Monday, April 7, 2014

OPEN TODAY! Canvas for a Cure

 One of a kind  items, using my hand painted canvases, are now available in my etsy shop. An extra special treat is that Andy made some amazing hand turned wooden pens that I also added to the shop. This is a fundraiser for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  I will be participating in this years event in San Francisco, California in July. The money raised helps women, who may not have adequate health care, receive mammograms and treatment. It also funds research to discover a cure. The 100% of the proceeds will go to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

It's a great purchase an item 
or feel free to make a donation.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Canvas for a Cure: Launches Monday, April 7

A big part of my creative process is to spend time art journaling. It is something that brings me a lot of joy and peace. This year I thought I might use my love for journaling to create something unique as a fundraiser for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  I'm participating this years event in San Francisco, California on July 14th. As part of my participation, we are asked to raise $1,800, or more, to support Breast Cancer research and education. The money raised helps women, who may not have adequate health care, receive mammograms and treatment. It also funds research to discover a cure.

From April 7th to July 7th I will be creating one of a kind  items using my hand painted canvases and making them available for purchase in my etsy shop.

The 100% of the proceeds will go to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Check back on Monday, April 7th for the official launch of Canvas for a Cure 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Starting the Journey ... Training for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

I'm doing something really big this year. I'm joining the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in San Francisco on July 12-13, 2014 . My friend Soizic Johnson is putting together a team to walk the 39.3 mile walk together.  We started our training officially this past weekend and I am excited and scared all rolled up in one. 

Do something that matters

It's for a great cause and it's a big commitment. Breast cancer is a big disease, one that still affects far too many people, and I'm determined to do everything I can to help put an end to it. So we will be training for the next few months and raising money to help accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures. The money raised for this event also helps to provide access to care for those in need as well as educational awareness. 

Sweet Betty Jean

My mom's baby sister, Betty Jean, lost her battle with cancer in 1993 and it has been an incredible loss for our family.  She had a great big spirit and had a sense of humor to match.  I remember how she would straighten my hair with a hot comb on the stove and swap funny stories with her sisters.  That's where I got to hear all the grown up gossip and learn about some of the colorful history of our family. She had funny nick names for us nick name was "puddles".   I remember the sound of her singing "hey puddle-uddle"  as I came through the door to visit at my gramma's house. I miss her every day.

We were young when my Aunt was diagnosed.  We were told very little about what was happening with her health. I guess my Mom was trying to shield us from the fear and trying not to face the reality. So in my world, she was here and then she was gone. I have always felt sorrow about not having the opportunity to say good bye. To give her one last hug. To see her smile. To hear her call me "puddle-uddle".

So this walk is my farewell to my Aunt Bette. It's a chance to remember her and all her funny ways and its an opportunity to support a cause that is designed to bring an end to this devastating illness.

I have a goal to raise over $1,800 to walk in the event! 

If you feel inspired...I would love your support. There are lots of ways to help

  • You can make a tax-deductible donation on my Avon Walk Website ($5, $30, $50, $100...every bit  helps)
  • Follow me on instagram to cheer team Eolienne on as we train for the walk
  • Spread the word to others to support and donate to the walk
  • Let me know if you have done an event like this or you are currently in the Avon walk. (Tips and suggestions for completing the walk are most welcome)
 As we move through this journey I will be sharing more about our progress on my blog. 


Friday, February 28, 2014

Music that moves me...

Music is a key part of my creative process. I can hear music and I am inspired to paint, write or design something from my heart. I learned early in life to be open to all music styles. As a result I'm always on the look out for new music that touches my spirit.  These are two groups and two songs  I'm lovin' right now. I can listen to them over and over again. Hope you enjoy.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sunday, February 2 - Vision Boards Workshop

Sunday, February 2nd I'm teaching a Vision Board Workshop. I created the class because I kept bumping into people who wanted to create a Vision Board but never had the supplies or the time to get one completed. I always take that to be a sign of where my next focus should be, so I created this class.

It's been 6 years of classes, lovely people and vision boards
and I absolutely love this class. 

Each year we have a few people return from previous years to share their stories
 and we introduce new people to the process.  I am so inspired by what people create and
what shows up in their lives after the class.

I'm in the process of completing my own vision board for class and I'm so excited to see what the new year will bring.

There are still few seats available in Sunday's Class
Please join us.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Artist I Love ... Belinda Fireman

I discovered Belinda Fireman's work while surfing Instagram for amazing artists.  I saw her art and was completely taken by her color choices  and the shapes and symbols she uses in her work.  There is a freedom and a power to each of her pieces that I absolutely adore.

Today I visited her blog to see what she's working on and I discovered that she posted a video of herself developing an art piece on canvas. I have watched the video at least 3 times and I am completely inspired. To watch her move through the spaces of artistic creation in real time is powerful. There is so much freedom, trust, acceptance, joy and faith in her creative process.  

Watching this video reminded me to be present for my own creative work and accept all the spaces I go through as I move through the creative process.  There is beauty in the process as well as the result.

If you are interested in seeing an artist at work, check out her video or visit her site at

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Documented Life: Week 1 & 2

The Documented Life.

We've just completed the 2nd week of the Documented Life project and I'm struggling to find the time to document my life in the journal. I had big dreams of writing down interesting things each day and documenting special moments. I even thought I'd have time to sketch a bit on each day. That was clearly too ambitious and reality has stepped in again.  

So I've enjoyed doing what I can by playing with color and adding bits of paper and to my pages.  This has given way to a bit of inspiration to clear out my studio. I'm even finding ways to use my stash. I'm realizing its perfect just the way it is.  I'm documenting my life by staying in the project, doing what I can do and accepting how the process is working for me. 

So the mantra of the week is "Be Gentle"  

Friday, January 10, 2014

Favorite Art Resources

I get inspiration from collecting art supplies.  I love collecting new supplies and bits of ephemera to use in a potential future project.  It gives me a chance to experiment in my work and discover new techniques.  

I'm often asked what supplies do I like to use in my work and I often forget or the supply I'm using is so creatively loved that I no longer have the original box with the original labels.  To remedy that, I've collected some of my favorite books, art and storage supplies in an Amazon store (Listed below).  It's a really quick way for me to list the exact products I use in my art for those of you who are interested. You can purchase directly from the Amazon store or you can make a list and look for the items in your local art supply store.

I'll add and remove supplies from time to time, so check back often and let me know if you have any favorite supplies you love.

        View the full The Red Dragonfly Amazon Store