FREE! Create-A-Way’s FIRST Teleclass!

YES! It’s finally happening!

I am SO happy to announce my very first teleclass series:

“Closer to God with Signs and Wonders:

The journey of noticing and following divine guidance in our lives.

This class series is intended to take you on a real journey to connecting more with God by giving creative tips on how to lead a more prayerful life, determining the techniques God uses to reach back to us, learning to LET GO of the GUNK that clogs your communication line with God, and ultimately using my unique creative exercises to help you COLLECT and CONNECT the signs you receive from God.


The first class is FREE TO EVERYONE:

1st class: Talking to God
Thursday, March 10, 2011, 9:00pm EST
Living a prayerful life is important for a healthy Divine Communication Line! In this class we will discuss the different ways we can communicate with God. We will open up by asking questions like, “How do YOU talk to God?” and “How ‘in tune’ do you feel with the Divine?” This class can help remind you that God’s communication line is always open, and I’ll be sharing some playful activities to help bring you and God closer together.


I feel so much passion about this series. I am SO excited. This is a message I enjoy sharing with others, and am excited to have learned the technology to offer this series. The journey of getting closer to God and learning to listen to Him is such an important one. My hope is that this series will help many people gain clarity in their lives by learning to pay more attention to what God is trying to tell us.



Teaching Cartoons to Kids at Cleveland’s Natural History Museum

Artwork by Jake - one of the kids in my class.

I had a wonderful opportunity to be hired through ZAP Entertainment to teach a couple cartoon classes to a group of 25 kids for their summer camp classes at Cleveland’s Museum of Natural History. What a boot camp this was for me – a good way to get my feet wet when it comes to teaching art to children.

I taught two one-hour classes a week, for two weeks (a different group of kids each week). The first class I titled “Superhero YOU,” which put emphasis on the fact that we all have superpowers (talents/skills) – and having the kids illustrate what they think their own super power might be. The second class was focused on teaching how to draw expressions.

It was very fun, and I learned much from the experience.

I had to share one of my favorite pieces drawn by one of the first-week students, named “Jake.” I had a handout that showed a series of Calvin cartoon expressions to get my point across, and this kid loved the sheet so much that he decided to duplicate it! This boy was only in the 2nd or 3rd grade – I was impressed.

Purchase Artwork by David Fedan ~ My Hubby!

Perception of Beauty ~ by David Fedan

Please visit to view my husband’s page, and purchase a print of his work! I have helped set up a page for him because I love his work so much, and have been longing to show the world his marvelous talent!

Please visit his website as well to view other work he has done. I’m so proud of him! His latest piece, shown above, is my new favorite. He calls it “Perception of Beauty,” but I lovingly call it his “Fairy Drawing.” I look at it and I see a beautiful fairy peeking out from a garden. I LOVE it.

David and I met in art school, ended up in the same department, and now we are both professional artists. I was very happy that I got to know him as a friend BEFORE seeing what an incredibly talented guy he is. When I discovered his amazing rendering super power, I felt like I was dating the quarterback at school (since our art school had no sports team, that was pretty much it).

I’m very proud of David, and always have been.

Here’s to you, David! Love you!

I’ve Been Interviewed on Artella’s Monthly Artellagram!

CLICK HERE or on the image above to go to the April issue of Artella’s monthly “Artellagram.”

I am so happy to have this kind of exposure to help find more people to come to the Create-A-Way Artist’s Way retreats.

Artella is quite a fun site to browse around as well, so enjoy if you have time to browse!

Recovering Portrait Passions

PortraitI am thrilled to have the opportunity to show a piece in a staff gallery show for Building Bridges, the nonprofit organization I’m doing part time work for lately. Simply getting out the paints just to touch up the edges of the painting to make it better for display made me feel so happy! I still have paint on my arm – wearing it proudly!
The opening reception for the show is this Friday from 6-9 pm (July 17). I’m getting a sitter just to be there and show my support, and to enjoy seeing my piece in a show after all these years. I really feel lilke something has awakened in me, just going through my old portrait pieces. I still love them after all these years – and they were done in Cintron’s Portrait Painting class when I attended CIA.

Caricatures at CSU Springfest Event

Quick sketch of Darrick!

Quick sketch of Darrick!

I recently did caricatures at the Cleveland State University (CSU) Springfest Event, hired by Entertainment Enterprises. It was a great event and once people realized what I was there for, I had a line behind me like you wouldn’t believe. I drew CSU students for free – and it amazes me how long people are willing to stand in line when it’s something they want for free!

I met some good, fun people and was happy I brought my camera along to document some of my favorite sketches. I’m trying to do more of that lately to help record what I do at these events.

A nice way to kick off the Spring season.

AWESOME Senior Student Art Show at Brush High School

Rose next to ceramic piece by China

Rose next to ceramic piece by China

On April 24 my family attended the Brush High School Senior Student Art Show awards reception in South Euclid/Lyndhurst. My husband’s cousin, Sarah Roche, had a wall of photography in the show and we were excited to bring the whole family to show our support. It was my first time at the school and I was extremely impressed to learn about the great art program they had there at the school. Not only does Brush have standard art classes, but they teach ceramics and photography processes as well! My old high school only taught standard Art (I had to go to a Career Center to take my AP Art classes), so I was thrilled to see that my kids will have the opportunity to go to a public school with such an advanced art program. I think it’s a good bet to judge the quality of a school by what kind of art program they have, because art is always the first program to suffer in public schools.

I took some pictures of Sarah’s great photography (she received a Judges’ Choice Award for one of her pieces), and I also took some photos of some of the other art in the show that impressed me.

My favorite pieces of Sarah’s were the ones she took of her brother. I loved the contemplative quality of those pieces. I could also see Sarah is gifted with an eye for composition. I could tell she enjoyed photography. The reproductions of work shown here are very poor due to my low-quality camera – the pieces were much clearer in person!

I was awestruck by another student’s work, Erica Woodrum. When I saw two of her paintings I seriously thought, “Are they exhibiting faculty work in here as well?” Again, my photographs do not do this girl’s work justice. Apparently she is moving on to attend Savannah College of Art and Design (I almost decided to go there, but Divine Guidance brought me to the Cleveland Institute of Art instead). I asked her if she was going to art school, knowing full well that was where this girl belonged. I wish her the best of luck in her endeavors – not that she’ll need it.

I also should note the ceramics at the show was very impressive, especially the work of a girl named China (still need to get her last name).

It sure was fun – and the punch was delicious!

Caricatures at the Cleveland Tax Day Tea Party ’09

Elect O'Reilly/Beck for '12!

Elect O'Reilly/Beck for '12!

Well, my stand didn’t do a lot of business – only made fifteen bucks. But my display board sure did get a lot of attention from the passing crowd (apparently we had an attendance of over 5,000 people). Many pictures were taken, so at least I got some exposure from it. You never know which events will be profitable. You just have to try them out and see. It was cold and windy, but at least we didn’t have rain!

Regardless, I got to try my hand of drawing some of my favorite political commentators: Glenn Beck, O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, and Sean Hannity. I stuck Abe Lincoln in there as well just because he’s just too fun to draw!

I also designed the Cleveland Tea Party banner which was temporarily lost for a while causing some serious dismay (HOW COULD WE LOSE A FIFTEEN FOOT BANNER?). Anyway, I was thrilled when the banner was found and they were able to use it. It’ll be saved and displayed for future Cleveland Tea Parties – I’ll probably have my hand in making sure there is a way to display it next time. Lyndhurst’s Fastsigns did a great job printing it!

Anyway, here are the caricatures I did for the Tea Party — I still have several fine quality prints for sale! You can contact me at if you’re interested! They fit an 8×10 frame – $10 each (+ shipping). Originals available as well (prices vary). Each piece has my official “Cleveland Tax Day Tea Party 2009” stamp on backside for historical documentation.

Caricatures for The Cleveland Tea Party – one artist’s response to The 9-12 Project

A timely message from Dr. Suess, "Horton Hears a Who"

A timely message from Dr. Suess, "Horton Hears a Who"

Okay, this is the one exception I’ll make to my blogging rule (NO politics), because it criss-crosses into my professional life… just this once!

I am excited to announce I will be setting up my humble caricature stand at The Cleveland Tax Day Tea Party Event on April 15, 4:00-6:00pm!

I’m looking forward to updating my display board (it’s needed updating for quite a while — I still have Moulder & Scully, The X Files couple, and Will Smith from MIB as samples). This new board will be updated with political figures, of course, but it’s not my style to be nasty (I never want to offend), so I’ll keep the tone of my sketches down to a lighthearted tease. For the first time I’ll have the courage to display caricatures which express my own political views and I’ll have a couple there to honor some of the outspoken conservatives I enjoy (DARE I LIST THEM? Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly – and I’ll HAVE to do one of Ann Coulter – perhaps ducking from a cream pie – nyuk, nyuk).

The caricatures I do as display for this event will not likely be used at any other event, so I think I’ll offer them up for bidding afterward. Most caricature gigs I do are birthday parties, arts/cultural festivals – so I’ll still need to update my board. Maybe this time I’ll have Will Smith in an “I Am Legend” scene, fighting vampiric monsters. I gotta keep Will up on my board somehow – he’s one of my favorite actors.

The image I’ve chosen for this entry is quite symbolic for me. This book is one of my daughter’s favorites, and every time I read this page, I get a little choked up. The message is so incredibly timely, I feel.

So, OKAY, Dr. Suess! I’m shouting my “YOPP!”

Caricatures at Paper Thread – Columbus, OH

Maggie at Paper Thread - Columbus, Ohio

Maggie at Paper Thread - Columbus, Ohio

I had so much fun doing caricatures at the Paper Thread Boutique in Columbus, Ohio. It was a great experience. The gals who worked there were so wonderful and hospitable. I was also very impressed by how they greeted their customers into their store and showed great knowledge about their store’s content when customers needed assistance.

BRAVO, Paper Thread! A top notch stationery boutique. It was a fun place to visit!