Sometimes it seems like our abundant creativity is more of a hassle than a gift. And when it comes to figuring out how to make a living using our talents, that can seem like a giant Rubik’s cube. All the pieces are there, but how to do they fit together? My client Pam Porter is […]
Who wants to write but can’t seem to get it going? I’ve got just the thing! My class the Devoted Writer will empower you to get your words out easily. We start February 1st! Reserve your seat now; link in bio.
My studio desk today: lovely flower coworkers from my garden, notebook, letters to students, and a sample of my new project: the Major Mojo Card Deck!
Write every day!! I love this new notebook I got from @twohandspaperie I chose the dot grid paper for the interior. I think I will use this for my daily writing in October. Who wants to write with me daily? Join The Devoted Writer; link in profile.
Organizing the contents of a book is a challenge! I seek to make The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book super useful. I hate to waste people’s time, so I want to make sure everything I’m including is necessary and useful. Cutting up the chapter titles and moving them around is helping sort things out. Patience at the point is required!
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
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.