Other People’s Problems? Easy!

Other People’s Problems?  Easy!

Isn’t it easier to solve someone else’s problem? Another artist and I were groaning about writing an artist’s statement for an upcoming show. We both agreed that it would be easier to write each other’s  than to write our own. I actually do believe I could whip one out for Lynne quicker than I could write one for myself. Have you experienced anything like this? If a friend is going through a problem, you can see all kinds of...

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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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A Helium Hand?

A Helium Hand?

Don (my husband) says that I have a Helium Hand. He has observed that whenever someone asks for a volunteer, my hand goes up… all on its own. He was definitely on to something there. The first part of a solution is identifying the problem. And to be honest, after his comments, I got a lot better about saying no to all the volunteer opportunities that are flung my way. (He just agreed when I told him I was blogging about this topic.) A more...

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Take Action (even imperfect action)

Take Action (even imperfect action)

Have you ever found yourself wanting to do something but holding back until you are sure you will get it right? My main lesson with IMPERFECT ACTION happened a few years ago with creating a website. I knew it was the next move, but month after month it wasn’t done because I wanted to be sure to have all the ducks in a row and have it all just right before going live. Then I joined a mastermind group with business coach, Theresa Ceniccola and...

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Wag more, bark less.

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...

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Are you on the cusp of change?

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...

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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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If at first you don’t succeed…

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...

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Show some Sass!

Show some Sass!

Have you heard of the Red Hat Society?  It’s a national organization that was originally inspired by a poem called “Warning” written by Jenny Joseph.  The mission of the “Red Hats” is essentially to connect and play!  Though they take the Play element seriously, there is no question that the Connection is what this organization is truly all about. To me, the Red Hats are all about finding your tribe. Why is a...

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