Organizing Arts and Craft Supplies

Making your art materials easily accessible is an important step towards creating art, and yet often what we artistic types avoid because it's not as easy as it seems. I recently moved into a new home and had the joy, and frustration, of setting up a new creative space. An important part of the set …

Setting up a Creative Space

"Setting up a Creative Space" gives you a sneak peek into my new arts and crafts room in process. Having a creative space to call your own is often essential for creating consistently. I can attest to this truth because I've been without an art room for the past 9 months and creativity has definitely …

Depression and the Artistic Temperament

If you’re an artistic soul, then you’ve battled depression, this enemy of soul. You’ve got this light, bright side most people see and admire, and then there’s the dark place only those closest to you know you crawl into at times. Berit Grogard D.M.Sci., Ph.D.’s article, “Positives of Depression on Artistic Expression,” presents a scientific …

Seasons of Silence

There are seasons of silence when the soul goes deep, crawling into a cocoon. We feel the urge to withdraw. We yearn to silence the noise, to figure out the important, to explore the possible. And while in our cocoon, new beginnings crack open and sprout roots—fledgling desires that burrow into the unknown. READ THE ENTIRE POST...

In Need of Grace to Paint and to Give

Why do I torture myself so? I ask myself this every time I start a new portrait. The beginning seems so easy: ideas grace the mind…an outline drawn…the hollow of a mystical person appears. But then it doesn’t take long for excitement to give way to feelings of helplessness as I enter into that dark space …

Pencil-Thin Purposes: When Dreams Disappoint

I peek through a windowpane on this frosty February morning in anticipation of a velvety blanket covering the road to work. Yet last night’s weather broadcaster’s boastings of severe snow conditions fell far short of my expectations; in fact, not even a pencil thin layer of puffiness materialized. “No snow day.” I pout. My husband …