Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pics from my art retreat and Big News!!!

The Big News first!
  I will be teaching online in January! 
Jeanne Oliver is hosting a brand new course and I am honored that she has asked me to be one of the instructors! 

Join nine artists as we become the “apprentice”. We will share how we became a modern-day apprentice to those who came before us and those who work beside us now. Through discussion and technique videos, each artist will share their week with a “master” as if they are sitting next to them. You’ll learn who their “master” artist studied under, who influenced their work and what techniques and mediums they used.

*This is a nine week course.

*Over 60 discussion and technique videos.

*Supply lists, prompts, book suggestions

*Weekly live chats 

*Course material will be available for one full year

The Instructors
Katie Kendrick, Stephanie Lee, Kate Thompson, Christy Tomlinson, Junelle Jacobsen, Danielle Donaldson, Teresa Sheeley, Jenny Wentworth(that's me!), and Jeanne Oliver♥

My chosen master is Botticelli
Pictured below is a small sampling of his work
Sign up is on the sidebar or just click the paypal button below to sign up. Hope to see you there!!!
 *After you have paid through paypal, please register at (this way you can easily be added to the course)

Frequently Asked Questions

* When will we receive the login and password information to access the course?

You need to register at for course access. Please register (this part is free) and we will then give you access to the course.  If you have registered on the Ning site and paid through the site than you are already for the course.  This is only for people that pay through a button on a blog or website.

* Am I allowed to share my login and password with friends?
No. We have priced this course very reasonably and we have all worked very hard to give you a beautiful and inspiring course full of content. We would love to have your friends join us the proper way by registering. Thank you for honoring this request. We also promise to respect you by honoring the time and money you have spent for the course by giving you a beautiful finished product.

* What if I miss a week?  Will I be able to catch up?

Yes!  All videos are pre-recorded and available to watch at your convenience.  You have access to this course for over one full year and you will have plenty of time to watch everything again and again if you wish.

*Do I need to be at the computer at a certain time to see a lesson?
No.  None of our videos are live.  We will have a live, written Q&A time once a week with one of the instructors.  If you miss this time slot you will still be able to read all the discussions on the website.

*What kind of internet and computer do I need to have to have the most success with the course?
To get the most out of the class you need to have a high speed internet connection and newer computer or mobile device that is equipped to stream video off of the internet.

*Am I able to watch the videos from my ipad?
Yes, our videos are ipad compatible.

*I live outside the United States.  Am I able to sign up?
YES!  We would love to have you.  We have people signed up from all over the world. 

If you have questions that are not answered here please email us at and we would love to answer them for you.

Ok, now for a recap of my Neskowin retreat...
I arrived a day early to prepare for the ladies.  I was worried about the weather this time of year but it turned out to be absolutely gorgeous.

So excited for a creative adventure!
It was hard to unpack with that view, just wanted to sit and stare out the window.
Setting up our creative space

Everyone received a hand painted folder with class materials and prints from me♥

I couldn't wait for the girls to arrive and open their presents! 

My folks came up that afternoon to help me finish setting up, here's my dad feeding the seagulls

The girls arrived the next day, I fell in love with them instantly. Here's a peek at what they received♥

15 min demo painting by me
demo painting  by me
Jodi hard at work bringing the paint to life

Cinda working her magic

Jude painting away

Bliss, I miss the girls so much♥

My amazing auntie was our cook for the week, she took good care of us.

We spotted a magical mushroom on an afternoon walk.  This was such a thrill, I thought these only existed in fairy tales!

Miss Jude and I

Jodi and I

Cinda and I.  I have 3 new sisters, I feel so lucky♥

We had a special visitor peek through the window during class.  When I saw her she literally took my breath away, it was magic. 

On our last day we wrote down our deepest desires, sealed them in a bottle and sent them out to sea♥
My new sisters from left to right: Cinda, Me, Jude, & Jodi

A group piece we all worked on. Everyone went home with one of my demo paintings.  I kept this one♥

I was so inspired by these ladies!  It was such a joy to be around them.  We all got along so well and genuinely enjoyed each others company.  Lots of laughter, hugs, conversation, connection.
As I drive home I was so overcome with emotion, the tears would not stop.  My heart is thankful for this amazing gathering.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October is Here...

Happy Friday friends!  
Here's a peek at what I've been working on lately.
The next couple of weekends I will be hard at work polishing up the plans for my art retreat.
I put together some fabulous gift boxes that I can't wait to give.  I hope the girls will love them!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Happy Day!

Hey Friends :)

The sun is shining!  We had a lot of thunder, lighting, and rain this week and I was worried summer might be coming to a swift close.  I am so happy to see the sun today.  I love the beauty of Oregon but the lack of light in the winter is hard to cope with.  I want to be a snow bird and fly south this time of year. 

Here a a few pics of what I've been working on lately.   

I ran out of supplies right in the middle of painting the other day so I rushed to Michaels.
I just grabbed my keys and my purse and forgot to take off my apron. 
I was embarrassed at first, but it made me smile.

Wishing you well and happy today!

Much Love,


10 minute speed painting

making a fashion statement at Michael's with my painting apron on ;)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 15

Hey Friends :)

Here are some paintings I have been working on the last few weeks.  The weather has been perfect for evenings spent painting on the back porch.  I am loving it!  I am hoping summertime will last through the end of October so we can have good weather for my art retreat. 

We been trying to squeez in as much camping and family time as we can before school starts up again.  On the nights we stay home we make a big bowl of popcorn and watch Big Brother.  My husband and my dauther love that show.

Hope your week has been a happy one!

Much Love,

Thursday, August 8, 2013

August 8, 2013

Hey Friends! 
 I am staying late at work so I can use the computer to update my bloggy space.  My home computer is still on the fritz so it's difficult to keep up here. 
I wanted to share  the pic of my blog meet up with Cameron(on the left)  and Heather(on the right)!
Blog friends are always the most wonderful people!  It was a treat to share a visit with these lovely ladies.♥
Cameron, Jenny, and Heather.  Photo courtesy of Heather

The past several weeks have been busy with a family reunion at the beach and a few camping trips.  Summer is my favorite time of year.  I'm not complaining about the heat.  It is cold and wet most of the year so I am loving it right now. 
I'm squeezing in as much painting time as I can and planning for my art retreat this fall.
I am thrilled to have someone coming all the way from New Zealand!!!  I never imagined anyone would come so far! 
1 spot is still open!  Check the link on my sidebar for more information, it's gonna be good!!!
Last week was my birthday.  It feels strange to be so close to the
4 0.  I feel very young still, it's just a number.  I got a gift card for art supplies that I cannot wait to spend! 
Hope you you are well and happily making art!
Much Love,
view from the deck at Neskowin

doggy in the window, isn't she adorable!

my guys walking the beach

Lucy chilling on the beach, she can't wait to go back

We spotted a family of deer hiking at Neskowin, it was such a sweet little encounter♥

my sweetheart at Ollalie Lake