When the going gets tough, KEEP GOING…

I completed another two lessons in the Lifebook course. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to make art…

They each have different things that attracted me to the lesson. Subsequently, each taught me something valuable.  The feather project from Alisa Burke was an eye catcher. I was excited to draw feathers simply because I love them, but her words were much more inspiring to me than the process of drawing a feather. Thanks to Alisa, I now have a field sketchbook and will spend more time outdoors sketching and collecting information and ideas that will help me grow into the artist I strive to become.

feather trio

As for the feathers, they are on my wall as a reminder to be original.

The second lesson I completed this week is by Juliette Crane. I think her subject matter and style are both cute and happy.  I have not done a painting like this before, and it was a challenge. I started out excited, found myself somewhere in the middle thinking, ‘Oh forget it” then pushing through with the notion ‘You don’t need to show anyone if it doesn’t work out”

Moonset Owl

Well, it worked out and it was relaxing actually, once I decided I did not need to show anyone.  This taught me persistence and the fact that a painting can always be rescued.

Life ‘Book’ Lessons

This year is zooming by so fast. It seems every year goes by faster than the last, and the last few have been a big blur really.

This year has also been filled with making more art than ever before.

Up Close

Since January I have been involved with the Lifebook group.  (there is still time to join, click the link for more information) Each week a new lesson appears in my inbox. Not just an art lesson, but something to think about, to search deep inside and to reflect on while MAKING ART.

LifeBook 2015

I have been discovering a lot about myself and these thoughts tend to fill my daily activities. This weeks lesson was no different, Jane Davenport was the teacher of the week, and her lesson was ‘drawing on your inner and outer world’ Well if that doesn’t give you something to think about. Hmmm.


I get my lessons on Mondays, I mull them over in my mind until Wednesdays when my Lifebook sisters and I get together and create the art from the lesson. Then I have the rest of the week to reflect, and perfect, both about the art and the lesson or concept.


So even though this year is going by fast, it is not such a blur. I have physical tangible art. When I look at the pieces I made, I have personal recollections about what I was experiencing in my life each week. Yeah for Liebook in so many ways.

Heartfelt Thoughts

Well, it’s Wednesday, so that means another week of Lifebook with Tam at Willowing.org.

Heart layers

This week, we are embracing ‘Gratitude’ with a layered heart project.  The creating of the actual hearts was done with some Lifebook sisters and we always have a fun day making art together.

journal time

As I was alone finishing up the personal side of the project, the journaling, and reflecting, I was thinking about what I am grateful for. There are some pretty obvious things that stand out, my family, my home, my life and the fact I am able to create the space to make art. Then I dug deep into my thoughts and feelings as to WHY I create art…. What is is that makes me crave it so much, what is my purpose, why I feel a need to share it with people.


I realized that  creating art, letting myself learn by doing and produce a tangible item, learning new techniques from new people, gaining knowledge, is very rewarding. However SHARING, it’s the sharing , the connectedness that makes me really happy and joyful inside. When I can help someone learn something new, teach them a new technique, guide them help them produce a tangible item that makes them happy, Then my heart is truly fulfilled. So I will go forth and share my knowledge and love of creating and helping others find happiness along the way.

finished Layers of my Heart project