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Hold on to that feeling

Advance copies of my next book, Creative Lettering Workshop: Combining Art with Quotes in Mixed Media, arrived yesterday.   I don’t have to tell you how excited I am. Pre-order your copy now on Amazon and be sure to save your receipt – (Amazon does that for you, too) for a juicy art supply giveaway […]

Stencil Girl & Me = Stencils + TAP

What a fabulous idea – combining two of the hottest products on the market – STENCIL GIRL STENCILS & TAP Transfer Artist Paper. Join the one and only STENCIL GIRL,  Mary Beth Shaw & me, plus nine talented artists (see list below) as we share our art, ideas and inspiration during this week long blog hop. Read on as I share […]

A Life-Changing Opportunity in Amsterdam

NOTE: Even if a trip like this is out of the question, I hope you will read through this because there may be some aha insight for you that can make a difference. I’ve learned that you never know how, when or where inspiration will come.  , I’m Lesley Riley and I’m teaching a Red Thread […]

Come to the Red Thread Retreat – 3 Spots Left

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. Chinese Proverb The Red Thread Retreat is a lifelong dream of Lesley Riley – artist/author/teacher and mentor to artists of all levels. Visions need time to grow, but also […]

Afraid You Can’t Satisfy the Longing?

What is it that you long to do? For me it was drawing & painting faces.  If you are familiar with the art I’ve done over the last decade, you’ll see the face and figure present in almost every piece. I have relied heavily (ok, totally!) on photographs to convey and represent my love of the […]

Getting It Write – The Art of Whimsical Lettering Giveaway

  My friend Joanne Sharp has given us all a gift. There’s no longer a need to study  the exacting art of calligraphy to get wonderful, artful lettering into your artwork. The secret is to use and embellish your own handwriting. The Art of Whimsical Lettering is an artful instruction book about creating stylized fonts and expressive […]

I’m old, so why bother?

“One afternoon in 1772 Mary Delany noticed how a piece of coloured paper matched the dropped petal of a geranium. She lifted a pair of filigree-handled scissors – the kind that must have had a nose so sharp and delicate that you could almost imagine it picking up a scent. With the instrument in her […]

AnOther JOurnal COmplete

Finally finished another one of my signature journals. This one has been patiently waiting for a long time. Detail of a TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) transfer on the journal cover.         Sweet tweets to you xox

Double Book Giveaway Winner is…

    Loretta of Halt, Stop, Forget, Relax is going to be doing the happy dance soon – she just won a copy of Quotes Illustrated AND No Excuses Art Journaling according to Random.org Congratulations, Loretta! Didn’t win? I’d still love to share a peek into each book with you- my work in Gina’s’s book […]

Red Thread Retreat Registration Now Open

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. Chinese proverb GRACE NOTES with Lesley Riley A Red Thread Retreat – October 16-2, 2014 I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us […]