creative process

your uniqueness

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sweetBOY and I were chatting about the dreaded copying thing.  where the line is. what to say. when to be flattered.

i have talked a lot about creative practicing and what that looks like to me. when everything I have soaked up and studied becomes mine.

it’s ok to copy when you are practicing. some would disagree and that is totally ok. i know that when i need to learn how to draw a unicorn. i have to look at a picture of an unicorn. every single artist looks at other artists work. judges it in their own mind. mentally circles the parts that speak to her. crosses the other stuff off the list of possibilities. everyone. and if they say they don’t, i call bull****. unless they are a hermit with no power and no access to a mailbox. those guys get a pass.

when is it not ok?

for me. (and let me repeat it. FOR ME) it’s when you stare at it long enough that it is emblazoned in your noggin and you don’t even know it. and then you put it on paper. and you still don’t even know it but you pretty much recreated that tattooed mental image. when you hit the upload button and sweat it out a little inside. (pretty sure you know what I am talking about.) and then you share it as your own. often we don’t do it on purpose. sometimes not though. 

i am not the girl that is going to sit around and point fingers. i honestly don’t have the energy to spare. but I need a way to see it and let it go with goodness. and i need to give the world a little grace. and mostly i need remind myself to be flattered that someone loves my stuff enough to take time to work it into their own art and that the process makes them happy. because even creative goodness rolls downhill and I am NOT on top of the hill. not by a long shot.

sweetBOY listens to me as I decide which side of the fence to sit on today (hormones may be involved). and he says.

your uniqueness comes from style, not content.  -clay donaldson

and that puts me exactly where I need to be. no fences involved.

join me for my workshop at donna downey’s studio!

It’s almost a year away but I am already setting good stuff aside to share at my three-day workshop at donna downey’s studio. I hope you will consider joining me. Lots of watercolor fun, illustrative sketching and tools to work through your not-so-happy stages. And did I mention we are going to have SO much fun!

Just click on the photo to learn more and sign up of course! And let me know if you signed up!!

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creativeGIRL class love.

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(An amazingly awesome bit of love from kooky makes about my class inserted here)

My work always features translucency which is one of the many things I love about Danielle’s work. This made it easy to copy her techniques step by step in a few pieces but then create a piece of my own by substituting some of the materials with ones I love working with & changing the subject matter to things I love to paint.’ Thank you for such an awesome class. You and your badass self rock!

And about that creative practicing thing. you can read more about it HERE. Seriously. This class is such an inspiring example of positive and creative sharing and practicing. it makes my heart happy.

Over the course of the “live” week of my class, several members asked (in different ways) how to feel comfortable sharing and owning their work. it took me a while to find the right words. the words that might make sense to peeps. and then i think i put the right words together.

When comparison monsters rear their ugly heads and scare you out of sharing. (I know you know what I am talking about.)

I think (and this is totally my opinion) that often when I felt most insecure or worried about sharing stuff is when I hadn’t made the process or the piece my own. That step where you take the stuff from all that you see, all the classes you take, all the creative dreaming you do, and make it your own. That is not to say sharing the process (like when you are working on a specific project in my class) is a bad thing – it is an awesome thing!

True creative souls LOVE to build each other up and share the good, bad and ugly. BUT when you look at your work and feel like you have made something the world hasn’t seen – that is when comparison doesn’t matter and confidence takes over. Each of you have that in you. Take bits and pieces of what you learn and see and make it your own. You go, girls. You go!

So that sums it up. And then beautiful things happen. Here are some of the pieces my little creative souls made in the last couple of weeks. After watching me. After practicing my stuff. They made it theirs. I love that I can see little bits of me in them. And I love that they shared and owned it. Like rockstars.

  • doodle flower by Sara Fitton, Ditsy Bird Designs -
  • creativeFAIRY by  Veronica Hurly – FB
  • girl with words by Lindsay Ostrom – blog
  • rainbowish portrait by kooky makes -FB
  • beautiful flowers by daria pneva – blog
  • lovely blooms by lisa wright – FB

I am off for a great graduation adventure this weekend. cuteGIRL is so excited as is her super proud mom. catch all y’all on the flipside. it’s time to hit it!

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sometimes you just have to imagine the goodness around the corner.

and then let it go and just do what you do to get things done.

and sometimes it feels like that corner is a bazillion miles away.

and you tuck in bits and pieces of what you love to do in the gaps in between all of it.

and then the around the corner stuff? it actually happens.

out of the blue. and it is flippin’ awesome.

i am so excited to share that i was asked to share my art and my process in a book with North Light Books!

creativeGIRL is going to be an author. seriously. so much happiness about this.


and to celebrate, just sign up for my newsletter on the side bar and leave me a note on this post and you will have a chance to will an original tutuGIRL – just for you.

so get to it (and sharing the love might just give you bonus points) I will pick a winner on Monday.


creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows (a GINORMOUS givaway)

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Hello peeps! Only a few days left to sign up at the earlybird price ($28) for my first solo e-course hosted by the ever-so-lovely Jeanne Oliver.

Some lucky duck will receive a fun package filled with $130 worth of my fave supplies and this super sassy mini original valued at $70.  Just follow Jeanne’s instructions on her blog post HERE.

You can read about and sign up for my class HERE. Remember, you need to first register as a member on her .ning site (it’s totally free). Once you are a member you can choose my class and sign up for it.

So if you are on the fence. Get off. For goodness sakes!


word. surround yourself with the right peeps.

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I don’t often share deep, meaningful stories. And, well, I am not going to start now.

But sometimes the right words fall into place and capture something. A conversation, an overwhelming moment of goodness. BIG. HUGE. colorful epiphanies.

I realized the someone I love gets me way more than I thought.  Way more than I gave credit for. And things are just good.

So I finally figured out that it is all about surrounding yourself with the right peeps. And being very aware of the wrong peeps.

surround yourself with those who see your weaknesses as strengths, not your strengths as weaknesses

hurt, not angry

caring, not “too sensitive”

guarded, not bitter

thoughtful, not worried

strong, not weak

quiet, not absent

It may not make any sense to anyone but me. that’s ok. it may mean something entirely different to you. but i hope you know that you are full of all sorts of good stuff. don’t let anyone tell you differently. with their words or actions.

so there.

and hey, I have a new online class. want to join me? i would love that. creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows. earlybird pricing people. take advantage of it.

creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadows


creativeGIRL final logo 580x412 creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadowsI am so stinkin’ excited to share that I am FINALLY teaching my very own online class. (Hopefully the first of many) Jeanne Oliver has graciously offered to play hostess-with-the-mostest.

creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows.

 Once upon a time there was a tiny-ish girl who loved to cut, draw, and paint. She saw things in the sunshine and shadows that other people never seemed to notice. She bounced all that wonderfulness around inside her noggin for a bit, and out popped magical pieces of art that told her stories when words couldn’t.

I’m that girl, and guess what? I want to share a part of my creativeSTORY with you. YES YOU!

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The Land of Light and Shadow is a one week course with me (creativeGIRL) that will inspire you to add depth to your work by using a bunch of super fun techniques. You’ll play with all sorts of mediums including pencil and pen work, watercolors, acrylics and patterned paper creating yummy layers. And just when you think you are done, you’ll practice adding highlights and tucking in shadows here and there to make your art sparkle. Sounds awesome, right?

Please join me the week of April 28th for a romp with watercolors and white pens and all sorts of creative shenanigans into The Land of Light and Shadows.

This is a one week class with everything instantly available on April 28th!

The course has an early registration price of $28.  After April 1st the price goes to $34

So hurry my little earlybirds! Go grab your spot today right here: creativeGIRL: The Land of Light and Shadows

studying under the masters. class starts tomorrow.

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If you haven’t taken the time to sign up for Studying Under the Masters. You should. This is going to be so amazing people.

And it starts TOMORROW!


If you want a chance to win me and register for the class.  Hit the PayaPal button below and join me! (You can only be eligible for the drawing of ME if you purchase the class through MY website.)

Once you have purchased your space with the PayPal button below –  please register at Jeanne Olvier’s creative network (this is free).  Once your membership is approved you will be added manually to the course.  This can take up to 72 hours.  Once you have been given access please go to the main page of Studying Under The Masters, click +join in the upper right hand corner and you will be in.

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creative collaboration. courtney walsh.

my friend, courtney walsh has a way with words. she puts things in perspective. makes you think. dig a little deeper.

and she is a bonafide writer with published books and everything. and she is sweet. and open. i love that i have connected with her.

she posted these words earlier this week. and it really resonated with me.

so i just messaged her and said (because if any of you know me, i randomly put fear of rejection aside and just ask.) hey, can I combine your words with my art and give the print away?

because i want to throw some danielle-ish love out there. so here it is. i hope you love it enough to print it as a reminder that you are a good person. and sometimes you just have to move on.

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Studying Under the Masters – one more week!

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Are you getting as excited as I am?

We can’t wait to create with you!

To register click HERE or pay below.

The course will begin on January 14th!

$62 for this nine week online course.

The content will be available for TWO YEARS!

Studying Under the Masters online course is just a week away! And because I am such a believer in this idea – this process of openly learning from others who inspire me – the magical turn when something of theirs gets transformed into something that is all me - I am going to offer myself up.

If you register for this online class using my PayPal button (below or on my sidebar) you will be entered in a drawing to become my apprentice for 1 month. The apprenticeship includes the following:

  1. A one hour skype session – sitting side by side while we paint and I show you some of my secret tips and techniques
  2. 2 twenty-minute calls to chat about anything – your creative hang-ups, my process, or just lots of love to keep you creating.
  3. A weekly creative prompt from me with photo inspiration and a 30-day creative challenge
  4. Access to me via email to answer any questions you might have – I’ll send you one email response at the end of the week to answer your questions
  5. And a gift from me to you in your mailbox at the end of the month

The winner will be chosen at the end of my week of the Studying the Masters Online course. Remember, in order to be eligible, you must pay for the class with MY PayPal button. If you have already registered with my PayPal button with one of my other posts, please leave a comment on this post or PM me on Facebook.

I do hope that you decide to take this course – I just know it is going to be AMAZING!

Once you have purchased your space with the PayPal button below –  please register at Jeanne Olvier’s creative network (this is free).  Once your membership is approved you will be added manually to the course.  This can take up to 72 hours.  Once you have been given access please go to the main page of Studying Under The Masters, click +join in the upper right hand corner and you will be in.


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