Use your Imperfect Talents

Use what talents you possess. For the world would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang the best. –Henry Van Dyke Self-doubt is definitely one of the main culprits that keeps me from using my artistic talents. Pressure to be perfect discourages me from sharing them with others: I can’t put that …

Masquerade Masks: Ideas for Decorating

Whether you make your own masquerade mask or buy a blank one online, decorating your mask is a fun creative project packed full of potential for self-expression. Recently, my daughter, Andy, decorated some masks for her dance group. She used acrylic paints, glitter glue, ribbon, and feathers. Here is a photo of Andy applying glitter …

Follow, Create, Love Completely

God’s Spirit cannot be controlled nor marketed, like so much of life is these days. Like a wild, snapping wind, this unseen power defies human will, sliding through grasping fingers and roaming freely. The best we, who profess to believe, can do is to try to follow…to create, and to love completely. We attempt to …

The Evolution of a Mixed Media Collage

I've been on a real bird kick lately, and this mixed media piece evolved from a poem I wrote and a photo my husband took in Yosemite National Park, California. I entitled the poem, "Broken Promises." I needed a red-breasted robin so I could create a visual poetry piece, so I dug through past pics until …

Creative Buzz

One of the reasons I decided to blog was to find other kindred spirits—like-minded people who loved what I loved. The concept of ongoing, online conversations about everything from writing and art to obstacles and overcoming intrigued me. Blogging added to my artistic tools and helped me to pursue creativity in a new way. READ …

Organize your Creative Space

I’ve been on a quest to organize my creative space—the reclaimed art room now mine, once again, since my daughter moved out, once again. I wanted to rekindle my artistic desires, but my art room languished in clutter. So I set out to clean up the mess and embark on a redecorating adventure. My creative …