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Limited Choices Make Jane A Creative Girl

When there are too many choices, many choose nothing at all. Many years ago, in my 1990s, dollmaker days, I took a class with renowned American craft artist and pioneer in the art-doll movement, Akira Blount. Akira lived in the Tennessee foothills of the Smoky Mountains, surrounded by the nature that inspired her later creations.  […]

How to Be a Song – The Creative Light the World Needs

We all have a creative song inside waiting to be sung. How to Be a Song… Country music singer Brett Eldredge made the rounds of morning news and talk shows recently promoting his new Christmas album. There’s a certain something about his presence and enthusiasm for the music that piqued my curiosity. Who is this […]

20 Creativity Books of 2016

I write about creativity to inspire and motivate you to be true to the creative force that you are.   If you’re anything like me, your idea of a good time is snuggling up with a good book, especially as an escape from the inevitable holiday hoopla. I always make sure to ask for a book […]

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, […]

The Dream Stage of the Creativity Gap

The Creativity Gap is any point in the creative process where you fall off the wagon – the spots between dream and do where you get derailed.  In this series, The 5 Stages of Creativity & You, I walk you through each stage of the creative process and show you how, why and where you may teeter and are […]

5 Stages of Creativity & You

The Creativity Gap Right now, societies are dying from creative starvation. So few understand that what they are seeking, their unnamed longing, the hole they want to fill can be manifested by their own creative expression. We have become a society of consumers of other people’s creativity and achievement rather than creators of our own.   If you are reading […]

25 Ways to Get More Art Time

You’ve got a great pair of hands.Put them to good use. To help you put them to good use, if you need it, I’ll send you 25 Ways to Get More Art Time. Read on. In case you missed it, I’m writing a book. It’s not another craft book. I’ve written plenty of those, but like that […]

Free Art Experience Plus a Giveaway

 I’ve got two great things to share with you today: #1 Sign up for the FREE online summit: The Painted Guru…Discover How Art Can Heal the Heart, Inspire the Soul and Soothe the Mind I’m one of the 21 speakers and will be sharing some valuable insight and awareness. In addition to me,  You’ll hear stories that […]

Thinking of you

You have been on my mind a lot. I thought about you while facilitating the life-changing Red Thread Retreat in Amsterdam (here’s our group photo.) You were on my mind while I was roaming the green, green countryside of Scotland, searching for the sacred. And yes, you were present in my thoughts as we celebrated my […]

Mother Teresa Was Self Centered

Mother Teresa was self centered. Before you fire off any objections, please read on. Mother Teresa was not was egotistical or selfish. (Did you notice there was a hyphen missing between self and centered?)  I am referring to the fact that Mother Teresa had a complete and full knowledge of her self – her soul, […]