Category Archives: Musings on Life

An inspired podcast about “Why bother?”

You think you know someone, and then you listen to a podcast that launches your understanding to a brand-new level. I just finished listening to Episode 14 , “Making It Look Easy” with Liz Steel and host Nishant Jain on … Continue reading

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“The chatter is what’s the matter . . .”

Don’t you agree? The chatter in our head is often the only thing holding us back from happily giving sketching a try, or anything else for that matter. That sweet little brain of ours is trying so hard to keep … Continue reading

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Never plagiarize: copy instead!

According to the dictionary, plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.” We can all agree that plagiarism is a very bad idea; even if you don’t get caught, you’re … Continue reading

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Your dent may be your gift

Okay, I’m outing myself. I’m two weeks post-op from a surgery that didn’t deliver the outcome the surgeon planned, but also didn’t go as bad as it might have. Why am I sharing that here, though? “Where words and watercolor … Continue reading

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To Women Artists Everywhere

I stumbled across this while looking for something else in my art archives. Notice it is from twenty-eight years ago. Those shoes still fit.  

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The Cha-Cha of Confidence

You may have noticed I haven’t written much about sketching, or watercolor, or art supplies lately. Instead, I seem to be fixated on writing about how to best use one’s time for the most pleasant result at the end of … Continue reading

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Your lists may be stopping you

There’s one sure-fire way to take yourself out of this beautiful present moment: Make a List. With the most innocent of intentions, many of us start the day by sitting down with a fresh piece of paper, jotting down the … Continue reading

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Enough, Equanimity, and Selective Indifference

Enough What a powerful word. Even in these days of pandemic semi-lockdown, it is still easy to get the sense you are not doing ‘enough.’ That thought can be in my head before I even fully awaken in the morning! … Continue reading

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Grounded…but in a good way

I gave myself another treat today—as my reward for donning shoes and a visor and a mask and venturing forth into the semi-safe great outdoors for some welcome exercise, I indulged in an iced coffee and a sweet at my … Continue reading

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Gentle Momentum

I was talking with a friend recently about the difference between inspiration and duty. Sure enough, within 12 hours, I came across not one but three webinars whose focus was on just that, so here we are. Have you ever … Continue reading

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