30: A Post Every Day #5

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.


Day #5

Something FOUND.


The beautiful work of British artist Shelagh Wilson:



Something WRITTEN.


Feeling hot and sticky
(my new normal)

There is vindication
in a hot flash though—

I made it to here!


Something MADE.


Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day – #4

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.


Day #4

Something FOUND.

A question found in my sketchbook/journal on 12/7/15:

“It’s okay that I just sit here, right?”


Something WRITTEN.

On Sunday I stopped drinking coffee and and replaced it with copious amounts of cinnamon tea. This is Day 6 and it has been surprisingly easy.

But then yesterday my friend Jason shared a sense-filled mini essay about his first cup of coffee in the morning. He used words like “earthy” and “rich, “holy” and “communion.”

Thaaaannnnkkkks, Jason! Super great timing, friend!

(In my experience, “Rich” is not really a word to describe tea. Perhaps I’m missing something?)

“Wake up and smell the coffee!” is a phrase usually used when one wants someone to stop being so naive about something or other.

Well this morning took it literally.

I woke up and smelled the bag of coffee.

And it was good.



Something MADE.


Have a wonderful day!

30 – A Post Every Day – #3

A 30-day blog project: Something FoundSomething Written, and Something Made.


Day #3

Something FOUND.

The raw, equal-parts-strange-and-delightful work of Mauzenn. https://www.instagram.com/mauzenn/



Something WRITTEN.

A Lion Shares.

I was better before she tried to fix me. I was done, really, nearly perfect. But then she pushed it and I fell apart instantly. Before, when I was ambiguous and wonderfully imperfect, I was… dare I say it… perfect?

But my perfect imperfection wasn’t enough for her. She saw the flaw and was sure everyone would notice. “Where’s the stomach?” she thought people would ask. And she answered, “HERE!” practically shouting.

(And — probably distracted by all of the yelling — her hand was just a tad too heavy when she made the last line.)

And now it’s too late. There’s nothing to do but live with this rash decision, like a plastic surgery gone wrong. Any effort to “fix the fix” would draw even more attention to the area.

And so it goes. Everyone pretends you look great when everybody knows that the original flaw, even if slightly unconventional, was beautiful in its way. And that this new look, well, there is something about it that doesn’t quite ring true.

But it’s not so bad.


It’s not THAT bad….

Okay, the line on my belly does feel a bit plastered on, but I wonder if you would have noticed it if I hadn’t have pointed it out to you.

Ah…. Wait! Perhaps the belly line is just my NEW imperfectly perfect flaw!


Something MADE.


Have a wonderful day!

30 – A Post Every Day – #2

A 30-day blog project: Something Found, Something Written, and Something Made.


Day #2

Something FOUND.



Recently many of you sent cat cards to my mom for her 80th birthday… thank you to EVERYONE who sent one! I got to see about 35 of them, and I found this on the envelope of one of them… totally made me laugh. Thank you, Suzanne!


Something WRITTEN.


This was originally written on index cards, which is the only solution that we could agree on. “Me” and the “Other One Me” were fighting about it this morning. One of them (I don’t know which) wanted Me(3) to pick THE right journal, THE right paper, and THE right format for THE writing project. We went round and round.

And round.

“Me” had a good point. “Other One Me” did, too.

In the end, “we” (all three) saw the stack of index cards sitting on the art table just as we were heading out the door for coffee (and a muffin), ready to abandon the whole idea.

It takes a village.

It really does.


Something MADE.


Have a wonderful day!

30: A Post Every Day – #1

Hi everyone!

One thing that the 365 year-long online class has taught me (and Steve) is that we can indeed show up for something every day. Today is #108 and we are still having so much fun!

But the intensity of that class has meant that I have neglected some other things — this blog, for example — and I’ve been feeling the need to SHARE more for some reason. 😀

So for 30 days (the number of days before I need to get on an airplane again, ugh) I’m going to post three things each day:

  1. Something FOUND.
  2. Something WRITTEN.
  3. Something MADE.


Day #1

Something FOUND.

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Sharon Butler is a NY-based artist who has been creating a drawing a day and posting them on instagram. Sharon created these drawings to be viewed only on the phone! “I wanted to make original work that was actually intended to be seen exclusively on the phone, and practically could not be seen in any other way.” So cool! I then followed a link to Sharon’s other instagram account, and found another artist I really liked, Christopher Dunlap.

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Something WRITTEN.

I’ve shared with some of you that I would love to write another book. It’s been 5 years! But the time, the focus… these are things that have been eluding me. Still, I have about 8 book ideas! And so every few days I try to begin one of them.

But then, I don’t know which to pursue first. There are too many and some of them are completely out of my comfort zone (children’s books, graphic-type novel-ish), which is both a good and terrifying thing. Sometimes I make a start on one, only to be told (by my brain) that the my idea is dumb, and I throw myself on the bed for a few minutes, paralyzed.

And then I go and try to catch up on emails.


Something MADE.


Have a wonderful day!

Registration OPEN for Diane Culhane’s New Class: The Doodle & the Painting!

Diane’s new class is open for registration! In this class you will start with tiny doodles and end up with two large paintings! Diane demonstrates from start-to-finish how she completes the first two paintings below. This class celebrating the release of her first book, If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint! Congratulations, Diane!


The Doodle & the Painting
Instructor: Diane Culhane
5-week class • 11 lessons
Class Dates: May 2 – June 6, 2017

This class is about growing our doodles into large 30″x30″ paintings. We all have natural creative impulses, and our simplest drawings contain everything we need to to start (and finish!) big wonderful paintings.

The process I will teach comes from my own journey and we will go step by step from tiny drawings to completed works.

I am excited to share my discoveries about how to take what is already in you — your imagery, your marks, your voice (your DOODLE style!) — and give it direction and intent.

In this painting class we will work with line quality, color mixing, composition and design. I hope it will feed you, fill you up, and make you long for more exploration into your doodles and harvest the gold that is already inside of you.

If you’ve taken the first class, Doings of a Do-o-dle, you’ve already made a start… and this class will continue to take you deeper into your own self expression.

I hope you will join me!

Buckets of Joy,
Diane Culhane

Join us! For the Class Itinerary and more info, Click HERE!





Call for Cats!


Hi everyone!

I’m asking a huge favor!

My mom is turning 80 on April 13th. I think it would be fun for her to receive cat postcards from random people in the mail from now until then (and after).

Can you draw a cat on a postcard and send it to my mom?

If you would like to do this, email me at carla[at]carlasonheim.com to get her mailing address.


Registration is OPEN for Dar Hosta James’ New Class, Stained-Glass Trees!

Stained-Glass Trees
Instructor: Dar Hosta James
8-Lesson, 3-Week Class
Class Dates: April 18 – May 4, 2017


About the Class

The simple and universal beauty of a tree meets the decorative grandeur of stained glass in this three week acrylic painting course with Dar Hosta James. Come along for a creative journey that gives you the recipe and the ingredients for your own fantastic, magical forest. You will begin with simple shapes and lines and continue with doodling, negative space, dots and more dots, and embellishment that truly proves more IS more!

We will put lots of emphasis on color harmony and pretty details. By the end of this course, you will have four gorgeous canvas paintings in various sizes and dimensions.

This is a course for ALL skill and artistic levels and you will surprise yourself with how you’ll take this recipe and turn it into your own expression of trees, so come along for this new and fun artistic adventure!





Aren’t these wonderful?!

To learn more about this class, click HERE.

Registration OPEN for “Intro to Acrylics: Painting Middle Grounds”

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Intro to Acrylics: Painting Middle Grounds
with Fred Lisaius
2-Week Class; 4 Video Lessons
Class Dates: April 4 – 13, 2017


Welcome to the second class in a three-part series! In these classes we will learn how to create the Background, Middle Ground and Foreground. We will also learn many techniques for creating depth and making all three grounds work together.

In this second class we will use our paintings from Part 1 and create two middle grounds: trees and mountains. This class is about the challenge of creating elements in a painting that support, but won’t overpower, foreground elements to come.

Acrylics paints are beautiful. The medium is creamy, colorful, and very versatile. This class is designed to introduce beginners to this beautiful medium and to excite more advanced students with new information and techniques. I look forward to painting with you! — Fred


Series Schedule:

Backgrounds (instant availability)
Middle Grounds (April 4-15, 2017)
Foregrounds (June 6-16, 2017)

Cost is $95 for all three classes in the series or $40 for each individual class.

Sign up Today!


Part 1 – Middle Grounds Class Itinerary

Week 1 – Blue Sky, Mountains

Lesson 1 – Picking colors that indicate distance and depth, and roughing in shapes of a distant mountain range.

Lesson 2 – Adding a second layer of paint to the first layer for complete coverage. Adding detail to create a realistic look.


Week 2 – Sunrise Sunset, Trees

Lesson 3 – Painting tree forms, trunks and branches; working with subtleties color to create the right balance for a middle ground element in a backlit scene.

Lesson 4 – Revisit tree forms. Make adjustments in color transparency, adding additional branches and fine details with a small brush.


Click HERE for more information and to sign up!

(Note: For those of you who already signed up for the three-class series, there is no need to sign up again. You will receive a welcome email shortly.)