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Igniting Joy

There is something special about this spring, more special than many springs that have come before. It feels like we are reawakening from a long sleep, and the possibilities of life seem sweeter, the tomorrows more bright, and the knowledge that we will be able to see friends and loved ones again has taken on […]

Daily-ish Painting

It’s been a busy few months in Joyful Brush Studio here in sunny Colorado Springs, as the final touches on the new art space are in place, and a new online class in acrylics launched this week. Launch day for a new online class is equal parts exhilaration and equal parts terror. Will all the […]

The Art Journey Do Over

  My best friend in high school said the first time she ever noticed me in class was the day I wore orange pants, orange socks and an orange T shirt. There was definitely something different about me, she said. Soon after, we were inseparable, and spent a great deal of energy carving out well […]

Only The Stars to Guide Me

    When I was a child, we would play a game on warm summer nights in the deep woods of our 20-acre farm. We would walk up the field road between thick groves of trees, playing hide and go seek in the pitch black of night. The only way to stay on the path […]

Big News in a Little Studio

  It’s been a crazy few months since my last post here on the blog. I blame two interrupters: a new online class opening (more about that in a minute) and some crazy big news – we are moving again! It may sound slightly insane to pack up the brushes all over again, less than […]

Painting Fresh Peonies

  I painted peonies fresh from my garden live today for members of my online Joyful Brush class. This is the first time I’ve ever painted my own home-grown peony blossoms! The flower models are the Dr. Alexander Fleming variety, and were the first to open in my garden. Their pale pink color kept saying […]

The Nosy Neighbor

  One of the coolest things about living in our new home is the number of folks who grow vegetable gardens here in Colorado Springs. The gardening clubs and crazy about flower societies abound, and sustainability seems to be a badge of pride. I love that, because I grew up on an organic farm that […]

How to Build an Idea Garden

For the first time ever, I’m planting peonies, dahlias and lilacs in my gardens. Living in a mountain climate is definitely on the chilly side, so I’m hoping the payoff will be some extraordinary blossoms in our late springtime. Being an artist gives me lots of excuses to spend money at the local nurseries, support […]

How to Ignite the Joy and Avoid the Oreos

The garden has been a super distraction, and fresh air while potting new dahlias and peonies is like a gift from Heaven. Being a woman of “a certain age” adds an edge to the worrisome bits these days, and I’m thankful for my garden, my home based art business, and my sweet hubby and pugs. […]

Above All Things

For the first time, I have a peony bush, and this tough little bloomer is already sprouting buds! I feel a bit like an expectant Mama, fretting over the soil, making sure tender tendrils are snug and covered on chilly nights, and asking hubby to remove a couple of stones at the base, just in […]

Coronado Flower Gardens ~ A Walking Tour

A trip to Coronado Island during spring bloom is like a jaunt to Disneyland for flower peepers such as myself. I’ve been super lucky to demo and teach there during their annual flower show, one of the biggest in the nation. This year is the first time since World War II the flower show was […]

The Other Side

Such a crazy time we are navigating. Each day is like adjusting to life on a new planet. Each foray into the news is terrifying, and leaves me shaken, so I’ve tried to only check headlines a few times a day to make sure I don’t miss urgent updates. I know we will all come […]

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