Inner Tapes Playing


Photo outside of Lake Tahoe

Waiting to come out of the fog and see myself more clearly.


I  love creating.  Sitting with my art journal in front of me a handful of supplies is the best feeling in the world to me.  I am on the road though and can’t be sitting with my art journal.  This trip, my love and I are taking, is packed with his work appointments and I am helping him set up and take down equipment.  So although there is some down time for me where I could zentangle, doodle or draw – I fear, I won’t get anything done. I am feeling guilt over that.  Things banging around inside my head – “Here I packed a travel art kit and now I won’t even use it. That’s lame.”   “See you aren’t an artist you can’t even create everyday like most artists do.”  Yep, I am hearing those kind of tapes playing.

But here is what I am saying back to those tapes…

I am an artist.

I am a creative being without sitting in my studio creating art.

I am art all on my own without paper and pens.

See something I have been I have been doing is writing little one line poems and taking a ton of photographs.  I don’t need to sit at my art studio table with my art journal in front of me to create.  I have a million little ways  see art around every day of my life even in the mundane daily routine.

My mantra for today is giving myself permission to not to be upset or feel badly about not creating.  Because as I just said above there are many ways to be creative. Just being in the moment and being present will show me beauty, joy, and art all around.


Inspiration Ripple


I am going to be make this a regular part of my blog: Inspiration Ripple and have it once or twice a month. I love when I come across good things other people share so I want to pass it on too. My first thing to share is the black marker that wrote on the piece above.

Sharpie Professional – I picked this up at Home Depot, but what caught my eye was the package. It is blurry above as I forgot to take a photo of it before taking it out of the package. It says it marks on oily or wet surfaces. I am so impatient when it comes to writing on paint. I have ruined so many pens and markers that way. Well, I can tell you this one writes on wet paint! Yay! It wrote on that top piece when the paint was slightly wet still. I tried using it over oil pastels and it wrote, but not as well as it did on wet surfaces.  It isn’t a fine point, but it is easy to write with on rough surfaces as I had texture to the paint.  I am going to have to buy a few more as I see myself going through them quickly.  I can’t remember the price on them, but I believe it was under $2 which is nice in comparison to some of the Sharpie brand markers.  I have always wanted to try their Paint markers, but they range from $3 to $5 each.  This is a nice alternative for now.



Art of Everyday Photography – A book by Susan Tuttle. Susan takes amazing photographs and is a great teacher. I have a photograph in it so I am especially excited about this book by Susan.


wish list: inhale love exhale peace necklace from Liz Lamoreux



Fall Intensive Class – Kathie has always been my go to guide (read expert) on Homespun Seasonal Living. I took Kathie’s summer class and it was so inspiring and informative. Kathie is knowledgeable and open in teaching people to connect with the seasons. I am not really what I would call an outdoorsy person, but I do like to connect to nature and the cycles of each season so Kathie’s class was perfect for me as she taught me more ways to infuse the summer season into my daily life. I believe all levels of knowledge and interest would find Kathie’s seasonal intensive classes encouraging as well as useful in connecting with the season and making it a daily lifestyle.

Music:  U2’s new album that they released for free on iTunes.


Cause a Disruption


Today was a disruptive day. Events  of the day caused emotions  to be from a to z on the map of feelings.  So to help release today and to fulfill the prompt for Bloom True Boot Camp – I smeared blotches of color all over the background. My usual style is 2 or 3  colors, but tonight I filled the pages with 8 different colors to show the disruptive – chaotic day.


Next stage was to scribble on all across the pages. I will then cover it in white paint only leaving some circles of colors and scribbles exposed. I will let it dry over night and then trust my intuition to know where it should go next tomorrow.