The Biggest Reason to Do A Creative Soul Retrieval

Here are a few things that are giving me life….

1. Quantity Versus Quality.  Years ago when I was doing some research for the 100 day project, I stumbled upon this extremely powerful information from David Bayles and Ted Orland’s book, Art & Fear:   I was reminded of it again last week by Austin Kleon!

“A ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pound of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.”

Soooooo…. quantity leads to quality! Don’t get stuck in perfectionism and hesitancy-  join the CREATIVE SOUL RETRIEVAL. I guarantee if you show up- you will be amazed!  YOU’LL GET SO MUCH BETTER!

2. I Have Done the Hard Work of Tasting Instant Decaf for you.  Are you like me, and heading into a decaffeinated, more gentle sunset?  Many of us sensitive types find we can’t keep guzzling the high octane buzz juice of our earlier decades and must go caffeine free.  I am not a huge fan of herbal tea and so I endeavored to find a solution .  THIS is the best instant decaf I have found.  I take jars of it with me whenever I travel.

3. Best quote about aging this week: 

The edgy anxieties of my earlier years are definitely gone. I feel so much more sure of myself, and so much more willing to do what I want to do based on nothing but my own instincts. These are the “fuck it!!” years. “ ~Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief 

If you were to, hypothetically, shift over to one “FUCK IT” thing this year – what would that be?

4. You Deserve a Trophy!  I was thinking about all the trophies that get dished out – most are for sports or some sort of performance in the community or in business?  But, what sort of trophy would you want to work for, truly?  These are some of the trophies I would like to hand out to the people I admire!  Which one of these should you recieve today?  Or maybe it’s more than one? (from my sketchbook)

5. Considering a “Second Act” Career in the Arts?  This podcast was a fantastic listen!  Meet Bibby!  


I am busy getting ready for the summer season and my art exhibit in Grand Marais!  I have been painting a lot and now it’s time to add wires to paintings and GET ORGANIZED:). This part of creativity is challenging, but I am motivated to bring my art out in the world.

Whatever you are working on-  it is important!  You can always join SHINE  and we can hang out on the regs together!!

with love,

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I am also celebrating my FIRST SOLO Art Exhibition!  Save the date if you’ll be up in Northern Minnesota near Grand Marais! It will be June 1 to 30th at the Grand Marais Art Colony Store.  

Recently SOLD (“Quest”) to a beautiful collector in Colorado- it will grace her healing studio’s wall.  That’s RUNA- my favorite UPS shipping agent!

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