Category: Fill Your Well

Find Inspiration: Agnes Martin, Studio Space & Honouring the Work

Paintbrushes

“You must clean and arrange your studio in a way that will forward a quiet state of mind. This cautious care of atmosphere is really needed to show respect for the work. Respect for art work and everything connected with it, one’s own and that of everyone else, must be maintained and forwarded. No disrespect, carelessness or ego [and] selfishness must be allowed to interfere if it can be prevented. Indifference and antagonism are easily detected — you should take such people out immediately. Just turning the paintings to the wall is not enough. You yourself should not go to your studio in an indifferent or fighting mood.”  Agnes Martin, Artist ( Click here for more and to discover one of my favourite sources for inspiration)

How do you feel about the atmosphere of your studio? What cautious care is needed to show respect for your work?


This month many of the regular offerings at the studio are on hold, particularly the BTS and Creative Living with Jamie. This is the time between seasons when I am tinkering away in the studio, working on classes and offerings for the season ahead. While I am hard at work working on spring/summer nourishment for your creative life, I thought I would fill the studio with inspiration for your creative heart!

Inspiration Well: Michelangelo Pistoletto

“You can, with art, change your vision but also, change the reality.” Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim

Do you believe in the power of your art to change not only your vision but reality? Imagine for a moment that you do.  How would you use that power? What would you change?

This month many of the regular offerings at the studio are on hold, particularly the BTS and Creative Living with Jamie. This is the time between seasons when I am tinkering away in the studio, working on classes and offerings for the season ahead. While I am hard at work working on spring/summer nourishment for your creative life, I thought I would fill the studio with inspiration for your creative heart!

Find Inspiration: Quick, Draw

Quick Draw

Quick, Draw is a Google A.I. experiment that is a ton of fun. Here’s how Google describes it:

“This is a game built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. Of course, it doesn’t always work. But the more you play with it, the more it will learn. It’s just one example of how you can use machine learning in fun ways.”

Your drawing attempts help teach the network plus I found that playing helps me hone in on the core aspects of visual meaning making. What must be present in a doodle to transmit “bear” or “pizza” or “moon”? (I totally failed with broccoli!)

Give it a try here.


This month many of the regular offerings at the studio are on hold, particularly the BTS and Creative Living with Jamie. We’re between seasons and I am tinkering away in the studio, working on classes and offerings for the season ahead. While I am at work on spring/summer, I thought I would fill the studio with inspiration for your creative heart!

Find Inspiration: 20 Feet from Stardom

“My life has been all about trying to make a success of the gift that I have.” Darlene Love

Every two weeks I get together with my sisters, Suzie and Shannon, for Art & Netflix. We grab a sketchbook or our watercolours, some crochet or knitting, something to create while we dig in and watch a movie together. This week we watched 20 Feet from Stardom and it rocked my creative heart and mind. This Oscar-winning documentary shines the light on the gifts and struggles of backup singers who have contributed so much to the world of music.  This film invites us to explore many significant creative questions, from the nature of talent-driven industries to what it means to stick with your passion, no matter what.

I was moved by the extraordinary gifts and fortitude of these women and struck by the complexities of each of their stories. Go on a journey with these amazing women. See what their music, their passion, their truth have to teach you about living a creative life.

“I felt like if I just gave my heart to what I was doing, I would automatically be a star.” Merry Clayton

“I reject the notion that the job you excel at is somehow not enough to aspire to, that there has to be something more. I love supporting other artists.” She added: “Some people will do anything to be famous. I just wanted to sing.” Lisa Fischer

This month many of the regular offerings at the studio are on hold, particularly the BTS and Creative Living with Jamie. This is the time between seasons when I am tinkering away in the studio, working on classes and offerings for the season ahead. While I am hard at work working on spring/summer nourishment for your creative life, I thought I would fill the studio with inspiration for your creative heart!

Find Inspiration: The Conscious Booksmith Podcast

Christine Mason Miller has been inspiring me for over a decade, from the blogging days of Swirly Girl to her recent compelling memoir, Moving Water.  Since then I have had pleasure of calling her friend, the privilege of contributing to her book Desire to Inspire and the delight to have Christine as a guest on Creative Living with Jamie.

Recently, I have felt like I have had the pleasure of hanging out with Christine daily as I binge listened to her new podcast, The Conscious Booksmith Podcast. Here’s how she describes it:

Inspired by The Conscious Booksmith – Christine’s online course for aspiring authors – and the experience of writing Moving Water, her memoir, The Conscious Booksmith Podcast explores the question What does it mean to write your life story? Every week, Christine will explore a different aspect of her experience writing her memoir, a years-long journey with twists, turns and plenty of surprises. After covering the basics in The Conscious Booksmith, Christine will take an even deeper dive into one of the most daunting and fulfilling creative pursuits of her career.

If you are an established or aspiring writer, be sure to check The Conscious Booksmith podcast out. Christine shares both the practical and the philosophical aspects of her own journey writing a memoir and interviews creative gifts about their own experiences sharing their stories and finding healing through art.

Christine Mason Miller has a gift for combining vision and practice. I know she will inspire you too.

This month many of the regular offerings at the studio are on hold, particularly the BTS and Creative Living with Jamie. This is the time between seasons when I am tinkering away in the studio, working on classes and offerings for the season ahead. While I am hard at work working on spring/summer nourishment for your creative life, I thought I would fill the studio with inspiration for your creative heart!

Find Inspiration: Judith Salomon

“If you really want to be a practicing artist, you are really never done.” Judith Salomon

This month many of the regular offerings at the studio are on hold, particularly the BTS and the podcast. This is the time between seasons when I am tinkering away in the studio, working on classes and offerings for the season ahead. While I am hard at work working on spring/summer nourishment for your creative life, I thought I would fill the studio with inspiration for your creative heart!

Walking the Talk and Finding Inspiration along the Way

Sick Me and Shibumi

One of the things I always say is that rest is part of the work – and this week I have to heed my own words. What started as a cold/flu has turned into bronchitis with some complications and I’ve been in bed most of the week. Luckily I have kittens to give me healing cuddles and lots of people sending me love and healing vibes. I’m sure I’ll be better in no time – as long as I rest.

As a part of my nourishment, I’m trying to surround myself with inspiration.

I thought I’d share a few of the things I am truly enjoying, just in case they would nourish you too.

If you have Netflix, they have a new documentary series called Abstract: The Art of Design. I’ve only watched the first episode but it was fascinating. It focused on one designer, his thoughts and processes and was visually interesting too.

For the photography lovers out there, Netflix has another documentary series, Tales by Light. Again, I’ve only watched the first episode, which followed a marine photographer and the moments he captures with humpback whales are truly extraordinary!

Thunder & Lightning

When I have enough energy to read, I’m still enjoying Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg. In this book she covers moving from writing practice to creating writing projects. There’s also a whole section dedicated to the importance of reading to a writer. I think this is worth thinking about for all of our pursuits. If we are musicians, are we listening to music too? If we are teachers, are we taking classes too?

Leonard

I’m also truly having a wonderful time reading Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner with David Fisher. What a fascinating and affectionate story of two actors (and characters) that have been a part of my imagination for as long as I can remember. Plus a treat to discover Leonard Nimoy’s serious commitment to the art and craft of acting.

‘m also taking the opportunity to gently catch up on any classes that I’ve signed up for that have been sitting waiting for my attention. Even though I may not get up and draw or paint for a while, I can still immerse myself in the learning and the company of great teachers.

What’s inspiring you these days? 

I’d love for you to add to my inspiration well too.

Resting is a Part of the Work