Need inspiration? A challenge?

Looking for inspiration/ A place to start? Here are some creative things you can do for yourself in the new year. I am either partaking in these myself or I have in the past. They are all FREE! 
  • Strathmore 2012 Online Workshop Series: 3 free workshops. Doodles Unleashed (mixed media technique) Watercolor Sketching, and Force Drawing Technique, with 3 different instructors.
  • Book of Days with Effy Wild: art journaling with videos on how to create your own art journal and inspiration to fill it. This is a year long project with a Flickr group and a facebook group.
  • Green Pepper Press Street Team Challenges: Michelle Ward leads wonderful monthly art challenges for you to do in your own art journal and share as you wish by posting on your blog or flickr or wherever, linking via comments on the GPP blog.
  • Creative Jump Start Summit 2012: Hosted by Nathalie Kalbach and featuring I believe, 22 awesome artists and their "jump starts". I just watched the Jump Start #1 video with Dina Wakely and it was really so good! I look forward to more from the other artists.
  • Creative Every Day: with Leah Piken Kolidas. Inspiration and a place to share your creative activities, based on a theme if you wish. This is a "low pressure challenge with the idea of bringing more creativity into our lives." There is a flickr group for sharing as well.
  • Tag Tuesday: Hosted by Carolyn Saxby. Create a Tag on a seasonal theme that will be posted every Tuesday. Keep and use the tag yourself, but simply post a photo to Tag Tuesday. 
  • Art Journal Every Day: with Julie Fei-Fan Baltzer. I can't say enough good things about this project/challenge where the idea is to try to do a little (10 mins) art journaling every day. Lots of inspiration from Julie and fellow art-journalers on the accompanying flickr group.
  • Green Paper: with Mary Green. Every month Mary provides both images and a challenge to use them in any way you like, then share a link on her blog. The January challenge is here, and you have up until January 8th to upload yours. I often do these challenges and always enjoy. Mary has a wonderful bank of Vintage images which she so freely shares with us for this monthly challenge.
  • Penny from the Linen Shelf is soon to start an ATC challenge. Her idea is that we will make an ATC based on the calendar month and we will keep the ATC but add a link to her site, by the end of the month so we can all enjoy. My friend Joanna in the UK told me about this and it looks promising! 
  • Creative Swaps: hosted by me -but usually not free! (the only one in the bunch) There are no art exchanges running currently, but you will find creative swaps up and running again in the near future. You may sign up for the Swap Participants Newsletter - this will alert you to any NEW art swaps hosted by me. 

Of course, this is not a complete list. Just things I am interested in or involved in. I hope you find something intriguing here . . . . and go do something creative!! 

Welcome in the New Year well! : ^ ) lenna

Chihuly in St. Petersburg

I was reading a blog post by Nancy Roberts, a swap participant and student of mine, where she talked about exploring the wonders of Florida and an exhibit she saw of a collection of Dale Chihuly's in St. Petersburg. I really love Chihuly and have followed his art for quite a while. His glass pieces are so organic and appealing to me. Steven and I were taking my sister to the Tampa Airport last week, so we thought it would be perfect to swing by St. Petersburg and see the collection on the way home. St. Petersburg itself, is so lovely . . .

I'm playing with photoshop elements . .. .
we had lunch here on Beach Dr - overlooking the waterfront park.

Belgium Ale (with orange slice) and ice tea! 

This was in the gift shop - we could not take photos in the exhibit.

His glass sculpture is near the entrance 

Part of this sculpture was viewed on the inside! 

in the gift shop

Chihuly will paint first - then create his glass pieces.

A couple of years ago I went with my son Dallas, to the New Britain Museum of American Art  in Connecticut where I saw this amazing piece Chihuly did, below -the blue squiggly one.

There was a very similar one I saw in the St. Petersburg Collection. You might want to take a look at the Chihuly Collection website to see more of this collection, or take a look at Dale Chihuly's website. WOW. I could spend a long time on this site if I am not careful!! I have a few additional photos up in a set on my flickr account too.

Enjoy and be inspired! 


I found this video by going from my good friend Sharon Borsavage's blog, to her friend Karen's blog, Thread Therapies. From there, I followed a link to Barbara Lewis' blog where I found this amazing video. With my passion for art, creativity and inspiring quotes, I cannot help but to share this with you. I hope you enjoy. I think it is quite powerful and contains some of my favorite quotes.