off to a fun start

forwebI can’t believe time is passing so quickly. I looked at the date of my last post and was a bit shocked. Tho I have been on the run. We had a guest recently from the small village in France where I teach in the summer. One of our delightful french neighbors. It was  the first time for her to visit the US and our beautiful area in Northern California. The weather cooperated for the most part so we were able to enjoy many walks in the redwood forests and along the ocean.

Then two days later I took off to teach at Cabin Fever Creative Fests. It was a wonderful week of classes- exciting teachers, enthusiastic students from all over and just an all-round great time. Many thanks to Kathryn Ottman and to all the great people I met there.

Now I’m in NYC for a bit to fill up with inspiration. I’m looking forward to creating more life size fabric collages with polymer components. here’s the first one: ALICE DREAMS OF ROSE PETAL JAM


looking towards 2015!

inthegarden5 - CopyAs 2014 draws to a close I’ve been reflecting on time and bucket lists and art ideas in my head and in my journal and how fast the days seem to tumble by now. I’ll be taking some time off in 2015 to pursue ideas and dreams and refesh my inspiration.

museum1I’ll be returning to Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest in Laurel MD in mid February and hope to see many of you there. It’s a wonderful gathering and this year is extra special to honor Maureen Carlson. I’ll be teaching three workshops- please join me!

rattle2.jpgIN THE GARDEN OF VERSAILLES Feb 15, 2015

MUSEUM In A BOX Feb 16, 2015


ourstreetinFranceAnd I always look forward to my France adventures. This year two different workshops:

June 2-9, 2015 co- taught with Suzanne Jenne and

July 16-23, 2015 with moi.

postcardprovenceI plan to check in here often as I  hope to have more time to create and reflect on new art to share with you.

Time needs to slow down a bit for me – that’s my wish for 2015. Happy Holidays!



Indian Summer?

pyramidboxchaoscardsforweb.jpgIt’s getting towards fall now according to the calendar but this whole summer here in France has felt autumn-like. We are hoping for an Indian Summer- a local villager who seems to know these things- has assured me that in a couple days we will have a true summer!

butterfly-2forweb.jpgI’m looking forward to fall workshops coming up soon after I return to the US in Sept. In November I have two special workshops-: November 8,9 and 10th at the wonderful Creative Journey Studios in Burford GA outside of Atlanta.

Please join me for three fun days of :

The Unfolding Pyramid, Messengers and Storytellers, and Chaos Cards

Full info and pictures HERE


dayle_faces1forwebjpg.jpgAnd November 1,2 at Wild at Heart Studios in the San Juan Islands

Timeless Treasures- Exploring Polymer Clay

Ivory-beadsforweb.jpgA comprehensive workshop covering many techniques and styles

Full info HERE

Please email me if you have any questions.

Fun week

Last week we hosted the workshop of Stephanie Rubiano here at La Cascade. She had a delightful group who made wonderful figure assemblages which you can see Here. It was a lovey week of treasure hunting and art-making. Loved going into the studio to see their art journey during the week.

440_21926I had a delayed birthday dinner at a plats-timbale-avocatsfantastic restaurant close by- check it out HERE. I have heard for many years about this special place and finally this was the year I got to go with Dan and friends.The meal was the best and the evening was perfectly finished off by singing show tunes around an old player piano played by the chef!

Dan and I took a short trip away- we follow a concert series called 31 Notes of Summer which are free jazz and blues concerts held in small villages all over our region. The villages presenting the concerts (in July and August) also offer an activity of some kind in the village before the concert. We dove down towards the Pyrennes area to vist a cheese farm (le Tetu) and saw a fantastic DixieLand style Jazz band in the evening.

indexindexThe next day’s event was a tour of the Chateau de Saint Elix- (amazing renovation) and another concert that night by Jane for Tea. Lovely getaway.

I’m busy painting walls ( cantalopue, coral, mint green), doing a little art work, trying out some new recipes with tomatoes and zucchinni from the garden and enjoying the lovely weather.



cooking art and fun

carolyn5Nese Pelt and I just finished teaching a fun workshop with a group of eight lovely people. from all over the United States. We had several sessions of art, cooking lessons, yoga and lots of field trips. This group really wanted to experience the countryside and were off almost daily on adventures.

In the art sessions we made a handmade journal to be used for taking notes (at cooking class), stashing recipes and bits of info picked up during the week, sketching and photos.

The cooking classes were great fun and covered many different kinds of recipes. We learned some traditional French (Fondant au Chocolate), Turkish, tagines, fish recipes, several pastries and breads, how to make a simple cheese and my personal favorite-  a delectable appetizer made with LOTS of garlic. I tried out the chesse yesterday and have it marinating in olive oil and herbs right now.

augWe all went to Albi at the beginning of the week and really enjoyed this lovely city. Several took the boat trip along the Tarn River that offers a beautiful perpective of the grand cathedral. During the week, Brad and Gina drove to Guissan to stick their feet in the Mediterranean, Steph and Jeff, Margo and Beth, Anne and MaryFran all france-07 147hiked to the top of Mont Segur- an amazing Cathar castle down in the Pyrennes and we all went to a huge flea market to finish off the week- a week packed with lots of good food, conversation, art and adventure.

Thanks to you all for making it a great week!