monocat2Those of you who receive my newsletter heard my story of printmaking “trumping” the Super Bowl celebration that happened in Pioneer Square last week.

monocritter2I’m currently taking a “Creative Monotype” class with Rickie Wolfe, a wonderful teacher and delightful person.

monodog2I’m really enjoying learning a bunch of new printing techniques, which I know I will incorporate into future work!

monoanimal2But I haven’t felt happy with most of the work I have been doing in class… so on Friday I went to Pratt Fine Arts Center‘s open Friday and did these four creatures using a technique I worked out years ago, but haven’t had a chance to do for awhile.

monoprintsIt felt really good to have a successful day finally!

Registration Open! “Gelli Plate Plus”


Hello! Registration is now open for the next Gelli Plate class!

In “Gelli Plate Plus,” we’ll learn two new monotype printmaking techniques (painting on the plate and “carving” transparent layers).

In addition, we’ll go through some old “almost-there” work one-by-one to determine exactly what they need to become a unique, finished piece of art. (Printmaking has a high “failure” rate, but there are lots of ways to save them!)


We’ll add animals, people, and more with watercolor, gesso, pencil, marker, colored pencil, charcoal, and collage!


Join Today! One-week, 3-video class begins February 24, 2014.
Just $25!

Click here to sign up!


Gelli Fun

It’s time for me to pull out the Gelli Plate again!

Back in the fall I had the follow-up class to “Gelli Plate Printmaking” almost ready to film, when family matters and other matters got me off-track. But I’ve been working since then on the final touches for “Gelli Plate Printmaking ‘Plus’,” and will have registration open by tomorrow!

Class dates: February 24-28, 2014

Fairy Tale Set

FT1setshotHere is a peek into the fairy tale video set that was up the last two weeks… it changed several times and my large stuffed giraffe from last year has, apparently, become my “stand-in.” Steve and Matisse did such a beautiful job designing the set and filming! I am fortunate. :D

These two images are details of a sculpted bird I made a few years ago, and has never been properly photographed. But here are some iPhone detail shots!

In other news, I’m taking a “Creative Monotype” printmaking class from Pratt Fine Arts Center with instructor Rickie Wolfe. Despite Rickie’s wonderful teaching and Pratt’s great studio, I am just doing the UGLIEST work so far!


If ever there is something suitable to show, I’ll do so!

Thank you for being here and I hope you’re having a wonderful week!





birdlingI woke up flu-achy yesterday morning and was in bed all day… today I’m feeling a bit better, but still in bed!

(The worst thing about being sick is that I don’t get to visit my grandsons!)

This little guy is straight out of the egg… still wet. :D

Three Repeat Classes Open for Registration

Hello! Registration is now open for the following three classes (repeats of previously held classes):zenblogbig

“One Zentangle a Day” with Beckah Krahula
Two-Week Class * $85
February 10-21, 2014

A fun introduction to Zentangling with the woman who wrote the book on it, Beckah Krahula! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP!



“Between Speech & Silence” with Diane Culhane
One-Week Class * $45
February 17-21, 2014

Adored teacher Diane Culhane is back to repeat her wildly popular mixed-media class! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP!


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“Blobimal Artist Books” with Carla Sonheim
One-Week Class • $45
February 17-21, 2014

One of my favorite classes so far! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP!

And remember that Faces 101 and Gelli Plate Printmaking are repeating starting January 27th!

As always, if you have previously signed up for any of the above classes, you are welcome to join in the fun this round as well at no additional cost. Just email Matisse* at matisse[at], and she’ll get you signed in!


Fairy Tales: Last Minute Prep

The craziest, busiest week behind me — but in a good way! — we are *almost* all set to begin the “Year of the Fairy Tale” online class TOMORROW!

Thank you to all of you who have signed up… I truly am excited about this year’s “project.”

This “owl” piece was created with collage and Holbein Acryla Gouache paints. The approach to painting this was totally influenced by watching the wonderful Diane Culhane paint in her last two online classes with us.

I hope you have a very enjoyable Sunday! I will… I’m off to the studio now for some last-minute fairy tale fun.


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