In honor of Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science, dive deep into the world of alcohol inks with local fine artist Heidi Stavinga! She will be hosting a series of demos in the Aquarium Courtyard for adults and guppies alike, and she will be working on some of her latest pieces in between. Take a quick peek or spend the afternoon observing her craft and asking Heidi questions about her techniques. There will also be a craft table set up for children to try their hand at making their own underwater inspired pieces.

Heidi will be in the Courtyard next to the SharkTracker exhibit from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The children’s craft table will be set up from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

We can’t wait to sea you there!

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, Florida 34236

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

By Neil Gaiman

After receiving so many inquires on how I enhanced my paintings, I thought I would show you! I found a fun app that can enhance any painting and turn it into a fun digital piece of art!

The app is called SuperPhoto, there is a free version or an upgraded version. The feature I used to create this artsy stained glass look is called Textured Stained Glass. I love how it takes each piece and creates such wonderful whimsy, its all of the doodling without the hand cramping!

It is a fairly basic, user friendly app so don’t let that scare you. I just love the way it looks, don’t you!

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