October 31, 2016

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“All of Me” – John Legend cover

Gus here – just letting you know that Mom recorded a new song tonight. She was trying to channel her inner John Legend. I tried to listen, but these headphones just don’t fit. You can get your own copy below. Maybe you’ll have better luck…

Click here to listen to Laura’s “All of Me” mp3 (a John Legend Cover)

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June 24, 2016

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Explosion of Color free art event this Sunday!

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If you’ve ever taken one of my classes, you know that I’m a lover of Copic markers.

But why discriminate? I’m also a lover of acrylic paints, inks, colored pencils, watercolors, oil pastels, patterned paper, fabric, umm…you get the picture. I basically hoard anything I find at Michaels, JoAnns, or Hobby Lobby.

You know what’s great about that? You can use everything in your stash when making your art and call it “Mixed Media.”

Over the past few years, I’ve created dozens of mixed media paintings, and I’m excited to announce they will be on display in my first gallery show at the Jaycee Center starting this Sunday!

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AN EXPLOSION OF COLOR” SHOW OPENING + LIVE PAINTING SESSION!

On Sunday, June 26th (from 2-4 p.m.), come join me at the Jaycee Art Center in Irving for my gallery show opening! Entry and parking are free, and I’ve planned something really special for everyone.

Here’s what you can expect:

• A room full of color inspiration with art by myself and two talented friends (photographer, Shanay Payne and encaustic wax artist, Rhonda Daniel)

• A live painting session where I’ll show you how I paint layered, mixed media girls

• Live acoustic guitar music

• Door-prize giveaways (including a free spot in one of my upcoming classes, a free portrait photography session, and more!)

• Yummy snacks/refreshments

• Images from all the Copic projects I’ve taught over the last 5 years

• Did I mention LOTS of color inspiration?

Mark your calendar, and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday! We are going to have so much fun!

More more info and directions to the event, go to our website:
explosionofcolor.wordpress.com

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December 22, 2015

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Joni Mitchell’s “River” – holiday mp3

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Hi everyone…it’s hard to believe it is that time of year again. I thought I’d share a little gift with you. Are there any Joni Mitchell lovers out there? I’ve always been a fan of her holiday song “River”. Click on the image above or here to take a listen.

Am just getting over the stomach flu this week, so this is a rough version… but I couldn’t wait to try out my new vocal microphone with the ol’ Clavinova piano. Hope you enjoy it!

April 26, 2015

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mp3 – Sara Bareilles cover “Breathe again…”

There’s no hiding the fact that I’m a huge fan of Sara Bareilles’ songwriting. She has the knack for coming up with incredible ballads.

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down at the piano and shared a tune with you. The song I’m sharing today inspired me to give some new recording gear a try. It is called “Breathe Again” (from Sara’s album Kaleidoscope Heart), and can be downloaded here. Hope you like this rough take.

Happy Sunday,

November 21, 2014

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Copic markers + glitter = love.

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One of my favorite Copic techniques this year is creating glitter sticker sheets and bringing them to life with creative coloring. When I saw Elizabeth Crafts Designs’ gold holly tree stickers… I knew they’d look fabulous in greens and reds for the holidays.

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I’ve added three levels of dimension to the rolling, snowy hills:
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The sticker sheet also comes with stunning snowflake tree images. They make a great alternative holiday card in unconventional shades of lavender/blue:

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Want to make your own? I’ll be teaching these cards at a class on December 6th in the DFW metroplex. Contact me for more info.

Happy holidays!