inner artist letter

You are Unique – A Letter to Your Inner Artist

Many years ago I read the book The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron and there was an exercise in it where you write an encouraging letter to your inner artist (Task 8 in week 11). I just found mine the other day in a box. Here it is, although I did modify it slightly.

Dear Inner Artist,

Do not be afraid.

Let yourself go and flow.

You can be all that you want to be.

You can make art, sell it and support yourself and your family with art sales.

You can make enough $ to be able to afford the things that you want to own and travel the world.

People will buy the art that you make. You will be successful with your art and it’s sales.

You are a natural leader, a healer and a teacher and people learn from you.

Flow with the the natural rhythms of life that are here to guide and help support you.

You are a great artist!

You tap into your higher power and channel the creativity from the Source.

colorful swirl art

You have control over the life you lead by taking the choices presented to you and acting on them. You know that all that is, is not what it appears.

If you want to be a painter, than do it. If you want to be a creator, than do it. You have the resources and the talent.

Take your motivation and go with it.

You know what to do and if you don’t there are resources to help you learn.

Do not let anyone talk you out of it or tell you that you are not good enough because you are good enough and not “just” good enough but great!

You are unique and have something to share.

You uplift the spirit with your art. Your art is a celebration!

You are so, so, so loved! – From Me

“Expect the universe to support your dream and it will.” – Julia Cameron

Now it’s your turn. What does your inner artist need to hear?



take a nap in a hammock

A nap restores the soul

As a child, I grew up with my bedroom window right next to a fragrant, white blossomed shrub whose scent would waft into my room. It was a fragrant, intoxicating floral aroma. It was a dreamy perfume. One that I would breathe in deeply as I lay on my bed on a warm summer afternoon as I drifted into an afternoon nap.

Just thinking about it makes me relax.

We all need a nap from time to time. It’s especially important for introverts who gather their energy from being by themselves. I’m an introvert and I just love a good nap!

We’re in Todos Santos, Baja, Mx right now. We have a hammock and it is the perfect napping place.

It is the resting of the spirit, the going inward that allows me to come back to the outer world refreshed and ready to create. A nap is like a creative incubation for the soul. It restores me upon awakening and then I can get back into the studio and start creating!

My art studio in our casa.
a good nap is a creative incubation quote

Some people love naps and some people don’t. What about you? Are you a nap person?

Peace and happy creating (and napping),


things my heart loves

105 Things My Heart Loves

Try this little trick if you need a little cheering up. Grab a piece of paper and start listing all the things your heart loves! It will help you be grateful for all the beautiful things in this world.

Here’s my list for today (in no particular order).

  1. Ancient tapestries
  2. Petroglyphs
  3. Lavender oil
  4. A moon sliver
  5. Making original art
  6. Sand Dollars
  7. The smell of a puppy
  8. Daisy chains
  9. Vivid color
  10. Skipping stones on the water
  11. Hiking a trail
  12. Outdoor showers
  13. Spiral shapes
  14. Border collies
  15. Hanging art mobiles
  16. Smell of cookies baking
  17. gnomes
  18. Foot massages
  19. Geodesic domes
  20. Watching ocean waves crash
  21. Watching a sunset
  22. Licking an ice cream cone
  23. Warm wool mittens
  24. Lighting incense
  25. Bangles and dangle earrings
  26. Boots from Australia
  27. Frothy, hot mocha
  28. Game of billiards
  29. Beatrix Potter drawings
  30. Ravens
  31. Watching a sloth move
  32. Laughing until tears run down my face
  33. Solar lanterns
  34. Picking blackberries or blueberries
  35. Camp fires
  36. Watching horses play
  37. Tall palm trees
  38. Laying on a rock in the sun
  39. Bubble baths
  40. Peanut butter chocolate fudge milkshake
  41. Twilight
  42. Handmade sandals
  43. Hanging out with family / friends
  44. Peace signs
    peace sign on van art
  45. The golden hour with long shadows
  46. Smell of fresh cut grass
  47. Delta blues music
  48. Double rainbows
  49. Maps
  50. Handwritten letters
  51. Finger painting
  52. Swimming in the Sea of Cortez
  53. A monsoon down pour of rain
  54. Scented candles
  55. Walking a labyrinth
  56. Watching an inspiring movie
  57. Listening to Christmas carols
  58. Kayaking a flat lake
  59. Star gazing
  60. Remembering a dream
  61. Listening to good ole rock ‘n roll
  62. Yoga outside in the a.m.
  63. Travel to new areas
  64. Visiting an art gallery
  65. Mountain bike riding
  66. Painted toe nails
  67. Mosaic stepping stones
  68. Reading the book The Power of Flow
  69. Writing a poem
  70. Trying new foods
  71. Eating organic
  72. Growing our own food
  73. Van Morrison music
  74. Camping on the beach
  75. Green smoothies
  76. Reading my horoscope
  77. Birthday week celebrations
  78. Hosting visitors
  79. White puffy clouds and blue, blue sky
  80. Flying a kite
  81. Hot springs
  82. Reading Rumi
  83. Taking dogs for a walk
  84. A nap in the afternoon
  85. Sitting around the fire in a Teepee
  86. Dream catcher
  87. Learning, remembering and using a new spanish word
  88. DIY Projects
  89. My gratitude journal
  90. Fresh cut flower bouquet
  91. Intricate henna tattoos
  92. Finding a four leaf clover
  93. Irish accents
  94. Cold beer with a slice of lime and pinch of salt
  95. Dark chocolate
  96. Playing frisbee
  97. Walking through the forest
  98. A wink from a stranger
  99. Old pickup trucks
  100. Planting seeds
  101. Wind mills
  102. Making no knead bread
  103. Online Zoom gatherings with family
  104. Girls night at the cabin
  105. Barefeet in the sand