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Television Interview with Mayor Johnny Johnston

Ojai Mayor Johnny Johnston couldn’t be more informative about water supply, air quality, fiscal responsibility and accountability, the importance of tourism in Ojai, getting involved in community service, and more. Thank you Mayor Johnston! -and if you notice that the more »

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TV Episode – All About Birds!

Our area is so fortunate to have a knowledgeable and caring avian veterinarian, Dr. Christine Sellers. Avian veterinary medicine is a relatively unusual focus, and she is tremendously knowledgeable and also works with the Santa Barbara County Wildlife Care Network. more »

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“Country Autumn” makes a Lovely Rainboot!

I had so much fun painting “Country Autumn,” which was inspired by the lovely Fall season in Ithaca, New York, with its amazing Treman and Buttermilk state parks. Every time I wear these boots, I will be reminded of this more »

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Delft

                      Delft is inspired by my Dutch heritage and love of the traditional Dutch Delfy blue and white china.  “Delft” features cows enjoying a lazy ‘chat’ amidst a field of more »

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Rodeo Rose

Rodeo Rose is a feminine twist on the Western Rodeo, and features a female rider on her bucking bronco, surrounded by softly hued, almost suede like colors, roses, and lucky horse shoes.  Some of the horse shoes are interlinked to more »

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Autumn Butterfly

                      Autumn Butterfly is a richly colored artwork featuring butterflies in velvety fall tones, using a new art technique I’ve been developing.   The more you look, the more rich colors more »

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A Cardinal Christmas

In Cardinal Christmas  I wanted to create a bright, cheery nature-themed artwork for the Winter holidays, with bright reds against a wintery sky.  If you look closely you will also see delicate pine cones tucked in tufts of snow and more »

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Autumn Uninterrupted

Autumn Uninterrupted is my homage to M.C. Escher’s technique, because each outline of a leaf helps to form an outline of another leaf.  I also wanted to create the tumbling chaos and beautiful color of fall leaves, inspired by my more »

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Dance of the Fall Leaves

Dance of the Fall Leaves is one of those artworks that you can get totally lost in.  I intentionally created Dance of the Fall Leaves so that it has no true up or down or left or right – you more »

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Papillons de Paisley

Papillons de Paisley is a fun play on paisley patterns, blending lively colors with my love of butterflies and gardens. The longer you look, the more butterflies you will see. Available in Limited Edition prints and more, available at Create.bz. more »

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Season’s Sparrow

So often the lovely sparrow is overlooked, but I love the sparrows in my garden. For one of my first licensing projects, I was asked to design a 3D jar, and I decided to create a jar honoring the sparrows more »

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Rainbow Blossoms

Rainbow Blossoms  is a bright, cheery celebration of a gentle rainfall in a spring garden.  The more you look, the more little worlds you will see.  This artwork was inspired by my love of spring bulbs – like tulips and more »

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The Vegetable Garden is PLANTED!

Admittedly, I’m later in getting the veggie boxes done this year than ever before – in large part because my world of art has been unusually demanding – but I’m glad to say the veggie boxes are now fully planted. more »

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What Home Made Compost Looks Like When You’re Finished, and How to Use it!

I was invited to a lovely tea today and saw the sweetest garden, filled with creativity and whimsy. We came to the subject of composting and what finished compost should look like when it’s ready to use. It’s basically black more »

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Butterfly Magic!

We were taken to a magical butterfly adventure at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale – so worth seeing! Kudos to Butterfly Wonderland for making such a great, beautiful and educational butterfly sanctuary. There are many volunteers there that teach you things more »

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Making Garden Gold: How to Compost

Nicole has happily been composting for her organic garden- which she loves because it eliminates so much waste that otherwise would be lost in a landfill, and turns everything from coffee grinds, eggshells, and unwanted veggie leftovers into precious nourishment more »

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Spring is HERE and the Garden is ALIVE!

It’s absolutely glorious outside!  Spring is here, the fruit trees have more flowers than ever, we have a few twittering bird tenants in the nesting boxes, and the veggie garden is planted!  -And yes, I know, the tomatoes will take more »

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Newly Released Limited Edition Artworks on Their First Exhibit

A few weeks ago, M. Nicole van Dam got another call for an exhibit of her artwork – since there are already so many exhibits of her artwork going on concurrently, this meant releasing a Limited Edition series for several more »

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Vegetable Garden Painting “Nature’s Kitchen”

My vegetable garden painting is done – I’ve named it “Nature’s Kitchen” in homage to my husband’s quip that when we harvest veggies for dinner we are going “grocery chopping.” It’s very similar to my garden – except maybe a more »

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Nicole’s Impressionist, Artsy, FUN rain boots and garden boots now for sale on Amazon!

Nicole’s rain boots and garden boots have been selling in shops and websites for a few months now – and Nicole just got word that these lovely boots are now also on Amazon. If you look at the Amazon site, more »

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