Influence and Inspiration 2018


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Hurrah! The online segment of the Influence and Inspiration Project is picking up steam again! Since the showing of the project last spring, Alexis and I have concentrated on presenting workshops introducing this method of sharing work back and forth. The workshop has been an extraordinary step in developing a way to share The Influence and Inspiration experience.

The original project worked like this: Artist A created a relatively quick art piece and handed it to Artist B. Artist B then used that work to create a new piece inspired by Artist A’s work. When finished with her work, Artist B handed her finished piece to Artist A and Artist A then created a new piece inspired by Artist B’s work. This back and forth flow of ideas and responses built an incredible line of works that you can visit in the earlier blogs here.

We discovered several surprising returns from this exchange:

-We gained insight into our work by “seeing” our art through another person’s eyes.

-We became more comfortable trying new techniques and materials.

-We found a freedom of play that spilled over in our regular art practice.

-We could meet the challenge of finding ways to convey our inspiration in each response.

-We became more aware of our own personal “language” that appears in our art.

Now this leads us to the next phase of the Influence and Inspiration Project:

You!-the Inspiring, Creatives who want to give this project a try!

We will post an inspiration piece on this blog and on our Facebook page. You will use this piece as an inspiration to launch an artwork of your own. When you are finished, head over to our Facebook page ( ) and post an image of your work in the comment section below the image that inspired you. Or email us and we will post it for you. You can email us at:

We will also post images of peoples works on this blog as we can. Next, we will choose an image for the next round. Your posted image just may inspire someone, so be ready to grow and experiment and dig deeper into your art, have fun and join a community of artists willing to leap forward creatively.

To kick this off here is our first inspiration piece:

It is by Patty, who was inspired to create this bold mixed media work after one of our workshops. It measures 16” x 22.”


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And now, here is a second shot with Alexis’ ceramic sculpture in response to Patty’s work. We photographed the sculpture before firing, so the finished piece is yet to come.


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And here’s what Alexis has to say about this trade:

“When I looked at Patty’s ‘Tree of Life’ piece I was struck by the tree also being a woman. As I gazed into the branches of the tree I felt like I wanted to soar so I created my piece with a woman leaning out over space anchored only by her outstretched foot. I’m still thinking about how to glaze this piece and whether it is about freedom or escape. It is interesting where I went in my thoughts and I’m looking forward to the decisions I make around the glazing process-what meaning the piece will ultimately have for me.”

So now it’s time to show your stuff! Use Patty’s piece as your launching pad for a response piece of your own, then head over to Facebook to post your work, and help build this community of artists inspiring each other to support and grow along our creative paths. Or email us with your response to

And one more thing…please forward this announcement to any friend who might like to join us.

We can’t wait to see what inspires you!


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: 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

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: 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