Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Evanston Homegrown Artists Holiday Bazaar!!!

Here's a great opportunity for you to shop local and handmade in Evanston:

Big Heart Art will have a table with paintings, intention candles, special boxes. I am also planning a cute and simple child-friendly craft to make at the fair or take home. Jessica Harris, who hosts a beginning crochet workshop at Blue Lotus Art Studio, will have crochet items as Sage Willow. Would be great to see you there! Bring friends!

Homegrown Artists Holiday Bazaar

2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston 60201

December 7th at 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Talented local artists are filling the Evanston Ecology Center with great gifts that will be ideal for your “special someone” for the holidays, or you can shop ahead for gifts for upcoming birthdays or anniversaries.

Admission is free and parking is free in the lot across the street.

Gift items are expected to include the following items and more!
  • Bath and Body products
  • Candles
  • Fabric Crafts
  • Ikebana Keuzaus (Japanese floral arrangements)
  • Jewelry and Recycled Jewelry
  • Kids’ Games
  • Note Cards and Stationery
  • Ornaments
  • Pins
  • Scarves
  • Soaps
  • Wood Cutting Boards

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Creativity Growing... Monday mornings

Could the code for creating you loving your life be hidden in your next art project? I believe it is! There was a time I deemed the only worthy art was made by trained artists and housed in museums. From that point of view, I deprived myself from painting, something I actually love to do. When I got past my limited thinking, I realized that my resistance to being an artist was an impeccable metaphor for anything that had ever held me back from reaching out for many of my dreams in life. Now, I love art-making more than ever... and I am jumping out of my seat to share with you the tools and insights that have helped me get past many, many, creative blocks! I facilitate creative women's groups in Evanston inspired by Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way , and Sonia Choquette's Your Heart's Desire and True Balance. We have a lot of fun discovering our quirky blocks, experimenting with a variety of materials, and turning preconceived ideas about talent and art around. We would love to have you join us! We currently meet Monday mornings, 9am-11am. $175 for five weeks.

Please send your enrollment requests or questions to Daisy at I look forward to hearing from you!

You can also stop by the Big Heart Art table at the Evanston Ecology Center (McCormick Blvd. just west of Greenbay Rd.) on Friday, December 7th, from 3pm-8pm, for the Homegrown Artists' Holiday Bazaar. I would love to meet you in person!

Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Art Camp! Art After School!

BIG HEART ART sets the stage, provides the resources, and watches magic unfold.

What great fun getting into a creative groove with all the participants of our Meet the Teacher event! Thank you to everyone who made it into the studio! We did so much in the short time we had together. Writing, sharing stories, bringing imaginary worlds and characters to life with pom-poms, sewing, and of course, glitter!  What sparkly world can we create together with what I witnessed? The girls' willingness to consider a variety of viewpoints and to try out unfamiliar approaches is inspiring!

How does it get better than this? I am excited to see what is created from our upcoming Art Camp! and Art After School! programs.

Art Camp!
Aug. 13th, 20th, and 27th
10:00am - 11:30am
Over a series of studio classes, students create memory keepers and animal friends to support the transition from summer to the academic year. Participants are welcome to bring, photos, charms, found objects, ticket stubs and other memorabilia if they wish. $85 includes tuition and materials.

Art After School!
Alternate Tuesdays
Oct. 9th, Oct. 23rd, Nov. 6th, and Nov. 20th
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Taking time and a bit of dedication to make a mask, fantasy creature, or puppet in this series, flexes your child's ability for creative solutions. $80 includes tuition and materials.

Please direct inquiries and registration requests to Daisy at or Big Heart Art on Facebook.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Happy Campers!

What a terrific first week of bringing the Big Heart Art experience to Blue Lotus Studio in Evanston. I am so grateful for the opportunity to promote your daughter's creativity through art-making in this truly inspirational environment.

Contact Daisy at (312)714-6510 or for information on how your daughter can join the fun!

This happy camper commented, "At first, I was worried it was going to take forever to make this basket. I kept working on it even though it was hard. It got easier. I did it and I love it!"

"Now I have an idea what to do with the sewing scraps I have at home!"

These girls definitely have big hearts!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Working Hands, Warm Hearts

Monday, July 25, 2011

Learning to create a nurturing environment

When I see a beautifully glazed piece of pottery, I will examine it, delve into the patterns and colors, wonder how it was made... and eventually consider if the novice potter in me could replicate the technique. This joy of examining pottery inspired me to recreate the delightful sensation in my painting experience. Most of my paintings start out as layers of washes that bear a strong resemblance to glossy ceramic glazes running together on a surface.

By providing a relaxing space for girls to be creatively free and work collaboratively, I believe I'm giving them an opportunity to experience the beauty of self-nurture among peers. My intention is for these experiences to inspire every girl to recreate her own nurturing environments as she moves into healthy adolescence and adulthood.

For more information on Big Heart Art adventures for girls, please contact Daisy at (312)714-6510 or by e-mail:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Girls in their element...