Book Launch – Soul Food by artist, author, mentor Carol Lowell

Dear Readers, I’d like you to introduce author and artist Carol Lowell of Kindred Spirit Studio Carol and I met during the year-long, online art program IGNITE 2016.  I very quickly learned that Carol was someone special.  Throughout our year together she demonstrated both her artistic talent and her insightful, empathetic and nurturing mentoring style. …

Creators vs Computers

I raged into the “face” of my computer yesterday.  The implacable screen repeatedly telling me:  Word Document (Not Responding)  and I felt so powerless which made me angry and ready to smash its stupid face in!!!!!  At bedtime my sweet husband observed gently, “you had a difficult day”.  Surprised, I answered, “I did”?   By…

Tapping Into Your Creative Core

I have spent years and years pursuing art studies at college, at university, in night classes, through books and, in recent years, online.  Looking, looking, always looking to learn artistic techniques, loving so many artists for their unique style, wanting to have my own definitive style.  Last year I discovered that I had been looking…

Mind Your Own Beeswax

In 1956 when I was eight, mind your own beeswax was a strong retort from little girls to bratty boys or younger sisters.  Funny isn’t it how we don’t need to know anything about the individual words in a sentence that we fling at another person.  Beeswax meant business in those days – mind your…

Best Laid Plans

Actually planning is not my strong suit and I usually start something by throwing myself into it Holus Bolus meaning all at once.  This is how I approached following a dream to study printmaking.  Find a course, negotiate time off from my job, spend one full day a week over two semesters learning the basics…

Just Monkeying Around

I often feel like the last person to know about great computer technology.  Take PicMonkey for example.  Connie Solera who is the creator of the yearlong online intensive IGNITE IMMERSION put me on to this wonderful photo editing software.  You can try it out for free HERE. I was hooked in the first 60 minutes…

Be Open To Alternative Endings

Along with Art Class, Show and Tell was my favorite part of school, oh, and reading, and spelling bees.  When I was 8, my dad came home at the end of his week “on the road” with a very large, very dead jack rabbit.  It was so soft and since it was lunchtime on Friday,…