Summer 2019 - Much time spent this year going to and from the West coast for a special new project. Cannot divulge details at the moment but when  can share you will all be the first to know!
Happy Solstice, Happy summer, perfect time for reading and sharing new books and old favorites)!  What are you reading this summer?


Wow, as predicted, 2018 Has been a crazy year! Still working on the animation project, closing up my publishing imprint Two Little Birds Books, we sold and donated thousands of books, but it was not enough to sustain us at this time. So it is with regret that we shut the doors at the end of the year. Maybe some day we'll give it another go, but for now we have some books left in the warehouse, if you'd like some at a 50% discount email me here and we'll get them right out to you!

I have been working on some fun new projects, hoping to share my love of collage with kids everywhere. A fun new series titled "LET"S MAKE" is out making the rounds looking for a home!

It's hard to believe that we are expecting our first snow tomorrow, one of the earliest on record! And just like that, winter is here.   


2018! Off in many new directions this year. Working on new books, an animated series and some new online products! 
Check back next month for more news and links to product!


Catch me at the Savannah Children's Book Festival on November 16!



Part 3 of how to get the most out of your weekend workshop with Susan and me! They hydrangea tree here is just starting to bloom and by the plein air workshop it should be in full green or white bloom like this:
The blossom heads start out green, then turn white, eventually turning a mauve toward the fall - beautiful! A worthy subject of an outdoor painting session, I've been told it's over 100 years old that is an old apple tree loaded with green apples, it's a big year for apples here. We can let the chickens out to free range, though our new flock is still a little people shy, if you sit still they will come over to investigate what's going on! Even if you've never painted before Susan will guide you through processing nature onto your canvas, while you breath in the fresh green air that is August in Maine.
For this workshop we will definitely be eating lunch al fresco - a picnic under the maples or perhaps you are inspired to paint right through lunch! It's your time -
Layered salads like this are little pieces of art. They are trendy but they also really do work well. The trick is to put something on the bottom layer that won't wilt in the dressing or something you want to marinate. Assuming you are packing them ahead to take on an outdoor adventure like a plein air excursion. Beans and chick peas hold up well until mixing while mushrooms and onions marinate nicely. When you are ready to eat simply shake and enjoy! Looking forward to it!

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Part ll of how to get the most from your Artstream Studios weekend workshop:

Relax! Easier said than done, right? A suggestion that might ease you into an artful state of mind - a walk on the beach. Kittery has a hidden gem, Seapoint Beach. It is a lovely 8 minute drive to the beach from the barn. Before or after class, this is the perfect place to switch gears. I do my best thinking walking on the beach!
There are a few parking spots on the road above, for out of town cars, Enjoy!

The beach may be a good place to pick up a few tiny things for one of the workshops I will be teaching, Visual Journaling. Visual Journals are as personal and individual as the written counterparts.
It can be as deep or as light as you wish. It can be a "what I saw today" journal or "food" journal,
and of course it can be a "deepest thoughts" journal. We will combine techniques using watercolor, collage, ink, you can combine words and art, photos, and found objects to create a portable work of art.

You will take it home from the workshop and continue to fill the journal with your art.  How do you find the time and space in a busy life for visual journaling? If you don't have a dedicated art space, I might suggest a small vintage suitcase. They have flat sides that can double as a work surface and plenty of space inside to store your journal along with collected bits, paints, inks, brushes etc., and can be tucked away when not in use. Sometimes it takes a little creativity to make the room in your life for art.

Let's not forget lunch! Prepared for you, fresh, organic, delicious, no set up or clean up, a sneak peek at lunch #2,  keeping you fueled for the afternoon session - Bon appetit!
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Hello Everyone,

I'm going to be sharing a 4 part post this week, for students and yet to be students of our weekend workshops in August. Leading up to the first workshop I wanted to share some thoughts on how to maximize your creative experience with us at the barn. We know it can be difficult to get away, even for 2 days, more difficult still to relax and create on schedule!
We endeavor to make these weekends a complete experience, so if you feel rushed to get out the door Saturday morning know that you will be greeted on arrival with fresh home made quick breads with spreads and fruit, for anyone needing a little nosh before class begins.
Iced teas and refreshing infused waters will be available throughout the day. Art supplies will be waiting, laid out and ready for you. 

Lunch between classes will be organic food from the farmers market or one of our own gardens, you will find gluten free & vegetarian options, (any other dietary choices, just ask and we can point you to the food that works for you!)
I like to think my creativity extends beyond my studio and into my kitchen! Weather depending we will eat outside under the trees or in the cool open space of the barn. Breathe deep, the afternoon awaits!

I look forward to working with you  


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