Carving a New Identity

Life is full of transitions!

From child to young adult. From mother to empty nester. From full-time employee to retiree. With each new passage, some of what we used to do and who we used to be becomes obsolete.

Transitions often require us to carve out a new identity, which can cause consternation and confusion. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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Returning to your Place of Peace

One of the greatest challenges for the artistic soul is to sequester time!

Too many commitments crowd the margins of one’s life, spilling unrest into much-needed spaces.

Before you know it, quiet mornings usually spent painting or writing now churn with anxious thoughts. You stop prioritizing what you want to do and get caught up working hard to check off items on other people’s agendas.  Eventually, you find yourself wondering: When did creativity grow wings and fly so far away from me?

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Competing Priorities

Not every window of opportunity is worth flying through!

Often when the world seems right for you to press forward with your dreams, enticing winds of change swirl and snap open windows of possibility. Creative feathers have grown into wings able to provide lift off, making it difficult to turn down invitations.

So, you find yourself tantalized with choices—all of which seem like the right direction. Your task is to decide which window to fly through. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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Underwater Enchantment

When life forces you to swim in the deep, discover God’s underwater enchantment!

I took the background photographs while visiting the Long Beach Aquarium with my daughter and granddaughter. The underwater scenes captivated us.

The inspiration to create a mermaid came when a diver who was cleaning the aquarium turned and waved at Madelyn, which intrigued her.

I thought: What if I created a mixed media with a mermaid looking through the glass?

And so, Underwater Enchantment was born.

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Depression and the Artistic Temperament

If you’re an artistic soul, then you’ve battled depression, this enemy of soul.

You’ve got this light, bright side most people see and admire, and then there’s the dark place only those closest to you know you crawl into at times.

Berit Grogard D.M.Sci., Ph.D.’s article, “Positives of Depression on Artistic Expression,” presents a scientific explanation for what Madeleine L’Engle describes:

“Artistic temperament sometimes seems a battleground, a dark angel of destruction and a bright angel of creativity wrestling.”

Recently, a colleague, Melissa, said to me, “You should be a writer because you’ve got so many ideas.”

“I am a writer,” I replied.

I could change her statement around to read, “You should be an artist because you’ve got so many emotions.”

Just as writing helps me to express the unending river of words that floods my mind, art helps me to release the bottled-up emotions that flood my soul.

Artistic expression releases the images, the feelings, the pent-up creativity that bubbles up in my imagination, longing for escape.

So, if you’ve struggled with depression, consider picking up a pen or paintbrush and write or paint your way out of your dark side. You’ll be amazed at what you will create when you wrestle with your dark muse and win!

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Pathways to the Sea

Pathways to the Sea is a mixed media portrait that visualizes treasured places and experiences where oceans meet beaches.

Refreshment and fun are found when one strolls along beaches, wriggling toes in sand as salty spray washes away worry. In fact, I find a special touch of God’s grace when I visit the beach.

I took the background photos for this mixed media when I visited various beaches with family and friends:

Carmel for a family wedding…



Santa Barbara for a girls’ getaway…

Salt Creek Beach, San Clemente with family and friends…

La Jolla, San Diego with family…

Although wild and untamed, the sea possesses the power to heal and refresh. This is why I long to wander down Pathways to the Sea.

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Seasons of the Soul Mixed Media

Seasons invites us to celebrate life’s changes with confidence, knowing there truly is …a time for every purpose under heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1

A woman’s face covers each quadrant of the mixed media background I created with my personal photography.

Each section resonates with images reflective of a particular season in nature and of the soul:

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