Feeling Empowered

Inspired and Grateful “Here’s to strong women, may we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” -Unknown Last month, I was sitting on the couch with a glass of wine enjoying the Golden Globe Awards on TV when Oprah Winfrey came onstage to accept her lifetime achievement award. She talked about women.…

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True Calling

“That’s f@#&ing amazing!” Those are the words my husband said to me when I told him about an email I had received. But I should back up and start this story from the beginning. A new Minneapolis friend of mine (whom I had only met briefly) graciously went out of her way to invite me…

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3 Things I've Learned About Manifesting A Dream

The other day I was sitting in my home art studio working on a painting and I suddenly looked around in disbelief. I almost had to pinch myself to believe that this was my work space. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. When I first started to paint 10 years ago, I’d drop a sheet down…

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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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21 Secrets Conversations ~ The Interview

I was completely surprised and honored last year when Connie Hozvicka of Dirty Footprints Studio asked me to be a contributing teacher in her online art journaling workshop 21 Secrets. I was equally surprised and honored when she asked if she could interview me for her blog series 21 Secrets Conversations. It was such a…

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On The Easel

I get asked all the time about the women I paint. Who are these women? Are they self-portraits? The answers are: I don’t know exactly who these women are and no they are never meant to be self-portraits. I am just compelled to paint women for some reason, women who are dramatic and emotional and…

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A Working Artist

The other day I was at the eye doctor and had to fill out some paperwork. As I was writing in all the information, I came to that little box marked “occupation”. I paused, pen hovering. I skipped it. It wasn’t until I was finished filling out all the forms that I came back to…

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Creative Life Inspiration: Elizabeth Gilbert

I jumped on the Elizabeth Gilbert bandwagon way back when “Eat, Pray, Love” was sweeping the nation. I read it and I got inspired. Really inspired. Just like everyone else. But the truth is, I’ve only really come to appreciate the profound wealth of spiritual knowledge and soul-thumping inspiration that is Elizabeth Gilbert in the…

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Do Something

So there you are, living your life, when it occurs to you that you might just be going through the motions. The days are starting to blend, one into the next. You’re in a rut. Not particularly unhappy but not really experiencing joy either. Been there. Here’s what I’ve learned and what I continue to…

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Time To Get To Work

Being an artist is a wonderful, beautiful, terrible, awful thing. It’s no secret that as artists, we are our own worst critics. The vicious monkey of second-guessing resides permanently on our backs, whispering in our ear about how we need new inspiration and about how we can improve on our last painting.  Sometimes the artistic…

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