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Writer, artist, illustrator, love warrior.

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My first online tutorial!

It’s finally here, my first online tutorial: How To Make A Mandala! This is basically a streamlined version of my mandala-making workshop. It’s got all my best mandala-making tips and tricks. I hope you enjoy it. x I created some freebies to go with it. Click here to download an instruction sheet, a fun pattern practice sheet, a partial mandala you can finish, and a completed mandala you can color.… Read more

Latest coloring book – a giveaway!

My latest coloring book for the wonderful Inkspirations series comes out November 7th, and I’m giving away copies! I’m really excited about this one because Color Your Way Content is a collaboration between HCI Books and AARP, and though anyone who loves to color will love the book, it’s especially designed for caregivers, with inspiring quotes gathered and written by Amy Goyer,  author of Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving.… Read more

One Blissful Day

Hey you guys! This Sunday, October 22nd, I’m excited to speak at Tahoe Boho’s One Blissful Day event in Menlo Park. I’ll be talking about self-love and finding your awesome, leaning into possibility and committing to a more creative life. There will also be yoga, meditation, a jewelry trunk show, plus wine & cheese on a deck with a gorgeous view.… Read more

Public Art Appreciation

While on vacation last month, on a whim, I asked Chad to take a picture of me holding the hand of a woman in a street mural in Capitola. After that, I just couldn’t stop. I think I shall spend the rest of my life appreciating public art in my own goofball way. Here’s the first in my new category of blog posts – Public Art Play.… Read more

An art-behind-the-scenes post

It’s been a while since I did a behind the scenes art-in-progress post, so let’s do one now! A while ago I stumbled on this quote from poet/writer Lucille Clifton, which I loved and felt inspired by: What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else. I wrote it on a sticky note, forgot about it, found it weeks later and, one night, decided to play with it in my sketch book.… Read more

Come play with me!

A quick post to let you know about some upcoming (and in-progress) events. First, I’ll be teaching my new, improved mandala-making workshop at the Craft Makers Studio in Pleasanton, CA, on Saturday, September 30th, 10 am – 1 pm. Come, and you’ll learn everything you need to make beautiful, intricate, personally meaningful mandalas. When you leave, you’ll have 1-2 completed mandalas, and a mandala-making kit, which includes all the tools I use to make my own mandalas.… Read more

On art, and leaping, and pirate-assassins

As of July 22nd, I have sixteen original watercolor illustrations on exhibit in downtown Livermore. It’s exciting news and I want to tell you how it happened in a story that has everything – pirate-assassins, car crashes, dastardly deeds, heroism, and a sparkly emu named Jasper. Are you ready? Okay, let’s do this! Once upon a time (in early June), Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (a downtown business that regularly hosts shows to promote local artists) invited me to do a summer show.… Read more

Faith, practice, and our wily demons

On May 15th, I (along with 157 other intrepid souls) launched a 30-day self-love challenge, using my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome. Before I tell you how that went, let me tell you a little bit about my history with self-love and 30-day challenges. Six years ago, I dedicated all of 2011 to living a more love-filled life. I called it my Year of Fearless Love  and every month that year, I assigned myself tasks intended to get me out of my comfort zone and into the world, building community and spreading love in as big and public a way as I knew how.… Read more

A hard truth about self-love

I’m in the midst of my 30-day self-love challenge, using my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome. As I type, it’s Day 23, in which we are “practicing pleasure,” not just doing what we love, but relishing it, letting time fly in that way that it does when you’re completely engaged with whatever lights you up inside. I say “we” because I’m doing the challenge with 157 people who signed up to do it with me.… Read more

I illustrated a book for Jack Canfield!

I’m excited to announce that Jack Canfield’s book, The Power Of Positive Inking, came out this week! #gallery-14 { margin: auto; } #gallery-14 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-14 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-14 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   It’s part coloring book, part workbook, part goal-setting tool, matching my original illustrations with  30 of the most empowering principles from Jack’s best selling book, The Success Principles. … Read more

Books, podcasts, and upcoming events

Hello! I’m popping in to share some news, some links, and some upcoming events… It’s been a little over seven weeks since the April 4th release of my illustrated creative journal, Find Your Awesome. You can read what people are saying about it on Goodreads and NetGalley. I’ve posted my last personal copy of Find Your Awesome  in my Etsy shop.… Read more
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