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My Other Lover Saved My Marriage

We celebrated 46 years of marriage recently – WOW. It really was love at first sight. We were madly in love soulmates. When I got married at 18, many were skeptical that it would last. But those with their doubts really didn’t know me. I have a knack for making things work. We’re still madly in […]

Where are YOUR Creativity Gaps?

The places where you get stuck in the creativity process are your Creativity Gaps. For me it’s the DESIGN phase of the creative process. I don’t have any problem being in this phase. It’s actually my favorite part of the creative process so I want to stay there.  Designing = possibilities. Design is all about choices. It is […]

Become the Creative Force You Were Born to Be

Google the term ‘creativity experts’ and you get a long list that is similar to the list you get when you Google ‘famous artists’ – the majority are men. Thankfully, there has been a recent upsurge in the number of women who have become a creative force: Elizabeth Gilbert, Twyla Tharp, Jan Phillips and Julia Cameron, to […]

52 PickUp – A Year of Creative Accountability

  Make 2017 YOUR year to Get motivated Stay on track Stay inspired Stay focused Stay accountable to your dreams  Join Lesley Riley for a year of accountability, inspiration & motivation delivered weekly to your inbox. Due to popular demand, 52 PickUp is back again A year of creative support beginning Thursday, January 5th, 2017, […]

In TRW: 2 How-Tos

I like to think of the real world (TRW)  as everything that is happening outside of my studio. When I’m in the studio, I’m in a world of my own creating – my world. That said, here are 2 projects/classes/events that I am thrilled to be participating in (in person or in spirit) out in TRW […]

Artist ASAP Registration Open

Back by popular demand, my Artist ASAP online class begins again on October 7. REGISTER NOW! Artist ASAP is the ARTIST SUCCESS ACTION PROGRAM. It is a self-guided class I created after years of coaching other artists to the successful realization of their dreams. I know not everyone can afford, or wants one-on-one coaching, but I still […]

The Declaration of YOU!

The Declaration of You, published by North Light Craft Books and available now, gives readers all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! This post is part of The Declaration of You’s BlogLovin’ Tour, which I’m thrilled to participate in alongside […]

There’s Something Big Going on Over at Artist Success

As soon as possible – that’s what you want and how you want it, right? Who doesn’t? Remember Veruka Salt in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, “I want it nowwwwwwwww! Here’s the truth of the matter. The only thing standing between you and what you want now is…..YOU. And I have come up with […]

Artist Fails to Communicate

It’s not like I haven’t been doing anything. Since I last wrote in (gulp) October, I have:

Completed my next book, Create with Transfer Artist Paper due out this May
Launched my new coaching website,
Artist Success
Launched a new survey with a groovy prize for those who respond by February 15th.

Can You Do It Alone?

This is an exciting week. First of all, I am the Guest Curator on Jenny Doh’s Crescendoh.com community website. Please visit and check out my Art Saves story and some of my favorite links – new links every day all week! Jenny Doh was, for the longest time, editor of Somerset Studios. It seems we […]