Red Cedars, Bent Not Broken

Red Cedars, Bent Not Broken

Red Cedars, Bent Not Broken

5 x 7″

Oil on panel

These red cedars line the edge of the marsh at Lazaretto Creek, Fort Pulaski.

I’m fascinated by their tenacity and resilience.

They grow and thrive at the edge of the marshes and shore, turning and bending with the winds and storms.

Forms and shapes are a record of their surviving life’s challenges.

We can do the same. Stay resilient, my friends!

$325.00 (unframed) + $15.00 shipping

 

How to Deal with Artist’s Block

 

Sometimes the creative flow just isn’t there…

Know what I mean?

Creativity takee a LOT of energy, and sometimes that energy is just gone.

Burned out…

But there are ways to refill your creative well if it’s been depleted.

I’ve got 7 ideas for ways to reset the creativity button.

  1. Walking is the creative reset button.
  2. Studio is a state of mind and can be anywhere.
  3. Show up and meet inspiration halfway.
  4. Find the extraordinary in the ordinary.
  5. There is power in doing nothing.
  6. Share your gifts. It’s your responsibility.
  7. Follow your curiosity.

Which one of these will work for you? Do you have other ways to get unblocked? Let me know in the comments below.

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

People say we live in challenging times. But the truth is, challenging times are a predictable part of life. 

It’s how we face those times, how we build and use our resilience, that defines our lives.

But you may not be feeling particularly resilient at the moment. 

I get that and I’m here to help. 

I’ve crowdsourced with artists and creatives across every medium so that we can have a series of blog posts dedicated to inspiring artists when they need it the most.

Think of these as a survival guide for chaotic times.

We have to reamin resilient and ready for what life holds, whether it’s a the easel or in our communities.  

The more resilient we are mentally and emotionally the healthier we will stay. 

Now’s a great time to focus inward and get hooked on a new inspirational resource.

 

 

So here’s the top 10 Art Movies & Series suggestions for creatives: 

1. MaudieAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

2. At Eternity’s GateAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, Sling TV, Showtime/Showtime Anytime

3. Loving VincentAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play

4. Lust for LifeAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

5. Big EyesAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, iTunes

6. FridaAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

7. SéraphineAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Youtube, Google Play, iTunes

8. PollockAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Crackle, Google Play, iTunes

9. Exit Through the Gift ShopAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

10. Girl with a Pearl EarringAvailable on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, iTunes

Want to see more recommendations? We’ve got a free PDF download with the top 25 art movie & series suggestions for creatives. 

And don’t forget to pull together and lean on your art community.

I’m here for you. My team is here for you. And we have thousands of artists that are here to encourage, inspire, and support you. 

Use these links to dive into resources that feel best for you: 

Free ART+WORK+LIVING™ Facebook Community 

5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times 

Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times 

Free PDF download: 25 Art Movie & Series Recommendations: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

 We are here to help and remember, stay resilient – we’ve got this!

Happy painting and all my best,

Mary

 

 

 

If you’d like to grow your painting habit...FAST, join us in the upcoming FREE ART+WORK+LIVING 5 Day Painting Challenge.

The Challenge starts Wednesday, March 25th.

Click here to learn more.

Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

People say we live in challenging times.

But the truth is, challenging times are a predictable part of life. 

And these challenges don’t have to define us or our lives.

In fact we get to choose how we build and use our resilience.

But you may not be feeling particularly resilient at the moment and I get that.

I’m here to help.

We have a community of artists and creatives with wide-ranging backgrounds and trainings…

Working in just about every medium you can think of…

So I’ve done some crowdsourcing so that we can have a survival guide for chaotic times.

That’s where this series of blog posts comes in. These posts are designed to strengthen your resilience as an artist so you’re ready for what life holds – both in your community and at the easel.

It’s a great time to turn inward and focus on self-care. In fact, let’s get hooked on a new inspirational resource.

 

So here’s the top 10 art book suggestions for creatives: 

1. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland

2. Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel

3. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

4. The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

5. Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist by Carol Marine

6. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

7. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

8. How to See Color and Paint It by Arthur Stern

9. Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney

10. The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck

Want to see more recommendations? We’ve got a free PDF download with the top 25 art book suggestions for creatives. 

And don’t forget to pull together and lean on your art community.

I’m here for you. My team is here for you. And we have thousands of artists that are here to encourage, inspire, and support you. 

Use these links to dive into resources that feel best for you: 

Free ART+WORK+LIVING™ Facebook Community 

5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times 

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times 

Free PDF download: 25 Art Book Recommendations: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

 We are here to help and remember – the more resilient we are mentally and emotionally the healthier we will stay.

Happy painting and all my best,

Mary

 

 

 

If you’d like to grow your painting habit...FAST, join us in the upcoming FREE ART+WORK+LIVING 5 Day Painting Challenge.

The Challenge starts Wednesday, March 25th.

Click here to learn more.

Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Podcasts: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

People say we live in challenging times.

But the truth is, challenging times are a predictable part of life. 

It’s how we face those times, how we build and use our resilience, that defines our lives.

But you may not be feeling particularly resilient at the moment. 

I get that.

I’m here to help. 

I’ve done some crowdsourcing with artists and creatives working in every medium you can think of… 

With backgrounds and trainings just as wide-ranging… 

So that we can have a series of blog posts designed to strengthen your resilience as an artist so you’re ready for what life holds, whether it’s at the easel or your community.  

Think of these as a survival guide for chaotic times.  

The more resilient we are mentally and emotionally the healthier we will stay. 

Now’s a great time to focus on self-care and get hooked on a new inspirational resource.

 

So here’s the top 10 podcast suggestions for creatives: 

1. Inspiration and Insights on Art and Painting Podcast hosted by Stefan Baumann

2. PleinAir Podcast hosted by Eric Rhoads

3. Savvy Painter Podcast hosted by Antrese Wood

4. The Jealous Curator Podcast hosted by Danielle Krysa

5. Art Curious Podcast hosted by Jennifer Dasal

6. The Modern Art Notes Podcast hosted by Tyler Green

7. A Piece of Work Podcast hosted by Abbi Jacobson

8. The Art Juice Podcast hosted by Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher

9. The Lonely Palette Podcast hosted by Tamar Avishai

10. The Art History Babes™ hosted by Corrie, Ginny, Natalie, and Jennifer 

Want to see more recommendations? We’ve got a free PDF download with the top 20 podcast suggestions for creatives. 

And don’t forget to pull together and lean on your art community.

I’m here for you. My team is here for you. And we have thousands of artists that are here to encourage, inspire, and support you. 

Use these links to dive into resources that feel best for you: 

Free ART+WORK+LIVING™ Facebook Community 

5 Ways Artists Can Stay Resilient During Chaotic Times 

Art Movies & Series: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

Art Books: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times 

Free PDF download: 20 Podcast Recommendations: Resources for the Creative Spirit During Challenging Times

 We are here to help and remember, stay resilient – we’ve got this!

Happy painting and all my best,

Mary

 

 

 

If you’d like to grow your painting habit...FAST, join us in the upcoming FREE ART+WORK+LIVING 5 Day Painting Challenge.

The Challenge starts Wednesday, March 25th.

Click here to learn more.