Monday, June 7, 2010

Artistically Speaking Rebranded

From Rebecca E. Parsons, Publisher/Editor-in-ChiefRebecca E. Parsons

WOW!!! The first few months of this very special publication… Cre8tive Compass, has been so fulfilling and rewarding for me personally and professionally. You may notice the new look and name...the AS magazine and blog have been rebranded...during my biz planning process and with the urging of the board of directors, i discovered that i wanted to go a completely different direction and launch a media company...i have a BIG vision... therefore, the magazine, blog and radio show have been rebranded to Cre8tive Compass (C8C)... although the radio show will remain Artistically Speaking/Cre8tive Compass Talk Show, giving voice to the creatively can find links to all of these below.

Cre8tive Compass better speaks to my vision which is 'showing artisans the way to make a living doing what they love.' It incorporates ALL of my new and previous work under one brand (Do What You Love book and workshops, Cre8Tiva's blog in Cre8Topia, my counseling, mentoring and coaching programs, Cre8tive Entrepreneur University, and especially the Cre8tive Compass Community i am co-creating that was founded in the spirit of collaboration not competition to honor the passion and vision of artisans and the creatively self-employed.) My life's body of work in essence. All of these entities are produced and published under my new business REP MEdia.

I know that I am on mission with creative entrepreneurs and working on purpose when you engage by writing a comment, subscribing to the magazine, inquiring about how to submit an article, listening to the radio show, but most of all when you spread the word by telling your friends and other creative business owners about Cre8tive Compass!!!

And you have been telling your friends. The number of visitors in increasing daily and the interaction is beginning to happen...we have over 600 subscribers to date. The radio show listeners are growing by leaps and bounds...with over 2000 downloads of our show to date!!! We were the 3rd most popular art show on blog talk radio the last week of March. Lyna and I are changing how creative entrepreneurs get their business and lifestyle information.

With Cre8tive Compass Magazine, Radio, Blog, and soon to be launched Community, Our Mission: Artisan helping artisan–Craftsman helping craftsman. Co-creating a community that emphasizes collaboration, not competition. Forging a bond that will perpetuate the artforms. Bridging the divide between artistry, craftsmanship, and business while promoting the concept of an artistic community, is being accomplished one step at a time! We promise to inform creative business owners about artistic principles, encourage interaction among artists as business people while enhancing their lives and their lifestyle. But it is nothing without YOU!!!

You have out full attention. Please let us know what you need and want from Cre8tive Compass. This is your publication, your radio show, your community. Please feel free to make yourself at home, visit often, leave a comment, participate in the contests and exhibits!

Our Vision: A commitment to be a platform to profile artists who are representing artistic vision in the marketplace who can both encourage and provide role models to other artists, craftsmen, and creative entrepreneurs. Please tell us how we can accomplish this by leaving a comment below or on any of the articles, columns, department pages, etc.

me at work in my bunny slippers with my faithful companion Sir Chancelot at my side
I love being able to work like this. As we embark on our mutual creative journey, I want you to know that this is YOUR magazine and it is fully interactive. I am just a channel for YOUR ideas, YOUR needs, and YOUR wants. I encourage YOU to be an active part of Cre8tive Compass. Join the discussions, leave comments, send ideas, write a review…stay connected by visiting regularly. And Please Spread the Word through Facebook, Twitter, a link to the magazine on your website or blog.

During the next few months Cre8tive Compass will be in a major Construction Phase with new features and stories, launching of departments, new columns and much more. Please check back often. And let me know what you want to see by leaving a comment below.

In Service to Your Dream!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Revolutionary Times Teleseminar

Six (r)Evolutionary Secrets to Creating a Financially Prosperous 2010 and Beyond!! 

Revolutionary Times

The Key Weapons

Every Artisan Business Owner

Needs Right Now to Stay in Business

FREE Teleseminar 3/22/10 @ 8PM EDT

Please Register Below

all you need is a telephone to participate

In this teleseminar, I will share my secret weapons about how I created a 6-figure creative business in tough economic conditions.

· Are you a passionate, dedicated, hard-working creatively self-employed artisan?

· Are your customers dwindling?

· Do your remaining customers seem to want something for nothing?

· Are your phones ringing less?

· Is your bottom line in, or precariously close to, a sea of red?

Then this information packed, no holds barred call is for you… I will strip away the fluff and get into some heavy-duty strategies that you can put into place TODAY that will help you survive and thrive in 2010 and beyond. You must register for the call. Every artist/decorative painter/creative entrepreneur should attend this FREE teleconference…please share this link with anyone you believe needs this information.

Please rush me the information

about the teleseminar

on Monday March 22, 2010 @ 8PM EDT

(if you can't attend live a recording will be available for registered guests)

click the button below to join the teleseminar...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

San Miquel De Allende, Mexico Mural Workshop...

2010 Mural will include an interesting vantage point starting from a view through a double arch from the Bellas Artes (school founded by Diego Rivera) through the main courtyard past a glistening fountain centering on the colorful dome of the San Francisco Church.

Join Vigini Studios, Inc. for a memorable 10 day  mural workshop (June 13-23, 2010)in San Miquel De Allende, Mexico, an historical artist community. Nicola Vigini will instruct a mural workshop based on the landscape and architecture of this beautiful and historically important town focusing on native stone, architectural trompe l'oeil, foliage, and perspective. Students will leave with a single, completed 4 x 6 panel on canvas.

Mural Nicola has specially designed a mural for this summer's workshop. The image from our 2009 summer workshop is shown in the collection of photos and includes local quarried stone to be studied, perspective from an intriguing angle, local foliage and scenery, architectual elements shown through a typical window setting characterised by a lambrequin or curtain detail design.


  • Motorcoach transportation from airport to San Miguel and back
  • Day trip including museum entries, private tour, elegant lunch, dusk cocktails in the altiplano over looking SMA
  • Personalized walking tour, museum enrty fees, personalized shopping for local antiquities, fabulous ironwork, jewelry
  • personalized, individual instruction by master Nicola Vigini
  • 19 delicious and varied meals (4 lunches and 6 dinners are the responsibilty of each student; full menu breakfasts are included)
  • Elegant opening and closing meals and ceremony
  • all materials

Call Toll Free: 877-977-3289
Visit website for details...Mural workshop

Thursday, March 4, 2010

ID-Digest features Connie & Randy Cotita...

The magnificent faux Pietra Dure work of Connie and Randy Cotita is featured this month at

faux Pietra Dure tray by Connie Cotita

Barry L. Wingard, Ph.D., Editor in Chief of has created an online magazine of sophistication, vision, and world-class design. The departments include Interior Design, Paint and Plaster, The Arts, Exterior Design, Creative Living, Hospitality, Travel, and Real Estate. The monthly issues spotlight people with creative talents and features their work while inspiring others to find an outlet for their own creativity with advice, information, and how-to projects.

Mission Statement
ID-Digest exists to celebrate creativity in its varying forms and to bring into the public eye those whose special talents and services bring beauty into the environments of so many people. Our goals are to reveal the presence of creativity in a variety of areas of life and to foster in the reader an appreciation for beautiful and unique environments around the world

Randy (with Connie) is a regular columnist of Artistically Speaking Magazine. Their Finish with Finesse column is one of the favorites of our readers.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Nancy Jones ArtWorks!...Spokane & Granicrete Spokane New Facility...

Nancy Jones ArtWorks!...Spokane & Granicrete Spokane

Open for business @ new location on March 1, 2010.

We are excited to announce many changes coming in 2010! Effective February 1st, 2010, we have leased a fabulous new facility near Spokane Industrial Park. The 5400 square foot space will include an outstanding showroom space featuring the decorative paint, plaster and concrete finishes our artisans are known for. Our warehouse area will provide production space allowing us to complete custom countertops and furniture/cabinet finishes on-site. We have a dedicated classroom space allowing us to offer more workshops for professional artisans and do-it-yourselfers. And, we will be expanding our sales area to include retail sales of the decorative painting products used in our training as well as finished painted furniture and art pieces. Our contracting business will remain as we continue to complete custom decorative finishes in local homes and commercial spaces.

Using my 35 years of experience in the decorative painting industry, we will be pulling together all of my resources to make ArtWorks!...Spokane and Granicrete Spokane the showcase for decorative finishes for the Inland Northwest.

We have begun the remodeling process, teariing down walls and redecorating all of the walls and floors with specialty finishes, but it will take a while to complete everything the way we envision it. So, as we ask for your patience during our transition, we also welcome your visit anytime! For a while, please be sure to call before stopping by to be sure you can find us.

Watch for notices regarding open houses and sales as we go through this process. Thank you for your past loyalty and we welcome the opportunity to serve you better in the years to come!

New Address:
15310 E Marietta Ave.
Suites 7& 8
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Phone: 509.928.2726
Fax: 509.892.1160
Cell: 509.991.9091

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

On the Magazine TODAY...

Creative Home & Living Fun…

Your Life and Your Lifestyle

February 7, 2010

Cabin Fever Procrastinator’s Party

Now until February 21st!!!

inspired by Melissa @ The Inspired Room


I know that many of us are suffering from a massive bout of cabin fever right now. We have an idea to make use of the time. The Magazine is sponsoring a Cabin Fever Procrastinator’s Party…let’s finish a project we have been trying to avoid for a while. Mine is an unfinished Chateau Chair I have had for several years a while now. I am going to French Countrify it.

To join the fun…Simply write your own post on your blog and link back within your post to this magazine. Sign up on the link list below, leaving your name and the link directly to your Cabin Fever Procrastinator’s Party post. Please make sure you read the rules…

Now, it is your turn. What are YOU going to work on? read more & join in the fun here

We are gaining listeners to the radio show all the time...Habitat magazine featured us recently as did Children Art Gallery