Masking tape can be outrageous when you’re painting.

March 31, 2015

There are these creative openings that happen for you while you paint intuitively. You can’t plan them or predict them but they happen.       Sometimes it’s because you change paint colors, or you find your playful self momentarily, sometimes it’s because of a new tool—like a different size paintbrush or sponge.   Recently […]

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The Art of Asking Questions

March 10, 2015

I grew up being the one who was always asking questions. I live in questions. I love questions. One of my favorite parts of being a professional coach is asking questions.  It’s really in my job description and I find there is an art to it—finding the questions that are useful, timely and opening. I know […]

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Getting Physical with Paint

February 20, 2015

Tired of thinking? Need a break from working on “yourself”? Feel like “moving your energy”?   Picking up a paintbrush with the intention of moving and being physical can be a wonderful way to enter into your creative process and leave thinking behind altogether.   One of the gifts of intuitive painting is that there […]

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Find your energy.  Follow the flow.

February 2, 2015

photo credit David Coleman As January 1st came and went I noticed that I had a lot of “shoulds” in the air around my business plans for 2015 and not a lot of genuine energy there.  Way too responsible.  Way too reasonable.   At the same time I discovered that when I spoke about my […]

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The Gift of Creative Time

December 18, 2014

Dedicated space and time for creative wandering keeps me sane. Whether it’s time in my painting studio or time in my sunroom with my journal open and the door closed, creative engagement brings me “home”, center and makes life “right” again. It has always been this way. It isn’t always easy to find the time […]

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Living Beyond Apology

December 2, 2014

I have a strong voice.  When I was singing professionally, it was a gift—to be able to be creative and express myself in music–with strength, connection and volume. I was never dinner music/background music.  That’s just the way it was.  My voice was a little more of a wake up call then a lullaby. Many […]

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Creative Play Opens Doors

October 29, 2014

When signing up for a workshop, people often tell me they want to “play”. Helping people rediscover “play” is one of my favorite things to do as the facilitator. It is something I care deeply about and influences my intuitive painting workshop format, the materials I use and the kind of feedback I give.  What […]

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Acceptance doesn’t mean you like it.

October 16, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation to a group of Georgetown leadership coaches on ways to bring creativity into their coaching practices. I had two hours. It was the first time I was bringing pastels into a professional environment. I was nervous. Very nervous. And two minutes before my time to start […]

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From the Inner Critic to the Muse

September 25, 2014

This past weekend, I led a two day intuitive painting workshop entitled: Finding Your Creative Flow. I had a blast. It was a beautiful gathering of six painters and me, everyone asking for greater connection to their innate creative energies. Most everyone wanted to let loose and some participants particularly wanted to jumpstart their creativity […]

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The gift of a little dream

September 15, 2014

Sometimes I distance myself from ideas of what my dreams are in life, because I want to be present to what is already magnificently showing up in my life.  At these times, the talk of “dreams” turns me off.  So often, so quickly, the conversation about dreams becomes too externally oriented–too “thingy”, too disconnected from […]

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