Is it Art Talent Or Art Work?

Is it Art Talent Or Art Work?

Dear Wonderful, Creative You:  Over the last two weeks, we engaged in a simple art challenge. The idea was to create for a short period of time, on a small square, every day for 12 days. You were invited to let go of perfectionism and embrace play and...
The Inchie Challenge 2021

The Inchie Challenge 2021

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Each summer I host an art challenge that focuses on getting you to meet your top art goals – make more fun, meaningful art. There is so much that can get in the way of your creative life. I want to help you make art making so...
The Simplest Things

The Simplest Things

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: At the Nature Spells Book Retreat last week, one of the things we discussed was the power of making space for the simplest things. We think our ideas need to be grand, or complicated, in order to be good enough. But it’s not true. I...
Do Less, Make More.

Do Less, Make More.

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: One of the things that has fascinated me most about art over the last few years is how powerful it is when we create space. I find the less I do, the more I make. For me, and my students, it’s about creating space: Physical space in...
How to Sew Your Own Journal

How to Sew Your Own Journal

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I have been making my own journals for some time – some sewn simply, some rolled or loose, and some folded accordion style. I love the playfulness of these techniques. But I have longed to sew a more traditional book – a...
To Get Creative, Get Curious

To Get Creative, Get Curious

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: What is sparking your creativity these days? For me, it’s been the tiny, itty bitty interior spaces of natural objects. I’m fascinated by the abstract shapes made by the gills of a fungus, or the holes and crevices in a piece...
5 Minute Art Journaling Prompts

5 Minute Art Journaling Prompts

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Finding the time to do the things we love can be hard – especially when so many things compete for our attention, and especially during a pandemic. I’ve been hearing from students for years about how hard it is to find the...
The Best Gifts for Artists 2020

The Best Gifts for Artists 2020

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Each year I compile a short list of gifts that I think would be wonderfully nurturing for the artists in your life. It’s a list that I hope you as an artist share with your loved ones to give them ideas, and also as a way to spur...
The Mindful Art Studio Book List 2020

The Mindful Art Studio Book List 2020

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Each fall I compile a list of books that have inspired me throughout the year. I love sharing the books that have inspired my work and enriched my life. While I’m usually share books mostly about art and artists, I’ve realized...
How I Grieved My Brother’s Death Through Art

How I Grieved My Brother’s Death Through Art

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Over the weekend, I was listening to an On Being episode with artist Dario Robleto. His work centers on using unexpected materials to remember: the earliest recorded pulse waves cast in gold, his parents’ record collections ground...
Playing With Inchie Art

Playing With Inchie Art

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I had to keep quiet about my BIG ART approach for a long time while I was building my class – it’s so fun to share with you now about it. I wanted to get playful, I made a little video for you that shows my process: For this...
Making Small Art Work

Making Small Art Work

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: When I line up a bunch of little papers, and make playful swoops, marks, and swaths of color, it feels playful and free. When I’m staring at a big, blank piece of paper or a canvas, it can sometimes create pressure. – you...
Mindful Art Parties

Mindful Art Parties

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Since we went into quarantine, each week I’ve been holding a live, free Mindful Art Party. It’s a time you dedicate to yourself, to connect and create with artists from all over the world. Despite social distancing, we can...
Drawing to Calm Anxiety

Drawing to Calm Anxiety

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Whether you are quarantined at home, or an essential worker going out into the world to make sure the rest of us get our needs met, most of us are feeling anxious, out of sorts, and generally unsure of what to do with ourselves, at least...
Layered Art Journal Pages

Layered Art Journal Pages

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I thought it would be fun to give you an idea about how to work in a “process oriented” way in your art journal. It’s time we kicked perfectionism to the curb! Let’s focus on finding the joy in making art again....
Art Alchemy Is Open for Registration

Art Alchemy Is Open for Registration

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: At the end of 2019, I thought about what I wanted to offer in 2020. I thought about what you needed most in your art practice. I thought about what I needed too. And as I reflected on your feedback in classes, the blog, social media, and...
Best Gifts for Artists 2019

Best Gifts for Artists 2019

Each year I compile a list of my favorite art related supplies for the year. This year I’ve included supplies to help you make art on the go, empower your artistic voice, decorate your home with original art, and finally take that class with me that you’ve been dreaming about. These are the best gifts for artists in 2019.

Finding Your Creative Spark

Finding Your Creative Spark

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Today I have the pleasure of sharing a lovely podcast interview I did with Suzanne Redmond, of The Left Brain Artist. You may be familiar with this podcast already, as Suzanne has a thoughtful, easy-going style and has interviewed some of...
My Art Book Wish List 2019

My Art Book Wish List 2019

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Each fall I compile a list of my favorite art books. My hope is to inspire you to keep your world brimming with creative inspiration and encouragement, as I find this is an essential part of feeding my own art practice. This year,...
Perfectionism is Ruining Your Art Practice

Perfectionism is Ruining Your Art Practice

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Lately I’ve been thinking about the importance of finishing things, and it’s relationship to perfectionsim. I don’t know if this happens to you, but sometimes I look around and notice I have about 6 or 7 art pieces in...
Why Creative Gatherings Matter

Why Creative Gatherings Matter

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I am writing to you today, just FILLED with creative joy! I’ve just returned from The Gathering of the Creatives in Santa Fe, NM. I want to reflect with you about why creative gatherings matter. For starters, look at the faces in...
100 Ways to Fill Your Sketchbook

100 Ways to Fill Your Sketchbook

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Figuring out what to do when you sit down to create can sometimes feel overwhelming. Keeping a sketchbook is a great way to cultivate your ideas and turn them from seeds into something inspiring. I did that recently, as I set out to use...
What’s In My Travel Art Kit

What’s In My Travel Art Kit

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I am really passionate about making art on the go. Whether I’m camping for a week in the woods, in NYC for the weekend, or waiting in the doctor’s office, a travel art kit helps me put so much more art play time in my life....
Creating Mindful Art

Creating Mindful Art

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I am always fascinated by the topic of paying attention and inspiration as an artist.The more I pay attention with a curiosity, and a sense that, yes, I WILL see or experience something that inspires me, the more I do gather inspiration....