• Everyday Life,  Living a Creative Life

    Rituals

    I recently read a newsletter post by David Moldawer that talked about using coffee as a crutch for writing. His description of drinking coffee and writing made me think of rituals. That cup of coffee beside my computer is more than just a cup of decaf coffee. It’s part of my preparation to write. It’s the signal to my brain and my body that now is the time to focus on the craft of writing.  The weight of the pottery mug, the sound of the coffee pouring into the cup, the crinkle of the chocolate bar beside my computer, the melting chocolate as it meets the hot coffee, (wait, that’s for the…

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    Dog Days of Summer

    Does anyone say that anymore? If you’ve heard it, does it feel like we say it later in the summer than we used to? It’s that time of year when I mourn the end of summer and the waning daylight. In the western hemisphere, daylight hours have been slowly decreasing. Have you noticed? It’s a gradual change, just like being in the proverbial boiling pot. We don’t realize until, “Wow, it’s 8pm and it’s already dark!” I miss the light. What does this have to do with art? This prompt came from the often repeated phrase used to describe those sweltering hot August/September days during my childhood. And…I was trying…

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    “Tomato – Tomahto”

    If you’re old enough you’re going to have that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Sorry? or You’re welcome? September means LOTS of tomatoes in North Carolina gardens. Big ones bursting on the vine and hopefully adding that bright flavor to some of your favorite recipes and salads. If you live near someone with an abundance of tomato plants, chances are you’ve been gifted with lots of tomatoes. It’s that time of year when the excitement of spring planting has lead to the reality of a LOT of veggies if you’re lucky. If you’re looking for a reconnection to gardens, both flowers and veggies, go…

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    July Week 3

    Baby It’s Cold Outside! Oops, wait. That’s the opposite of what I meant. If you’re in a part of the world that’s experiencing the heat of the summer, then it’s time for some Cool Art. Our prompts this week embrace that idea! Prompt 1: I scream, you scream….for ice cream! Prompt 2: A walk in the park Both of these can help you cool off. Find a shady park or go sit somewhere that serves ice cream and indulge in that heavenly, cool treat. Then grab your art supplies and start creating! I’m partial to thinking of both prompts for their coolness because our A/C has been broken for a…

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    June Day 2

    Prompt: How Does Your Garden Grow? I’m a fair weather gardener at best. The dreamer in me imagines flower beds spilling into meandering trails around my back yard. I see lush green vegetable beds surrounding my deck. The reality is I have three healthy heirloom tomato plants, healthy because they were started by a friend who’s a master gardener, and a few containers of Gerber daisies on the deck. Beamer and Comet (my star dogs) have made lots of meandering paths along the back yard, but no flower bed borders. In fact we’ve discovered that Beamer loves to eat plant shoots and flowers. The herbs that I nursed from seedlings…

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    Day 10. Last prompt for April!

    “If wishes were horses beggars would ride.” Can’t tell you how many times I heard that quote growing up. A quick research session attributes the quote most commonly to a nursery rhyme from the 1840’s If wishes were horses, Beggars would ride: If turnips were watches I would wear one by my side. And if if’s and an’s were pots and pans, the tinker would never work. English Nursery Rhymes Collection, 1840 Why choose it for today’s prompt? Seemed like a good idea at the time! Truthfully, it promises to be a fun prompt – especially for collage or photography. Besides, who doesn’t love horses or dreams? I thought we…

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    April Ten Day Choose Art Challenge Kick-Off

    Are you ready for an Instagram Art Party? Have you heard of them? Join Tami and me on Sunday, March 31st from 8-9 EST as we kick off the April 10DCAC with an art party! Follow each of us on Instagram so you can follow along on Sunday night. Choosejoystudio & Lhudsonnc Grab your favorite art supplies, your favorite beverage and/or snack of choice and get ready for some quick art making. We’ll have two fun bonus prompts that night. We’ll both hop on IG at 8pm EST with prompts. Have your computer or phone so you can join in on the conversation while we create. If you haven’t tried…

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    Day 1 Prompt: Repeat After Me

    The March Ten Day Choose Art Challenge has begun! We’re glad you’re back. Today is all about repetition and patterns. How do you make patterns? By repeating a mark, design or thread. You can use stamps, pens or found objects to make your patterns. As many of you know I love circles. I’ve been known to grab glasses from the kitchen to use as a stamp when I couldn’t find a circle that was “just right.” What’s your favorite shape? Use that to make a pattern. For those of you who love the outdoors, go outside and find patterns. Nature has an abundance of patterns! If you can’t find them,…

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    Day 4: Home

    Where is “Home” to you? Is it where you grew up? Are you still there? Is it a childhood home, a region, a specific house or structure? Or is it a completely new place that you’ve created on your own? I find myself with two types of “home.” The first is my childhood home in eastern North Carolina. It’s a small crossroads in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of everything all at the same time. By errand standards, it’s not close to much, but by children’s standards it’s in the middle of all you need. Home is where the dinner bell rang loud and clear to let…

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    Books I Love – 3

    This one is for people who like to take a deep dive into art history. I found it through an interlibrary loan search and it’s a keeper! For those of you who want to continue learning about women artists in history, I recommend Broad Strokes, by Bridget Quinn. The full title is Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order). It’s an interesting read with examples of their work as well as stories about how their work was received during their lives and after. It’s an compelling glance at art history through the lens of women and their work and how they fit in (or…