• AEDM,  Big Dreams in Action,  Creative Growth

    Supernova Woman

    The Full Moon was waiting for me when I went outside this evening.  It surprised me.  I had been waiting for her, but I got busy with life.  Before I knew it she was there, hanging out on the edge of the neighborhood, wanting to play.  This is my first full moon after the end of my Touch the Moon e-course.  Offering that class was intense in the best way. It encouraged me to show up daily for several months and be in touch with that celestial beauty in the sky.  In turn, I was more in touch with myself. So here I am, a full moon in the sky…

  • AEDM,  Art Meets Life,  Challenges,  Healing Art

    New Traditions

    Remember when Thanksgiving was simple? You would get up early, waking to the smell of all the regular holiday favorites wafting down the hall, the sound of plates descending from their cabinet dwellings, and remember it was Turkey Day?  Turkey Day!  You had been waiting for a month for the time off from school, time to hang out with your cousins, time out in the backyard, the warm sun taking the chill off the newly cool air.  Then Mom would call everyone inside.  You found your place at the kids’ table, eyeballing the black olive plate and deviled eggs….and yes, the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, and all that jazz.  A…

  • AEDM,  Big Dreams in Action

    Making the Site Right

    Thanksgiving day was slow for me.  It started off with a quick but yummy meal with my hubby.  Most of the family was scattered this year, so it was just the two of us and lots of phone calls to loved ones.  After lunch it was time for him to go into work.  That left me and the cats hanging at the house.  I think in years past I might have gotten a bit down about that.  But this year I was happy to have some time to myself to indulge in my biggest obsession…. Creativity Tribe. Lots of plans are bubbling up around here. With the new year just…

  • AEDM,  Creative Growth

    The Creative Cycle

    The last month has been RICH with creative experience. First an art retreat. Paint Mojo Texas with Tracy Verdugo Then, I jumped into Art Every Day Month and began pumping out art for myself, my friends, and two art shows that I finished this weekend. At the end of this creative streak…I remembered the wisdom my friend Gail shared with me about the creative process.  I want to share that nugget with YOU. This process can be an essential element to safe-guarding your creative momentum. It can be scary to take a break because we think it means we might turn the creativity OFF.  But my experience is that it…

  • AEDM

    Double Feature Weekend

    I had a great weekend.  It started with a trunk show at Feather’s Beauty Lounge where my friends Amy and Charlotte set up with me for a great little artists’ corner in the mani-pedi room. Hey, our art matches that nail polish!  My dreamcatcher jewelry made a special appearance. The next day I set my table up at the Farmers’ Market with a painting station beside it. I painted all day long, creating small wooden canvases to which I will eventually add wire hangers dressed with beads. I even got a bit of help with my wooden pieces. ADORABLE!  I went back to painting today. These little pieces are addictive.…

  • AEDM,  Long Way Home

    City Chic {Long Way Home}

      One of my favorite past times is to spend a few minutes on either side of a trip downtown to explore the city.  I have lived in the same town most of my life.  The downtown was a place we went where I was very young to do a bit of shopping, but much of the posh department stores moved into the malls across town.  The downtown began to get run down.  In high school, the mayoral race focused on whether or not to revive downtown. By the time I graduated from college, the artists had moved in.  A lone coffee called Crazy Ladies was home to the artists,…

  • AEDM

    Checking IN about Checking OUT

    Oh, how I love being creative!  For me it is the essence of my life.  I don’t know what a day would look like without some sort of creative act or thought.  I am a Creative at my core.  So diving into my studio so fiercely the last several days has felt rewarding. I am getting ready for a trunk show tomorrow and an arts and crafts market the day after. Needless to say I won’t be sitting computer side sharing my creative sparks…..although I wish I could.  Instead, I am going to lovingly practice checking out for a few days while I do my thing.  When I can I…

  • AEDM

    Giving Heart

    Yesterday I wrote about this yearning I had to give more mindfully this year and to give in new ways.  Then, I turned around and found a beautiful affirmation of giving reflected to me by a dear friend.  I feel extremely blessed to have a very special circle of women who have been by my side as we have together discovered the exquisite nature of being a woman.  Milena Worsham of Running Buffulo Journeys is one of those special ladies. Our circle began forming about ten or so years ago.  We were all coming into our thirties or would be before long and were on fire with a desire to…

  • AEDM,  Creativity

    Make More Art from the Heart

    It’s been a whirlwind day.  I started by creating a care package for a dear friend who is going into the hospital tomorrow.  I created a few coloring pages for her with small poems circling around them, threw in a few black and white copies of my favorite drawings and a new zine my husband drew up last month.  I tucked inside one of my dreamcatchers and a few notes from some shared friends. Not long after that, my hubby and I drove out to meet her and her hubby. First I shared the care package, then we headed to dinner. It was a great visit. I have been thinking…

  • AEDM,  Creativity

    Art Making Marathon

    Yep, I am stretching, getting all pumped up, and ready, because this week I am going the extra mile. I’m doing an Art Making Marathon in the Creativity Tribe Studio. On the agenda: more wire dreamcatchers, a wire dragonfly, a few painted birdies, and some little paintings. …..and maybe a few other goodies!  My sister-in-law, Erica Duff, has a new salon that blends her love of doing hair with her love of handmade art.  Oh, and I can’t forget her love of all things feathered! Feather’s Beauty Lounge I few months ago I decked her walls out with some of my paintings, and now, for her first big event (a…