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Watch Me on The Quilt Show

Hooray! You can watch my segment on Alex Anderson & Ricky Tim’s Quilt Show for FREE the week of October 1-8, 2017.

One or More Art Mediums?

One or more art mediums, that is the question. Should you stick with one art medium or is it OK to work in many mediums? As The Clash sang in 2004, “Should I stay or should I go now?” Many of the women I work with express dismay or disappointment with themselves because they feel they flit […]

Give That Artistic Rhythm All You’ve Got

It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing (doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah) It don’t mean a thing all you got to do is sing (doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah) It makes no difference If it’s sweet or hot Just give that rhythm Everything […]

Create and Follow Your Breadcrumbs

Create and Follow Your Breadcrumbs…? Follow mine below to discover what I mean. March 1999 I’ve been working (playing) at writing down these thoughts about each Fragment and I’ve just had a really moving revelation. I still can’t put it into words yet, but something important is happening during this process. Strangely enough, this physical […]

Drowning in a Sea of Creative Ideas

Summer has unofficially begun here in the US. It’s a good time to talk about what to do if you are drowning in a sea of creative ideas. If I had a finished piece for every idea and inspiration I had, I could fill the National Gallery of Art here in DC! I know you […]

Creative, What Are You Searching For?

Since you are reading this, I imagine you and I are pretty similar. We both like to make stuff. Most likely you have a stash, maybe as big as (or bigger!) than mine. Chances are you aspire and strive to be a better, happier person. And, as a result, you are always in search of […]

Unfinished Creative Work

Let’s talk about your unfinished work. You know what I mean – the work you began in a class. the work that just wasn’t working. the work in progress that’s taking so darn long – like decades. the work that seemed like a good idea at the time. the work you started years (decades) ago […]

Creativity Rituals

Before I sit down to my creative work, I have unintentional creativity rituals of preparation. “Just start” is, it seems, not an option. My rituals vary according to my environment, my mood, my mental clutter and my misgivings about what I am about to do. I will smooth the wrinkled bedspread, close the closet door, freshen […]

Get Used to That Beautiful Vulnerability

Long before Brené Brown asked us to dare greatly and spoke on the power of beautiful vulnerability, I learned some valuable wisdom on the subject from another one of my guiding lights, David Whyte. My sister and I went to hear my poet crush, David Whyte, speak at the Washington, DC National Cathedral.  it was April […]

3 Stretches That Will Improve Your Art

Did you know that a tight body can adversely affect and be reflected in your work? Brush strokes appear hesitant and controlled. Stitching looks tight and tense. Your writing may be stilted and lacking flow. Maybe your body is so tight there is no flow at all. May I recommend 3 stretches that will improve […]