Finding Old Stuff

One fun thing about moving house is that you run across all kinds of things you had forgotten about. Here are three experiments/drawings that I did about four years ago I think.

This turtle was drawn from life at the Woodland Park Zoo here in Seattle while taking a class from Barbara Fulgate.

Another day’s experiment… ;)

A reminder that the DRAW! 21-Day class begins today! Join me if you can!

Registration Now Open for Encaustics Class!


12 Lessons Total • $125
   Session 1: April 28 – May 2, 2014
   Session 2: May 19-23, 2014
   Session 3: June 9-13, 2014
   Session 4: June 30 – July 4, 2014

Encaustic painting is using melted and pigmented beeswax to create exciting, luminous paintings. If you have ever been curious about encaustics, you’re in for a treat! This 12-lesson online workshop covers a brief history of this ancient medium, what equipment is needed, setting up your work space, mixing colors, adding other media like paper and thread, safety… everything you need to know to start making your own encaustic paintings.

Olivia I — 36″x36″

April — 8″x8″

Class Itinerary

Session 1: April 28 – May 2, 2014
   Monday: Set-up and Safety
   Wednesday: Brief History and Fusing Clear Wax
   Friday: Adding One Color

Session 2: May 19-23, 2014
   Monday: Working with Opaque Colors
   Wednesday: Working with Transparent Colors
   Friday: Mixing Colors

Session 3: June 9-13, 2014
   Monday: Burnishing Tissue Paper
   Wednesday: Japanese Paper with Drawings
   Friday: Charcoal Transfer

Session 4: June 30 – July 4, 2014
   Monday: Carving and Inlaying Line
   Wednesday: Thread and Linen Paper
   Friday: Finishing/Polishing your Paintings

Petalous 3 — 28″x28″

How the Class Works
On Monday-Wednesday-Friday of each session you will receive an email reminding you to visit the class blog for your new assignment and video lesson. Videos are professionally produced and instructor feedback will be given via a private facebook page (or via email with Stephanie, if you prefer). If you need to miss a week, don’t worry! The class material will be up and available to you for one year from the date of purchase.



Also, Stephanie is offering her hand-mixed beeswax for sale. Cool! See details HERE.


Chaos Reigns

The studio is chaotic at the moment… CDs mixed with power cords and art and art supplies…

I think this elephant is definitely afraid of that mouse!

But experiments in the studio must go on!

A detail of the above; PanPastel + acrylic paints.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Registration Now Open for “DRAW!” Workshop



Our cat Natalie, on her first night at the new apartment.

I love to draw! To me, drawing is really fun! But that doesn’t always mean it’s always easy or smooth… in fact, it’s the challenge to create a drawing that is both simple and detailed enough to communicate an emotion that drives me to keep drawing!

I am re-running my 21-day “DRAW!” online class beginning April 14, 2014.

I really love this class. We begin with wrong-handed drawings and end up drawing from the human figure! If you have ever said to yourself, “I can’t draw,” I think you will find during this class that this is simply not true! ;)
21 Days • 21 Demonstration Videos • 21 Assignments

Next “live” session begins April 14, 2014.

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Whether you draw realistically, stylistically, or hardly at all, this 21-day workshop will give you the motivation, direction, and inspiration to get your pencil moving.

Drawing is fundamentally a language of creativity that we speak naturally as children, and often lose touch with as adults. I believe that anyone can benefit from drawing and that simply making marks on paper is in itself freeing and invigorating.

For a sample lesson, CLICK HERE.

For more information about this class and to sign up, CLICK HERE!



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“Carla helps her students release their inner critic, and what emerges is a whimsy and freedom that makes for truly original artwork. Each of us discover in her classes that we really are artists, and that our visual style is uniquely our own.” — Adrienne

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Abstract Attempts


Abstract I


Abstract II 

A few days without making something made me grouchy, so I took a little time this afternoon to try another of Karine’s exercises; abstract watercolors. It was super difficult for me, but wonderful to be challenged in this way.

Out of 16 little studies, these are the only two I liked.

I learned a few things about myself:

1. I don’t like my brushstrokes to “show.”
2. I prefer organic shapes to geometric.
3. I need to paint more. Every day. All the time.
4. I suck. ;)

Regarding #4, don’t worry! I don’t REALLY think I suck, and yet I really DO think I suck. Get it? :D

It’s just that human thing.

In other news… we’re living in Downtown Seattle now!


Taken on my walk this morning; sculpture across from the Seattle Aquarium.


New Tutorial! Guest Teacher Diane Culhane


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Diane Culhane came into our studio a few weeks ago to film this little project tutorial for you. She talks about painting using negative space… have fun with it!

And a big THANK YOU to Diane!

Diane is a painter and art educator living in Seattle. She has held two online classes through us, “Between Speech & Silence” and “Table Top: Drawing & Painting.” Both are available as self-study classes now.

The Walking Giraffe

In the above video, Wes saves the day for my grandson, Liam. ;)


When I have the time, I try and follow along with classes by our other teachers! These are my first attempts at abstraction, a la Karine Swenson and her class, “Intro to Abstract Painting.”

Karine’s excellent guidance allowed me to really focus on NOT finding an animal in the marks, for once.

And I always forget how much I love charcoal until I get it out again!


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