Monday, September 22, 2014

it's TIME!

time to sign up for the class
(because it begins next week!)

here is the lineup of teachers!!!!
(none of which i know...  because i am always
nose to the grindstone and have no time
to reach out to other creative folk)

(you can sign up with the button in the upper
right hand corner of this site)

SO! here we all are...



 miss jeanne oliver
(bio lifted from her site)

My name is Jeanne Oliver and I am the owner and designer of Jeanne Oliver Designs.   I am a mother of three, I home school my children, designer of jewelry and clothing and a mixed media artist.  I am a collector of fabric, vintage papers, books, clocks, ironstone and cameras. I feel peace on the farm and alive in the city. I have always dreamed of being a mom. I am an artist…even on the days when I don’t feel like one. I am a seeker of beauty. I am madly in love with my husband. I use my camera to help me see the details all around me. I am so glad that you have stopped by. I hope you visit often and please leave a comment so I can get to know you better too!

miss robin fingher

(please follow the link to her bio...
it is long (and informative) and
you won't regret reading it!

miss teresa mcfadden
(she too has a beautiful website which i encourage 
you to check out)

Teresa is a freelance mixed media artist who works in all kinds of media, from charcoal to acrylics…and from Adobe Illustrator to Canon 5D. 
she has been a painter off and on for years, but in 2011 she felt the push to spend nearly every day with my brushes and canvases. So she did. Painting started as a wild, playful adventure. Painting is now a way of life for her and there is now no going back.
her work has evolved into a mix of modern whimsy as well as abstracts. 

miss gillian lee smith
(artist statement lifted from her site)

A lifetime fascination with storytelling, history, fairy tales and folklore, has led me to create imagery based on the everyday whirling mind of a person who does not always wish to be rooted in the realistic present.  Glimpses of characters tell stories that resonate with melancholic sentiment. Puppets and dolls with heart and emotion, long lost souls, decadence and decay and the contrasts and complexities of life. All are endlessly captivating and thought provoking.
Baroque and Victorian periods are especially evident in my designs and my work often delves into the expression and characterisation of our human nature, which we may hide away and only ever glimpse at when prompted by a reflection of our inner selves.
My character sculptures in particular are a nod towards my own imaginations, avid reading and childhood dreams. They are a way of seeking the perfect representation of our character. Each tells an original tale, with a single image that endeavors to embody a whole life story in an uncomplicated way.
Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in Performance Costume in 2005, I have since been working on my own creations as well as teaching workshops with community groups. More recently, I have been coordinating a project involving reminiscence work with older people. This has been a huge source of inspiration to my latest artwork and themes of memories, dreams and childhood.  


miss jane davenport

Hello! My name is Jane Davenport, but my friends call me Danger.
I live at ‘The Nest’ overlooking the Byron Bay lighthouse in Australia with my husband, Gus, & our two dogs, Moo & Tinsel.
I love being a professional artist, online workshop phenomenon, degenerate art supply junky, Art Journal Evangelist and koala mama ( yes! Koalas live in my garden… there’s a magnificent python too, but lets ignore her).
I started my website in 2001. It became my blog in 2009 and it’s now my favourite place to hang out online. My passion is teaching women how to defy their creative gravity.
I believe in delight and laughter. I believe in happiness and trust. I believe in hard work and abundance.I believe in Sea Shepherd and Rainforest Rescue and donate part of my income to both. I love to be inspired and to inspire ( every noticed how one leads to the other?).
I draw, I paint, I photograph, I art journal, I write, I film. I empower.
And I share. Oh, how I LOVE to share.


an me!
cori dantini

my bio... i have been using the same one for ages and it will probably
never change because my super talented friend DEREK SHEFFIELD
wrote it for me, and he is a beyond talented poet who i admire
to no end.  so here is derek's take on me.  (if you like poetry..
he has a book, just go here) if you want to buy it.

Cori Dantini would love to dress like her paper ladies and explore the world in their skirts and buns and neat little boots, but she is far too practical for that. In fact, she spends much of her time in her studio, covered in a mosaic of ink stains and glue dabs, bits of wordy paper clinging to her slippers. And, as it happens, her studio is not located in an Italian villa, but in eastern Washington where she has returned to her hometown of Pullman to ply her trade among its rolling wheat fields.

After earning a BFA in painting from Washington State University and spending a couple decades fiddling with brushes, oils, pencils, markers, and most recently, the mouse attached to her computer, she has discovered an organic process involving layers and language. Any meaning found in her work comes from this process. She never begins a project with a message in mind. Rather, the materials and her process are what do the talking. It is this mysterious, reciprocal quality of art that intrigues her and makes her think of her works as visual poems.

Fueled by coffee, muffins, and good black licorice, she goes in search of epiphany, in hopes that the moments she evokes will add layers to our daily lives.

(this is all true!)



hope to see you there
(at the class that is)

Friday, August 15, 2014

the runaways

when i was seven i was going to run away.
i packed a hobo bag (you know...
a hanky filled up with the
stuff i thought i needed, tied onto a stick).

i put my bonnet on (yes my bonnet),
threw that hobo stick over my shoulder
and was heading out the door when my
mom asked, "where are you going?"
"i am running away from home" i said

i was so certain this was a good idea...
then my mom said, "oh, please don't go.  i will miss you."

so i stayed.

*this is what i was thinking of when i made this little painting.
that bag filled with hope.  that bunny with all kinds
of ideas in his head.  such a big world!

(sometimes i still want to run away and go and see it)


Friday, August 1, 2014

Mary Blair!


i am getting ready to go on vacation
and i am planning on reading all about
Miss Mary Blair while i am lounging at the beach.

Miss Mary is the gal i will be covering 
in the Studying Under the Masters Course.
(i think she is so cool- and i hope you will
think so too).

the vacation you ask?  well it's on the Oregon Coast

(maybe i will see a mermaid!)

or get a chance to play ball~

perhaps some ducks will walk by...

or i might get a chance to blow some bubbles
with my sweet nephew leo...
(that would be fun)

i will definitely be cooling off on the coast
(it is 95 degrees here on the palouse)!
THIS will be a really nice feature of the
break, a chance to drop the temperature.

mostly i am just excited to hang with 
my family again... because it has been 
WAY too long!

can't wait to get started!
on the vacation and on my research.

wish me luck.

OOx, cori

if you'd like to take the course with me (and the other 5 FAB women)
you can do it right here.
(right NOW!!!)


etsy success!


ages ago i was asked to contribute to an ETSY success
e-book, by a lovely gal called Anna White

it took me a while to come up with a tip or two-
but after putting on the thinking cap for a bit i was
able (i hope) to say something that people needed
to hear.

take a look!

and tell me what you think!

*it will be free Monday August 4th - Wednesday August 6th*
&  $2.99 after that.


Monday, July 28, 2014

the BIG news!

might you consider sitting next to me while i study under a master-
all in hopes that i might inspire the artist in you to find
your own creative voice in the process.

i am just crazy for this notion of studying under someone.
watching them and learning from them while they
show you their own way, all in hopes
of helping YOU to find your own path, to your own
process.  i am so excited to see what transpires!
(because i have no idea as of yet, what will 

if you do decide to join us, you will get to travel
with six different teachers, each who will be studying
"under a master" of their own choosing.  

Cori Dantini (that's me)- Mary Blair
Jeanne Oliver- Vincent Van Gogh
Teresa McFayden- Pablo Picasso
Jane Davenport- Frida Kahlo
Gillian Lee Smith- Max Beckmann 

Robin Fingher- Brett Whiteley

would you consider joining us as we become the “apprentice”?

regardless of your ability, there is something to 
learn here, so if this speaks to your heart,
come and join us!  let's take this trip together.

OOx, cori




This 6 week course begins September 30, 2014   
the early registration price is $49 and will go up to $62 on September 1
(the class will be available for 2 years) 

After you have paid from the link below, please go to and register on the site where the course is held.  Once you have registered and your account is approved you will be added to the course before the class begins on September 30.  
Thank you.
(SO MUCH)!!!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

to teach, or not to teach... (that is the question)

over the past few years i have been asked
to teach various work-shoppy types of things,
and i have ALWAYs declined.  

you see...
i don't think of myself as a teacher (although
i do think i may have many things i could share).  i am blunt.
i am not the most eloquent speaker... i sometimes
have a hard time getting to the point, and 
when i do i often surprise myself with a 
truth i didn't even know i held!

but here is the story... i was recently asked to be 
part of a workshop (details to come), and i totally ignored
the email, because i was so freaked out by it.
what would i have to say about that?  i might sound
dumb?  what on earth would i say....  basically i totally
shut down and panicked, YET i was still
considering it.  you know... so i could "grow".

so i am putting my son to bed one night, and i say
to him, "i have to get up now so i can see if i am really
going to be able to teach this class.  i have research to do...
and i need to tell the nice lady by tomorrow, 
if i am in or not."

"what is it exactly?" Henry asks... so i tell him (again details to follow),
and my smart little guy says, "MOM! that sounds like
a fifth grade report."  and i thought... you, my clever fellow,
are entirely correct!  so i marched to the phone
and called and accepted the challenge.

and now for the past 6 weeks i have been trying to enjoy
summer while freaking out about what i said yes too. 
(my arms actually hurt when i think about it!)
*don't tell...

i keep running into quotes, and words of wisdom
about personal growth and saying yes to things
that scare you.  basically, things that you 
resist and fear should be tackled
as personal growth opportunities.

well i hope that's right,
because i said YES!

(i hope)...


wish me luck- and maybe i'll see you there?
*details to follow!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NOTHING makes my day...

 like a set of cool photos that come
to my inbox!  these were from a lovely
lady (with a fabulous shop) in bend oregon.

check out this fabulous window!  !!!
*she hired a VERY talented window painter
to create windows based on my style...
and i don't think i could have done a better job


more cute...

AND THIS!  this one really tickles my fancy...
a display using some of my DENY designs

and paper products and
greeting cards to boot!

now i just need to make my way down
to  bend oregon... to see this sweet little
store in person!

details you ask?

(which is inside a mother store called Tres Jolie, in Bend)
                                                                933 NW WALL STREET
 Bend, Oregon

seems like a little trip needs to be arranged!