Sunday, February 28, 2010

More links, inspiration, & ideas!

I am enjoying my free, happy life! collage by Lani

I was wandering on Jen Worden's most marvelous website/blog and of course I followed a link or two because she said I must (Ha, and I always do what I'm told!) and because the topic of Artists' Collectives is so wonderful! Anyway I got lost for hours in the Make + Meaning website and community. The particular blog entry that got my friend Jen all fired up is the one about artists getting paid for their work. Sisterdiane asks how we could pay each other for our work. Artists and creative people like the idea of getting paid to be creative, and in the Darwinian economic model, a few artists get paid for their creative work, but this model might not be the only model going. Interested? Join the discussion on Jen's blog or on Sisterdiane's entry.

The model that the music industry is using now is a good one to consider, downloading the song you want for your mp3 player. Shescrafty and Jen say if it works for the music industry, why not for us artists and crafters? And actually there is a movement in that direction! Have you noticed how many of your favorite artists are now offering eCourses, patterns, eBooks, eZines, and self published books?

For example LK Ludwig has some awesome courses on the go! So you can buy her books at Amazon, and she may get a very tiny royalty, or you can take a course from her and you are paying her alone. Very nice! And there's Christine Mason Miller's self published and totally amazing book (I really want to know who her printer is!!!) Ordinary Sparkling Moments. You can buy it on Amazon or Etsy but the point here is she's self published so she gets paid by you directly. Nice, eh? And then of course there's Journal Girl (Samantha Kira Harding) with her amazing video tutorials, workshops, digital downloads, and yes, even fonts!! Over at 14 Secrets we used several of her tutorials to create our "Wreck This Journal" journals. Lots of fun.

So this is three (and there are more) examples of artists getting paid by us for their creative work. I love it, don't you? Wouldn't a big cooperative website with lots of ezines and downloads by your favorite artists be awesome?

Collage by Lani, Font by Journal Girl.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Do you want a nice link with lots of inspiration and ideas?

Collage by Lani with help from

Shhhh, here it is! Top secret!: It's an art therapist's blogspot loaded with great ideas. The most recent one is pdf files full of words cut from magazines, great for collages! All you have to do is print out your favorite. They are grouped by theme. I cut up the Art pdf and used it on a Wreck This Journal journal and the above collage. Great fun. Now I'm going to check out Dream & Inspiration and Encouragement. I'll let you know what I come up with!

Collage by Lani with help from

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Creating Joy

Collage by Lani, image from josefnovak33.
I get a weekly newsletter from Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom and in this week's newsletter there's a letter from a reader with a description of the creation of joy and resilience during the recent east coast snow storms. It is very much worth reading as is Rick's website, blog, book, and newsletter!

This is such an appropriate topic for us here in on the East Coast this week. Through two huge snowstorms, we've been depending on each other's support and kindness. My neighborhood lost power for three days, and I personally benefited from neighbors who provided care. One evening, we all gathered (dogs included) near the fireplace in one neighbor's home, ate warm soup together, played charades with the teenagers, and got to know each other. Several neighbors have organized an emergency shelter to provide food and friendship. They've gone around to all homes in the neighborhood, knocking on doors to check on everyone. They found a 92-year-old woman who'd been alone and without heat for days and another young African exchange student who wasn't sure what to do. These two people are now connected and supported. There are countless stories like these; the friendships that will grow from these acts of caring will last a lifetime. Even brief encounters of kindness, like thanking the grocery clerk for being at work, or offering a ride home to someone walking on an icy road will leave echoes of gratitude in our hearts and strengthen the feeling that we are shelter for each other.

Thank you for Just One Thing; the messages are so beautifully written that I feel encouraged to take in their essence regardless of how busy my life might be.


April Powers

Collage by Lani, image from art-e-ology

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Happy Book

Jamie Putting the Happy Books in the Mail from Jamie Ridler on Vimeo.

So I'm in Jamie Ridler's Happy Book round robin and found it in my box this morning! Oh happy day! It arrived from Fiona of in Scotland, and it's FULL of possibility!! So, so fun! Thanks Fiona, and Kathryn A. keep your eyes open for happiness coming your way.

Monday, February 15, 2010

On being here now!

Collage by Lani, image from art-e-ology
"You can't drink in tomorrow, but you can drink in today! How delicious!"
- Susan Jeffers

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Lunar New Year and Happy Valentine's Day!

Have a wonderful day! And remember that we are all loved beyond our ability to comprehend...
So send someone a secret Valentine's Day message. Let them know that they are loved beyond their ability to comprehend. (It could be for yourself, why not?)

Monday, February 08, 2010

{Echo} Week 7 : Whisper

Here is Diane's and my response to the "echo" prompt from Chrysti and Susan for Week 7. I particularly enjoyed this one. Diane shot this in south Texas during Thanksgiving weekend. She was reminded of "the glory of God revealed to us in the soft whispering flutter of a butterflies wings." It's amazing how something so quiet, small and delicate can put us into such a spacious place!
I took this inukshuk image in Susan's course. There's an ancient wall built with rocks from when white folks just arrived in this part of Nova Scotia. The wall and other ancient remnants of lives long passed are part of our morning walk with the dogs. Someone had taken some smaller loose rocks and built inukshuk or inuksuit (plural) which means "in the likeness of a human" in the Inuit language. The Inuit leave these monuments as a way to say "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path." I love these little figures and often wonder about all the various peoples that have lived on this land.
The walls, rocks, and land whispers to me that "someone was here" and "you are on the right path."

Once I started with the prompt whisper, it was very hard to stop. Here are some other whispers.

Here's one of my puppets, which now lives in Mississippi. I find that my puppets often whisper fun and play if I'm paying attention.

"Whispering 2" with image from josefnovak33 and textures from les brumes.

"Whispering 2" with image from art-e-ology and textures from les brumes.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

"Resilience, Transformation, and Art" starts today!

The new round of Resilience, Transformation, and Art starts today. Have you ever been to a spa that has gentle lighting, sweet natural scents, kind staff, and pleasant, meditative music? All your senses are treated to a restorative experience. That is what we are aiming at with this course, learning to create a restorative, kind life for ourselves and those around us. Does that sound like a good idea? Sign up now, it's never too late for resilience.

Texture by Les Brumes Collage by Lani

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Digital Play

This image of vintage kids is from Art-e-ology on flickr. There is a set called Free Image Tuesday which she posts on her blog. I was looking through this set when this particular postcard jumped out at me. It was a sad little birthday party at an orphans' home and I thought why not make it a bit more fun with a mouse, warm fire, and party things from Laurie Davison. (Art-e-ology has some wonderful digital downloads on her Etsy shop! I'm hoping she considers posting more of these on Etsy.)

Want a few more digital play links? Playingwithbrushes has some wonderful images and textures she shares as does Nesster and les brumes (textures).

Now I'm off to work on the latest {echo} prompt "whisper".

And Resilience, Transformation, and Art starts Monday!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Play & Interviews with Summer Pierre

Play Today by Lani

Take a look at my post over on 14 Secrets for interviews with artist, Summer Pierre and try this: Think of 3 ways to bring your inner artist to work today (or tomorrow) and once you have 3 ways, try implementing one of them right away. Your artistic soul will be forever grateful.

Resilience, Transformation, and Art starts Monday! For more ways to make your artistic soul happy, join us!