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Art Journal Weekend!!!

June 4th-7th 2020 Art Journal Weekend with artist Michelle Allen! Registration Opens Nov. 1 at noon (PST). I’m are offering early bird registration (10AM (PST))  for those who sign up on my newsletter. Limited space, only 8 spots available. This enchanting weekend will be hosted by Michelle in Michelle’s beautiful home, located in the Portland, Oregon metro area (Vancouver, WA).…

It’s almost Studio Sale time!!!

We’d love for you to join us at our annual sale where we sell close-outs, samples and slightly blemished products, along with everything else. You can seriously find some great deals here! The dates and times are in the images below. I’ll be posting more info on this later and also sending out some specials via our newsletter (upper right corner of this…

Clark County Open Studios!

The 3rd Annual Clark County Open Studios is almost upon us!!!  Nov. 14 & 15, 10AM-5PM I hope if you’re local you’ll put this on your calendar and come out to see the incredible artists that are right here in our community! And it’s FREE! Visit the website to get directions and more information. Preview Exhibit and Artists’ Reception Friday, Nov 6, 2015, 5 pm–9 pm…

Painting in Color Workshop— MEXICO!!!

I am so excited about this opportunity to share my love of creating, explore Oaxaca, Mexico and spend time with like-minded people! Not to mention teach alongside the prolifically talented and fabulous Sunny Carvahlo (check out her work and her workshop post here)! We would LOVE to have you join us on this adventure! Kathie Vezzani, also an artist, has been organizing…

300 Days of Creating – Progress Report

This 300 Days of Creating project has been unbelievably motivating for me! I’m realizing that every day I have a goal to be creative. Even if it doesn’t end up happening, it’s on my mind and something that is present. I’m also realizing how much I love looking back to see what I’ve already accomplished and the progress that’s been made. And…

300 Days of Creating Progress Report

Well, I have to say, this has been a REALLY GOOD challenge for me. I’m already more intentional to be creative knowing that I can’t get behind. And, along with it, I’m FEELING more creative! Below are a sampling of a few of the days so far… 7/300  Thinking a lot about the lack of snow up in our poor…

new goal: 300 days of creativity

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everyone seems to be doing these wonderful and inspiring 365 day art challenges. Everyone that is, like these amazing artists- Pam Garrison, Jennifer Orkin Lewis, and Sonya Penn. Through much thought, I’ve decided to “KIND OF” jump on the bandwagon! I really try to set goals that I think I can achieve. With travel and life,…

My Home Art Studio Tour

in case you didn’t make it out to the Clark County Open Studios this past weekend i thought i’d give you a little “virtual tour” of my home art studio. i will admit, i like organization and places for everything to go. hence, the abundance of dressers and containers. this is where i spend most of my time… unfortunately. i’m thankful to have…

Studio Sale, China Travel and Open Studios

there’s a lot going on! first off, many people are a bit confused as to the difference between the Clark County Open Studios and our own Allen Designs Studio Sale. i’ll start with the 14th Annual Allen Designs Studio Sale which is at our business location off Minnehaha Rd. this is where we sell close-outs, samples and slightly blemished products, along with…

allen designs studio space

over the past several years our business has evolved & changed. to the point that we have a fairly large space upstairs that doesn’t get much use. and it has been killing me. the light is amazing up there! but no longer, we’re taking action! we’ve replaced the ugly brown carpet with salvaged shiplap. and it’s BEAUTIFUL! flooring makes all the difference. (as…

hello China!

yes, i’m here in China again. at least twice a year. i can’t believe this is my 10th year of coming here. am i really getting that old?! i’m working on lots of new designs. pretty darned excited about them! after 10 yrs., i still get completely blissed out in the development process. seeing two dimensional art become three dimensional…

March Desktop Wallpaper

we wanted to share a little gift with you this month- just click on the image below to open the file, then right click to save. happy March!!! spring is in the air and we’re so excited. don’t forget this weekend to set your clocks forward. yay for longer days! ˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚˚ i like this.

in the meantime

today was a busy day, full of lots of interruptions & deadlines of sorts. i was determined to get my exciting adventure post done, but it didn’t happen. so… in the meantime i’ll show you a peek at what i’ve been working on. more letters! a couple questions for you, if you don’t mind. do you collect any letters or…

doodles & more

we’ve been busy around here- busy scheming what our 2013 adventures will be. i think this is going to be a big year for allen designs/close2myart as well as for myself. lots of exciting things brewing! and art is a very big part of it. yay for me! how about you, do you take time to list out your goals &…

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