I’m not ready and it’s okay

So, it’s already December 12th. Christmas is less than two weeks away, and I haven’t decorated the tree or the house, or wrapped any presents. I haven’t figured out what we’re having for Christmas eve, or Christmas brunch with my parents, or Christmas dinner. It’s unusual for me to be this far into December without having made any tangible progress toward a merry Christmas.… Read more
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A big, scary, painful, precious mess

I’m writing this post on Thanksgiving and feeling grateful for so many things – family, friends, dogs in general and Lexi in particular (despite how she smells because I’m pretty sure she rolled in something dead and it seems that one bath isn’t going to quite take care of it), the portobello mushrooms Chad will be stuffing for our vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner, the opposing thumbs that make so many things possible… But yesterday was hard.… Read more
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The elemental act of creation itself

My 30 Days Of Hand Lettering challenge has ended and the most important thing I learned is something I already knew: the best way to get your creative juices flowing is to create. Whenever I do these 30 day creative challenges (and anyone who’s doing NaNoWriMo right now will back me up on this), I am reminded of the value of a daily practice, especially the practice of creation, pure and simple.… Read more
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What love and art can do

I started doing 30-Day challenges after watching Matt Cutt’s TED talk, “Try Something New for 30 Days.” In my first post on the subject, I said: I try a lot of new things. I’m a big believer in shaking my life up and, for better or worse, I don’t do all that well with routine. The older I get, the more I crave… well, new.… Read more
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How to take a road trip (or not)

Calculate that it is 2200 miles to your destination. Add 200 miles worth of cool stops along the way, then decide that you should be able to cover 2400 miles in about 5 days… Because math… And geography. x In your deluded, time-and-miles-mean-nothing-to-me state, bookmark fun things to do in all the cities along your route. x Book an RV for your trip, and when they tell you that you’ll be able to pick it up sometime between 1 and 5 pm, assume they really mean you can get it earlier, like 11 am, and you’ll be in Vegas by dinner time that first night.… Read more
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The road is life

I’m going on a road trip. I love road trips. Despite all my experience to the contrary… like the time my brother got car sick and my mother gave him my sweater to throw up into, or the time Chad and I ran out of gas and had to push our car a quarter of mile UPHILL to get to the gas station, or the time we drove through Death Valley with the heater on because our truck kept overheating and Chad said we had to take the heat off the engine, or the time I got dehydrated and delirious just outside Las Vegas and thought I might be having a stroke.… Read more
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Music to juggle by

I’m so psyched to have been interviewed by Mitch Bowler of Pencil Kings as part of their fantastic Artist Interviews podcast. Mitch and I started emailing while I was taking the Pencil Kings 30-day Figure Drawing class. One thing led to another in that way that one things often do, and he invited me to be on the podcast. I admit that, in my head, I went through several stages of “no, I’m not worthy” before I boldy replied “yes, absolutely.” (And by boldly, I mean doubtfully and with grave reservations.) I’m so glad I didn’t let fear make my decision.… Read more
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The place I want to get back to

A few evenings ago, as Chad and I were walking Lexi, I was talking about how lucky I am. I’d started out talking about this incredible encounter that took place at the Sausalito Art Festival last weekend, where I was on the receiving end of an astonishing act of generosity and grace, but as the walk continued into its second mile, I’d begun to wax poetic about my luck more generally.… Read more
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Behind the scenes of this post

So, today’s post was supposed to be about love and how wonderful it would be if we’d all just fall in love with the people who fall in love with us, and how even more wonderful it would be if we could manage to fall for the people who love us at the same time they’re falling for us… And then I re-watched an interview with Debbie Millman in which she talks about success and how it looks different if you’re a Fortune 500 company, versus, say, an artist.… Read more
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The unchangeable past

Several weeks ago, I read “25 Things People in Healthy Relationships Don’t Do.” The whole post is good, especially if you’re struggling with a relationship, but the sentence I illustrated for this post has stayed with me all these weeks, poetic, profound, and true. Here’s the whole quote: “[People in healthy relationships] don’t focus on the unchangeable past. Sometimes happiness in relationships amounts to making peace with something that can’t be fixed. … Read more
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It’s (not) complicated

I’m writing this post on Day 24 of my 30-Day Art Challenge. On the one hand, I’ve loved this challenge. Ever since my octopus, it’s been one doodly preoccupation after another. On the other hand, the challenge has made me feel under pressure every day to produce my own art (versus art I’ve promised and/or been paid to do), whether or not that was the right place for me to focus my energy.… Read more
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