Achieve Optimum Image Quality With Your Smartphone

Would you like to know how to achieve optimum image quality with your smartphone? I’ll show you how in the current Fall issue of Somerset Digital Studio magazine, available in popular book stores and craft stores, or online at Stampington & Company. Included in the article is a variety of stellar mobile art created by talented artists, including members of my latest online course, Mobile Art Mastery. Heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Lorenka Campos (@lorenka on Instagram), David Hayes (@clearerreflections on IG), Alexis Rotella, and Nathalie Beaurain (@nattysxm on IG) for their breathtaking features! Also, a shout-out to my dear, talented friend and online course partner Sebastian Michaels, for his inspiring and informative article in this same publication. And congratulations to so many friends, whose art graces the pages as well!



To my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, en-JOY these last luscious days of summer! Especially all of the fiery color!


Love from the Green

Summer’s golden aura awakens wild joy within me. You’ll find me outside more than I am in; such a delicious contrast to a Maine winter spent hibernating by the woodstove wrapped in my favorite sweaters  (which my soul also loves) and those chilly, muddy spring days (which is typical here in these parts). I can’t help but feel elated and energetic during this height of the seasonal cycle, allured by nature’s bountiful gifts. My soul feels alive, electric and in sync with the high-vibration natural rhythms unfolding all around me. Such fullness. Realizations and fruitions of plant and animal life that I have the privilege of sharing my home with, in the woods. The natural world is peaking and as I immerse myself in it and move with it, recognizing my part in this beautiful tapestry, I too feel and become that height. What draws me in? What is bliss right now? Tending daily to my gardens, alongside hundreds of pollinators busy at work beside me. The sweet aromas of nature’s perfumes… the soft scent of phlox in my flower beds. The vibrant tastes of nourishing herbs and vegetables. The glasslike, bright tones of the cardinal’s song. The power of early evening thunderstorms softening into colorful rainbows. Feeling the cool breeze on my sweating skin as I stack wood for the coming winter. Foraging treasure hunts through woods and fields in pursuit of verdure food and “medicine”…

…As I delve deeper into studying foraging and wild edibles in my region, I feel an ancient resonance inside of me that I didn’t know existed. An uncovering of a lost art, for sure, but something more… like my DNA imprint is saying “Yes, Woman. Yes. You remember. You know the way.” How is it that we have become a species that has devolved away sharply from our natural roots in terms of  hunting and gathering food and herbal medicine? Nutritious food and healing agents abound in our natural environment (even if you live in a more urban setting)… stuff you won’t find in the grocery store… real food that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients because it has not been over-farmed through agriculture…

…like the sumac-infused water I made with berry clusters I harvested earlier (it tastes just like lemonade), dandelion salad greens, and healing red clover tea. I’m drying blackberry and raspberry leaves, goldenrod, and mullein leaves and roots, all for various medicinal teas. I’m making tinctures of St. John’s wort, horsetail topical oil infusions, plantain salve, and whipping up stir-fry dinners of burdock root and wild carrot (Queen Anne’s Lace).

This is my bliss.

The fruits of summer are many. A bounty of gifts for which I am grateful. My heart and my body are in alignment with its rhythm, because I am choosing to spend time with and find my place in the natural world. And that in-sync feeling is comfort to me. Is joy.


Sending you Light and Love from the Green.