Studio Time: Tinkering and Gathering Inspiration

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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 enjoy hearing some of what’s been working for me.

For sure, my biggest secret and advice to you has not changed: Get in your studio and make something, your art is not going to make itself. Make some studio time for yourself today, even if it’s sitting on a park bench, drawing for 10 minutes. As with any practice, it’s the practice of showing up even when you don’t feel like it that helps you improve and find more pleasure in the process.


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I hope you find yourself digging for inspiration and letting it through in your art. Drop into the comments and let us know what’s capturing your interest. I want to connect with you! You can also find me on Pinterest and Instagram.


Creatively Yours,







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  1. Anja Meurer

    … such a great video, Amy. I loved to learn more about your process. You really have been touched by the muse as this idea offers endless possibilities: when i saw one of your mini masterpieces (love this term!) suspended with fishing line i immediately thought about mobiles. Probably because i read an article about the work from Alexander Calder yesterday.
    Now i will check out the Mandala book. PS: thank you so much for recommending a good hole punch!

    • Amy Johnson Maricle

      Hi Anja:

      Oh I’m so glad the hole punch is working for you! And yes, I’ve thought about mobiles as well, I think this lends itself to those. For now I’d like to play with more suspension and paper cutting. I just love the way your art is evolving so quickly and your dedication to it is beautiful. (As are the drawings and paintings.)




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