DECEMBER REPRESENTS BOTH LOVE AND LOSS FOR ME

I’ve been feeling emotionally heavy lately and I haven’t been able to put my finger on it. But every year around this time I start to feel this way. And whenever I feel this way, I have a compulsion to create some art to get some of my gunky feelings out. Last night, I made something to release this gunk. Then, as I was running errands this morning, I realized the three biggest losses of my life all happened in December. And the art I made last night was a direct reflection of these three losses. In this post, I’m going to decode this work of art and share a few things with you. As it’s become abundantly clear to me that December represents both love and loss for me. Continue reading DECEMBER REPRESENTS BOTH LOVE AND LOSS FOR ME

I HAVE A FINITE AMOUNT OF PURE FIRE ENERGY

This is my first post in about two weeks, and I haven’t forgotten about my blog at all. It’s just that I have a finite amount of pure fire energy to work with. This pure fire energy is basically my creative fire. That twinge of inspiration that has enough umph to make me put what’s in my head, and heart, and soul, out into the physical world. I think human beings perhaps have varying levels of pure fire energy they can tap into at any time. But I know my limits, and I know what I have to give. Lately, this energy has been needed in other areas of my life. So my blog and podcast have been a bit abandoned, and that’s okay. Continue reading I HAVE A FINITE AMOUNT OF PURE FIRE ENERGY

SEX, ART, AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE THE SAME IN THESE WAYS

In this podcast episode I discuss seven things that happen when we engage in sex, art-making, and entering into a relationship with another. All of these things require an element of surrender, as well as deliberate action, and so much more. And when these three processes are complete, we are never quite the same. It’s actually quite a beautiful way to make peace with loss, completions, and endings. And it’s an even better way to remain hopeful about continuing forward with these three beautiful acts of love.  Continue reading SEX, ART, AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE THE SAME IN THESE WAYS

I’M ALMOST NEVER STRESSED, BUT I HAVE BEEN LATELY

I was trying to think of the last time I was this stressed out in life. And I concluded that the last time I felt this way was in March of 2020. Now, I know for most of us, March 2020, was when much of the world started to go into Covid-19 lockdown. However, there were so many other crazy things going on in my life at that time, that the lockdown just added to the already existing insanity. And I feel like that’s what’s happening now. For me, I can handle stressful situations as long as the rest of my life is pretty okay. But when multiple stressors come together all at once, it’s too much for me, and I just kind of can’t handle things. Continue reading I’M ALMOST NEVER STRESSED, BUT I HAVE BEEN LATELY

FLORENCE, FIONA, AND I MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON

This post is going to be a bit self-indulgent and rather obnoxious, I fear. But, I’m trying my best to just feel better about things. And it’s a full moon right now, so my emotions and thoughts are super intense at this current time. Anyway, as I was feeling sorry for myself about my plight (perpetual singleness at age 42), something occurred to me. And I thought about how if I was happy in a relationship, I probably wouldn’t have as much to share on my blog. Or with others in general. Because when I’m tortured, I’m constantly learning. And constantly creating. So, just like Florence Welch and Fiona Apple, two of the most romantically angsty musical artists I know, perhaps my pains are not in vain. Continue reading FLORENCE, FIONA, AND I MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON

I WILL NEVER REALLY KNOW MY MOTHER, BUT I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I DO KNOW

At the suggestion of my blogging bestie, Moksha of The Happy Panda, I’m going to attempt to begin a series of mother-related posts. My mother was a fascinating character, and I agree that her life story is one worth sharing. I will try to keep this relatively chronological. However, her life was quite chaotic. And my perception of her and her life was and is equally quite splotchy. Also, this is a person’s life. It’s their work of art, and this can never be comprehensively scoped. Especially because my mother is no longer here to fill in the blanks. But, I will do my best. Continue reading I WILL NEVER REALLY KNOW MY MOTHER, BUT I’LL TELL YOU WHAT I DO KNOW

PINTEREST IS A TERRIFIC BLOG MARKETING TOOL

I’m writing this blog post, not necessarily because I’m a blogging expert. But more because I have many blogging friends who have WAY more followers than I do. And yet they don’t use Pinterest as a blog marketing tool. And for my blogger friends who have a larger following, I know many of them would like to not only keep, but continue to grow their following. So, I thought I would share my experience with using Pinterest thus far, in the hopes that it inspires my fellow bloggers. It’s also one of the more fun blog marketing tools out there, so why not?! Continue reading PINTEREST IS A TERRIFIC BLOG MARKETING TOOL

MAKING BEAUTIFUL ART ABOUT GRIEF AND LOSS IS REALLY HELPING

Loss is loss, and it doesn’t exactly matter what form it takes. And even though I’m surviving the loss of my romantic relationship, one month after he broke up with me, I’m still grieving hard core. And for whatever reason, I have been finding that making beautiful art about the death of my mother is really helping. Perhaps the sadness I’m feeling about losing my ex is bringing up unchecked emotions about the loss of my mother. Or, perhaps I just need a new way to grieve the loss of Mike, and making sad art about my mother is helping move those emotions along. Continue reading MAKING BEAUTIFUL ART ABOUT GRIEF AND LOSS IS REALLY HELPING

LETTING GO OF PERFECTIONISM AS I FOCUS ON PROLIFIC ART-MAKING

Gosh, asking a Virgo to try letting go of perfectionism, is like asking a bee to stop making honey. It’s just what we do. And for the most part, even though it sounds like a curse, to live under the pressure of perfectionism, most Virgos prefer it. I think our perfectionism can be tied to our self-worth sometimes, unfortunately. And that’s never healthy. But honestly, it’s like we have an internal, built-in drive to just organize and arrange the world in a better way than it already is. It’s very satisfying to do this, actually. And man, do we have our work cut out for us! There are always projects, and tasks, and people to “fix”! And of course, there is also always beautiful art to be made. Continue reading LETTING GO OF PERFECTIONISM AS I FOCUS ON PROLIFIC ART-MAKING

MY SCINTILLATING REVIEW OF THE ANNUAL PMA CRAFT SHOW

Ever since I was in art school (1998-2002), at the University of Arts in Philadelphia, I have loved attending this show. The Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show is at the Pennsylvania Convention Center every year. And this 2021 exhibition showcased 170 artists from all over the world. Every year that I attend this show, I leave with newfound inspiration. And lots of new amazing artists to follow on Instagram! Continue reading MY SCINTILLATING REVIEW OF THE ANNUAL PMA CRAFT SHOW