Hunting for Treasure with Sherlock Holmes

In the words of Mr. Sherlock Holmes,

"The Game's Afoot!"

Sherlock Holmes was quoting Shakespeare when he said it. 
The word "game" means "a diversion, pastime, or amusement; or a form of mental or physical competitive play, governed by specific rules and testing the skill, endurance, or luck of the participants."

I think that fits the Artful Gathering Treasure Hunt perfectly, don't you? Haven't heard of it? Well, head to ArtfulGathering.com, you'll find all the rules AND all the great prizes that we teachers have offered up for grabs! You just need to put on your best Sherlock Holmes hat and find all the clues, one of which is on this very blog!  It's easy and there are so many prizes!

I'm giving away goodies for my online class, a Woodland Fairy Lighted Theater, running June 6 - July 17, 2014.

And if you love Halloween, you won't want to miss my Halloween Witch Lighted Theater online class, which is during session two, July 16 - August 26. Just in time to get in the fall spirit! Here's a sneak peek:


So grab your magnifying glasses, poke around my blog and find the clue. Don't forget to read the directions and visit the other teachers' blogs listed at ArtfulGathering.com to find all the clues. Take a cue from one of my favorite TV series, "Elementary," on CBS. Your skills at deduction will surely improve!

Happy Hunting!


Learn How to Make A Lighted Theater This Summer!

Treat Yourself This Summer!
I will be teaching two sessions this summer, the first being a magical Woodland Fairy Lighted Theater. You will learn how to turn ordinary recycled objects into an imaginary world, where colorful birds carry crowned fairies through the forest to an enchanted castle.  The fun will be learning to assemble a low-voltage plug-in lamp to light up every detail. Register today at ArtfulGathering.com!
Stay tuned as I reveal my second session class: A Halloween Witch Lighted Theater. Don't forget to become a follower of my blog for all the latest details! See the box in the right column. Happy Spring!


Fantastical Creatures in Carved Wood

We took a drive south on A1A Beach Boulevard and headed to a casual lunch of smoked barbecue. Captain D's in Palm Coast overlooks the intercoastal waterway and is such a relaxing spot with oak trees stretching their limbs towards the water. On the way back, we stopped at the Baliker Gallery. It is an awe-inspiring yard full of fantastical creatures and real ones all carved out of cypress stumps found on an island off the Gulf Coast. What the artist does with his carvings is just amazing! See for yourself. The on below on the left has all sorts of sea creatures in it. Look closeley and you'll find an eel, giant octopus, dolphin, fish, stingray, sea turtle and more! Click on the photos for a larger view!

Here he is working on a Saturday and carving away! Hope you enjoy a little adventure this weekend!


Getting into the Spirit of things

Working on some Halloween pieces for the EHAG Emporium, an online sales blog for the members of the Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild. If you head on over to my Halloween blog, there are more photos and further details about this miniature spun cotton witch theater. I always love adding lots of tiny touches that make each piece truly unique!

Additionally, I am getting into the spirit of October 31 for shows in fall. Yes, I am working now on pieces for my September and October shows, and for blog sales along the way. The weather is cool and breezy here, just like fall. So it's easy to imagine fall is right around the corner. Enjoy the coming spring and the EHAG Emporium blog sale!


Excited to be Teaching Online Art Workshops

I am excited to once again be teaching an online art workshop this summer with Artful Gathering! In fact, I will be teaching two, one for each session during the summer. 

Both are a lighted theater and there will be something for those who love vintage photos and fairies or Halloween. More details, including sample photos, will be announced soon! So head on over to the site and register today!

Artful Gathering
June 6 - July 17
Woodland Fairy Lighted Theater

July 16 - August 26
Halloween Witch Lighted Theater


The Start of Something New

Since Christmas, I have been keeping a watercolor journal. I have been stretching my paintbrush muscles getting ready for another holiday season. The unfinished painting of a leaf above was actually a photograph I took while on a walk after it had rained. The sun poked out briefly adding sparkle to the water droplets all around us. It was a magical moment, and I am eager to see if I can impart that feeling. Here is another journal page. 

And speaking of magic, I will be teaching this summer at Artful Gathering, the online summer art workshops. I am finishing my class samples, which I will share here soon. I will be offering two classes, one of which will be Halloween themed. Watch for details soon and check out Artful Gathering.com.


Original Halloween Watercolors and Folk Art at California Shows!

I am creating Halloween art for the upcoming season! You can find my original watercolors on eBay and in my etsy shop, as well as limited editions prints.

I have two upcoming shows in which I'll be selling my original Halloween and Christmas folk art. 

3rd Annual Tinsel and Treasures Folk Art Show
Saturday, September 18, 2010
9 am - 3 pm, $3 admission
Alamo Womens Club, 1401 Danville Blvd., Alamo, CA (Northern California)

Saturday, October 2, 2010
10 am - 4 pm, $7 admission
Santa Ana Elks Lodge, 212 South Elk Lane, Santa Ana, CA (Southern California)

Hope to see you!