Creative Momentum

  I’m feeling really inspired after our mountain bike trip to Mount Saint Anne, near Quebec City, where the UCI Mountain-bike World-Cup races were held.  Even though the rest of my family are much stronger cross-country mountain bikers, and are into downhill mountain bike riding (unlike myself who will take a climb over a downhill anytime) I really appreciated taking my […]

The Inner Wilderness of Creativity

Canoe camping in the backcountry is always an adventure.  We had been away from it for a few years as our kids no longer fit with us in the canoe and it meant taking a second canoe and portaging it- with two kids who at that point were starting to say they were not interested. […]

Inner Wise Self or Inner Critic?

From time to time my inner critic states her opinion on the task at hand. In the past I have given in, giving up on what I was doing as a result.  Then I became pretty good about listening to her without judgement for the most part and letting it slide.  Still these critical voices would come […]

Getting Past Creative Road Blocks

  These past weeks my family and I have been doing a lot of cycling together. While not unusual for me to cycle a lot – I began cycling again as an adult in my late twenties I tend to stick to my comfort zone in the way that I ride. For example, my kids […]

Opening to Possibilities

    Now that you have given yourself permission to take some art time for yourself, you’ve scheduled it in and have made space for your creativity to thrive by  organizing your physical space and clearing out your mental space, quieting or at least turning down the volume of those inner critics. You are all […]

Holding Space

Last week we talked about the importance of permission for beginning the creative process.  We may want to have a regular creative practice, however, waiting for everything to be perfect and “aligned” is not realistic.  Let’s face it there will always be room for excuses not to start as long as we do not give […]

Dialogue with Art

    Today I thought I would share with you an entry that I made in my art journal a while back. I was flipping through and reviewing my journal and came across this dialogue I had with one of my journal paintings.   To be clear, I don’t always write about my art. Often […]

Showing Up

    Recently when I put the question out there “what gets in your way of creating?” One of the responses  was “life”.  This isn’t the first time I have heard of life getting in the way.  To feel so overwhelmed by all that is going on in life that to take the time to […]

Circle of Art

  Today and every Friday, I invite you to join me in creating a response to the quotes I post, using the arts: visual arts, photography, music or song, dance (video please!) prose or poetry, it’s your choice.   I will be sharing a quote here weekly and inviting a response from others to the […]

Never Ending

Every time there is change; change of season, taking on something new, or things turning out differently than expected, I am reminded to appreciate what I have, have done, have received, have invited into my life. I don’t always feel it right away, often I feel trepidation when change approaches. The change in seasons really […]