You may note I’ve switched from diary entries as “Day” to “Note,” because I’m no longer keeping up here in real time. On Instagram yes, more or less, but here, there’s a lag. Hope you don’t mind. What I’ve learned is that there are not more hours in the day here in the Cotswolds than… Continue reading Cotswolds Diary, Note 7, Blenheim Palace
Number of times hit left hand curb: 2 Number of times left side mirror folded in all by itself: 1 Number of times ran into bushes: 2 (but this really cannot be helped on these 6-inch-wide country lanes Number of times honked at (“hooted,” they say here ): 1 Number of times honked at if… Continue reading Cotwolds Diary, Days 5 and 6, Traffic Report
As I settle in – and am not yet quite – I did want not to miss a return to Hidcote, and my friend Jonathan (MFJ) wanted to go, too. As a side note, happy to report that in driving there (he offered but I wanted to practice) I only hit the curb once, though… Continue reading Cotswolds Diary, Day 4(th of July!)
Pinching myself to be here after nearly killing myself to get here driving on the left. Not really… but two loud and rather disturbing encounters with curbs and upclose inspections of hedgerows, some of which are now intrinsic parts of my rented automobile. A little Audi almost station wagon, good for toting painting gear. My… Continue reading Cotswolds Diary, Day 3
Packing Packing Packing. Bless my little OCD heart. On the one hand: Very Organized. On the other: Very Organized. And on the Other Other: Entirely Overthought. Which leads, occasionally, to overwrought. Which I recommend avoiding whenever possible. I thought I could make it with three suitcases, two for clothes and one for art. But then,… Continue reading Cotswolds Diary, Day (-1), Packing Tips
The Camino challenges, surprises, amuses, annoys, and ultimately heals. The Camino give you what you need. Especially if we heed the signs along the way, literal and metaphorical, and sometimes they are both. The Camino always delivers, and faithfully it did again this past April. Hollye Jacobs and I lead two groups this year, during… Continue reading Notes from the Camino 2023
Join us this glorious, blooming spring to paint and wander about the Cotswolds this May 14-19. By us I mean virtuoso watercolorist, wonderful person, and workshop teacher Andrew Hucklesby, and me. With our home base as the gracious and elegant Barnsley House and its fabulous gardens, spa, and excellent chef, we will learn, laugh, create, play, paint, and… Continue reading Paint the Cotswolds, May 14-19, 2023
Announcing… Around the World in 80 Paintings. And you’re invited. At journey’s end, there will be an exhibit and sale of the paintings, and the purchase price of each piece will go to the charity of the buyer’s choice. Work will be en plein air and en arm chair, on location and from photos, mine and I hope yours too.
Back by popular demand! Join award-winning California artist and instructor Tim Horn and me in the stunning Santa Ynez Valley for painting en plein air and relaxing at Rancho La Zaca. If you are not familiar with Tim’s work, feast your eyes. Our painting locations will include mountains, vineyards, beaches, and Rancho La Zaca itself, all set amid the breathtaking backdrop… Continue reading Paint the Santa Ynez Valley with Tim Horn (and me;) October 24-28
Your soul’s voice is your True Self speaking. It is who you were born to be, your deepest meaning and your highest purpose. In this weekend retreat we’ll explore a variety of fun, take-home-able, non-woo-woo tools and techniques to access your soul’s voice via mind, body, and spirit.
Well why the heck not? It did for me and it can for you too. Just let it. This is an essay I wrote recently for Veranda Magazine, in their special California issue, January/February 2021. Reprinted here with permission, and revised to make sense, since it is me we’re (I’m) talking about and on my website. … Continue reading Can a Mid-Life Conundrum Inspire a Creative Second Wind?
Your soul’s voice is your True Self speaking. It is who you were born to be, your deepest meaning and your highest purpose. In this weekend retreat we’ll explore a variety of fun, take-home-able, non-woo-woo tools and techniques to access your soul’s voice via mind, body, and spirit. You’ll use your creativity, but you don’t… Continue reading Art of the Soul – Retreat at Rancho La Zaca, October 28-30, 2021