Taming my creative self

Every once in a while I need to blog for me. To organize the thoughts in my head and sort out the must-do and can-wait lists. This past week has been busy. My children’s lives have kicked into high gear with sports, school and senior year activities. My blog has been busy; lots of personal emails, lots of questions, lots of  art lessons to be sorted into posts. I love it all.

But I need a creative break. Next Thursday, I will be traveling to Salt Lake City to attend Snap! Creativity at your fingertips Conference. I can’t wait. Over 300 creative bloggers will be sharing stories, information and blogging tips. Truth is, I think I have this blogging thing under control but it’s the other bloggers I want to meet. People who are as obsessed and passionate about their business as me. I even had business cards made up just for the event. I haven’t had a business card in decades!

I can’t wait for the photography, Photoshop and video-making sessions at the conference. I’m busy planning and creating my Teaching Art 101 e-course and with video being a major part of it, I’m excited to learn some professional tips.

I also have a backlog of new PDF art booklets in the pipeline. Publishing them is taking me longer because they are getting better. Better tutorials; better photography, graphics and technical elements. The $5 price point I started with 3 years ago is becoming a great value! But that’s my mission; providing great, doable lessons at a great value.

Neil has been busy upgrading the site. You may have noticed that the site is faster. That’s because of a server upgrade. I never would have predicted how much technical stuff goes into hosting a blog. It’s been a long, steady learning curve from when I started my free blog on Blogger to hosting my blog on WordPress. I spend a lot of time just making sure links are working and images have the proper titles, but it’s worth it. Next up for the technical end of my blog is a new shopping experience. We are looking into different ways to make viewing my products and checking out of the store a bit easier.

Now I think I will do a little laundry. There is a mountain in front of my washing machine that has my name all over it.

Have a wonderful, creative and restful weekend.




  1. Pat Stevens says:

    The conference sounds like tons of fun! I look forward to your post-conference posts about all of your experiences in Utah! Have a great time and enjoy!


  2. Jessicasouthey says:

    yupp should be fun im doing it 4 my art project <3

  3. Tauni says:


    It’s hard to believe SNAP! is right around the corner. We’re looking forward to seeing you and learning more about you!


  4. Patty- If anyone knows what you mean about keeping up a blog, being backlogged on new ideas, learning new programming for a new site, planning e courses and the like, it’s me (My tech support is also my husband and we do it as a team). We have so much in common. Ideas come to me all day and all night. With a new baby there are only so many hours in the day, but I love it all. Like you, I will be working part time next year to work more on my website and make more resources for art educators!!! Sometime we need to just “chat”- I think it’s good to talk to others who are in your position, and most of all “get it”- Enjoy the conference and please share what you came back with. Talk soon!

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I teach art to 400 school children in Goleta, California. My art library contains hundreds of free art lesson ideas. My shop has art lesson plans, videos and resources to help you teach art to kids. It's a whole lot easier with Deep Space Sparkle.

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