Walks to find flowers and pods help me fill my sketchbooks and in turn become the shapes I am drawn to in my paintings. Simple curves, bright colors, and a few words to inspire me…
Being quiet enough for a bee to land on your finger will create space for magic to enter. Sit still and listen.
Creating things means slowing down enough to capture details. Finding the space where you enjoy going slow is key.
Lines are what connect us all—do you ever sit back and watch the lines in your life overlap? Where do they lead, what are the stories that arise from them all?
Days on the mountain remind me how to face fear, take risks, and get up again & again & again…
Beginning new experiments and allowing them to lead you to places you never imagined is both exciting and nerve-wracking. This is where learning to trust yourself pays off. And it is a lesson that can be applied to every area of life.
Remind yourself to seek joy, to breathe, and to take it step by step, moment by moment.
Finding ways to capture life and translate it into another form is art. Once you figure out what you love, then you can go about practicing how to translate that love into art. It takes work to figure out both. Do the work…reap the magic.
Taking the plunge into a new direction—which is actually a return to my favorite way of working—with simple shapes and large areas of solid color. I am learning how to work with ease instead of feeding the need to make things complicated.
Whatever you do, make sure you are feeding joy… Our lives work best when joy is engaged—projects flow and creativity grows.
Search for inspiration—always have your feelers on and soaking up what captures your attention.
Crows, berries and bold colors help fill me up.
Working in a composition notebook gave me just the permission I needed to make marks without a care. Little scribbles turned into full page scribbles which led to smaller more delicate ones. Behind every finished piece is a stack of experiments, mistakes, and learning.
Studies of lines that began in an old school composition notebook began taking on a life of their own and led me to the graphic paintings with bold colors. One thing always leads to the next—be patient and do the work it takes to develop the next thing.
Capturing love, light, and shapes in the middle of a dark winter night.
To find my way through transitions, I have to remember to move gently and find the balance between pushing and resting. This is where the practice of listening is sharpened.