I’m turning 50 and the kids are growing up

In 2020 I turn 50. It doesn’t bother me that much because I feel young, but it is strange. The biggest sign that I’m getting older is that we have one child away at college, another applying to colleges, and our “baby” started high school. As I enter this new phase I was happy toContinue reading “I’m turning 50 and the kids are growing up”

Online Video Lesson: Easy Birch Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Two years ago I created a blog post called “Easy Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners.” The post outlined the steps I took to create this birch forest painting. I created this image to go with it and pinned it on Pinterest. The post became my most viewed post. Currently it has over 47,000 views! ForContinue reading “Online Video Lesson: Easy Birch Forest Watercolor Painting for Beginners”

Draw Paint Craft 15 Minutes a Day

The path to regular creativity is to simply draw, paint, craft, or whatever interests you, for 15 minutes almost every day. If you schedule the time, and plan for it – even if you are busy – you should be able to manage 15 minutes of creative time most days. These brief creative periods reinforceContinue reading “Draw Paint Craft 15 Minutes a Day”

How to Find your Thing – Art Medium, Subject, Style

A while back I read an article about an artist who used mannequin parts in her work. I was so inspired by the story! (Not to start creating with mannequin parts.) I was so intrigued that this artist had arrived at a place where this was her thing. How did she get there? At theContinue reading “How to Find your Thing – Art Medium, Subject, Style”

Your Creative History and a Free Worksheet from “Creative Exploration”

“What experiences in your life have shaped your attitude towards creativity and your own abilities? What has held you back? What is your biggest creative fear? Many of us have had experiences where comments from others have affected our confidence and our feelings of worthiness regarding creativity. I was considered pretty creative in my younger years.Continue reading “Your Creative History and a Free Worksheet from “Creative Exploration””

How to Find a Hobby

There are transitions in our lives where we suddenly have more time for ourselves – the youngest starts kindergarten, the kids go off to college, or move out on their own, retirement. With many of these transitions there is a mix emotions, yearning for the time before, coupled with excitement for the possibilities of nextContinue reading “How to Find a Hobby”

NOW is the time for YOUR Creative Exploration to begin!

Creative Exploration: A Six Week Process for Introducing Regular Creativity into your Life is a 62 page pdf ebook with: Over 30 Creative Tips Step by Step Process for Introducing Regular Creativity for Six Weeks and beyond! Worksheets for taking stock of your creative goals, history, past hurdles Worksheet for organizing and prioritizing all of yourContinue reading “NOW is the time for YOUR Creative Exploration to begin!”

It all comes down to you

We went to an indoor rock climbing place for my son’s birthday. I knew he wanted us all to climb and I was fine with that. I’d done it years ago, so I thought it would be no problem. I was all harnessed up, at the bottom of the first wall, when I realized thisContinue reading “It all comes down to you”

Designing and formatting my own book is surreal!

After 20+ years as a graphic designer, it’s surreal to be designing and formatting my own book. As I format the headings, subheadings, insert images, etc., I’m revisiting the copy and I’m so excited to share the content and message of the book. Creative Exploration – is a step by step six week process forContinue reading “Designing and formatting my own book is surreal!”

Routine and Regular Creativity

It’s important to be creative on a regular basis. It’s one of the reasons I’m looking forward to the start of the school year. There is more of a routine, which helps me stick to regular creativity. Once the kids leave for school, I sit and play in my sketchbook, work on a painting inContinue reading “Routine and Regular Creativity”