Always Something New . . .


You think you’ve seen this before, but you haven’t – not really. You saw my journal page about the Winter Weeds here, but this is something new, surprising, and strange.

I love things that are new, surprising, and strange, don’t you?

What happened here is one of those creative process things, and that is what this blog is about, so I will tell you the story, which may seem off the subject for a minute or two, but it will wind its way back soon enough.

I was shocked to find that I have as many art journals ON my iPad, as I do in my studio.

It’s not an either/or thing – I avidly keep journals both ways since I discovered iPad art journaling early in 2011.

In my paper journals, I spend a LOT of time on my sketches, and therefore, everything doesn’t make it in there. Say if I am on a trip or something. I may come up with a couple of beautiful pages, but not my itinerary, what I saw, where and what I ate, insights and other thoughts that came up because I was away and able to think more clearly. Facts I learned while Googling something I saw or learned about on the trip.

SO, I also keep travel art journals on my iPad, and the process is similar, but so much faster and all encompassing. EVERYTHING gets in my iPad journal because it is ALWAYS with me and sharing ALL my experiences.

I was going through some of my iPad journals to find some pages I wanted to print, and I realized how much I LOVE the magic of all of it.

Last year, I made some small noises about holding an iPAD Art Journal Retreat and got a lot of interest, but I had a full schedule and did not do it.

Well, this year, I am going to make the Santa Fe Retreat an iPad only Journal Retreat. I love this so much that I have to share it.

Turning Point . . .

Now, we start the journey back to the beginning of this post.

I am working on the description page for the retreat – making a sample page to show, and I realized the drawing of my weeds was not on my iPad. I knew I used it in that blog post, so where was it?

I had scanned it to use in the blog, so it was in the laptop someplace but I couldn’t find it.

So, I went to find the blog post to make sure I wasn’t imagining things. There it was.

For some reason,  rather than saving the blog picture and sending it to my iPad, I decided I would just take a picture of it onscreen with the iPad and it would be there in my iPad photos where I need it.

That is not a normal thing to do because the laptop screen is a different resolution (and is also pulsating, but we don’t usually see that). In the old days, you never wanted to scan from a printed magazine page because the different resolutions would create weird patterns called moirés and ruin the image.

I figured that might happen, but I never figured, it would look like the journal page had been painted on canvas! That’s cool.


I’m not saying I know what you might do with this idea, but it sure is interesting.

If I were a scrapbooker, and into patterned paper backgrounds, I would really be excited . . . look at this enlargement.


So, that’s my little piece of fun for today.

You will be hearing all about the fabulous new retreat within a day or so. There has never been anything like it, and there is nobody else who could teach it, so it’s pretty special.

Stay tuned.



  1. Sister, we are having a parallel experience day. It is BLUE and CRISP and CLEAR here (in San Mateo, CA) and you can see for miles (the East Bay has been hidden for a while). I was walking and taking in the beautiful color that the a.m. sun highlighted. I love the iPad workshop idea and may just sign up! When? I love you!

  2. I always love reading your posts. I look forward to the day when I’ll have enough time to order one of your books and put it to use. Your work both written and painted is so beautiful.

  3. I was thinking you’d drawn this on a gridded page! I have had trouble taking photos with my Ipad or Iphone a few times due to that weird waviness showing up. It works great as a background for artwork though. Your retreat sounds great. I wish I could go but as long as I have all four dogs plus my husband I won’t be able to. Minus the dogs or the husband lol….. hmmm, not giving up the dogs….

  4. Thank you for each of your hard work on this web site. Gloria delights in woknirg on investigation and it is easy to understand why. Almost all learn all concerning the compelling means you make precious secrets on this web blog and as well as increase contribution from website visitors about this concern then our own girl is now discovering so much. Take pleasure in the rest of the new year. You are carrying out a tremendous job.

  5. This is the most wonderful day of my life, because I’m here with you now.The Smiths are my neighbors.The price is reasonable.I will speak against anything I know to be wrong.He looks very healthy.There are mice next to the refrigerator, under the sink and inside the cupboard!There are mice next to the refrigerator, under the sink and inside the cupboard!He came to the point at once.The view is great.The question will be settled tonight. Burberry

  6. My kids are readers, Steph. Math is crazy difficult for two out of the three. One, on the other hand, is a math wizard. I understand what you did – and I’m sure your son is glad it worked. Not everyone has to read everything, but reading is important. Yes, I do get it. My youngest works best with figures – but now she reads all the time.

  7. Abbott better than Turnbull18% women said Abbott worse than Turnbull46% women said about the same Turnbull v. Abbott:21% men prefer Abbott26% women prefer AbbottAbbott polls better among women than Turnbull at the moment.

  8. 5 fabulous ladies together oh this looks not only wild but also fun;) and i love that floral maxi you are wearing! sexy hippie goddess;)love and kiss,mary

  9. Exceptional read, I recently passed this onto a friend who was simply doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch when I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Many thanks for lunch!

  10. According to conviction, I am not simply what I am doing now. I am also what I have done, and my conventionally edited version of my past is made to seem almost more the real me than what I am at this moment. For what I am seems so fleeting and intangible, but what I was is fixed and final. It is the firm basis for predictions of what I will be in the future, and so it comes about that I am more closely identified with what no longer exists than with what actually is

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *