Happy New Year!

Happy 2015!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and fun New Year’s celebration.  I have been enjoying time with family and friends and haven’t posted for a few weeks.  I thought I would share a few pictures of some of the gifts I gave to family for Christmas.  Now that they have received them, I can show them off a bit. 🙂  These are two sketches I made of my grand nephews for their parents.

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They are such cuties!!  And so much fun.  They live far away from me, so I don’t get to see them that often.

Well, now that all that celebrating is behind me, I am back to my usual schedule of posting once a week. I am looking forward to catching up on all my blogger friends posts, too.

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

Altadena Open Studios Tour Recap

The Open Studio Tour of Altadena was a great success and so much fun.  I met a great group of talented artists and thought I would share some of their pictures. (All images provided by the artists and are copyrighted by each individual artist.) You can visit and like our Facebook page, Open Studios, Altadena, CA here, And check out our new website designed by artist, Ana Marini Genzon, at http://openstudios-pasa-alta.weebly.com/

Renee Rusak Strouse, an aerial art photographer, converted the front porch of her home into a wonderful gallery.


Leslie Delamater Anderson Aitken, knitwear designer of LA General Store Design Studio opened her home and showcased her lovely knitwear line. You can visit her on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/LAinstitches

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Painter Patrick Gothard showcased his paintings along with his wife Mary, who shared her hand stitched collectibles.

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Artist Leah Knecht opened her studio and shared her large scale art as well as some of her beautiful Classic Pet Portraits and portrait commissions. You can see more of her work at her Facebook page.

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One of my favorite local shops HOOPLA!  also hosted artists at their store as well as Sidewalk Cafe.


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And here are another couple of pictures of my studio.

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I took one last picture, just as we were closing up for the day.

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This is just a small sample of the art that was on exhibit over the weekend.  Thanks to all the artists who helped put on this event, it was a group effort with just a few months notice to pull it all together.  And thanks to all of those who came out and visited our studios.  I met some wonderful new neighbors and art collectors!  🙂

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

Open Studios Tour is Today!

Today is the Day!  Our charming little town at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains has an annual ‘Open Studios Tour” and I am thrilled to be asked to participate this year.  I didn’t realize I had such creative neighbors!  🙂  This has been a wonderful experience for me, as I have made new friends with really talented, generous, and wonderful artists in my neighborhood.



I have “spruced” up the studio and cleaned out all the cobwebs!


I have also created more jewelry pieces.



I think I picked up a million beads from the floor!  🙂


There are about 20 artists sharing their work at nine different studios around town as well as three retail locations.


Each studio is about a 3-5 minute drive from each other and we are hoping for a big crowd! (Or I will be eating all the cookies!)

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell





An Infrared Photograph

I have loved infrared B/W photography ever since I discovered it in college.  Especially when I photograph trees.  Once I started shooting digitally, I created a “similar to infrared” action in Photoshop.  This is a shot of a fountain surrounded by trees.  I took it a few years ago when I was on location, photographing an engagement session.

Anybody else a fan of infrared B/W photography?


Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell