30 Days of Painted Elephants

Well... I'm pushing myself to a whole new level for the month of August. I loved doing my 15 minute practice last month. Though I found it hard to stick to. So... I'm giving myself a bigger challenge with more at stake! I've wanted to do SSSVEDA with Amy Schmitthauer...

An Interview with Roxanne Coble

ROXANNE COBLE - Artist, teacher & authentic creator. TELL US ABOUT THE BEGINNINGS OF BY BUN. My husband calls me Bun. So that's how that nick-name started. I needed somewhere to put my work on the internet. This was my first legit website that I was running. It...

Filling Your Fineline Applicator Bottles

This is one of my very favorite tools! I was recently teaching a workshop and showed one of my students this tool. It is one of my absolute favorites! I learned about it from this artist. I'm sad that I hadn't learned of it sooner I love it so much! After she left the...

Volunteering for Healing

My recent studio session was dedicated to a woman in Washington who has been struggling with her health after a gym injury that has left her barely able to walk. One of the members in my Spirit Wings Painting Course asked for volunteers to make angel paintings for...

It Starts With B-School

Wow! I finally did it. I joined Marie Forleo's B-School! I've been a fan girl of Marie for a few years now. I love the way she delivers her content and her feisty spirit. She is a woman I look up to and admire for her drive and passion for helping people build a life...

Blooming Miracle

I am so grateful that I have a creative outlet to release a lot of my pain. It has been a challenging year with a lot of ups and downs. This piece is a cultivation of my pain of fertility challenges. No one tells you that having a baby can be very difficult for...

Brave Heart, a Dedication

This painting is a dedication to my little sister and to all the women, like myself, who struggle with infertility. It is a heartbreaking, impossible journey full of so much pain and struggle. But somehow women by the thousands are pushing through with brave hearts to...

Embrace Possibility

Wow... does this quote ever resonate with me today! In a few short weeks we will be "Embracing Possibility" by moving to Houston, Texas from Edmonton, Canada! Yes, you read right. My husband has received a promotion through his work and they've offered him an amazing...

Happy New Year

I love the new year!!! I cherish the opportunity for growth, change, evaluation, setting new goals and intentions and changing course. I'm weird in that I really like change. I get bored easy, so I thrive on it I think. That's why this year I have filled my schedule...

Blooming True

This year I set out on a mission... to find my authentic creative voice. So I've been taking courses from many inspiring artists. I have loved the work of Flora Bowley for a long time and finally decided to take her Bloom True E-Course. I was so ready to stretch my...

The Compass

In October of this year a dear friend of mine lost her father to kidney failure. The year before she lost her mother after a long battle with mental illness. My friend is only 36 years old and she felt like she was now orphaned. She also doesn't have a large family....

Art Out = Love In

This is a mantra created by Kelly Rae Roberts that I absolutely love. Simply put, what comes up for us on the canvas also comes up for us in life, and when we’re willing to truly allow and surrender to the process of creating art, we inevitably let love in. I’ve...

Teaching With Paint Nite Edmonton

In June of this year I began my dream of teaching art. I came upon a new franchise called Paint Nite Edmonton where they provide all the supplies, marketing, sign ups and most of all students. They find bars and restaurants in the city that have nights that aren't...

Inspired By “The Gifts of Imperfection”

This piece was inspired by a quote from Brene Brown's #OLCBreneCource and book study "The Gifts of Imperfection" which I am currently taking. It's a bit of a different course, as Brene doesn't seem to be so much of an artist as a teacher and writer. So there aren't...

More Mixed Media Stamping Fun

I couldn't wait to post this piece for you! It is the transformation of the frame we found at the dollar store the other weekend that I told you about here. I pretty much always use Stampin' Up products in my work, because I had the supplies from when I was a...

More Soul-Shine Painting in the Studio

This was actually a very challenging week for me in the studio. I started on Friday afternoon on two new projects made from wooden boards I picked up from the Dollar Store. I saw them and instantly knew they would be great canvases for mixed media art. So I launched...

Weekend Finds That Turn Into Art

It seems every weekend DH and I end up needing to grab something from our local dollar store. Whether it's batteries, dish towels, extension cords or dish soap. We seem to have a reason to go there every weekend. We go so often that I've converted DH to being a big...

This Piece Literally Changed My Life

I was learning from my favorite mixed media teacher Tamara Laporte. She has many classes, but a lovely free one for all her website visitors. Of course I devour anything she puts together, so I signed up immediately. Even though I'm currently doing her Life Book...