Monday, July 9, 2012

Some Pics from Rowdy Ridge Camp 1st Session

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W.H.O.A. - Women Helping One Another launches the
Rowdy Ridge Camp Moms Art Program 
The RRC Mom's get ready for class to begin
I'm with W.H.O.A. artist Cely and her daughter Jennifer.
 They were campers at Rowdy Ridge Camp
19 years ago. Their story is so inspiring.
We can reinvent ourselves!
Scott Newman Center Executive Director Ruben Barajas introduces WHOA
Moms get to work on their journals inside the classroom

And outside!

The W.H.O.A. afternoon hiking/meditation/journal class heads out to the trail

One last group W.H.O.A.!!! before the day wraps up

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rowdy Ridge Camp is almost here!

So many beautiful items have been donated for the Rowdy Ridge Moms' Gift Bags!!
Still filling the gift bags for the second session.
Hope seeing what the other amazing artists are donating will inspire you to participate :)
 Above - gorgeous gift items from Paris in a Cup
 - a big thank you to Cheryl Turner :)

The beautiful and talented, Paulette Adams
 donated lovely handmade ceramic petite jewelry boxes.
 Each one is unique--thank you, Paulette!! 

Erin Houghton, the delightful artist from
 (and her friend) donated so many wonderful items - 
the paintings above, handmade silk flower wreaths and vases, art supplies--
can't wait to see the Rowdy Ridge Moms' faces light up when they walk into their decorated cabin. (yes, will take lots of pics!)

Long time friend, Susan Kauffman-
gemologist and owner of
graciously donated  chic compact mirrors 
(perfect for gals at camp!!)
pencils, felt pens 
A talented employee created inspirational cards.
A big thank you Susan!

Nancy Rinearson (can you say Dodger Fan??!) 
donated everything we need to make the gift bags-
bags, tissue, ribbons--
in such happy and cheerful colors. 
Thanks, Nance :)

Lydia Reza, ( my product rep and partner in crime),
 her blog is Lydia Says
--created these fabulous vintage roses.
  Lydia--thank you!!

From the UK-- all the way "across the pond" -- 
Rachelle Pangerry, uber talented London artist and blogger
is sending these lovely inspiration tokens. 
You can check out all her incredible artwork at Art Candy.

The generosity of the women in W.H.O.A. is overwhelming. 
The gift bag donations and cabin decorations are much more than we ever imagined.
I know I keep saying it--a HUGE THANK YOU with a lot of hugs :)
Can't wait to post the pictures of the Rowdy Ridge Moms as they receive all these wonderful items!!

Women Helping One Another
"We are so Powerful Working Together"


Monday, May 21, 2012

Art in the Garden Party

A big thank you to Paulette Adams for opening her lovely home to our WHOA Group last Saturday.
What an enchanting afternoon at Summerland Cottage Studio it was! There was activity and beauty everywhere.

Meryl Schoenbaum, Romantic Homes  Executive Editor was on hand to meet fans. Paulette's home is featured in the June Romantic Homes magazine --its a beautiful article written by Meryl with 14 pages(!) of gorgeous photos. 

WHOA members Evelyn Chow, Lynn Richards and her daughter Brenna-- looked on as Laguna Beach pastel artist Mary Aslin worked on...

this floral pastel - absolutely stunning!!

Uber-talented Lorenzo George painted a self portrait 
with Paulette's enchanted cottage in the background, 
I watched and had a chat his lovely wife Rodika.

Loveliness everywhere!

Paulette, thank you for being such a wonderful W.H.O.A. example-
 You continue to encourage, empower and inspire us!

"We are so powerful working together!"


Saturday, April 28, 2012

W.H.O.A. Women Helping One Another Update

So many new things!
I'm excited to update you on the latest
W.H.O.A. happenings--
I'm vlogging for the first time 
(LOL -nice thumbnail, eh?)

Look forward to your input.

W.H.O.A. Designs Team

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

W.H.O.A. Group Facebook Page

W.H.O.A. Group Facebook Page

"Hi Ethel -It's Lucy! 
Did you know there is a W.H.O.A. Group Facebook page?
You can share your art, your blog --how Women are Helping One Another. 
It's a place where creative dreams are supported, resources shared and success stories abound. 
We are so powerful working together.
So Ethel, check out the W.H.O.A. Group Facebook page, then call me back.
I have an idea..."


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

W.H.O.A. Artist Spotlight - Rachelle Pangerry

When I look back at my life and how it has been influenced by women, I really have to start with my Grandmother Jeanne.  As a child, and through my early teenage years, I used to spend my weekends split between my Mother and Father. As my Father always seemed to be ‘otherwise engaged’, it was his Mother who looked after me.  She taught me so much, about nature, wildlife, cooking and other interesting things like the wonderful music of opera and the pleasure of visiting art galleries.  She fiercely supported me, my ideas and dreams, and because of this, she was a huge influence that still remains with me today.
Through my school years, I always enjoyed art, although it was frowned upon a little (being a very academic based school) I was never put off though, and with the encouragement of my art teacher, I went on to study art at college.  This was where I met the next woman who impacted my life, particularly my art life.  Val was my Life Drawing tutor, she was so talented but in such a quiet way.  She was the kind of artist who could pick up a piece of charcoal and a page of newsprint and make it into something beautiful with seemingly no effort.  To say that I was in awe of her, is probably true.  She encouraged me to be brave, and sometimes reckless and to always ‘have a go’.
It’s not really until more recently,  that I have come across the last two influential women.  The first of these is a former work friend of mine called Grainne.  She had to leave her job due to illness but we always kept in touch.  A year after she left, I also had to take some extended time from work due to illness, and it was through this that we decided to have regular ‘coffee and chat’ days once a week. Grainne was writing a book, (following her dream), and each week she used to share some of her ideas, and it was during these conversations that I began to realise how I had almost forgotten about my passion.  Somewhere along the way of life, jobs and family, I had forgotten about my art.  Grainne inspired me to ‘have another go’. She made me realise that I was good enough,  my art was good enough.  She gave me the confidence to start making art again, and I have never stopped since!
Through Grainne’s encouragement, I decided to start ‘putting some of my art out there’ to see what would happen.  At the same time, I started watching YouTube videos and this was where I came across a video by Suzi Blu.  It really touched a nerve with me when I heard her say “what are you waiting for? you are good enough, you are an artist” I know it sounds a little silly, but I felt like she was saying it to me.  Hearing this was the extra push that I needed, so I started making art of some kind every day after that.Eventually, I created a picture that I actually felt proud of, and put it on Facebook, and tagged every female artist that I could think of, to hopefully get them to look at it and maybe give a little feedback.
I was overwhelmed when I returned later to see if any had responded.  I had supporting comments from some of my art heroines, and other lovely people too.  The best surprise was waiting in my email… I had a message from Suzi asking if she could publish my picture in her upcoming book!  Talk about a WOW moment.
Since then, I have gone on to set up my blog Art Eye Candy, I have started making YouTube tutorials, and now I after having lots of requests for a book from me, I have started writing book proposals.
I honestly believe that without the support of these, and many other women in my life,  I wouldn’t be following my dream right now.  
But I am, and it feels great.
Rachelle Pangerry
You can see more about Rachelle at:
Her blog link is
Her favorite blog is