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Bonjour! Art Retreat on the French/Italian Riviera

Bonjour! Join me for a gelato on an Art Retreat to the French/Italian Riviera. We will be based in the citrus-colored city of Menton. You will create your own travel journal with watercolor accompanied by lettering. Record and savor unique … Continue reading

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Ink bottle, spilled words

Have you ever thought of the words and drawings that spill out of your bottle of ink? Ideas, dreams, doodles & scribbles and rambling thoughts that untangle all the jumble in our heads. Morning pages from Julia Cameron’s book; “The … Continue reading

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In a pink-trimmed rabbit state of mind

For someone who has always loved the color red in every way, I woke up one morning and my world turned pink. I’ve been fighting it all along and there it was. I focus in on the pink streaks in … Continue reading

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2019 Nature Journaling in Yosemite, 4-days!

May 15, 2019 to May 19, 2019 This spring art workshop is so joyous that it borders on play. As artist Janet Takahashi shares her love of letters, art and journaling, you’ll sharpen and apply watercolor and calligraphy skills to … Continue reading

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Imagine a new year of wonder!

Imagine a new year of wonder where ideas flow easily from pen to paper, colors melt like rain from heart to hand, and we can see the world in a better place with our eyes closed. Share something you know, … Continue reading

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My Illustrated Desktop

Here’s the 2018 catalog cover for Paper & Ink Arts.  My desktop really does look like this, sort of.  

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Step-by-Step Uncial Calligraphy

Enjoy this 3 part video on Uncial calligraphy done here with broad edged pens, Pigma Calligrapher by Sakura of America.  It is a beautiful rounded bold alphabet that looks great when written tiny or large.  I hope you have fun … Continue reading

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Sketchbook page from Mendocino County

HAVE SKETCHBOOK WILL TRAVEL … for Journeys of Daily Explorations at Home and On the Road. I’ll be in Orlando, Florida teaching a 3-day workshop March 17-19, 2017. Getting ready for a full immersion sketchbook journey in the class, in … Continue reading

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Breakfast Pens

I eat pens- morning, noon & night. Devour them. They are part of daily nourishment. Elixir, vitamin boost, magic potion and dessert. Ink flows like blood through my fingertips and I write what I think, draw what I imagine. My … Continue reading

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What Thanksgiving looks like

AS WE LIFT OUR GLASSES to toast all the blessings as we give thanks on Thanksgiving Day, I’ll remember throughout the day my loved ones here and past.  Thank you sweet friends, colleagues and family.  I treasure your footprint in my … Continue reading

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Sketching Yosemite ~ a watercolor sketchbook

  WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK JOURNALING Workshop in Yosemite            National Park,  Sept. 21-26, 2015. Sketch, Write, Observe, Slow down,  Record your journey.  Light watercolor notes and lettering will be included. Your sketchbook journal will become an artful record of … Continue reading

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Playing Card – Creative Challenge

A collaborative Deck of Cards Project headed by amazing artist, Susan Longerot with 26 Artists.  She dealt two cards per hand to interpret artistically.  Final design size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Susan’s article appears in Bound & Lettered magazine, … Continue reading

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Pen & Ink and Writing Bliss

Pen & Ink go together like bread and butter, You can’t have one without the other! Sounds like a familiar tune, but so true. Which pen and which ink will dance together on the page tonight? It depends. Pen nib: … Continue reading

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Poinsettia December

IT MUST BE DECEMBER . . . Potted bouquets line the walkway like velvet jewels, a crimson forest to a Christmas mouse. Welcome to this Winter. Summer trees take an extra season to remove their coats allowing Artists and Naturalists … Continue reading

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draw, draw, draw. . . peonies

QUICK PEN LINE DRAWING. Quick sketchy line drawing of peonies at my friend Eva’s house. She received these gorgeous peonies and with my ball point pen as a drawing tool into the sketchbook they were captured. Sketchbook size 16 cm … Continue reading

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