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2016 Italian Art Retreat Announcement

We’re super excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Chelsea Ward of Sketchy Notions to create an art retreat in the home of the Renaissance. Picture a week in Florence, Italy soaking up all that Tuscany has to offer

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Picasso Was Right!

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  – Pablo Picasso Impression III (Concert), 1911, Wassily Kandinsky   Synesthesia is the rare neurological condition in which senses are entwined—it comes in a

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Brilliant Article

As artists we live in fear “You might as well give up.” “You’ll never make a living as an artist.” “Being an artist is a great job if you want to starve.”  These words have been ingrained in our thoughts for

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Some call it therapy…

Well, because it kind of is. The act of creating is something we were literally MADE to do. We’re designed to create–whether that be cooking up a fabulous meal, composing a song, building something, tending a garden or painting a

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Foiled Again.

I mean, gorgeous, right…how could you not be at peace here? That’s what you’re thinking, right? A day away…in Cambria! Lucky. Best place in the world to quiet the noise and just BE. Well……….see what happened was…. Everything didn’t quite

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Labor Day Weekend!!

I mean…who doesn’t love a THREE DAY WEEKEND?! Holidays like Labor Day and the Fourth of July are some of my favorites. You know why? Because there’s just not a lot of pressure surrounding them. These holidays share most of

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The Art of Self-Care

“In a busy society where we are told to do more, achieve more, and be more. Often times we forget to really look at who we are and what makes us uniquely us. Self-care is the idea of slowing down

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Sketching, Crawling, Painting, Sipping.

Chelsea Ward

Have you ever done a pub crawl? Well, this was so much better! This past Sunday, a merry group of folks took to the streets of Los Olivos to sip Valley wines and learn watercolor and sketching. Starting at Zinke

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Why You Should Paint….Even if You Can’t

I’ve always been a perfectionist. Not in the crazy obsessive color-labeling things way, but in the deep soul way where that dark cave of wolves, Frankenstein and other nightmare characters from my childhood tell me I’m not good enough. From my

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Making Friends with Perseverance

Perseverance, Santa Ynez

Five reasons why you should keep on keepin’ on Are you one of those people who loves a challenge? Do you live to endure a ka-jillion miles of running and cheer at the end of a race? Do you relish

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