Are you a perfectionist? Or maybe like me, a “recovering perfectionist”? Let’s chat a bit about perfectionism and creativity because it’s a really important topic. In short, perfectionism is a creativity killer. To be creative we need to be willing to fail. Willing to make mistakes. Willing to mess it up. Willing to make *shudder* BAD […]

Grab a cup of tea and join me for a joyful and celebratory review of paintings, sculpture, and photography throughout history and today that embody the motif of SPRING! Join me on zoom by clicking here! Sign up for my mailing list to get updates on future live lectures, videos, inspiring posts, artist opportunities, and […]

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a full-time painter? In this Interview With The Artist I talk with Phil Musen, a painter in Savannah, GA. ***There may be some strong language used in this interview so grab your headphones if you have little ones around*** We talk about: -Phil’s upcoming monochromatic Mermaid […]

This past week I’ve been reminded that life is both short and precious.  I found out yesterday that an old friend from college passed away.  It felt strange and sudden especially because just the day before I had liked one of his Facebook posts advocating for peace.  His post precipitated a minutes-long daydream of remembrance.  […]

If you think that you missed all the January deadlines think again! Here’s a roundup of artist grants, residencies, and exhibitions to apply for. Grants: Artist Grant Deadline: Quarterly throughout the year. The deadline for the current grant cycle is April 15, 2022. Susainable Arts Foundation Deadline: February 25, 2022 To be eligible, the applicant […]

Do you ever try to work on something and the whole time you feel stuck and frustrated?  You just can’t get into the flow at all and the whole thing feels unenjoyable? For me, I’ve noticed that whenever this is happening there’s one thing bugging me in the back (or maybe even the front) of […]

Are you an artist constantly asking yourself “how can I be more creative?” Maybe you feel like you have artist block again and again and just can’t get past it. This is super common and you are not alone! Many of us are living busy lives where we never get a break. We are plugged […]

Want to avoid cyclical artist block?  Try immersing yourself in the lifestyle of making art instead of focusing on the outcome of any one finished piece. Most artists, whether they admit to it or not, have a desire for recognition.  Recognition can mean a lot of things depending on who you ask. For some people […]

This is one of my favorite quotes that always seems to help me keep my chin up: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple […]

For 9 painful years I suffered from artist block. It was something I never expected but what I’m learning is that it happens at some point to almost everyone. There are always excuses not to make art and some of them seem incredibly legitimate.  But after all those excuses when I was 4 weeks postpartum […]