Dear Diary – Why?

Why start a diary? I propose that it is to find the “why” in yourself. Why do I feel_________?, Why do I react like this_________? Why do I keep finding the same person to love? Why do keep hearing the same thing repeat itself in my head? and even the big one: Why am IContinue reading “Dear Diary – Why?”

Snow Day = Altered Book Day!

I had a client cancel their jewelry class with me today because of weather. That’s one reason why I love winter in Wisconsin because a snow day = altered book day! I thought I’d share my process with you since you probably can’t come over today and play with me. I get my coffee &Continue reading “Snow Day = Altered Book Day!”

Making Your Own Organizer for 2016

This is the second year I’ve made my own organizer and it has made a difference keeping things straight for me. For those that have gone through chemo, you know that chemo brain is real and unfortunately it doesn’t go away. I was never the best at remembering & organizing but now if I don’tContinue reading “Making Your Own Organizer for 2016”

The Healing Ability of a Creative Practice – Getting Creative with Cancer

During the month of October I will have my mixed media paintings at Con Amici 126 3rd St in Baraboo Wisconsin (my home town). Here’s the article from the local paper. I am very excited about having my paintings out in the public! This is the first year that I have created paintings for bothContinue reading “The Healing Ability of a Creative Practice – Getting Creative with Cancer”

Art & the Over Thinker

Sometimes when I look inside I sense a whirl of different thoughts, projects, and what if’s colliding with my desire for inner peace. This is when I turn to my art. I see the creative process as an active meditation which is why art is great for the over thinker. One aspect of seeing theContinue reading “Art & the Over Thinker”

The Unexpected Bumps Along the Creative Path

So this morning I found myself scraping off the water color painting I had glued onto my acrylic background painting. This is not fun but it is one of the unexpected bumps along the creative path. You never know just how your creative “baby” is going to act or respond to your style or materials.Continue reading “The Unexpected Bumps Along the Creative Path”

The Artful Process – down the wonderful rabbit hole

I can never predict how a necklace or painting will turn out when I start. The artful process to me feels like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole in a really good way. Sometimes it is full of experimenting and then changing directions until it feel right. When I create I follow my gut andContinue reading “The Artful Process – down the wonderful rabbit hole”

The Stuckness of the Creative Process

We all go through “stuckness” in our lives, our creative processes, and even the project we are working on right now. I have been stuck on getting to my blog so today I just picked a page from my journal I haven’t posted yet and here I am. Today I showed up and sat withContinue reading “The Stuckness of the Creative Process”

Where a doodle will go. . .

When I sit down at my art table I don’t know where a doodle will go. I start with deciding what colors to use and a color that is unexpected. On this day it was purples, touches of hot pink, and some orange. I can’t remember where I read this but it’s true – theContinue reading “Where a doodle will go. . .”