September 19, 2018

Gifts from the Forest

Last week on my forest walk, I came across a well-spring of new growth.  Not sweet lil flowers, but mushrooms.  Everywhere.  So many different shapes and sizes.
A little darling
                             Warning:  This post is photo heavy.
Cup shaped

Pushing up leaves, creating a lil cave

Pink elongated

Chubby brown velvets   

Bright orange
Can't make this up...

August 26, 2018

All good things come to an end. Discount Expired

I just got word from the boss:

In between the BBQ and getting ready for school, don't miss this deal for Virginia Beach as we say goodbye to summer. Register for a new all day (6 hr) class and receive a 10% discount. Offer good August 31 to Sept 3 ONLY.
(credit will be issued after registration is received):

August 21, 2018

Bowl of Offerings and some sad news

This post comes with some sad news.  I've been informed that the hotel that we (Art & Soul) use as our venue has been sold to Marriott.  That means that this may be the last Virginia Beach for a while.  In 2019 Marriott will begin it's million dollar+ renovation, so probably no VB next year. 

I have come to love this little get-a-way and it's perfect shore line.  If you want to see what all the fuss was about, join us this year.


August 17, 2018

Lil' Boat go!

I worked up a few more plaster wrap samples.  This one is a wee blue boat that is attached to a scrap of  'aged' plaster wrap.  


July 30, 2018

Silk and Lace

Stories to tell, ideas put to canvas.
We will be 'dressing' our forms in in 100% silk that is as light as air.  There will be flowers. Always flowers.  I will be supplying most of what you see on this canvas.  Feel free to bring anything you want to attach to your gown or the background.

Please feel free to email me with any questions on any of my workshops.

Meantime, use this portal to find out more:

 Note:  The silk I will bring is a bit on the ivory side, so if you prefer white, please bring that.

July 25, 2018

Phantom of the Opera

I created a few backgrounds when I worked this class up.  The sample above is darker than the other backgrounds.  It immediately reminded me of the Phantom of the Opera.
It's much more mysterious, don't you think?
No rules, just play.  Find out more below:

July 19, 2018

Dance, Dance, Dance

I am offering a half day class at Art and Soul Virginia Beach entitled 'Dance With Me'.
A few have already signed up, so if you're free Friday night, come
dance with us! 
 For class, you will not have to bring much other than the usual supplies and yourself.
Most everything will be provided and waiting for you when you come.
Use this portal directly to the class:

July 10, 2018


A small offering of harvested food in a bowl.  These beads could be berries, apples, etc.
It is a similar concept to another offering of beads depicting eggs, shown below.

The ideas are endless, and I've got lots.  Join us in Virginia Beach. Get more info:

July 3, 2018

A Tiny Dress Made of Clay

 Mindful Offerings

I cut a dress form from polymer clay.  Before I baked it, I rubber stamped into it for texture.  After baking, I aged it with paint to antique it.  There is a clay rose attached with tacky glue.  

Certain imagery can begin to tell a story.  Beginning a story creates interest in an art piece. This wee dress is just such a piece.  Who wore it?  Where is she now?  How old is it?  The fact that it's not pristine white lace makes it much more interesting, I think.  If this concept works for you, you'll enjoy this class.

To read more about this workshop:

June 27, 2018

Understated Offering

Another sample for my upcoming Virginia Beach Workshop:

The 'offering' here is meant to represent simplicity.  Less is more...
The 'sheaves of wheat' above are cut off of an old shoe polish brush and bound with wire.  I wanted to use thread, but the bristles (I mean stalks) weren't cooperating.  

Join us for this workshop and bring your ideas: