Creative Teamwork at Starbucks

There is nothing more inspiring than working with my daughter on creative projects in our neighborhood Starbucks (we do have the BEST Starbucks ever, and we so love our baristas!). My talented daughter graduates this weekend as a Leadership Scholar with honors, earning an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Crummer Graduate School of Business–Rollins College. I am so excited to see how her career path will unfold. She has accepted a position at Purple Rock Scissors as a Digital Strategist in downtown Orlando.

With an undergrad degree from Yale in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and the fabulous musical skills of a classical violinist who currently subs for the Orlando Philharmonic, she is an intelligent, multi-talented individual. I’m over the moon proud of her, and I am looking forward to combining her incredible writing skills with my artistic projects to create a new literary and art zine together. I will be sharing more about that exciting project in future blog posts.

Her original music can be enjoyed at her Anchorage website. Yes, she writes and sings original songs too–I am so blessed by her many gifts. My time here on earth will never be long enough to soak up all her beautifulness.

One Hundred Days on Instagram

On Instagram I am participating in #The100dayproject. The goal is to pick any activity and do that one activity for a consecutive 100 day cycle. I picked “mark making” as my activity since the idea of mark making seemed to be filled with possibilities for experimentation. My first 8 days have been an exploration of marks made with a Derwent charcoal pencil on Strathmore drawing paper that I folded into a small booklet.

While I began this mark making journey using charcoal, I may in fact introduce other media over the course of the project. As an artist, I already make art every day, so the real exercise for me was to introduce an element of play and imagination with the added bonus of participating in the 100 day commitment with other friends on Instagram. Having a small booklet designated for these sketches enhances the look of the collection, and I will no doubt create a small leather cover (like a traveler’s notebook system) to display my homemade booklets upon completion.

If you are participating in the 100 day challenge on Instagram, please leave a comment below and share what activity you have selected. I would like to make sure that I seek out your individual feed and enjoy your 100 day journey.

March Gratitude Journal

The Gratitude Project was a month-long challenge begun by a lovely friend, Rita Sedani (@reetsstationerymadness) on Instagram. The idea was to journal for one month about what we are grateful for and more importantly, why we are grateful. So many people joined her challenge, and we identified our efforts with this hashtag: #doitforgratitude. Here is a collection of my monthly gratitude pages for March.

I created these art spreads in a 365 Moleskine diary using various craft paints, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and ink. Moleskine paper is not very thick and does not behave very well with all media. I do not prep my pages beforehand, so I just deal with whatever happens to the pages as they are created. Sometimes bleed-through occurs, but that makes the backside all the more fun to problem shoot. 😉  And I do believe that bleed-through is the perfect backdrop for a collage solution!

Many people who participated in the March Gratitude Project have decided to continue the gratitude theme. I have already begun my April entires, and I will be happy to share the collection as they are created. It is natural for me to include art visuals, but certainly not necessary, for the main objective is to identify gratitude in whatever expressive means you desire and to enjoy the blessing of having participated in such a positive reflective practice.

If you would like to search for the gratitude entries, you can search for the #doitforgratitude hashtag on Instagram.

The Daytime Muse

So many notebooks. So little time. The true art is getting all the ideas out of the brain and visualized on something concrete. This more often happens after a good strong cup of coffee and usually not after 4: 30 pm. I am at my visual arts peak during the daytime hours; my evening is reserved for social media browsing and other reading and writing projects. When do you do your best work?