words of wisdom to help you stay inspired

What is Culture and Why Does it Matter?

Recently, my good friends Adam Leipzig and Tod Hardin of Cultural Weekly asked me to contribute my thoughts to their new series, Culture: So What?!? Each week, they will be asking thought-leaders from all walks of life to answer the question: What is Culture and Why Does it Matter? It was an honor to be their first guest. What a thought-provoking question! Here is what I had to say on this topic... Whether we are aware of [...]

2014-07-11T08:46:14+00:00 November 25th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|12 Comments

Empowering Quotes About Life & Art

“The sky is a canvas, so paint your own life.” ~ Jada Berglund "This world is but a canvas to our imagination." ~ Henry David Thoreau "Art is a personal act of courage. Something one human does that creates change in another" ~ Seth Godin Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. ~ Kak Sri "Winners have the ability to step back from the canvas of their lives like an artist gaining [...]

2014-09-18T01:34:02+00:00 November 14th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|7 Comments

Art Is A Trip!

Whether a painter, a dancer, musician or writer, all artists who regularly practice their craft understand the transformative magic of Art. Art is a trip and allows our imaginations to escape without leaving home. Art transcends language and barriers without the need of a passport! American dancer and choreographer, Twyla Tharp said it best in the quote below. I shared her quote along with the beautiful painting by Abbott Handerson Thayer (American 1849 - 1921) on my [...]

2013-09-18T22:57:03+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Art Is A Trip!

The Importance of Play

original photo from "Why Cats Paint" by Burton Silver, Heather Busch As artists and creative people, play is very important to our physical and mental health. Here are 10 quotes by some famous people who understood the importance of play! You've got to keep the child alive; you can't create without it. ~Joni Mitchell  Play is the highest form of research. ~Albert Einstein The human urge to create comes from the play impulse. ~Carla Hannaford  To stimulate [...]

The Secret To Doing Your Best

Recently I have learned that I don't have to be perfect, however it is important for me to always do my best, but no more and no less. The inspiring book, “The Four Agreements” reiterated this fact to me. The book explains that doing our best frees us from the self-limiting beliefs that rob us of our joy and personal freedom. But, your best will never be the same from one moment to the next. Sometimes your [...]

Inspiration From The Caribbean Islands

My home-away-from home is St. Thomas in the beautiful Virgin Islands of the Caribbean. Each year, my family and I make the two day journey from the snow packed mountains of Idaho down to the turquoise Caribbean waters. I enjoy using this time to relax, unwind, unplug and to hang with my family. This down-time helps me refuel my creative inspiration. The Caribbean has a complex, rich and varied history that is reflected in its architecture. The [...]

What Can You Learn From Children’s Art?

Children create art in a naive and wholesome way. Instead of being burdened with information on color theory, artistic movements and technique, children draw, paint and color with wild abandon. Here are some things we can learn from children’s artwork to become better artists. Newness – Children are exploring their world and learning about everything in it. Life is fresh and new, and that mentality is reflected in their art. Children see the world with a fresh [...]

Monday’s Motivation: Three Things Needed To Succeed In Life

We can learn valuable lessons from our fellow artists who have achieved great success. I chose this quote for Monday's Motivation because I totally agree with Reba! I will explain below... Three Things To Succeed In Life: A Wishbone Cinderella said it best, "A dream is a wish our heart makes.".  Cinderella is referring to a metaphorical sense of desires that can, as the lyric promises, "come true".  In this quote, I believe Reba is equating a wishbone to [...]

2013-02-25T12:20:56+00:00 February 25th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|4 Comments

Monday’s Motivation: The Time is NOW

Lately I've become so busy, I find myself running out of time, living in the future and not enjoying the NOW. Rushing, planning and racing from task to task is an uninspiring and stressful way to live - and I know better. That's why I am slowing down and enjoying NOW. Time is an illusion, and it keeps hardworking people all stirred-up and from the 'now'. But ironically, the present moment is all we assuredly have. If we get [...]

2013-02-07T07:05:58+00:00 February 4th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|Comments Off on Monday’s Motivation: The Time is NOW