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Friday, May 29, 2015

Creative therapy whenever wherever whoever you are, and my first day on ETSY!

F  R  I  D  A  Y!!!!
“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~Rumi

Well...I'm ending this week on a high note!

It's been a busy week, I've been doing a lot of painting, my fingers are filthy, and I've got a lot of exciting events coming up!

Exciting!  Yay!  Go Crazy!
I can't wait until the end of this here's my big news!

I figured out Etsy!
Well, I guess the bigger news is that I have a shop now!  Eventually, everything is going to be sold through, but here's my shop in the meantime!
I'm so excited to be selling posters of "Singing Tree"

And I'm also selling greeting cards of my two other favorites, "Mommy Can't Fix This" and "Fishing For Stars"

I feel like these three prints make a cute little set, and the hardest part was figuring out which paintings to choose!  My problem is I paint too much...
 I'm running out of room to store these things!!!

Anyway, I'd love to hear some of your opinions - is there a painting I've done that you think would be awesome on a card?  Let me know!  I'm a bad decision-maker :)

But first, check out my Etsy shop and let me know what you think!

Updates... is getting a few more images uploaded to my galleries every day, and my writer section is being updated with a bunch of new fun articles I've written, so lots of art, random inspiration and goodies...

Creative Therapy...
I've been writing a few guest posts on creative therapy and the healing power of art.  It makes me so happy to know that more people are becoming attuned to what a powerful vehicle creativity can be.  Painting, sculpting, music, poetry, writing, dancing, singing, nature-gawking, cooking - whatever speaks to you...they're all amazing ways to tap into what's really going on, to expand in the direction that our heart leads, and to get in touch with our emotions.  And emotions are really just arrows pointing which way we truly want to move in life.

Through painting, I accept all of life's colors and allow them to flow through me.

Painting my fear, loneliness or other scary feelings puts them right there before me, out of me and onto the canvas.  Difficult feelings become a character in our lives that we can visualize and talk to...

"Oh, hi there "Fear"...funny I ran into you today!  Do you want to tell me why you popped up this morning?"

And then you can have a conversation with that fear, etc. as it doodles itself onto the paper.

Anyway, I'll be sharing many more little insights on creative therapy in the upcoming weeks - I'll be writing for a few blogs on that topic, so stay tuned.  

Anything can be therapy.  Did you know there's even sand box therapy?

And laughter yoga?  (I've tried it - really fun!)

If you want to learn a bit more about a bunch of creative therapies, check out the National Coalition of Creative Arts Associations, Inc.

Thanks to (where you can find some other resources too)
Founded in 1979, this coalition brings together the professional associations dedicated to the advancement of six creative arts therapies. Their web site provides basic information on each approach: art, dance/movement, drama, music, psychodrama and poetry. Each modality uses the creative process to support health, communication, self-expression, and positive change.

And did you know there's water therapy too?  Well, not sure about that, but I created my own water therapy when I was unable to eat or drink for years - I was hungry, but I was REALLLYYY thirsty.

Believe it or not, I'd spend hours playing with my sink and my secret collection of every possible drink container - flasks, baby bottles, pitchers, and I'd be hypnotized pouring liquid from one vessel tot he next, imagining how it would feel to finally have a sip of water.

That's a pretty depressing example actually.  But the point is, that the tactile sensations of feeling the cold water, playing, experiencing something got me out of my head.  I could appreciate the beauty of the clear water, the cool sensations on my fingers, and I could visualize a clear picture, as vibrant as a painting, of the day I'd finally be able to drink.

(No pity story here - I can drink now and everything's good!)  So don't be sad :)

Moral of the story is:  Creative, expressive, artsy therapy rocks.  And I'll write more later.

In the studio...
But the more fun thing is showing you!  So here's what I did in the studio today:

 and finally...
Although I'm not sure if it's done yet.  But oh well.

And coming up...
Well, the next tine I check in with y'all I'll have performed my monologues, shared my art, writings and recipes at Beechwood Arts Immersion Salon event on Resilience and the Power of the Human Spirit!

 I am so to rehearse my monologues now - have a great weekend!

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.” ~Toni Morriso


  1. I'm always learning from you- your colors burst off the page!

  2. I'm definitely interested in creative therapy. Nothing helps me like writing when I am feeling upset or angry and whenever I go through a break up I just want to listen to music and paint ceramics (even though I'm not very good). Can't wait to check out your etsy shop!

  3. Congrats on Etsy! What a huge deal! Love!!! Happy Friday!

    Lauren Ashley

  4. Congrats on the Etsy store! I find creative therapies to be a great outlet althought I don't use them very often. I just love there's such a variety.

    Southern Belle Secrets

  5. It sounds like this has been an amazing week for you! Congrats on getting on Etsy!

  6. You are so talented! I definitely find art to be therapeutic! Enjoy your weekend :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  7. Congrats on opening your Etsy store!
    I love doing creative things when I'm feeling down.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  8. Congrats on opening your Etsy shop!! I hope this is a huge success for you!

    xoxo A

  9. Of course congratulations are in order .. These are awesome!!

  10. Thats so exciting that you've opened an Etsy shop! Congratulations!

  11. Hi! so much awesome stuff happening, must be really exciting! I am totally in cahoots with you about creative therapy. My dad has been teaching people to "just draw without thinking too much" for years and I grew up around that. For a long time I held it all back but its resurfacing and its a great feeling. I have been wanting to do a little shop too with prints of my art. I hope it goes well for you!

  12. Congratulations on opening up your new etsy shop - that's so exciting!!

    Pick Your Beau

  13. You are so talented! Congratulations! <3

    Allyssa | Life with Lyss

  14. Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

  15. What a great painting! Adorable!

  16. You have an Etsy shop now?!?! That's awesome, congratulations girlfriend!!!!!

  17. So happy for you and your Etsy shop!!!
    xo, claudia

  18. reminds me of Cheerios - Amy'os!

  19. Congratulations on starting your own Etsy store! My sister-in-law has one as well, and she's turned it into a full-time job! I'm sure you'll be very successful!

  20. How exciting! Congratulations! Thank you for linking up at the Simply Sundays link party at!

  21. How exciting to be selling your works of art! I wish you the best of luck. Thank you for sharing at the #AnythingGoes Link Party!

  22. Congrats on the shop. Hope it helps you greatly! Thanks for sharing with us a the Home Matters linky party. We hope you join us again!

  23. Etsy is great. I used it many, many years ago when I still had time to sew.
    Thanks for joining #WednesdaysWisdom.

  24. Love your work! Welcome to Etsy! Found you on the hearts for home hop ~SandyToesCreations