Sometimes my journal pages are the only evidence I have of deep emotions that came and went. I have always been one to feel deeply and to ride those waves of emotions ferociously. I used to be embarrassed of that (and I certainly would NOT have used the word "ferociously" to describe my wave riding), but now I am grateful, and proud even. It is truly what keeps me sane and present in my life.

Spontaneous Collage

This little process emerged while I was working with a client, and I use it to this day to shake loose the creative cobwebs. I am hoping to design an entire workshop around this process, so stay tuned. Here are some collages from the archives. It is so fun to revisit these powerful little pieces!

The Marvelous Laurie Doctor

There are no words to describe the love and respect I have for Laurie Doctor! She came into my life about fifteen years ago when I first discovered my need to create art. I took a wonderful class from her at Naropa university in Boulder, CO, and I have never been the same since. She continues to be my teacher, mentor and friend to this day, and I am deeply grateful for her . She is a brave and honest artist who also teaches the most heart opening classes you will ever take. Please do yourself a favor and check out her work and herworkshops! She is a blessing to all that encounter her. I have taken many classes from her, but my most recent was on that she taught in St. Louis, MO calledResolute Imagery. My "take aways" from this class were:

letting something work on you

invite the muse

find a thread..... the continuity and follow it

dropping in

practice matters

sequester the space

keep showing up and something will happen

Laurie is always full of priceless gems of wisdom, and this class was no exception! I am so very grateful for the experience and for my dear Laurie!

  some pages that came out of my experience

some pages that came out of my experience

Following the Thread

The Way It Is

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

~ William Stafford