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Make Your Mark as an Artist!

Make Your Mark as an Artist!

I’ve come across this term “making marks” quite a few times recently as I’ve been dabbling more in the world of two-dimensional visual art. I’ve told you about my occasional forays this year into illustrated journaling, which has provided a fun and helpful entry point...

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Power and Beauty, Connection and Purpose

Power and Beauty, Connection and Purpose

The Sierra Poetry Festival was spectacular. The power and beauty of this offering blows me away. People pour their hearts and souls openly and with great care and artistry into words, sharing vulnerably their wisdom, their fears and failings, their faith and hope,...

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What’s Inspiring Me Now 9.15.23

What’s Inspiring Me Now 9.15.23

Don and I watched a gorgeous and incredibly moving and inspiring film called Pride. It’s about a small group of gay and lesbian activists in the UK, deciding to support Welsh miners who were on strike. So beautifully acted, scripted, directed. It’s a testament to the...

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Training Like a Spiritual Warrior For Your Art

Training Like a Spiritual Warrior For Your Art

I've been thinking about how artists need to train like warriors. Or like athletes. Or like monks. I was inspired by one of Steven Pressfield’s excellent posts (https://stevenpressfield.com/2021/12/training-turning-pro/). If we want to become the best artists we can...

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Making Art Is Inconvenient

Making Art Is Inconvenient

Making art is inconvenient. We have to carve out time for it. We have to carve out space for it. We have to spend our hard-earned money on it. We have to rearrange our schedules, ask for time off from work, and beg out of gatherings with friends and family at times....

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What’s Inspiring Me Now July 2023

What’s Inspiring Me Now July 2023

PBS My husband Don and I let go of our Netflix and replaced it with PBS. What a great change that is! We are currently happily (and rather harmlessly) addicted to All Creatures Great and Small, an utterly wonderful series. It’s so refreshing to watch something...

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The Power of Creative Community

The Power of Creative Community

When I was in my senior year of college, a group of ten improvising musicians miraculously came together. We called ourselves the Relentless Compassion Orchestra. Many nights a week, we would meet to improvise and create pieces together. In an old barn on the...

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My Favorite Books of 2022

My Favorite Books of 2022

This past year was a particularly difficult one to narrow down my favorite books of the year to just ten. There were so many good books! I read 49 books this past year, plus parts of quite a few others, plus six more I read aloud with my husband. I could easily have...

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