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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New for summer 2015

Some of you know we have been renovating our barn here in Maine, and in the process, creating new studio and living space. 
To celebrate reclaiming the gallery/work space I will be teaching some classes in conjunction with Artstream Studios of Dover NH. I will be co-teaching with Susan Schwake, a very talented artist and teacher and the author of several really wonderful art books for children and adults you can view Art For All Seasons here!  There will be 2 weekend workshops in August! You can read about them and register here : Artstream Summer Workshops I hope to see you under the trees for some art and inspiration!

Earlier in my summer line up I was finishing up my second Party in a Book: Masquerade -
On press right now with Two Little Birds Books due in the warehouse sometime in October!


Blog Tour interview with author Susan Schwake!

RE: Susan, So nice to have you here in the studio! We love working with you on your new Kid's Art series, and we're thrilled to kick off your Art For All Seasons blog tour!

SS: Thank you Rebecca  for the send off! It's exciting to have so many of the talented contributors be part of this tour.

RE: Tell us what inspired you to create a series of art books for kids?

SS:My students inspire me most! I have been teaching art to children and adults for over 20 years and have found it to be my life's work. Creating books full of tried and true lessons that can be used as open -ended springboards for teaching art, was a natural process for me.

RE: I've seen the wonderful art studio where you teach - what is the most exciting
thing about encouraging children to learn about and experiment with art?

SS: For me it is exciting to see the kids engaged in the process of making their own take on the world something visual.  It's always most exciting at the process stage when each student is taking my lesson and making it their very own personal experience.

RE: Where do your books fit in to the art experience for children, parents and

SS: For children, it is my hope that the lessons are engaging for them, challenging them to think or act on their own to create something. For parents it could be to have that same  experience with their child --  as well as a whole year's guide for home lessons in art.  For teachers it can expand  classroom study of other subjects beyond art - science, math, reading, social studies. For art teachers it can enrich their lesson plans or be springboards for their own ideas.

RE: Art For All Seasons is a thoughtful series of lessons tied to the seasons. It seems these lessons encourage experiencing what is going on in the moment.Was that your intention?

SS: Yes! Nature is always a great inspiration for artists.  Anyone can pick up this book during the year and find a lesson that would encourage them to look a little more closely at the natural world around them.  A moment in nature can spark so much art! Each lesson comes with further inspiration provided by a contemporary artist's work. This can inspire further study or trying on an artist's style.

RE: Can we have a sneak peek at your upcoming title Art Camp?

SS: Yes! We are thrilled to share a little a bit with everyone!

RE: What is unique to the series with Art Camp?

SS: This book is a pocket guide for kids to create an art project with the most basic materials- all on their own.  It can be carried anywhere! You don't need a studio or classroom. Each lesson is illustrated  with  photos and simple, easy instructions to aide in the process.  It will be a great alternative to screen time and it is my hope that (daring adults) will join in the fun too!

RE: When will that be available?

SS: The book will be released in September 2015, where ever books are sold!

RE: I see you've revamped your blog and are giving free downloadable coloring
pages and gorgeous printable lessons, that's fantastic! http://www.handtoart.blogspot.com

SS:  The new pages have been well received so we hope people visit the blog and take home some projects!

Susan's series Kids Art is available wherever books are sold. You can buy
Art For All Season's here- Art For All Seasons at your local bookstore! Follow Susan on her blog tour here  Art For All Seasons Blog Tour 2015!

Your will get to meet the artists that inspired some of Susan's lessons, there will be book give a ways and more!

Susan, thank you so much for stopping by on your blog tour, we know great
things are ahead!