The truer we become with our desires the more we attain them..


(An excerpt from Jesse’s website): 

The following is an overview of my concepts and techniques on painting

Things to think about and remember..

This entire process is based on working in reverse, and out of time with our thoughts. This method forces us to learn to see. Meaning we see what is, rather than the idea of it. It’s easy to get caught up with the ideas in ones head. We aim to learn that a plan is just a starting point at best, and it’s always ok to change our direction. A rigid plan can confuse us with let downs and expectations. Just because things aren’t going as planned doesn’t mean they are going poorly. I’ve found in my past that sometimes even when things are working out better, it’s easy to still be confused and frustrated based on the idea that things are not going as planned. Best to not look at the plan, but rather what’s happening so we don’t miss anything..



This class is not about painting a specific thing or outcome. It’s more about how we create that is important. the techniques can be applied to any style of creation as well as living life.. by watching what happens we can see what is happening above expectations and thus make clearer decisions about the future.. changing direction rather than following a preconceived idea we came up with before any of the steps had taken place..

I like changing my mind. Especially when I don’t like my first choice.. if somethings not working out it can often be far more productive to drop it and start over then forcing broken pieces together..

Once we realize this, our ability to learn becomes less painful and limitless. When mistakes are just encounters to be corrected, learned from, or left as the perfect accident, we learn not to fight or fear our actions. I like to use approaches that shouldn’t work. This takes away our desire to expect immediate results. We expect less and get more. This brings us back to learning to see rather than expecting to see. This is crucial to opening us to new experiences, and in turn rewards us with unexpected results in the process. This will in time break down our ideas and fears of the unknown, allowing us to encounter new things with greater ease and less fear..



The truer we become with our desires the more we attain them.. finding what you want in yourself can be the hardest part. After this it’s basically not giving up and pushing forward.. if we move in this manner we eventually get where we want to go. Frustration distracts us and pushes us back. Fun and excitement move us forward.. this is why I look for techniques and approaches that are stress free, physically and mentally fun.. constantly learning to try something new, look, see, wait, and then decide with a fresh eye what you really see.. it’s amazing what a fresh look can show you.

Within this process it is the questions you ask yourself that are most meaningful. Let these guide your creativity and help you find what you’re looking for. Learning to know your steps when you see them. Changing your mind and direction when needed.. make choices patiently, deciding what exactly is not working and what is, then move forward by eliminating what doesn’t work with a new choice.. continue in the this manner and your work will inevitably move forward and work itself out organically and naturally. Overtime you will develop a style and techniques that are meaningful and very much your own.



By searching out meaningful directions and imagery you will maintain excitement and reward in your creations. It is meaning that creates the feeling of accomplishment.. we accomplish things that mean little to us every day and we don’t recognize or care to remember them. It is the interaction with meaningful outcomes we remember. when we include this level of meaning and importance in our work, it becomes very powerful. We gain confidence in our work, as well as ourselves and even learn to see ourselves more clearly.

Learning by mistake is easier.

Using the wrong brush, hand utensil, etc is always a good idea. It insures low expectation – the reward of getting more than expected is very motivating. This will also force us to learn to look clearly and stop us from expecting to see something else. It’s easy to overlook things when we have expectations. Using awkward utensils develops technique by default. Color inconsistency using small brushes for large areas creates diversity of color without even trying an organic active field is created effortlessly while blocking out we create depth and variation. In the opposite direction using a large brush for a small area forces us to be very focused. In time it breaks us from thinking everything needs to be so exact. It forces our details to come out loose no matter how tight we make them. After reviewing enough work created in this way it will be easy to see and understand that it’s not so important or productive to be tense and exact when seeking to achieve something that is loose, fluid. More emotional than precise. Once you get over not doing what you expect you will see very free renderings of your intentions.. CFE-Retreat-POST-CARD-low

Mixing color. mixing color.. mixing color. You don’t end up with variation of color without mixing. The quickest way to engage in this is on surface mixing. Dipping between two or three colors, mixing each time you go to get more paint, is a good idea. the colors will be similar, yet vary, keeping things from looking flat or drab. It’s not necessarily a lot of extremely different colors that make things brilliant, it’s a few with a lot of subtly. To create distinct separation, use of opposites is always good.. For me it all breaks into hot against cold. red, yellow, orange, pink, against blue, or green.

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JOIN Jesse for a fabulous 2-day workshop this OCTOBER in the lovely seaside resort area of White Rock, B.C.!

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Oct 8-11, 2015 ~ Art Retreat EVENTS  PACKAGE includes:

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • Welcome night reception Thursday night… where the  TRADES happen!
  • Two 6 hour classes with sought after Artists! (one class on Friday & one class on Saturday)
  • Two lunches

  • SHOW & TELL Saturday after class!
  • FRIDAY NIGHT Art In ~creative gathering to create, journal & giggle with your kindred spirits.

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You are invited!

Sometimes along our personal journey we get creatively stuck and need a jump start to recharge our batteries or just need to step aside from our normal everyday lives. Have time to breathe, laugh, make friends and take a leap of faith in ourselves.

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Your Host, Nicci ~ photo by John Biehler

Your Host, Nicci ~ photo by John Biehler

Nicci Battilana invites you to do just that. She has organized an event where you may to take a short time out from the ‘norm’.

She has gathered  talented unique individuals to offer workshops just for you.





May 22-25, 2014                                                      CLICK HERE for Art Retreat Info
Get away from your daily responsibilities by joining Artist/Organizer Nicci Dot CA and other creative souls at the inaugural “Into the heART” Art Retreat! Besides being surrounded

by creative individuals such as yourself, you will find that you are residing in a beautiful lake side Resort on the West Coast of Canada, just 2 hours drive from Vancouver, BC & one hours drive from the Abbotsford Airport.. 

PAINT, SCULPT, SEW, JOURNAL, CREATE with an unleashed soul surrounded by the beauty of Mother Nature! Immerse yourself in what you love, share stories with kindred spirits and have the time of your life!                          CLICK HERE for Art Retreat Info

 Just $510.00 CDN per person!

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • Welcome night reception (hors d’oeuvres)… where the  TRADES happen!
  • Two 6 hour classes with sought after Artists! (one class on Friday & one class on Saturday)

  • Strolls on the sandy BEACH (a great free time option)
  • Use of the Natural Hot Spring Pools (when staying on site)!
  • Handmade VENDOR Market (open to the public) Friday Night!
  • SHOW & TELL Saturday Night!
  • NIGHTLY fun & artistic creative gatherings to create, journal & giggle with kindred spirits.2013-RETREAT-Play-time2-bw-





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At the centre point of everything in life, the heart if you will, lies creativity. We are all creative! If we weren’t, we would not have the almighty wheel, texting (aka the new age telegram), cars, roadways, homes, music, dancing, delicious food, a name, even family members for that matter? Where would we be?

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 Learn how to use tools in a new or different way or even how to begin creating.
Try new techniques, and step out of your comfort zone!
Connect with a community of like minded artists at all skill levels!
It’s time to save your spot for a get away to meet fun, talented artists!

All SKILL levels welcome!

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What new ART QUOTE will great you tomorrow?

Meet the lovely Joyelle….

 Workshop: Monster In Me (Saturday May 24, 2014)

Joyelle Brandt ~ Artist/Instructor

 I love to teach because:  I feel that art should be a conversation, a relationship. And teaching is part of that conversation for me.

Attending an Art Retreat is like: Meeting the best friends you never knew you had, and having a party together that lasts several days!

When I attended my first Art Retreat, I :  Felt like I had just joined the most amazing tribe of creative soul sisters.

Who do you creatively relate with?  I could list a ton of artists here, but I’ll just choose one. My friend Kathleen Tennant makes beautiful mixed media paintings. I love what she makes, and love even more the spirit she puts into her life. She is just an awesome human!

The best part of living a creative life is:  You get to make it whatever you want it to be. You get to be a little crazy, and everyone is ok with that, because artists are supposed to be crazy

What is the worst part of living a creative life?  Sometimes it’s hard to find other creative people like you. That is why art retreats are so great!

What advice would you like to share?  Find a way to do something that makes you happy every day. This sounds simple, but often it is not.

The best advice I have ever received is :  Breathe into the pain.

Photo credit: Robert Brandt.

Photo credit: Robert Brandt.

‘Being creative’ means :  I think painter Flora Bowley said it best: “…human aliveness is inseparable from creativity. We are all artists already… each and every one of us.” I strongly believe that living artfully doesn’t just apply to creating art, but also to creating the life we want to live. Living mindfully, according to our own values, that’s creativity too.

Which Artist inspires you the most & why?  Kelly Rae Roberts. Her commitment to living authentically shines through everything that she creates. I love her willingness to be open and vulnerable, her ongoing personal development and community building. She represents artful living to me.

What are your favorite tools, instruments, materials to use and why?  My fingers! I love painting with my hands. Just getting in there and working intuitively is when I feel the most flow in my painting.

What would you love to try next, creatively?  Painting really BIG abstract paintings! I saw Pierre Coupey‘s exhibit at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and I just love the energy of his large scale works. Sadly I do not have the space to do this currently, so this dream will have to wait for now.

Where do you find your muse/inspiration? Quotes, music, my kids, nature, my struggles. Everything is fodder for art to me.

Do you sell your work? If so, where can your fans seek you out? Yep! I have an Etsy store and a Society Six shop. You can find links to both at

Name one of your favorite food, song, poem, book and/or movie of all time?

  • Food: chocolate
  • Song: Steamroller Blues, James Taylor
  • Poem: anything by Brian Andreas
  • Book: Onion Girl by Charles DeLint
  • Movie: Clerks

    Saturday WORKSHOP: Monster in Me

    Saturday WORKSHOP: Monster in Me

What was your scariest creative adventure?  Sending my art to Somerset Studio magazine.

The thing I love most about my life is :  The people in it. I have been married for 16 years to a wonderful man. We have two little boys who I love more than anything. And I have a circle of family and friends who love and support me unconditionally. I am so grateful to be in this place in my life, surrounded by loving, accepting peeps.

What makes your heart swell with joy?  Hearing my boys laugh.

Three words to describe my work are:  Odd, cute, ugly.

What creative tool can you not live without (so-to-speak)?  Gel medium for layering and adding texture!

My favorite ‘pretend’ curse word is : I prefer the real ones. Which means I have had several conversations with my six year old about which words are “grown up” words and which are not.

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It is TIME!


WORKSHOPS available for all skill levels


Unveiling some SWEET TREATS for all you ART JOURNAL JUNKIES !

#13:  WORKSHOP “Creativity, Inspiration & Journaling Kick Start”

with Megan Anderson

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I love writing, I love the idea of writing, I love pens and pencils, crisp white paper and the crackle as I open up a brand new journal…. but sometimes I find journalling and writing, heck even creating, daunting and over whelming. How to start? What to write? What to draw? Where or where is my inspiration?

These cards can help inspire, prompt, push, spark and to document the artistic voyage . They can be shared, traded, displayed or kept intimate and private, like a personal tarot deck taking you and your art in new directions.

 Creativity cards can be used to prompt any type of creative process, from journalling to drawing , painting and anything in between.

 We will start with a base deck of cards and begin the process of creating a highly personal deck (think imagery and quotes not deep dark secrets…phew). We will look at how to begin developing these decks so that you can continue to build and develop your deck and draw on it in the future.

 In this class I also encourage participants to trade a few cards with others in the class…so be prepared (and remember I said encourage). This can really help to push one out of their comfort zone and further push your art in new directions.

A jump start kit will be included with this class. Also the base for your deck.

 We will also have a “share” table set up in class. Feel free to add to take to or from it.

 Supply Kit Fee: $5

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#14: WORKSHOP“Mythical ‘Eye’ See You Journal” with Megan Anderson

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Mythical creatures have always intrigued me. Secretly, I always wanted a pet dragon. He (yes, mine is a he) would look over me, urge me on as I journeyed through the creative process and be the guardian of my journaled thoughts and secrets. He would help inspire my imagination and he and his travels would be my muse. I had a little trouble finding a dragon to fit the bill so, so I decided to create one.

Whatever or whomever your mythical beast, creature or muse may be, together we will bring yours to life.

Create a unique relief style journal cover using eyes, clay, paint, ephemera and a wee bit of whimsy.

Some of the techniques we will cover: design & execution of design, use of apoxie clay, problem shooting to attach objects to journal cover, use of Kroma crackle, general glazing techniques and paint techniques to create depth and impact.

Interference and metallic colors. Optional gold leafing.

Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013


6th Art Retreat WORKSHOP Unveiled !!!

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 WORKSHOPMixed Media Powertex Sculpture

with Delphine & Adele

 This is a fun and exciting class where students will learn how to construct a one of a kind standing sculpture (Approximately 33 cm in height). Starting with a wire armature you will learn how to flesh your sculpture with tin foil i.e. build your armature to resemble a human form. Your sculpture will then be mummy wrapped with masking tape. Next strips of T-shirt material are dipped into the Powertex fabric hardener and again mummy wrapped over the masking tape. You are now ready to dress your lady. You will then paint your sculpture with colours of your choice. Once completed you have a gorgeous one of a kind piece of art to take home with you. Your sculpture can also be kept outdoors all year long. Once you have learned how to work with Powertex your imagination has no bounds. You will be able to construct any size sculpture or artwork that you desire.

Powertex is a highly versatile product, with a Global Safety Seal of Approval.

The product is safe for Humans, animals and the environment. It is widely used by artists, hobbyists, schools, and people from all occupations.

Powertex can be used on any natural fiber such as cotton, silk, rayon, paper, leather, wood, fiberglass and concrete to name a few and washes off easily with soap and water.

We look forward to sharing a fun day with you!

BIO: Delphine: Delphine Hayes has always had an interest in the creative arts, using fabric, paper, watercolors and acrylics. She has been an instructor for Paper Tole for over 20 years instructing classes at local craft stores in British Columbia and Alberta. Over the past few years Delphine discovered Powertex and found to her delight, Powertex offered more than she had ever imagined. Delphine is the Powertex Distributor and Trainer for British Columbia. She offers workshops and Instructor Certification courses from her home studio in Victoria, British Columbia.

BIO: Adele: Adele Sather is a Certified Powertex Instructor/Trainer and Distributor from Calgary, Alberta. She has been creating and designing with a variety of mediums such as water colours, pastels, acrylics, sewing and jewellery design. Adele is very excited about working and creating with Powertex because this incredible product is very versatile and so easy to use! Design and create beautiful one of a kind projects for your home and garden. Let your inner Artist be your guide! Adele is looking forward to sharing her Powertex experience with you!

Art Supply Kit for Sculpture………………$50.00

 What to bring:

  • 1 Roll Aluminum Foil (not from the $ Store)
  • 2 X-Large or large 100% old Cotton T-Shirts, light coloured with no print or appliqué.
  • Acrylic paints your choice of colours and a metallic colour to highlight your sculpture.
  • 2 paint brushes one filbert and one round
  • An old pair of sharp Scissors (as it may get some Powertex liquid on them)
  • Embellishments for your Sculpture. (Optional)
  • Old hair dryer to semi dry your sculpture before painting.
  • Plastic wrap

Acrylics colors used in sample photo: Silver, Blue Violet, Deep Purple, and Metallic – Plum.

Embellishment used (optional): Swarovski Crystals around neck and on hair

  Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013

FIRST Spring 2014 workshop is unveiled!!!

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WORKSHOP “Monster in Me” by Joyelle Brandt

(Saturday May 24, 2014 ~ Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada)

Create your own monster self-portrait in this heart-opening creative experience. We will start out with some journaling exercises designed to bring your darkness into the light. This is all about opening up and shedding gentle light on those places inside ourselves that we have a hard time accepting. We will then play with sketching out some monster alter-egos to find our ugly/pretty selves. Then comes time to play with layers of depth and meaning to create our painting’s grounding. And finally, we merge our monster selves with our painted backgrounds to embrace our whole selves.


I am an avid student of artful living, with a penchant for feather earrings, iced coffee and dark chocolate. I believe our lives are the ultimate works of art, and I try to live each day beautifully. I make pretty things and ugly things and strange things. What I know is that I need to create every day to be happy. I believe in the power of love, kindness, and gratitude to transform our lives. I believe that through art we connect with our divine selves and transform our deepest wounds into our greatest gifts to the world. (Joyelle’s website link)

Supply list:

-stabilo pencil, black

-your favourite colours of acrylic paint plus white and black (5-10 colours)

-paint pen in black or brown

-larger paintbrush for backgrounds, smaller for detail work

-your favourite stamps or stencils

-collage papers, ephemera

Instructor will provide gessoed MDF board to work on, plus a variety of other art supplies to play with. $5 kit fee (payable to Instructor during class).

 Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013