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Something I hear all the time from new artists or non-artists is this idea of a muse or needing some overwhelming inspiration to overcome artist’s block. I hear it so often that I just dread hearing it now.   I’m going to be honest. I don’t even really know what people are talking about when they start talking about muses and ‘being inspired’ to create. It always sounds like it’s what people expect out of artists– you know, that we always create something amazing because we’re so inspired.   Here’s the sad artist truth: we’re rarely inspired. Or at least I’m rarely inspired. Sure, sometimesRead More →

practice drawing

Have you ever heard that phrase ‘there’s no wrong way to skin a cat’? I mean, terrible phrase, I know, but it’s sort of that way with art. There’s not necessarily a right or wrong way to practice drawing, but some art practice is more effective than others. The goal with practicing art is a little different than practicing other subjects. For example, practicing writing only requires that you write– a lot. Practicing art is a little different because, while drawing everyday is VERY useful to practice, there is something to be said for the way you practice when you practice everyday.   How toRead More →

When you think about keeping a journal, you may think of a sparkly pink locked diary or maybe a pretentious hipster with a Moleskin at a coffee shop. But writing in a journal or keeping a daily planner is actually really good for your brain! Personally, I love writing in my daily planner and journal that helps me not only plan out my day, but reflect on it later. Sounds crazy, I know. But science backs this up. Study after study proves that writing down your thoughts–even if you destroy them immediately–helps you psychologically. The act of writing can also improve brain elasticity, memory, andRead More →

  Oy! Here, let me add one more extra thing to your daily list: Do something NEW today. Every day. Even if it’s take a different route home, add something new to your breakfast routine, do a little research on a topic you want to know more about. I know it sounds crazy, but the little things keep life fresh and you want to enjoy your life, right? Not just float through it like a zombie.   My personal favorite thing to do (not every day, of course), is to check out new restaurants.   Check out MORE Free Art here. Guys. If you’re lookingRead More →

Is it time to redecorate? Or are you sick of the hodge podge of stuff you have in your home and are finally ready to pick a design direction? But maybe you don’t really know which direction to go in… Or do you not know what you like? It’s okay, you’re not alone there. Related Posts:   It’s kind of overwhelming to get to the place in your life when you want to decorate a home, whether that’s a 500 square foot apartment or a fully mortgaged giant house. When that time comes, you should take some time to think about what your design styleRead More →

I know I’ve been doing my quotes by contemporary writers, but I’ve had this one quote on my mind for a month now and I had to illustrate it.   I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of New Year’s resolutions and how they tend to fail after the first month of the year and how people wait to start resolutions until the New Year, too. The truth is, every single day is the beginning of a new year.   Or in other words: If you want to start something new, start now! It’s easier to procrastinate than to get things done– remember that.Read More →

accent walls art paint colors

  Are you trying to think of ways to make your old space look new and fresh again? If you’ve considered painting the room, hold off on that thought and consider painting just ONE wall and having an accent wall, or feature wall.   Accent Walls Make an Old Space Look New   An accent wall can quickly spruce up your space, give it real flair, and a new mood. The best thing about accent walls is that they’re easy to put up, cheaper than painting a whole room, and easily changed if you don’t like the color. What’s the purpose of an accent wall?Read More →

  Well January is definitely over. And February is down the drain, too. For me, February can be a pesky little month. It’s shorter than the others but it can definitely be rough.   This month has been killer for me, with good and bad things: My first month with an AWESOME new writing contract that easily puts my income at full time just from that. Oh and I ENJOY it, too. I started writing fiction again which I’m enjoying so much and is a nice breath of fresh air from always writing articles. I attended my grandmother’s 90th birthday and it felt NICE toRead More →

work at home stay motivated

So it’s been a little over a year since I finally made the jump and started working at home full time. It’s been a rocky road with some ups and some definite downs, but it’s been amazing. Some days I’m crazy busy, while others I wake up around noon and put myself to bed early.   The hardest thing about working from home is staying motivated. I’m not too proud to admit that, YES, it can start feeling monotonous. However, I have some tricks that help me stay motivated. Hopefully they can work for you too!   MORE WORK AT HOME POSTS!   6 WaysRead More →

Everyone has a stage where they’re kind of obsessed with mandalas right? Okay at least every hipster.   Anyway, I had that phase last year because of this amazing iPad app I have and because it is super relaxing to create them while trying to brainstorm or even just while watching TV. They’d been sitting dormant for awhile but I’ve been feeling like I want to do something cool with them– that’s how these babies were born.   Or really, my friend gave me the idea since she needed wallpaper for her new Christmas computer, ha!   Check out MORE Free Art here.   WantRead More →