Summertime Studio Swap and Sell

IMG_8472.JPGI am excited to be selling art and some costumes on July 22nd at A Place to B Studio’s Swap and Sell Event. Stop by and say hi!

I will be premiering my new collection of mini butterfly canvases. They are so CUTE! They make a perfect little gift or you can buy a few to create a colorful and fun grid of butterfly magic in your home. Learn about the process here.

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I will also be selling my Dance Shrines which honor all the wonderful dancing that happens at the studio. These are one of a kind sculptures created by your truly. Learn more about them here.

See you there!

 

From A Place to B: Join us for our Summer belly dance swap and sell. Not only will you find wonderful items for dance, but summer festival wear too! Many more wonderful creations and gently used selections.

A Place to B Studio

Saturday, July 22 at 1 PM – 5 PM

1750 30th St, Ste 64, Boulder, Colorado 80301

 

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Mini Butterfly Canvases

You know what makes me happy? Mini art. Little tidbits of artistic magnificence that you can tuck away on those on walls in your home that are hard to decorate. Delicate watercolors and little Milagros and shrines and exquisite oil paintings. I love that stuff!

And now I have my own collection of little delicate masterpieces to share with all of you!

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It all started with the acquisition of my cherished butterfly punch. I loved the little butterfly prints so much I wanted to showcase them and share them with the world. I bought a bunch of mini canvases and through the addition of art resin ended with a polished little gem of whimsy fun. Each butterfly is unique! Each butterfly is punched from one of my gelli prints. The patterns and shapes and colors of the prints reminded me of the kaleidoscopic beauty of real butterflies. This is just my first iteration on this project but I see it evolving to include different color palettes and inspirations. For now it’s simply a wild and eclectic explosion of color!

You can take these little beauties home on July 22nd at the A Place to B Studio Swap and Sell. Hope to see you there! Facebook Event

Let me know which color combos are you favorites in the comments. I’d love to know!

 

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Nesting – A Sacred Mixed Media Art Workshop

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I had the opportunity to co-lead the art focused Creative Playshop at “The Body Now” Summer Retreat with Turning the Wheel this past week. It was a treat to guide our intimate class through the stages of creating a beautiful mixed media sculpture. The theme this year was “Living our Joy” and after much deliberating me and my creative partner, Dodi, settled on creating nests this year.

Nests are such a powerful image of growth and home. They encapsulate so many aspects of a healthy life. Manifesting, nurturing, protecting, growing, snuggling, nesting. Dodi and I steered our lovely group of participants into new relationships with the materials and their own inner artist. My personal agenda for the Creative Play session was to spark a new way of relating to art in the individuals. We played with the materials beyond the visual realm, relating to the way they felt, the way they resonated, the way they brought us joy.

At the end of the week each person had a perfect little capsule of the joy from the class filled with intention and beauty. I’m always shocked at the buoyant creativity each person brings to the table. Each nest was a unique expression of the creator. I modeled the steps each day by creating my own nests. We had two options for creating. One started with a decoupage bowl base, and the second started with a paper bag. I ended up creating two, while everyone else dove deeply into one creation, which lead to a wonderful depth in the sculptures. That being said I’m still very happy with my two little treasure nests.

We ended the week with a showcase at the closing celebration.  Watch the Video Here.

Huge shoutout to Dodi for being the best mentor and partner in guiding this class. Love you!

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My two nests side by side. The top is made from a paper bag and the bottom is decoupage.

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Each magical addition added to the story and the joyful power.

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On day three we shared our joy with each other by creating tokens for another persons nest. I cherish my token from Suzanne!

Sad to miss out? You can sign up for next years camp right now! Check it out.

 

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Joy Journal – A Capsule of My Time at Summer Retreat 2017

For the past several years I have attended “The Body Now” Summer Retreat as a lead facilitator for Turning the Wheel. It has become a time for me grow in my leadership skills and to rest into my self so that I can step back into the world bright and inspired. This year was no different and the I feel filled to the brim with joyous energy. I’m ready world. Watch out!

As part of the week of moving, playing, learning, breathing, connecting, and dancing we all have the opportunity to express ourselves through art. This years art project was to create a journal and the supplies and options were simply abundant. Each day I made several art pages that captured glimpses from the meditations and learnings of the week. My journal was quite expansive by the end. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite pages from the week.

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I chose this page for my cover

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This page continued to evolve throughout the week.

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I had the blissful opportunity to work on this while others were singing and dancing nearby. It was lovely.

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A bag of tricks to keep me going forward. Stamping feathers might be my new favorite thing.

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The only page with writing captured words from an exercise called “5 Years Forward”

Sad you missed it? You can sign up for next year’s camp right now! Check it out!

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Announcing My New Shop on VIDA

I’ve created wearable art with VIDA (a company committed to creating clothing in a socially conscious way) and would like to share my first designs with you. All the items I’ve designed are available now, and can be found on my personal collection pageScreen Shot 2017-06-05 at 5.08.02 PM

The designs were pulled from some of my favorite pieces created over the past 3 years. They all capture a sense of joy and exuberance that I know I aspire to include in my life everyday. Adorn yourself with one of these elegant wraps and embody your YES all day. Enjoy!

Making an Impact

I’m especially excited to be a part of the VIDA community because they are working hard to create a better world for their artisans. Their Literacy for Life program highlights the makers of their products and provides a lasting impact. Learn more about their program.

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Each piece is uniquely designed and custom-printed.

More designs by me are being added every month.

Visit my my personal collection page to see!

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Current Exhibition @ Fresh Thymes

I am so happy and honored to have my art up at the delicious Fresh Thymes Eatery.

My Celestial Beings Series is up through the end of July at Fresh Thymes and I love how it looks on their rustic wooden wall. They are also available for sale. There are only 9 of these beauties so go check them out today. They all need loving homes and I think they radiate with goodness. The “Celestial Beings” series was inspired by a collaboration with Turning the Wheel to create “The Good Box” 

The project was focused on reclaiming the word good as a positive meditation word and resulted in the creation of 30 affirmation cards all with a phrase about the innate goodness in all of us. My art is featured on the cards, and I played an important hand in the final design. After the completion of the deck of cards I felt activated to create more paintings inspired by the goodness all around us. The “Celestial Beings” Series grew organically from this starting point.

I hope you enjoy them!

Fresh Thymes Eatery 

Address: 2500 30th St #101, Boulder, CO 80301
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OBSESSION – Mini Paper Butterflies

If you follow my instagram I’m sure you’ve seen a myriad of pictures showcasing my newest, most favorite toy in my studio: my butterfly paper punch! I bought it on clearance at Michaels and it is by far one of the most satisfying art gadgets I’ve ever purchased.

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The punch has three different shapes built in and with very little effort I can generate hundreds of beautiful one of a kind works of art. Inspired by my purchase I quickly generated a pile of painted papers using slap dash applications of acrylic paint, blended serendipitously with my brayer and gelli plate. Once the paint was dry I punched away and now I have this stunning pile of little gems that I can’t wait to integrate into even more delightful paintings. Stay tuned for even more butterfly madness.

 

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