Beauty Grows in Unexpected Places

Have you ever found yourself in a tough spot? Maybe things didn’t go as you’d planned. Or maybe you feel trapped in circumstances beyond your control.  Often life feels like rocks you’ve got to find a way to grow up and out of despite the seemingly impossible situations. I took the first two photos during …

Art Heals the Soul

Listen to the painting paired with the song that inspired her: https://youtube.com/shorts/hiGcKnbdlxw The story behind Deborah Keily Hanson and my collaborative project, Golden Butterfly of Chiang Mai, is so amazing that I wanted to share her account with you: “I was really inspired by your painting of the Rose. I have been dealing with long …

Creative Blocks

What are your creative blocks? For us artistic types, the battle begins in the brain. Not only in mastering skills needed for our art form(s). Fears of moving forward. Tendencies to devalue our own creativity time. Struggles to organize our creative spaces and art supplies. Insecurities over sharing our artistry with others. If you relate, …

Making Peace with Empty Spaces

“You’d think with two photographers, and one who is also an artist, we’d have something on our walls.” My husband grumbled. 3 years has passed since we bought our home and still no wall décor.  “We’ve both agreed on a wine country theme for the dining room,” I added apologetically, "since we live in wine …

How to Overcome the Creative Block of Fear

“In order to learn the important things in life, one must surmount a fear each day.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Fear is a formidable creative block for many reasons and manifests in many forms. Here are a few I've encountered along my artistic journey. Fear of Failure Creativity requires you to venture into the unknown where possible …

Prioritizing People, Projects, and the Practical

Trying to balance these three essentials can cause consternation for the creative.  We want to be present for people, but not to the point where we don’t have time for our projects.  Projects are important—from home improvements to artistic endeavors. Yet, life can’t just be all about projects at the expense of people. And then …

Time Management for the Creative Change your Mindset

It’s as if the two sides of my brain collide; the artistic, unrestrained, go with the flow crashes against my responsible self.  Do whatever you want whenever you want wars with organize thyself.  Chase after every idea butterfly as opposed to schedule a time to clean your toilet.  Elya loves to paint butterflies! Paint away …

The Rose Blossoming in the Father’s Love

Artist and writer, Diane Bailey, posted a painting on Instagram of a woman with angel’s wings, holding a red rose. The descriptor read: “The Soul of a Woman - and when she believed she was loved, she began to bloom.” When I read this, I instantly remembered a promise the Lord had given me when …

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