I Am An Artist

Creative Living

Creative Living

I just started reading the BEST book ever!!! “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear”  by Elizabeth Gilbert. She is the author of “Eat, Pray, Love.”  And wow! does she hit the nail on the head! I love this book so much that I bought it twice! Once so that I could both listen to it in an audio format, as it is read by the author herself! And the other to carry with me as a reference and reminder!

I have read many ‘Creative’ and inspirational books, but this one tops my list! I love how she relates so much of her own growth and insight. I’m not even half way finished, but these are some of the amazing highlights so far.

Acknowledge and accept FEAR. It’s a part of who we are. When we invite and acknowledge our fear, we can set aside the excuses!!! My excuses? Time, Opening up my soul, Being Good enough. I started my creative journey late in life, and as a refuge from a lifetime of loss, I approached the arts with a venue of relief and to find a bit of joy in my sorrow. There has always been something holding me back, not really allowing me to move forward. I’ve never really been sure of what it was, but I am now recognizing that it was the fear of acknowledging who I am. Now letting go of the condemning words that I heard so much in the past, and the fear that they were true.

“Defending yourself as a Creative person begins by defining yourself. It begins when you declare your intent. Stand up tall and say it aloud, whatever it is.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Declaring your intent. That’s something I teach in my yoga practice.  Ok, so now it’s time to live what I preach.  I stopped reading the book for a moment and said aloud, “I am an Artist” three times. And as I said it, I had goosebumps! Crazy, it felt weird, but powerful! Maybe I’ve never really believed in myself. Maybe that was part of my fear!

“You do not need anybody’s permission to live a creative life.” She said.  And she’s right, but I’ve always felt that I needed permission! Not being “allowed” to do so many things in my past, I was always feeling guilty, and wondering if I was being self-centered. I gave myself permission, only as long as I made it up in another way. Kind of like a bargaining chip. I would do this new class for myself, as long as I paid it back in many other ways. The fact is that there were so many ways that I was making up for my creative time, that it was taking away from my creative time.

“Creative Living” Elisabeth declares is a way of life. It is who we were meant to be. I guess I’ve always had this deep desire and this passion and ideas that seem to overflow, but out of fear I have held back. I’ve not completed projects.  Just when my creative energy begins to ignite, I find excuses or distractions that pull me back and away from accomplishing what I really need to work on. And so I said the lack of time was my excuse, but what if now I now make it my priority? Elizabeth talked of what happens when we don’t respond to the creative insight or energy, it goes away, it finds someone else who will take the time to bring this creative light to fruition.  My studio is overflowing with started projects and ideas. I have never had an inspirational block as some artists’ have. My block is just doing it. Making my time a priority. Making my passion come to life.

Maybe it’s time I start to believe in myself, my hopes, my passion. Let go of the fear of words or acceptance and acknowledge the divine creative being that is within me. Fear of not being good enough, or fear of being the best I can be with no regrets.  At my age, I’m tired of not really being me. I still have many fears. But tackling this one, It’s time to grow, and be me. I am an artist.


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Release to Restore


Studio Before

The theme of today’s yoga class, Release to Restore! Sorry to say that I usually preach what I need! The past couple of months of traveling and trying to meet deadlines took it’s toll on my Studio! Ugh! It’s such a mess, that it gives me a headache just looking at it! I sure wish I had a magic wand or could just wiggle my nose, and poof clean! Guess not.

Time to put things away, and like my yoga theme, release and let go of the crud. The stuff I don’t need! I have this huge room, how could it have gotten so full? Too much stuff! ok, so it’s time to let it go. In a few days, you will see a restored and clean Studio! So that I can mess it up again! Hopefully never this bad again.

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The very best Art Quilt Retreat!


Kitty love!


This is the only way to dye!


Breath taking views!


Show off! Shirt I just dyed.

I can’t wait! Art Quilt Tahoe is only 33 days away! It’s time to start preparing!  I look forward to this every year. This will be my 8th year! I’ve only missed one! I highly recommend this event! Not only do you get to learn from World renowned artists, but you meet and make wonderful friends and contacts from all over the nation! This is the link.

Contact me if you have questions or even if you just want to meet up!  I know it’s expensive but you will not regret it for one second. Love, love, love!

Hope to see all my new friends there! 🙂

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Just Begin! Working in A Series


Reach out and touch, this rree represents the love of God.


Like most artist’s, I’m having fun exploring, playing, and learning so many new techniques that I hate the thought of being restricted to just one subject or style. I’ve bounced around from subject to subject and from technique to technique where ever my whim or inspiration led. I’ve had a blast, and by all means would never give up on the creative aspect of exploring exciting and new techniques. That is the exact reason why I love the fiber arts so much! There are endless possibilities!!!!!  An artist would never get bored! 

As I move forward with my hopes and dreams of establishing a name for myself in the Fiber Arts, it’s time to BEGIN a body of work for show. That means it’s time to focus and pull all of my resources and inspirations together. The first step is always the hardest.

This is my plan of attack.  

I. BEGIN: Taking the first step.

Set aside fear, distractions, clutter, and commit by writing it down! For me, that means to focus. With so many obstacles, this will take a concerted effort on my part! Just do it!

II.  GOALS: Write it down.

Have a clear path to the end goal in sight. Shot for the stars, while realistacally keeping the pathway straight and free of detours that will hinder progression. Like a map, chart goals that will keep you from getting lost. Set a daily schedule and make it a habit! Prioritize your time, devoting a segment each day to move forward on your path.

III. SUBJECT: Find an element that has symbolic meaning.

Explore all your options, ideas, favorite things, photo’s, art and symbols. Research through your past work and subject matter. What are you naturally drawn to and identify with? What speaks to you?

One of my first fiber art pieces was the Tree of Life, as pictured above. I always come home to trees. They have special symbolic meaning to me.

Humble beginning, Growth in spite of drought, Strength amidst the storms, Beauty in every season, Substance, Rooted, Balanced, Resilient, offering shelter and fruit or service.

IV. MATERIALS: deciding which elements to incorporate.

Dyed fabrics, paints, sheers, special techniques. 

V. DESIGN: This is the backbone of a successful piece. 

While it’s fun to jump in and go simply by intuition, without the bones or structure a piece may quickly fall flat. I will often spend more time on preparing a piece for construction then the actual time putting the quilt together. 

I take careful consideration in the form, depth, balance, color scheme nod most importantly portraying my Theme. Always keeping in mind something of intrigue, or unexpected. 

Make several rough sketches both with pencil and watercolor.

VI. EMOTION: Write a statement of “What I want it to say.” What does this piece want to portray. Take time to ponder and to be inspired as the energy of this piece will evolve and come alive. The best part of being an artist is, creating something from nothing! Making it come alive from conception to birth. All powerful pieces of art, whether from someone famous or a 5 year old was created with passion! 

VII. UNIQUE: Make it yours! Try something new or add your special touch. 
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill

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Calm among Chaos

Kona Sunset

I heard this quote while on my recent travel. It has stayed with me, so I wanted to share it.

“Anyone can have peace on a Mountain, but only someone special can have peace among Chaos.” Buddah

I think of the storm tossed sea, and how Jesus Christ spread his arms and commanded the Sea to be still.  If He can calm the raging sea, He can calm my troubled heart.  My faith in Him will allow my soul to be at peace even when I feel the beginning of a storm. Rest assured that all will be well.

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Flaming Hot!

Hearth of The Home

Hearth of The Home




The “Hearth of the Home” was made this past summer for an old High School Classmate. She approached me on this the year before, and I wasn’t sure exactly what had in mind, but gave it a try. When I saw it on her Hearth! I was very pleased at how it turned out.

I used hand dyed silk organza, discharged black fabric for the wood and I used hand dyed silk and other sheers to create this piece. It is embellished with Swarovske crystals and shimmery metallic threads.

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A little Jet Lag.

20150910_063222Attending the doTERRA Conference in SLC Utah! It was so exciting and full of knowledge! I love this stuff!

Arriving home Friday late to leave the next morning for San Antonio for a week. Again arriving home late Friday to waking up early for Huron SDQG Retreat on Saturday!

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A little crazy! From attending the doTERRA Convention in SLC then flying off to San Antonio for my ArtCloth Mastery Class back to back.

While in San Antonio, I learned that one of my teachers for the South Dakota State Quilt guild retreat cancelled! The retreat was scheduled for the same weekend  that I was returning home. She gave me 3 days notice without even the courtesy of calling or discussing her concerns with me! This incredibly unprofessional action placed myself and SDQG board members into a terrible scramble mode to cover her classes and program with basically no time. Thank Heaven it worked out, sometimes we just do what we have to do. I feel like I’ve just ran through an obstacle course this week! I ended up arriving home at 11:30 pm Friday night. Stayed up all night gathering things up for the class the following day. Then driving the 90 minutes the following morning to Huron, SD for the class to start by 8 am.  The good news is that the class went well. The class was originally quilting up antique hankies to mount in a frame or use as a placemat.

I 20150919_112847taught some design techniques and free-motion quilting to use on their adorable old hankies.Hankie

I also gave a little show – n – tell of some of the goodies I brought back from San Antonio. IMG_20150919_111457_582

To end the crazy two week travel, I left the retreat early to drive 70 miles to a wedding!

A little jet lag today! Remembering the wonderful time down on the Riverwalk and Rosario’s and missing my new friends.

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