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Wag more, bark less.

Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Art, Motivation | 2 comments

Wag more, bark less.

Today’s post is inspired by this new piece of art. Try it, just for today:  wag more, and bark less. Go out of your way to be enthusiastically friendly to everyone you encounter, at work, in the store, at home (especially at home).   And when you feel a gripe or complaint working its way to the surface, stuff it down and replace it with something enthusiastically positive. Do this for yourself, and at the end of the day, reflect on what a difference it made. Just for today: wag more, and bark less. What do you...

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Are you on the cusp of change?

Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Art, goal setting, Motivation | 0 comments

Are you on the cusp of change?

Are you poised for something big? Craving a change, or an accomplishment. I got a red flag about this at the gym this morning.  After 20 minutes on the elliptical, I was ready to buy a Veggie-Matic, the PiYo exercise CD set, and a “tiny house” in Alaska. Oh, and possibly sign up to foster a child. My gym equipment was (unfortunately) stationed in front of the infomercial channel. And the advertisements kept catching my eye.  Normally I don’t pay ANY attention to sales pitches like that…I tune them out with no effort at all. But this morning I...

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If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Art, Art Classes, Art Classes for Adults, Brain Science, Creativity, goal setting | 0 comments

If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

SMART is an old acronym for goal setting. But with my art class next week it’s going to take on a new meaning!  We’re going to make smART goals! Have you been procrastinating on something lately? Come to my class next Wednesday and break through the block so that you can get it done. We are going to apply ART to your goal, and capitalize on all the mental power that ART contains! You already know (from last week) that “the car goes where your eyes go.” Where you set your sights—that’s where you head. What you focus on, that’s what...

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Hope For …..

Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Art | 0 comments

Hope For …..

Hope For … This book art is about hope for everyone!  I wanted to do something with the pink ribbon and found this wonderful book called Picture Your Life After Cancer.  It’s a montage of photos and stories of cancer survivors. I read through most of it before making the book (something I usually don’t do), and at times had tears streaming down my face.  The stories are so uplifting and inspiring! Not long after finishing the book I discovered that my cousin, Mary, had been diagnosed with cancer, which she is bravely...

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Ace Up Your Sleeve

Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Art | 0 comments

Ace Up Your Sleeve

Ace Up Your Sleeve After deciding to try the four suits of cards in a book, it seemed like hitting the jackpot to find a book called Cheaters at the thrift store.  Perfect! This would make a great gift for a card shark or a gambling aficionado. To buy enter your name and email.  I will contact you about actual shipping costs (if applicable): Name and email   Isn’t this a cool view from the...

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Light reading

Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Art | 0 comments

Light reading

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She’s Got Sass

Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Art | 0 comments

She’s Got Sass

She’s Got Sass She’s Got Sass was created using the book,  The Red Hat Club, a fictional tale centered around the spunk and joie de vivre of the “Red Hats” as they are known. Every one of us has a little sass in us, and this book art honors US! If you know someone with SASS, share this page with her! To buy, enter your name and email.  I will contact you about actual shipping costs (if applicable). Name and...

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Lessons From the Racetrack

Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Art, goal setting, Maggie's Studio News | 1 comment

Lessons From the Racetrack

  A few years ago, I read an entertaining novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  Considering it was fiction, it had some great kernels of wisdom peppered throughout the story. The protagonist, Denny Swift, was an aspiring racecar driver with some profound things to say: “In racing, they say that your car goes where your eyes go. The driver who cannot tear his eyes away from the wall as he spins out of control will meet that wall; the driver who looks down the track as he feels his tires break free will regain control of...

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Have you grown up yet?

Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Art, Maggie's New Art, Maggie's Studio News, Motivation | 0 comments

Have you grown up yet?

Throughout all of our childhoods, we are asked what we want to be when we grow up.  I wonder, have you grown up?  And what did you become? Whenever someone asks me what kind of artist I am, what kind of art I make, my answer has always felt like a joke.  “I like to experiment and haven’t quite figured out what I want to do when I grow up.”  And it has been true.  If you click to the Gallery tab on my website, www.maggielinakerrigan.com,  you’ll find such a variety of styles and subject matter, you would expect to find...

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If at first you don’t succeed…

Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Art, Motivation | 0 comments

If at first you don’t succeed…

…Then you know you are not alone. A woman came into my studio a few weeks ago and we were talking about my book art.  In telling her the story of how I got started, I pulled out the first book that I ever carved–when I was trying to figure out the process.  The woman’s reaction was priceless:  “Well, that sure makes me feel better!” Art is a lot like Facebook.  Just as people only post their big accomplishments and rosy moments in life, we artists tend to only put our best work out there for the public to see....

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