Hello Spring

I am having a very serious love/hate relationship with spring in Minnesota. I love how the air has turned warmer and the sun has gotten more powerful. I love how the green has returned and the birds are chirping. But I HATE how just when you start to feel happy and warm, it turns cold…

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Deanne Williamson Painting

On The Easel

I find that art is the answer to most things for me. Feeling sad? Make art. Feeling joyful? Make art. Feeling overwhelmed, thrilled, lonely, ecstatic? Make art. It’s not always easy to drag myself into the studio. It can feel as though that empty canvas is mocking me, daring me to come up with something…

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The Sky Was All Purple

The loss of music icon Prince has been shocking and upsetting to music lovers everywhere. I’m no exception. It’s that “you don’t know whatcha got ’til it’s gone” feeling. Prince has always been there and it seemed as if he always would be. The loss is monumental and I can’t do it justice, but something…

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Surviving Winter

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.…

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Winter Renewal

Living in Minnesota has given me such a wonderful new appreciation for Mother Nature. When you’re a visual person and you are surrounded by ever-changing scenery, there is no shortage of inspiration. I wrote about summer’s illumination here and I documented the awakenings of Fall here. Today I want to talk about Winter. There is…

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Like My Mom

“Those paintings remind me of Mom.” We were sitting in my living room and my brother was looking at three of my paintings that were hanging on the wall. It was so touching to hear him say that because in that very moment I had a huge epiphany. “Yeah they do look like Mom.” I…

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Embracing Change

Sometimes things happen in life and you wonder about the reasons. You look for the lesson. Change. It happens to everyone. Sometimes you are looking for change and sometimes change forces itself upon you and you hastily have to adjust. I can’t help but think of change when I look out my window each day…

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San Miguel de Allende (Part One)

Words fail me. I just spent a week at an art journaling retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico which was led by the remarkable Orly Avineri and organized by the lovely Rebecca Brooks (part two will be about the workshop). I’m not quite sure that words will adequately convey the journey I experienced. If…

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A Matter of Perspective

“YOU MOVED FROM CALIFORNIA TO MINNESOTA? WHY??” That is the question we have been asked most frequently this summer. Followed by, “Do you know how cold it gets here?” I was even told at a dinner party by a (I’m assuming) well-meaning fellow guest that I would need “lots of wine and Prozac” to get…

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Creative Everyday ~ Photography

Years ago I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and so many of the recommended practices from that book have stayed with me. There’s a simple idea she recommends that she calls an Artist Date: heading out alone with the sole purpose of inspiration. Doing something you really love to do or exploring something…

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