Tips for The 100 Day Project, Beginning April 7!

Tips for The 100 Day Project, Beginning April 7!

Tuesday, April 7, marks the start of a very exciting time of year -- day 1 of another 100 Day Project!

If you’re considering starting your own project this year, here are a few notes and reflections from my past four projects that I hope can be helpful...

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PMS, PMDD, Cycles & How It All Affects My Creativity

PMS, PMDD, Cycles & How It All Affects My Creativity
In our society we have a limited view on PMS and women’s cycles. We’re taught to hide it, to be embarrassed by it, and to avoid oversharing. We mock it. We try to cover it up with ice cream and wine and painkillers. We do everything but listen to our symptoms and embrace our cycle as a powerful creative force.

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In Search of a New Creative Home

In Search of a New Creative Home

I am searching for a feeling. The feeling of such commitment to and passion for your craft that it pulls you in, causing you to lose track of time, look up and it's dark outside, having forgotten to eat lunch or check your phone. Flow state.

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Contrast Creates Expansion

Contrast Creates Expansion
It's a Tuesday morning, the first back in the "office", after a weekend sleeping on the ground and walking through the alpine. I've got a dry nose, peeling forehead, sore legs, bruised hips. Despite the sensation of my body seemingly falling apart, it's been a while since I've felt this alive.

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3 Big Lessons from 3 Years in Biz

3 Big Lessons from 3 Years in Biz
Last week marked exactly three full years in business, which prompted a full-scale reflection (aka, I scrolled all the way back on my Instagram and had a good, nostalgic cry). What worked? Where did I slip up a little and learn a lot? What advice would I give to someone just starting a creative biz?

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Let's Talk About Money

Let's Talk About Money
A "living on crumbs" mentality is easy to adopt as a self-employed artist. Essentially being entrepreneurs, we can have the 'grind' ingrained in us so much that we start to think it should always be a challenge. And who knows, maybe a part of us even enjoys the excitement of it. But there comes a point where we must shift our mindset fromsettling for just getting by to stepping into what we deserve.

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Before & After: Home Studio Renovation!

Before & After: Home Studio Renovation!

I've written in the past about how a formal studio practice didn't work for me but I've always loved having a dedicated space for creative work, so I decided to give a home studio a try. Why: less financial commitment; easier access; and more privacy. (I sing when I paint. Loudly.)

When I discovered this dingy dark concrete room in the basement, I immediately saw it... a studio!

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Question: Should I Go to Art School or Self-Learn?

Question: Should I Go to Art School or Self-Learn?

A curious soul recently asked: What is your biggest piece of advice for someone torn between getting a degree or teaching themselves art?

What a big, beautiful question -- one I've been asking since the beginning, as well. Although I certainly have an opinion, I turned to a group of AMAZING artists, some self-taught, some traditionally educated, some both, for advice.

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How to Care Less

How to Care Less
If there's one thing I've learned over the past three years of being self-employed and working as an artist, it's that the process can be a rollercoaster of emotion. You'll have days or weeks when you feel unstoppable and filled with inspiration, yet there will always be moments when you question everything and wonder if it's all worth it.

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I'm Movin' Out! (Of the Studio)

I'm Movin' Out! (Of the Studio)

I want my own art studio.

That's been the dream for years. I've painted on virtually every floor in my apartment, on hotel room tables, in the van I lived in for 8 months, on dirt back roads, and in my friend's metalworking garage. I've accidentally splattered paint on furniture and once even ruptured the top of a tube, leaving a splotch of teal on my studio apartment ceiling (goodbye, security deposit).

But oh, to have my own art studio — what a dream!

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