Learning improv, and lovin’ it, thanks to the CAW pilot workshops in Santa Barbara

I started an improv class at the Community Arts Workshop (CAW). We are learning a form of improv theater from Michael Bernard. Tonight I watched a professional team perform. I rented the video, TJ and Dave; trust us this is all made up, on amazon. There are many concepts in this art form that I…

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Coloring Pollinate, Resilience, Willing, and Results

This year a group of four, one being me, selected words for the year in place of resolutions. To keep each other accountable we decided to make art as a reminder. I’ve printed four copies to color in of the words in my mermaid type. Your welcome to print one yourself if you feel inspired…

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Rock finds at Antiques on Main in Cambria, CA

New stones from my recent trip to Cambria. The stones are citrine, pink heulandite, green opal, azurite, machite, cuprite, rainbow moonstone, rose quartz, and labradorite. I arrange the rocks on colored glitter sand in a large papier-mâché hemisphere made from old sketchbook pages.

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Making a Magical​ Wand and the influence of Harry Potter, art class

Recently I’ve been listening to Harry Potter audio books in Italian and yesterday I made my own magical wand. Wands are an important tool in the wizarding world and I was reminded of my own history with them. It started with one of my assignments in Mr. Irwin’s class at La Colina Jr. High. This lesson…

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Bike cargo trailer art studio – test run to Goleta Beach

I took my cargo trailer on a test drive today to Goleta beach. I packed it up with art studio supplies. I spent most of the morning to sorting and organizing what to bring and what would fit. I didn’t leave much time for actual art making so I just decorated a box that contains…

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My Collection of Tarot and Other Spiritual Card Decks

A deck of cards can be as utilitarian as flash cards for memorizing facts or it can be a full-on transformative spiritual experience. My interest in tarot cards started in high school when Michelle gifted me a set written in Italian. I still have the deck. The collection has expanded to about 25, and that…

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My little mermaid – 2 week ceramics class at SBMA #rattle

I took a ceramics class from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art over the holidays. The class is open and I did a couple slab bowls and a mermaid rattle.

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Update on my outdoor travel art studio – adding solar power and other essentials

This Christmas I added a few things to my mobile art studio like a solar power kit to charge my cell phone, umbrella, grass mat, and a portable hula hoop. Mini travel size things are essential when you drive a tiny car and like to work outdoors. I’ve posted a lot about mobile studios since…

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Grandpa and Grandma dreams

I had a dream last night that I was a child again hanging out with my grandpa or perhaps it was my great grandpa. What I remember most from the dream is the wonderful feeling quality between a kid and an elder, from the perspective of the kid. It made me curious what other statements…

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Packing the new year ornament kits

The packaging for these New Years affirmation kits includes instructions and a plastic box tied with a bow. I made an edition of 13 kits and they are all unique. Inside is a mini sand bowl with beads and a wire. I have 30 plastic boxes and 5 extra copies of the instructions to add…

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