Arlington Farm and Art Market

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This week was the last Arlington Farm and Art Market of the 2015 season.  I have so enjoyed getting to know the friendly (and energetic!) small town Arlington folk.  Such a great little community, and all the best of what a small town has to offer.

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One of the highlights of the market is, of course, the produce….

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And of course the delicious baked goods….

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But this little town doesn’t stop there!  They have story time and crafts for the kids every week….

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… and all kinds of art and handmade items (that’s where I come in)!

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Aren’t these fun walking sticks?


Once a month they have all kinds of special activities like special music and a pork burger meal. (Pork from locally raised hogs, no less!)

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They also have some special demonstration, like weaving, blacksmithing, or this week’s tepee raising!


Also every month is the community canvas painting where everyone (young and old) can get creative and play with paint.


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Then, on this final market day, they added a silent auction….


What a fun season!  Can’t wait to see what wonderful things are planned for 2016!  Be sure and include the Arlington Farm and Art Market in your plans for next summer!

Final Friday ICT


The months seem to go by so fast!  It is already time again for the Wichita Final Friday art crawl! This is a great opportunity to visit area shops and galleries that remain open for the evening, often offering live music, refreshments, and featuring some great local art.

Last month I was privileged to be at The Workroom, but tonight I will be hanging out back at my home gallery, Tessera Fine Art Gallery at 412 E. Douglas.  (Next door to Mead’s Corner Coffee Shop, a great supper stop on your art walk!)

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I have had art hanging at Tessera for just a bit short of a year now, and have really enjoyed my time there.  Rubbing shoulders with the many very talented artists there has helped me grow and develop in my own artwork. The classroom there has also provided a great place for monthly workshops on mixed media techniques that we use and practice in our art journals.

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This is not a great photo, but my current wall holds some pieces that I am really happy with.  Next week I will be swapping at least a portion of it out for some new works, so stop by and take a look before it all changes!

I have also added some fun new items to what I call the gift shop area up front.  If you haven’t taken a look at all the fun things up there, you need to!  Unique jewelry, steampunk creations, and all kinds of giftables.

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And this month at Tessera, there will be some special displays like the Art for Arthritis works, and Zentangle creations!  Looks like it will be a lovely evening!


on Beauty…


“The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us.  That is why we often take for granted the beauty of the world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love.  Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.

Joseph B. Wirthlin


Lettering Workshop


Last weekend was the monthly art journal themed workshop at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  This one was on making hand drawn letters.  We used our own individual styles to create an alphabet that we can use over and over in our art journals and other mixed media work.  And, we just plain had fun getting together with other creatives!

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All in all some beautiful work was created!

I am really looking forward to the next workshop…. this one on using collage in the art journal!  I will be supplying all kinds of fun little digital sheets that I have put together along with loads of fun papers, glues and inspiration!


Words from Groucho

Attitude quote by Groucho Marx in watercolor.  Available as 11 x 14 print

This large 22 x 30 inch watercolor is not only bright and cheery, but has one of my favorite quotes on it.  All about our power to determine our own happiness.

If you are interested in the matted and framed under glass original, send your inquiry to

If you would like a print, visit my etsy shop.

Sunday Scripture Coloring Page

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Today I chose just one phrase from Philippians 4:5, “Let your graciousness be known to everyone.”  Lately I have been very mindful of how I come across to people in daily interactions.  Do they feel like they have been washed with grace after being in my company?  I am afraid too often they don’t.  A grumpy look, or a touch of selfishness or impatience far too often undermine my good intentions.  Lord, help me show your graciousness instead of my lack of!

Haven’t gotten so far on my coloring page, but I kind of like the look of the red letters against the black and white floral design in the background.  Eventually maybe I will do some soft watercolor in the background.

Feel free to right click, and save or print this coloring page version.

Phil 4.5 copy


Workshop Day!

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Today I am off to teach 2 workshop sessions at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  At each of the monthly sessions, I teach a workshop on some mixed media technique that can be used in the art journal.  Today is on Lettering… specifically how to alter your own print and script to make an attractive lettering style.

I love the fun lettering in my friend Lynn’s art journal…

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For October we are going to look at collage, and paint over collage.  Then in November we are going to do a 52 card pickup workshop. There are so many fun things to learn!


If interested in this workshop… or future ones, call Tessera Fine Art Gallery at (316) 262-2435 to save your spot!