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The acquisition of any skill is a simple equation:

Consistency + Patience = Results.

Basically, practice without giving up.

But consistency doesn’t mean doing something all the time to the exclusion of everything else you love, it means doing something regularly.

This applies to any goal or desire. It works for something concrete, like improving your drawing skills, or something abstract, like overcoming your fear of selling what you make.

In a nutshell–you can do anything–as long as you’re not in a hurry.

And you can practice that too! ;)


Ain’t Life Grand?!

Love, your Devoted Muse



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 You fulfill your commitments to other people because you are a LOVING and RESPONSIBLE person.

And basically, that’s super great.

Now, imagine committing to yourself with that same consistency and integrity.


 Seriously, close your eyes and imagine that.

I’ll wait.


WHOA, do you see what I see?

Breaking Out the Creative Juices!

Love, Your Devoted Muse

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When you have a new idea for your art, it’s easy to feel that it’s not interesting enough,
or a little silly, or somehow, *not worthy.*

This is ESPECIALLY true in your first steps of working on the idea in earnest—putting paint to canvas, or pen to paper, or beads to wire, or eye to camera etc.—in fact, this is usually when your idea feels dumbest—and when most people stop.

Keep going.

It’s normal to have second thoughts—your idea is at its most fragile at this point, so of course it’s vulnerable. Don’t roll your eyes at yourself–have the courage to help your little baby grow. You’re exploring an idea, not insisting on it. :-)

You can always self-censor later, so what’s the hurry?

Isn’t this Fun?

Love, your Devoted Muse


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How can your environment better serve your creativity?

For instance, what’s put away that needs to be out?

What’s out that needs to be put away?

What do you need to carry with you?

What do you need to leave at home?

What outdated supplies do you keep that maybe another artist/teacher/kid can use instead?

Creating an environment that serves your creativity is truly empowering.

And YOU, my artistic friend, are worth it!

Yes, Create Your Power Space!

Love, Your Devoted Muse

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Andree Kehn

This month’s Inspiring Creatives interview is with Andree Kehn, a smart, talented, and super successful wedding photographer living in rural Maine.

Andree went from resisting wedding photography as a career path altogether to being named one of the top 100 Wedding Photojournalists in the world by the Wedding Photojournalism Association (WPJA). Wow! Clearly, she has talent.

But before you get depressed and intimidated, one of the reasons I chose to interview Andree (aside from her being one of my favorite people) is that her path to success was a very long and windy one. So if you’re thinking it’s too late for your creative career, it’s not.

She shares some super inspiring insights into how she succeeded in business being her quirky artist self, her techniques for pushing herself creatively, and finding her niche within a niche.

The Interview

Here’s the interview–broken down by topic–plus a few images of Andree’s wonderful work. See more gorgeous photos in the gallery on her website,

And if you have a question for Andree (or just want to share), please ask it in the comments area and we’ll respond.

1. It’s Never Too Late:
From Carny to Award Winning Wedding Photographer

Click HERE to listen to this segment. (13 min. 13 sec.)
Find out how the years Andree thought were wasted in supposedly dead-end jobs ended up giving her incredible skills for wedding photography.

Sarah and JesseRachel and Dale maine-wedding56

2. Rebels as a Target Market

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(5 min. 12 sec.)
Learn how Andree figured out who her right people were and how she helps them find her. (We also dig deeper into this topic in the segment called Her Smartest Move, so make sure to give that a listen too.)

3. Welcoming Criticism

Click HERE to listen to this segment.
(5 min. 55 sec.)
Andree shares fantastic insights about the power of welcoming criticism, making bad stuff, the illusion of perfection, and the truth of hard work vs. natural talent.

4. Creative Challenges

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(3 min. 48 sec.)
Andree shares her favorite techniques for keeping it fresh and I was psyched because it’s one of my favorites too–even though it’s often frowned upon and misunderstood. Have a listen.

5. *Her Smartest Move*

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(6 min. 6 sec.)
We talk more about how she embraced her super narrow niche-within-a-niche and the actions she takes to support that choice in her marketing. She offers some GREAT advice about how to do the same thing yourself and why it’s so important. If you can only listen to one segment, listen to this one!

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s focus is art that explores the idea of destruction–-3 different artists using elimination, removal, or destruction to make an aesthetic and cultural statement.

I hope they inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory.

Do these artists speak to you?

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!

 ”High Speed Photography of Light Bulbs Exploding by Jon Smith”

Beauty in the act of the explosion.

High-Speed Photography of Light Bulbs Exploding by Jon Smith

Michael Landy: Break Down

I was skeptical when I first watched this video because I think artists can do a lot of posturing in performance, time-based or experiential art that I generally find annoying, but I think what he’s done is provocative and compelling, weirdly uncomfortable and definitely interesting. It was the ultimate UN-objectification as he destroyed all his possessions in a matter of fact, systematic way that also really captivated the public.
Watch it and tell me what you think! 

Michael Landy Break Down

Janine Antoni: “Lick and Lather”

The artist makes classical busts of herself in chocolate and soap and then she licks her way to the finished product with one and takes a bath with the other as she talks about ideas of disintegration and dissolution. I know, I know, but read the interview–compelling.

Janine Antoni Lick and lather


Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s theme is about home–artist-created dwellings/nests/forts…various life-sized “containers” that can hold a human or two.

These pieces explore our needs and experiences of home, internal space, boundaries, safety, fantasy and loss.

I hope these artists inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory:

Which one speaks to you? Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments!

 Spirit Nests by Jayson Fann

Tell me you don’t want to crawl inside one of these wonderful eucalyptus nests
and I’ll call you a liar! Beautiful.

Spirit Nests Jayson Fann


 “Solarium, A Caramelized Sugar House by William Lamson”

This stained-glass looking structure is made of sugar and glass and honestly, I didn’t quite understand it (aside from its beauty) until I watched the video. I actually don’t completely understand the need to make it from sugar, but watch the video and tell me what you think.

El AnatsuiSolarium Caramelized Sugar House William Lamson


“Play Room Photos Capture the Imaginary Worlds Inside Children’s Minds” Photography by Björn Ewers

Did kids make these? I’m not sure, but they’re fun, fanatastical and hearkened back memories of my old forts underneath the ping pong table in the basement.

Child's Caves by Björn Ewers


“A Condemned House Explodes Onto the Streets of Austin” Art by Chris Whiteburch

This piece is especially powerful in light of the numerous experiences of storm damage across the country this past year. I wonder if his original thinking was just formal or had more to do with the housing crisis. Either way, a powerful statement about loss and destruction.

The Purge by Chris Whiteburch