It’s Monday!!! Sorry for the super late post but it’s still technically Monday, so it counts!! Jason and I just returned from a vacation in San Francisco visiting my sister.  It was amazing.  I am going to high-jack our previous plan of talking about applying for festivals to talk about something else.

Getting Inspired.

While we were in San Francisco we saw a ton of cool art.  Some of the best was the street art off of Mission Street. The images were beautiful and moving.  Some were funny, some had political or spiritual messages.  It was an awe-inspiring space of freedom and expression.  It was truly one of my favorite things that we did.  Here are some of my favorites:

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I believe it was Pablo Picasso who said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” However, I don’t think that is quite right. I think what we need to do is:

Steal Inspiration.

When you surround yourself with art it really does open your mind and get the juices flowing.  I think it does this even if it is art you hate! It forces us to constantly redefine our thought about what art is. It also helps us curate our vision of what styles of art we like and what it means to us individually. If you don’t already, really start to analyze,

What do I like about this?

Or sometimes, more aptly:

What do I hate about this?

I love looking at other people’s art.  It opens my mind and helps me to see things in ways I never did before. One of the things that really gets me jazzed to create something is nature. I think this is partly because we do have a significant amount of nature themed and inspired items but, it is also because it is my happy place.  I am never more at peace than I am in a forest. I never want to leave.

On this trip we also got to visit the Muir Woods. Pictures can’t even begin to capture it but here are a few of my favorites:

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Whether you are a new creator or a long time one; Whether you struggle with becoming inspired or whether you are always excited for the next idea:

Get Out There!

Go to an art fair, a museum, a gallery.  Wander through a forest, or down the beach.  It doesn’t matter where.  Just go. Do it.

Some of the greatest art from the greatest artist came directly from them living and experiencing life.  It is one of our greatest talents as artists to take what we see, process it into emotion, and spit it back out as a visceral thing for the rest of the world to experience.  This doesn’t happen if you are locked up in a studio all day!


Pro Tip: Take a notebook, your favorite writing utensil, and a good camera.

This way when inspiration strikes you will be ready for it! Until next week…..



Maker’s Monday: Be Inspired
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4 thoughts on “Maker’s Monday: Be Inspired

  • December 15, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Great post! Love the pictures you chose for inspiration. Those mushrooms make me think of mug caps to keep your drinks warm and bug-free. 😊

    • December 15, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Jackie! I have been getting into mugs lately and once we pin down the dragon wing mug we have been working on I would love to do a mushroom one. Mushrooms are a personal favorite of mine. There is just something so magical about finding them out in nature 🙂

  • December 16, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I love your dragon wing mugs! I recently bought a bat wing mug, I believe. It’s my favorite hot chocolate mug. 😀 The dragon wing is on my list to get next.

    I agree how magical it is to find wild mushrooms. I follow this person on Instagram that has beautiful mushroom jewelry. It really is magical and so inspiring. Her Instagram page is
    (As an aside, I don’t know her personally or anything; I just find her work stunning)

    Looking forward to seeing more from you! Best holiday wishes.

    • December 20, 2016 at 3:24 am

      Wow, her stuff is really awesome! Also, I am glad that you are enjoying your mug 🙂 It’s good to hear. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!


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