Monday, July 31, 2017

petals and paint retreat now open for registration!

Friends, you've been asking and I am excited to share that I am offering one more retreat for 2017 in my studio! 

PETALS AND PAINT: A Floral Art Retreat
October 27-29, 2017
$650.00  EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $550.00 Until September 1st
Registation and details HERE

Join me in my studio on the Oregon Coast for three days of color and creativity! We will be immersing ourselves in my favorite subject matter- flowers. Throughout the three days, I will be demonstrating all kinds of my favorite techniques, tips, tricks and materials for creating beautiful and expressive floral paintings. From watercolors to acrylic paint, exploring color, layers, materials and working big and small, we will dive into all things floral. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate artist, you will come away with tons of inspiration and new ideas for creating floral art.


$650.00 Early bird special $550.00 until September 1, 2017.
Includes supplies, lunch and snacks all three days
Please note- we have limited space available for this retreat, if all spots are filled we will open up a waiting list.
Single day classes are not available.

If you have any questions about registration or payment you are welcome to send an email to

For more information, details or to register, visit my shop HERE


I've been teaching art since 2004 and while I have a formal education in fine art, I love to break the rules! As a teacher, it's my mission to share simple techniques that artists at any level can use to create bold and colorful art. I also like to cram as much creativity as I possibly can into my classes! My goal is to inspire my students and provide new ideas, techniques, live demonstrations, one on one support and the space to make creative discoveries. One of my favorite parts of teaching live, is the having the time to connect with my students, get to know other creatives and answer questions about art, life and business.


Retreats are held in my art studio in Seaside, Oregon.

We do not provide lodging or transportation services.

Seaside is a small town and regardless of where you are staying, everything (from the beach to downtown to the grocery store to my studio) is within minutes (driving) of each other.

The Oregon Coast has very unpredictable weather that can change at a moments notice. Some of our activities could change or may depend on the weather but be assured rain or shine- we will be having lots of fun together!

If you need recommendations or have any questions about class content, travel, lodging or the area feel free to email me at

There is no supply list for my classes. To keep things simple and easy for you- I provide all supplies. If you have favorite supplies (pens, brushes, watercolors or paper) feel free to bring them but they are not required.

Cost of class includes supplies, lunch and snacks all three days. Cost does not include dinner or any optional activities. 

It is so exciting to have a creative space to open up for my classes and retreats! My studio is located in my fabulous hometown of Seaside, Oregon – a lush coastal community with miles of beautiful pristine beaches and vivid ocean views. Seaside is a small coastal resort town surrounded by nature’s wonders: Elk wander freely in our yards; seals mingle with the surfers; gray whales and dolphins graze offshore; tide-pooling at dusk; beach combing after a winter storm unearths treasures washed up from far-off lands half a world away. It’s a combination of the historical past (near Lewis & Clark’s final destination) and quaint modern coastal community. The vintage 1920’s promenade boardwalk skirts the Pacific Ocean for a mile and a half and in the summertime the town is buzzing with activity. This is my hometown and the magnet that has been pulling me back North for so long. It’s been my greatest dream to offer classes and retreats in Seaside, Oregon and to share the wonders of the Oregon Coast with you. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

creating with a kid- ice painting

We've had amazing summer weather (which isn't always the case on the Oregon Coast). It's been SUNNY and that means lots of time outside! A process that both Lucy and I are loving this summer is painting with ice. This is another kid's project that is just as much fun for the adults as the kiddos.

Start by filling the bottom of an ice tray with acrylic paint. 

Next, add water to the top of the paint.

We added popsicle sticks to some of the ice cubes and then placed the tray in the freezer overnight.

Then we popped those ice cubes out and got busy painting on watercolor paper.

This process is super fun because it forces you to work expressive, abstract and quickly before the ice melts. 

A great process for little (or big artists) that need to let go of perfection and overthinking!

You can find more ideas and inspiration for creating with a kid HERE

Monday, July 24, 2017

NEW classes from makewells!

You guys! I am so excited to announce that my dear friend Megan Wells of Makewells will continue to offer online classes on my platform. Megan's lettering classes have been such a hit that we've decided to offer another round of creative classes for the fall!

As many of you know, Megan is a crazy talented artist who has a gift for hand lettering. She is a painter, illustrator, surface pattern designer and author of Hand-Lettering, An Interactive Guide to the Art of Drawing Letters. Megan has worked with Haper Collins, Minted, Pottery Barn Kids, Peter Pauper Press and more! Her approach is to lettering is totally relaxed, creative and she loves to break the rules (which is why we get along so well)!

Check out the new line up of classes below!

Hello Color!
live Sept 13th 
$30.00 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $25.00
Register for class HERE

Say hello to color in this fun, approachable class that will open your eyes to see and use color in a whole new way – through exploring the basics of color theory with Megan Wells from Makewells.

Using acrylic paints, Megan will introduce you to color mixing, properties of color, and color schemes, all through fun, creative prompts and exercises. She’ll share her favorite tips, tricks and supplies, and take you on a fun color filled adventure while painting! You’ll learn to see color through new eyes, and walk away with not just a new understanding of color, but the tools to use color effectively in your art and life!

Creative Compositions

live Oct 4th
$30.00 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $25.00
Register for class HERE

Learn the rules of composition (so you can break them, of course!)  In this class, Megan Wells from Makewells will guide you through fun, creative projects that will lead you to a solid understanding of the elements and principles of art that make up strong compositions. We’ll play with a whole bunch of supplies and learn how to arrange compositions that will carry over into your painting, lettering, drawing, scrapbooking...whatever your creative outlet is!

Funky Florals
live Oct 25th
$30.00 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $25.00
Register for class HERE

Dive into painting bold, funky floral pieces and learn to unwind and let loose in this fun, creative class taught by Megan Wells of Makewells.  Flowers are packed full of inspiration for Megan, and she gives you an upclose look into her creative process as she let’s loose and creates. With flowers as our main subject matter, we’ll use a variety of supplies to create mixed media, funky florals!

Bundle of 3 classes
$80.00 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $70.00
Register for bundle HERE

The bundle includes all three classes:
Hello Color!
Creative Compositions
Funky Florals

The bundle costs $80 (compare to $90 for a savings of $10) We've got an early bird special for $70.00! If you are interested in taking all three classes, the bundle is the best option for you!


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