Calling all young explorers and artists! What colors YOUR world?

A few months ago, I shared my new picture book, Same, Same but Different, with my long-time client Karen Capp of Oopsy Daisy Fine art for Kids. She had an idea to host a craft to connect young artists with my book and my travel-inspired Oopsy Daisy art, while encouraging children to create art about [...]

By |2019-03-07T20:32:08-08:00February 16th, 2012|kid art, same same but different, school visits + events|Comments Off on Calling all young explorers and artists! What colors YOUR world?

stampin’ valentines.

Tulsi and I had Valentines on our minds yesterday and after making one very involved one and deciding it was "so much work", we embarked on a little print-making play like our friends Veda and Penny. Tulsi's Valentine is of her holding a flower (for her friends). The two circles on her body are her [...]

By |2019-03-07T20:32:08-08:00February 11th, 2012|everyday, kid art|Comments Off on stampin’ valentines.

Those 52 hours apart.

A couple days ago, Tulsi pulled a piece of paper and a few new markers out of her "Christmas Calendar" we made together (more on this soon), and the note read, "You are an artist. Your art makes people smile. Make a picture for Nama and Tapas and mail it to them." She was SUPER [...]

By |2019-03-07T20:32:09-08:00December 7th, 2011|kid art, mamahood|Comments Off on Those 52 hours apart.


This is a collaboration Tulsi and I did together although I only made the left eye and mouth. She is in a phase of wanting me to paint or draw with her. She knows the word "collaboration". Ha. So I play, too, but I try not to screw up anything she has done so effortlessly. [...]

By |2019-03-07T20:32:09-08:00August 15th, 2011|kid art, mamahood|Comments Off on Collaborations.

my flower child.

Tulsi, I never questioned whether we gave you the "right" name or not. I always knew it was perfect. You are a rare and beautiful spirit. I see the Divine every time I look into your eyes and heart! I have treasured every moment of your first 2 years with us, watching who you are [...]

By |2019-03-07T20:32:09-08:00May 3rd, 2011|everyday, kid art, mamahood|Comments Off on my flower child.

Look, Mama! A fun guy!

How awesome every single "first" is. Side by side this morning drawing, Tulsi draws her way into her first "fun guy", all by herself, and shouted, "Look, Mama! A fun guy!" She laughed out loud cause it was "fun" to make, too. Don't you wish you could remember your own first "fun guy"?

By |2019-03-07T20:32:10-08:00April 22nd, 2011|kid art, mamahood|Comments Off on Look, Mama! A fun guy!

my friend’s super inspiring mural.

Above: Tracy McGuiness and her son Roy, at work on a mural at Roy's school in the U.K. Eight years ago when I was first in Nepal volunteering at Sunshine School, the students and I created a 60' mural in their playground on a brick wall. I didn't have any paint supplies and ALL that [...]

By |2019-03-07T20:32:10-08:00January 12th, 2011|inspiration, kid art|Comments Off on my friend’s super inspiring mural.

No fear.

Patrick was in California last week and called one day to ask what he could bring me. As in, a present? I asked. Yeah, he replied. Wow, you're sweet, but I can't think of anything. Hmm, maybe a picture of the ocean..? Well, he came home last night with about 40 pictures he took for [...]

By |2019-03-07T20:32:16-08:00August 6th, 2008|inspiration, kid art|Comments Off on No fear.


We have so much land excitement and home repairs going on that it's been a little hard to focus. We're sorta tackling everything at once during this short, no-snow part of the year. But soon, we'll have a beautiful little pond (orange fishies and waterfall included) and an inspiring 'outdoor livingroom'! Yeah! I thought I'd [...]

By |2019-03-07T20:32:16-08:00July 9th, 2008|illustration, inspiration, kid art|Comments Off on treasures.

art seva returns to india.

art by Carla Sonheim I'm so excited because my good friend Lakshmi (who started Art Seva) and several volunteers are presently in India. And although I was sad not to go with them this time, Carla Sonheim (who i 'met' via email some months ago when she stumbled on my website and after reading about [...]

By |2019-03-07T20:32:21-08:00June 7th, 2007|art seva, india, inspiration, kid art|Comments Off on art seva returns to india.