Manifestation: Part I — The Past

Art work by Brooke Kettel Griffin

Some of you have heard either Clare or Su tell the story of how they ended up as owners/stewards of the Dungeness Barn House B&B, or perhaps you’ve read it on their website.

See below for what I consider to be the main stay of their 20-year-long B&B story. Please allow me, their friend, to tell you through the spirit of a B&B recipe.


Recipe for Manifestation

Mix equal parts of:

high octane desire

deepest imagination

clarity of vision

creativity up the wazzu

willingness to work hard

eagerness balanced with patience

fullest faith and total belief in the desired outcome

absolute knowing it will happen


Once well mixed:

visualize only THIS new reality

speak of this as if it IS happening already

allow for the right time to FIND YOU and invite you to your REALITY MANIFESTED

let go of what doesn’t feel quite right since it is probably a distraction or a way to bide time UNTIL …

grab what seems like that glimmer of hope and hanging on for the ride of your life, no matter what


What Money is to Go Fund Me, 

Belief is to Manifestation





What to do with a now real manifestation = present = part 2

Grow the vision = future = part 3

Elizabeth St. Hilaire art of painterly, impressionistic collage

 Weekend Art Retreat and Class with
Elizabeth St Hilaire
September 29, 2017 @ 10 am 
October 1, 2017 at 4 pm
at the Dungeness Barn House B&Bin Sequim WA

Is it time for you to tap into your muse?  Get back to your creative self?  Are you feeling a desire to reconnect with what might have been put on the back burner because of a busy summer?  Do you feel a deep desire to see life in a different way, change your reality, tap into your creativity from a different angle? Creativity does not just mean artful, it is about living your life creatively.  Making choices that fulfill your purpose, if not all the time, some of the time.
Look at all of the different types of paper that have been used to make this painting!
Come to the Olympic Peninsula with Paper Paintings Collage Artwork to rip and glue! Learn the art of painterly, impressionistic collage in this amazing setting.

Event Description

Let the Magic Of The Pacific Northwest Feed Your Creative Process

Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s Paper Paintings Retreat for September 2017 will be at, the Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast at Two Crows Farm, located on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Sequim, WA.

In addition to an exciting, fun-filled artisan retreat, you will be nurtured and feel that special “something” that surrounds the property.  Some have called it a “vortex”.  We call it a place to rest and relax, and totally immerse yourself in your art and creative process.  Lunch will be served for this 3-day retreat and you’ll be able to take in the beautiful gardens and beach while enjoying your stay.   You can book one of our rooms and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the ocean.  Then start your day with a gourmet farm-to-table breakfast or stay with our co- host, the Green House Inn By the Bay just down the street from us. This is a retreat that is in an awe-inspiring setting – a place that will inspire artists with its beauty and nature all around.

Open to participants of all artistic levels, each day brings new lessons with Elizabeth on using hand painted and found papers to develop imagery and form using light, shadow, and directional ripping – similar to traditional painting techniques. You’ll also have fun experimenting with hand painting, staining, stamping and patterning your own papers. Although some painting experience is helpful, it is not imperative.

Paper Paintings is an intensive workshop in which students are taught a unique figurative collage technique. Students will learn to make a beautiful palette of colors with various papers and create an under-painting and collage with paper for a final finish. Working with photographic reference, students will explore drawing, composition, proportion, value, color and collage application. Emphasis will be on developing form using light and shadow, just like in traditional painting techniques. No prior collage experience is necessary.

About the Artist

eshpaintingsMeticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire. Richard Colvin, executive director of the Lake Eustis Museum of Art says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.”

I am proud to have published my first book with North Light this summer, available on book stands internationally as of August, 2016. Elizabeth’s work has also been published in Acrylic Works 3: Celebrating Texture (2015) and Incite 2; Color Passions (2014), both by North Light.  A feature article on her work appeared in the April 2014 issue of The Artists Magazine, she was also a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition (2014 and 2015) and took first place in the category of Collage/Mixed Media for The Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition (2010).

St. Hilaire was an award winner in the National Collage Society’s Signature Members Exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, in Mesa AZ (2013). Online, Elizabeth was a Finalist in The Richeson 75 Annual Art Contest (2013).

Born and raised in New England, Elizabeth has lived in Central Florida for the past 20+ years. She holds a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, which prepared her for a dual identity as both graphic designer and fine artist.  These days she’s a full-time fine artist who’s only graphic design client is herself.  St. Hilaire has earned Signature Member status with the National Collage Society and crisscrosses the country several times a year to take her paper tidbits on the road. Teaching and sharing her collage technique through an intensive three-day Paper Paintings workshop has become a passion.

For a portfolio, visit, for collage work in progress visit You will always get a timely response via email at

Clare and Su would be honored to hold creative space for you.  In this location, you will feel inspired simply by your surroundings.  Be it the actual Barn House’s furnishings and style, or the sights,  sound, and smell of sea air outside your window.  Your experience in this amazing setting will create an atmosphere in which you can let go and just BE.  BE creative, feel your imagination get excited, and sink into the bliss that is awaiting you.
 Weekend Art Retreat and Class with Elizabeth St. Hilaire @ DungenessBarn House | Sequim | Washington | United States
The Barn House B&B offers stunning views and accommodations.
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Registration Deadline is August 29, 2017.  Only a few more seats available.

Pond Takes On New Life









Beginning last summer, we enlisted the help of the pond experts at Full Spectrum Landscaping, to do maintenance and a rebuild for our B&B pond.  Owners Brian and Nick had great ideas and were so easy to work with on this project.  


We now have a new pond liner, additional fish, new plantings, did some transplanting and the waterfall is beautiful!  The water lilies may take a while to re-establish, but until then it is wonderful to watch the water reflect like a wavy mirror as the fish meander.







The next time you come to stay at the B&B make an appointment with this living, breathing beauty.  There are plenty of spots to sit either in the sun or the shade.





Mandala Drawing Retreat Sunday March 19th




We enjoyed hosting a book signing for Ruth Marcus in December.  Ruth will be our instructor for a Mandala Drawing Retreat on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  We are excited to have her facilitate and teach this ancient technique and are honored that it will take place at our Dungeness Barn House B&B.  

Ruth’s own story is full and memorable, as will be each of our individual experiences learning about and drawing a mandala.

Book one or two nights stay at the Dungeness Barn House and save $50 on the Mandala Retreat.  Contact the Dungeness Barn House for details.

To learn more about the retreat, Ruth, and the evening’s events, visit our website’s EVENTS page and click on Mandala Drawing Retreat.

 Space limited to 12 participants.  Register early.



Book one or two nights stay at the Dungeness Barn House and save $50 on the Mandala Retreat.  Contact the Dungeness Barn House for details.


Clare Monnin, Su Ferronato,Owners
Cell: 360-670-9122
Phone: 360-582-1663
Address: 42 Marine Drive, Sequim, WA 98382


Happy Holidays


Holiday 2016One of the many things we love to do is decorate the Dungeness Barn House Bed and Breakfast for holidays and the change of seasons.


Putting up a nice tall tree is a must this time of year and we enjoy making homemade ornaments and trimmings.  Since we are located on the waterfront, nautically themed items felt appropriate.

There are folded sail boats made of jute and old sheet music, starfish, shells, flags and an assortment of differently shaped and sized ornamental balls.




img_2690-1And of course it took some added ‘nutrition’ to accomplish all of this creativity.  What seemed most appealing was a few homemade and hand-decorated cut-out cookies.  Then we could sit back and enjoy the results of our personal expression of this season.

Bright lights inside and outside, warm soft colors of the season, the happiness it will bring to all those who come to share our special space.

img_2685ecial space.