It’s that time again, the 100 Day Project! The 100 Day Project is a free community project inspired by Elle Luna. There’s no need to sign up, nothing to join. It starts April 3rd, and all that is required is to do something every day for 100 days. You could write daily for 15 minutes […]
Excited to teach this new class today at Two Hands Paperie. Magical Journey, Magical Journal is a unique travel and creativity class that has allowed me to look at what I really believe about magic and travel and creativity. I’ve had so many experiences that show me that the world is a magical place and that keeping an illustrated journal highlights that. I can’t wait to share this. The class sold out right away and there’s a big waiting list, so I suspect this is something others are craving too, this connection to magic. Would this be a class you would want to take from me?
I fear my ambition exceeds my abilities. #onetrueline
Hemingway got past writer’s block by telling himself to ‘write one true sentence’. As a writer and artist, I crave more permission to be honest. Long ago, I decided to never post anything ‘negative’ online. But now I see how that has allowed me to only show the cheerful, positive parts of myself.
I want to take the muzzle off and share myself more authentically. So I am taking up Hemingway’s invitation with a new series, One True Line.
Every day, I will write or draw what I consider a truth. Just one line. This project could take many forms; I am leaving it intentionally open.
Join me in your own daily One True Line. It’s free and there’s no need to sign up. Simply follow along on Instagram or Facebook, using the hashtag #onetrueline .
What’s in the way of you making things the way you want? Lack of confidence, too many projects, disorganization and plain old fear? It’s easy to let our demons force our creativity into the closet. Probably the biggest thing I do for my clients and students is help them get these obstacles – both inner and outer – out of the way so they can create with joy and ease. When I talk about a program like my year-long Atelier program, I emphasize getting things done. But often we have to get things out of the way in order to get things done. What would your life and your creativity be like with that biggest bugaboo finally gone? I’m taking a stand for creativity that empowers us and makes a difference in the world. If you have a project that you are ready to commit to for real, check out my Atelier program. Link in profile
It’s so valuable to do a reflection process to see how my busy-ness adds up to my satisfaction and goals. I spend time checking in with how things are going so I can make adjustments for more joy the following year. I often design a luscious and vast magazine-style annual report. Because of travel, my […]
If you are like me, you like heaping lots of things onto your plate. At the buffet line or in life, you love the abundance of having many things going at once. Then this crazy thing happens – when overwhelm approaches, we don’t let go of things. We add MORE! I don’t know why I […]
You’ve got it all set – you’ll write (or make art) on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, at 3:00, for an hour each time. Sounds good, doable and perhaps even a little exciting. This lasts for a week, maybe two. Something comes up – always – and you’re thrown off your routine faster than a squirrel […]
You find a structure that seems great to help you stay on track with your art or writing- something like the 100 Days Project. You choose your focus and start out with a BANG! The first days are heady, where you feel joyously connected and committed to your creative love. You see progress. You feel […]
100/100 Portrait of the artist Cynthia Morris 9 x 12 watercolor on Hahnemuhle paper.
Being an artist means getting to know yourself on a deep level. We have to dig deep into what we care about and somehow express that in our chosen medium. Making art is a process of learning to respect and love ourselves. Just taking the time to make art is a huge act of self-respect. .
Showing up over the course of several months to make portraits hasn’t been easy. Some days I was barely able to ‘phone it in’. I didn’t have as much time as I wanted to really dive in. It would have been easy to abandon it. But something I have learned about myself: I’d rather lower my own expectations and stay with it than abandon it because of some notion of perfection or excellence. .
I’m finishing a week after the rest of the tribe, barely getting over the finish line. I feel successful in my quest to improve my skills. I have had fun seeing improvement. .
As I continue this adventure of self-discovery and expression, I am grateful for the art and writing that continues to reveal me to me. Thanks for sharing in this process, and for cheering me on. Your encouragement means a lot to me.