Friday, November 22, 2013


Michelle's Lovely letters-Inspired by Ann Bowen
Yes It was a full 2 day workshop in the valley-where the most amazing artists converged to create beautiful Romans and Flowers-what a whirlwind-The artists were so great to watch. I took many pictures-but I am going to be getting more -here is a sneak peek! The second day the artists made Floral ATCS and exchanged-such fun!

Sooo go to my Flickr site right here\ and
Yes this was after only two days!

DeAnn's Sunflower!

check out more of these incredible flowers and Romans-such a great combo- Special appreciation to Carol Hicks for sheltering me overnight and Barb Close for dinner and organizing the workshop!

THANKS SfC for allowing me to be an instructor for the group I love so much!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Yes Saturday, November 23 from 10-1pm we will delve into fun scripts, snow capped letters and cute easy holiday cards for this season! The class will be held at my favorite art store, Art Supply Warehouse in Westminster! ( sign up under the Catalyst tab at the bottom!) ASW is located in Westminster-right next to the 405 freeway! The cost is $45 and includes all supplies! Treats too! Heres a little sample of the scripts you'll learn. ( You can also call the store to sign up)
I'm getting ready for my Watercolor flowers class and Fun Romans for the Society for Calligraphy! I will be sure to post pics of this sold out workshop-Thx to my SoCal peeps!!

Friday, November 8, 2013


My Full Full November continued last weekend when I drove up the coast to Cambria-near Hearst Castle. My longtime SfC friend Annie Lawrence and her sister Judy invited me up-to teach funky letters. There were 21 great women who created amazing work-it always blows me away! First tho-I was treated to cocktails in the lovely creative garden of Vicki Greene-you simply must see her studio and tableaus on my Flickr at\. Words cannot describe this place!( above)
 Words cannot describe this place! -Cambria astounded me with its beauty and the friendliness of its people! Then on to dinner in the cute town-there was a scarecrow festival-every business goes all out and makes these displays in front of their businesses!

I stayed in Ann's studio-surrounded by her calligraphic wonders ( above)

Here is a small sampling of the creativity of the group-I am so very blessed to have these wonderful friends -and Im tentatively booked back in Cambria for 2015!

Monday, November 4, 2013


WHAT A wonderful weekend in beautiful Boise! I have never been to Boise or Idaho for that matter and I was just so amazed at how wonderful it is! It started out a bit rough with a plane delay that got me to my lecture a bit late -but no matter-everyone totally understood-I met my host and hostess for the weekend-they were so great! Karen and Charles have a beautiful house-they bailed from California to Boise and LOve it! Oh and I met their baby Bunny the cat-who was my new best friend!


The two day workshop was called Charming Chaos and it went really well! here are some samples -of course Ive posted so many more on this link to my Flickr page! my Flickr Photo site link is\

SPECIAL thanks go to Dave Kuwahara who organized the workshop for me-and took us on a wonderful tour of Downtown Boise where we saw the incredible sign work of Noel Webber-heres just a taste-There were signs everywhere by him!  he does incredible chipped glass gilding on glass too that I tried to capture but couldnt really-you just have to go there or maybe take a workshop form Noel at a Lettering conference soon we hope!

We then went to the Boise Museum of art where one of my favorite artists,  Kehinde Wiley had a show and an awesome exhibit by a fiber artist-Have I told you lately I have the best job in the world?? NEXT I will report on my weekend in Cambria-more wonders there!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Here are a couple pics of Pumkins I made and CC Sadler tangled-I was inspired by
Alisa Burkes blog-she so rocks!
go to to check it out!

Sunday, October 6, 2013


Yes I finally am making some changes to the prints in my store! At The Summit Conference-I sold out of these two prints-"Do Epic Sh*t" and "Make Epic Sh*t"  I have made them into 8 1/2 by 11-and laid them out horizontally so you can fold in half and place them right on your studio desk! They are $10 plus $2 shipping each and available on my website You might ask how I made these-well with the trusty Parallel Pen with purple in the cartridge and dipped in various colors of watercolors!


I also have added a couple mini posters, same price

One is Rebel with watercolor accents and then Love or Perish. These are  5 1/2 X 8 1/4 -all prints are on 80 lb Mohawk extra white paper-( you can pay with Paypal!)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Summer Season

Has passed and now it is time to emerge! To be honest I have been not feeling the greatest-dealing with side effects from new research drugs. I did make it through the Summit conference which was so wonderful I only wish I could have enjoyed it more but spent a few nights and afternoons knocked out! Thanks to Candy Entingh and Cecilia Harris for being my angels! So now I am playing it close to home-starting a new class at my local Art Center-here is their work after only 3 weeks!

After class last week we had the Mariposa festival at CALB Here is the King Butterfly Joshua!

Big ups to CC sadler and Linda Renner who came to do Bookmarks!

So I have inherited this beautiful Cactus that surprised me with the most amazing blooms-they last exactly one day-I take that as a message to take it in this present moment-the days will get better-I will get stronger-thanks for your patience with me and this blogging stuff!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Ugh -I havent posted in over a month-so sorry guys! I havent posted about the Create retreat or my trip to Seattle-so I'll start with my Seattle trip and post very soon about the Create Retreat~! The main mission was to see my girls Kris and Sarah-get an awesome haircut from Ms. Sarah, Goodwill  and see Gatsby with the Paul Shin and the gang! Well -missiOn accomplished-along with a trip to Georgetown-new hip area, the Goodwill Outlet!!! ( all furniture is 99 cents-where Macklemore filmed that Thrift Shop video! ) a Beckoning Cat exhibit in Bellevue, and a big blow out party/ bonfire with new and old friends! Fortunately the girls will be here in August-I miss them-soooo check out my pics art  the ol Flickr site-altho now it is new and improved? I have been busy working on a super amazing secret that I will share with you soon-cant wait to share it!!

My grandkitty Cairo-coneless!

Door of my dreams in Georgetown-with miss Kris

Maneki- Neko Beckoning cat exhibit some from the 16th century!

Sarah in her new cat ears and cat glasses!

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Rebel Calligrapher presents a Two day workshop and lecture!

I was made to feel so welcome and treated like a queen. These students were from all disciplines and any had never done calligraphy before. Chicago is amazing-the food each night was to die for! I stayed at the Marriott and had a jacuzzi daily-wow what a charmed life I lead! They have workshops almost monthly and great teachers all- Can you say Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn?
BIG THANKS to Sue Babbs who organized this adventure with attention to every detail-Beth and Caryl for taking me to beautiful dinners, Stana for great  chauffeuring daily-the entire guild for dinner the last night, to everyone who made me feel welcome We had so many laughs and I was reminded of my purpose
OK-you have to see more pics of their work here at my FLICKR page and check out the guild's website here

Do you want to learn to do these flowers in SoCal at a beautiful Art gallery/store on Saturday May 25? I will post next about teaching at the Word As Art gallery!

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Yes Spring is here and I am enjoying working in my garden and rehabbing my pond-I tear myself away to make Floral Fascinators and paint new flower art for several classes and events coming up!

I'll be teaching how to make these at Create Conference in Irvine on June 1st

These are cards that will be for sale at the Santa Ana Artwalk, April 6th!

I kinda feel like Im cheating on letters-but included some words on my flowers! I really love to do these flowers and can't stop! ( and really -they are easy to do!) There is nothing better than sitting in the yard with the fountain trickling , painting nature. How blessed am I?
SO! I will be teaching how to make these flowers here in SoCal soon!


Join the gallery owners of the Artists Village in Downtown Santa Ana for an evening of dining, shopping for original art and viewing open lofts.

Orange County's hippest new neighborhood invites you to stroll down the four blocks of the 2nd Street Promenade from Broadway Avenue to Spurgeon Street on the First Saturday of EVERY month from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Admission is FREE.
The monthly event will give you access to buy original art work from some of Southern California’s freshest, edgiest and most talented artists. It also will have open viewings of working lofts owned by artists and designers all in an award winning urban setting.
This is such a wonderful event -if you havent been you simply must-there are open galleries, bands palying in the streets, food trucks, and wonderful and crazy art! My friend Jenny Doh has a space in the Santora Arts Building on Broadway  and she will be hosting me and my stuff. Please come by -say you saw my blog and receive a gift!

 This is a student's work ( Patti Petersen's!)
This is also a student's work!
NEXT! SATURDAY, APRIL 13-10-1pm WATERCOLOR FLOWERS CLASS AT THE ART SUPPLY WAREHOUSE, Westminster,  in the Catalyst gallery, followed by a BEGINNING ITALIC CLASS AT 1:30 contact   Click on the catalyst button!

DO YOU LIVE ON THE WESTSIDE? Come learn Flowers with me at the wonderful Word Is Art gallery in Culver City in May on the 25th. From 10-1-check out this gallery at