Thursday, July 27, 2017

August Approacheth

"DNR #CancerSucks"
August 2017~ (12" x 12" Acrylic on Stretched Canvas) will be on display during the Belfast Organization for Artists Annual Art Show at the Belfast Public Library in Belfast NY.

My Quarterly Newsletter tells more about upcoming studio events and my work that will be out and about in the world in August.

Wild Pantry ~ Weather or Not
In case you missed it, my Wild Pantry project includes photography, paintings, and illustrations about the indigenous and home grown plants from my Wellness Garden at the studio.  Rain or Shine I am creating Wild Pantry Art


I don't know if we have broken any climate/weather records but, it has certainly been the wettest July I have seen in UpState NY in quite some time. I know that we need the water...and considering the drought conditions of previous years...I don't really dare complain but, I have to admit that the wet is having an impact on my ability to safely harvest some of the plants I would like to use. There won't be much surplus on some things this year but, I will be keeping others available for local pick up while supplies last. 
This month my Tinctures have been much more successful than my attempts to air-dry anything. My small dehydrator has been running over time to accommodate my own personal medicinal needs. 
Evening Primrose Root and St. John's Wort seem to be doing well and the tinctures should be ready by the end of August. 

As it is not raining at the moment; I am heading outside to address the Japanese Beetle Battle and do some damage control over the powdery mildew beginning to threaten the squash in the front garden. 

Hoping to post more about a positive outcome of these adventures soon! 

Monday, May 1, 2017


For my own Wellness; I am off-line this week. 

Glad to be participating in SCREEN FREE Week again this year and looking forward to some quality off-line time to disconnect from electronics and reconnect to my studio and garden. 

The studio will still be open during scheduled hours and visits are available by appointment. You may wish to call to leave a message at the studio as I won't be responding to emails and online messages as rapidly as I usually do. 

Doing this has become a seasonal tradition for me. I am noticing that it is a perfect way for me to intentionally shift out of the reclusive "virtually participatory" habits of winter. 

This year I am also starting it with the intention of establishing a more maker-friendly schedule to give me more time to make the tangible creations. My virtual creations and content satisfy one aspect of my need for creativity but, my hands are itching to feel the making in real time. 

My Patrons make it possible for me to unplug and make art. 
When I get ready to share the results of this Screen -Free- Stuff- Making -Magic on May 8th and the rest of the month, Patrons will be the first to see it! 

~Wishing all of you a low pain week blessed with passion-worthy inspirational moments. #screenfreeweek

Find out more about Screen Free week at

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Blossoms

Acknowledging my own mortality and embracing what matters most…Spring is blooming with changes and new rewards for me and for my Patrons. 
In May 2017 The “Meditators” and “Sages” reward levels will be closed and Replaced with “Sprites and Sages” at a subscription level of $8 per month it will be funding the Wild Pantry at SheilaLynnK Art Studio. At this level Patrons Receive Monthly Original Art featuring indigenous and homegrown plants for modern wellness and Wild Pantry instructions for one monthly Wild Crafting activity delivered via your activity feed.

So, “What IS a Wild Crafting Activity?” you ask. “Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or "wild" habitat, for food or medicinal purposes. It applies to uncultivated plants wherever they may be found, and is not necessarily limited to wilderness areas.” At my studio this translates into an art & nature activity that invites learning more about the plants that I use in my Wild Pantry.  Items: Monthly Art, Monthly Wild Craft activity 
SUBSCRIBE AT THIS LEVEL to receive these items after May 1, 2017. 
“Infusers and Muses” Subscribe at $1 per month ~ Funds Tea4me. Lots of homegrown/herbal wellness teas while I work. Thanks for infusing the muse! You'll get access to the Patrons-First Activity Feed where I post bloggy updates and ideas where you can vote on future Patron-Only Content.
 “Meditators” $3 per month funds Markers4me to create these meditative designs. Thank You! You received access to the Patrons First Activity Feed, Twelve 2016 Mandalas to color, and ONE new monthly printable coloring page. You’ll receive your April Coloring Page as scheduled. May 1st this subscription level will close.
“Sages” $5 per month pays for Paper4me. THANK YOU! You received All of the Above, and monthly sketches and notes from my Wild Pantry pages. You'll receive you April Wild Pantry sketches and notes as scheduled. May 1st this subscription level will close.  

“Links” $10 per month funds Printer ink in the Studio. Thank you! In April you get all of the above, have access to special previews and Patron Only discounts, and all existing content in the patron only activity feed. Beginning in May 2017, this Reward level will become listed as “Sacred Sisters” to fund the Creative Wellness Circle at SheilaLynnK Art Studio. Patrons at this level get access to my Sacred Art Series of ten PYO Notecards as a pdf for your personal use.  Each month you will get Patrons-First access to original Sacred Art celebrating Nature and the Feminine Face of Spirituality.[BTW~Be sure to follow your printer manual when printing on cardstock at home.This pdf also includes licensed consent from the artist for you to have the cards printed at your local facility.] SUBSCRIBE AT THIS LEVEL
“Allies for Arachnoiditis Survivors” $12.50 per month $11 per month goes directly to, Thank You! You Get All of the Above and access to all the existing patron-only content posted for subscriptions under this level. Subscriptions are NOT tax-deductible. Tax-deductible contributions are accepted via my fiscal sponsor, NYFA.] ($1.50 service fee)

“SWANS” $14.50 per month ~ $13 monthly funds SWAN Days Allegany County NY, Supporting local Women Artists, you get access to All of the above listed Patron Only Rewards in the Activity Feed.  ($1.50 goes to service fees) 

“Mediagicians” $15 per month~ In April 2017 you’ll get your scheduled DigiPix page. Then, beginning in May 2017 as I jump head first into travel writing and photography in a way that will expand my existing photography collection; you will become “Mediagicians and Travelers” receiving access to the existing content in the patron only activity feed and original Art from my Photostock collection. With your paid Subscription; every month you’ll get access to the content in the patrons only activity feed PLUS 4 High quality digital images from my photostock collection (an average of one per week) and exclusive patron previews to travel updates, articles, new additions to my photostock collection, and videos from these new wilder wellness adventures that will surely have an impact on the art to come. Not sure where this road will take us but, the collection includes: landscapes, skyscapes, nature, events, people, and more. 
Item: Four Original Photostock images per month

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Marching On...

I really like the way that the subscription option at Patreon allows My Patrons to choose how much they would like to spend and how often.   
In the interest of doing something similar-ish for my local patrons; I am trying this new offering that allows them to choose how much they would like to pay on instock pre-printed and original art for local pick up and payment at the studio during open studio hours .

The instock collection includes 11" x 14" poster prints in protective sleeves, a few 12" x 12" paintings on canvas, 2017 Calendars, notecards and post cards, and odd sized photo prints. 

While supplies last, local patrons select the art, 
give it a home, and pay what they can. This option will be in place for visitors to the studio 
during SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2017 

 Women Artists of All Ages from Allegany County NY and surrounding Areas are invited to Join the 10th International SWAN Day Celebrations! Join us as we Support Women Artists Now.
The official date for the 10th International SWAN Day is Saturday, March 25, 2017. SWAN DAY ACTIVITIES AT THE STUDIO  ARE SCHEDULED FROM
March 25th to April 6th.
with additional events around the county during the months of March and April.
The Art Show & Sale featuring art by local women artists is 
FREE and Open to the public during Open Studio Hours.
Youth (Girls & Boys Age 5-18) Entries Also Welcome
Entries ($10 each) Accepted at the studio March 17th from Noon to 5pm.
Entry Forms are available in pdf format attached to the Call For Entries at Patreon. GET ENTRY FORMS
Winners will be selected by popular vote. Ballots will be cast by visitors during open studio hours from March 25-April 5th. Visitors will sign in to receive ONE ballot to cast a vote for their favorite work in each category.
[AWARDS TBA April 6th during closing ceremony 5-8pm. “BEST IN SHOW (Adult)” $100, “Best Artistic Composition” $50, “Most Unique” $50, “Best Presentation” $25, “Best TEEN Entry (14-17)” $25, “Best PreTEEN Entry (ages 10-13)” $25, “Best Youth Entry (ages 5-9)” $25.
SWAN Days Open Studio Hours: March 25th Noon-4pm Opening Reception, Closed Sundays March 26th & April 2nd, Open Mondays Noon-4, Tues & Thurs. Noon -4 & 5-8pm, Wednesdays & Fridays Noon-6pm, Saturdays Noon-4pm.
SWAN Days Allegany County NY 2017 Sponsors
Subscribe Here  at Patreon Now to get rewards when you support local women artists via these annual SWAN Day Activities.
Sponsored In Loving Memory of
Shawntelle M. Santas
Platinum Sponsors
Women Arts
Creative Wellness Sponsors
Ariel's Naturals 2016
SheilaLynnK Art Studio
The Belfast Organization for Artists
Refreshments to be provided by Baking Production and Management At Alfred State College 
Also happening at the studio DURING SWAN Days

RSVP by March 13th  to attned the PLARN Art Basics Workshop 

Growing a local Circle of Natural Feminine Energy for Creative Wellness & Intentional Unity for all who attend.Together let’s create a safe local environment for Sustainable Independent Wellness.
UNIFY Global Sisterhood will post details and announcements about their next Online Circle on International Women's Day, March 8, 2017 HERE
In Wellsville, we will be Calling in the directions at 7:15pm on March 27, 2017.
 [RSVP by March 20, 2017.]

As always, I am sure we will discuss some aspect of Remembering the Feminine Face of Spirituality and hearing your input on what YOU would like this circle to become.

Creative Wellness Circle Newsletter Feb. 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We learned

On January 31st I got the call that my sister was in critical condition in a hospital 2 hours away. After spending days and nights with her until painfully saying goodbye on Feb 5th, I am home and trying to adjust to the landscape of this new reality. 

Things are currently quite surreal and exhausting and I can honestly say that I am not fit for much communication right now. 
"Without art the crudeness of reality would make life unbearable." ~George Bernard Shaw 
Because of this, I know I will return to art-making soon. But, it won't be today. 
Your patronage and patience are greatly appreciated. 
Shawntelle Kalkbrenner Santas Quiet Activists, Active Quietors, and Observers of the Human Condition; for forty seven years apart-but-together we learned about art, writing, life, motherhood, and death and all of the things that come between. We learned how to fuss, fight and argue with respect for each other and we learned the power of forgiveness. 
We learned the geography defying value of true friends and the timelessness of sisterhood. 
We learned that bees like us best when we just sit still and that bicycles are happiest when we just let go.
We learned that the power of the ocean runs deeper than blue lips and chattering teeth.
We learned that mud, dirt, and earth clean away the dark grime that tries to dust over the best things in life and that it's only safe to work at Burger King if you know how to skate (on grease).
We learned that Christmas Flower Arrangements require heavy gloves that are left behind for the sake of an artful arrangement and that plastic flowers just look Wrong.
From our Parents, together we watched and learned what marriage is meant to be and the true definition of an equal partnership and that playing hide-and-seek in the dark at night with a crap ton of family is the BEST way to play.
We learned to compromise without lowering our standards.
We learned that we must keep silent when Legos get stuck between naked Mom toes in the middle of the night.
We learned that being a good big sister means sharing what we learned without telling them what to do.
We learned that “You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.”~Steven King
We learned that tootsie rolls are not recommended for dental work and bubble gum makes an awful eye patch, "Pastries may be hot when heated" and "Candy Land is right off the map".
Flying over hay bails from the largest rope I ever saw; we learned that gravity is most real when we let it weigh us down...[and after we have boobs].
 We learned that, in addition to holding us tight when the world falls down and supporting our tire swing named "Fly"; trees' roots run deep but, still make the effort to figure out how to talk to each other and that though one Apple Tree may support your entire tree house; some Apple Trees DO NOT want to be climbed.
We learned our babies teach us more than anyone else can.
We learned how much we don't know and shared the questions.
We learned that words and images are powerful.
We learned that the things we learned alone were infused with wisdom when we brought them together.
We learned that wisdom is not handed down.
We learned that, when we let it; Love makes change not just bearable but valuable, brings order to chaos, and defies all things.
When we meet again, we will share the new things we've learned and celebrate the wisdom we've earned. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

SWAN Days Allegany County NY ~In March 2017


It's already time for me to be 

Getting Ready to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of SWAN(Support Women Artists Now) Day! 

  Co-sponsored by SheilaLynnK Art Studio and the Belfast Organization for Artists; SWAN Days Allegany County NY is being held in honor of the many creative local women and men working hard to bring the arts to our rural community. Numerous creative events and activities will occur around the county during the Month of March and into April. 

From March 25th to April 5th, at SheilaLynnK Art Studio, there will be an Art Show andSale featuring work by Local Women Artists. 

View Our Listing at the International Calendar on

 During SWAN Days Allegany County, NY; 

The studio will be open Noon to 4pm daily and 5-8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 [CLOSED Sundays March 26th and April 2nd].

 Learn more from last year’s events and 2016 ACTIVITIES HERE. 

The Art Show and Sale will be free to the public. 

Some registration fees may apply. 


Contact the studio if you have an event that you would like to have added to the Calendar of Local Artsy Activities happening during the March and April 2017. 


Sunday, November 13, 2016


"I do, solemnly swear or affirm that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice."

I rarely, if ever, speak about my time in the military. Mostly because, I didn't really do anything particularly noteworthy. I enlisted. Kept my word. Did my job. Finished my term with an uneventful honorable discharge and went on to raise my children and go to college, etc. Though there were challenging aspects of my four year term; there were and ARE so many people who served and gave up more than I ever did. So, it never seemed like something that needed to be discussed at great length. 

 As a "flower-child-born-too-late", raised in the 80s, and dubbed "Miss Granola" (by my older sister) in high school during an era when a Kenny Rogers fan could be best friends with a Black Sabbath fan; for the most part, I have always treated my Army experience like my first real-world-bigger-than-Burger-King-wake-up-call job experience and left it at that. 

Though I now have an educated appreciation for my Father's twenty years of Military service, acknowledge fellow veterans on Veteran's Day, have slowly come to take some pride in my decision, and am often thankful that amidst the numerous hazardous lessons the experience taught me so much about my strengths and the power of adaptability; I haven't spent much time talking or dwelling on what it meant at the time or why I even did it in the first place. As we occasionally bumped heads about national policy, religion, and hunting/shooting animals; I am certain that my Father is STILL quite baffled by that decision. The short version: I believed in people. I believed all people were worthy of respect and the opportunity to participate in and be embraced by the American Dream. And, maybe School House Rock convinced me at an early age that it was important to, "Secure the Blessings of Liberty" . Life continues to encourage me to do so and I simply haven't given up on that idea.  

The outcome and recent aftermath of the election, accompanied by the plethora of social media posts (some so disturbingly hateful that I have had to just walk away in disgust) storming into all of my social media feeds has pushed me to revisit what that was all about...AND what it means to me now...twenty-nine years later.  
I am pretty sure that nobody is more surprised than I am about my sudden need to express how these things are affecting me. 

I finally figured out that part of it is that I never realized it was possible to be simultaneously proud and appalled.  

I am so proud that my peers and  I (and the small percentage of the population now serving) were ready, willing, and able to defend a country which provides such liberties as we are using Right Now. No matter the outcome of ANY election; The FREEDOM to Peacefully Express our frustration with the system is NOT a luxury frequently afforded to citizens in many other countries. 
I am proud of the way our nation has progressed in my lifetime.
"The 115th Congress will have a record-high 21 female senators in it next year, including more women of color than ever before...the number of women of color in the Senate quadrupled...These women and so many others reflect a Senate that's (slowly but surely) looking more and more like the American electorate." 

I see that many protesters are not afraid of him but, afraid of the type of people who would vote for a man like him. As I work to remind myself that it is possible that many people who voted for him were just as likely to be doing it in the interest of simply blindly voting against something else and NOT necessarily in SUPPORT of what he represents; I am appalled that we must now explain to students how and why Americans voted for a racist to be our President. Unless he rapidly and drastically changes his mode of operation; the Presidential role of Donald Trump has the potential to Legitimize and Empower groups which stand for so many in-humane, racist, sexist, and inequitable concepts that I struggle to understand. When I shared the article about how we must now explain to our children how Americans elected a racist, a visitor actually asked, "Who is a racist?" 

I was speechless. I couldn't say or think anything to respond at first. Later, I felt like I should say something about how fortunate she was that she never really had to be able to answer that question. 

Disconcerting to me personally; at what point did it become okay to select a Commander In Chief who has demonstrated Conduct Unbecoming an Officer as a before and during his campaign to launch his term in office? 

As a soldier:  The moral and legal obligation is to the U.S. Constitution and not to those who would issue unlawful orders (especially if those orders are in direct violation of the Constitution and the UCMJ). Additionally, the American Soldier functioning within the Uniform Code of Military Justice is bound by her/his word and pledge to disobey unlawful orders. Based on what we have witnessed so far, I must ask, "Does the apparent president-elect know the difference between the two?" 
I am just an average citizen who once happened to serve in the U.S. Army. The fact that I am clearly not alone in the need to ask that question warrants a better evaluation of his ability to be an effective Commander In Chief. 

"The presidential oath of office demands that the president “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Trump Vs. the Constitution How will he defend, preserve, and protect something he does not understand?

As early as October, Republican law makers raised legitimate arguments concerning the qualifications of this candidate.
 "In nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has asked the people of the United States to entrust their future to a man who insults women, mocks the handicapped, urges that dissent be met with violence, seeks to impose religious tests for entry into the United States, and applies a de facto ethnicity test to judges," they wrote. "He offends our allies and praises dictators. His public statements are peppered with lies. He belittles our heroes and insults the parents of men who have died serving our country. Every day brings a fresh revelation that highlights the unacceptable danger in electing him to lead our nation." 

And still, here he is poised to take on that position and the most we can hope for is an unprecedented turn of events when the Electoral College meets in December or a Presidential/Government support network and system of checks and balances that will unite across party lines to teach him the basic fundamentals of what it means to be a conscientious law-abiding citizen and leader worthy of the respect of ALL of the diverse cultures residing here and abroad. 

They allowed him the eligibility for the position. Now, their mission is to give him a crash course in humanity and governance that will transform him into a Commander In Chief who knows what it means to work in compliance with our Constitution. As citizens (and soldiers) it will be our responsibility to hold them to it. "A man who doesn't even grasp the most basic limits and responsibilities of the three branches of government";Educating Trump is unlikely to be an easy task. 
For what I suspect might be the first time in his life; he may actually be held accountable for his promises, actions, and outcomes. Will he care? Or will he just sell us out to the highest bidder? 

The More I Learn, The Less I Know Although I am a New York State Certified Teacher who knows the actual worth of my own vote isn't what it should be and I do try to stay informed; every day I am learning how much I never really knew/understood about the Actual American Election Process...and how an even larger portion of the population understands it even less than I do. It's truly a humbling and, well, sort of... alarming realization to see how many of our citizens are clueless about this aspect of our democracy.  



When I went against my own Romantic and Peaceful notions about being gentle and loving to all forms of life and prepared myself at the "tender" age of 17 to take up arms to honor and defend my country, though I may have been a somewhat-jaded Army Brat with few romantic notions about the Military; it was because I BELIEVED in the Greatness of our nation.

I believed in Justice For All. I believed in the equitable defense of the citizens of our nation. Though it may have been tempered by the idealism of Youth, in my heart I was legitimately prepared to fight like hell to defend these concepts because I BELIEVED in the Great Potential of our Country. AND, I STILL DO.

It's NOT ABOUT winning or losing. It's about "inclusion and connection and inter-dependency... about building bridges and breaking ceilings... about taking the high road.... VS. a platform which supports creating a nation which caters to an ONLY christian, white, straight, population with no space for anyone who might be "different" or "difficult to understand". His was truly a campaign of fear and exclusion and Open-Minded Americans are struggling to unify under such a concept.

 Vote, It MattersThe grief and frustration does not stem from the media hype about party lines...or which party should be in charge. This is about the selection of a leader, one person, who demonstrates an appreciation for the diversity of our people and seeks to unite all factions of our population to the best of his/her ability. The apparent president-elect has shown no evidence in his behavior, demeanor, conduct, or history to indicate that he is qualified to do such a thing. He has clearly and blatantly demonstrated an intrinsic desire to do the exact opposite of that. The concerns are justified. Additionally, as far as I know, to date...the actual votes of the American people DO NOT support his placement as our leader. And those who are peacefully protesting his appointment as such are doing so within the legitimate boundaries of the Electoral process which does not end until December 19th.

THIS IS WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT.... IN THE WAYS THAT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN GREAT. We have options and rights that FEW, IF ANY, OTHER NATION'S CITIZENS DO. No matter which way you voted; to me The MOST IMPORTANT thing to remember in all of the issues about this election ...and there ARE many... is that The Petitions to Request that the Electoral College Choose Hilary Clinton as President on Dec. 19th is also, ...though not publicized enough...A Part of the Election Process and NOT a 'temper-tantrum' or "poor loser scenario"... 

Because the Electoral College exists; this action COULD be done after EVERY Presidential Election. The option is NOT new. The media tells us that the process is over when THEY announce the winner. And, we believe it.

 THIS emphasizes the need to get rid of, or seriously revise, the Electoral College to improve the Electoral Process BEFORE the next presidential election. Which, in case you have been hiding under a rock (or are just totally and justifiably revolted by the political talk bombarding all social media right now) and haven't seen it yet, IS another petition circulating right now. 

For Trump's supporters who argue, "We won fair and square, stop whining and complaining!Just accept that you lost!" and worse comments that I have seen posted on protest pages; actually perhaps they haven't yet. There is some speculation, even at this late date, that they won't be able to back that statement up with the conviction associated with owning the dominating popular vote of the people. The numbers are not all in yet. As for the actual votes of the people: "The numbers that came out on Election Night were enough to secure Trump the presidency, but they weren’t complete. State officials are still counting millions of provisional and absentee ballots, and within two weeks, Clinton will likely have another few million votes in the bank....“We probably have about 7 million votes left to count,” said David Wasserman, an editor at Cook Political Report who is tracking turnout. “A majority of them are on the coasts, in New York, California, and Washington. She should be able to win those votes, probably 2-1.” By mid-December, when the Electoral College officially casts its ballots, Wasserman estimates that Clinton could be ahead by 2 percentage points in the popular vote." The Atlantic
It's a flawed and outdated system. Whatever the flaws, I am thankful to live in a country where we can peacefully discuss and address them.