Masquerade Mask: Journey into the Artistic Soul

If eyes are the window to the soul, then a masquerade mask frames these portals. Eyes transform into mystical moorings when peering out through a mask. We find this inexplicable desire to venture inside the mind of the masked artist to discover why she creates. The artistic person frames her soul’s windows with various art …

Returning to your Place of Peace

One of the greatest challenges for the artistic soul is to sequester time! Too many commitments crowd the margins of one’s life, spilling unrest into much-needed spaces. Before you know it, quiet mornings usually spent painting or writing now churn with anxious thoughts. You stop prioritizing what you want to do and get caught up …

Art Takes Courage

Art Takes Courage Courage to create without restraint. Courage to try something new you never dreamed you could do. Courage to push away from a project until more inspiration graces. Courage to return to a project and produce imperfection. Courage to share your imperfection with the world. Without courage, art hides in the shadows frightened …

The Ebb and Flow of Artistic Ambition

Every creative experiences the ebb and flow of artistic ambition. Whatever your creative expression is, you feel the phenomenon. One day you’ve got it—enthusiasm bubbles over and your art form flows. Then the unexpected happens. The desire, chutzpah, passion, or however you describe artistic ambition, evaporates until the once flowing stream becomes a dry riverbed. …

The Anomaly of Artistic Expression

Artistic desire inks the human spirit’s fingers, and we leave unique expressions whenever we touch canvas, clay, or camera. Yet unlike the patterns on the tips of our fingers that permanently identify us, an artist’s experience is ever-evolving. Whether darkness or light resides within, we glimpse what troubles or delights the soul through what an artist …

Color: Pushing Past Pencil

The following is an excerpt from a post I just featured on my creativity website. I share it as a tribute to all of us right-brainers out there living in a left-brained world. Color: Pushing Past Pencil Color entices and yet terrifies me, and I’ve always wondered why. Author Betty Edwards explains in her book, Drawing …

Day 7 “In Search of my Blogging Identity”-Self-Disclosure

Recently I posted a piece explaining why I love masks; they remind me of trying on new identities. Today, I explore a different perspective. Masks also speak to me of hiding my identity from others.   Dark, mysterious masks inexplicably draw me. As if some unseen force lures. I imagine what the former masquerade balls were …

A Time for Taking Inventory

As I look towards the New Year and coming decade, the desire to take a personal inventory prevails. My burgeoning artistic projects and passions have become unruly. Like a plant that outgrows pot and climbs up and over the garden wall; runners stretch out in all directions while roots dig deeply firmly into my life's soil. So much to …

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