!


as some of you may remember, I was teaching a children’s art camp over summer at the palos verdes art center. well, I’m thrilled to announce that I have been invited to teach a one day art journaling workshop! (I’m also teaching a weekly ‘mommy & me’ style art class…but more on that later…)

the workshop I will be teaching is my ‘illustrated mini portraits’ class. this was a course I developed a while back while I was painting a lot of figures into my journals (like the one seen in the flyer above). registration is now open, and if you’re in the so cal area you can make a day trip out of it! did I also mention the pv art center is just beautiful? here’s all the details:

Saturday, 2/20, 10am-4pm (with a one hour lunch break)
This art journaling course takes you through the process of creating a two-page journal spread that includes an illustrated portrait or figure. Through step-by-step instruction, we will begin by building preliminary layers within our journal pages using a variety of mixed media techniques. After building up a foundation, you will then learn how to plan, draw and paint an illustrative style portrait into your spread. This portrait instruction also includes variations of how to approach drawing the face and features, contouring using multiple layers of color, and detailing facial features in pen.

go here to register, and I hope to see some of you in class! xo

from the weekend: workshop photos


it’s not very often that I share photos from workshops, but these were just too good not to! this class of ten students was put together by nancy walter and hosted in deanna h.’s beautiful home in the san diego area. deanna is also the talented photog that took these photos! it was a wonderful day of art making and a solid group of students. both experienced and non-experienced journalers dove right into the prompts I set forth and walked away with some really exciting pages…

honestly, it’s student groups like these that make me truly excited to teach art…thank-you all who attended for such a kick ass day!

more photos after the jump: Continue reading



+ just a little side note for those who may be new to my blog – whenever I share a new journal spread I don’t go into detail or write about it in my posts. the title of the blog post is the title of the spread, and then I share a number of photos. for a while now I just haven’t felt the need to reveal the meanings behind my mixed media work. I actually enjoy hearing other interpretations, and prefer leaving things open to the viewer to decide…

life book 2016: registration now open


it’s been really rad reading the emails and comments from you all since announcing that I am teaching in life book 2016. I feel so incredibly honored to be part of such a great year long course…

that all being said, I’m stoked to let you know that LIFE BOOK 2016 is officially open for registration! hop on over here to snag your seat.

I can’t wait to create with you in class!