Artstarts Project – Where Does Our Food Come From ?

A creative journey of discovering where our food comes from, in this particular journey we investigate the fascinating story of the chocolate tree. Although, we rarely think about seeds, nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with seeds and chocolate begins as a seed too. Through a series of hands-on workshops the students learned about …

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change

  The flowers spoke in a million colours, dancing gracefully like paper angels. I wrote this in my journal last night after photographing the Irises in the garden. How often do we stop to appreciate the miracle before us, such as the intricate detail of the Iris or the simplicity of the daisy.  “If we could see the miracle of …

THE DANCE OF INTER-BEING (Nature Art Workshop)

Overlooking Lake Okanagan – You are invited to join Marghanita Hughes and Jessica Saunders for a transformation afternoon of art. As we illuminate our woven tapestry of Inter-being. Watch the video:   Opening up the afternoon with an inner clearing of space as we provide a journal for a guided radical writing technique     Igniting our inner child to take flight through …

Students Wall Hangings – Interbeing (Clouds In Each Paper)

Artstarts Project – “The fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – Workshop 3 – Canvas Wall Hangings Grades 3,4 and 5 students investigated the beautifully written passage “Interbeing” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits. …

A New Day Unfolds

The wild native Arrowleaf Balsamroot flowers (Balsamorhiza sagittata), also known as the Okanagan Sunflower, have me spellbound as they dance majestically in the early morning breeze. Their golden smiles light up the forest, bees arrive and butterflies too. Witnessing the birth of a new day unfold before me gifts immense joy, filling my heart and soul with deep love and …

Childhood Is A Time of Wonder – Dandelion Love

I have always loved dandelions! When I was young, I would make daisy and dandelion chains and I still do! I also love drawing dandelions, observing the butterflies and bees that visit them but the best thing of all, is sharing the wonders of these amazing flowers with my students. This week with my special needs student, we are learning all …

Interbeing Wall Hanging

Today, I was working on a sample piece to show how we can take our simple illustration and replicate it into a fabric wall hanging.     Each student was invited to illustrate their own interpretation of Interbeing – a short passage written by Thich Nhat Hahn from his wonderful book – Peace is Every Step. Here is an excerpt …

Our Hungry Caterpillar

  As a children’s author and illustrator of children’s books, I will often begin an art therapy session for my special needs students with a picture book. This week, I couldn’t resist the classic “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl. I love the simplicity of the illustrations, especially the segmented form of the caterpillar….which led me to create this little driftwood …

The Living World Inspires Creativity

  The natural world is filled with inspiring birds, animals, plants, trees and creatures, large and small, in the sky, land and water. Springtime is a very exciting time, offering great opportunities to observe the birds and their nest building. Many different birds can be spotted with their beaks full of nesting material. Simple Bird Nest (part one)     …

Discovering our Deep Rooted Connection with Nature through Creative Exploration

Out first day of our creative journey (school nature art project involving 47 students – grades 4 and 5) begins on Thursday with a presentation on the “Fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – followed by a storytelling with nature workshop. The Fascinating Story of the Cacao Tree As a visual artist, I am always looking for ways to best …