New Release!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’m very, very happy to announce the newest literary-artistic endeavor with my marvelous mom, Jan Elkins: Blessings: A Children’s Book for Grown-ups.
A few years ago, Mom had the idea to craft blessings from the ancient love story, Song of Songs. She invited me to work with her to write simple poem-blessings that both children and grown-ups could enjoy. Here’s an example:

Blessing of the Rest of Heaven
May you know the joy of being known—
may you find when you seek,
be consoled when you suffer,
and be forgiven when you fail.
May you be blessed when you are cursed,
strengthened when you are weak,
and lifted up when you fall down.
May you know the rest of Heaven.
Mom also invited me to illustrate the book. I kept the illustrations simple, too: the black-and-white line drawings are meant to be colored, added to—whatever you wish. In fact, I like to call this a color-outside-the-lines book! And we’d love to see what you do; feel free to email me what you create: As a teaser, you can download this accompanying illustration here.

We hope you enjoy these blessings. They were created across generations to be shared across generations. And they’d make a great Valentine’s gift ;)
May this season be one of restful blessing to you.
With love,


"Attracted to Light," group art show at The Miners' Bazaar. Reception on 9 February from 5-8 (This image is a detail from my painting, "The Kiss Good Light").

Living Unlimited Gathering: A creative workshop for women, with catered luncheon, activities, and aperitivo hour on 3 March, 1-7 pm (Sonoma, CA).


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