Lost and Found, then Lost and Found

Lost and Found, then Lost and Found

Last week I told you the story about how I became fully involved in making art and painting. If you look at my portfolio of paintings though, you can see that my work is all over the map. For years, I’ve been painting landscapes, house portraits, pet portraits, acrylic, pen and ink, abstracts, realism, and on and on. I could not settle on a genre, a medium or even a cohesive color palette. Though I had found my studio, found my passion, I was...

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

Last week I wrote about being inspired by the challenge of working out a new idea for a piece of art.  Problem solving is one aspect that I truly love about this medium of altered book art.  Good thing I like the challenge! Recently a customer contacted me and asked for a custom piece that would be  a gift for a friend.  He wanted something like a school of fish with the folded book style.  Sure–why not? I started with a line drawing of a...

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What inspires you?

What inspires you?

People ask me questions about my book art all the time. There is no doubt it’s an unusual medium, and not the kind of art you typically see in someone’s home. When a visitor is in my studio, they always want to know how I get my ideas, how I learned to make the books, what motivates me and more. For a few weeks in my blog, I’ll share some of those questions and my responses. What inspires you? In a nutshell: solving a problem. When I...

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Lessons From the Racetrack

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...

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Have you grown up yet?

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,...

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Crash!

Crash!

You have undoubtedly seen all the emails that promoted my webinar about how to create this heart book.  I’ve been very excited to share the process of how to make it and start an on-line teaching series on book art.  The webinar is a kick-off, and soon the full on-line class will be available.  I worked like crazy last month and through the weekend to get everything ready. Then Life slapped me in the face on Tuesday.  It was a relatively...

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Procrastination (This bad habit ain’t going nowhere!)

Procrastination (This bad habit ain’t going nowhere!)

Procrastination.  This is a good topic for this time of year, when we have lists of 100 things to do and we put off most of it! Do a search on that word and here’s what you’ll get: a couple of definitions several websites devoted to the psychology of why we procrastinate about 30 more websites by business coaches and productivity experts with tips on how to stop this awful time-waster The general consensus is that procrastination is...

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Grow Your Soul (Kurt Vonnegut style)

Grow Your Soul (Kurt Vonnegut style)

I was recently reminded about five students who wrote to the author Kurt Vonnegut in 2006, trying to persuade him to visit their high school.  Vonnegut didn’t visit the school, but he did write back to the students (the only author to do so).  The letter and story has been shared on social media, etc., so it may sound familiar. What I find so remarkable about this story is the message Vonnegut chose to convey… considering the entire...

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Play the Gratitude Game

Play the Gratitude Game

Last year when I wrote my Art of Gratitude course, there were some disbelievers about Lesson 3, which focused on being grateful for the not-so great things about life.  I had to convince these doubters that it’s possible to find a kernel of gratitude in even the worst of things, such as being sick, losing a job, or having a relationship end. Still not convinced, we would do a small battle:  they would throw out ideas, and I would tell...

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