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west coast art + inspirations

gorgeous papers at flax in san francisco
my most recent trip to california was all about art + inspiration!
Lunch at Tartine Bakery in The Mission, San Francisco with the lovely Tiffany MooreBeth NichollsLouise Gale, and Mati McDonough
i met these lovely and inspiring ladies for the very first time and we chatted and enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Tartine Bakery!
i spent lots of time admiring these fabulous papers and got inspired to add flocking powder to a few new paintings to get that incredible look of velvet!
even with a bit of rain, i took lots of walks…
and really enjoyed the like-springtime flowers.
i found some of my favorite things…watermelon juice, homemade granola bars with dried figs and apricots and the perfect macchiato!
then i headed to an artful journey in los gatos! 
and i so admired the lovely orange trees,
palm trees, 
moss-covered trees…
and even the fog.
after a three day painting workshop with jesse reno
and lots of art with some seriously amazing ladies…
beth, louise and i headed down the coast on hwy 1!
the sun was out in carmel, california
and i spent lots of afternoons overlooking the ocean…
and eating fabulous food at nepenthe
and the adorable big sur inn.
i just couldn’t resist the blooming magnolias,
anything outdoors, really…
especially the redwoods in julie pfeiffer burns state park (big sur).
and after more flowers, 
fabulous food,
and nature walks…
i headed back to wisconsin and feel like i’ve been painting and so inspired ever since!

mindy and danielle have some gorgeous photos from class too!

i am so incredibly grateful, grateful to everyone who has already si

gned up for my HOW TO PAINT AN OWL E-course! i can’t wait to see all of the amazing owls everyone creates! 

the Early Bird Sale ends Monday!


  1. Wow what a trip. I am especially jealous that you managed to plonk yourself down right in the middle of Spring – what a treat! And those orchids… were they growing wild? Wow!

    Flocking powder is something new on me. I guess I never really thought about that effect was created before.

  2. That sounds like an amazing trip. Beautiful photos.

  3. What an amazing time! You got to see such a beautiful state while Wisconsin is still covered in snow (I live there too). I'm dying to go to California myself. Meeting those great artists too–lucky lady you are!

  4. Oh man, all of this is SO gorgeous! What a lovely trip.

  5. those orchids were in big sur…amazing, right! that entire drive was simply beautiful!

  6. Thank yo so much for sharing the beautiful west…feel like I walked down memory lane…it is so splendid there!!! so glad you get to experience all that wonderfulness!!! Safe travels

  7. It was such a fun trip – and so lovely to share it with you Juliette! I love that last picture – you look like you are heading to your studio with such purpose!

  8. aww looks like you had a great time – wish I had signed up on time – boo. Next time! Your photos were fun to look at, thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Looks like such a lovely trip. Beautiful photos!
    Thanks for sharing. ~Theresa

  10. It was so wonderful to meet you in person, Juliette!! Wasn't it just the best retreat?? And it looks like you had a fabulous time here in California 🙂


  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. Those could cheer up any bleak day.

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