Hi! I'm SarahKate, welcome to my Blog!

My Speciality is honoring motherhood with Henna Tattoos, but I adorn women and their daughters for all kinds of reasons - birthday parties, rites of passage, even weddings. I love to adorn pregnant and breastfeeding women with henna then make beautiful photos for them. I live in Lafayette, CO and travel the front range from Colorado Springs, Denver and as far North as Fort Collins to find my living works or art. I am also the creative director of Artfull Mother magazine - a local magazine devoted to the interests of mothers and the art that empowers them!

  • Winter Holiday Art: Drawing Trees

      This past winter holiday I chose to take a break from client work, and instead only work on art that I created solely for me. Every day I am drawn to create art of one kind or another.

      What shapes do I admire in art? I have an immense collection of art that I marvel at. I pull out page after page of collages and gaze at new ways to make trees, grass, hills, flowers. My art needs some new ideas. In this day in age it is a thrill to be able to appreciate and aspire after so many artists around the world. I gaze at them daily on Instagram and love the influence of so many brilliant minds. It is time for my art work to grow and in these dark holiday months, I sit out, take time and let things blossom, let them come to fruition. I've always wanted to learn how to do draw better, adapt and flow with my natural style.

      During the holiday I approached my art time as more of a time for artistic research & experimentation. I made up rules, like each page will have a border and we'll use just one color. Incorporate as many new ideas as you can. Tree is a top request (for henna!), for sure. And how many ways can I draw a tree? Express that ideas in plants, one living thing after another, blossoming, layers of awesomeness, hill after hill of natural beauty.

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  • An Artist-Mother Winter Holiday

    This holiday I practiced letting go of work, and only doing things for myself & our family. It was a really wonderful experience to immerse myself into this lifestyle of 3 generations under one roof - our daughter Aleah visited this holiday with her twin boys (2 years old!) - so in addition to our teenage daughters there were 7 people in our home! These dear boys sat in my lap for story after story and I have to say that It was a pleasure to get a chance to reread many favorites ... those who know me know that I LOVE reading aloud to kids.

    I know I am unique, I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, turned work-at-home, and I just gotta say I love creating a Harmonious Home. I love making art, especially henna, and I love that I have a studio to adorn women out of, but during this holiday, it was completely dismantled and put way, and instead became full of blocks and other toys that were joyously played with during the colder mornings and evenings.

    It's been a while since I dove into a holiday this deep I made meals, played, and rested... and in my private time for myself, I listened to podcasts and drew. I drew and drew and drew ... I delved into a part of my work as an artist that feels luxurious: to follow my own creative desires. I'be been wanting to work on the idea of a landscape, stretching from the smallest little mushroom to the mountain peaks. Practicing that idea again and again, in way after way. I really feel like this holiday has been a wonderful opportunity to fill my well, and parts of me that had been dry for a long time felt the waters rising from deep in the earth and were nourished, blossoming new ideas, new inspirations, new things to try. It was such a marvelous holiday (except the part about all of us getting sick) and I feel truly blessed for the gift of family in my life.

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  • Winter Holiday ornament

    Here's a photo of last year's art to celebrate the holidays, which included this Lovey Dovey ornament. In my ancestry, I have a great aunt who loved to create these elaborate beaded & sequenced ornaments. They seemed to be perfectly symmetrical, a colorful work of art that I loved seeing every year to hang up.This ornament that I drew on the window reminds me of my connection to the loving crafty women in my family heritage. As I celebrate this holiday, I am most grateful for family, especially the presence of my grandchildren, who toddle around me like sweet puppies, leaping into my lap for a horse ride, offering their feet for a song about piggies. It is a wonderful gift to experience grandchildren! I am NANA!

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  • Spirit Animal: Octopus

    Today's art formed under my hands, revealing the characteristics of this lovely lady's spirit animal: Octopus. What does it embody? She felt sensual, savvy, and intelligent. Crafting the details & photographing this beauty took about 3 hours in our lovely, warm studio in Lafayette.

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  • Mother Daughter Body Art Portraits

    As a mother of 3 daughters, I really love to talk to other mamas and meet their daughters. This bond is like no other! These photos are from a wonderful henna and photograph session earlier this fall. It took about an hour to adorn this mother and her daughter.

    They returned 3 days later when the henna was peaking in color and we got these lovely images. 

    Our studio in Lafayette, Colorado is full of fabulous silky dress up, which this young lady used to create the outfit she's in. So fun!

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  • Holiday Window Art in Denver

    I loved creating this art for Aillea in Larimer Square for #YuletideWindowWalk ! If you live in Denver, go dine, shop & enjoy this year's art. There were about a dozen artists that participated! Such beauty.

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  • Mother Daughter Henna Celebrations!

      As an artist I am often struck by visions that I feel compelled to manifest, and such is the case with these mother daughter portraits & group images. I asked for models and found a great many mamas were willing and excited to share the experience with their daughters. 
      The first gathering was a lively group of moms with their daughters that I painted for several hours in the afternoon. Design ideas were given and I spontaneously created the art for each person.

      Everyone returned to the studio (in Lafayette, CO)  for more photos when the henna was peaking in color, which happens around day 2 or 3. I love to photograph women (and young women!) gathered together. There is a special kind of magic that happens in circles like this. Rob and I worked together throughout this whole process to capture these images.

      You may notice one of my coloring cards here - they were thoroughly tested out by all these lovely ladies. It's the perfect holiday gift - cards to color as well as stickers. 

      I had enough models to have a 2nd session, and here I was able to apply all the things I learned doing this the first time. Another afternoon passed as I adorned for several hours and everyonelaughted a lot and  drank lots of tea. I loved getting these sweet mother daughter tattooed portraits! It was heart melting to see the special kind of love that mothers and daughters share. 

      Once again everyone returned for photos when the henna was peaking in color and it was another magical moment to have them all gathered and giggling in my studio. I love doing art like this! 

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