April Calendar Printable

It’s Spring! We made it… April! Ahhh….

This is one of my most favorite times of the year… (ok, yes, also summer and fall :-) ).

For this month I’m adding one of my favorite owl paintings to the calendar printable. I saw an owl at Plum Island State Park a few weeks ago and have been drawing owls ever since.

To print, click on image and right click to “Save Image.” Save to your hard drive and go to where it saved. Open file and select print. In your printer menu, you will want to check are that it is printing “full page” and/or that it will “shrink to fit.” For me, both work. Let me know how it works for you!

Also, check out the little crafty tip on the calendar this month! I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful April!

Upcoming classes - Join Me!

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I am excited to be teaching this spring in a few new locations as well as some familiar spots. Have a look and sign up!

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Art Classes in Newburyport - I am teaching a four class series on Saturday mornings 9-11am once a month between March and June. These four classes are offered as a bundle together to build up to creating your own collage materials in order to get started (or more deeply involved with) visual journaling! NAA has set the price very low for these fun classes. The details:

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  • March 23 - Gelli Printing - class almost full

  • April 20 - Intro to Bookbinding

  • May 18 - Self Portrait Vision Board

  • June 15 - Intro to Visual Journaling

Blockprinting in Amesbury - I am teaching my Intro to Blockprinting class at Melissa Partridge’s studio at The Artists Muse in Amesbury April 6, 4-6pm. We will have music, snacks, time to create and lots of fun! Bring a group of friends and grab dinner at one of the great restaurants nearby after! Register at Melissa’s site.

Gelli Printing in Lawrence - April 25, May 2, and May 9, I am teaching a three-session Thursday morning Gelli Printing class at Essex Art Center in Lawrence. This center is very easy to access from the highway and has wonderful energy. Each meeting is 2.5 hours and will allow students to work in depth with their gelli plates. Register with EAC here.

I hope you can join me this Spring for some creativity!

Vlog #4 Elephant

Sharing my 4th Vlog posting of a painting in progress. This one is the elephant, which got a lot of positive feedback! I made a few versions in order to fill a few orders, so got the change to film the process. I have a version of this in my shop! Have a look!

Please subscribe to my You Tube Channel to see more!

In Like a Lion..... March 2019 Calendar Page -

How is it almost March already! This year is just flying by. In honor of it being ‘almost’ a few things in the Northern Hemisphere…. March… Spring… end of Winter… I am happy to share the March Calendar Page! Subscribers get this in their in-box each month. so if you want to be sure that you get it, please subscribe in the “Let’s Connect” box below. Today, I am also sharing March’s page here to thank you for visiting!

Natures Nation - Exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum - with video links

On Monday, we went to Salem, MA for a visit to the Peabody Essex Museum and the Natures Nation: American Art and the Environment exhibit (on view through May 2, 2019). Following along historical lines with an emphasis on how we humans have impacted the environment, curators offered works from various points in history combined with modern art.

From PEM’s website: “Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment is the first exhibition to trace environmental awareness in American art over the last three centuries. More than 100 works, including iconic masterpieces as well as rare works by such artists as John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Valerie Hegarty, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish-Kootenai) compel us to reconsider the relationships between art, the environment and ourselves.”

This is not a review of the exhibit. I am sharing a few works from the exhibit that I particularly enjoyed.

The exhibit began with indigenous artifacts of the past and a Land Acknowledgment reflecting PEM’s presence on what was land once occupied by native people long before it was settled by Europeans. Rachel Allen, one of the PEM curators who worked on this project, wrote this about the statement in her blog post:

“Twelve of the 22 works in the show by Native American artists are from PEM’s collection. The first one you will encounter, a delicately carved bear sculpture, accompanies the Land Acknowledgment — a statement that formally recognizes the Indigenous caretakers of the land and serves to show gratitude to Indigenous people of the region as well as their ancestors and future generations. “

This statement was followed by a video work by Nicholas Galanin. These videos combined indigenous music with modern dance, and then modern music with native american dance. There are two parts with more about his meaning in the description of each video (click to see). I shared on my story on Instagram but the links didn’t work so I wanted to share here:

Another powerful piece, among many, was the video of “Mirror Shield Action 2016” from the protests at Standing Rock in 2016. Click on photo below or link above to see a video of this project.

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While there was much more to the exhibit, these video works really spoke to me and were something I wanted to share. I hope you will take some time to read through the links and view the videos. Even better, swing by PEM yourself before May to have a look!

2018 Sketchbook Flip Thru

This week I am sharing a flip thru of a recent sketchbook I completed. I'm enjoying collaborating with Mike on these. He makes some instrumental music for me to lay down for the videos. This one has more talking than usual - sharing more about what and how I did some of the sketches. Lots of watercolor and some doodling too!

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I’m just getting warmed up with the vlogs and thought I would try another. Have a look at let me know what you think!

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Did someone say treats? New gift for subscribers and a resource guide!

TREATS FOR SUBSCRIBERS

I am excited to share a calendar printable for current subscribers! The calendar printable is colorful, with an art activity tip for the month and one of my original paintings.

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RESOURCES

My amazing website designer Lily Weitzman, helped me get set up as an Amazon Affiliate. You will find a resource page now on my website to help students find the products I recommend for classes, or anyone to reference for purchases. Right now I have favorite materials posted for visual journaling, bookbinding, framing, gelli printing, and even watercolor supplies!

Please comment below if you have any questions about materials!

365 Project VLOG #1 - Painted Bunting

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post I am doing a 365 day watercolor painting project. My goal is to get better at watercolor painting and really hone in on my style this year.

Since I am sitting down to paint just about every day, I thought maybe I could just leave my current video filming set-up ready to go and twice a month or so I will film my painting.

Here is the first, a painted bunting!

Music by Mike Bethmann (aka hubs)… he is also taking on the challenge to make two songs per month.

Right now this is just (sped-up) painting with music and no talking. I may add voice over chatty-ness eventually. I’d love to know what you think - do you prefer a chatty or non-chatty video? Email me or leave a comment below! Thanks!

365 Day Project Prints in my Shop!

Have you seen my posts on Instagram this month? I decided to do a 365 Day project. Have a look here if you haven’t see the work so far!

Why a daily project? Well, I want to be accountable to myself to make something every day and I really like seeing my style evolve with daily art-making. I felt the accountability challenges I have done (The 100 Day Project here and Inktober here) really were great for improving my skills with drawing and watercolors. So here’s hoping for more of that!

I am following an astrology-related theme for some of the drawings to give me some focus. I even added my word of the year to one of my favorites and shared that in last week’s blog which I thought was neat.

Have a look below for some recent drawings and pop over to my shop to see what originals, unframed prints and framed prints I have available!

2019 Word of the Year - plus upcoming classes and exhibits!

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Do you choose a word of the year? I did for the first time in 2018 - Flow. I loved the opportunity to set goals for the year ahead and use this word throughout the year in my art.

My 2019 word? FOCUS … I want to:

  • Focus my attention on art and projects that give me joy (and less on distractions)

  • Focus on my health and nurturing my family

  • Focus on going deeper with how spirituality plays a role in my life

  • Focus on connections

Coming up for 2019 I have a few things scheduled already - exhibits, workshops, and more!

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Join me and yogi Elizabeth Brown for a weekend yoga retreat to prepare for the new year. As a part of this retreat, I am teaching a bookbinding class for us to make a journal to prepare for and reflect in throughout 2019. We will use special papers that I have collected (and you can bring meaningful papers from home) to build this special book. I’ll provide the lesson and some time for reflection after one of Elizabeth’s amazing classes. Four yoga classes, chef on site for all meals provided, amazing connections to be made.

Want to come? Email me or Elizabeth@steepedingrace.com directly… it will really be an awesome way to kick off the year!

Plus, I have scheduled four classes in Newburyport at Newburyport Art Association. You can find more about those on my workshop page. Registration is open and I’ve heard people are signing up already, so now is the time to plan this into your schedule! Link to sign up here.

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I will be scheduling other classes this year soon. Join my mailing list to be informed of new class announcements as they come up throughout the year!

I’m also in four planned exhibits and I am working on adding a few more. The details:

Crows, Group Show at Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA. RECEPTION 1/11 5-7pm

New Members Show 2019 at Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA RECEPTION 1/12 7-9pm

Printmaking Group Show 2019 at Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport, MA June 25 - July 7, 2019.

Three Women, Small Group Show (with my mom and sister!) at Tannery Pond Gallery, North Creek, NY July 27 - August 29, 2019. 

What are your plans for this coming year? I’d love to hear your word of the year! Send me a note!

At the Waters Edge, Cold Wax and Oil Painting

At the Waters Edge, Cold Wax and Oil Painting

Tarot Spread for the Year Ahead and a Rituals Flip Through Video

I haven’t talked much about my interest in Tarot here… I am just a beginner in the study of this deep realm.

I enjoy using the Tarot to do a daily card pull and journal about the card and how it fits into my life.

Last year around this time I also did a 13 card reading and used it in my work in Rituals - an online visual journaling class led by Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd. Registration to join for this coming year is only open through Jan 15, 2019 through that link. A really great, really deep class - I would not hesitate to sign up and was actually considering going through it again.

Below is a picture of my opening spread to this journal. The left side is the words as set using my 13 card spread and the right side was completed one month at a time.

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I did a flip through on my YouTube channel, here.

Ok, back to the Tarot.

The decks I have are the Wild Unknown and The Fountain Tarot. I have used my Wild Unknown deck for my learning to date and received The Fountain Tarot deck this year as a gift. People say that each deck has a feeling - it is really true! When I was looking for my first deck I was advised to trust my interest in the imagery as a way to choose a deck. The Wild Unknown is a beautiful deck!

I regularly reference this blog - The Royal Road - to search the deeper meanings of each card. The small guidebooks within each set are helpful, but really just the tip of the iceberg.

Check out my pinterest board on the topic for some examples of these spreads and more. A few sample card pulls to try (that can be found on the pinterest board):

Daily Card:: Shuffle the deck and place face down. Pick a card that calls to you and review the image. Before looking up the meaning right away think about what you interpret the meaning to be. Research the meaning and take some time to journal your initial reaction and how this card might fit in your plans for the day ahead.

13 Card Year-Ahead:: For the 13 card spread, you shuffle a deck of your choice and fan out the cards face down. Pull at random one card for each month of the year. You can shuffle in between each pull or not. BE thoughtful and quiet in this action. Lay out cards you have pulled on your desk or table in a circle going clockwise with January at the top. The 13th card is placed in the center and defines the overarching tone for the year. Some people only pull from the major arcana for this spread, which simplifies it a little and makes good sense especially if the full deck and suits seems overwhelming.

7 Card Year-Ahead:: The 7-card spread is another year-ahead option. This spread as I have used it reflects on the past year and incorporates what you have learned into the year ahead. I like this method and may try this for 2019 as well as the 13 card spread I have already pulled.

Best wishes for you in 2019! Happy New Year!

Space Zine - Free Online Tutorial

I decided to film a quick tutorial about how I made my Space Zine as a way to share the news that I have an “online tutorials” page new on my website here.

I am planning to share lots of resources and tutorials here this coming year. Plus, you can always subscribe to my You Tube Channel to be notified of the latest video releases. I made 13 videos this year (!) and hope to make at least that many again in 2019.

If you try the zine idea let me know what you think. I’d love to see what you make, please tag me over on Instagram!

Holiday Order Deadlines

OK friends, we are in the home stretch! If you are still looking for a unique holiday gift for someone special I still have original art, printables, prints, and even access to art classes available for you to give this season!

Holiday ORDER DEADLINES;

>>> Prints - Order by 12/13 overnight shipping to receive by Christmas

>>> In-Person - I have framed prints for sale at Rhythm Cafe in Merrimac through 12/22

>>> Original Art - Order by 12/19 priority shipping to receive by Christmas

>>> Printables - Order by 12/24 to receive download and print at home by Christmas

See something you love but is not mentioned here? Reach out to me and I would be glad to set it up!

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#CarveDecember

As the year winds to a close it has become a tradition for me to get involved in Carve December. This is an instagram challenge planned by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, an amazing artist and author of Carve, Stamp, Play. I share her book as a resource in my blockprinting classes.

Why another challenge? I really believe that these challenges have moved my work forward. Last year I participated in this challenge and since then I have started teaching in-person blockprinting classes. Other challenges this year, the 100 Day project and Inktober, both pushed my style forward. I am excited for what has yet to bubble up there. So, I think challenges can be hard, but also so good. You can’t help but see progress with a daily art-making practice.

For this year’s #CarveDecember Julie has provided some prompts for the month. So far I am going along with them; that is a first for me, usually I follow my own whims. I want to try to make two-color stamps, but of course that means I have to make more than one stamp. Some days that just might not be possible. I am also interested in trying a stamp that connects to itself to make a larger image. That requires some careful measuring… we will see what the month brings.

For now, here are my stamps from the first few days. Please follow me on Instagram for the daily updates!

New Holiday Paintings in my Shop

I was inspired to paint a wreath of greenery around a few of my favorite subjects and also added a new reindeer painting to make it a set of four! I printed these up as postcards to send out for the holidays and thought I would share the originals with you! Purchase in my shop!

I love having a holiday-themed piece of art near my front door or on the fireplace mantel and these would be perfect for that! In October had a phases of the moon print and my Crow painting on display, and think I am going to pop one of these into a frame for December!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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