Guam Reef Hotel Project PART 2

Here is PART 2 to the Guam Reef Hotel Project. (You can also check back to PART 1 to see from the beginning). It has been a serendipitous series of events that led up to the project’s birth. There are so many parallels to this story, it will probably sound too good to be true …

Weekend of Rainbows: Creative Session + Women’s Gathering

Hafa adai! This Saturday is March 9th, weekend of the new moon (on the 11th). At 10am we will meet at Tu Re Cafe and this Creative Session‘s theme is Rainbows. You can take that to any level you like, morph it into your own creation. You can be traditional or experimental. Your world, your …

Pika’s Cafe Guam: Showcasing exhibits from featured local artists

Pika’s Cafe is awesome. Great food, great people, great concept. All around, I am grateful they exist and they create what they create. And they support others who create stuff. EAT LOCAL~ Guam’s Buy Local movement has grown, and Pika’s offers a variety of local products used in their menu. My boys love it too, …

Guam Reef Hotel Art Project PART 1

It has been a serendipitous series of events that led up to the project’s birth. There are so many parallels to this story, it will probably sound too good to be true if I share it all here. Let’s just say everything happens at exactly the moment it is meant to, and to be clear …

Creative Spotlight: Golden Tree of Life

At the last Creative Session, I painted the background for this special piece. I blended a few layers of brown, green and blue in a sort of drip-like design. Took it home to dry, then noticed that the acrylic did it’s little thing where it dries and contracts, leaving surprise white spots hidden here and …

Creative Adventures PHOTO-Blog: School demo, homeschooling, painting time

This past week has been another creative whirlwind. My facebook status the other day read: A busy week of living & learning. Enjoying time in the yard, playing soccer, climbing trees, identifying plants, eating yummy foods, boiling herbs, playing sudoku, reading National Geographic, watching movies and cartoons, practicing reading, writing & math, going surfing, painting, …

How to restore your energy after a difficult day

So even if life is generally great, we all have a tough day (or many) from time to time. Whatever the trigger or compounding factors that lead up to the overwhelm, frustration, or defeat, it usually leaves us feeling exhausted and confused. Someone said something insulting to you, traffic was really bad and set your …

Creative Sessions: Life is a piece of cake!

This weekend’s Creative Session was a ton of fun. Creations included a few gift items, some jewelry, and a few paintings. Armine, Hisae, Amanda, and baby Aurora, thank you for joining me! I painted a colorful abstract latte stone, and other pieces included flowers, and a decorated cake with the words “Life is a Piece …

Art Events, Galleries, Exhibits on Guam

Opportunities on Guam to attend or participate in local art exhibits, galleries and other events: UOG Isla Center for the Arts- Creative Hands Biennial Exhibit: The Isla Center for the Arts at the University of Guam is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition Creative Hands: Selected Works by Local Artists from January 24 to …

Creative Spotlight: Magic of the Ifit Flower

So this past week I decided I wanted to paint something specific. An ifit flower. And I just happened to have a beautiful photo that I took of one last year, much better than any photo I found searching on google! Of course, I would paint it in my own style, my creative version, not …

The challenges & blessings of homeschooling & running a business

Life has been flowing fairly smooth lately. I’ve been busy, with painting, creative sessions, website updating, business brainstorming & planning, home organizing & cleaning, and of course, being & learning with my boys. There have been some challenges, like keeping on course with nurturing myself and staying balanced between work and rest. There are so …

Creative Spotlight: The Magic Behind the Turtle Painting

Some of you knew this was coming. I’ve talked of turtles and their magic before, shared with friends, made mentions of one day painting a turtle into one of my artworks. Well, there has been a lot of turtle magic in my life recently, and to tell you the truth, this painting wasn’t planned. It …

UOG’s Isla Center for the Arts “Creative Hands” Exhibit of select local artists

As shared on their facebook event page: The Isla Center for the Arts at the University of Guam is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition Creative Hands: Selected Works by Local Artists from January 24 to February 22, 2013. This biennial exhibition will be the eleventh in a series of juried exhibits since …

Open Mic at Java Hut for the Creative Poets, Singers, Musicians, Speakers, Comedians on Guam

Java Hut is a local coffee shop on Guam, and they’ve recently started hosting open mic sessions every Friday & Saturday from 5-8pm. It started out just on Fridays but has been so popular they had to add another day! Poets, musicians, comedians, all are welcome. The Java Hut recently won the GuamBlog’s “Best Coffee …

Painted Little Ladies at Today’s Creative Session

Today I painted 3 little ladies, the Forest Fairy Goddess, the Sea Goddess, & the Stardust Goddess. They were fun. Small little 4″x4″ mini canvases. Got to use my teeny tiny brushes! =) Check em out:    

Notes from a Natural Child Health Workshop

Last night I helped to facilitate a natural child health workshop led by Dr. Valerie Simonsen ND (Naturopath licensed in Hawaii, and Shaman). The workshop was held at Nuts & Grains health food store in Tamuning, Guam. There were about 8 of us who attended, and we had questions that ranged from issues with eczema, …

Creative Spotlight: Moon Goddess

Continuing my painting groove, today I created this piece titled “Moon Goddess” and I just love her! It is a 24″x30″ acrylic on canvas, with a lot of movement. She is a goddess of the moon, she is nameless. She ebbs and flows as the tides do, she follows a rhythm and cycle that is …

Creative Spotlight: Her Majesty, The Queen(s)

Had an image in my mind today and immediately set up my easel, a 24″x30″ canvas, and my paints to start on it while the inspiration was fresh. It is titled “Her Majesty,” and represents a queen who is energetic, full of life & joy, powerful, graceful, bold, loving and playful. She is well-respected for …

Dinana Famalao’an: A Gathering of Women (New Moon Circle on Guam)

I am pleased to announce that Dinana Famalao’an (which means “a gathering of women” in Chamorro), is hosting a women’s circle every month (new moon) here on Guam. The first one, called “New Beginnings,” was held this past Saturday at UOG, and I attended with my mom. We absolutely loved it. We hosted the refreshments …

Creative Session This Saturday: Featuring Local Watercolor Artist

You are going to want to join us this Saturday at Tu Re Cafe (upstairs) for the latest weekly Creative Session. We are focusing on watercolors, and we have a guest artist joining us, Viktoria Sayrs. She is a well-known local watercolor artist who is known for her landscape portrayals of our beautiful island home, …