free writing workbook
Free workbook: What’s your next step?

If you’ve got decisions to make, your own words might offer the best advice. Your words are a source of power, insight and confidence for your badass self. My free, nine-page writing workbook can help you see yourself in a fresh, creative light. Even reading through the pages might spark new ideas. For sure, you can avoid the mistakes that wrecked me — until writing saved my life. 

 

The price of freedom: My $9k dream vacation

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Running away from home for a 10-day painting vacation in France came with a price — $9,079.80, to be exact. But it’s what I wanted to do. I had a great time. Plus, I learned the value of letting go. “Me first” is my new mantra! Everything was new. I’d never gone on a vacation by myself before. Never went …

What I’ve learned about abstract painting & life

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The sun is setting on my 10-day dream vacation in France. When I fly back to JFK tomorrow, I will be packing a ton of new experiences, insights and concrete skills. Learning to paint abstract is all about simplifying what I see down to the elements that matter most — to me. Doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I just …

My day of creative reckoning

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This 10-day painting trip to France is more than a tra-la-la fun vacation. I say this because we just went through the first critique of our work — and it felt like a deep therapy session. As you know from my daily postings about this adventure, our instructor Frank O’Cain, a master teacher with laser vision. Even though I barely know …

Honfleur offers 12th century charm & more

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Just arrived in Honfleur! It’s easy to see why the Impressionist painters loved it here. Between the ancient architecture and gorgeous light, I’m inspired too. This seaside town is located along the Seine at the point where it meets the ocean. Honfleur is tiny; the tourism board says the population is only 8,500. But 3.5 million people visit annually to …

Painting trip in France: moving on from Giverny

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After three memorable days of painting plants and gardens in Giverny, we’re packing up and moving on. Just in time too. This 10-day artist’s vacation has turned into a creative boot camp that has me greened out. Time for a change of scenery and color palette… Our next stop is a Honfleur, a quaint, historic port town along the Seine. …

Join me: painting in France!

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If you’re reading this, then you’ve just eyeballed the first phase of my blog’s new look. I’m going for a life makeover too… For starters, I’m off to my dream vacation: painting in Claude Monet’s garden. Yes, yes, yes! I am indeed talking about Giverny, the setting for his breathtaking water lilly murals. The 10-day adventure also includes a few …