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Loss & …

My lovely, sweet, kind and thoughtful mother passed away in January after a long, sad journey with cancer. Said journey was also filled with her humor, her love, her wonderful vegetarian recipes, her intelligent advice, her love of history and forensic science nonfiction books and with her being a very good friend and mom to more »

Collections

  I am a big collector. When I was little, I collected old people and baby animals. (So did my mom and brother…we usually had a very full house). I also really enjoyed the Poodle figurines that supposedly would change colors depending on what kind of weather would be occurring. (Does anyone else remember those?) more »

Xmittens Studio Update

“Much of the pain in life comes from having a life plan that you’ve fallen in love with, but that doesn’t work out. Having to find a new life plan hurts. The trick is not to become too attached to any particular life plan and remember that there is always a better, even-happier life plan more »

Living Arrows Designs

Every year I pick a theme…usually it is something I want to work on inside myself, or meditate upon.   After much soul searching the phrase “Creative Arrow” came to mind.  I want to be a person that, for myself and others, creates a focused path to and with creativity.  With that in mind, I more »

My Story: Teacher’s Helpful Hints

For those of you who aspire to teach, or are visual artists without much teaching experience I recommend a few things in order for your class to run smoothly… 1) Edit down your ideas!  You need to have very specific things to accomplish in a class in order for your students and yourself to feel more »

My Story: Education & Training

I never thought I would become a teacher.  Actually, I resisted it in college (Carlow University when it was still just a College).  Most people in the art therapy crew pursued an arts education certificate as a back up plan.  We were all required to take an arts education class, or two for our art more »

My Story: Creativity

Creativity: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc. (dictionary.com) One of the most important values I have is the importance of cultivating a deep, everyday relationship with creativity. Creativity is a catalyst that enables me to burst through perceived obstacles more »