Archives: Out and About

Creative Girl Workshop.

Out and About




Filling up a travel palette.


More swirls.


My version of Danielle’s girl.


Danielle’s girl.

I chipped away at another bit of my fear of the unknown last weekend. I took the Creative Girl watercolor class by Danielle Donaldson earlier in the year and loved it. After the class was over, she announced a watercolor workshop across the country and one of the stops was Denver. I didn’t think I would be able to attend but luckily things worked out so I could.

This was an all day watercolor workshop and I can’t remember the last time I had seven hours where it was just me focused on art. The venue was beautiful, Old Glory Antiques off of Broadway, with vintage finds all over. I was surrounded by beautiful creative women in the workshop who flew or drove from all over. Some hadn’t even painted with watercolor before, it was pretty cool. We did figure eight and swirl washes of different color paints, watching how they reacted and dried. Then we tried to find the things we liked and didn’t like so we could work on our own styles. Later on we worked on recreating one of Danielle’s watercolor girls. I think I focused too hard trying to get what I could out of every moment because I ended up getting a headache afterward. Does that happen to anyone else or just me? Anyway it was a great workshop and I can’t wait to be able to attend more and meet more inspiring women like Jennifer Rizzo, Jeanne Oliver, Danielle Donaldson and my new painterly Instagram friends. Thanks for the connection and community.

The Denver Zoo.

Life, Out and About, Photography

My oh my has this place changed. It was my idea to go to the zoo and Addy was just as excited. I’m the biggest kid of us all sometimes. So we went earlier this month and it was beautiful. Gorgeous weather and I guess we have been out of the loop because some major renovations have taken place since we’ve been gone. I love all of the little artsy touches like the new area for the elephants, a carousel, a little train, etc. So. Nice. The animals actually look happy and they are so close up that you don’t necessarily need a long lens to get any decent shots. Here are some of ours.





































I’m entertaining the thought of getting a membership and I’m not a member to anything, not even the art museum (my absolute favorite).  Also I started a new challenge of 10k steps a day with Raul, the day of the zoo we had 10k-11k, it was awesome.

I Heart Firemen.

Illustrations, Life, Out and About


So last Friday I was dropping off baby girl at my parents’ and everything was going great.  I decided to take a different street than I usually do when I leave my parents’.  The street with a Starbuck’s drive thru of course.  All of a sudden instead of feeling like I was driving on pavement, I felt like I was driving on a rocky dirt road.  I was on a two lane street so I pulled over to the right.  I jumped out real quick to see what happened and just as I thought, a flat tire.  I was trying to text my husband because I honestly didn’t know who I should call first.  Before I could send my text I saw flashing lights in the back and instead of the police, it was a fire truck.

The next thing I knew I was being asked if I had a donut in the back, I said yes and one of the firemen said, “Since you have a spare tire on you we can change it for you!”.  I was in shock and still am.  Do firemen really do this?  I guess they do because I was able to sit in my air conditioned car while five firemen changed my tire in less than 10 minutes.  I was beaming from ear to ear when I said, “Thank you!!” and headed to Starbucks after all.

So.  Amazing.  Has anything out of the ordinary like that happened to you?

Do share, such a blessing!

P.S. I have a scanner now and it is the

Thrifting Fun.

Life, Out and About

















I love thrifting and I don’t go as much as I used to.  We have a Paris Street Market here at one of our outdoor malls, Aspen Grove, on the first Saturday every month (May – October).

Last weekend I was able to go and here are some highlights.

  • I want to call these birdhouses steampunk birdhouses since they have all of the vintage hardware on them.  Love how unique these are.
  • Vintage croquet balls would make a great collection.
  • Had my first shaved ice.  You get to choose three flavors and I picked mango, peach and coconut.  I thought I would have to wait until we took our dream vacation to Hawaii but I didn’t and it was soooo good!
  • Bought two little succulents (one for me and one for my mom) in the cutest stamped terracotta planters from Old House Chic.  This was by far my favorite shop, I wanted every little bit and bob.  There were feathers and keys in glass bottles with corks, what’s not to love?
  • I have a weakness for antique fans as well but I am always leary of old electronics so I just admire from afar.  This one was from The Woodcutter’s Wife.
  • The second thing I bought was a vintage signed edition print of a tree.  The lines in this drew me in and I think I’ll put it up by my desk.

I absolutely love searching and finding art pieces.  It feels like treasure hunting for me.

Crushin’ – Susan Rubin

Fangirl, Illustrations, Out and About

susan rubin blackeyed susan

susan rubin

Now that I think about it, the DAM exhibit last weekend was just okay for me.  I was expecting more work by the headlining artists but there was one Frida piece, one Van Gogh piece, etc.  When my Mom and I arrived, we got there a little early and looked around. In the artist’s studio area there are big blank pads of paper ready for you to draw with whatever they have available to you.  They also have artists create right there and people are encouraged to come by and watch them work.  We saw the the most beautiful colored pencil botanical illustrations and we were both in awe of the artist, Susan Rubin.  One of the pieces was an illustration of a type of bean and then in the lower corner there was an actual seed packet with the same illustration.  We both thought the artist reproduced the vintage packaging illustration into her own.  We were corrected by one of the workers who said that this is the artist who drew the illustration for the packaging.  The larger version was the original.

The bonus was that Susan would be in the studio early in the day so we would get to see her work.  We did head over there when we were done with the exhibit and to watch her work was a treat.  She uses colored pencils on mylar and the effect is gorgeous.  She enjoys looking through her layers of colored pencil just like I like looking through my layers of watercolor.  So meticulous and soothing.  She told us about her process and how she teaches botanical illustration as well.  I had no idea that profession was so small with about 1,000 botanical illustration artists in the country.  When you consider there are probably 3,000 dentists in Colorado alone, that put into perspective how small that subset is.

Such an unexpected treat!