• Everyday Life

    Books & More Books – Let’s Start a Book Club!

    One of the things you’ll find in my studio is piles of books. The books in those piles reflect my varied interests. I’m a big fan of  libraries; no surprise there, since I’ve been a media specialist in my past life. Most of the digital titles and print books in my studio are checked out from the local library. I’ve also become a fan of the interlibrary loan. Who knew we had access to so many great books that are normally hard to find? They’re only a few clicks away…for free! The only caveat is that you have to be in good standing with your library fines – (ahem….go pay…

  • Living a Creative Life

    Love What You Love

    The whirlwind is over. The boys are settled in their college dorms and we’re getting back into the routine of high school. Carpool is working well and the dogs have figured out how to live with our new schedule without destroying too much furniture…or carpet…or walls… Okay, so some of it’s not over, but mostly the dust has settled and it’s time for work. My new work! Now, what does that look like? Can I spend four hours working on one painting? How much time should I allow for buying supplies? Should I be available to my family during the day even though I’m working? How do I limit my…

  • Everyday Life

    Finding Your Voice

    This morning I woke up with a light heart! After my morning meditation (that sounds more formal than it is) I came downstairs into my studio and was greeted by this beauty. Last night I finished Tamara Laporte’s session from the Women Unleashed Online Retreat. I always love her lessons and her style. This year’s session was about finding your voice either when you’re feeling stuck or when you’re looking for your own style.   As usual, Tamara’s gentle guidance included great wisdom and ideas. I created two spreads in my art journal during this session. One was getting the “junky junk” out to capture phrases and ideas. The second…

  • Everyday Life

    Ignite 2018 Spotlight

    It’s been an amazing journey with the women of Ignite. Connie Solera has led us through a year of great connection and creativity and I can’t wait for the launch of  the Ignite 2018 Spotlight! I’m so honored to be a part of this with an amazing group of women. Get ready, it’s going to be something special!

  • Everyday Life

    Flip the Script on Morning Routines

    I’ve spent most of my life alternating between loving and hating routines and schedules. A recent thread from my sister reminded me of this fact and also inspired me to think about routines and productivity more closely. I propose that some of us need to flip the script on morning routines! Scroll through FB, blogs and most productivity sites and you’ll see multiple variations of the following: I get up before dark, give myself an hour (at least!) before the rest of the house stirs. I (insert personal spiritual practice here), then I have a huge glass of water, then I fill out my (insert personal planner product here) and…

  • Art Supplies

    Oil Pastels Are Yummy!

    I discovered water soluble oil pastels during one of Connie Solera’s Painting the Feminine classes last year. Oh my! Since that experience, they have become my “go to” drawing tool for art journaling and even painting. In fact, if you look closely at most of my canvases and finished pieces, you’ll see at least one or two marks made with these lovelies. I might be slightly obsessed with them. As Connie said to me, wait until you see what happens when you dip them in water!   I dare you to try oil pastels in your next drawing session. Beware, you might get hooked! Make sure you look for extra…

  • All you need is love.

    John Lennon
    Art Supplies,  Travel

    What Makes a Trend?

    Circles are very popular in print and online right now. Have you noticed? What else have you noticed recently that is part of a trend? As an avid podcast listener and creative entrepreneur, I enjoy listening to “How I Built This.” In a recent episode, the founder of Lululemon said he spots trends when he notices something three times. It’s served him well and it makes sense. What have you noticed in the creative corner of your world? Have you seen anything three times? Make a note of it, it might just be the next trend.