Making Each Day More Art-Ful

Making Each Day More Art-Ful

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: As I reflected on my goals for this new year, one thing was very clear: In 2018, I want to make my days more art-filled, everyday. I’ve got a few ideas on how I’ll be making each day more art-ful, and I am excited to...
Intuitive Painting Techniques

Intuitive Painting Techniques

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: The last days of the year are a time for most of us to take a deep breath and sink deeply into the couch after the holiday craziness. It’s also a great time to do some introspective art. Rather than endlessly scrolling...
Finding Meaning in My Art

Finding Meaning in My Art

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: These are the tools of my self-healing: A board. A painty towel. Varied colors of paint. Water. This is how I am finding meaning in my art: I wet the surface with a wide brush and let my emotions flow with the water. I’m not pushing...
Holiday Gift Guide for Artists

Holiday Gift Guide for Artists

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: For this year’s holiday gift guide for artists, I thought that rather than just offering a list of all my favorite art supplies, I’d offer a mix of cherished supplies and fun artsy items that will help inject more creativity...
Diving Deep in Your Art Journaling Practice

Diving Deep in Your Art Journaling Practice

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: One of the most beautiful gifts in my art journaling practice is the ability to transform my feelings on the page, especially by working in stages and layers. Working over time and in layers creates a conversation between me and the art...
Choosing from the Heart with Connie Solera

Choosing from the Heart with Connie Solera

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I’m excited to be brining you this conversation with Connie Solera of Dirty Footprints Studio on the merits of choosing from the heart, both in her life and in art. We talk about how art helps us know ourselves and our needs. I...

Into the Depths: Studio Time, August 2017

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I’ve been thinking a lot about what inspires and empowers me to create lately, so that I can best inspire and empower YOU to create. A lot of what inspires me is seeing other artists’ work, gathering ideas and...
Studio Time: Tinkering and Gathering Inspiration

Studio Time: Tinkering and Gathering Inspiration

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: The last six months have been such an amazing time for me artistically. In the inevitable ebb and flow that any artist goes through, I’ve been enjoying a flow like I’ve never experienced before. I thought you might...
How to Make a Little Art Everyday

How to Make a Little Art Everyday

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I’d like to share a personal story about why I make a little art everyday. My parents both grew up poor. Their families were raised in the depression and so they learned to be resourceful and practical. They both scraped together...
The Inchie Challenge

The Inchie Challenge

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: By now you are probably aware that I am in love with small format art, and perhaps I’ve even managed to give you the bug too. Perhaps, you’ve signed up for my new class, Fluid Art, which teaches how to use high flow...
Why You Think You Aren’t an Artist

Why You Think You Aren’t an Artist

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I’ve been thinking a lot about why you think you aren’t an artist, when of course, I know we are all creative. This is one of the most common issues that gets in the way for folks in pursuing their creative dreams. Even...
Art Journal Flip Through: Handmade Tunnel Journal

Art Journal Flip Through: Handmade Tunnel Journal

Hello Wonderful, Creative You: I’m so excited about the work I’ve been doing lately, I wanted to share another flip through video with you.  I hope you like them too! This Fluid Art method has been wonderful for me because it’s so time effective. It...

Creating a Fluid Art Practice

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: One of the things that scares artists of all levels of experience is creative block. It’s something we talk about all the time in our Facebook group, Creative Self-Care, but something that even professional artists confront....
The Art Journal Starter Kit

The Art Journal Starter Kit

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Having a portable art kit is one of the keys to weaving more art into your life. When you have a tiny art studio you can take with you, the art process is always ongoing. All you need is a small journal, some paint, a few pens, and maybe...
Your Job as an Artist is to Show Up

Your Job as an Artist is to Show Up

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: We have been talking this year about creative goals, and at different intervals, I’ve been checking in with you about mine. I’m happy to report that I’ve been pretty faithful to my goals, and I want to share how....
Work in Layers in Your Art Journal

Work in Layers in Your Art Journal

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: One of the issues I hear most frequently from art journaling students is that they have no idea what to do with their backgrounds. My solution to this problem has always been to make sure journal pages don’t feel too...
Art Journal Flip Through: March 2017

Art Journal Flip Through: March 2017

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You:   I just love getting a little tour of other people’s journals and sketchbooks, so I thought you like to see an art journal flip through with some of my latest work. I hope that you find some bits of inspiration for your...
Make Time to Make Art Part Two

Make Time to Make Art Part Two

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Honestly, there is so much that can get in the way of a creative life. Creative endeavors are an extra, right? A bonus for those who have time. A benefit for the rich. Unless you are an artist, creative projects are for retired people who...
How to Make Time to Make Art

How to Make Time to Make Art

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Let’s make time to make art. It’s time to clear out the emotional cobwebs, and find the joy in creation and connection. You deserve creative self-care. Let’s get started with some concrete ways you can make more art....
Art Journaling: Emptying Out, Filling Up

Art Journaling: Emptying Out, Filling Up

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Art journaling is a vital part of my creative self-care practice and I hope these little videos spur you into creative action too! It’s amazing to me how something that helps empty me out, lower my stress, and understand the...
Studio Tour: Get Organized to Get Inspired

Studio Tour: Get Organized to Get Inspired

  Hello Wonderful, Creative You: I’m so excited to share my studio tour with you today! Creating a space for your art making is one of the single most important creative self-care habits I teach students at Mindful Art Studio. Even if you think you have no...
Holiday Gift Guide for Art Journaling

Holiday Gift Guide for Art Journaling

Dear Wonderful Creative You: I frequently get questions about what to give creative people and art journalists. Most artists I know get pretty darn excited about supplies, and I like to make it easy for their loved ones to wow them  with inspiring goodies in a little...
Painting Through Grief with Joy Simon

Painting Through Grief with Joy Simon

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Today is the last day in the Creative Self-Care interview series, and in a way, I’ve saved the most powerful story for last. Joy Simon is an artist who I’ve known through the Mindful Art Studio community for a few years now....
Creating Beyond Limitations with Barbara Shelton

Creating Beyond Limitations with Barbara Shelton

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Today’s interview is with Barbara Shelton, an amazing artist who has used art through recovery from a serious injury to her body and soul. I think her relationship with art, the inner critic, and her need to create will resonate...