Resting in Motion: My Sanctuary Studio Summer

This summer, I’m taking a big, huge break from online stuff (digital) to have more time in the studio (analog).

Instead of rest and relaxation, I’m called to deeply rest and rejuvenate.

Sanctuary Studio Summer

Sanctuary Studio was the name of the first incarnation of my blog, circa 2002. Sanctuary is what my creative practice gives me.

It may sound paradoxical, but I’ve found that the best way for me to recharge is to be in the studio. Painting. Writing. Dreaming. Playing around with new art supplies.

So yeah, technically I’m working. But I’m not in the studio to necessarily produce anything.

Also, one of my teenage nephews is visiting me for his summer vacation. So I get to be eccentric auntie full time for a couple of months. A total delight!

Here’s my studio space, where I wake up on the blank page every morning.

How do you recharge your creative energies?

If you’re wondering how you, too, can find the energy/time/focus/space to be regular in your creative work, check out Creative + Practice.

My dog Macchiato loves to help out in the studio. And steal paintbrushes.

This is Macchiato, one of my rescue dogs, with me in the Art House studio. He loves to steal paintbrushes. Don’t let that innocent look fool you.



Seems The Universe has been supporting my analog studio time by making my website not work at all (although it looked like it was working on my browser), so had no idea. For over a month!

Here’s what you missed or got annoying 404 errors when you tried to look:

My Small Victory In Overcoming Overthinking (edgy business cards inside)

Writing, Art, Astrology & Yoga: A New Year’s Retreat in Mexico

I was wondering why things were so…quiet… not even the sound of crickets!

Tell me you’re out there.

Thank you, Universe for having my back. Even if I sometimes doubt (curse!) your methods.

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Embroidered Aprons Are Now in the Shop

This is what the aprons looked like right before they went into my suitcase.

If you’ve been to any of my in person workshops, or seen my videos, you’ve probably noticed that I’m always wearing a colorful embroidered apron.

Can’t wait to read the rest? You can go shopping now… right here.

The Apron Backstory

I started collecting these aprons back in the year 2000 when I first visited southern Mexico.

They make wonderful painting smocks, and I also love to use the fancier ones in the kitchen.

After over a decade of workshop participants complementing me on my aprons, it finally occurred to me to bring some to workshops so that people could buy them. Duh!

So a couple of years ago I brought a dozen to North Carolina. What I wasn’t expecting is for ladies to grab up two or three or four! Oops! There weren’t any aprons left to bring to Portland!

That’s why I brought a whole bunch more to the one USA workshop I taught this summer. Plenty for participants to choose from, and plenty to send via mail. (Jen will send them from the USA, domestic shipping only.)

Here I am unpacking and sorting all of the aprons.

Each apron is one-of-a-kind and handmade in Mexico.

I love to make treks into the mountain villages and markets, knocking on doors to see which ladies have new aprons.

Kelli, who hosted the Galena workshop, tried on many aprons before finally selecting this one.

We had a wonderful boutique available for us to use as a pop up shop during the workshop. Kelli made this beautiful display.

So fun to see all of the aprons hanging up in our pop-up shop. These are the colors that inspire my art.

Sisters in Aprons

This year, I collected a whole bunch of aprons in a black and white palette. this is a rare color scheme, a nice counterpoint to the bright colors.

Look how cute these sisters are in their new black and white aprons.

The apron on Kate (left) is available in the same style and similar color palette, the Madison #44

Incidentally, Kate is from Madison, and Jen created the name for this apron not knowing that.

Kendall (right) is wearing a style similar to the Ava #48

Things were hectic at the Galena worksop and I forgot to snap photos of everyone in their aprons! See below for how to share your apron photos.

My own sister (and assistant!) Jen, and I took the aprons outside in the summer light to photograph.

No having a clothesline handy, we hung aprons on the backyard rope swing.

The aprons Jen and I are wearing are for sale in the shop.

Jen’s wearing the “Lucy” #73

I’m wearing the “Lucy” #67

We have a handful of child sizes as well.

Have fun!

Show Us Your Apron!

Whenever someone gets an apron at a workshop, I try and snap a photo of them in it. This is one of my weird documentary habits. I just love seeing where the aprons go. Then when I go apron hunting in Mexico, I show pictures to the ladies who make them. It’s a full circle, and they love seeing their work so appreciated.

I’d love to see you in your apron! Please post on Facebook or Instagram and tag me. You can also post a photo here, in the comments.

Come to Mexico!

I’ll take you apron shopping at one of my upcoming Mexico workshops:

Creative Passport Mexico: Day of the Dead

Creative Passport Mexico: Textiles & Talismans

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