About a year ago, my daughter and I had the great good fortune to visit DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun in Tuscon, AZ.  This 10-acre oasis in the desert was designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia. Filled with nooks and crannies – you could spend days discovering all the wonders of this place!  The buildings are winding and organic and filled to the brim with DeGrazia’s beautiful, ethereal and playful paintings.  But I have to say I was most enchanted by the colorful metal flowers that dot the property – adorning buildings, doorways and arches and all made from recycled cans. Recently, I’ve beenRead More →

“I’m thinking that all it takes to make fantasy become a reality are two words: yes, please.” ~Maya Stein I think the words “yes, please” sort of sum up the whole experience of Lucky Star for me.  It all started with a little email from my sweet squammie friend, Mary.  “Wanna go to this art camp in Texas with me?” and I said “yes, please.” My very favorite kind of adventures involve road trips of the long, winding, farm-to-market backroad sort, so I drove to Dallas to pick up Mary and we traveled the rest of the way together.  I joked that I’d brought myRead More →

Here we are at the last installment of my prayer flag series! In Part 1, I shared some of the history and lore behind the flags.  As I’ve made my nontraditional, gypsy flags, I’ve loved giving a nod to the Tibetan traditions; be it through color, meaning, or placement.  I plan to hang mine diagonally, between trees and shrubbery in my backyard. In Part 2, I showed you some examples of both traditional prayer flags and homemade gypsy prayer flags.  The rebellious, anything-goes nature of the gypsy flags really speaks to my artist’s heart! For Part 3, I was so happy to feature my friend KateRead More →

In 2008, I had the amazing good fortune to attend a writer’s retreat in Taos, New Mexico at the famous Mabel Dodge Luhan House, said to be home away from home for such visionary artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, D.H. Lawrence and Ansel Adams (just to name a few).  My luck was tripled when I met my roommate for that retreat, Kate Robertson!  She and I turned out to be true kindred spirits and I’ve been thrilled to see her journey evolve.  Today, she is a painter, mixed media artist, spinner, weaver AND a Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach.  She’s not only making art herself, she’s helping other women become theirRead More →

I have this theory that we can go through our lives never noticing a particular thing, until one day our receptor for that thing suddenly gets turned on and it jumps into our view – we begin to see it everywhere we look.  Not just the thing, but all things related to the thing!  It’s been like that for me with prayer flags – since I started exploring them, I seem to find them around every corner.  And not just the flags themselves, but the ideas they represent – peace, healing, harmony, community, balance. Over the next few days, I’m going to be sharing someRead More →

I’ve long been fascinated with the idea of Mount Everest.  Not climbing it (I don’t have the commitment or physical stamina for that) – no, I think I’m in love with the romance of it.  I love the idea of following a crazy dream even if it means risking your life, of going someplace few have gone, and I’m in awe of the sherpas and traditions that make it possible for mere mortals to climb that sacred rock!  That tradition and symbology, especially, borders on magical to me and, as Meg and I have worked through The Artist’s Way this summer, we’ve both longed forRead More →

At loooong last, I’m finally working my way through The Artist’s Way.  This book has become a staple in the artist community and I’ve had it on my shelf forever, but was somehow resistant to starting.  After our trip in May, my daughter was talking about doing it as a way of connecting her art with her spirituality and I was inspired to give it a try.  We’re now on week 7 and, OH, what a ride it has been!! I’ve been inspired to explore amazing new (to me) spaces – like The Savage Quilter and the fabulous “Unbound” exhibit at Artspace @ Untitled.   I’ve investigatedRead More →

It isn’t often in our mortal lives that we get a chance to hear what people really think about us, to be lifted above the day-to-day, greeting card words that some of us (namely, me) question in the brutal light of day.  It seems there is a tradition in Rugby of honoring someone special with a “Rave” – my daughter-in-law described it this way… “ruggers are very in tune to the negativity in the world because often we are the outcasts of the sports world (in America).  We know first-hand that it is far too easy to focus on all that bad energy and allRead More →