art in artemis magazine and catching up a little

11659322_10206794775970633_3632636755418422588_n1908189_10206794778130687_4090739866907640843_nI’m very honored to have this painting “Never Giving Up” in the latest Artemis Journal.

The piece represents for me the determination I have to be a better person, to keep my goals in the forefront and not lose sight of them, to keep rolling forward, and moving in faith that good is ahead of me and divine guidance exists. See, I’ve been going through a separation. The divorce is right around the corner and a new chapter of my life has already begun. It has been a peace-filled separation but still a change and one that I am working through daily. It gives me strength to look at this piece and see how far I have already come since creating it.

I’ve been thinking, as I have many times in the last few years, about how much I miss blogging but especially I miss the way I used to blog back in the beginning, back when my page was more of a real journal, a place to get personal and not a place to just share finished work. A place to share a life that is trying to be more creative and to find my way in this wonderful world. I’m excited about the thought of being more present here in this quiet space. I’m going to post daily, even if just a photo or a quote. I feel the need to record this part of my journey. xoxo

Making Wishes


We were meeting friends for lunch but were early so we decided to wander about. I was looking for four leaf clovers when I looked up and spotted her face, lost in wish making. I love that she wishes on things like I do. I love her crossed arms and her gentle heart.

“Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth.” ― Francesca Lia Block

“Nobody ever talks about the pyramids that weren’t built, the books that weren’t written, the songs that weren’t sung. Stop letting your fear condemn you to mediocrity. Get out of your own way. Your dreams are a poetic reflection of your soul’s wishes. Be courageous enough to follow them. There is no greater time than now to experience the full power of your potential. Make this the day you take the first step in the beautiful journey of bringing your dreams to life.”
―    Steve Maraboli

The last few days…

…have been filled with creative goodness, only not in the art room messy paint brush kind of way. Here are seven things that have given me cause to smile.

1. Olivia made a second batch of carrot cake cupcakes. They are downstairs in the kitchen right now, calling to me. There’s pineapple and coconut mixed in, along with the carrot. Cream cheese frosting on top. Yum! 8366121012_1957c9d64c_b


8366121390_261588ba8b_b2. On Sunday, we had a family day at Snowshoe. What a pretty drive! I squealed when I saw the snow on the mountain tops! I am like a child when it comes to snow. I love it! But, oh my, I thought I was ready for the cold. I thought I was dressed warmly but the wind on top of the mountain was BRUTAL. It unwound our scarves, took our words, and reddened our eyes. There is a nice row of shops and restaurants, like a little village, at the tip top. I would have loved to take my time and enjoy meandering through, but instead the wind chased us into a pub where we had lunch and warmed up. I added a sweater layer and got some hot tea before heading back down a bit to the tubing area. Not as windy there, thankfully. We were able to relax and enjoy. How wonderful to put my hands in the snow, to kick up my heels, to let my eyes rest on the big stretches of white! Heaven, I tell you! Olivia and her friend tubed until they couldn’t tube anymore. It was a day trip that we plan on doing more often. The next visit will be in the spring, maybe when my hubby’s band plays (they played there twice last year in the village), to walk the nature trails and maybe, maybe, do some ziplining. Or most likely, I will stay rooted to the ground and take photos as they fly by. We will see. I may surprise myself with bravery. 2013 feels like it could be that sort of year. There is also an observatory nearby and a mineral springs that has to be checked out. And soon. “Taking the waters” is a big part of the book I am working on so I must see for myself what the fuss is all about.

8365173381_f7dd85aa0b_b (1)3. In homeschooling news, we have taken a detour from our purchased curriculum (Oak Meadow) and are reading about India for Geography Club. And reading Anne Frank’s diary for our mother/daughter bookclub. The latter has Olivia so inspired that she has been writing nonstop in her own diary. The sight of her scribbling furiously stops me in my tracks every time. I stand there beaming at her until she looks up and gives me either a smile or shoos me away. Let’s just hope she is not writing about me in the same way as Anne wrote about her own mother. My heart would break!

4. And while flipping through an old notebook, (old as in 1999) I ran across a copy of  The Desiderata. Do you know this poem? I used to read it daily. I’ve never read it and not felt good afterward. So, I taped it to the inside of my current sketchpad after I shared it with Olivia. It’s what a friend of mine would call a “soul vitamin.”

8365173853_0faf88247a_b (1)5. Some new colored pencils arrived in the mail and have made the morning sketch project even more fun.

6. Writing news: I’ve had a slow start to the novel revision but I’ve a bit of time tonight to work on it. I can’t wait!

7. Also reading: The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin. I found out about it at Lesley Riley’s blog. (thank you, Lesley!) I love the sharing of good information!

And now, I am off to make the most of my solitary hour and half. To Revison Land, I go.

Happy Creating!






reclaiming my mornings


“To me, being creative is a very fragile thing, and somehow I’ve always felt the need to be very protective of that.” ~ Holly Hunter

On December 31st, I made a declaration. One that feels important and life-changing but is at the same time, so simple. No more morning email checks. No more heading straight to the computer/phone. No looking up anything on the internet. No FB, no Pinterest. Important real life, being the best me I can be things will be first in the day and not saved for last or not at all. Less looking outside, more contemplating within. I am bringing back mornings like I used to have them. A cup of herbal tea with a nonfiction book containing some sort of wisdom, something to help get my head and spirit in the right place before our busy homeschool days. A bit of meditation and thoughts of gratitude. Some yoga. And writing. Lots of writing. And I was thinking of setting the goal of a small sketch a day and seeing how that goes. Playing with ideas for paintings on paper so that when that precious art room time presents itself, I will be ready. So, the pencils and paper will remain out on my desk. My alarm is set for an hour earlier than my usual. It’s the fifth day of 2013 and so far, so good. Here are 4 quick sketches to share. (I haven’t taken a pic of today’s yet.) Fun and quick. No worry about perfection. No worries at all. Just the tentative beginnings of something. Or not. Just getting some graphite and ideas on paper. A good way to greet the day. Good for the soul!

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… and the one from New Year’s Eve.
8347196187_9e0891452e_bWishing you a lovely, creative weekend! xo

January 1-making vision boards

Yesterday morning the three of us started making personal vision boards. At two-ish, Kelly had to leave to set up for his New Year’s Eve gig an hour away but Olivia and I continued, snipping and arranging and pasting our cut-out wishes and goals on 18×24 inch sheets of watercolor paper. We worked for hours until somewhere around seven o’clock when we declared them finished. Images were gleaned from old magazines and catalogs and we drew a few things here and there when we couldn’t find what we needed. My sweetie was enthusiastic and tireless and I was such a proud mama when she shared the images she chose and explained their meanings. The whole process: the thinking about what I want for my future, the choosing of the picture to represent it, and the act of seeing it all before me, resonated more strongly in my heart than a list of resolutions I close up in a notebook and put away. “Thoughts create things.” I believe this and it makes me happy to know my thoughts will go to good places when I look at the vision board. Here are a few close-up images (it feels too personal to share my whole board though Olivia has kindly given me permission to share hers.) :

“New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights.” ~Hamilton Wright Mabie
[a big thank you to Lisa for the quote]

Happy New Year!

This image is from years back. Sixteen years ago, give or take a few. But I found it today when I was cleaning out a box of things and it seemed to fit the quote I’ve been carrying around and wanting to share here as we celebrate the approach of this new year.

“If, like a Cherokee warrior, I can look at the new year as an opportunity to stand on new ground, then strength and courage are on my side. If I have waited a long time for everything to be perfect – and there have been moments, brief as they were, that filled my expectations – then I can face the challenges. I will remember that things do work out, bodies do heal, relationships mend – not because I said it, but because I believe it. But it is time to make things right, to stay on the Path. As water runs fresh and free from the woodland spring, so new life and meaning will bubble up from my own inner source. I will be still and steady because there is nothing to be gained by showing fear in a chaotic world. I can turn from ignorance and prejudice toward a light that never goes out.”– Joyce Sequichie Hifler
May your new year hold many blessings. xo