Saturday, August 7, 2010

Eat Pray Love New Jersey

my little dancer from Two Buttons (the shop of Liz Gilbert and Jose (Filipe) from Eat Pray Love 

My Sacred Life day 820...

I am truly blessed...I thank everyone who continually encourages me a gift to you I have a new series Monday Marketing Minute to help burgeoning/hopeful/struggling artists...anyone who wants to sell their art...ALL are invited to follow along as I continue on my path to selling my art...I will let you see all my progress and all my stumbles...I will give you the naked truth of my experience...get a cup of tea and join me each morning...together we will grow as artists and as community...spread the word... 

my newest rock...actually a petrified tree turned rock...what shall i put in the opening?

I am blessed with wonderful friends...I am reminded of the time my dear friends John and Mary, who live in Ewing, NJ, came to visit me in Philadelphia...they took me to their beautiful is decorated superbly...I was inspired to start decorating...perhaps with some of this....

anyway...they took me on a tour of New Jersey and Bucks County, PA along the Delaware River...but my ultimate goal was to get to the little shop called Two Buttons in Frenchtown... hidden behind warning signs to stay trespassing is this little gem...

Two Buttons is a wonderful import gallery owned by Filipe of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love fame... Okay...he is not really Filipe, but Jose, Liz's Brazilian boyfriend turned husband...Karen Cole, of Artsortments had a post about this shop the week before I left for Philadelphia...Jose was there manning the shop, so charming and full of details about the works of art and their travels to find wonder she fell in love with him...

Book Review: Eat Pray Love,#1 on the NYT Paperback Nonfiction list, is romantic fiction about a woman who, after a bad divorce, went in search of herself and her spirituality. She does this by eating her way through Italy, praying and meditating through India, and loving through Bali.

Below is what I came home with...I was limited by what would fit in my suitcase or a life size gator would have followed me home...see products on the Two Buttons website for a view of him...

all my goodies, including the beads from the front of the book that Jose graciously gifted me with

the puppet with painted head and beautifully carved hands and feet

We went from Frenchtown to lunch in charming Lambertville, NJ, then across the river to artsy New Hope, PA...I will tell you more about this tomorrow...

this is the front of the shop now... they are open Wednesdays to Sundays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm...and have a new address: 62A Trenton Avenue, Frenchtown, NJ 08825 (Trenton Ave is also called ROUTE 29. We are just south of the center of Frenchtown, right next to a wonderful clothing shop called BLUEFISH)
Today's aMUSEment - do you have a good friend who deserves a call or letter from you? Take a few minutes today to do that...
U Be Creative Today!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Do What You Love WEBucation...My Online Courses

Do What You Love WEBucation

Special LOW Introductory Prices

Now accepting students for Summer Quarter 2010!!!h

DWYL WEBucation e-courses are conducted in a supportive, nurturing environment within a password-protected forum website. The website is easy to navigate to make your classroom experience enjoyable and conducive to learning. The study at your convenience concept allows you to work at your own pace, in your time frame and in your fuzzy bunny slippers...if you so desire. At 2 AM or 2 PM, the DWYL student can choose to work whenever they like during the quarter.

Sign Up Today - Class begins 8/9

The Art of Doodle Portraits - $58 4 classes + Q&A session

If you ever wanted to incorporate faces into your artwork, this workshop is for you. My method will have you drawing faces within the first half hour of class. Then we will explore the different features in depth...mouth, nose, eyes and hair. In this combo video instruction, written instruction and Q&A session, you will learn to love drawing faces as much as I do. 24/7 access to videos, discussion board,

Class Description

Part 3 of Rebecca's ongoing Doodle Series. Even if you have never ever drawn anything before, you will create a beautiful Doodle Portrait. Even if you think you can't draw, you will make a beautiful Doodle Portrait. In this course you will learn the formula for facial feature placement, how to quickly sketch and shade features, then colorize them with mixed media tools like watercolor pencils, acrylics, etc. You will also learn how to create one of Rebecca's beautiful textured and layered backgrounds.

Class Syllabus

Week One

  • The Art of the Quick Sketch Doodle Portrait video
  • Doodling exercises - the structure of the face
  • The Facial Grid - Rebecca's quick placement of features formula
  • Journaling/Sketchbook discussion

Week Two

  • How to draw and shade the eyes video
  • Doodling exercises - the structure of the eyes
  • Building facial skin tones with watercolor pencils and paint

Week Three

  • How to draw and shade the nose video
  • Doodling exercises - the structure of the nose
  • Textured and layered background techniques

Week Four

  • How to draw and shade the mouth video
  • Doodling exercises - the structure of the mouth
  • Embellishing and finishing the face


  • Bonus session with Rebecca where you can ask anything about doodle portraiture


A forum with discussion boards, Student Gallery, plus an Web Gallery Exhibit on Cre8Tive Compass Magazine.

Click to pay for the class

other courses are here: Do What You Love Webucation