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Family Painting Intensive, March 2016

The Family Painting Intensive began as an email enquiry – and we all jumped in! The family: Nancy Rottle, Landscape Architect and professor at the University of Washington Paul Olson, Architect who I worked with years ago in Eugene, Oregon after graduating from architecture school at the

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Jan’s Newest Paintings, 2016

My Muse is back. My appreciation of and enthrallment with color is helping me to see again. Look again. For nearly two years the colors have been more somber as I felt my way through the deep grief of losing Frank. The first Intensive in December began

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What’s Going on this Dry Season at Casa de Corazon?

Summer. Guests. Students. Morning Magic and a Look Ahead Summer here in Costa Rica is December through March – otherwise known as the Dry Season. And this was my busiest ever!   December, 2015 The Dry Season started off with a bang – two Intensive students Nancy

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Anniversary of the Heart

The holiest of all holidays are those Kept by ourselves in silence and apart; The secret anniversaries of the heart. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow         Frank is on my mind a lot these days – March 10 this year marks the second year anniversary of

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Choosing How to See It

Turning off the water, I glanced up to the square window above the sink and just stopped to take a longer look in the morning almost light. I had been thinking about Frank and how I missed him. My eyes traced the patterns and edges of the

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Localistas! Jan’s May Watercolor Class for local ExPats!

There were eight local women ExPats who wanted a watercolor class. We finally set it up for four Wednesday mornings in May…and they flew! These were creative artists in their own rights! Some who painted in other media, some who created in awesome ways besides painting –

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Grief Leaves Demo

One of my favorite subjects to paint in Costa Rica are the blue leaves that line the highway along the southern Pacific coastline. Whenever someone says to me that I must get tired of painting green in Costa Rica, I think about these leaves – where I

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When It Rained, It Poured….

Frida waiting for the yard to be done!

         June, 2015 It was time to shore up the eroding slope in front of my house – and extend my front yard. On Tuesday, June 2 our ‘Prince of Peace’ statue that stood high on a rock at the northern entrance to San Isidro de El

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Painting Demo: Gentle White Cow

March, 2015 I had the exhilarating pleasure of hosting a group of three women who previously were unknown to me or each other for a five day Painting Intensive at my place! Such a great time! On the third day they wanted to learn how to paint

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Busy Summer Time at Casa de Corazon!

Summer in Costa Rica’s southern zone begins in December and extends through March.  Warm days, dry days and plenty to do!  After a year of reflection and writing (and a little painting) following Frank’s passing, suddenly I was enveloped in a frenzy of joyous activity! My February

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