Posts in creative process
rediscovering the joys of childhood

What if our path to joy as adults involves remembering what we really truly loved as children? 

Martha Beck, in her book Finding Your Way in a Wild New World : reclaim your true nature to create the life you want, encourages readers to consider what they loved as children as a way to determine their paths to living a life of meaning.

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a conversation in two parts

Sometimes, when I get stuck working on a piece, my way of getting unstuck is to meander through my collection of old papers--maps, journal pages, sheet music, and scraps of old poems I wrote. Last week I found this old poem is my collection. I think I wrote it in 2015 or 2016. You can read the poem in full below the image and then see some close-ups of how I incorporated the words into my mixed media work.

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seeking failure

Last fall, when asked to talk about my creative business failures in a women’s business group I’m part of, I realized that I didn’t have any. Not because I’m so super-fabulous and amazing, but because I couldn’t recall a time recently when I’ve put myself out there in any way that would allow for me to fail. This wasn’t a terribly surprising realization. I’ve written before on this blog about how I stopped writing as a young adult after having a few poems rejected by literary journals. So, I already knew I was risk-averse. But I’d never stopped to consider how this was impacting my desire to share my work with the world and do big things.

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notes on inspiration and the creative process

Last week, I was working on a new piece that I’m calling Behold the Tulip Queen.The idea for the piece seemed to pop into my head fully formed, which made me curious about where my ideas come from (and more generally, where Ideas comes from.) Being trained in hypnotherapy last year made me think a lot about the creative unconscious— how this part of our mind works behind the scenes and is especially involved in problem-solving and the creative process.

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finding joy through losing yourself in deep play

One of my favorite ways to spend my time is doing things that cause me to lose myself and find myself at the same time. Yesterday, this was me: sitting on the couch for four hours straight, working on a new painting for my fairytale series. When it was time for me to leave the house and make my way to my office for the afternoon, it felt a little like I was emerging from hibernation.

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