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

Tuesday, February 2, 2010



The 5 new colors with unique properties to complement the colors already in the Heavy Body family....

The inorganic pigment has the opacity and lightfastness of a Cadmium color,
without the typical UV/moisture sensitivity, making it an ideal yellow for
outdoor use.
This color rounds out the lines of browns, as it fills a color space between Burnt
Sienna and Burnt Umber, but with a cleaner, redder undertone. Imagine a dark
valued, reddish Burnt Umber, with a warm, clean, rich, melted chocolate undertone.
Clean, dark, and rich, this beautiful organic red pigment fills a color space
between Cadmium Red Dark and Cadmium Red Medium. It is a non-toxic,
higher chroma alternative to Cadmium Red Dark that can be used in outdoor
murals without the UV/moisture sensitivities of a Cadmium color.
This color has been on our wish list for quite some time since we stopped
production of the beloved Naphthamide Maroon, due to the unavailability of the
pigment back in 1997. While Naphthamide Maroon was a single pigment color,
Permanent Maroon is a blend. This smokey, reddish violet color dries with a
sheen that is between glossy and semi-gloss.
A darker and cooler version of Chromium Oxide Green, with very good
opacity. In addition to offering a cool, opaque single pigment color for fine
artists, this color is closer than our regular Chromium Oxide Green to what is
sometimes referred to as "European Green".
Available at your local art supply retailer
Febuary 2010

Please check out the magazine for new articles, videos, and much on this sentence to visit now...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Artistically Speaking Talk Show...1/31/2010

Date/Time: 1/31/2010 @ 6:30 PM EST
Call-in Number: (347) 996-5698
Listen on Your ComputerClick Here

You do not want to miss this show!!! Beverly discusses her book Understanding Other People: The 5 Secrets to Human Behavior. The award-winning book is conversational, concise, wisdom rich, non-clinical, personal, easy-to-read and understand...a self-help book written for people who don't usually like "self-help" books. It provides must-know information for empowering anyone to be more successful.

How will this help you, the creative entrepreneur,  and your creative business? Learning why people act the way they do will help you sell more effectively and be a better leader and boss. Visit Beverly's Blog for great tips and suggestions.

Some big decorative artist issues we plan to discuss and how can Beverly's work help reach a better conclusion:
  • How can creative entrepreneurs communicate confidence when they are selling themselves (and their work) to a client?
  • When a client wants to cross your business boundaries and asks you to break your policy...the big one is sample boards...customers want to keep them. Then they show them to other painters and ask them to reproduce it for less. 
  • How do you ask for the commission/money? 
  • What can we do when a client wants more than we agreed to or we jusy cannot seem to please them? 
  • Dealing with difficult people. 
  • Best way to handle a client who doesn't want to pay after all is said and done- even if you have a contract. 
  • What do we need to do to improve our communication effectiveness overall? and so much more...  
The 5 secrets to understanding other people:
  1. It's all About me.
  2. Behavioral Styles come between us.
  3. Values speak louder than you do
  4. Don't assume I know what you mean
  5. I'm Okay; you are most definitely not okay
You will want to add this book to your business resources...Understanding Other People: The 5 Secrets to Human Behavior TODAY!!!! Click the name to buy the book. She also hosts a radio show on The Diva Toolbox called The Confident Coach.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blog Masters Club Professional Blogger...

It's official...I am now a Blog Master. Well, you might say, "Rebecca you have been a Blog Master for years now." And I agree. I have been blogging since 1999 when Live Journal launched, have created and kept 8 blogs going for several years now, and I love every minute of the process. So what's different now?

I have joined the Blog Masters Club  a Master Mind of Professional Bloggers who are on a path of moving their blogs to a different level. Different in professionalism, content, and commitment.
I pledge to make this mission of giving voice to a new generation of Creative Entrepreneurs into a thriving support community of artists, artisans, and craftsmen where their lives and lifestyle businesses are honored, valued, and encouraged to prosper.
I can make this pledge to you because I know this is my life's work and my legacy. It is my gift back to the community that has allowed me to flourish and prosper as a self-employed Creative Entrepreneur for over 30 years. I am living my mission and my purpose. Helping you helps all...

Look for massive action and changes here on the blog, in the magazine, and on the radio talk show. Look for our community platform to be launched and the doors of Creative Entrepreneur University to be thrown open. Look for YOU... read more of our story by clicking here...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Valentines with a Heart...

Valentines for Haiti
Hand Painted Valentines...Make a Donation!

Billet Collins are offering Valentines with a support the help and rescue efforts in Haiti...100% of all proceeds go directly to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Donation:  $10 for a set of six cards
While making our Valentines this year I had my mind on the disaster efforts in Haiti. There is so much devastation there that my donation seemed so small! But, I realized I had something to offer through my artwork so I made these cards for Haiti.

The design for the card was inspired by a traditional Haitian symbol for love which can be used for Valentine's Day, or simply as personal stationery. Each card is hand painted with Erzulie, the symbol of love, and printed on the back tells the story of how the donation for these cards will benefit the relief efforts in Haiti.
  from their newsletter
Not only will you make a $10 donation, you can also spread the word.  Each card includes a note that these were purchased as a donation for Haiti.

Order online at their blog or contact them directly at the studio.


About Billet Collins
Billet Collins is a full service decorative painting company with a boutique philosophy. Our portfolio includes glazes and patterns, murals and faux woodgraining, floor patterns and hand painted fabrics.

January Cover Artist...Artistically Speaking Magazine

Artistically Speaking Magazine proudly presents our January Cover Artist and Creative Entrepreneur:

Sean Crosby Master Decorative Artist reCreation

I am foremost a decorative painter, but my greatest joy lies in teaching the trade to anyone who wants to learn, and once in a while a painter who has taken a class with me will contact me to help on a job. One of the most interesting projects came to me through my friend Anita Medina, a gifted painter I met in one of my faux fresco classes. A client of Anita’s was interested in replicating the entire fresco cycle of the life of St. Peter, as depicted in the Brancacci Chapel. The “Cappella dei Brancacci" is a chapel in the Church of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence. It is sometimes called the "Sistine Chapel of the early Renaissance."   read more

Sean was on Artistically Speaking Talk Show in December sharing his thoughts on this project, his life as a creative entrepreneur, and much more. click to listen

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

soft launch of Artistically Speaking Magazine...

You have been waiting for it....
You have been asking for it...
You have been hoping for a one-stop online resource...

xzbsbbgvawell it is finally here...

Artistically Speaking Magazine


Artistically Speaking dot com

Sister Sites Created by Artists for Artists!

Artistically Speaking, the brainchild collaboration of decorative artists Linda Cassels-Hofmann and Rebecca E. Parsons, melds two concepts together under one name...information and education!

Linda brings her passion to share information of our craft, co owner of Art Effects she created her website in the late 90's with a single how-to page and over the past decade the site has grown to be one of the most popular on the internet for information on faux finishing trompe l'oeil and murals. With the experience and knowledge she has gained through the development of her own site, she hopes to carry over to make your first stop for information on the decorative arts.

Rebecca, mentor and coach, brings a passion to help creative entrepreneurs succeed by creating a lifestyle business doing what they love. She offers the business knowledge of an award-winning creative entrepreneur with over 35 years experience...murals, graphic design, editing, writing, and teaching. Rebecca hopes to create a platform, with Artistically Speaking Magazine, to explore new ideas, techniques, and creative options while embracing the life and lifestyle of the creative entrepreneur.

The information and education provided by blending the Artistically Speaking Sister Sites promises to become the complete online resource for decorative artisans, faux finishers, muralists, artisans and craftsmen, designers, decorators, architects...any creative entrepreneur!

The mission is simply: Artisan helping artisan. Craftsman helping craftsman. Forging a bond that will perpetuate the artform while bridging artistry, craftsmanship, lifestyle, and business.

Artistically Speaking tagline reads: "Giving voice to a new generation of decorative artisans."
This will be accomplished with a unique mix of Internet resources, online magazine, and YOU!

Artistically Speaking Magazine will be updated daily with more articles, columns, streaming video, expert training, teleseminars, and much more. It is a truly interactive site where you can participate in the news by leaving comments and feedback, enter the contests, submit reviews,  talk to the columnists, exhibit your artwork, join the community and so much more. is evolving daily with information for the decorative painter, faux finishes, and muralist with new resources, a growing artisan directory, soon to be portfolio websites, and so much more. You will want to check back daily!