Viva la difference! (or – what is an art quilt?)

I was recently asked what makes a quilt ART.   Some people have made all kinds of quilts that they […]

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the consequences of failure

You fail only if you stop.Ray Bradbury You made a mess. You had something in mind, you tried something new, and […]

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less is more: simple isn’t easy

One of the first things I thought of when I decided it was time to embrace the concept of is my closet. […]

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less is more: good, better, best

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The Business of Being an Artist: Ann Fall on selling your work in teaching venues

Ann Fahl is a quilter I’ve admired from the very beginning of my art quilting days. In fact, I still […]

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showing your work – what are your goals?

What are your motivations for showing your artwork?

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showing your work – local venues

You’re an artist – show your work! An essay about local venues for art.

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Creative Wisdom: What sings to your soul?

Quite a while ago I took a workshop with the fabulous Lesley Riley. It was a creative coaching type class […]

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Creative Wisdom – fake it till you become it!

One fun, new thing that has been happening in my studio with the addition of a large screen desktop computer, […]

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Notice Joy!

“A multitude of small delights constitutes happiness.”  Charles Boudelaire Photo from the Little Chocolate Kitchen blog

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Creative Wisdom: Own It – Lesley Riley

Here is some lovely wisdom from Lesley Riley – reposted with her permission. Own It There appears to be a […]

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Lyric’s Lyricisms: Art and Kung Fu

The following is an excerpt from June’s Lyric’s Lyricisms Newsletter. If you like what you see you can subscribe via […]

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Creative Wisdom: Creative People

Today’s creative wisdom is brought to you through the kind permission of the artist Kim Phillips. It was originally posted on […]

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Encourage Joy!

It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day, do […]

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Creative Wisdom: Luana Rubin

Luana Rubin is the owner of Equilter.com – the internet’s largest quilting supply store. And she is an amazing woman. […]

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Creative Wisdom: Don’t hold yourself back

I heard an interview with Sheryl Sandberg on the Diane Rheme show today and something she said caught my ear. […]

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Creative Wisdom: do what you love

“My experience is when you’re young, you are quickly going through the list of what you can’t do, looking for […]

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Creative Wisdom: Goal Setting from Alisa Burke

I’ve enjoyed following the creative journey of the artist Alisa Burke over the past year as she and her husband […]

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Creative Wisdom: do what you love

“[I]t’s worth recognizing that there is no such thing as an overnight success… I still haven’t drawn the strip as […]

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Creative Wisdom: resting

January is a cold month. Dark. It feels as though my creativity and energy is also coming and going along […]

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Creative Wisdom from Lynn Krawczyk: i {heart} bad art

This is from Lynn Krawczyk and posted with permission. I read it and said to myself…… EXACTLY!!! (see chapter 1 […]

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Creative Wisdom: baby steps

Turn off your computer: go to the library. Bring your sketchbook along. Randomly open books (over in the non-fiction section) […]

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Creative Wisdom: baby steps

Today – Taking Care of Business. You know there is at least one thing on your list of stuff to […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

Today’s creative baby step – find another pile or mess that is in the way of your creative space and clean […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

I’ve just spent the entire day at the middle school, working with their horn players – and recruiting a few […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

Remember what we’ve done so far? Cleaned off a spot or two, made a list, picked out a photo for […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

Today has been a very busy day with appointments that have kept me away from the studio. So what to […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

How is it going so far? I’ve been trying out these baby steps in and effort to stop wasting so […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

The weather has turned – from hot and sweaty to crisp and blue and… it’s just my FAVORITE!!!! So there […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

Welcome back – did you have a lovely weekend? I did. I played Dominoes with the family, spent three hours […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start. ~Charles Baudelaire~ […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

“Those who will not start, will never finish.” Jack Adams Take a baby step into your creative place – Right […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps

Take a baby step – into your creative place. Right now switch over to your photo files and choose one […]

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Creative Wisdom: Baby Steps…

And so we begin. Each weekday this month I’m going to post a little prompt – some tiny thing you […]

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Creative Wisdom: Time for Art

“Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that […]

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Creative Wisdom: Begin Again

“Every artist was first an amateur.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Spring is a time for new beginnings. I am always enthralled […]

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Creative Wisdom/Faces on Friday: doing the work

I’ve been thinking about my favorite subject again. Why is it that people are afraid of drawing? I say this almost every […]

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Creative Wisdom: Robert Genn’s Five Skills Worth Learning

Zen (detail) by Lyric Kinard I subscribe to Robert Genn’s newsletter (link below) and this particular post struck a chord. […]

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Creative Wisdom: The Gap Between Art and Taste

This quote from Ira Glass, the host of the radio program “This American Life” speaks to something I think I’m STILL […]

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Creative Wisdom from Pixar’s John Lasseter 7 of 7

John Lasseter’s 7 Points (by way of Scribble Junkies) 7. Surround yourself with creative people whom you trust. “Bring only those new […]

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Creative Wisdom from Pixar’s John Lasseter 6 of 7

John Lasseter’s 7 Points (by way of Scribble Junkies) 6. Creative output always reflects the person on top. “Poor managers harm the […]

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Creative Wisdom from Pixar’s John Lasseter 5 of 7

John Lasseter’s 7 Points (by way of Scribble Junkies) 5. Fun invokes creativity, not competition. (paraphrased: It’s fun that invokes creativity. Competition […]

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Creative Wisdom for Pixar’s John Lasseter 4 of 7

John Lasseter’s 7 Points (by way of Scribble Junkies) 4. It’s the team, stupid. “One of the most popular questions is always […]

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Creative Wisdom from Pixar’s John Lasseter 3 of 7

John Lasseter’s 7 Points (by way of Scribble Junkies) 3. Quality is a great business plan. Period. “There is a crucial rule: […]

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Creative Wisdom from Pixar’s John Lasseter 2 of 7

John Lasseter’s 7 Points (by way of Scribble Junkies) 2. Remember the first laugh. “A big problem in the creative process is […]

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Creative Wisdom from Pixar’s John Lasseter 1 of 7

John Lasseter We recently watched a documentary called “The Pixar Story.” Lots of great information about John Lasseter and Steve […]

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