• Everyday Life,  Living a Creative Life


    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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    Lake Walk

    What inspires you? What fills your creative bucket? I believe that being around nature helps fill our creative selves. Walking around the lake nearby gives me a feeling of contentment and calm when I most need it, which usually helps my creativity flow. If you have a lake, river, or stream nearby I recommend a lake walk. Leave your headphones home and walk around to fill your senses. What do you see? What colors grab your attention? What sounds do you hear? Any birds? Any manmade sounds or only nature? How do you feel? Is it cool and crisp or hot and humid? Take a moment and take a few…

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    Day 1 for May’s Challenge

    It’s another beginning for our ten day choose art challenge. Who’s ready for some fun? Can you commit to giving yourself 15 minutes a day to create something? 10 minutes a day? Please join Tami and I as we make time for art for the next ten days! Today’s prompt is….que the drumroll….Sunshine! Depending on your age, sunshine can bring up different tunes in your head. My children reminded me of “Swimmin’ in Sunshine” and my husband thought of “Sunshine on My Shoulder.” Regardless of the song, I’ll bet you thought of a warm, yellow sun in some form or another. Today’s prompt is about celebrating the glorious warmth of…

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    March Ten Day Choose Art Challenge Begins Friday

    It’s time to start a new month and that means it’s time for another mini challenge to choose art for ten days! Beginning this Friday, March 1st, 10DCAC prompts will be posted each day on our blogs, Facebook Page and Instagram feeds. Tami and I have a great bunch of prompts for this month that we think you’ll enjoy. If you’re a person who likes to sneak in the closet and figure out your gifts ahead of time, we’ll post all of the prompts on the first day of the challenge. OR…for those of you who like to wake up to something new each day, you can follow along in…

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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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    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…

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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…