Author Archives: JoDee Luna

About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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