Creative project – Maria on how letter journals are improving my life

“It’s been a couple of months in this letter-journal adventure. It’s been a couple of journals too, I’ve lost count. I met Jade in 2014, in the coaching training we attended together. I remember hearing her stories about letter journals, watching her videos and getting envious and interested to start with. Then joining the group and being in awe…

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Making something new

This week I was introduced to the ‘Dotee Doll’. So named apparently after the woman that invented the pattern. I came across her in an art swap group that I am in and an online art friend Roz called the swap. I made one on Wednesday night and found it very do-able even in front…

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Workshops for Women

Are you experiencing New Year’s slump? The holidays are almost over and you’ve hardly had time for yourself? Maybe you were hoping to feel recharged but you’re having a hard time letting go of the year that was. Perhaps there are still parts of you that still need attention but you want to do it in…

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Tips for doing your creative thang in the New Year

Do you plan to start doing more of something creative next year? Here are 7 simple tips that I find help me keep my own creative practice front and centre in my life: 1. Get your tools ready. This doesn’t mean putting off your project until you’ve bought five million new pens or a new violin.…

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Dealing with blah

When everything feels flat and pointless, follow your whim. Sometimes our goals can feel like they are suffocating us, or we can temporarily stop feeling connected to the goals we have been working to. What to do? How to bounce back? I put in a vote for some unstructured wandering and musing. Give yourself the…

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Filling the creative well – Who inspires you? (artists)

Who are other artists, illustrators or designers that inspire you? Gretchen: Franck de las Mercedes he’s based in NYC, born in Nicaragua. he is the founder of the priority Peace Box. You could email him and he would send you this box. It was very abstract, expressionistic, with different colours. The box was totally empty, it…

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On retreat we come out of our shells

So excited to be facilitating a day long workshop at this great event in North Sydney later this month! I attended my first ‘Australian Mixed Media Roadshow’ in Sydney two years ago. It was actually the first time Art is You had come to Australia after many years running similar events in the US. I was nervous and excited.…

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Delight the senses this winter

Here in the Southern hemisphere we are heading into winter. For some of us that means no real change: more hot, and maybe just less rain (hello people in the tropics!). For those of us in Australia however, especially those living along the South and East coasts we find the days shortening, rain coming and…

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Letting the strange pull of what we love transform our lives

The idea that we should do what we love – not to make money, not to get famous – but because we’ll be miserably, whiney cube-bots hiding our beautiful gifts from the world if we don’t is a central tenant of my teacher, mentor and friend Barbara Sher’s work. But what is it like to…

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