chrysalis blooming

Pull up a chair and let me pour you a cup of tea.  It’s been a long and delightful summer filled with amazing journeys to magical places and I can’t wait to share it all with you in the coming weeks as I get caught up.  But first… I’ve been remodeling this little virtual space, as I said I might, and I am anxious to show you around!

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Welcome to my new website!! is now a blog-centered virtual world now.  I’ll spare you the tedious techie details, but basically my lovely old website, off of which my blog used to spin, has become a part of the history of the interwebs and is now just a exhaled electronic breath on the virtual ether by now.  I took a few snapshots for posterity before having it turned off and everything redirected to this new space and I now envision the old website and all it’s one-of-a-kind beauty floating ever further out into space like some out-dated satellite or some such.  It served me well for a good long time, but I am thrilled to be here, now, in this space.  Is’t it cozy??  Do poke around and click at will, and let me know what you think.  My friend MB and new “wordpress midwife” is, among many things (like so many mamas I know and love), a fantastic web-master kinda gal with super skills that I am in awe of on a daily basis.  I have her to thank for getting all of the proper widgets in place that can help me stay connected and current in this vast and weird online world, and to navigate amidst it.  She also had some fabulous design ideas and the look of the new site is as much hers as mine.  Big, big love and thanks to you MB!!!

It is said that if you disturb a chrysalis in it’s cocoon before it is ready to face the world, you stand the chance of damaging or destroying it.  My work lately has felt very much this way.  The blog is not the only thing undergoing Big Change in recent months…..

extra  read all about it!!!!!!!!

For the past three summers, I have been leading a group of intrepid travelers to Taos, New Mexico to work in their sketchbooks and create Illuminated Travel Journals, visual diaries of their time in this amazing little town so far off the beaten path, yet at the center of everything, being at the foot of Taos Mountain.  I created this class in partnership with the of the Art Academy of Cincinnati and having a Real Institution behind me gave me the opportunity to sprout some wings and get this workshop off the ground.  For this I am forever grateful.  But as the workshop and myself as well grow and change into a new creature, it became clear to me that I should forge ahead on my own, less a part of a large institution, but rather as the lead wolf in a small committed pack of like minded other wolves who could see my vision for things as they morph into what they need to be.  And so I have amicably parted ways with the Art Academy, with their support and their blessing, to continue offering this trip, with updates, some sprucing up, and forever tweaking the flow of things.  It is up to me to get the word out, get folks registered, answer questions, plan, plot, collect, inform, create and conjure to make the journey once again a reality.  I have taken full ownership and responsibility for it all, complete with a new bank account, the creation of an LLC, and a marketing plan.  And contrary to a time that has now passed, I am not terrified of this side of the work.  This too is something for which I have a whole heap of gratitude.


(photo credit: Julie Keefe)

Here are the basic facts about the course and you can go to the Join Us In Taos page for even more information and links to all things Taos.


June 15-20, 2014

Mabel Dodge Luhan House Historic Inn and Conference Center

Check in after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 15 with evening welcome reception

Check out by 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 20 with bagged lunch to go

Learn and apply the tools, tricks and techniques that will bring your travel sketchbook journal to life!

Open to all skill levels from drawing beginners to pros looking for a fresh perspective;

new and lifelong journalers alike are welcome.

Workshop fee includes room with full bath, gourmet breakfasts and lunches, as well as a farewell dinner.

Field trips to iconic sites in/around Taos;  opportunities for self-guided excursions and solitary drawing as well as class time and exercises.

Amy will be available for one-on-one assistance and support.

$1100 shared/$1300 single – payment in full by December 15, 2013

$1300 shared/$1500 single – payment in full by March 15, 2014

More Information:

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And that is the gist of things in the Big News dept.  In smaller (though no less exciting) news,

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The girls have begun laying.  I am not sure how long this will last, now that fall has begun to wrap it’s golden cloak around our region, but hopefully they will develop their laying skills for a few weeks before taking the winter time off.

Do stop back here to this cozy little space, as I have many tales to tell you of my summer’s journeying.  I have been to many places and have learned a great many things…..

“For some time now it has seemed to me that the two questions we should ask of any strong landscape are these: firstly, what do I know when I am in this place that I can know nowhere else? And then, vainly, what does this place know of me that I cannot know of myself?”

~Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways


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