Since December, I have started to explore yet another medium for my creative outlet – basketry. But I have not taken this journey alone. My mother and daughter have also joined in to discover the art and joy of working with their hands in creating small precious works. We have worked with cedar strips that have been cultivated by our teacher, Judy Zugish, and now are exploring the use of long pine needles in the technique of coiling baskets, taught to me by Michele Morton. Both teach at the Shack Art Center in Everett.
This experience has truly been a joy and it makes my heart happy to see my family enjoying learning and experimenting with the materials. Art is healing and it also brings us together. We all need this outlet in our lives to connect, center ourselves and expand our minds.
Come join me in a couple of workshops I’ll be teaching this winter at Edmonds Community College. It’s a great way to have some fun during the darkest and coldest time of the year! Hope to see you there 🙂
Our animal companions bring so much joy and love in our lives. In this class, we will have fun creating a small painting of your pet from images you bring to this workshop. Images should be detailed and clear in order to capture their essence. We will be working with open acrylics on canvas. Bring your furry, scaled or feathered friend images and get ready to have some fun! Register here on EDCC
This is not a workshop just for “artists”. This is a workshop for EVERYONE! It’s not about the final product, it is about the journey of creating and the practice of letting go and listening to your inner voice. Most people who have attended Tina’s workshops, either in her home studio or at retreats, have been surprised by the outcome of their own personal mandala work. It is a powerful and beautiful experience to see the beauty of your own self reflected back at you in your mandala. Register here on EDCC
As I sit here on my deck, under the luscious canopy of cedar, fir and big leaf maple trees, I’m compelled to share my deepest gratitude for not only this moment, but for the journey that has led me here today. Through a period of great difficulty that I was faced with to this day, where new love, stronger family and self love are predominant features in my life, I’m overwhelmed and amazed at the transition.
A few years ago, I didn’t realize how unhappy I was and looking back, I see it more clearly. Today, my daughter is happy and doing well, I have the most wonderful new partner that I love so deeply and fully, my mom is now up here with me and my relationship is growing with her. I have a new beautiful extended family and I have met so many new friends and amazing people along the way. I have meaningful employment, a home that is my sanctuary and a wonderful art studio. I couldn’t ask for more.
So, I encourage anyone who feels lost or unhappy, to believe in themselves and take risks to move beyond the numbness and pain. In order for beauty to come into our lives, we need to make room for it. We have to let go and have the courage to embrace love with everything we have. Wishing you all peace and love. – Tina
Little by little, I’m getting back into my studio to create more work again! It feels great, but it’s slow going. I’m working on two pieces that share a similar theme, but one is in glass and one is in oils; beauty, love, harmony and passion. Stay tuned…
In just two weeks, my studio will be open to visitors during the Edmonds Art Studio Tour- September 16th & 17th 10 am – 5 pm both days. I’ll have guest artist Ellen Chappelle sharing my space with her beautiful jewelry. I will have more space and more work for viewing this year, as well as lots of bee baths for sale. Come out and say hi! http://bit.ly/2atCtkr
I have been a busy bee with getting all the little pieces together for the up and coming Edmonds Art Studio Tour in September. Part of that is planning for our big preview party event coming up in August. I hope I will see some of you there! See below for details. Peace! – Tina