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Reflections on Doodle Journey Part Two

  It has been amazing seeing all the different interpretations and expressions of the Doodle Journey course.  Once a year I offer this course free to those willing to take the time to explore through doodles, while setting judgement aside.  Because doodling is so process based, it is a simple and easy way to allow […]

Making Room for Creative Expression

  One of the main things that I hear over and over that gets in the way of maintaining a creative practice is not having the space.  First there is the literal and practical question of a physical environment for art making.  And then there is the question of motivation, or perhaps more accurately put, what may be […]

Digging Deep Via Creativity

  Digging deep into the unknown crevices of your emotional life can sometimes be daunting, even uncomfortable. Its easier to pretend like it does not exist rather than to explore it through our creativity. Why is it that inner reflection so important?  The stuff we ignore can stifle us, and block us from moving forward. […]

Inner Journey through Painting

Painting is a conduit for many things.  It challenges our self-doubt, inner critics, and perception of Self.  Through the journey of painting we can come to know our inner lives differently. We can have our way of being in the world reflected back at us through the process.  How do we approach the canvas or […]

Create Self-Love

  Want love? Create it! Sometimes we forget to give ourselves the much-needed messages of encouragement and love that we so easily give to our friends and loved ones.   Sometimes it is a matter of rewriting the scripts to undo old habits of negative self-talk that do not serve us.  Today make your Self a promise […]

Finding Your Voice

We all have a voice, a unique way of communicating to others who we are.  Like our fingerprint, each individual’s creative voice is unique. No two the same. Sometimes this is forgotten, traded in or pushed aside to conform with what we think people want, what we think is the norm, or with how we think we “should […]

Part of the Process

One thing that I always come back to when stuck is the notion that there really is no stuck.  This “stuck” or “creative block” is in a sense a figment of our imagination.  We feel stuck, think stuck, but is it really stuck? Feeling stuck is so common for creatives, and frustrating too.  It is easy […]

Connecting Through Art

The thing about doodling that I like so much is the spontaneity. That is the secret. I never know what I am going to get and were the doodle is going to take me.  Sometimes I don’t like my doodle. But that’s ok.  I don’t see my doodling as a way of producing art, but […]

Creative Deeds for Me and You

    I have been making  little art offerings to give away as random acts of kindness as part of Gretchen Miller’s  #CreativeDeed365.  Though January has proven to be too busy for me (I’m doing one extra day of clinical art therapy, plus teaching and extra class for the Toronto Art Therapy Institute) to make these daily, […]

Lessons In Letting Go

Flowing across the floor as I dance that is where my comfort lies. The sharp movements of staccato feel awkward forced. It’s as if something is off and it is. Staccato in 5 rhythms is a force to be reckoned with. A few weeks back I attended a 5 Rhythms movement workshop and have been […]