2019 dates to be announced


Are you ready to have FUN???  GOOD!!  Because I am too!  Do you love to paint?  Or have you always wanted to paint but were afraid to start?  Or has your painting practice become a little predictable or a little blah?  Or you don’t have a clue where to start?  I invite you to join me here in the Joy Barn, on our gorgeous ranch in western Sonoma County, for a rollicking good day of playing and getting all painty and trying out some new ways to move paint around.  Another name for this workshop could be “Anything But a Brush,” because we are going to paint without using any brushes!  And I guarantee you will love it and have a ton of fun.


I am so often asked how I do this or that, achieve a certain look, make it look “so easy.”  Well, I’m going to spill the beans and share all my tricks and secrets, what I’ve learned, and what I’ve developed in my own art.  You’ll be guided through a bunch of painting techniques using tools that you already have on you, that you already have in your home, and that you can readily find for free all around you.  The creative use of the tools we’ll be using to paint will bust wide open your creative soul!  Perhaps you think you’re not creative?  Think again!

This workshop is designed for experienced artists and “non”-artists alike.  I have a whole theory about those labels anyway, and it goes like this:  E V E R Y O N E is CREATIVE.  End of story.  The only difference between someone who believes the lie that they are not creative, and those that know the truth that they are, I have found, is that those who are comfortable with their creativity have been practicing it longer.  If you’ve been stopping yourself from even attempting to paint (or any other creative activity), I’m here to push you over that hump and show you YOU.  You, a beautiful creative soul.  You, an artist.  The you who yearns to play.  The you who has forgotten how to follow your creative intuition.


I will be holding this 1-day workshop twice here this year, on (dates to be announced).  Both days from 10am-4pm.

The day will start by gathering and doing some simple guided journaling and creative exercises to get everyone going.  We’ll be connecting as a group and sharing our thoughts because, well, that’s just what we do here in the Joy Barn.  It’s not only about the art, it’s just as much about being present with each other, celebrating, not comparing, and holding a safe space for everyone.  If you know anything about the Soul Restoration Course  I teach, that informs everything we do here.


We’ll paint messy flowers and abstract landscapes and intuitive abstract designs.  We’ll be using lots of paint.  No fear!!  It is my personal mission to get every student to fall in love with their own creative expression through painting.  It is so healing, so soulful, so personal, and can be so deep if we let it.  It may actually rock your world.  Yes, you can do this.  I know you can.  And guess what, it IS easy.  I want you to join us in the FUN!!!



Here are the DETAILS:


(Dates to be announced), from 10am-4pm, Cost: $89   REGISTER HERE

What To Bring:

  • a sack lunch
  • journal and pen
  • apron, wear messy clothes
  • at least 3 stretched pre-gesso’d canvasses (not canvas boards, you’re worth it!) any sizes from 12″x12″minimum up to 20″x30″maximum.  I will give you links to sources when you register.
  • good quality acrylic paints (not the little 2oz. craft paints. Again, you’re worth it!) in the following 5 colors:  red, blue, yellow, black, white.  I will give you links to sources when you register.

I will provide everything else you’ll need:  snacks and beverages, more paints, palettes, many mark-making tools, many paint-moving tools, spray bottles, rags, paper towels, etc.

If you’re coming from out of town and want to make a weekend out of it, I have plenty of lodging and dining recommendations for you, once you’re registered.  This is Sonoma County, California, a world-famous vacation destination, with lots of other delights, including wine-tasting, gourmet dining, spectacular beaches and so much more.