O my soul…


unfinished & untitled
– 12″ x 12″ x 1″ – acrylic on wood panel

A noiseless patien
t spider

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,
Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul

Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

Time to let go…

Detach from…
preconceived notions,
stale practices,
negative energy,
the inner critic…

Time to fly.

Burning Through the Fog


digital manipulation of a painting

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and follow where they lead
. – Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888)

This week’s Illustration Friday and Inspire Me Thursday topics are quite appropriate. I’ve not done any new art nor posted anything at all in over a month, and it makes the artist in me feel foggy and distant. That’s when my spirits start to fall a bit, but I lift them with the healing power of my dreams and my goals.  It’s all about putting one foot in front of the other and understanding that the priorities of now will make the dreams of tomorrow come true.

So what have I been doing?  Well…

  • I was away at an intensive life coach training program and am still doing coursework… lots of reading and writing!


  • I’m building a new website for Wings 4 You Coaching – my creative life coaching business.  I should be going live with it in a few days.



  • I’m writing a group coaching tele-workshop that I will be offering in the fall.



  • I’m in the process of moving my studio to another building on our property so I will have dedicated space for art and a dedicated office for coaching… and yes, that means more art again, real soon!



  • And I am getting ready to go away on vacation (whew) to Northern California.  Ahhhh… I can’t wait!


What do you do when things seem a bit overwhelming and future goals look foggy?  How do you get your spirits back into positive energy mode?



 journal page – 5/17/08

…a quick break from big paintings to do another journal page. This one was inspired by Illustration Friday’s topic “wide,” and Inspire Me Thursday’s challenge to use crayons to make art. I made this with acrylics, Caran d’Ache Neocolor II artist’s crayons, and ink. And… two finished paintings.. finally!


– 24″ x 36″ x 1.5″ – acrylic & ink on wood panel


Vernal Spirit
– 18″ x 24″ x 1″ – acrylic & ink on wood panel

It’s all I have to bring today –
This, and my heart beside –
This, and my heart, and all the fields –
And all the meadows wide –
Be sure you count – should I forget
Some one the sum could tell –
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Well, I also have great news! I am excited to announce an interview at my Wings 4 You Coaching blog with Susan Tuttle in celebration of her new book, Exhibition 36: A Gallery of Mixed-Media Inspiration . I am honored to have contributed a painting and article to her book, available for preorder prior to its release in November 2008. Please stop by and read about Susan’s inspiring creative journey!


To wrinkle… or not


journal page – 4/26/08

Within Us #6

From the wrinkle between my brows
You watch till day breaks
On my face

The waxen night
Is beginning to singe
The fingers of dawn

Black bricks
Have already tiled
The whole dome of the sky

Vasko Popa (1922 – 1991)

After a long, delightful, but sometimes stressful week, I am almost finished with a painting I started weeks and weeks ago. I took a break from the big work this afternoon to paint a bit in my journal, hoping I would end up with something I could post for this week’s Illustration Friday topic – wrinkles. I don’t have much to say about wrinkles… I have a few I call dear friends and some I wish would disappear… but like everything else I have collected along the way, they are markers of where and who I’ve been. Even so, all that came to mind was the seemingly constant warning I got from my grandmother when I was a child – don’t frown; you’ll get wrinkles! It must have made quite an (ahem) impression on me, because to this day, I really do avoid frowning as much as possible! Somehow I got it fixed in my head that if I frowned or scowled too often, my face would freeze in that expression. So, I looked for inspiration elsewhere, and went with a wrinkle-free interpretation.

How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

P.S. –  Please accept my invitation to stop by Wings 4 You Coaching and participate in my Weekly Wings challenges.  There’s a new challenge posted each Sunday.  I’d love to have you along on the journey!


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