Come Into The Art Gallery {Be prepared to be amazed}

I am so glad that this idea to do the Studying Under The Masters {becoming an apprentice} never left my head and heart.

{If you want to read more about the course click HERE}

I also believe that you move on things when the time is right and I know that the time for this course was now.

The teachers that came beside me to offer their gifts elevated this course to more than I could have imagined.

We spent nine weeks studying a bit of art history, techniques and mediums of the masters and then applying what we had studied into our own work.

The content in this course is worth hundreds and I have never taken a course or known of an online course to offer so much quality content.

Each day I would scroll through the work the women and men were completing and I was in awe of their talent, efforts and their ability to dig deep creatively.

There are almost 1,000 members taking this course right now and I wish I could share all of their work but I hope this will give you a taste of what they are creating.

I hope in these works of art you can see bits of Matisse, Gaudi, Cezanne, Botticelli, O’Keefe, Chagall, Clive, De Felice and Hopper.

Tracy Verdugo

Kathryn Bunn

Kathryn Bunn

Kristi Lynn

Janet Ghio

Peggy Witter

Janet Ghio

Kristin Lynn

Ursula Wollenberg

Mardi James

Robin Jane Fingher

Beth Cole

Tati Vicedomine

Kristin Lynn

Robin Jane Fingher

Helle Kristensen

Renee Ortiz

Renee Ortiz

Lisa Wright

Lucy Cooke

Christa Thomas

Coral Staley

Sharon Pope

Alissa Millsap

Jodene Shaw

Tati Vicedomine

Sandy Derryberry

Suzette Murray

Coral Staley

Lisa Lavoie

Jenny Wentworth

Jay Watkins

Jane Gilchrist

I wish I could share with the the hundreds of pieces created by this online class!

I have already begun planning the second Studying Under The Masters and can’t wait to launch that course this coming fall.

This course is now instantly available on

You will get nine weeks of incredible content and the videos will be available for two years!

If you think you want to create with all of us …we would sure love it!

 To register click HERE or pay below.

$62 for this nine week online course.

The content will be available for TWO YEARS!

{To register directly on (if you pay on the site you will be instantly in the course) click HERE.}

You can also click the payment button below and we will get you in within 24 hours.

Creativity Takes Courage {Bari Ackerman}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now!


For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series.

A year ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee.

The February interview was with my good friend Melody Ross.

The March interview was with the lovely Edie Wadsworth.

The April interview was with my friend across the ocean Pamela DuMont.

The May interview was with the funny and open hearted Shannan Martin.

The June interview was creative Christy Tomlinson!

We took the summer off and the November interview was with entrepreneur extraordinaire Marian Parsons.

The January 2014 interview was the super talented Danielle Donaldson.

Our February 2014 interview was with my functional medicine doctor Dr. Shamanie Haneca.

The March 2014 interview was with New York Times best selling author Courtney Walsh.

The interview this month is with licensed artist Bari Ackerman!

I have admired Bari’s work for years and remember when she was even making purses.

It was so much fun to sit down with her and here more about her creativity journey, her creative process and more about her licensing.


To watch the video you just need to be registered at (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this series, free videos (business and art) and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to watch Bari’s interview:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on Creativity Takes Courage {interviews with courageous friends}

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

Come on over and check out the interview!


For today only I am offering 40% off everything in my Etsy shop.

Use code TAXDAY at checkout.


Are you ready to take your dreams to the next level?

Do you already have a business and you want to see it grow?

Join Marian Parsons, Jennifer Rizzo and Me in Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0.

This three week online course will begin May 20 and will be available for one year.

To see the course trailer click HERE.

Don’t Be Afraid {Grilled Artichoke Hearts}

One of my favorite foods in the world is grilled artichoke hearts.

If you have never cooked with them before they can be pretty intimating but I am hoping that by the end of this post you will give them a try.

So many people don’t know how to cook them so when we cook them for friends they give us way too much credit for being the most amazing hosts in history.

Maybe they just had a few too many of my really killer margaritas:-)

The lesson here is to fool your friends into thinking you are amazing by feeding them grilled artichoke hearts and garlic aioli sauce.

I am so hungry now just typing this.

Let’s get on with it and master the artichoke!

1. Cut off the tips of the artichoke.  This allows you to steam them and place them face down in the steamer.

2. Cut up a few lemons to throw in with the water you will use to steam the artichokes.

3. Place 3-4 cups of water in a large pot and add the 2 sliced lemons.  Bring to a boil. Once the water is at a boil place your steamer basket in the pot.  Place your artichokes face down in the steamer, close the lid and let steam for 20-25 minutes (I go the full 25 minutes. I like them really tender).

4. Once they have steamed bring them out, cut them length wise and scoop out the fuzzy part which is called the choke.

5. Place all of the artichoke halves on a baking sheet and lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

6. Have your grill heated (medium heat) and place your artichoke halves face down onto the grill.  Grill for 10 minutes checking to make sure you don’t burn them.

7.  Turn the artichokes over and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (just a little) and continue to grill for another 5 minutes with the lid closed.

8. Time to dig in!  We like our grilled artichokes with garlic aioli.  I have made it from scratch and also made it from mayonnaise and we love it both ways. 

Garlic Aioli {the easier version}

1 cup mayo (we use Earth Balance egg/dairy/soy free so everyone in the family can enjoy it)

4 garlic cloves minced

salt and pepper

Stir it all up, chill and it will be ready when your artichokes come off the grill.

Go wow your friends and it never hurts to serve margaritas with them:-)


Are you ready to take your dreams to the next level?

Do you already have a business and you want to see it grow?

Join Marian Parsons, Jennifer Rizzo and Me in Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0.

This three week online course will begin May 20 and will be available for one year.

To see the course trailer click HERE.