September 30

In My Studio – September 30


Here’s what’s been happening in my studio…

Nothing new to show you today, but September was a fun month. I finished 10 paintings that I’d started but never completed, and I had my first public showing at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library.

Heart Of A Girl Postcard

Showing my paintings in public was scary. I must admit that I had plenty of moments filled with self-doubt and fear, but everyone was so supportive and generous. Thank you to all who encouraged me. I was delighted beyond belief to be invited to display again in August 2014.

This Week’s Inspiration

In 2013, I’m doing Inspiration Mondays and Results Thursdays. Every Monday, I’ll post a painting “inspiration” and then on Thursdays, I’ll post how I’m interpreting that inspiration. For October, I’m taking my inspiration from the great ideas you all have given me. In fact, I received so many suggestions, they will take me through the rest of the year. Here’s the list…

Daisy, Bella & Roxy – Autumn

Urban Hounds – Autumn, All Hallows Eve, Harvest & Halloween (old school)

Amy – Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz (75th anniversary of the movie), Poinsettia Girl, Snow Faerie Girl, Identical Twins, “It’s a Small World” 3 girls of different ethnicities together & Bunny and Flattery as girls

Graceful Greyhounds – Winter

Molly The Wally – Fall

Roxy the Traveling Dog – Fall

Animal Lover, Quilt Lover – Dog

Tales And Tails – Harvest, Orange, Halloween & Fairy Tale

Dip-Dip and The Bridge – Nostalgia & Vintage

Two Greyhound Town – Fall

Peaceful dog – Ocean

Mollie & Alfie – Bare branches on trees & Dew on the grass

Greyhounds CAN Sit – Happiness

You all certainly didn’t disappoint! If I missed anyone’s inspiration idea, it was completely unintentional. Please let me know in the comments or send me an email. I promise that I will do every one of these. Let’s start with…AUTUMN.

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September 29

Creative Thursday – Week 3


For the next few weeks, I’m reading the book Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne.

Creative Thursday is a book about learning to make creativity a daily habit. Over the last few years, I have made creativity a priority, but just like any habit or practice, it requires consistent attention.

Creative Thursday

Chapter 4, Commitment, talks about committing to the practice of creativity and establishing it as a habit in your life. Marisa gives several ideas to help you towards that goal and towards setting accountability. The first suggestion was to write a blog. This made me chuckle because writing a blog is my number one accountability partner.

Chapter 5, Setting a Time Limit, was of particular interest to me because I’ve recently been hard on myself for not feeling motivated. Since I’m starting a new job, I’m expending a lot of energy focusing on learning my new position. I want to be gentle with myself, but I do realize that I can’t use that as an excuse. Even with what I perceive as less time to paint, I still have time. I’m working on this.

Chapter 6, Redefining the Role of Perfection, is a chapter that will strike home with many of us. At times, I’ve felt perfectionism is one of the biggest negatives in my life. Over the years, I’ve let go of a lot of my perfectionistic tendencies, but they are always lurking. This chapters strives to put the role of perfection into proper perspective. Marisa defines perfection as “a desire to create with excellence.” I like this definition. It lines up with her encouragement to “increase the self-love, decrease the self-judgment.”

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September 28

Personal Care


Every week, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

This was my first week at my new job, so my Artist Date was simple…a home manicure and facial.

Simple Artist Date

It re-energizes me to be quiet and freshen up a bit.

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September 27

Poetry & Kindness 33.0


Every Friday, I share a poem. Friday is also the day I post a prompt of something you can do to make the world a kinder place. I call this the Kind is Kool challenge.

I offer both the poem and the kindness challenge without any obligation, so “Comments” are turned off every Friday. Enjoy.

Poetry 33


He Prayeth Best Who Loveth Best

“He prayeth best who loveth best
All things, both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.”

Louisa May Alcott


Kind is Kool Challenge

Kind Is Kool 500x200

Week 33 Challenge – Write a letter to an actor, musician, writer or artist whose work has touched your life.

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September 26

Inspiration Results – September 26


Every Monday, I post a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I post how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things.

This month, I’m committed to finishing paintings I’ve started but never completed. So my inspiration for the month of September is FINISHING WHAT I STARTED. Here are a few paintings I finished…

Finish Girl 6

Well, almost finished. I think I’d like to float some color behind each of them to make them stand out more.

Finish Girl 7

After I finish up some paintings in September, I would love for October’s “inspirations” to come from you. Do you have an idea for me? If so, please leave a comment with your inspiration idea. It can be a word, a story, an idea, a time period, a book, a song…whatever you can think of.

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September 25

Every Day Ugly – Part 7


This year, I’ve been doing an “Every Day Ugly” post on the second Wednesday of every month. Oops! This month, I’m a couple weeks off. What is “Every Day Ugly?” I look around at all the things I use the most, to make sure those are my “best” things. This series was inspired by my friend, Amy, who noticed that some of the ickiest things she owned were the things she used the most. She wanted to change that to make sure that her every day life was filled with beautiful, functional things. This inspired me to take a look around and make sure that I wasn’t saving “the best” for days that rarely come.

This month’s update comes from my friend, Amy, who for under $100 replaced these 20-year-old blinds…

Window Coverings 1

…with this new look. In her words, “So much nicer to look at and out of.”

Window Coverings 2

Thank you, Amy for sharing this wonderful inspiration.

I would love to have you join in. If you have some plain thing that you make beautiful, send me a picture or pictures and tell me about it at

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September 24

A Package Opened


WS Package Nikki

Nikki: Last week, we received a package from our friends Wallace & Samuel. Let’s see what’s inside!

WS Package Revealed

Look at all of these goodies!

WS Treats

Two different kinds of treats.

WS Magnet

An awesome magnet.

WS Placemats

Placemats and…

WS Coasters


WS Package Sit

Standard Blurry “Sit” Photo

Freedom, Casper & Nikki: Let’s get to taste-testing!

WS Package Freedom

Freedom: Yum! We sampled both treats and gobbled them up. Thank you, Wallace & Samuel.

WS Package Casper

Casper: Mom took a picture of a big drool pile on my bed, but decided we could just say “thank you” and not get all graphic. Thank you, Wallace & Samuel.

What a great surprise package. We won this package in celebration of Wallace & Samuel’s first blogaversary. Thank you, Wallace & Samuel. We will enjoy everything you sent us.

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September 23

In My Studio – September 23


Here’s what’s been happening in my studio…

A couple more finished paintings.

Finish Girl 4

Finish Girl 5

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September 22

Creative Thursday – Week 2


For the next few weeks, I’m reading the book Creative Thursday by Marisa Anne.

Creative Thursday is a book about learning to make creativity a daily habit. Over the last few years, I have made creativity a priority, but just like any habit or practice, it requires consistent attention.

Creative Thursday

Chapter 2, Moving Through (and Accepting) Resistance, is very appropriate for the period I find myself in…a transitional time. I’m moving from part-time work to full-time work. That creates a tension because a new schedule and new practices have to be adopted. Marisa talks about the many forms of resistance from time constraints to fear. One of the suggestions is to “be willing to not make a very good start.” This is an idea I was introduced to earlier and has been a powerful tool in my creativity practice. I find it freeing to realize that much of what I start will not be good and that it is not only okay, but essential. Instead of thinking about it as “not doing good work,” I like to think of it as “playing” or “trying something new.” Giving myself permission to do this has been very helpful to me because it helps me rid myself of both fear and perfectionism.

Chapter 3, Finding Inspiration, offers suggestions on how to find inspiration. I must say, when it comes to painting, this is not a problem for me. I feel like I can’t live long enough to go through all my ideas. I do find that writing my blog is another story. One thing I find helpful is to plan out my posts a little in advance. Then, if I can’t think of something to write, I have a few days to look for an idea. If that fails, I make myself write something regardless. I do this because I set the intention to post daily in order to keep my momentum moving forward. I don’t take myself too seriously. If it’s a lousy post, oh well. For me, moving forward is more important than making sure everything is “just right.” This is an attitude I’ve adopted only in recent years, and it’s been huge for me.

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September 21

Artists’ Own Gallery


Every week, I take you on an Artist Date with me. The Artist Date comes from the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Since my head is mush, my Artist Date this week went totally undocument…not even one picture. So, I’m taking you on a past Artist Date that I did while visiting my daughter in West Lafayette, Indiana…Artists’ Own Gallery.

Artists' Own 1

Kathleen Kitch

Artists’ Own is an artist cooperative that opened in 2000. As an artists’ cooperative, the members own and operate the gallery. The artists serve in all capacities of running the gallery operation, including serving as shopkeepers.

Artists' Own 2

Linda LeMar

Works in the gallery include paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, furniture, pottery, fiber, glass and drawings.

Artists' Own 3

In 2010, Artists’ Own expanded and opened an art gallery in the adjoining space. Throughout the year, the Artists’ Own artists exhibit in solo or group shows.

Artists' Own 4

Zach Medler

The art gallery is also a place for the artists to explore new mediums and exhibit daring and unconventional work.

Artists' Own 5

When we visited, the gallery featured a community art wall. You could grab a paint pen and add to the ever-evolving piece.

Artists' Own 6

My daughter’s contribution is the wolf to the left of the birdcage, and my future son-in-law’s contribution is the wolf to the right of the birdcage. I thought this was very cool.

Artists' Own 7

Cyndy Clauss

The Artists’ Own Gallery is very inspirational and dangerous to the pocketbook.

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