I recently came across the title of a book, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. I was intrigued by the title, but after reading the intro and first chapter, as well as a few goodreads reviews, I decided it probably wasn’t for me. It seemed a little fanciful and hippy. Also, it relied on romanticism of … Continue reading Studio Update: Making Peace With Failure
I am currently reading M Train, by Patti Smith. After reading Just Kids, about the extraordinary young life Smith led with Robert Mapplethorpe, living in the Chelsea Hotel, and trailblazing as a musician, it is a relief to know she has days like the rest of us mortals. Like when you’re walking down the street and yesterday’s dirty sock falls out of your pant leg. Oops. Anyway, M Train … Continue reading Am I grown up yet? How about now?
I’m so fortunate to have found a job where I am free to be creative. Sure, I’m making half the salary I was making as a defense analyst, but I’m so much happier now. This month as a library tech, I got to: redesign the library newsletter, teach a class for adults in mixed media art, and …[drumroll]… finish this big mural in the children’s room. I … Continue reading Library Mural Project Complete! Here’s the Play-by-Play
If you have followed my artistic journey for awhile, you may be aware of my struggle with depression and anxiety. Not long ago, I made a choice to be more open about my disorder to make life easier for others suffering in silence as I did for so long. The connection between creativity and mental disorders is well-known, though causation is not fully understood. In other words, which … Continue reading Ten Ways to Cope for Creatives with Mood Disorders
Hello, friends, and a very Happy New Year to each and every one of you. Sorry I’ve been out of touch, but I have a little announcement to make. I have returned to full-time work and it has kept me very busy lately. When I made the transition to being a full-time artist three years ago, I knew it might be a temporary sabbatical of sorts, … Continue reading Big Changes and Goals for the New Year!