Hello & Welcome to Toula Boula!

Toula Boula is a welcoming home and creative playhouse where artists-in-progress and explorers of life are encouraged to step onto & share the journey along a path of courageous playfulness and joyful living.

Here you will find bits & pieces of my artwork, a scattering of musings and observations on life, family, creativity and (of course) sock gnomes, pictures of my beautiful desert southwest, and all the other bits of flotsam and jetsam make up my little corner of the world.

You will also find a variety of tips, techniques, tutorials & process walk-throughs from both myself and other bravely intrepid artists and explorers just like you.

So grab yourself a fresh cup of coffee, or tea if you prefer, pull up a chair and make yourself at home. Browse, explore, learn new things, ask questions, make requests, share your stories & experiences… even samples of your own artwork or photos of your world… but most importantly, enjoy your visit!

Latest Blog Posts

The Roadrunner & The Rabbit

A desert tale full of terror and intrigue involving a cute baby bunny rabbit and a wily roadrunner. Be warned, this story does not end well for everyone involved.

Spring in the Desert 2016

It’s spring in the desert again, which means that it’s time to share a fresh new batch of beautiful spring flowers with you!

Meet the Gnomies

Gnomies are similar to their more common cousins, the garden gnome, in both appearance and attitude, but it there differences that make them stand out.

Much Ado About Nothing

Last weekend Mr. Mark and I drove to Tempe to visit the IKEA store. Along the way we passed through a ghost town called Nothing.

Spring in the Desert 2015

I love spring. It’s one of life’s small miracles that we get to be a part of every year, and it’s a reminder that we shouldn’t take anything for granted.

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Our work, our thinking, our lives, our culture and social activities are shaped by the influences of the country in which we reside.  Arizonans are a desert people.

~ Forrest Shrieve