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Dear Wonderful, Creative You:

Welcome to Mindful Art Studio. I am Amy and I’m here to show you how to paint from your heart and soul and play with art again.

Drawing to Calm Anxiety

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Whether you are quarantined at home, or an essential worker going...

Art Can Help Us Through Times of Loneliness

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Like many of you, I'm feeling some anxiety in this time of...

Why I’m Obsessed with High Flow Acrylic Paint

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Students frequently ask me about high flow paints, and why I like...
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...

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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, I've...

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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 process. Or I notice...

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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 this...

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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...

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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....

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Be More Curious, Make More Art

Be More Curious, Make More Art

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: How does curiosity relate to art making? I think there are a number of ways, and I'd like to show you some of my paper cut journals to illustrate how you can be more curious, and make more art. Curious Artists Indulge in Really Seeing For...

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