Nine Lives Studio - Ellen Miffitt
Sumi-e, Collage, Mixed Media, Watercolor Pencil, PMC Jewelry, Block Prints and Art Instruction


(posted on 17 Mar 2019)

It must be spring cleaning just in time for Olympia Arts Walk!!! Clearing out many miscellaneous artwork [collage, Pen & Ink, watercolor pencil, watercolor, etc]. I'll be working Tuesday at Gallery Boom. These various unmatted sample pieces from various classes are $4.00 or $5.00 .

Please support my valiant effort to make space in my cluttered art space!




(posted on 27 Feb 2019)

I really should scan recent art made for class samples or during class as an example...

Working on two stories simultaneously as in taking a break from one to form another. I see the story in dreams and then write down the vivid scenario and the dialogue.

Stay warm folks and keep creating!!!

(posted on 31 Jan 2019)

Well, the days do speed past...

Still writing more than arting but it's all creative.

Pen, Brush and Ink starts next week. Reviewed the handout and made some improvements.

I'll be down at Gallery Boom for three of February's Tuesdays from 11-3pm. I brought down my collaged Valentine cards as well as marked down my chop stick journals.

Hope to see you there...


(posted on 11 Jan 2019)

Wishing everyone is having a great start to their New Year.

I'm still writing more than arting. Edited my two November 2018 NaNoWriMo challenge stories. Redid/edited my 2014 NaNoWriMo challenge as well.

My classes are off to a good start at Olympia Parks, Arts and Rec. Check out the class listings.Just sent in my spring and summer class proposals for Olympia Parks,Arts and Rec.

I haven't put new art work up in a long time. My PC crashed last spring and I lost the majority of files, yes they were backed up but some not as recent as they should have been plus all my programs were wiped out. I even lost my calendar with all the phone numbers and addresses too.Wow, that was depressing but life goes on.

Enjoying the minutes longer level of light since December 21st solstice...

Stay creative,


(posted on 8 Oct 2018)

Hi folks...

An update about class enrollment:

6298 - Recharge Your Art Oct 9, 2018 - Oct 30                                  7
6286 - Introduction to Sumi-e Oct 13, 2018 - Oct 13                          8
6306 - Design your own Coloring Book Oct 15, 2018 - Oct 29          2
6287 - Starscapes Oct 20                                                                     5
6288 - Holiday Block Print Cards Oct 27                                             4

Please consider enrolling for the Design your Coloring Book - it will be cancelled if more don't sign up by Thursday.

My class offering page has more details.


(posted on 18 Sep 2018)

I have not entered other exhibits hence my exhibit list is empty. there are some upcoming Puget Sound Sumi Artist exhibit upcoming.

My classes at the Olympia Center have een running. Lots of fun...

At Gallery Boom, I recently marked down my matted and unmatted pieces.

My focus is still on the written word. My latest story is up to 85,000 words over the last six weeks.

Fall is four days away... another year older. How'd I get to be 71?

Time to attack the garage and art/office for a solid fall cleaning!!!!

Best... Ellen

(posted on 31 Aug 2018)

Months ago my PC crashed and that was devastating to say the least. I hadn't backed up to my WD - what a mistake - so I lost loads of instruction handouts and art images. Luckily I am very consistent in backing up my writing to the cloud.

Summer kids classes wore me out but I managed to do the July Camp NaNoWriMo...Somehow the 9 to 2:#0 which actually is 8:15 to 3 with set up and clean up time is a little harder each year.

I made lots of art this summer while working with the students but in general have been doing loads of writing.

Word smithing is as creative as making art... If I don't create one way or the other ... cranky time!

Can't believe its the end of summer...

Here's to a creative fall!!!


Thanks to all who have purchased my art and cards at Gallery Boom, Gull Harbor Show and Lincoln Market. Also thanks for supporting  Nat's Cats at Met Vet in Tacoma.

I really enjoyed facilitating the many art classes at Olympia Center through Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation. I love to see people have fun learning new skills and techniques.


I'm looking forward to more creativity this year.

(posted on 4 Nov 2017)

Short and sweet = threw myself into writing - Hence little activity as far as posting art images or entering exhibits...

Classes have been running, thanks to all who attend...



(posted on 24 Sep 2016)

Here are some of the collages I made this summer while the student's were working on their projects...

Midnight Cat - Nine Lives Studio 8/2016

Midnight Dreams - Nine Lives Studio 8/2016

Moon Meditation - Nine Lives Studio 8/2016

Spring Green - Nine Lives Studio 8/2016

Starlight Meditation - Nine Lives Studio 8/2016

Fall Twilight - Nine Lives Studio 8/2016

Two Cranes - Nine Lives Studio - 8/2016

Managed to get the exterior of the house painted before the rain last weekend and just finished up the odd bits today... did lots of canning: bread & butter pickles, zucchini relish, jalapeno hot sauce, salsa verde, tomato soup base...
Now to get ready for Gallery Boom soft opening this coming Saturday. Need to enter my inventory so bar codes will be prepared.
Keep arting

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