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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, […]

Art – What is it for?

For every piece in a museum, gallery, show, book, magazine or shop, there are 1000s languishing in closets, basements, attics, under the bed or buried under piles of all the other “stuff” you’ve made. Do you respect your art – these things, objects, words, creations that you make? This last stage of the creative process – DELIVER – […]

Confidence & 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. Since Graham Wallas’ 1926 model of the creative process, the first of its kind, the focus of creativity has been on the process, not the person.  In this series, The 5 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This One Thing Turned Her Life Around

  We all have stories. The lovely, magical even, thing about life is that we get to control how our stories goes. And even better, we get to be the hero of our own stories. Or we can be the victim, the damsel in distress, the unlucky sidekick or the one standing on the sidelines. How […]

It’s Not a Lack of Time

I know what you want. You want more me time. A lucky few have the luxury of time, and even then, many give away their power to control it. You can’t walk in a bookstore, see a magazine or surf the net without finding tips, tricks, techniques and “guaranteed!” solutions on time management. A quick Google search yielded 493 million results. […]

Creating Art in the Midst of Everyday: Real Information for Real People

This is me, writing to you. I have created a career in the arts by snatching, scrounging, begging, borrowing and stealing time and space from my busy, family centered life. I raised not one or two, but six children (youngest now in college) who have blessed me with six grandchildren – all girls, so far. Typical […]