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Thrive…

I have had an opportunity this past week to write about the power mental health can have over one's life and I continue to be amazed by the resiliency of people who have suffered trauma or even who have had a seeming "normal" life yet for unexplained reasons still are absorbed by illness. What keeps… Continue reading Thrive…

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Winter Wonderland

  Art is not a thing. It is a way. Elbert Hubbard   Well, my sweetie and are back from two amazing, snowy weeks in Colorado where we became really adept at putting on snow gear just to shovel out the truck! During that time, The Art of Sisterhood was announced for which I am… Continue reading Winter Wonderland

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Giving Thanks…

Today, I give thanks for: My Husband Time off work to cook with my Husband! My Family My Friends My Art Friends - local & online ART!!! Creativity Time off work for art and creativity! My Cats Travel Growth Opportunities - both pleasant and painful Afternoon naps in the sun Many more... Sending all of… Continue reading Giving Thanks…

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In The Precious Moments…

As most of you know, I work full-time in the mental heath field helping people with mental health conditions return to work.  This can be very satisfying and can also be very frustrating when we see people get stuck out of fear and lack of confidence.  We all experience that in different aspects of our… Continue reading In The Precious Moments…

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Leaning In…

On August 27th, I began David Limrite's ELEVATE course, a 4-month small group artist mentor-ship program.  I have been looking for something like this for quite a while, something that can offer me direction and focus and help me figure out what it is I'm doing with all of this creativity living inside of me.… Continue reading Leaning In…

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Taking Flight

"Any time you hesitate revealing who you are, picture yourself as a bird perched on a roof, wings tucked at your sides.  To enter a relationship without opening your heart is to jump off that roof without spreading your wings." - Mark Nepo This quote from Mark Nepo resonated with me on a personal level… Continue reading Taking Flight

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Art & Fear…

”The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections (or mistakes, if you’re feeling particularly depressed about them today) are your guides -- valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgmental guides -- to matters you need to reconsider or develop further.” -- David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and… Continue reading Art & Fear…

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A Little Whimsicality…

Just a bit of whimsy for your Monday!  The muse remains with me so I thought I'd share.  Keep your eye out because you will be seeing some of these girls in up-coming online workshops!! Cheers! Deanna

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Spring has Sprung!

After a winter filled with low energy and lack of inspiration, spring has finally sprung for me and my muse has returned!  So have my allergies!  The flowers are blooming, grass is being mowed, the hills are green and lush.  Nights are not quite warm enough for a cool drink on the front porch, but… Continue reading Spring has Sprung!

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Goals as Guidelines…

Every once in a while, I like to step back from what I'm doing, painting, creating, and just let things sit.  I like to reflect on what is it that I'm doing?  Am I painting and creating for myself?  Do I have a message to share with others through art?  If so, what is that… Continue reading Goals as Guidelines…