quote love

be wild

“Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou11816242_10207116749539771_7731355320271780318_o

I’ve had this idea to start blogging again. I’ve missed this space and the sharing of artwork and the connections made with other like-minded folk. In the next few weeks I’ll be posting some older work along with works in progress. This is a piece that I created months ago for my nephew titled “Night Boat.”

“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt


road trip and other things

12161459833_b4d75ed5e5_o12194111114_0cb3baccd1_o12208304015_d8ae294843_oWe recently took a small road trip to Richmond. Highlights were the Hollywood Costume exhibit (no photos allowed) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a delicious lunch at Nacho Mama’s (don’t you just love this name!) on Cary Street, and Ellman’s to stock up on dance supplies. Oh, and there was a wee bit of shopping at World Market and Trader Joe’s. I replenished my dwindling tea stash, even buying some flowering tea which I haven’t had in a while. It was great to fill the creative well and have time with family and a friend I hadn’t seen in years. A big ole soul vitamin.

The rest of the week found me under the weather. When I could, I drew and sketched out painting ideas, playing for the first time with vine charcoal and also working on trying to get better at drawing hands so that I don’t have to put so much effort into avoiding them! I have to say that they are getting a fraction easier with practice-just a bit.

What have you been working on?

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  -Harriet Tubman

flashback friday


redhorseforblogA horse is worth more than riches.  ~Spanish Proverb

Found this image today as I was sifting through files on the computer. It was painted in April of last year, the only horse I’ve ever painted. The original was small, 8×8 on canvas. Seeing it made me think about painted Dala horses which I’ve read about since and also how 2014 is the Year of the Horse. January 31st marks the Chinese Lunar New Year and we’ll be saying hello to the year of the horse and goodbye to the year of the snake. I’ve read in several places that the Chinese say the year of the horse is a lucky year. Sounds good to me!

it’s table tuesday!



Table Tuesday: sharing whatever is in progress on your art table, desk, or easel. This piece is the front of a journal/portfolio and still has a bit more work needed before I can call it done. It was inspired by this quote:

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ― Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo has it just about right…add to that a healthy bunch of family and friends, a pot of tea, a good book, a cat or two or three, some paints and I would wholeheartedly agree. What do you think? Would you add anything?

I’ve signed up for Misty Mawn’s fabulous full circle workshop. It’s only Day 2 so not too late to join in on the fun, to learn something new and meet some soulful and talented artists. Find out more about it here.