This week has been about painting.  First I did a lesson for Effy Wild's Book of Days that I fell in love with:

Fairy Tale Princess

I loved this so much that I did a small version for Painting 1 (which probably needs a better name) of my 100 Paintings project:

Fairy Girl 1

I expect that some version of this will show up in my painting a few more times.  There's just something about her and about painting her that makes me very happy!

I also updated my About page a bit if you'd like to take a look at that. It's not complete, but it's more current.  And updating that page is step one in getting more good stuff onto the site.  I have a coaching circle in the works (I was hoping to have it ready to share last week, but I think I will have it ready for you this week).  I have a couple of workshops and some tutorials that I'm working on that will start showing up over the summer.  All kinds of good stuff going on over here.  Do you think it's the fairy princess and her magic?  I like to think so.

What about you?  What's magic in your world this week?  What's in the works, in the planning, in your dreams?  Put it out here and let's give it some energy!



I'm a few days late with this post this week. You may have noticed. It's been a busy week, and I got off track. Part of the busy-ness was a guest post from Morgan Dragonwillow about her new book of poetry, Wild Woman Waking, with photography by Tui Snider.  If you haven't checked out the post and the book, go have a look.  It's good stuff.

So what else have I been up to?  I got a new laptop, and I'm feeling all fancy and techy.  Still setting it up, but I am loving having a fully functional computer again.  I've also been up to this:

This is a background in my Book of Days.  I loved it so much, I had to let it sit for awhile before putting anything else on it.
This is a background in my Book of Days for Effy Wild's class. I loved it so much, I had to let it sit for awhile before putting anything else on it.

And then these:

These are some pages from my sketchbook for Lisa Sonora Beam's Dreaming on Paper.
These are some pages from my sketchbook for Lisa Sonora Beam's Dreaming on Paper.

I am working at getting back on track and writing more articles and things to put here.  I have been visiting with Lull--a wonderful muse we work with in Kaizen-Muse™ Creativity Coaching whom I don't spend enough time with.  But with the coming Spring I am finally feeling like I'm rested and ready to stir things up around here, bring in some new energy and get things rolling.  First, though, I need to get a few things back in order after this odd week of everything happening out of turn and at different times than normal (I blame the time change!).

What do you do when things get off track in your life?  Any hints and tips the rest of us can use to get back on track?





Last week's BOD 2014 lesson really caught my imagination.  I've already done it in two different sizes and different media, and I want to do more.  I'm even thinking of doing it on canvas and hanging it in my studio, I love it that much.

I did this one in my small practice journal.  It's done in Pitt pastel pencils and charcoal.
I did this one in my small practice journal. It's done in Pitt pastel pencils and charcoal.
This one is a full two-page spread in my art journal. It's done in acrylic paint and charcoal over stamped tracing paper.

I purposefully put in seven figures, partially because that's what was shown in the tutorial and partially because I like sevens.  Then, this morning when I shared it in the class group, someone commented on all of the sevens in the piece.  I hadn't noticed, but I put seven stars across the top and another seven down the side.  Fun serendipity!

Have you even discovered accidental symbolism or meaning in any of your work?  I kind of want to go back through other pages and see what else I might find.  I'll keep you posted.


Last week was a full one in the world of creating.  I did a full moon art journal spread (for Moonshine), a really fun mandala spread (for BOD 2014), and then a cute and quick February spread in my No Excuses journal.  Here's a snippet of the three pieces:


I also tried out a new recipe over the weekend (chicken divan, really good and I will be making it again with a few tweaks), started Finding Your Photo Style on Big Picture Classes (with many thanks to Mortal Muses--I won their giveaway for this spot in the class).  I also set up a little journal for practicing faces and alphabets.

Do you ever have days or weeks like this, where you seem to be creating and arting and making things all over the place?  Do you do anything to help trigger these really prolific, creative times, or do they just come to you?  They seem to just come to me accidentally, but I am examining things that might bring them on so I can maybe have more of these fun, creative jackpots more often.


This week in BOD 2014, we did a spread on our word of the year ("intuitive" for me).  My penchant for sparkly paint is really thwarting me these days.  The camera does not love shimmery paint and glitter.  Her hair is actually a delightful plummy-purple glitter paint, but looks shiny brown here.  I really love this spread with her flowery thoughts and closed eyes--she seems very peaceful and contemplative to me.

Intuitive 1

Anyhow, that's what I've been up to.  What's everyone else been up to this week?  Make anything fun?

A couple of cool links:



Another quick ROW80 check-in.  It's late, the weekend was fun and busy, and I am tired but in that really good, accomplished way.

This weekend, I immersed myself in lessons on stretching outside my comfort zone.  I spent most of two days making and painting the cover on an art journal:

Book of Days Cover
For Effy Wild's Book of Days class. Check it out at http://effythewild.com

For the sake of getting to bed on time, I'm going to make this really easy on myself and skip the detailed list.  I'm on track with my goals and looking forward to the coming week when I am planning to get in a couple of longer writing sessions. I'm also figuring out when I can fit in some editing time since I have a short story I want to get ready for submission. See you Wednesday with more.