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2017 A Wild Ride & interview with Mindy Tsonas of Studio Femme

I had the opportunity to sit down with my friend and Artist Mindy Tsonas of Studio Femme in Early October 2017.

Here I shared my journey from work in the corporate world to becoming a full time artist, how I healed the loss of my Dad through art and how spreading brave creativity is now my mission and love!

Enjoy & keep sharing your gifts with the world!

You can also listen to  lara Cornell and  Nicole Sea  interviews with Mindy on Lush Conversations.

Happy New Year!!

The Artists’ Muse; My new Happy Place

My dream of my own Art Space came true Aug 1, 2017.  After taking an Encaustic class with Amy Vanderels; I fell in love with the space.  Tall ceilings, exposed brick and Large windows.  I noticed an empty space, inquired & the rest is history.

I currently work out of my studio in Amesbury & offer Creative Workshops

Save the Date for Amesbury Open Studio Nov 10-12






Strong Woman Series-Jen Davies

I met Jen Davies in December 2016 when she stopped by my booth at Sowa Winter Festival.  We began talking and little did I know that she was a published author.  So grateful for this feature on her blog this month!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

My Healing Journey by Melissa Partridge

Back in December 2016, I decided that to coincide with my Diamonds in the Rough series, I was going to post stories once a month highlighting strong women.I met Melissa Partridge around that time whilst scoping out the SOWA market. Her work is colorful and beautiful, but after a short conversation, God knows what she thought, but I asked her if she would be interested in telling her story.

I find women the masters of reinvention and I love the stories I hear of what women go through overcoming the challenges they face in life.

This is Melissa’s story!

Art, Color, Textures & Travel Inspire me.  I have always had a LOVE for adventure, the unknown  & surprises; a curious creature at heart.  After  receiving my B.S. in Merchandising & Design from University of Rhode Island; I fulfilled my life long dream of moving to the Fashion capital of the world~NYC.   I knew no one except my college friend Denise who worked for the UN.  That was ok~I’d make friends I wasn’t worried about it.  I lived and breathed NYC and worked for fabulous brands including Capelli New York, Levi Strauss & Co., & Coach Inc.   My NYC friends used to tell me I knew the city better than them.  I never took cabs and lived by public transportation.  I lived in NYC for 7 years after running away from my dysfunctional family.  My parents had divorced in the late 80’s when I was 15.  I was the oldest of three children; my sister 16 months younger and my brother 5 years younger.  My Dad was a high functional alcoholic, an Engineer and had his Phd from Harvard who struggled with addiction his whole life.  Growing up I was always the protector, the dreamer, the peacemaker. My Mom always says I was the child drawing butterfly’s and rainbows.  My Mom would sit us down in our playroom as kids and have us play with paints, watercolors, playdough, board games, coloring books to distract us from my alcoholic Father.  I don’t remember a lot from my childhood but that was my coping mechanism.  My mom taught me how to be independent and survive on my own.

Art was always there to comfort me, calm my anxiety, let me play with my inner child.  I was a shy child growing up & it wasn’t until I moved to NYC I found my own voice.  I had to; in order to survive in this great big City I had to stick up for myself, be independent and take risks.  I was determined to find myself and live on my own & make it in NYC & of course meet the man of my dreams!!  Well I never did find my husband in NYC;  Happy to say I am in a  happy & healthy 7 year relationship with an amazing man.  I did date lots of men in NYC and had some amazing dates, fabulous dinners, concerts~ Sting live in NYC, James Tayler on Jones Beach, B-52’s in Central Park, shopping at Flea Markets, Street Fairs, Museums, Dressing up for the Halloween Parade in the East-Village, rollerblading and biking in Central Park , Trying the  latest & greatest restaurants, Museums~The Moma & Met were my favorite, wine, concerts, you name it I tried it.  After 9/11 I was laid off from marketing  job at Levi Strauss.  I was determined to survive in NYC on unemployment and didn’t want to move back home to Boston.

However, in 2005 I interviewed with Victorinox Swiss Army, gave my 2 weeks notice to Coach, the company I worked with after Levi Strauss, on Madison Ave and packed up my rental car & moved back to my Mom’s home 40 miles North of Boston.   I had decided I was done with NYC and ready to move on!!

Once home a lot of my inner feelings from my childhood came up.  I started lashing out and fighting with my Mom more.  I finally decided I was ready to see a psychotherapist and take care of myself and my inner demons.   I knew it would get worse before it would get better with therapy. It was WORK but I was taking care of a lot of issues I never dealt with from my childhood for the past 34 years.

After 7 years with my Corporate sales job with VSA in Sales/Marketing;  I was laid off in Jan 2012.  That by far was the best day of my life, I was burnt out, exhausted and ready to make a change.  I was tired of traveling, living out of suitcase/hotels and eating bad food.  I was great at my job but it didn’t light me up and have one ounce of creativity in it.  I don’t think I knew how miserable I was till I was out of it!!  I took time to focus on myself, taking Jewelry Metal Smith classes and diving into B-School with Marie Forleo and Flourish & Thrive   Academy with Tracy Matthews & Robin Kramer.  I was on a good path and started participating in the craft circuit around New England selling my Whimsical & Colorful Jewelry and launching my Biz~Color Me Happy  by Melissa.  I continued exploring different techniques with Jewelry; Metal, Resin, Paint, Beading, etc.  But it wasn’t until after my Dad’s passing from Cancer/Alcoholism in Aug 2013 I discovered my LOVE & PASSION for painting & mixed media.  My Dad’s death brought up a lot of mixed emotions & feeling in the family.  Silent, hidden emotions that were finally let loose into the open.

I went to Costa Rica in Feb 2014 for my Birthday after my Dad’s death on an Art Retreat with Art Studio New York.  I highly recommend Rebecca’s Schweiger’s Studio to anyone in NYC; It’s on the Upper West Side.  In Costa Rica I was immersed in Art for an entire week and was able to fully dive into the world of Acrylic Paint, Watercolor, Water Pastel, Inks & Mixed Media.  I created a beautiful Turquoise & Fuschia mixed Media piece made from Sympathy cards friends & family gave me.  I painted layers and layers of my mixed feelings of emotions after my Dads passing.  Art became my healing space and where I felt at peace.  I immersed myself in it and read books and took  classes with some of my new favorite Artists; Mati Rose, Alena Hennessy, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Flora Bowley to name a few.  I engulfed myself in Art Journalling, Collaging, mixed media, acrylics, & Watercolors.  This has been my healing space for the last few years and where I felt my happiest.  I added a line of Watercolor Jewelry in Spring 2014 to my collection and it became my Best Seller.  My turquoise Watercolor Collection brought a sense of peace, tranquility to me and brought out the Water Child; Pisces in me.  I’ve expanded my work to include Abstract Art with Vibrant Colors, Textures & Patterns.  My process is very intuitive and from the heart.
Alot of my Inspiration comes from travel & Art Retreats with other Artists & Soul Sisters.  April 2016 I traveled to Marrakesh, Morocco with Mati Rose & Faith Evans-Sills.  Truly a Magical Adventure full of Inspiration & Color.  This year in May I will be travelling to the Amalfi Coast in Ischia, Italy for an Art Retreat with Alena Hennesy & Dvora Troshane, Looking forward to this Sun, Sea, Art retreat that will be a trip of a Life Time!!
This year I will be at SOWA & the Greenway in Boston on various Sat and Sun throught the Spring/Summer/Fall.  I am focusing on my Artwork this year including Originals, Giclee Prints, Boxed Cards & Tote Bags.  Please check my Show Schedule for my Spring & Summer Schedule. Each market is curated bringing together the area’s best artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs to showcase their work in a festive atmosphere!   Applications are hand selected based on quality, innovation, and originality.
I love cheering and supporting other handmade, artists & spreading my Happiness to the world.   I appreciate all my Art teachers and friends who have helped me on my Healing journey.

                                           Art truly heals & has made me a better person today!

I hope you enjoyed Melissa’s story and her links are below!

Feel free to add my social media links

@ColorMeHappyMelissa Instagram
@ColorMelissa Pinterest

@MelissaColorMeHappy Biz FB

ColorMelissa on Etsy


  1. I could not be more proud of my dear, dear friend Melissa! She has been my best, most fun friend since we met in college in 1990. Our favorite thing to do together is laugh which is just why I love being with Melissa.
    I have seen Melissa’s transformation. When my 2 kids were young, Auntie Melissa would visit us in RI a lot. She always loved doing art projects with them and always said that someday she would love to do that for a living! NOW that is her REALITY!! I am so incredibly proud of my best friend for following her heart and her dreams! She has always said “Do what you love”, and she does! I am so happy for everything she has done! Not to mention the free gifts I get to wear or to decorate my massage studio with 🙂

    Melissa is truly an inspiration in so many ways and I am proud to call her my BFF!!! <3 <3 xoxo


  2. So grateful for this opportunity to be featured on your blog!!
    Thank you!!


Hello 2017~Bring it on!!

2016 was my Year of Ease.  This was my word of the Year & I feel like it was also the Year of taking care of myself.  The last three years I was taking care of everyone else in my life.  It wasn’t a bad thing but it was time for Me this year.

Some of the Highlights of the year; Sharing my Story on Stage in NYC, Etsy Up Conference, Morocco with Mati & Faith and 12 new Soul Sisters, First Abstract Art Show at Chelmsford Art Association, Wild Joy Blooms Art Retreat in Long Island in Sept with Carrie and 17 new soul sisters, Pop-Up Shop with West Elm Burlington in the Fall, finally selling my Artwork with the world for Holiday 2016.  It was a rollercoaster of a year but a very positive one in terms of growth and expansion in my Art World.  Appreciate all my supporters & the community of Artists I have met in the Boston Area & online!! xo







Countdown to Christmas Schedule

Sun Dec 11


81 Hope Ave Worcester, MA








Sat & Sun 12/17-18

485 Arsenal Street/The Arsenal Project

Watertown, MA








Wed Dec 21 6:00-10:00 pm

WeWork South Station

745 Atlantic Ave Boston MA

Color Me Happy – Pop-Up Shop West Elm Burlington Sat Nov 12











Sat Nov 12

West Elm Pop-Up Shop

Wayside Commons

6 Wayside Road

Burlington, MA



Sun Nov 13







INDOORS 450 Harrison Ave, Boston

Sat  Nov 19

9:00 – 4:00

Wellesley Holiday Show

50 Rice Street

Wellesley High School

Wellesley, MA


Sun Nov 20







INDOORS 450 Harrison Ave, Boston


Nov 27


ON Trend Holiday Market

Hadley, MA










DEC 2-4







460 Harrison Ave (SOWA POWER STATION)


FRI DEC 2    5:00-9:00











Watertown Artisan Market

Sat & Stun Dec 17-18

485 Arsenal Street

Watertown, MA 02472


ART Sparks Blog Hop

fullsizerenderI’ve been having fun playing with Karen Friedland’s ART SPARKS Creative Project Card Deck.  Besides being so Colorful & vibrant; using the cards is a way to reach inside yourself and let your creativity shine through. A means to learn to express yourself creatively even when you’re not sure you can. 
It’s a month’s worth of projects to motivate you every day. On one side, your artistic intuition will be sparked as you are guided through creative projects. On the flip side, there is inspiration from Karen Friedland’s brightly colored paintings.
Play with drawing, painting, collaging and color to express your wild artistic vision. Each project will take you on a journey to explore your innovative expression. Extras include “Imagination Journey” recordings online and membership in a private Facebook group to share your works of art.
My favorite Four Cards
I picked #28 Making a drawing with White Crayon or candle.  Very intuitive with no planning, just playing and enjoying the experience.  Flowers, Sunshine, Rainbows.  This for me was so relaxing and right in my creative zone.  Painting from my intuition and then slowly adding a layer of watercolor of Purple, Blue and Pink on top of the white crayon/candle.  I remember doing something like this as a child.  Art has always relaxed and kept a sense of peace within me

Art Sparks



Art Sparks Card Deck

My next piece was playing with Love & Hearts with layers of purple & pink on top


 I loved this process since I am an abstract painter & love painting with color and texture.   Not knowing exactly what to expect is why I love about this process.  It brings a sense of surprise & curiosity. Blending the Watercolors together over the wax is very unexpected and Abstract
I am offering FREE Shipping through the Holidays on my Etsy & Shopify Site on all my Abstract Art & Watercolor using the code #FALL16 at Checkout!
Art Sparks Card Deck is 10% off using the Code

Good until Nov. 30


Also as another added bonus if you leave your name & email in the comments below my blog you will be entered in to receive a FREE deck of Art Sparks Card Deck!!!

Check out today too for her Art Sparks Card Experience!!

Tomorrow 11/4 visit Tori at  & Kiala at

Driven to Abstraction

This to me is a Huge big step as defining myself as an Artist!!

Being accepted in a Juried Exhibit in Chelmsford Center for the Arts through Oct 2.  To see my Art on the wall in the Gallery was pure Magic!!

My Abstract Skinny Pendants & Rings have been big sellers in Boston this Summer!!










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