Choosing Joy?

I had plans for this week. I have a list of tutorials I’d like to record. I have an idea for a new digital product. I’ve got some new gouache paints to play with and a new hardbound art journal. I thought this week would see a welcome return of artistic mojo. But the universe had …

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Journey – My Unexpected Venture into a Creative Life

Unexpected? What unexpected journey? Well, for all my business life, I used the left side of my brain. Problem-solving and managing people and projects in the high tech industry requires a very organized and analytical mind and – that’s me. Type A all the way. But once I retired, that side of my brain didn’t require …

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Artful Mojo Rising

Creative mojo is a fickle thing. It comes and goes. You never know when it’s going to visit and when it goes it can be gone in a flash. Very rude of mojo to behave that way. At the very least it could give you some warning it’s leaving town, so you don’t get all …

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Dollar Store Score – Play!!

Play Time! Last week I shared my Dollar Store Score video – showing you all the goodies I scooped up at my local dollar store. I was looking for things to use as mark-making tools in my physical art and then also use to create digital brushes in Photoshop. As promised, in this week’s video …

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Score! Cool Art Tools!

Score!! Cleaning up a computer’s hard drive is a real chore – especially for someone like me who has a 3TB hard drive! I have over 50,000 photos and a bazillion other digital images – scans of my art and Photoshop files necessary for my business. That exercise not only resulted in freeing up space on …

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Adventures in Card-making

Card-making … have you ever tried it? As I’ve mentioned previously, I discovered my creativity rather late in life. And frankly, it was sometimes an appalling experience. For instance, I thought making little decorative hand soaps was a great idea. I spent time trying to color match the soaps to my friends decor so they would now …

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Up Periscope! Watch My Demonstration!

Periscope!  Have you been hearing the buzz about it lately?  It’s a new – and very cool – live-streaming mobile app. People can broadcast themselves live (!!) right from their phones – no other equipment needed!! It’s kind of like YouTube, but the “scopes” generally relatively short (no more than 20 minutes) and because they are live, there’s …

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Artsy and Easy Bookmark Gift Project

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A handcrafted bookmark is a wonderful way to make a simple, but thoughtful gift. They make great stocking stuffers and perfect last minute tokens of appreciation. Today, I’ve got two kinds of bookmarks for you – the straightforward kind of bookmark you usually see and a magnetized bookmark for something a little more special. Whichever bookmark you choose, …

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Art Adventures: Watercolor Play

I’ve recently discovered a passion for watercolor paints.They are not the easiest medium to work with because they tend to have a mind of their own (like me) when it comes to how they move on paper. But man oh man, even just trying to get used to them is fun! In keeping with my current …

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Art Adventures: Keeping it Simple

“Keep it simple stupid” (“KISS”) is a phrase coined in the 1960’s (I think) to illustrate the principle that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated. It was a concept I embraced quite often in my business life, especially when I worked in the High Tech industry. I managed a large team responsible for …

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