Color Schemes · Prattling · Visual Art

Relaxing art work

Working in theatre and event services I always kind of thrive under stress and pressure. Problem solving in a pinch is one of my favorites and swooping in and saving the day is kind of a nice feeling. This week had a LOT of things going on for a big university event and even more things go wrong providing plenty of challenges. Physically, that gets demanding even if you like those situations. (And to be clear I don’t like it when things go wrong but I like to think I’m pretty good at problem solving when it does.)

To alleviate some of the mental and physical fatigue I like to have a piece of artwork to work on when I need a few minutes of not thinking about work. I love writing but it’s easier for work thoughts to sneak in.

So without further adieu here is my piece of artwork for this hectic week.

The lighting isn’t the greatest but hopefully the colors come through. They are my favorite colors and we’re very soothing to work with. Just what I needed!

I love the text of the wood that shows through and the mixture of media was a lot of fun.

I’ve titled this The Rain Tree.

Enjoy and have a restful, restorative productive weekend!

I’m cleaning my house!

Visual Art

I believe in doodles

I have a hard time paying attention at meetings unless my hand is moving. I’ve known this about myself since middle school. It’s why all my biology and history notes were surrounded by swirls and lines.

I think doing one thing can help you expand your mind in other ways. For me it helps me focus on the words being spoken.


Nature inspiration!


Saw this at work the other day and it really struck me. The contrast of the greens and purples is very eye catching and the asymmetry of the leaves is very interesting.

I know it’s just a weed but it is a very lovely one! I will have to think of something fun to create from this shape. Plants are some of my favorite bits of inspiration for artwork!


script vs. books

I am a theatre artist: I do scenic design, props design, play writing and general production.

I am also TERRIBLE at reading new scripts.

The very nature of scripts mean that everything must be vague enough for a director/actor/designer to add in their own interpretation while being specific enough to tell the story. This is actually why I LOVE writing scripts as opposed to fiction. I love that challenge. However, this is also what makes it harder for me to sit down and read a script. I have to be ready to create the entire visuals of the story in my head.

Charles de Lint Quote

So needless to say that my writing process for fiction tends to start with dialogue, then I move to physical action like an actor/director, finally I move to the scenic elements like a designer. I end up with my own little play production in my head that I then translate to words on the paper!

I had more of a point to this post–ah well, allergies have me by the throat so I’m going to go sneeze some more and chug some coffee to counteract the Benadryl! Hahaha! -.-


Startling amount of truth in this statement!

Color Schemes · Inspiration

Color Scheme for this week…

This week is busy at work as well as at home so I want some rich invigorating colors to keep me energized. Obviously, this sort of thing is personal and subjective to each person but deep dark colors help me feel bold and powerful–and of course purple is my power color. Set against the deep blue it makes me feel like taking on the world!

The food looks yummy too! Food and Wine is my FAVORITE magazine for food photography–gorgeous stuff!

I hope you all have a splendid week!

Ricotta and Roasted Grape Crostini 
Personal Opinion

No such thing…

There should be no such thing as a guilty pleasure. If you like some piece of music/tv show/celebrity no matter how corny or trite own it and go with it–if it makes you happy that’s all that matters!

I have interests that range from science geek (physics and entomology rock!) to sci fi nerd and include many obscure music genres/old movies/comic books in between. If you don’t like them, that’s cool. We can still be friends. Doesn’t matter to me. And I hope it doesn’t matter to you. My hope is that as I raise my daughters I can teach them this. Like what you are going to like. Be a nerd if that’s what others need to call you to make themselves feel better. Be a geek, a dork whatever–just be kind and compassionate and like what makes you happy.

Listen to your own voice your own soul, too many people listen to the noise of the world, instead of themselves. #livepurposefullynow #powerofpositivity #positivewords  #inspirationalquote  #quotes

Books · Inspiration

Great Expectations

This is a lovely quote and makes me want to read the book. I’ve read a lot of other Dickens, perhaps it is time to check this one out!

Charles Dickens’s work is something I have to mentally prepare for–the sheer weight of his sentences and words. His stories are great once I get into them, but making the leap takes commitment. It’s funny how some books you can slip right into and others are work, but they can both be equally satisfying.