Life Book : check it out !

15 October 2011

I'm one of the 14 guest teachers on Tamara Laporte's Life Book course!
Check out the video for some highlights about the course.

... After I made and uploaded the video, I found out that links in YouTube videos can only link within YouTube (and not to an external website, like I had intended) so if you do click the link inside the video, it will take you to my YouTube channel, where you can find a link to my website. Or, you can simply click here, instead :

Life Book : FAQs

02 October 2011

These are Answers from Tam (Willowing) to the most Frequently Asked Questions about Life Book. If you are still confused, or have other questions, please email her:


1. Can I download and keep all the materials?
Yes, you can! You can keep them forever and ever and watch them at your own pace, in your own time.

2. Do I have to participate in the healing exercises?
Not at all, if you don’t want to. :)

3. Do I have to upload my work?
Not at all, if you don’t want to.

4. Will I get DVDs for the extra classes?
No, you will get access to the ‘self-study’ groups where you can download and keep all the materials.

5. How long will the materials remain available after the course ends?
The group will close officially by the end of March 2013.

6. Can other people continue to sign up throughout the year?
Yes, people can continue to sign up through the year, so spread the word! :-)

7. Is it ok to dip in and out of the course, I might be away for a while.
Absolutely: you can be as active or inactive as you want to be!

8. Can I get a refund half way through the year (or at any point) if
I’ve decided I no longer want to take part?
No. Refunds can be given before the course starts (before 31st Dec 2011), but refunds can not be given once you’re on the course.

9. Can I share the course materials with other people?
No. If your neighbour or friend wants to take part in the course, they have to sign up themselves and also pay the course fee themselves.

10. I don’t know how to download the videos, can you help?
A description on how to download videos is given alongside every video posted. If that description is still too confusing, please email Tamara Laport : Please note however that detailed advice and lessons on how to navigate IT cannot be offered.

Life Book Registration Begins today, the 1st of Oct. !!!

01 October 2011

Are you ready to make a book that is unique and splendiferous ?! A book that is colourful and creative ?! A book that is made with messy mixed media, glitters, heart and soul ?!

Life Book is a year-long online art course, with lessons by Tamara Laport (aka Willowing) and 14 guest teachers (including yours truely... who will be doing 2 months of lessons on this course!) A whole year's worth of new techniques, new friends, and new discoveries!

How are the lessons structured?

Tam will provide 1 mixed media lesson a month (posted on every 1st Monday of the month) and there are 14 contributing mixed media teachers who will each provide a lesson for a month they've been assigned to (these lessons will be posted each 3rd Monday of the month)! In addition there will be extra things happening the other weeks: artist interviews to inspire you, journal prompts to encourage you, extra art exercises, tips and tricks, you name it! This course will be overflowing with lessons, inspiration and stuff to keep you busy the whole year!!

You will become part of a thriving, buzzing, creative community with opportunities to make new connections, learn many new mixed media styles and techniques and make new arty friends!

-- Download all class materials to your machine, keep them forever
-- Learn many new mixed media techniques and styles
-- Grow and develop both personally and artistically
-- Receive extra inspiration, like PDF worksheets, art journal prompts,
free uplifting affirmation jpegs (for you to print and hang up),
give aways, artist interviews etc!
-- Connect with like-minded creative people
-- Make new artistic connections
-- Become part of a buzzing/ thriving art community for a whole year!

Learn from the most inspiring Mixed Media Art Teachers:

Bonnie Rose (me!), Mystele, Wyanne, Gritty Jane, Jane Davenport, Rhomany, Juliette Crane, Effy Wild, Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal, Adriana Almanza, Jodi Ohl, Connie Hozvicka, Samantha Kira, Tam aaaaand, another mystery teacher will be announced over the next 3 months! :D

Let the creative journey begin...

Click here to view more details & to register

It's been a busy summer!

22 September 2011

Summer brought me a bushel of commissions, particularly portraits of/with Tori Amos.
One lead to another, to another, to another... with a few paintings for myself once in a while, in between the requests.

I've been a busy summer bee, and now that I've had 2 weeks away from the paintbox, it's time to pick up the brush and begin anew... Autumn, what fruits will you bear?!

Life Book !

21 September 2011

OMGlitter! Fabulous news:

Yours truely will be a guest teacher on the newest YEAR LONG online art course by Willowing!

Every month, a new lesson, a new adventure, a new creative journey into self.

We'll be making our own art journals, one page/spread every month, and then finally, at the end of year, binding them together with an ancient binding method. We'll also be making new friends along the way, as members of the course will have the oppertunity to share pictures of their pages, discuss their experiences, and interact with other workshop members on -- yay!

There are so many awesome guest teachers, and of course, the fabulous Tamara Laport (aka Willowing) who will be sharing, guiding, and inspiring, each offering her own personal touch to this jam-packed workshop! My featured guest lesson is at the end of this book, but I'll also have a few surprise tutorials popping up from time to time, throughout the course.

To find out more about this course, the teachers, and the payment plans, and to purchase a place on this course please go here: Click here to view more details

Get your pens and brushes ready, folks!
I hope to see you on the Life Book course!


09 August 2011

Yesterday, I doodled this funny little robot, and it occured to me: I couldn't remember the last time I doodled. I'm not sure when it began, exactly (I suppose since I stopped going to classes,) but I've nearly stopped doodling altogether.

Slightly alarming... I've always been a doodler... how can this be happening?!

I'm always preoccupied with a project, something to be completed, specified and pre-planned. There has been little engery left for doodle time. says:

doodle, noun

a design, figure, or the like, made by idle scribbling.

Archaic . a foolish or silly person

Interesting. I've never refered to a person as a "doodle". Seems like a bizare thing to say, to me.

Doodling, idle scribbling... but you know, it's actually quite a healthy thing to do. It's like meditation, free form movement, no planning, the hand becomes the tool, the tool becomes the mark, and the mark becomes itself, with no forethought, no constrictions. It's born of a pure and uninhibited creative process. A doodle is unique amoungst the masterworks and the blueprints, the sketches and the portraits. A doodle is the anarchist nomad of the artworld, a Beat poet, a phantom... a doodle is free to be what it will be.

There is wisdom in a doodle.

SALE + WhimWa on USB !

08 August 2011


Original Paintings

30 - 50% off
Special sales on selected paintings,
from now until 30th September, 2011

And the Whimsical Watercolours Workshop
is now available on USB key!

A super cute surf board styled key
is pre-loaded with the entire course.

Learn how to use watercolour paints to create
whimsical and illustrative works of art,
beginning with basic techniques,
all the way to making mixed media paintings!

6 hours and 20 minutes of videos + pdf lessons

You don't need to download anything,
nor access the internet to take the course this way.
Simply plug the key into a USB port
on your computer, and voila!

"Hallow's Eve" (new painting!)

20 June 2011

"Hallow's Eve" is a mixed media (graphite, water soluable crayons, and watercolour) painting, inspired by a sacred tome, written by my mother.

The figure in the painting ended up resembling me, on accident. I was using a photo of myself, which I took to help with the sketching stage of the piece; although I had intended to change the features, they came through as very me-like, in the end. Since the figure is supposed to represent Morgana Le Fey, an incarnation of the Lady of the Heavens, I wanted her to have a Celt/Welsh appearance, and I think I've managed that rather well, so mission accomplished!

Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out... don't you just love all the little sparkling souls/stars ?

(By the way, in case you were wondering : the "blue stuff" is masking fluid, which was removed in the last phases of painting.)

WhimWa is back!

19 June 2011

The Whimsical Watercolours Workshop is back! This time as a self-study edition.

Learn how to use watercolour paints to create whimsical and illustrative works of art, beginning with basic techniques, all the way to making mixed media paintings!

6 hours and 20 minutes of videos + pdf lessons

All videos and pdf materials can be downloaded, for you to keep. Watch and re-watch them anytime.

This is a self-study course. Watch, learn, and paint at your own pace.

( Personal critiques and live interaction with the instructor are not offered in this edition of
the Whimsical Watercolours Workshop.)

Four awesome weeks of

Learning, Painting, and Fun!

You must be a member of Willowing & Artist Friends to participate in this workshop.

It's a free online community which focuses on mixed media

whimsical, illustrative, journaling, and healing arts.

The Whimsical Watercolours Workshop Costs : 30£ (approx. $47 US dollars)

You can purchase this workshop with PayPal or with a major credit / debit card.

For more information and to join
this workshop, please CLICK HERE

Beene's 100 Days of Musix

14 June 2011

A friend on Facebook set fourth the challenge... after a few months of chicken feathers, I've finally decided to dive in.

Day 1 - your favorite song (this is the hardest one....)

I have 2 favourite songs:

"The Emperor's New Clothes" by Sinead O'Connor
I've loved this song from the first time I heard it. Something in it rocks me to the bones. Almost 20 years later, it hits home harder than ever.

"There's millions of people, who offer adivce, and say how I should be. But they're twisted and they will never be any influence on me... You know how it is, and how a pregnancy can change you. I've seen plenty of clothes that I like, but I won't go anywhere nice for a while. All I want to do is just sit here, and write it all down, and rest for a while... Whatever it may bring, I will live by my own policies, I will sleep with a clear conscience, I will sleep in peace..."

and "Yes, Anastasia" by Tori Amos
The music moves into me, we shapeshift together, curves, hard edges, skipping through timelines like stones on a great sonic ocean...
"We'll see how brave you are" has been a mantra for me through the years. It's been a rock for me through some of the fiercest storms.

"Fast Horse" (Tori Amos cover)

15 May 2011

A cover of Tori Amos' "Fast Horse" (from the Abnormally Attracted to Sin album). I broke the high E string on my guitar a few minutes beofre recording this (oops!) so it's a 5-string version (LOL)

I'm no great guitarist, but I like to play, and when I discovered that I knew most of the chords for the rythum guitar accompaniment for Fast Horse, well, I just had to learn it! Maybe someday I'll do another recording, with all 6 strings in tact. (LOL)

If you're not familiar with this song, it's about a woman's need to get back to her Cherokee roots, her need to turn away from needless materialism and ungreatfulness for the things she has in her life. She's let Bad Medicine into her life, and he's been hurtful, damaging, and a corruptive force in her life. Good Medicine is the wise voice of her ancestors, the fibres of her Native Self even, reminding her and guiding her with helpful and healing advice. He says she needs to find a healer, maybe even a Shaman, to "smoke out" Bad Medicine, and help her to be greatful for her simple gifts, and to remember who she is, from the roots to the core.

There are currents in this song that strike me deeply, and resonate... The first time I heard it, I lit the Sage, invited Good Medicine to come in... I cleansed, and I remembered...

When I sing this song, I feel Spirits come near, and some of them hum and chant softly with me. Some are silent, just listening. When I sing it, I feel the Sage smoldering, and my roots remember.

The latest albino faerie is painted!

13 May 2011

"Équinoxe de l'Automne" is finished with watercolour and graphite pencil.

She and I have had several long conversations over the last few weeks, and it seems she finds my questions impertinent, and always replies with "None of your business." So, that being that, the contents of her little box are still unknown to me. When I inquire, she says: "You don't want to know."

Although certainly not a "bad faerie", she is unlikely to be much of anyone's friend, except perhaps for little white mice and small, fluttering creatures. She's silent, and stealthy, and appears suddenly from under shadow and branch, always accompanied by an gathering of little whispering companions. She may smile at you, and you are wise to smile in return... but do not ask to know what secrets she holds... you would be wiser to be without such wisdom. The most likely time to see her out-and-about is on the Autumn Equinox, particularly at the twylight of the evening, when both the sun and moon are hidden in haze of orange and violet light.

Sumi-e Styled Dragonflies

12 May 2011

I love ancient Chinese and sumi-e styled painting... so graceful, spontaneous, and gorgeous!

Although I don't have proper sumi-e brushes, I thought I'd try some of the techniques as best as I could, using synthetic watercolour brushes. Here are a few of the dragonflies that I painted last week, using transparent watercolour on paper...

I found this kind of painting to be freeing... the subtlety, the mixture of intent and spontaneity... it's focusing, inside... outside.

"30 Random Facts"

04 March 2011

I was tagged on Facebook (hi Jeanne!) to answer 30 random facts about myself...

It was a while ago, several months (omg, where does the time go?!) since I was tagged, and I didn't get to answer it right away. I did think about these 30 random facts quite a bit, so I suppose they are "Random and Pre-Meditated".

It's a fun little game, but it's also an interesting introspective and slightly existential exercersize. I'm a human being, which makes me ridiculously complex, and yet having to come up with 30 facts about myself was a bit daunting at the start. It's like looking in the mirror, really looking, and having to acknowledge and explain what you see. No glancing!

Some of these facts are from the surface, and some are from the depths, but all of them are true:

1. Violet, purple everything ... j'adore.

2. I'm a "double-Libra" (Libra Sun and Rising), I have a Capricorn Moon and a Scorpio Mercury.

3. "The Secret of NIMH" changed my life. It opened my eyes to the atrocities of animal testing.

4. Brian Froud is a personal hero of mine. I am in awe of his work, and his communication with the faerie realm.

5. Vanilla everything ... although chocolate is awesome, it's partly because chocolate has vanilla in it.

6. I drink tea. Black, green, and herbal. No sugar. No milk.

I drink coffee. Black. No sugar. Sometimes soy or hazelnut milk.

7. Two tattos : 1 animal, 1 plant

8. I've been to 29 of the 50 US States. I've lived in 2 of them (Ohio & California.)

9. I'm an EWF, and have been since 1994. I heard "God" and have been in sonic love ever since. I've seen Tori Amos live three times (UTP, FTCGH, and 5 1/2 Weeks). Totally spiritual, walking in with the crowd, pilgrims, unified. The house lights go down, and I cried at every concert.

10. Severe and Chronic Arachnaphobia. I'm getting better... a little bit... but we will always be enemies.

11. I'm a "cat person" but I've only had a cat once in my life, and then, only breifly. It seems my lot in life to live with "not cat people." (But I love the doggies, too!)

12. I don't like birds in cages. Birds inside a home disturb me... a bird in the house is an omen of death... and besides, they can't fly in a cage.

13. I'm a bit like a magpie... oooo shiney things! I'm a sucker for jewelry.

14. Glitter. On everything. In everything. It's totally infested my home... and I couldn't be happier about that!

15. In Chinese astrology, I'm a Yang Metal Monkey - Earth Dog - Dragon

16. I love Italian (sometimes difficult, being vegan,) and Indian cuisine. I put garlic in just about everything. (Never in cake though, don't worry!)

17. I have arthritis, a mashed up knee, and dislocated bones in my spine and ankle. The rain and I are not friends, and I don't do inclines well at all.

18. I'm not very clever with math. I'm even less clever with chemistry. I'm a terrible speller. But I can draw just about anything! (expect mechanical things... that might as well be math and chemistry.)

19. I have regrets... but when I'm feeling remorse and regret, I just remind myself that every action, every choice, everything that has happened in the past has helped to make me who I am today, and has played it's part in setting me on this current path. If I changed even one event, the house of cards would tumble.

20. I'm a diest, and I don't think that "god" is a personality, sitting up in heaven or on the top of a mountain, watching and listening, and taking part in our lives. I think of "god" in terms of the Tao and of Nature. Energy is eternal, but the consciousness of the Universe is much more complex than that of one individual being, or pantheon of beings, for that matter. I think the pantheons describe and manifest qualities of ourselves, of nature, of the Universe, but they are just representations, just characters, and models, to help us understand and explain not only the Universe, but also ourselves. We are a way for the Universe to know itself.

21. I do believe in faeries. If you think that's corny, that's too bad for you. :P

22. I like red wine, rosé, and sweet white wine. I also drink absinthe, and contrary to it's odious reputation, it does not cause madness. Newer studies have shown that it's actually the high levels of alcohol, rather than the miniscule content of the wormwood, that caused mental and physical problems for the absinthe drinkers of yesteryear. It's like any other liquer or grain alcohol : moderation is key.

23. I'm a Trekkie, married to a Trekkie. It's like being shipwrecked on nerd paradise!

24. I'm a natural redhead. It used to be spiral-curly, but a few years ago, it went straight. It's a mystery! (I think maybe it's because of the minerals in the water over here.)

25. I don't have kids. I'm not going to have kids. That's my business, and my right, so will the rest of the world please lay off already?! What, there's a shortage of humans? There's a global need for me to procreate so that humanity doesn't die off? . . . Yeah, I thought not.

26. Carey Grant and Gary Oldman are two of my favourite actors.

27. Neil Gaiman, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Barbara G. Walker are three of my favourite authors.

28. I love a good murder mystery! The best part is figuring out who did it. (fuck you, Agatha Christie!)

29. I've been reading Tarot since I was 14.

30. I make wishes on stars, and clocks that say 11:11, and birthday candles.

And now I've tagged you, dear reader, to post 30 Random Facts about yourself on your blog. (^_^) Get out those mirrors, and start blogging!

Albino Faerie WIP... part 2

So it seems she's coming along more smoothly now... wow, she can be so temperamental! She started behaiving better after I resketched Mr. Mouse and added a few butterflies and moths; I guess she likes their company (^_^)

I started working on the background and the border, both coming along a bit slowly, but I'm going to add more details into the border, and I feel that once I get started on the pattern, it's going to pick-up the pace.

I wonder what's in the box . . . ? ? ! !

An albino faerie WIP

28 February 2011

Sketching something new... She's temperamental, even argumentative, but the conversation is stimulating. Moths. White Mice. A mystery...

Typically, I sketch figures in the nude, before I add clothing. It's helpul, particularly when adding fold lines and fabric shadows. I'm not certain if she's going to be partially nude, or not... she hasn't made up her mind yet.

She's an albino (as is the little mouse on her shoulder,) which makes her the second painting in the blossoming series of albino faeries. ("Gift" being the first.)

I'm fairly certain that there will be a decorative border in this peice, something with moths in it, but for the moment, that's all I know of it.

*sparkles and shivers*

Blue Moon (new painting)

19 February 2011

"Blue Moon" (mixed media on wood)

The third project from Willowing's M3 course ( ) :
A mermaid, painted on wood, inspired by the style of Marc Chagall

Surprisingly, I really got into this project!

Although I like Chagall, it's so totally different from my own style, that I was hesitant to even take on the challenge of encorporating his elements and signature style into my own painting... But I took a chance, and wow, I'm so thrilled that I did! I'm relaly happy with my little painting, even moreso than with the previous two (both Mucha and Klimt were well within my comfort zone.)

A 15 x 15 cm wooden block is the base; I used Neocolour II crayons, white acrylic paint, graphite pencil, and just a tiny touch of coloured pencil. When it was done, I glazed the painting with gel medium, to seal in the colour and give it just a hint of gloss.

I love working on wood! This is my 5th painting on it. I'd never used water soluable crayons on wood before, though, so this was an interesting experiment for me. The wood really does absorb a lot of the saturation, but I found that when I wet the surface first, and then applied the crayon, I got a much more saturated and thick application of paint, which was helpful in the areas that I wanted to be more pigmented.

The idea of a dreamscape, which is often suggested in Chagall's work, was really appealing to me. I tried to create a space where it might be in the sea, or it might be in the sky... perhaps it's both places at once. The moon is harmonious with the ocean, and to me, both symbolize feminity, emotions, cycles, change, dreams, intuition, and profound feelings and thoughts.

The mermaid is cradling the moon, perhaps about to kiss her glowing cheek, and both their eyes are closed, with thoughful, quiet expressions... they are shaing thought, feeling the same feeling, two-yet-one, and one-yet-two. The moon is also a pearl, and it is also the mermaid's face, it is of the sky, of the sea, and of the body, embraced, but free.

The two fish are swimming towards each other, choosing different paths, but they share a common goal. I also liked the Piscean aspect of the two fish, as Pisces brings a lot of dreamy, changable, and emotional attributes.

The little dots of white might be stars, they might be bubbles within the water, they might be ripples on the surface of the water... they are all three.

"Une Ange de Compassion" (new painting)

15 February 2011

This was a really fun painting to make... It's the first time that I've painted a large angel, and the first time I've used watersoluable crayons, too (both experiences being quite rewarding!) It is inspired by Week 3 of Willowing's Mythical Making workshop at The project was to create a mixed media angel, representing compassion and safety, in the style of Alphonse Mucha.

Mucha is one of my most favourite painters in the whole wide world, and has always been a major influence on my work. It was wonderful to have a conversation with his spirit while sketching for this painting.

Although I deviated from the suggested mediums (I didn't use acrylics, stamping, or leaf,) I did stay with "mixed media" by using water soluable crayons, watercolour (pans and pencils) and coloured pencil.

It's done on 36 x 48 cm watercolour paper (200g/m2)and was worked over 4 days, within a 2 week period. The sketch was one day, most of the painting was done in another, and then I took two days to fine tune the details.

I called it "Une Ange de Compassion" (An Angel of Compassion) and I wanted it to be as if the flowers are pouring from her heart...

details :

Just before finishing the painting, I learned that my grandmother passed away... Coming back to work on the painting, a week later, there was something comforting about it, and I found that the angel's expression started to change a bit... she was telling me, "everything will be ok." <3

As an added point of interest, I asked my husband too look up the astrological chart for this painting (using the time and date of when it was finished) and he said that the asteroid "angel" was almost exactly overhead... I thought that was pretty cool!

Life Book Registration Begins on the 1st of Oct. !!!

10 January 2011

Hooray, hooray! Registration for the Life Book course begins TODAY!

I'm also happy to announce that I will be doing TWO lessons, as a guest teacher: the first, and the last months. I'll also be adding a little secret something as a supliment goodie in the middle. Woot!

Are you ready to create a book that is unique and splendiferous ?! A book that is wonderful and colourful ?! A book that is made with paper, paint, heart, soul... and glitter ?!

Click here to view more details & to register