Healing Journals – An idea that’s just starting to bud

I have an undergrad degree in art therapy and was in my junior year when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer. Needless to say my assignments turned into powerful healing tools. I even had a stem cell transplant on Christmas break a few years ago. Going back to school in my 40’s I alreadyContinue reading “Healing Journals – An idea that’s just starting to bud”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Artful Experiements that helped me grow

Today is the last day of the create every day challenge. Time has flown by and I have a lot of artful experiments that helped me to grow as an artist. I have not considered myself too good at drawing, but I forced myself past my own mental blocks to explore. The mental blocks IContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Artful Experiements that helped me grow”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – The Most Important Part is Self Care!

Take (at least) one day a week for self care. Where is your peace? Even though I’m leading/doing this challenge I am not going to sacrifice my peace to follow rules. I am not going to sit down to create something really time consuming if I just don’t have the energy. The most important partContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – The Most Important Part is Self Care!”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – What Music Moves You?

If I’m in my studio – there’s usually some loud rock playing and the window open so I can share my groove with whoever walks by. It energizes me and I can dance while I paint (how could my day be any better than that?) I’m lucky to live in Madison Wisconsin where we haveContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – What Music Moves You?”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – The Day of Epic Fails

WE CREATE OUR TOMORROWS BY WHAT WE DREAM TODAY. I keep this quote in mind when I have epic fail days. Yesterday was one of those! I felt crappy, I tried several attempts at being creative which turned out crappy, and I couldn’t even fall asleep when I tried to take a nap. The highlightContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – The Day of Epic Fails”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – What to do if nothing is working

What if it’s one of those days that the canvas just isn’t working out? I just deleted my first post because it was crap – so now what? I feel like crap and the example I was working on is shit. Do you relate? I’m going to listen to what my gut & spirit isContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – What to do if nothing is working”

30 Day Create Every Day – Talking Art and Creating New Ideas

Look out into the world, connect, and create new ideas. Yesterday I spent time with a friend that is an artist and taught art for years. I worked for her at the University Hospital in the Art and Healthcare Department she coordinated. It was great to talk art and techniques with Sarah. Filling our wellContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day – Talking Art and Creating New Ideas”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Doodle Love

This doodle took 4 days to complete. Little bits of time. What did I learn about me & my art practice last week creating every day is Holy F*#!ck do I love doodling! Doodle love is now my mantra. I have one Zen Doodle book and have been doodling in every notebook since I wasContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Doodle Love”

30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Day 6 It’s all about you babe!!

I got a great idea for the creative focus today while I was doing dishes. I started thinking about who I was and a couple things came to mind. Then I put that in one sentence. A few images popped into my head of pictures of me. Bam, a challenge was born – “It’s allContinue reading “30 Day Create Every Day Challenge – Day 6 It’s all about you babe!!”

Day 4 Create Every Day – Step by Step

Coloring is a fun way to start remembering your creative voice. I fully understand that’s it’s very easy for me to say – “Hey, do my 30 Day Create Every Day Challenge”  because I grew up with artistic parents and I have chosen to be an artist myself. I’m comfortable following my intuition in myContinue reading “Day 4 Create Every Day – Step by Step”