On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, join me for a chatty, slightly rambling discussion on my art studio makeover. I’m sharing a few tips and suggestions on how you can plan out your own art studio at home, with a lot more suggestions and resources included in the shownotes.Continue reading
Abstract art journaling tutorial for beginners: Embrace the pause
Join me at the art table as I show you how to paint a textured mixed media intuitive abstract painting in your art journal
I had filmed this expressive abstract painting at the end of 2020, and forgot all about it! But it was fun to go back and listen to my musings on struggling with the pause between one year and the next as I created this abstract acrylic painting, and to see how much better I have become now, at the start of 2022, with embracing the pause!
Though I am working on a small piece of mixed media paper, you can easily follow along in your art journal.Continue reading
Here’s how a daily creative practice can support your wellbeing
Some thoughts on approaching your creative practice as an act of care and restoration
On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about art as therapy, about how we can use a simple daily creative practice as an act of restoration and care. I share an expressive arts exercise from my own creative practice, plus many suggestions for creative practices that you can adapt, adopt, or tweak to suit your own preferences.Continue reading
Art journal with me: Using stencils and masks in your art journal
Join me at the art table as I show you how to paint a beautifully layered art journal spread using stencils and masks.
Grab your art journal, pull out some of your favorite paints and mark making tools, gather together some stencils and masks from your stash, and let’s paint!
I’m painting in my handmade mixed media art journal, which is filled with a mix of starter pages that have some collage, stencils, and marks on them, and some plain pages where I can give my thoughts free reign.Continue reading
100 days to finding your art style
A creative reframe of the 100 day project and how you can approach it to develop your artistic vision and style.
On the first episode of season 4 of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about different ways to approach the 100 day project; discuss process over product; and see how a gentle reframe of this popular challenge can help you develop your own visual language and style.Continue reading
What May Sarton taught me about embracing solitude
“Solitude, like a long love, deepens with time, and, I trust, will not fail me if my own powers of creation diminish. For growing into solitude is one way of growing to the end.”– May Sarton, The House By The Sea
The world isn’t designed for introverted, solitude loving people. For a long time, I thought there was something wrong with me, what with my hermity tendencies and my need for pockets of quiet time, especially after I’ve peopled.Continue reading
Should you go deep or wide with your art practice?
On the final episode of this year and this season of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about depth versus breadth when it comes to your art practice. I share some ideas on what going deep with your art practice can look like, and offer some suggestions on when and how to go wide with your art practice.Continue reading
How information overload hampers your creativity
On the infinite scroll, inbox overwhelm, and the importance of conscious consumption to creative living
On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about information overload, how it impacts your creativity and your art, and how to create healthy boundaries around how much information you consume vs how much you create. Let’s get into it!Continue reading
An ode to the owl: a mytho-philosophical exploration of owl symbolism
A prose poem, plus an exploration of the symbolism of the owl through the lens of Indian mythology, philosophy & spirituality
There’s something about owls —
mysterious creatures of the night,
their golden eyes, staring unblinkingly
into the shape shifting shadow
and then lightning quick —
fear, like a mouse, held firmly in their talons.
On my art table: Urban jungle
An abstract urban landscape painting and a prose poem
What a miracle you are
sweet little pea
pushing your way resolutely up
through that sidewalk crack.
There’s no one quite like you
in close vicinity —
you look around you
at all the sidewalks
and all the sidewalk cracks
as far as your eye can see.
You realize that you’re all alone
oh no, not alone — unique
swaying with the slight breeze
that swirls around your tiny leaves
beaming up at the sun
as it kisses your tiny petals
at the dog who walks around you
wondering at this tiny, fragile thing
that stands there so sure
so delighted at the simple joy
of being here
of being alive
of just being
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