On To The Next Project!

We are having too much fun with all the side projects from The Influence and Inspiration Project! Alexis and I have opened a lifetime of good stuff to come from one year of our works and ideas….and we see a future where we will find ways to share the good stuff with readers, followers and friends.

So, from our workshops we want to share ideas with folks who can’t attend the workshops in person. Alexis has been working on compiling insights, ideas and suggested projects in the form of some e-books that will be available through Etsy as digital downloads. The first two books are now available! Here’s a sneak peak:

ebook cover finding your voice

‘Feed Your Muse: Finding Your Voice

offers projects, ideas and inspirations to grow your own voice as an artist, and:

cover where inspiration‘Where Inspiration Comes From’

offers projects, ideas and inspiration to keep your artistic ideas full and flowing.

Each book is available as a digital download through Etsy for $4.99! We hope you will find them inspiring and useful in your artistic journeys.

And on to the new news….I am officially announcing our new I and I Project! Alexis and I will be implementing one of the projects from the e-book above, ‘Finding Your Voice.’ Here, we will each commit to a series of pieces repeating the same idea put in a new way. I have decided that water, its abundance and scarcity, is having a profound influence on my life this summer. So my project will center around aspects and ideas around water in my life….(now that I have made my public commitment, watch, as Alexis beats me to the first artwork!)

And if you want to join in on the project comment here or on the website, and we’ll get you into this next challenge! What series of pieces can you repeat in new ways?

And stop by for a visit on our website: myartmuse.net for more fun and community.



It’s not work if you’re having fun — my90acres

I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something greater than you,and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.” — Judy Collins […]

via It’s not work if you’re having fun — my90acres

The I and I Project is on Etsy!

And on with the show….now that the showing of the Influence and Inspiration Project has passed, and we are on to workshops stemming from the project, we have started listing pieces from our year-long endeavor on our new Etsy site.

Several pieces are up for sale, with several more coming. You can browse items and/or inquire after ones that have caught your eye in the past posts.

We are ready to start a new project, which we will soon be posting about here, on this blog, and who knows what will come out of the next one! Stay tuned, and if you want to take a look at the Etsy shop, check it out here:


Workshops surrounding the project are posted on MyArtMuse.net

Big thanks to everybody…Alexis and Susan

Your Personal Art Assistant Who Will Work For Free


It’s not an art journal, it’s not really a calendar, it’s your personal assistant to help you capture ideas, keep you on track with your clients, and remind you of what you want to do in your artistic life. It’s a place to keep track of those brilliant ideas that tend to slip away from you, or places you want to visit. So grab a notebook, as plain or fancy as you please, and start capturing ideas, images, information that pertain to your artistic life.

Here’s a list of possible ideas for your notebook:

  • At the end of your art session/day in the studio, write about how things went. This is an excellent way to end your day on the positive. You can write about challenges and successes or how your felt about the process. If you get in this habit, you will have notes to later refer to if you need to speak about a particular piece. Use these notes later for artist statements. Look back at them at the end of the year to see how far you have come.
  • Write about a finished piece. Again, this can come in handy later for artist descriptions for speaking to or writing about your work.
  • Write or use images for new project ideas. How often do these ideas slip away? If you capture just a few…
  • Start a list of words that describes your work. Instant help for press releases!
  • Make a list of creative things you want to try.
  • Keep track of what clients have purchased. You can look very professional if you can recall a client’s purchases. Or you can mention a new work that may interest them based on a past interest or purchase.
  • List books you want to read.
  • Note websites and blogs you want to check out or check in on.
  • Add inspirational quotes just for fun.
  • Keep a list of thank-you notes you need to send, and when sent, check them off for a gold star!
  • Keep track of color combinations you want to try…better yet, paint them right on the page.
  • List museum exhibits/gallery shows/workshops you don’t want to miss. Transfer deadlines to your calendar, or have a calendar attached in the notebook for streamlining the process.
  • Brainstorm places to show your work.
  • Keep a list of best places to order your art supplies, maybe noting if certain items are on sale at certain times of the year.

Everyone will have their own ideas for this notebook. It’s the perfect place for all of us analogue people. And it can become an artistic creation of its own. If you don’t have time for art in a day, at least you can act like a serious artist for a few moments with this book. For those shy people who could use a little artist self-esteem, this could be a boost. For all of us, this book can help us clean up our scraps of notes left on tables, at the bottom of our purses, in our pockets, etc.

My current notebook is pictured above. I get a big kick out of adding notes in color. I covered a standard black drawing book with favorite fabric and collaged on the face of it. It gives me a lift to use it, and it sits right up front on my desk, or pops into my bag for traveling. One of the most useful workers in my studio!-Susan








Here Is The Whole Project!

So the showing of the project is in place at the gallery. We are shined and polished and ready for opening night, Friday, and following workshop on Saturday. We realize not everybody can make it to the show, so here is the project in its entirety split in two presentations. Titles, sizes and prices are listed for interested purchasers. Inquiries can be made through this blog, our website: www.myartmuse.net or through our Facebook page. Thanks to everyone for the tremendous support given throughout this project and stay tuned for our next big idea!

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Another Switch

Another pair of works are in, and here are the notes to go with them:



Nest: Susan’s mixed media piece had a lot going on and I was kind of confused as to where to start. There were just so many options. I finally decided to create a nest of my own. It was fun to venture out into the mixed media world again. This is something that I almost never did before this project started. Every time I give it a try I love it. More in the future…? -Alexis




Desolation: I kept thinking about nests and how birds don’t just build them in trees. Some birds build them in grasses on the ground, especially where trees are scarce. It wasn’t that I wanted to paint a landscape, it just happened. The colors were other-worldly, so I put the floating planet up there.( I do like orbs!) –Susan

Come Join The Fun!

We are getting closer to our premier showing of the Influence and Inspiration Project and the accompanying workshop! Thought I would take a minute to go over the workshop information this week:

The workshop will be May 5th at Edgewater Gallery, North Main Street in Fort Bragg, 10-5. The cost is $45. for the day. You can sign up by calling Alexis at 707 895 2810, or by dropping by the website www.myartmuse.net and looking under “Workshops.”

In this workshop we are going to visit the idea behind the exhibition coined The Response Method, an idea generator for artists.

We will have an in-depth explanation of what we did and how it can be applied to every artist, and why we think this method worked so well for Alexis and I. (We are still using it, after a year!) We will point out the benefits of this ongoing process that supplies us and endless subject possibilities for our own personal art.

Then the fun starts as we get into the process with hands-on work in the studio. We will have time to create and talk about what we are doing, and how to get going with ideas, as we work on our individual pieces for the day.

We will also take time at the end of the session to explore questions and reactions to this method, and hope to start a community of artists ready to support and inspire each other.

So here is the invitation to join us on May 5th for a day of creativity and inspiration. Who knows where it will lead you on your artistic path!