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....
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....
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...
How to Get Inspired to Create

How to Get Inspired to Create

  Hello Wonderful, Creative You: I recently picked up Big Magic* by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Did you catch her podcast interview with Krista Tippet at On Being?) I was excited to hear her talking about how to get inspired to create, and the connections between her...
Playing with Heart: The Beauty of Imperfection

Playing with Heart: The Beauty of Imperfection

  The Beauty of Imperfection Dear Wonderful, Creative You: In today’s edition of the You Are an Artist Podcast, I’m thrilled to be talking with fiddler, step dancer, singer-songwriter virtuoso: April Verch. We are talking about the beauty of...
What Kids Can Teach Us About Creative Self-Care

What Kids Can Teach Us About Creative Self-Care

  Today I have a the honor of doing a guest post on Tinkerlab about how our kids can teach us creative self-care. Have you been on Tinkerlab with Rachelle Doorley yet? It’s an amazing art education site. Rachelle focuses on art education for kids and...

Using Art to Relax

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: If you’ve hung out here at Mindful Art Studio you know that creative self-care is what I’m about – how to use simple art techniques to express your feelings in a playful, joyful way. As someone who tends toward the more...
How to Push Past Fear in Your Art

How to Push Past Fear in Your Art

  (If the Soundcloud app pops up asking you to download, you can just “X” out of it and continue playing the podcast here.)   You can now access the replay from Art Journaling Freedom. I’ve created a classed called, Freeing the Muse. You...
2016: The Year of Creative YES

2016: The Year of Creative YES

This is Your Year of Creative YES. Yes, your year. Yes is such a powerful word. Artists and thinkers of all kinds have written about the power of YES, from SARK, to business leaders, to ABC executive producer and writer, Shonda Rhimes in her book, Year of Yes. When we...

Just Keep Creating

  Create Because You Must I want you to believe in your art. No matter what others might say, or how much self-doubt you might feel, you ARE an artist. If you are reading this blog, chances are, whether you indulge this feeling or not, you feel the need to create in...
20 Art Books That Inspire

20 Art Books That Inspire

  Dear Wonderful, Creative You: Making art consistently takes dedication AND inspiration. Books frequently light my creative fire. They key to gathering inspiration is not not just read, but to let art books spur you into creative action! [bctt...
10 Artists Who Inspire Me to Make More Art

10 Artists Who Inspire Me to Make More Art

  Inspiration is a funny thing, isn’t it?  Sometimes it seems to come running at you full speed, while at others, it’s nowhere to be found. Even when you do feel inspired to write, paint, sew, dance, or make music, sometimes getting started can feel...
Make a Shared Art Journal with Kids

Make a Shared Art Journal with Kids

Over the last few weeks we have been talking about different ways to use your art journal for self-care. (You can find the posts on Simple Drawing Techniques for Anxiety, The DIY Adult Coloring Book, and 10 ways to make your own art journal by clicking the links.)...
5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Get Outside

5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Get Outside

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: It’s the last day of the challenge! How has your week been? I have been loving the connection, engagement, and stories that you have shared. I’m always so inspired by you during these challenges. Today’s challenge is to...