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Images, Imagery, & Imagination

Capturing Two Worlds I’ve been on a treasure hunt the last several weeks, and oh, yes, I can get use to this kind of adventure! Minutes turn into hours. Daylight transitions to darkness. My backside is numb and my stomach rumbles–all in the pursuit of digging up and collecting a treasure trove of images to… Continue reading Images, Imagery, & Imagination

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Creative Instruction Makes Learning Memorable & Fun

Author. Artist …  It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I stepped out of the formal classroom after a wonderful twenty year career in elementary education. It was a difficult decision but one that allowed me to breathe new life into my long-time art studio, Piggy Toes, and provide the freedom of time… Continue reading Creative Instruction Makes Learning Memorable & Fun

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Praying Upside Down – A Book Review

A Creative Prayer Experience… On the Blank Canvas When I had the opportunity to read and review Kelly O’Dell Stanley’s new book, Praying Upside Down, I jumped on it. Two reasons–Kelly grabbed hold of two of my greatest passions–art and prayer–and wove them together in a most refreshing and authentic manner.  After dog-eared pages, scribbled reflections, and multi-colored highlights had… Continue reading Praying Upside Down – A Book Review

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A FAMILY WHO PAINTS TOGETHER,  LOVES TOGETHER A funny thing happened the other night…my extended family gathered in my art studio to celebrate recent birthdays–namely, my mother’s 80th, Uncle Bob’s 70th, my 51st, some others in between, and all the way down to baby Joey’s 1st! Most in their right mind would consider this event risky… Continue reading A NEW KIND OF FAMILY FUN!