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    Tuesday Art Tip – Laugh!

    Today is about playing and remembering to have fun and laugh at yourself just a little bit. My altered art journal entries are full of whimsical, downright silly birds. They make me smile and I’m having fun painting drawing and adding them into my journal. They are my reminder to myself that it’s important to have a little fun mixed in with all the seriousness of life. Take time for a good belly laugh today!

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    Creativity Tip for Tuesday

    Today’s tip is a little outside the box, which is the point! I’m taking my own advice and making a small change to something I do often. Of course I didn’t come up with the idea, but it’s worth sharing. I’m reading a lot about habits and creativity and getting things done. Much of the ideas end up in my altered art journal and the habits I’m creating in my studio. If you try this, let me know what you change and if it was a jump-start to your creativity!  

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    10DCAC Day 10!!

    Day Ten! We made it! Today’s prompt: Winter Dreams. What do you dream about for winter? Is it crisp, cold nights with ink black skies holding twinkling stars? Is it snow covered trees swaying in the gentle night breeze? Is it cozy nights by the fire, sipping hot cocoa or wine? Is it bustling streets with honking cars and people talking and laughing? What are your winter dreams? In some ways my winter dreams have come true with a rare, early snowfall in my neck of the woods. Waking up to snow is still magical! For a few minutes I feel exactly as I did when I was ten, fifteen…

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    10DCAC Day 8

    Today’s prompt: Autumn Looks Like… In the northern hemisphere we’ve just moved from fall to winter. While winter is beginning to sparkle, the memory of fall colors lingers in the air with leaves still falling and faded colors of orange, yellow and brown carpeting the ground. What does autumn look like in your home? Do you have the changing seasons? Do you have white capped mountains or lush green palms marking fall days? Capture it in your imagination and then create it! We’ve transitioned from pumpkin spice to peppermint mocha and we take time to mark the changes. We’re in the home stretch of the challenge today which is sometimes…

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    Day 7 10DCAC

    Today’s prompt from Tami Chacon with Choose Joy Studio is “All that Glitters is Not Gold.” I love the question that Tami included in FB today. “What brings warmth and sparkle to your life?” My response to this prompt has me scratching my head a little bit. Not sure why she decided to come through, but there she is in all her glittery, sparkly glory. Do you have those moments where you sit down to create with one idea in mind and something else entirely different shows up? This morning was one of those times for me. I read the prompt, picked the colors and thought it would be a…

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    10DCAC Day 6

    Day Six Prompt: Time for Trees! What shapes do you see when you think of trees? Draw it. Photograph it. Collage it. Show us your trees! This prompt comes from a year of looking at trees and thinking about how different they are throughout the year and in different places. I live in Raleigh, the City of Oaks, and as you can imagine we have lots of trees. The summer is dappled with green leaves and glorious shade in the steamy hot days. The fall is multi-colored with oranges, scarlet and yellows dotted with every brown you can imagine. The winter seems more grey with the stark outlines of the…

  • 10DCAC,  Art Journals,  Music

    Day 5 10DCAC

    If you’re following the prompts today, you’ll know why I have Julie Andrews singing in my head. It’s day five and “A Few of My Favorite Things” is the prompt. I’ve had the soundtrack from The Sound of Music going in my head all morning! (Did I just admit something weird, or do other people have a constant soundtrack running through their head each day?) Tami and I are having so much fun with the prompts and we hope you are too! (Go check out her website.) It’s been inspiring to see your work AND I keep reminding people who haven’t started yet that it’s not too late. It’s really…

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    10DCAC Day 4

    Day 4: Create with Music! Put on your favorite music and sing out loud while you create. If you need to be a little more quiet throw in your earbuds and listen while you work. If you can’t do that, write down key words from the song. Here’s my process. I sit in front of my table, turn on the music and close my eyes while the song washes over me. Then I repeat the song, open my eyes and begin to write or paint depending on the song. OK, I’ll even admit that there might be dancing around the studio while I’m throwing paint on the canvas or the…

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    Day 3 10DCAC

    Day three of the Ten Day Choose Art Challenge and it’s been one of those prompts that makes me sit back and think awhile before I sit down in the studio to create. I love those! First I searched for definitions and examples of milagros and found a great website about folk art with the history of Mexican Milagros. One of the most interesting parts was learning about the meaning behind each symbol. For some reason I was called to the images that represented prayers for a journey. How appropriate given my creative and entrepreneurial journey this year! I hope you’re enjoying the challenge. Please post on Facebook and Instagram…

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    10DCAC Day 2

    10 Day Choose Art Challenge Day 2: December Memories What are some of your favorite memories from this time of year? Write a few of them down. Pick one and draw, paint, collage, create. (I write mine down on my journal page first and then paint on top of it.) If you want a little inspiration, close your eyes and think about the memory. What do you smell? What do you feel? What sounds do you hear? What colors do you see? Now, open your eyes and start creating! Share your work under the comments for this post or use the hashtag #10DCAC. We can’t wait to see what you…